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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 118
Gots: 319 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-22-2006

Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of gatornation
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful very slight hazed copper color with a 1 finger head and tons of clinging lacing..this is a great looking ipa!!..smell is piney and floral in the hops with brown sugar malts and bread..the taste is crisp/bitter pine and citrus hop hit right at you but it is offset with brown sugar sweet malts and some baked bread its nicely balanced .. wow! this is a tasty ipa it starts crisp with bitter citrus hops then sweetness in the middle and finishes with crisp pure hops/malt..again its nicely balanced..mouth feel is medium its a solid ipa that lets you know that hops are here..its a drinkable one that is very crisp

Photo of mjurney
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange color, clear with some sediment. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks pretty rocky, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Lots of citrus in the nose, sweet malts, some dash of brown sugar.

Mild citrus hop up front, grapefruit bitterness, along with toasted caramel malts. Some brown sugar in the middle. Finish off smooth with dry herbal aftertaste. Medium bodied, a little creamy, carbonation is pretty light.

Pretty good. Not as hoppy as I expect, very mild IPA.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper in color, with a thin, white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is bready, crackery malts with some piney, fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, brown sugar, citrus, and a touch of mango follow.
Taste is bready malts with some bitter, piney hops. More citrus and pineapple, with another touch of mango and brown sugar. Finish is hoppy, slightly malty, and bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth on the back end. Slightly sticky on the finish. Light-to-medium body.
Excellent drinkability. A perfectly bitter IPA that I could drink all night.

Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a big off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: The nose is full of fruity and tangy hop aromas in the form of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a caramel aroma from the malt.

T: The taste is grapefruit and fruity hops that lead to caramel and bready malts with a spicey and bitter finish. The hops are not as in your face as some others but I think this is about a month past really "fresh."

M: The feel is slightly creamy and oily.

D: This is a very tasty IPA and pretty balanced. It may be a bit too malty for some of the more extreme hopheads but I like IPAs with more than just a huge bitter flavor.

Pretty darn good and Deschutes has impressed me with their IPA offerings lately.

Photo of rwf08
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Dark copper with a light white head. In little time the head is gone and a small ring of white is left. Good thick solid lines of lacing are left behind.

S: Sweet malt comes through the most. Citrus hops and some pine. Mostly malt.

T: Malt, citrus. Some biscuit flavor on the finish.

M: Good body, a little heavier than other IPAs but still good. Carbonation is spot on for an IPA.

D: Pretty good beer and for the price I'd buy it again. Isn't great but something good to have around.

Photo of BeanBone
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Juicy, citrusy, and slightly piney hops over a biscuity malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of citrusy, juicy, leafy, and mildly bitter hops. Underneath, a crackery and biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Biscuity malt and brassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This drinks faster than the alcohol content would suggest, so keep an eye out.

Verdict: Overall, Inversion is a decent little American IPA, though maybe just a little forgettable. It's balanced and drinkable, but the flavor profile is lacking in intensity and character.

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 10/05/10

Poured into Bruery snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a dark mango hued brown.

Aroma: Bright citrus flavors up front. Mangoes, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. Some floral hop notes. Also has some caramel malts. A solid ipa aroma.

Taste: The taste is a lot more malty and boozy than the aroma. It is also more sweet. The citrus fruit blends together a lot more here. The mangoes stick out a bit, but that's it. It has a large amount of caramel malts showing. Bit amount of floral hops dominating the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol shows with this ipa which I don't like. I can see booze showing in a dipa, but not a single. Ends very sticky with a big hop resin feel to it.

Overall, a decent ipa. The aroma is solid on this but the taste brings too much booze with it. It is a bigger ipa, but I still don't like the booze showing in a single ipa. One of these would be enough for me in a sitting.

Photo of Buebie
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have not seen this at my local spots, saw at Morrelies and grabbed a 6 pack for $8.99.

Poured into a pub glass, revealing a magnificent golden redish amber color. Glowing bright, even without lights. A bit of haze to it, semi transparent.
A whipped topping sea foam head is produced. Receding after several minutes and leaving thin, yet sticky lace webbing's. Retention is good also, with a solid cap.

Aroma is herbal tea with a bit of mild orange peel, loads of malty caramel, a touch of grain resembling a pilsner a bit for the grain aroma. Mild apple, hops are not a large part of aroma though and kind of lack at this point.

Mouthfeel is slick and a bit chewy with hops. Starting out sweet at first with some of that apple and a bit of oranges. Midway through hops tear through this thing providing great bitters, spice and plenty of punch. Finishing more dry now and bittering hops linger a while destroying the pallet.

This is a mighty tasty ipa, I can see myself picking up quite a bit more of this.

Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very clear copper color with an off-white dense head. Lacing is left all down the glass.

S: Sweet candy floral hops. No off aromas.

T: The initial taste is sweet malt with a little touch of alcohol and then the hop flavor kicks in. It is sort of pine and sort of floral and not too strong. The finish is not too bitter but does leave the mouth dry.

M: A little heavy and under-carbonated. Could use a little more "lightness" to the beer.

D: It is very tasty and not too filling. The alcohol isn't very up-front and really you could drink this IPA all night.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Inversion IPA.
Let's see if this turns me on my head.

Lightly hazed, coppery color, beige head, a little thin, but staying.

Aroma, softly bitter, citric fruit, subtle caramel tones, too.

Tasting it: bitter blast at first, zesty hit of hops, leading right into caramel malt, setting the stage and holding it down. Great balance. Lovely little two-tone shuffle, pleasingly palatable.

Oddly enough, I'm appreciating the intensity of the hoppy attack on the palate more as the bottle empties, and the brew occupies my insides. Malt gets sweeter, hops bitterer. At glass half full, the two parts of this brew stand out more, pronounce themselves clearly, burning bright among my senses. That means I like it.

Long lasting bitter finish, medium bodied, and for the hop-head, quite on the drinkable side.

This new-to-me Deschutes I've had since they've entered this market, and am I glad it's here. This one may be a staple of my summer imbibement.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Rich, clear and somewhat dark amber with a thin off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malt with some orange and hop spiciness.

Taste: Orange and grapefruit hops battle caramel and toasted malts (more caramel than toasted) throughout. Ends quite bitter with pine and spicy floral notes.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, medium body (a tinge light for the style), very dry finish.

Drinkability: Fairly light, easy-to-drink IPA overall that has a touch of English with the floral spicy hops, even though it is all supposed to be American hops. Also, a little more caramel than a typical American IPA. Overall, that makes this a slightly different American IPA that is worth trying even if not one of my favorites.

Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 10/05/10.

Pours a dark, reddish amber color with a thick head that held up for a long time. A lot of lacing is left on the glass. This is approaching Red Ale territory in color. Aroma is mostly hops with hints of orange, apricote, and pineapple. But the flavor is more balanced. Still fairly bitter with plenty of citrus/tropical fruit hop flavors, but there is a nice sweet caramel base. A little like Juicy Fruit. I think the malt brings out the flavors of the hops even more. The hop flavor just seems to go on and on. Finishes bitter with a pineapple and kiwi aftertaste. The body feels large enough to carry the bitterness but it is not so heavy as to hamper enjoyment during hot weather. Good carbonation. This is one of the better examples of an American IPA. It is not just a hop bomb so many will give it lower scores, but I love the attempt at balance.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish amber color with a thick bubbly head.

Smell is of rich bubbly IPA with hops and caramel malts. Lots of hoppy aromas, the caramel malt aroma is a little strong and gets left behind everything else.

Taste is of big hoppiness and caramel malts. This IPA is definitely malty, it has hops to balance it out, but is definitely on the malty side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, bitter pine hops come through, but the citrus hops come through more.

Drinkabillity is pretty good, not great, but pretty good.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Deschutes is all over the place.

Anyway, their recent debacle with Black Butte XXII -- specifically, their decision to cancel the bottle release -- got a lot of respect from me. I'm buying a sixer of Deschutes every week this month in a show of support.

Best by 09/07/10. I'm guessing it's an early June bottle (3 months).

A: Pours a clear reddish amber body with 2 inches of fluffy, light beige head filling the rest of the snifter. Retention is great, leaving some cobwebs of lace as the beer dies down.

S: Pretty caramel-forward on the nose. It's not lacking in hops, but it's just more aggressive on the malt than I expected. I pick up apricot and (less so) orange.

T: The amount of caramel here makes it taste like a toned-down American barleywine. Aggressively hoppy, the apricot I picked up in the nose is the star of the show. Orange and some pineapple. There's a strong, underlying tannic bitterness that reminds me of tea. I suspect this bitterness is the reason that the caramel is so played up. It works.

M: A malty body for sure, but it's not too viscous. Yet the carbonation is smooth. Swirling it in the mouth feels wonderful. Even the strong bitterness doesn't linger too much in the aftertaste. Outstanding.

D: Not my favorite interpretation of the style, but very well done. I get this occasionally and will continue to do so.

Photo of hoplover82
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a creamy off white tannacios head that leaves great lacing.

The aroma is pretty faint of caramel malts and some citrusy and piney/floral hops. After the beer is warm, it finally gives off some pungentsy.

The flavor is much of the same but with an overpowering harsh bitterness that doesn't match the amount of flavor or aroma.

Has a nice medium body with with a kinda dry, bitter finish.

It is pretty drinkable though.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger and a half of head that dissipates relatively slowly, leaving a nice coating of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bitter hops, citrus such as unripe grapefruit and orange peel, which gives way to a slight caramel malt backbone.

Taste - An immediate hit of bitterness, though not overpowering so as to distract one from the rest of the flavors. Almost as soon as the bitterness from the hops hit you, it gives way to fruity esters. As the beer finishes, the slight malty and caramel sweetness comes into play. However, there is a distinct hint of pine bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability - Relatively so. A bit on the bitter side for me as IPA's go. Still a good beer.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an attractive offering here. Clear copper with ruby highlights. Almost no veil whatsoever. An honest pour gives you three inches of rocky head with lacing to spare.

The smell is a bit surprising coming from a stalwart of the west coast. Rather than a pine and mint festival, the mango/citrus scents come to the foreground along with some pretty prominent caramel notes.

At first, the taste seems to mimic the smell. The caramel sweetness takes a step forward along with pineapple and lemon peel. Slowly the caramel begins to get pushed out by the welcome pine and mango combo and a strong bitter end that leaves you blaming your nose for providing no warning.

In short, this really is two beers in one. You get a sweet, balanced (almost English IPA) feel at first which is then completely replaced by an agressive American finish. For me, I really like having the best of both worlds. However, those put off by one style or the other may feel that this beer is a Jack of all trades while a master of none.

Photo of katan
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a darker straw color, dark golden to almost brown. Head formation is strong, sticking around at about 1-2mm, lots of lacing as well. Mocha in color.

S - Strong American hop profile, floral, at times grapefruit, lightly grassy. No malting detected.

T - Starts off with a sweet note of the orange like hop profile. Mid-stream gets biting and bitter, more grassy and earthy. Finishes with a cloying bitterness on the tongue and a light floral taste on the tongue.

M - Incredible body for an IPA. Not biting or acidic as some pull through with all the high acid hops. Creamy and smooth, goes down easy. Carbonation supports the creaminess.

D - Very drinkable IPA. Lightly filling - the full bodied nature of the beer does start to weigh on the palette. ABV is pretty potent - a 6er would hurt, alot. Flavors are well integrated. This baby would cut through some good spicy food like a knife through butter.

Nothing less than what I would expect from Deschutes - a solid beer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is delightfully hoppy - brightly resinous, floral, citric. Smells great.

Pours deep caramel brown with yellow highlights, large foamy top with lace. Looks nice.

Hops much less intense in flavor than in nose. Same aromatic compounds with a nice beefy bitterness that imparts a good bit of depth to the resinous and flowery character. Soft malt underbelly adds some crystal body, flavor, complexity/depth to ground the hops which is nice and balancing. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.


Photo of hdog09
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Not too strong of a smell from the hops. Good amount of malt and carbonation used and a little less hoppy than I'd like in an IPA. Overall good beer tastes good not one of my top favorite IPA's but it is good.

Photo of industrialswill
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel color with a tan head. The head quickly disperses, which earns points with me.
Caramel, citrus aroma.
This is a totally delicious IPA. It has the perfect balance of sweet to bitter, with all the big flavors you expect. The ample caramel sweetness would make this beer a good one for the "hop curious" beer hound to try.
At 6.8%, this beer invited me to have a few right away, then bask in the glory of a nice alky buzz.
Worth every bit of $8.50 per 6 to try, especially if you are an IPA drinker.
BTW, the beer sampled is about 6 months out of date....no big deal here.

Photo of beersheppard
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber colored brew, white head, some carbonation, a medium amount of lacing.

Smell: hoppiness, some malts

Taste: very balanced for an American IPA, pine and mostly citrus, grapefruit, , backed by the sweet caramelness of the malts

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, about what you would expect.

Drinkability: I would definitely get again, especially when I am in the mood for a morr balanced IPA.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Bright amber color with 2-fingers of white head that retained decently and had lots of lacing that clung to the glass like glue. Eye-candy for sure.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops hit the nose from the get-go, but not as much as some other IPAs. I find this a good thing because I don't like an IPA that's just over-the-top hoppy. Some sweet malty aromas underlie the hops and support it. Excellent.

Taste: The front of the palate is dominated by the sweet goodness of caramel malts, more so than your average American IPA. This fades away into a nice citrusy hop back end that's not really that bitter at all, but is a rather pleasant red grapefruit flavor. I was quite surprised, in a good way. I thought it was delicious and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body (a little light maybe for an IPA) with nice active carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability: I could sit and sip on these all day. Goes down very well, and is very refreshing.

Final Notes: This is my kind of IPA. Not too bitter and with enough malts to go around. I would effectively call this an IPA for malt-heads. Those that like super-hoppy IPAs better look elsewhere because you won't find that here. Stands up well to any flavorful meal.

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bright copper-colored beer features a slow-to-form head, but once it does, it's dense and lasting. The nose is sharply resinous, and somewhat fruity. Though the malt is sweet underneath, hops appropriately dominate the flavor. They're more citrusy than the nose led me to expect, but there's also a nice spicy, basil-like quality to them. Light fruitiness closes out this very dry-fininshing beer. The body is full, but soft and creamy.

Photo of abastias
2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An attractive deep reddish copper color. Moderately clear with a medium to long lasting 1.5" fluffy, cream colored head with nice , moderate lacing.

S: Slight sticky pine smell with a faint citrus. Moderately noticeable alcohol.

T: A slight sweetness with a light piny bitter finish.

M: Sticky smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Though this is a good looking beer with a smooth feel ,I kept finding myself turn to words like slight, moderate and light to modify descriptions. The "Inversion" seems to have left left this sweeter than average, lightly bitter IPA with a moderate to average flavor profile. While very drinkable I don't think I'll be seeking this one out in the future.

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,623 ratings.