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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 116
Gots: 297 | 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 Ezone024
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a carmel/copper color, thin quick head that gives off aromas of sweet pines.

taste is very clean hints of carmel and pine mixed with a slight hint of citrus. There is really no "I" in this P.A but it is a quality pale nonetheless. it drinks very easily at 6.8% and has a well balanced finish, bitter up front and sweet in the back.

i have yet to be let down by the deschutes brewery.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark yet still see through copper color with about an inch high cream head with longevity. Lacing on the plus side.

The aroma is full of juicy citrus fruits, caramel malts and plenty of hops that are much more citrus than piney or bitter.

The taste has a relatively low bitterness IMHO. I read somewhere that the IBUS are near 80 or so, but it doesn't taste like it. THis beer shows wonderful balance and a malt sweetness that is strong. The hops are very floral and fruity, but bitter? not so much.

THe feel is lower medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall smooth feel.

This is an excellent session worthy IPA. Balance is the key here. I am so glad that this is an easily accessable beer for me. A definate must try for any fan of the style.

Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is dark amber almost red. Forms a thick head (intentionally poured hard) of small and medium bubbles that falls away leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. Beer is relatively clear and carbonation is moderate to low. Medium bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma is malty and pine hoppy. Its overall a little light but present. Smells inviting.

Medium body, easy drinking, lingering bitterness at the back, mild sweetness up front. Overall its a little weak. Second taste, I get why this is an IPA but its more like an APA to me. I'm being really critical lately. The bitterness grows, tastes good. I want more in the mid-palate or a LOT more in the back bitterness. I want to have to chew through my IPAs sometimes -- and if you aren't going to give me an IPA with 100 IBUs, attempt to balance the flavors with more interesting flavors. Put some biscuit malt in there...something anything. This beer is a fine, easily available and cheap IPA for the masses. I would recommend it.

Photo of Bfarr
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inversion IPA is aptly named. Reason being the first thing you taste is sweet caramel malts and then the citrus hops take over. Unfortunately, it's short lived but builds up as you finish the glass. It's almost as if the hops are the backbone to a darker ale. It pours an oddly dark but clear amber with an orange tint with a huge head with medium size bubbles that stick around for awhile. It has a very fine sweet hop aroma that's also inverted. It has a fine smooth feel to it with just a slight bite of hops on finishing.

This is very unique in the IPA class. Although not usually what I look for in an IPA, it is smooth and has enough character to make it a good choice. Bonus points for having a name that describes the beer perfectly!

Photo of northaustin
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber/copper with a fat finger of tan, even white head. long retention and very solid thick lacing.

smell is a nice mixture of classic northwest style piney hops, earthy/floral hops, and a sugary crystal malt bill. nothing too exciting.

taste is very bitter. upfront bittering hops clean the palate and make way for a smoother, more mellow northwest style hop kick.

mouthfeel: deceptively smooth. in the beginning sips i feared a dry mouth from the bitterness. the dryness is there in the side of the cheeks but is countered by oilyness that lingers in the back.

im likin the red chair better but to each his own ipa.

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from my very good friend genghis22..thanks again for everything..from notes

a-deep copper with one and half finger tan head...lots of lacing..nice tight collar

s-pine and citrus up front...slight lemony scent..the malt steps in to support

t-starts off slightly sweet then the citrus kicks in...piny bitterness takes hold before a musty malt character take over the pine...finishes on a dry bitter note..

m-oily and resiny from the hops..bitterness lingers forever assaulting the tongue...coats the mouth well..

d-would have no problem getting through a sixer of this if it were available....

overall another sold representation of a west coast ipa..

Photo of Durge
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fun experiment from the laboratories of Ohoove this one is a cloudy rusty brown color with a nice off-white head and tremendous lacing. The aroma offers fruity hop edge with some mild alcohol overtone that sort of negates any favorable signs. The flavor comes on with a pretty clear match with the aroma. Grassy hops and wheaty malt. This is relatively thin and tinny with sharp hop bite but not greatly flavorful by my taste buds. It's close to mid-bodied with subtle carbonation. Drinkable enough and it improves as it warms. But a little disappointing.

Photo of jnn4v
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber color. Small amount of light tan head. Translucent with no sediment or haze.

S: very subtle. Some citrus and alcohol. Slight sweet scents as well.

T: clean, citrus bitterness. Hints of pine. Lots of sweet malts
as well.

M: medium to thin. Little carbonation. Reminds me of cask texture.

D: not bad. Seems more like a session beer in every regard.

Photo of climax
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inversion IPA poured a rich dark amber with good clarity and a good sized rocky head. The retention was excellent and it notched the glass at every sip.

The nose was balanced quite well with the heavier side favoring citrus, tropical fruit, and pine hops. The nose changed a lot as the beer warmed. More tones of overripe fruit and spices took control.

Lots of sweet toasty malt flavors in the taster. The balance was excellent. The malt was more pronounced than I anticipated right away, and the dry resiny hop profile eventually took the reigns towards the end. Citrus, lemon peel, bubblegum, and caramel all faded to a resiny finish.

The body was a tad light, but not watery. Very smooth feel had just the right amount of carbonation and all ended up in a dry finish. Real good IPA from a real good brewery.

Photo of PintOHops
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Slightly clouded copper/orange with a 1-2 finger head, retention was great and left broken but decent lace. Inviting & fresh looking.

S - Typical American IPA aroma's here, a little dry leaning more on the fruity side than the pine/citrus side. Aroma isn't big or pungent, some soft caramel & biscuit, alcohol, and a bigger caramel and candied/sugar aroma as it warms.

T - Definitely better & more complex than the smell lead me to believe! Soft layers of caramel, molasses, candied date, ginger, and biscuit unfold on the tongue. A bit of citrus in the center somewhere, finishes bitter but lighter for IPA's, pretty sweet overall but not sugary, well balanced and very delicious! As it warmed I got more candied fruits & molasses, as well as some warming alcohol.

M - Very smooth and around full bodied, lite-moderate crispness & only a touch of that oily feel.

D - This beer was different than what I expected, Ive never had anything like this one actually. I loved the layers of flavors & the outstanding balance of the flavor profile. I could easily enjoy 3pints of more of this delicious brew, It's not overly bitter & not to sweet either, making this one of the easiest drinking IPA's Ive ever had! This ones somewhere on the top of my list for IPA's! Definitely worth seeking out. Cheers!

Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on draft at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland, Oregon

A - Dark copper pour which has a bit of a cloudy chill haze upon inspection. Beer produces an off white two fingered head which carries quite a bit of lacing throughout the glass. This is a darker colored IPA compared to traditional offerings.

S - An aroma of fruity citrus hops with hints of malt and sweet caramel present as well. There is a balanced hop / malt aroma to the beer with neither being too overpowering on the nose.

T - A tangy hop flavor which produces a citrus / grapefruit characteristic to the taste. The bitterness factor is not overly aggressive compared to hopped up IPA's / DIPA's but it is definitely present. There is a backbone of sweet malt and caramel with finishes on taste buds. Again this is a complex IPA with many different stages of flavor on board.

M - Sweet, moderate carbonation and smooth with good play between the bitter hops and sweet malt profile. Good balance overall.

D - Very drinkable for a moderate strength 6.8% IPA. Not sure if I could consume more than 3 or 4 of these in a sitting though I will attest that I could have had some palette fatigue as this beer was the last of the evening. Session IPA? Yes indeed.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, extremely rich orange color with just a sliver of tan head. This looks quite delicious, indeed.

Smell: crystal/caramel malt aroma comes through quite easily amid plenty of citrusy and slightly floral hops. Pretty good so far.

Taste: the malt base is quite sweet, and the hops flavors are much as in the aroma but with more of a lean toward the floral end. Bitterness is quite nice but shows up mostly toward the end. Overall, pretty good, but a little sweet-malt-oriented for my taste in a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively low carbonation; a run-of-the-mill mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm finding the sweetness of the malt to be a bit cloying. One of these is tasty, but more than that might be a bit much for me.

On the whole, not bad, but definitely not my favorite of Deschutes' offerings.

Photo of seanstambaugh
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper orange. One inch of creamy off-white head dissipates gradually, leaving a lot of lacing behind.

S: Light aroma; citrus hop and grahamy malts. A bit underwhelming.

T: Strong alcohol to start into a medium-bitter citrus hop. Alcohol persists into aftertaste, with notes of dry wood.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation; small bubbles.

D: Not super drinkable due to the strong alcohol taste (and abv). Admittedly disappointing, I am used to really enjoying Deschutes brews.

Photo of jstilwell
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bIg thanks to abecall98 a great extra from a great trade. This is a nice maltier IPA. I'm drinking this 3 months after the best by date and it is still pretty decent. My guess is that the hops have definitely faded a bit however.

Appearance: burnt orange with amber hue. quickly dissapating foamy head, leaves oily lacing on the side. The nose is dominated by malt with sweetness and light fruit. This does not eminate strong hops or citrus. Again, probably a product of the time on the shelf. The nose doesn't lie, this is an easy drinking, malty, slightly nutty, somewhat thick, medium pale ale.

For me the drinkability would be high on this one. Would love to try it fresh some day.

Deschutes = quality, fo sho!

Photo of fsimcox
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark orange and amber. Thick creamy off-white head, dissipates very slowly to a thin white layer. Significant lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, with hints of malt, but not very strong.

Upfront is a strong alcohol taste, followed by bitter hops, and a bitter hop, grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, some carbonation, medium body. A dry finish.

An enjoyable beer for the hop lover. Not one I would drink too many of with a 6.8% abv.

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

Nice and very well rounded US IPA

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Slightly old fashion design based on a illustration framed by typography illustrating the inversion phenomenon with peaks over the clouds and the sun setting in. Side narrative goes over the inspiration behind the name. Neck label offers a description of the brew, and a short history of the brewery. Shows a semi-smudged best by date (02/06/10?), and Alc. by Vol. (6.8%). Poured into a pint shaker glass.

A - Medium to dark amber pour, with fine a frothy head, good retention and generous lacing.

S - Hoppy profile, grapefruit and pine predominate over a tad sweet malt base.

T - Taste progresses like the smell with a far more noticeable malt character supporting the hoppy and bitter character.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Nice stickiness, and bitter finish.

D - A very enjoyable IPA.

Notes: Pretty nice, and not a bit disappointed as I was looking to try this one for a while. Maybe not extraordinary but very good nevertheless. I sure hope to have it again with a bit more tiime to enjoy it.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy, orange amber colored body with a nice, big, foamy head that leaves some solid lacing

S- Big load of floral, citrus hops on top of a light, sugary base of refreshing water

T- Has a smooth, almost buttery backbone with a massive bitter punch of herbal hops.

M- Smooth and slick with a silky smooth carbonation

D- Plenty easy to drink without distracting flavors

Photo of billshmeinke
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a light honey/amber color. Big three finger off white head. Very nice lacing. Head remains about a half finger through out.

S: Pale malts, vague citrus hops. Not incredibly aromatic.

T: Light malts, somewhat bitter resin and citrus hops.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Seems like a decent warm weather refreshing beer, but there's nothing pulling me back for another. Rather move on to something more interesting. It could even be a pale ale as opposed to an IPA.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear light reddish color body, with a good sized off-white color head, very lasting. Smells very hoppy and citrusy. Has a light taste, pale and a little dusty, light hops, and some citrus. Very tasty, refreshing and light.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a half fingers worth of head. Looks like a hoppy IPA should, reminding me of the freshness of the forest, or recently harvested hops.

Nose is full of Citrus (grapefruit)and pine, and really showcases the Northwest hop aromas. Exactly what I would like to smell when ordering an IPA.

Some toastiness with some biscuit malts are overwhelmed, and rightly so, by some aggressive bitterness that stays around after the swallow. Packed with citrusy hop flavor.

Feels relatively weighty on the palate, slightly oily, with medium to high carbonation. Not bad.

The bitterness punch of this beer is definitely palate fatiguing. In other words I doubt I could finish one back to back. With that being said, as far as hoppy IPA sippers go this can hold its own with some of the best.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dunno what the problem is, but I've been noticing more inconsistency with the year round releases from Deschutes. This is a good example of what I'm talking about.

Pours orange, good lacing. Smell, nothing coming across beyond some mild herbalness. For how hoppy the taste can be, it doesn't come across in the aroma. The taste, can be all over the place. Sometimes, it is a delightful astringent bitterness with ample diverse hop quality. Other times, it fades quickly, is replaced with an almost wood and tobacco (maybe they slipped in some oaked tobacco barrels to age it in) denigration of the beer, hence why it suffers in my rating on the last two categories. Maybe these guys are blending not so good batches. Something happened that made this beer not as good as it used to be, but then again, Deschutes has been riding on their past success for a few years now.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Deschutes Brewpub, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop and soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront grapefruit that slowly melted into a relatively full malt. Caramel detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a good hop forward west coast IPA.

Photo of Gatch
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess it is my fault that I bought a Spring release beer just last week in December. The "Best by:" date is 12/08/09.

A - All of the typical characteristics of an IPA but this one may have a slightly redder hue than others.

S - The nose consists of hops, fruit, & malt but without a strong hop presence.

T - Very citrusy. Pink Grapefruit is the fruit that stands out. More malty than hoppy it seems. Some hints of bread, sugar, and slight alcohol. A nice bitterness.

M/D - Smooth and mellow. Mouthfeel is great as is the drinkability. Great IPA.

I'm guessing that the hops weren't as pronounced with this beer as they should have been because I drank it a few days after the "Best by:" date. I'll need to try a fresh bottle in the Spring of 2010.

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

a unique american IPA in form. pretty textbook in appearance and nature. clean pour with a reasonable head. some lace. nose of hops. subdued citrus.. a tad earthy. palate is citrus that leads to a nice bitter. earthy finish... pear and sage. quite a good food beer. probably perfect for indian food.

Photo of PDXHops
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

A slightly hazy caramel amber body sits underneath a dense, creamy 2 finger head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smells good, if perhaps a bit tame, but this proves to be a nice little beer once glass meets lips. The malt profile is a fairly robust blend of roasted, toasted and lightly sweet caramel. The pine, orange and sweetened grapefruit bitterness would be enough to make this a solid brew, but there are also floral notes, a hint of cracked black pepper and a bit of a woodsy element and something that reminds me of dry leaves in the fall. Moderate bodied brew that's tingly/spicy at the swallow with some lingering pine and citrus.

Overall impression: Solid NW IPA here.

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,588 ratings.