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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

1,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 1999
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-22-2006)
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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-Amber in color. Slight sticky head, mostly just lace around the rim. Beer is a little hazy.

Aroma is citrus, spice, and pine, a whole mix of hops aromas layered on top of one another. Very deep and complex. Excellent to quaff.

Slight malt backbone with a piney bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. Flavor is balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky.

Overall an enjoyable IPA. I like the aroma of this beer the best. It is a little on the sweet side which balances the hops very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:36:02 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of schematix


2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best By date is about 6 weeks from now.

A: Crystal clear. Color is dark copper to light brown. Thick creamy head that leaves lacing with each sip.

S: Malty more than hops. Mostly pine and dank aromas. Minimal citrus.

T: Piney and resinous. Sweet. Very malt forward for an IPA. The beer offers complexity as the flavor changes from sweet, to floral, to a lingering bitter finish.

M: Thick, sweet and resinous. Carbonation is middle of the road for an IPA.

O: It's okay, but it's a little syrupy for my IPA tastes. Also I think the hop flavor, while quite present, is 1-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:41:48 | More by schematix
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my go to IPAs. Sipping one of these at their brewpub while hitch hiking through Bend was a highlight for me as a beer drinker. This was the beer in fact that got me into IPAs in the first place. Drink up! And do visit the brewpub if youre ever in or near Bend!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:17:47 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of admiral


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well balanced and enjoyable IPA

aroma: pine, malty citrus, grapefruit.

taste: pine, caramel, citrus, grapefruit and slight spice

Very drinkable - a lot going for it and one that you could drink a lot of. Not the best IPA on the market but very soild.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 10:27:00 | More by admiral
Photo of MrBoz21


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber with thick white head that settles into lacy skiff and ring. Fine lacing rides along side of glass. Moderate carbonation. Haze begins to clear as it warms.

Aroma: Banana and pear with citrus notes. Ethanol. Bready malt in background.

Taste: Caramel, biscuit and pine. Finishes with resony bitterness and sticky sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Malty with a bit of astringency.

Overall: Well balanced and tasty. It does have a homebrew quality to it ... meaning flavors arent as integrated as I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:26:36 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of nanandtomfitz


4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass with good head and retention

Hops and citrus aroma, very pleasant

Well balanced for a strong hop IPA

Mouthfeel pleasant but a shade less rich than some

Great beer overall, needed to have a few times before I really appreciated it, will have again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 18:29:27 | More by nanandtomfitz
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB Jan 1 2014. Just in time!?

Beer is almost opaque and dark amber in colour. Small white head, fades quickly. Some lace.

Nose contains some citrus hops, but more malt than expected. Caramel and bread are the strongest scents, with some light citrus fruits accompanying. Also a green grape scent.

Like the nose, the taste is maltier than expected, but not without a clear hop presence. Caramel blends with light fruits; some citrus flavours but no particularly fruit standing out. A bit of pine as well. Moderate bitterness, but a sweetness from the malt is there as well.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Somewhat chewy.

Overall, fine stuff, but not remarkable in any way. Although this is being consumed prior to the BB, it is close. Might be that this would be better fresher - but Deschutes does not distribute to Ontario (generally), and beggars cannot be choosers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:24:35 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had in a snifter. Best By: 02/20/14.

Orange-amber body, Inversion has slow moving carb bubbles and a finger's width of white that fades to a ring before the first sip. There is decent lacing left behind, though.

Aromas are mainly herbal and more bitter citrus. Oranges do pop up now and again, but really buried. There is some garlic dankness to it, but again, mainly the profile is more herbal with the impression of grapefruit. Inversion's bouquet is not bombastic, but still pleasing.

Really nice sweet citrus pervades the palate, orange hard candies with a little pineapple. The grapefruit and garlic dank mixes more in the finish with a bready malt quality and pine-y to aspirin-like bitterness. The flavors are really clean and the caramel to bready malt, just barely perceptible, helps the citrus backbone along the tongue. Well done!

Medium-light body and a little dry thanks to that aspirin bitterness. This is also where the bready, caramel malt really helps, not astringent at all.

Inversion is just a joy to drink. The nose may be a bit on the light side, but the palate delivers everywhere it matters, balanced and clean, citrusy, not overly bitter. This is an IPA to contemplate life and the pursuit by.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:26:08 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber, head is light tan, small bubbles, nice lacing.

Smell is full of earthy, piney hops, almost resinous, lighter fruit notes; malt scent is a touch of caramel and toast.

Taste is a nice full malt flavor blended with stronger earthy pine hops; malt flavors are mixture of toast and caramel, maybe biscuit, lingering piney hops add nice bitter counter.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice balance, good flavor presence on the tongue and cheeks, solid carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA, a little maltier, good piney hops and nice lingering flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 23:22:26 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Inversion IPA pours a dark amber color with a long lasting lacing head. There is a bold floral hoppy aroma. The taste has a nice strong hoppy taste, good floral taste. Good body, good flavors, wished it was drier. Overall a good solid IPA, nothing fancy but of good quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:17:50 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A dark murky copper body holds a thick tan head that slowly recedes, leaving thick lines of lacing as the beer goes down.

The aroma is thick spruce and pine with floral fruits and a touch of citrus rind.

The taste is that of the aroma. Spicy wood opens up into hints of apricot and pineapple, with sprucy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky.

Overall, this is just really how I like my IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 15:48:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of tronester


3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, with a big, fluffy light tan head. Massive lacing that sticks to the glass as the beer travels down it. Really nice looking. Aromas of stone fruit and a bit of grass. Taste begins with a big dried apricot flavor, then some dark caramel, then some pine, and an herbal bitter finish. Rich mouthfeel. Overall a very good IPA, though I typically prefer IPA's to be drier.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:41:41 | More by tronester
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a six-pack of this and another of the excellent Obsidian stout (review to follow). Inversion is an orange to reddish amber brew with ample off-white bitter foam and a very rustic kind of vibe. Aroma is very sweet caramel malt and classic American hops (grapefruit citrus and twangy herbal notes). The taste is dominant tangerine citrus (not as much grapefruit) and a sweet malt backbone like gummy candy and caramel, with a little dark toast. Very smooth bitterness without harsh notes or strong pine, its resinous but more restrained than many other American IPAs. Some brown spice notes combine with the aforementioned flavors to create an effect like sweet orange spice tea. Little rank tropical flavor but there are earthy and grassy notes in the finish. The body is silky smooth and not terribly heavy. Overall picture is that of a sophisticated and cultured bitterness, with a decent weave of classic flavors and superb integration and balance. If you care, the recipe for this thinking man's ale appears in Mitch Steele's book on IPA. Check out the interesting mix of old school and cutting edge hop cultivars.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 13:17:26 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deschutes Brewery - Inversion IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a dark amber ruby filtered with a large fizzy head that retains a bit. Abundance of lacing.

Smell - Huge malt profile with a resinous and citrus hop profile behind it. Sweet caramel malts, the old-style ones that aren't heavily used anymore.

Taste - Malt is a little more subdued here with a dank resiny pine hop blast.

Mouthfeel - Malt warm boozy here. Moderately carbonated. Light-bodied. Good drinkability.

Overall - Pretty good overall, interesting how it's hop forward as hell while still being heavy on the caramel malts. Not big into these particular malts, never was a big fan, but overall this isn't a bad beer, just their choice of recipe vs. my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 16:09:33 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of dowen17


4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear sweet tea color. Minimal off white colored head. Doesn't stay long but creates a ring around the glass.

On the nose is some grain and citrus hops. Some floral notes come in as well. Not very earthy smelling.

Taste mirrors the nose. Some grain and floral and citrus hops. Nothing abrasive or extremely special here but it is good.

Good mouthfeel. Lighter side of medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Would drink again but nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:42:59 | More by dowen17
Photo of eddocron


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a bottle purchased at princes Liquors in Plymouth MN more then a year ago. It sat in my garage fridge until last month when I moved it to the home fridge. The best if used by date is 08/07/13, so it is past its best date. yet, it still had a wonderful pour, aroma and taste.

Dark amber with a nice 2 finer head from a slow pour. Great lacing.

A realitively strong malt smell, but there is a sweetness I loved. Orange?

Taste was good, a little hops, some fruits. Not a bitterness afterwards. Easy to drink.

Mouth-feel was good. Not to sharp or bitter. Easy to drink.

I purchased this as a single with 5 other singles. Wishing I had gotten full 6 of these - will get more.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 16:15:16 | More by eddocron
Photo of BeerLover99


3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: copper/shiny body, finger off-white head,
amazing lacing

S: chalky floral, grassy

T: lemon peel/grass, earthy malt, light floral,
grassy bitter finish

M: med body, oily/slick mouth

O: Like this style and brewery, but not
huge fan of the chalky/floral hop taste/nose.


Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:12:57 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Bowers-Brew


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark red/brown body with off-white 1-2 finger foam head.

S - Faint earthy / pine hop aromas dominate.

T - Nice amount of hops, but balance seems a little off. Lingers a bit.

M - Okay carbonation and texture.

O - Decent and drinkable IPA. It doesn't seem like there are a lot of breweries that can do both a world class porter or stout and a really good IPA. Keep working on the IPAs Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 22:12:12 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of JohnnyJam


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle with date code clearly marked and into a pint glass and got one finger on head.

A: Pours a dark amber and almost copper color. I get one finger on head and the froth dissipates at a medium rate to a little more than just a ring around the glass but to not quite covering the entire top of the glass with froth to the end. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Malts are prevalent and then some pineapple and orange with pine winning at the end.

T: Mostly hops is what I taste upfront. This is not in your face but definitely there and balanced with the malt.

M: This is medium carbonated and it goes down good and very smooth.

O: I like this beer and I wish I had another one. I will definitely have this one again. It is not overly piney or tastes too much like pine resin. It is easy to drink. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:06:15 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of ssteakley


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell, color, stood out immediately. 1st taste, interesting, demanded a second. This beer keeps you engaged. Becoming enjoyable and wanting a second & a third. I was surprised. This one will be introduced to friends in Texas. Perfect for Sailors and those who want to sail.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:17:59 | More by ssteakley
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/05/13:

Into a pint glass:

A: somewhat hazy copper colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within a minute, nice spider web lacing is left in the wake

S: strong citrusy and piney hops, a fair amount of caramel backs up the nose

T: bittersweet as there is a very nice combination between the hops and the malts, bitter citrus aftertaste and gets a bit malty as the beer warms, semi-dry finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and good to me, nice bitterness assaults the tongue and mouth like a good AIPA should

O: once I poured this out, it was way better, unsure why it almost just wasn't having it when I was having this right out of the bottle, I would have this again

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:13:16 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Libationguy


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark amber color with orange and gold hues. 2-finger head with medium retention.

Firm malt, citrus, light pine resin, cilantro, cooked green beans and a mild earthiness.

Very dry from the hops across the palate. Citrus pith, hay, grain, mild floral and earthiness.

Medium bodied with a mildly coarse mouthfeel. Very resinous on the finish. Bitterness pushes the finish as it lingers.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 17:58:25 | More by Libationguy
Photo of brurevu


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Deschutes Inversion IPA poured with a nice amber body and full fluffy head. The aroma held tropical fruits and citrus hops that held into the initial taste. With the tropical fruits and citrus on the front and a palette coating pine bitterness on the back with a heavier malt profile that added a hint of sweetness. In the end the Inversion IPA was a refreshing and solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 18:04:29 | More by brurevu
Photo of Auraan


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful deep amber, with a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white head that stuck around. It looks fantastic. Scents of citrus and slight pine, but with a lot stronger a scent of malt. What I normally expect from an IPA, with a little bit more malt. Flavor is hoppy, with citrus, pine, some floral notes and a bit of a fruity character. There is a nice malt presence in the background, mostly caramel malt, though there is a nice bready flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste. Pretty on style for an IPA. Maybe a little too malty for my taste. The hops are present and quite good though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. It's pleasant and easy to drink. Slightly stickier than I like, but not unpleasantly so. Overall it's a pretty good IPA. Different from a lot of the West Coast IPAs I've tried, but similar in some ways. It's not bad, though I'm not sure I'd make it my go-to IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 05:35:10 | More by Auraan
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A medium copper colored ale that produces a good stand of foam when poured. The head is rocky in texture and off white. The bottle has a much appreciated best by date of 10/16/13.

S: Strong citrus hops with aromas of pine and some pineapple. The hops smell is rich layered at first fades after a few minutes. The malt bring a little sweetness and some caramel.

T: The strong hops bitterness and strong citrus hops flavor dominate. With little malt support the hops stand on their own becoming almost too bitter. The balance stays on the side of being aggressively bitter without getting harsh. There is a light malt sweetness with a medium-low caramel flavor.

M: A medium bodied creamy beer with moderately strong carbonation.

O: A very good IPA that I'll try find again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:35:01 | More by MadScientist
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.