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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

794 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 794
Hads: 2,762
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 124
Gots: 417 | FT: 4
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 Ohiolager
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark burnt orange with a haze. 12oz bottle poured into a 17oz stemless white wine glass. Best by date 3-20-15. Almost two fingers of peach white head lingers and gives way to nice lacing.

Aroma: very grassy and floral with some citrus and fruity assertions.

Taste follows the nose. Fruity floral tones at first followed by a well balanced sweetness/bitterness. more floral, fruity and balanced than most IPA's.

Mouth feel is thick on the pallate. The IBU's are well masked. Least bitter IPA i have had in a long time.

Overall. A very good brew. Just not the IPA's im used to. A bit to floral and outright fruity to make its way into my line-up. the amazing well balance between malts and hops (sweetness and bitterness) is unlike any other. (759 characters)

Photo of mikemarin218
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was a little down on it at first, but it has really settled out over the last few times i've had it.

I would say it has a heavier, more full bodied taste than most IPAs - but at the same time is less buzzy than most IPAs as well.

I'll still have to try a few more time to get the real story but seems very solid. (319 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Mother color is a deep, brownish Amber and the head is soapy and white. Fresh and piney hop aroma, some background citrus. Full bitterness and hop flavor in the taste...lots of intensity. Malt is there, but is behind the hops. Lingering finish. Warming underneath, and the beer could sneak up on you. Nice. (323 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-15-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a lovely amber color with one-finger off-white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin, almost unbroken layer of small bubbles, medium carbonation and significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: a delightful flowery nose, sweet molasses, pine, some pepper and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet molasses and bread then a nice piney hop profile, there was some pepper in there too, the malt and hops are more balanced than most IPA's.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good IPA, it's more balanced than most but there is no mistaking this is an IPA, it's definitely sweeter on the front end than most and that really compliments the hops, this is my second beer from Deschutes and I'm really impressed so far, they make beer like I would make beer.....balanced. I would buy this again without hesitation. (961 characters)

Photo of Jishguy
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange body with an extremely thick off white head which stayed around throughout the drink. Lacing on the glass was tremendous.

The malt aroma sticks out more than hops, but they are there. A bread like malt with a hint of sweetness followed by a hint of pine/resiny hops.

Very similar to the aroma. Caramel and bread like malts dominate the immediate flavor, piney hops linger in the background.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation was spot on. (474 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Dark orange, light brown tinge, filtered, no carbonation and 3 fingers of creamy orange brown tinged head.


S: Orange, pine, orange candy, alcohol, watermelon, malty Shreddies in milk, orange cream.


T: Big sweetness, orange candy, pine, then a big bitter hop bomb with dankness and cereals mixed.


M: Medium thick syrupy body, little carbonation, a slight resinous coating left on the tongue.


O: Very well done. Not as awesome as some, but very well done. Bordering on the taste of an imperial IPA. Drank in Chiang Mai, Nov 10th, 2014. (548 characters)

Photo of Hurlshot
4/5  rDev +2.3%

The aroma of this beer, freshly poured into a pint glass, is delightful. The coloring is a lovely amber, and the initial flavoring is strong and hoppy. There is a bit of bite to it, not overpowering, but it stays with you for a spell. It is very much a strong IPA, the only knock is the slightly bitter aftertaste. (317 characters)

Photo of BrewChatKen
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Floral, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine on the nose. It pours a deep amber color with a slight beige head. Medium bodied, it finished very clean which built anticipation for every sip of this lovely brew high. On the palate there were sweet crystal malts, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime slight pineapple and green apple. Those IBUs were balanced nicely and this was a fantastic IPA. (386 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great lacing over a dark, copper body.

S- Starts with citrus zest, grassy hop aroma with toasted caramel malt. OK aroma.

T/F: Follows smell, and very smooth with a creamy finish. Juicy, zesty hops, happy, bright beer. Warm Finish.
O: Paired well with brauts at Gustavs at PDX. (282 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

This brew pours a mostly opaque copper color with reddish highlights. A thick three-finger head, some of which remains on top until the end and heavy lacing.

The smell is orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine with a bready and caramel malt backbone.

The taste follows the nose; the pine dominates but all of the hop flavors mentioned in the smell are there in the taste. The bready/caramel malt backbone is also consistent throughout.

Wow, the only thing stopping me from giving this a 5 is that it is hard to say anything is perfect, especially since IPA's vary so much but this about as close to perfect an IPA that I have had; try it! (640 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a uniformly translucent, nearly transparent dark amber hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger soapy, creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Citrus sweetness, notes of pine and floral hops, yeast, fair malt backbone.

T- Very similar to the nose- with a bit more herbal hops than what was mentioned in the nose and a much more earthy feel. Finish is pretty consistent with the initial flavor with hints of herbal hop bitterness lingering.

F- Smooth medium weight body with low to medium carbonation. Body is bready much more than oily.

O- Overall this is a decent IPA. I really like bottle conditioned IPAs and the breadiness of the mouthfeel really comes through that. (736 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance (4.5): Clear copper color with a one finger egg shell colored head. Looks great, although dark for the style

Smell (4): Dank tropical fruits, orange, pine, lemongrass; A bit earthy

Taste (3.75): Pine dominates the palate with slight citrus undertones that carry onto the aftertaste with hints of biscuit malt. I also detect a candied sweetness underneath it all

Mouthfeel (3.75): Medium body; Sticky on the palate with slight bitterness--Could have used slightly more carbonation

Overall (3.9): Picked up the variety pack, and this was my first choice. This one definitely falls into the piney ipa category. Its tasty, but it was a little all over the place for me and the individual tastes didnt quite match each other. It is a good ipa, but not a great one. Looking forward to trying the rest of these beers in the variety pack (846 characters)

Photo of HopsScotch
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This IPA poured as a dark golden trending towards amber. And if you know Ambyr you know that ain't all bad. The head on it (the beer, not Ambyr) was firm and looked like dirty straw. This IPA has a good flowery smell that you expect from an IPA. The taste was very grassy - or maybe that was because i had just finished mowing the lawn. The bitterness stayed a bit too long for my taste so i marked this down on the feel and on taste. (438 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film of bubbles in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with notes of gooseberries and pine resin as well as hints of caramel malts.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and gooseberries. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish along with the bitter flavors of grapefruit. No malts are perceptible, but they do mute some of the bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has some rather astringent flavors of bitter grapefruit so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle (944 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle (best by 12/17/14) into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with tons of streaming carbonation, off-white frothy head that left dense glass-coating lace.

S- Sweet orange marmalade notes, floral and piney hops, and some oatmeal notes.

T- Lots of very sweet orange marmalade, orange and grapefruit citrusy hop notes, some earthy hop character, and big oatmeal malt backbone.

M- Dry, medium body, soft to medium carbonation, and pretty refreshing.

O- A pretty good IPA that tastes a lot more East Coast than West Coast. Pretty big malt bill on this one and lots of citrusy sweetness and much lighter on hop bitterness for the style. (673 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

bought this as a single bottle:
A DEEP orange hue / solid finger of head with nice sticky lacing - LOTS of clarity

S lite hopiness to the nose

T mmmm YUM nice hoppy bite w/ SUBTLE malty back

M thick and full body

D not to be Trifled with - this is a serious brew. @ 6.8 the buzz comes on quick (298 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- A perfectly clear amber, with a big off white head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Citrus rind, mainly grapefruit but some orange as well. A bit of pine and earthyness. Caramel and biscuity malt are there as well.

T- Slap of bitterness is quickly balanced by the biscuity and slightly caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness creeps up through the finish.

M- A slick medium body, dries nicely on the finish but not overkill.

O- a very good standard IPA. Very much a ramped up version of Mirror Pond. (539 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a hazy deep amber with an off white head that laces nicely.

S: Sweet malt and pine and citrus hops, a little earthy.

T: Big hit of pine hops, some citrus as well, grapefruit and tangerine, a little caramel malt sweetness, and a lingering grapefruit and lemon grass bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Was worried the hops might have faded out of this bottle as this bottle is about a month past it's best by date. Nope! Big in your face IPA. I can only wonder how much stronger it is fresh. (578 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4/5  rDev +2.3%

P- thanks to my buddy Todd for this brew.

A- honey amber color with a nice one and half finger foamy head. Gorgeous lacing lining my pint glass. Clear and translulcent as well.

S- floral, pine and lemon grass hop essences. faint caramel malts nicely complement the nose aromas.

F- strong floral and pine hops dominate the palate first followed by a lemongrass flavor with biscuit malt flavors with hints of caramel.

M- hoppy and lemony in the mouth and at times overbearing but decent. light-bodied

O-all is great...the mouthfeel drops a little but nice beer. (568 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Poured into a nonic, it has a huge tightly carbonated three finger head that lingers forever. clinging sheets of lacing are thick and very creamy looking. I've never never seen any brew do this at this level. amazing.

S: Pungent tropical fruit, thick lemongrass. Bitter citrus nose.

T: lemongrass with very faint biscuity notes. Tropical notes abound. Slightly earthy. Bitterness grows as it warms, and it definitely is more bitter than the IBU says it is.

M: smooth, velvety initial finish followed by a strongly drying note. Creamy due to tight carbo. puckery finale with tropical bitterness at ultimate finish and it lingers.

O: Fantastic, approaching a DIPA in strength. Reminds me of DHF 90, but, well, more refined than 90 min. Really nice IPA. (776 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, dark honey-amber hue with mild carbonation producing a 1/2 inch off white head that fairly quickly recedes. (3.75)
S: Nice pine and citrus hops aroma that can be enjoyed from a couple feet away from the glass. Upon closer inspection/whiff, light caramel malt, floral, and mineral notes also are present. (4)
T: Sharp and bitter pine hops with mild citrus notes, fairly strong sweet light caramel malt backbone helps balance the strong hop presence. Still wish it was a tad less bitter. (3.75)
M: Light-medium body. Loads of bitterness. Moderately sweet, but this pales in comparison to the bitterness. Fairly smooth and slightly oily feel. (3.5)
D: A decently complex IPA. I like the strong hop notes, but others have done that with less bitterness. (3.5) (828 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Clear orangish amber in color with a 2 finger khaki head that is very slow to dissipate. Creamy frothiness to the head. 4/5

S - Floral, orange flesh, sweet fruit. Pine. White bread. Somewhat subdued surprisingly. 3.5/5

T - Dark stone fruit (dates and raisins). Biscuit. Piney, resiny, grassy finish. Lingering bitterness. Bitterness is more prominent than fruitiness throughout the flavor profile. Ever so slight hint of green apple. 4/5

M - Heavy body. Low to moderate carbonation. Sticky. 4/5

O - Nice complexity. The fruit notes as well as the heavy body thew me off initially but they work well and the hop bitterness is balanced, mostly, by the sweetness. 3.75/5 (692 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12oz to a snifter, best before 10/22

Pours a really dark golden orange with a finger and a half of foam. Not bad retention, down to half a finger after a minute or two. Pretty hazy, low carbonation

Smells pretty floral. Upfront heavy pine, followed by a lot of citrus- mostly all grapefruit. A little sweet caramel on the malts, touch of alcohol on the finish

Taste follows well. Lots of heavy pine, backed up by some relatively submissive citrus. A much less sweet caramel malt come through on the back

Feel is a medium body, high bitterness. Alcohol hidden well, super easy to drink

Overall this beer really reminds me of when my friends and I would attempt to down Torpedoes in high school. I got that first initial super piney shock of hops on my first couple sips of this six pack, brought back a lot of memories. And to think now I knock these guys back no problem (875 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of 11/04/2014. Poured into a Becker glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 2 fingers of head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Earthy hops a little malt

Taste: Bitterness up front with some pine and earth notes in the middle which rounds out in the finish with spruce and a little malt

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and clean finish

Overall: A good IPA with just a hint of hop resin feel but not cloying. Well balanced and will give hopheads their fix. (518 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Briefly... looks to die for - golden amber body, pillowy head, and more lace than on a Bride's dress. Muted aromas, but taste is better. More East coast than west with a nice malt backbone stopping it being a Citrus ' n' Pine fest. No dominant citrus flavour but quite dry overall. Solid effort if not outstanding. (314 characters)

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.