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Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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

228 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Jason on 03-22-2006

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Reviews: 837 | Ratings: 2,966
Photo of TLWalsh
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish amber with a creamy ecru head. Has a slightly malty nutty aroma, medium mouthfeel. Tastes fruity with the citrus IPA finish. This is a solid IPA, would buy again.

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Photo of krh
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker than my go-to IPAs. Malty, less citrus. Not too complex, but I enjoyed it. Quite tasty. Nice change of pace IPA, so I probably ranked it a bit higher than it deserves.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, yet clearish, amber color, with a two-finger head.

Smells of sweet malt, nuts, and some citrus.

Not an overwhelming taste, with bitter malts making an appearance in the aftertaste. Sort of sweet, but the initial taste is really quite subtle. Feel is light, and drinkable, without massive carbonation.

Not great, but drinkable. Sort of tastes like a rock-solid shallow session IPA, which makes the almost 7% hard to explain.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at crosscut pizza in nederland co
pint glass
pours an amber red with a small off white head
smells complex fruity and nutty on the front end then as it warmed more pine and floral/rose notes
taste similar to the nose both fruity and nutty with hints of sweet floral notes as well
feel viscous and somewhat chewy
overall very enjoyable !

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Photo of smulford68
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a great orange tinted color coming out of the bottle into a pint glass and isn't as cloudy as some IPA's. Great citrusy nose - again, made me think of orange zest. Good bitter finish. This is a new favorite IPA

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Photo of GrumD
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely full-bodied beer with a wonderful depth and aroma. Love the bottle-conditioning and it sure does make a difference. The nose has hints of caramel, lemon and pine - top mix. Not over hopped, but might not suit all. The finish is long and gorgeously bitter.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inversion IPA brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 6.80% This brew pours out a nice deep amber, light brown color, witha nice off white head. I really like the color of this brew. This brew has the look of most IPA's on the market. The smell of Inversion IPA, is rich with hops, grains, and malts. The first thing you pick up on is hops, however that is to be expected with this style of brew. Now for the taste of Inversion IPA, it is rich with flavors. You pick up on the hops, grains,and malts in this brew. The body of this brew is mild and smooth. Not say that is a bad thing. This is one of the more milder IPA's on the market. Inversion IPA , has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Inversion IPA , is rich, bold , smooth and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.80% ABV in this brew. I like how this brew is smoother than most IPA's on the market. Overall I'm giving Inversion IPA , a 4.25 out of 5. Deschutes Brewery. did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint from a bottle. Big thick head with nice lacing. Strong hop smell, nice clear orange brown color. Orange sweetness, reminds me a bit of good marmalade, with bitter notes. I enjoyed it with a good vegetable pizza!

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Photo of schwansmantr
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Inversion Ipa is loaded with more different types of hops than I can begin to remember. This beer created a large head and had a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong very strong of hops. If you are a fan of strong hop sent and taste you'll like this beer but for me I give it a F. I do not like the strong bitterness and after taste it gives.

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Photo of ricke49
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quality hop forward brew from Deschutes. Oily appearance and feel without over the top hoppiness (tho' definitely strong citrus pine taste elements - and yet caramel malt sneaks in somehow). Truly living the dream when a quality IPA like this is continually available at under $8 a sixer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty piney and heavy. Not really a fan of this style of IPA. Leaves a resinous taste on your tongue. Kind of gave me heartburn. Not super drinkable.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the brew pub in Portland.

Nice creamy head, dark auburn reddish brown.

Nose great cascades, juicy citrus, orange and hint grapefruit, sweet toasty caramel malt, a bit too malty.

Taste sweet caramel malts out front, mild toasty malts, into cascades, fair bitterness, mild citrus, hint grapefruit in the background, little spicy earthy touch creamy malt, hint syrupy malt. Finish drier but mildly sticky caramel spicy hops lingering, fair bitterness. Mostly malt little hop again.

Mouth med to fuller bod, dec carb.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Inversion IPA last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight and I thought this one might be a good choice, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a amber and copper color that took on more of a crimson and ruby color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thick creamy ring and a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of spotty lacing behind. This is great looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the some floral and piney aromas that seem to stick out the most with just a little bit of fruity hops coming through in the background and impart an apricot like aroma. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart a bread and very light caramel malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it seems like an old expect for the fruity aspect.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the piney and floral hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and the malts which impart the same bready and malty aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a piney and floral hops aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, it's got good balance.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, slightly clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid expample of the style, it would be almost a textbook old school IPA if it wasn't for the light fruity hops and while it's nice it isn't the most memorable. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was that the fruity hops weren't even with the floral and piney hops, I think that would have made for the perfect balance. I wouldn't buy this beer again,b ut I wouldn't turn it down. I can't say I highly recommend, but if you like that old school IPA flavor then it's worth a try. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it was right on the border of being a pretty nice IPA and with just a little more fruity hops I think it would have a some great balance and a good hop profile. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's pretty close to being average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little mor work on the hop profile I think this could be a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-clear, brown color with a slight head. The aroma is fairly malty for being an IPA. The taste is slightly bitter with a well balanced flavor that does leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Pretty well made with decent flavor.

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Photo of ivorycannon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darkish amber color and the smell is sweet malts and pine. The taste is pine and caramel with some sweetness in the middle. Maybe grapefruit, not sure, and it finishes quite bitter. I would have no problems drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of kitch
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 11th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear copper amber colour. There was a huge three finger light tan head that had good retention and left plenty of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong piney and grassy aromas with hints of citrus lemon zest. There is also some light caramel malts and apple juice there.

Taste: Bready and caramel malts upfront followed by plenty of pine and hop bitterness. There are hints of apple juice and grapefruit in between and a long lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was a good IPA if not stunning although I prefer more carbonation. But Fresh Squeezed is still my go to IPA from Deschutes.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my taste in IPAs. Bitter and malty(for an ipa) without any real hop character. I find Deschutes IPAs maltier than I prefer. Pine drops being the exception. Dark, bitter, but not bad. Just not "my" taste.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a solid white head. malty roasted aroma, very little citrus. caramel-y smell.

the taste has a piney hop drive. not a citrus-y hop flavor like many others. the feel is thick with a bitter finish.

not a bad beer but not my ideal ipa, i enjoy a nice citrus bite to mine.

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a mellow pine and resin combination initially, with sappy, floral honey undertones, followed by a bright and sweet citrus and caramel. The beer pours a rich, slightly murky caramel color topped by a tan, dense soap head that retains an abundant scattered soapiness and leaves plenty of messy lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. It's oily and malty texture has a slick foam carbonation. The medium body is light roasted in character with with a wood tone, molasses, and nuts. The finish is smooth and syrupy with a clean woody spice. It's aftertaste is mild with a nutty tone with cooked molasses, or more of a lightly burnt syrup, with a hint of tart citrus.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color.

Overall: The beer starts off with a malty caramel taste and hits you with pine hops at the same time. It finishes with the normal IPA bitter taste. This is a very tasty IPA with roasty character. A fairly good solid beer!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with nearly two inches of tightly packed beige foam. Heavy lacing. I'm not getting much initial aroma other than some light malt. I get a light dose of piny hops as the head recedes and the beer warms. I taste some some piny hops and light malt. The mouth is fairly light and refreshing.

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Photo of Chris72
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this beer. Good n hoppy, almost horribly offensive at first. Love, love, love it. It's got kick, but I love the overwhelming hoppiness. In my top 10 for sure...

Look: Only had in bottles, so I'm no good here
Smell: Has an awesome hoppy smell
Taste: Crisp, and hoppy as hell
Feel: Strength wise, it does work. It's a slap in the face compared to most IPA's

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color. Has a complex hop to malt aroma. The flavor follows the smell, it has a nice balanc between the hoppy flavor and almost bready malt. Overall a very interesting beer that I enjoyed

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber-red color with a one finger head of fizzy off white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is lighter overall with the heaviest of the aromas being that of a pine smell and some caramel. Other smells of a grass and a bit of grapefruit are there as well.

Taste – Upfront the taste is bready and malty with a moderate showing of a caramel sweetness and flavors of a pine hop. As the taste advances the pine gets stronger while the bready taste takes on a slightly more roasted flavor in nature. The roast and the pine continue increasing as the caramel fades a bit, being replaced by more hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature. In the end with the transitions that have transpired, one is left with a decently bitter and moderately roasty IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier then normal with a slightly lower carbonation level. Overall the feel was pretty good, with it accentuating the hop tastes rather well.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a slightly more dank hop and roasty character. Fairly good overall.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice beer interesting that it seems to have the flavors cascade in reverse the interplay of malt and hop Certainly makes this beer different from anything else that I have tasted I would have this again

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.