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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

808 Reviews

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Reviews: 808
Hads: 2,847
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 469 | 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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Reviews: 808 | Hads: 2,847
Photo of Bone53
3.9/5  rDev 0%

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

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Photo of HopsScotch
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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

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Photo of JWU
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

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)

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Photo of bwood06
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

I really enjoyed this IPA. Descheutes Never let's me down with their beer. It has a nice honey golden color. Smell is of a hoppy nature but not overbearingly hoppy. I like my beers super hoppy which would make this one perfect for a none Double IPA sipper. Taste is nice when it hits the palate. Little floral note with a nice amount of bitterness. Smooth going down without the syrupy feel you get from some IPA's. Throughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely drink again!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a red colour, head is white. Mild lace but decent on the edge. Nice.

Smells hoppy and pleasant. Touch of rubber, but nice citrus and resin. Mild, crisp. Touch of pine needle and dish detergent. Nice.

Taste is stodgier than expected, quite yeasty on the mid and back with quite a full body. Bit of pine and mild sherbet but yeah, yeasty and chalky. Not quite as much hop cleanliness as I may have expected on the back.

Slight tingle on the back. OK feel.

Not quite as bitter as it could have been, feels a little heavy as well.

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Photo of Anasazi
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've bought a few six packs of Inversion and the first time I had one was at a party and I liked it.
Not much on bouquet and I'm not sure why as the rest of the beer is great. Nice head, lacing of foam down the glass, copper colored, good malt and not overly hoppy. A mild, slightly orange flavored hop. Again, good beer, can't go wrong, good quality.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Inversion IPA is another solid offering from Deschutes. The beer poured a clear copper with white head. The scent had fresh hops that were more floral leaning. The taste was a nice combination of floral, pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer and could be sessioned.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent IPA.. Taste, colour, smell/aroma. It is a thing of Beauty,,
Have never been to Oregon, but to taste this beer @ Deschutes Home turf would be quite a treat.
Will have to re-evulate my IPA critiques as my palate has become more acute of IPA excellence over IPA adjunct..
Life is so complicated, though GOOD IPA does ease the stress and pain.
I've NOTHING to say that is negative about this bottled bit of Nirvana..
Thank you, Friends from the NW United States..
Bless you and keep the excellence coming...
You Rock!!!!
~ Carry On Citizens!!!~

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Photo of dmgeng
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this IPA as part of the sampler pack. I really wanted to try their award winning porter but I love IPAs so I thought this would be a tasty bev.

A - Brilliant copper color with red hue. Significant head with light lacing. A clear beer even with some yeast at the bottom.

S - Tons of NW hops with the standard citrus notes shining through with some herbal and light flowery tones that come with cascades and citra hops. A hint of the american ale yeast character and slight malt/grain at the bottom, after all of the hops.

T - Significant hop flavor that last through the drink with a citrus character and hints of pine being predominant. The floral, herbal, and grassy notes also accompany making it seem more of a hop wash. It has some of the malt in the middle with hop bitterness to finish crisp. This beer is definitely hop centered but there are other flavors that make it not 100% just hop sided. It almost has a "homebrew" quality to it making it a very good choice for myself.

M - Medium mouth-feel with a nice bitter hop finish. Moderate to high carbonation for the style which makes it seem crisper than the malt bill would make it seem.

Overall, a solid IPA that I wasn't disappointed with. I like the homebrewed taste (unfiltered) but I typically like a specific hop type to come through and not a more muddled hop character. It isn't a bad characteristic necessarily just not my favorite over an all simcoe or a straight "C" hop mix. If you haven't tried it I think you should make your own opinion but I would stick with their porter personally.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 12 oz into my snifter. Fresh by 10/30. Nice mahogany tone with a finger of slightly off-white head. Decent retention. Piny/grassy and very clean smelling. Nice note of citrus (mainly grapefruit) with a little bit of concentration. Off the top, nice bitterness, almost perfect bitterness... strong malt backbone and pine, pine, pine. Yum. Light to medium body, not oily or sticky, and a clean aftertaste. Overall, this drinks like a much bigger IPA. Fantastic standard setting IPA fro Deschutes.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, orange-amber color with a short but persistent head and nice lacing down the glass. Every Deschutes brew I’ve tried has had exceptional lacing.

Aroma: Smells of peaches and overripe tropical fruit with some herbal/grassy notes in the mix. There’s a bit of a funk to the fruit aromas, giving it the aforementioned overripe quality.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation meets tangerine flavors on the tongue, with a strong hop character present as well in the form of a piney flavor. This hop-forward flavor quickly blends with a bready, nutty malt flavor in the finish, though the finish is still mighty hoppy! The hop character in the finish is pretty bitter and resiny, and is a bit out of balance with the malt flavors.

Final Word: Great flavors in this beer, but the strong hop presence in the finish makes it a bit too potently bitter for the drinker that doesn’t love hops. There’s a lot of citrus and malt character, so it still sits in much better balance than many IPAs, and isn’t an IPA that only hop heads can get into. However, you need to be pretty familiar with hoppy beers and hop flavors to enjoy this one, or else the intense, dry bitterness on the finish is going to turn you away. If you already love IPAs, this beer will definitely satisfy and is worth picking up if one of your favorites isn’t available. I’ve had better IPAs, but they are some of the best around, so this beer still sits high on the list.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my pint glass at cellar temperature...

A solid two finger, off-white head builds up (I say solid partially because it's very dense foam) over a glowing dark orange or amber that is quite clear, but has lots of very fine mist-like sediment in it upon close inspection. Very pretty lacing, I might add.

Its aroma is very nicely filled with orange and orange zest, honey, caramel, some dank hops, and what I swear is a tiny touch of vanilla. Kind of a herbal flowery smell, overall. Very nice!

Fantastic flavor in this one. Honey and citrus transition to pine, and then to a simply dreamy finish of sweet, bready malt complimented by a laid back, but very noticeable dank, astringent hop bitterness that lingers.

I have to say that the body is pretty darn full for a standard IPA. And it coats my mouth, with an aftertaste that sticks around forever. Almost imperial in character. Impressive.

This IPA has left a huge impression on me. It veritably gushes with hop dankness.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased cold at Monde Market - best by 08/05/14 - poured into a British pint)

A: medium amber colored liquid, fairly clear... must be a lot of late and dry hops here - the foam stand is long and high, a good inch, creme colored... messy splotches of lace here and there

S: pine, overripe strawberries... juicy navel orange... background floral notes, very faint cracked black pepper... candy citrus... familiar smells for a jam-packed West Coast IPA... woody herbal-ness takes over as it warms

T: pepper, spicy grapefruit, pine... toasted graham cracker, zippy spice in the finish... the aftertaste is grapefruit, lemon, the spice of a citrusy oregano... moderate toasted grain malt backbone, clean, dry... any notion of sweetness (which is minimal, if present) comes from the hops

M: medium-bodied smoothness but notably sandy dry - not gritty - just a texture on the palate like that of bare feet on hot sand (hey, that's what I'm gettin' - it IS 4:38am right now)... combo of hops, alcohol, low temp mash? - feels like a scrub with the mildly-abrasive dish pad (the blue ones) - and it's killer!

O: huh... this actually tastes like a pine forest, granite, crystal waters... bet it pairs well with Oregon... is there such thing as a "Northwest IPA"? - just saying, this could be a benchmark for such a style... had this for the first time at the brewpub in Bend last year - second time having it here - think I'll have it some more!

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Photo of XCaliBrew
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first sip of this beer brought me a lot of typical citrus notes from the hops. I experienced some slight sweetness from the malt which was followed by pine-bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. The head was a off faint khaki color about an finger worth. It smelled of citrus, and slight bread notes from the malt. I purchased this on a whim after deciding to put back their obsidian stout which I like. I figured i'd try something else from the brewery. Overall, I am not disappointed. I can't say I would go out of my my way to get another sixer of this, but it will be on my mind when in a pinch, given that it was 7.99 at the store. I would recommend this to those who are looking for a session IPA that still want hops, but not too much and would rather not have a lower tier ipa (i.e. long hammer, etc.) The 6.8 abv puts it a slight notch above your standard session brew, so beware of that.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.