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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 2003
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 bump8628


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with a super creamy off-white head that sticks around for the whole glass and throws off plenty of sticky lacing. Sharp raw herbs right from the get-go with a surprisingly hefty maltiness - toasted bread with a slather of caramel. Hops continue to smack around the palate despite the malt. Grapefruit pith, coarse herbal flavors, hopsack, earthiness, under-ripe strawberry, grassy bitterness. The 80 IBUs shows off in the long biter finish. Not the juicy citrus/pine bomb I was expecting, but more of an old school craft IPA with a focus on bitterness as much as hop flavor and aroma. A nice change of pace from what I've been drinking lately

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:22:02 | More by bump8628
Photo of garymuchow


4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice classic hop aroma with firm malt background.
Frothy and firm head with lots of sticky lacing. Slighlty cloudy brownish amber.
Tasty!. Good malt flavors with clear malt sweetness and a crunchy malt character. Followed by some very nice hopping. Smooth bitterness and a moderate bitterness.
Nice soft carbonation and enough heft in the body to make it have some grit.
This is better than the average score it holds. I'm surprised. It's pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:04:09 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB 8/14/13

Pours a dark reddish copper with an inch thick white head that dissipates fairly quick. Great lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, but not too much honestly. Much more malty than hoppy on the nose. The taste of the beer is also not too hoppy, tho more than the nose, but it has a terrific flavor. Malt presence isnt big either, but there is a big mixture of tastes going on in this beer. You get the piney bitterness like most NW IPAs but there is also a good fruity taste too. The combination leaves you craving more right away which makes the mouthfeel of this beer extraordinary.

Overall not the hoppiness IPA by a long shot, but what it lacks in hop profile it makes up with in flavor profile and feel. Its a beer I'd love to drink more often. Unfortunately not available on the east coast (yet!)

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:53:53 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of FanofHefe


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

12 oz. bottle, best by 8/28/13, poured into a Bells tulip. Darker than expected; mostly clear, light brown body with some yellow tint. Nice two finger dark tan head that has decent retention and leave some rings of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is little understated, as the malts overpower the hops. But, once the hops come through, tropical and floral hop notes dominate, with a little hint of grapefruit.

The flavor is the opposite of the aroma in that the hops are very forward. More pine bitterness as the start that yields to the light citrus and floral notes. Honestly, there are some floral hop tastes here I've never experienced before. I looked up the mix on the Deschutes website and see that 6 different hops were used, so the blend is unique to me. The hop flavors leave only a small bit of room for the caramel malt flavor in the back end.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable. Definitely a different IPA than most I'm used to. Solid brew, but not one I'll make a regular.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 20:12:26 | More by FanofHefe
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New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB 8/14/13. Consumed 7/15/13.

A: Reddish-orange with a good clarity and rapid ascension of carbonation bubbles. Foamy 2 finger cream colored head sits stubbonly in the glass while thick stratified ring lacing encircles the interior.

S: Grapefruit pulp, semi-dry citrus grind is forefront with a hint of orange-pineapple fruitiness lies gently in the background. Some overlaying of straw.

T: Sweet sugary toastedness for flavor at first, sweetly dry toasted citrus lingers about with a flowery warmth hop fade. Alcohol tones of dry cinnamon stick and orange spices with some speciality grain.

M: Mouthful was spicy, good rate of carbonation with a slippery malty feel. Citrusy and dry cinnamon spiciness spikes off the tongue upon the swallow with a lightly dry powdery feel.

O: Overall good hoppiness and a decent transistion from a sweet start to a dry flowery hop fade finish. Again not a beer you will turn down on seconds, but one hardly of seeking out if your a hardcore ipa fan. Casual kick back drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:51:44 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 10/16/2013. My fourth different beer from Deschutes Brewery I think, acquired from the local beer store for $8.99 a six pack. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of fluffy khaki colored head on top of a coppery dark orange colored body. Semi-clear appearance with a few strands of bubbles rushing to the top. Head thins to nothing quickly. Thin streaky lacing.

S - Big fruity pineapple, grapefruit, and blood orange type smell. Some light floral smells. White bread & malts. Smells very similar to what both the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA and Deschutes Red Chair NWPA smelled like.

T - Taste is not at all what I expected based on the nose. Extremely bitter hops, but not fruity and juicy hops. These hops are drier and more bitter. Light florals again, but not much. Extremely malty, and almost a coppery metallic aftertaste.

M - Feel is extremely resinous and dry with bitter piney hops.

Overall, a slightly above average IPA at best. Not really anything mindblowing, and certainly not as fruity and hoppy as other IPA's. Definitely tastes to me like a more malt forward beer. Still, it is reasonably priced, and with a modest drinkable 6.80% abv, it was worth trying at least once, but I will stick with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA for now.

Deschutes Inversion IPA ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:13:52 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewing from notes.

A: Pours a nice, hazed copper color with what with a large creamy, off-white head. The large head eventually fades down to a cap after a few minutes, and leaves staggering amounts of sticky lacing all down the glass. This one is pretty!

S: An aromatic melody of floral, grassy hops alongside some really clean citrus zest. A slight touch of malt sweetness underneath, with an even slighter impression of spicy alcohol.

T: A solid hop bitterness slaps around your tastebuds, with a nice profile of freshly juiced grapefruit seeping through. More than a hint of malt sweetness balances out the initial bitterness. Finishes with a wave of warming alcohol that says, "Slow down. This isn't your little brother's beer!"

M: Has a pleasant creaminess and silky smooth feeling all around. Mild carbonation does just enough without getting in the way. It'd be more than easy to put a few of these back without realizing.

O: I wouldn't call this a big brew, but it certainly packs a bit of a punch. Lots of unadulterated hop flavor that is paired with (and not masked by) some refreshing citrus zest and underlying sweetness. Drinks smooth and satisfying. This one is definitely deserving of praise, and I might just find myself picking up a six-pack of this before the warm summer nights are over.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:32:54 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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North Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Nice light copper color with a good 1.5 finger head that stuck around for a while and laced the glass nicely.

S - Fruity, floral not overwhelming, banana smell.

T - The hops are pretty intense in this one. Floral taste

M - Hearty and hoppy. Dry finish and moderate carbonation.

O - This is a pretty darn good beer and example of the style. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:11:21 | More by dakotaben
Photo of Hulk_Beer


3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

app- Healthy amber-orange with sparse bubble streaming. Head is soapy and poured huge. Lacing clung to glass very appealingly.

sml- Mango, peach, sweet orange/grapefruit. Smells fantastic.

tst- Hulk tasted a lot of alcohol. It's sort of high ABV but not high enough to be boozy. Not sure what happened here. People kept talking about a caramel malt but Hulk didn't get that. Did get some bitter orange rind and grapefruit juice. Taste good.

mf- Frothy, with thickness from brew but perfect amount of carbonation for style. Hulk finally starting to understand "mouthfeel" thing.

This good IPA. Hulk had better, but that not mean much when this beer so good. Don't let Hulk's rating deter you from having. Solid A beer!


p.s. follow Hulk on instagram @hulk_beer !!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:19:17 | More by Hulk_Beer
Photo of Oakenator


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber color - hints of ruby. Ample head at pour and has good retention. Good chunks of lacing present on the glass.

S: Hoppy, floral aroma.

T: Ample malting present up front turns to a more bitter flavor on the back end. Hops are more floral than anything else. Nicely balanced.

M: Silky smooth carbonation - feels good on the tongue and on the rest of the mouth.

O: Well done brew - really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 21:43:53 | More by Oakenator
Photo of nbaeteer


3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This is a single IPA? Looks a lot more like a double IPA or an amber to me.

Aroma: Bready, potent hops and citrus backed by honey.

Taste: Wow this beer tastes a lot bigger than 6.8% Lots of red citrus going on here. Tangerine, blood orange, red grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with surprising alchohol warmth for a beer of only 6.8%

Overall: Very interesting IPA from one of my go to breweries. What exactly do we have here? In a world filled with a million IPA's this one is just different enough to stand out while sticking to the basics enough to still be comfortably part of the IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 20:35:42 | More by nbaeteer
Photo of mactrail


3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark orangey amber in the Stella Artois tall tulip. Foam lasts well with plenty of lacing. Odd and somewhat perfumey smell. Some roasted malt and a little caramel greet the lips. Some sweetness says with you, but the taste and aftertaste is all about the bitterness. I don't taste much of the usual piney notes. This is kind of a sweet dishwater.

Overall, this seems like a very standard IPA missing some hop flavors, but with an insistent bitterness. Not much for savoring a pint, but I defer to the hop fiends, and maybe freshness is everything on this one. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 05:28:03 | More by mactrail
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark copper, with a one-finger eggshell colored head. Spotty lacing.

S - Strong hoppy aroma. Pine, grapefruit, and even some malt sweetness as it warms. Smells great.

T - Lots of spruce, but not exceedingly bitter. Almost minty. Lush and juicy. Not a lot of standout or "punch" from the malt, but it does bring balance and sweetness. Make no mistake; there's quality here.

M - Body starts out full at the sip, but goes to medium by the finish. Tingly carbonation, might be a tad too much, but the most minor of flaws.

O - Really solid West Coast IPA. Most comparable to a slightly less malty Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 23:56:24 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of Omnium


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours an amber color, one finger of soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Some nice light caramel malt, pine, orange juice and lemon zest.
T - A tad too sweet on the malt, but floral and pine bitterness is the most prominent here, some mild citrus flavors as well.
M - Medium feel, a bit sticky on the end.
O - This is a solid IPA, the malt is a it much at times, but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:58:30 | More by Omnium
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is something from the haul I got recently in Colorado. Dated Best By 6/18/13.

This beer poured a nice orangey copper color with a finger of banana cream-looking head. Lacing is decently clingy.

Smells of pine and tropical fruit, light caramel and light brown sugar.

Piney, with bread and light brown sugar. Transitions into grapefruit and tropical fruit mix and pine, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel on this is medium bodied. Decently creamy. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:34:26 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Color is a bright clear orange brown, very typical with a foamy white head and excellent lacing. Smells of bittering hops but balanced sweet malts with gram cracker and a touch of herbal tea. Taste is a bit hoppy, not palate wrecking but sweet and balanced enough to taste great. Body is excellent it balances the ABV which is up there with the big dogs. Overall I would consider getting it again it's a simple yet tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:05:47 | More by DrDemento456
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Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep orange amber, two fingers of white head retains well and decent lacing

S- Sweet malts, floral and citrus hops

T- Sweet malts on the front, body is a medium smooth hop that has a sweetness, darker fruits on the finish

M- Medium bodied, clean crisp, little hop bitterness, medium carbonation

O- Very good beer, not super hoppy or bitter well balanced with sweet malts, lots of dark fruits on the finish, very easy drinking beer, another very good Deschutes beer

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:03:46 | More by Kmat10
Photo of tbdkev


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours orange-copper with a fair amount of lacing around the glass. There's a definite orange peel/citrus aroma, with some hints of fruity/bubblegum malt flavors. It's a prelude to the flavor profile, which primarily consists of orange peel and grapefruit with some grassy notes. It gradually fades to a dry, borderline metallic bitterness, but it is pleasant nonetheless. Fairly complex and somewhat heavy compared to other American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 18:47:42 | More by tbdkev
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (marked best by 7/30/13), so should be fresh, into a tulip.
Appearance - Amber, with a meringue-like head. Leaves very nice lacing.
Smell - brilliant; nice mix of hops and sweet candy; some malt present, breadlines.
Taste - not bad, but the malt presence almost overpowers the hops at times.
Feel - complex! The malt on the palate gives way to the bitterness of the hops in the finish, but doesn't completely vanish. A heavier feel than with many IPA's.
Overall - This is a solid beer and the price point makes it a must buy!!! Probably best in the early Spring or in the Fall!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:47:19 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of garuda


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Brilliant amber, mostly clear, thick off white head has great retention and lacing.

S/T/M - Pleasant hop bouquet with floral, light pine, and touches of citrus hops. Moderate bitterness. More subtle floral flavors shine well with the relatively light body. Smooth consistency, yet hops are prickly across the palate. Finishes crisp and clean with lingering pine bitterness.

O - The light body flows well with flavors and leaves me wanting to drink this more.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 12:48:56 | More by garuda
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes Inversion IPA has a medium, egg shell-colored head, thick lacing left behind, and a brilliant orange appearance, with a few bubble streams. The aroma is of rich citrus fruit and sweet white bread, and the flavor is of strongly bitter, floral hops, sweet citrus, slight citrus peel, white bread, and white bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Deschutes Inversion IPA finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, quite drinkable, and most delicious. Overall, this is just a fabulous beer!


Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:11:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle with a best by date of 24 July 2013.

Appearance: deep, orange-amber color with a massive, frothy, creamy, bone colored head. The head is very durable and leaves gobs of lacing.

Smell: light malt aroma with plenty of citrusy and floral hops.

Taste: the sweet malt base is apparent, but struggles to counter the hops, as the touch of sweetness up front turns moderately bitter by the finish. Grapefruit rind in the aftertaste. The hop flavors lean toward citrus and floral, but is a bit piney and herbal too.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; nicely smooth.

Overall: a robust West Coast IPA. with a relatively hefty malt component.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 06:33:35 | More by chinchill
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very dark color for an IPA. Comes off almost amber. About a finger and a half of head on the pour, was present throughout drinking. Some lacing on the glass as this one was drank.

Smell: The front is buttery popcorn and some heavy malt. Saturated and heavy hops. You can feel the syrupy texture of this brew through the aroma. No bright hops, definitely on the malty side of the IPA world.

Taste: The front is smooth malt. The body rolls into a saturated hop flavor that has a sweetness over a hop bitterness. Very little bright hop presence, there are some darker fruits on the back end. Sweet sugar really pops.

Mouthfeel: Clean, very little hop bitterness. Syrupy texture is rich.

Overall: I've always been a very bright hoppy fan, so this one really is not my style but is still a good brew. It certainly identifies itself as a malty heavy IPA, does not fall into the confusing middle ground.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:02:51 | More by KFBR392
Photo of DenverLogan


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into St Bernardus chalice.
Copper with lots of bubbles on the side, significant head, and lace.
Aroma of sweet malts and wet cardboard. Bottle states best by 5/28/2013...a few days from now.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of roasty malts, earthy notes, light grassy hops. Overall I'm wondering if we have some oxidation

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:41:15 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of WissBrauSean


4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautifully clear amber coppery colour with a full 3 finger khaki head that remains as a full ring around the glass and covers the beer. The lacing pattern left on the glass is sticky and looks like polka dots.

The aroma is not as hoppy as you would think that a beer with 80 IBUs (International Bittering Units, 80 is pretty high) would have. It's definitely floral smelling from the hops, but I am taken aback by the upfront caramel malt sweetness that I smell along with honey and citrus fruits! The honey aroma is AWESOME!

The way that this tastes is more akin to a double IPA I would think because there is a really full amount of caramel malt to balance the floral hops. It's really balanced well! The caramel malts are pretty much up front and as the beer moves towards the middle of the tongue honey does come out all the while some floral hop notes are in on this ride. When the trip finishes, hop bitterness appears and the beer ends dry and in need of tipping into your mouth once again.

The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, sweet, moderately full (as compared to something watery like Boar's Lite) with medium carbonation.

Overall I find this beer exceedingly attractive and would recommend it to anyone who likes hops. I personally have not liked hops in my craft beer adventure until this past 6 months or so. I am not a hop head and do not like extreme beers that are over the top hoppy. In saying that, I think if you only mildly like hops you may even like this beer! I am going to give this a solid 4 or better out of 5!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:02:26 | More by WissBrauSean
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,003 ratings.