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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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795 Reviews

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,766
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 126
Gots: 419 | 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: 795 | Hads: 2,766
Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical Deschutes embossed bottle with hops around the neck. ABV and Best by date clearly marked - this is a bit past the date, but it has been stored safely in my beer fridge the whole time.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange color .. looks like most of the haze came from the last bit of the pour. Nice solid off white head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of resiny hop aromas - heavy pine with just a bit of citrus.

Taste: Nicee amount of hop flavor, without being over the top. Malt is enough to back up the hops, but does not show through with much flavor distinction.

Overall impression: Definitely skewed toward the hops - nice hoppy flavor without being too bitter. Drinkable, especially considering ABV. (757 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my mind Deschutes is very underrated they brew a vast array of great styles and sadly alot of people in the midwest and east never have had the chance to try their wares... now enough of that on to the review.This poured an odd kinda hazed brownish orange with a nice tight one finger head that never totaly settles,well that Oregon hop profile really shows itself like I knew it would quite citrusy with lemon I think being predominant over top of caramelly biscuit dough malt its not all one dimensional.The hop dominates but it has character tea-like up front with a nice resiny,spruce like finish all the long a decent sized sweetish malt base holds its own thru to the finish.A nice hoppy quaffing IPA I would have never guess this was so high in alc its very drinkable,well done. (788 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another !Excellent! frosty from Secret Santa bennetj17.

In fact, I would say this is near perfect in style (and taste) for an IPA. I’d luv to have this readily available in the mid-west, but Que sera, sera.

Man, look at that pour – clear amber, then topped by a perfect pillow of frothy ivory. Sticky laces ALL the way down my Schlafly sampler glass.

Tons of hop in the aroma, just a touch of floral which is the way it should be in my book. A pure IPA taste, just classic. Hops are there, not to heavy and the floras, pine, and citrus mix nicely in this real quaffer.

Sharp, dry and crisp – finishing with a dollop of oily goodness. Yum Yum. (657 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Magnum's in early August for $1.39. Freshness date thru 9-28-06 - Whoops, lost track of this one!

Appearance is orange with a nice off white head that is very well sustained with outstanding lacing left behind. Nose is a nice fragrance of floral hops and malts. Taste is a bit of caramel malts that is followed by a blast of citrusy hops. This is not a beer for those who eschew hops in their beer. Mouthfeel is very good for the style, medium bodied and very lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. Definitely not a session beer but 2 or 3 is just about right. This is a must try for hopheads and those who enjoy Deschutes! (653 characters)

Photo of ecooper
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep, translucent amber color with a rocky, 2-finger, off-white head that settles slowly into a thin cap. Lacing is decent, leaving a few strings of lace down the glass.

S - Aroma consists of sweet floral scents, grapefruit, and caramel.

T - Piney/woody hop bitterness up front that lingers throughout with a pronounced, biscuity malt finish. A slight hint of alcohol warmth makes its presence known at the end.

M - Medium body with a slightly chewier mouthfeel than other American IPAs I've had.

D - A bit more complex than a lot of hop bombs out there, actually making this less drinkable than some others.

Overall, a very solid IPA from Deschutes. (677 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown long-neck bottle with a best by: 12/23/06 on the label. This ale pours an orange-copper with a thick lacing off-white cream head. Great head retention with plenty of carbonation and tons of lace left sticking to the glass as you go.

Some what sweet, very earthy big malty nose upfront. Subsequent sniffs reveal more maltiness with hops shining through and some potency...smells very balanced.

Very nice malty intro with just the right amount of sweetness that eventually lets through to a citus hoppiness. The hoppy citrus winds down to a crisp, clean finish...very balanced indeed.

A medium plus body with some strength, very easy to drink and quite sessionable at that. Another tasty good drinker from the Pacific NW. (740 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Freshness date of 11/10/06.I'd forgotten about this one for a while, so I was worried it'd be a little worse for wear.

Poured a hazy dark orange color, with about an inch off off-white head that stuck to the sides of the glass for a while. Rings of lace were left on the side of my Mirror Pond pint glass.

Like any decent IPA, this beer smells more strongly of hops than anything else. There's are notes of grapefruit and caramel to this. It made me think this was going to be a very well balanced IPA.

The truth is, the taste was not as well-balanced as the nose led me to believe. There is a citrusy hoppiness that is prominent, but there's also a much stronger bittering hop flavor than gets detected in the smell. This is a sharp, spicy IPA where the caramel-ish malty notes detected in the nose hide, terrified, deep in the background. Not a bad tasting IPA, but could use more balance.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Medium bodied with an oily feel on the tongue.

Not a bad IPA, and definitely better than the previous bottled IPA from Deschutes. Still, I'd like to try this with a little bit better balance. (1,203 characters)

Photo of KoG
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful rocky head atop a copper body. Sticky lace all the way down.

Smell is extremely hoppy, very little malt. Strong floral and citric odors.

Taste is very raw and full of hops, from start to finish a solid hop taste with a peek of sweet malts in hte middle. Bitter on the finish.

Goes down fairly smooth, can't really drink many of these in a row as the hops just pummel you. (390 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color between orange and a deep copper. White head formed fast and went away even faster leaving only specks of lacing.

The aroma is mainly caramel and citrus. There is a faint alcohol scent way in the background.

The flavors is is dominated by strong, spicy, bitter grapefruit hops with light caramel notes. The alcohol is noticed in the aftertaste. Not bad, taste wise, but it just doesn't do it for me like 60 min. does. May just be the variety of hops used.

Almost creamy, medium body with decent carbonation. Dry bitter finish. I wouldn't run out searching for this one, but I may grab it in a pinch. (622 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't seen this in bottles until about a week ago. Grabbed a sixer, so here we go.

Amber/Orange color. Poured a nice head, but it faded quickly.

Nice aromas of carmel and cirtrus, not strong, but pleasant.

Taste is interesting. Tasted a bit of carmel malty sweetness up front, but it quickly changes to a sour citrus flavor with a touch of hop bite on the finish. Not really my favorite flavors, but not bad.

This was pretty good, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy it again anytime soon. (511 characters)

Photo of xoqx
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like this beer a lot, and its 75 IBUs makes it a step up from their former IPA, Quail Springs, which was somewhat underhopped. The beer is a nearly clear bright copper color with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves significant lacing. The nose in this beer changes depending on the temperature. The beer was 55 degrees to begin with, and at that point the smell was all hops; crisp and piney. As the beer warmed toward 60, much more of the malt came out in its smell. For a bitter IPA, this is a balanced beer. The after taste is dominated by its long pine-citric hop finish, but while the beer is still on the palate caramelly malts abound. The mouthfeel is sharp and medium bodied. As much as I like this beer and love the IPA style, this one seems to suffer on the drinkability side. I spend a lot of time wanting Deschutes beers, but I seldom crave this one. (898 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white frothy, yet low, head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel impression and a citrusy grapefruit hop character not far behind. Some light presence of alcohol was notable as was a lightly grassy character.

The flavor was strongly bittered with American hops, most of the hop flavor was citrusy with grapefruit character most prevalent, but the flavor was also a bit grassy in nature. Malt was certainly present with caramel, but the ruler of the day was hops in both bittering and flavor. The hop level was high enough that they almost had a spicy character in the brew.

The finish was dry with lasting citrusy hop presence into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. A nice IPA, someone was heavy handed on the hops with this one, but it is still highly drinkable despite being heavily bittered.

12 ounce bottle. (1,017 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this...
Appears a medium toned, hazy amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out. Streaks of lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is creamy, citrusy, with caramel, grass, and biscuits.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted with earthy, grassy, and citrusy flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter without much of a sugary, ballsy malt balance that I was craving in this one. (410 characters)

Photo of
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle. Poured an amber/orange, faintly hazy. Large light tan head formed, and faded quickly.

Hops are what the smell is all about. Very citrusy, lemon and orange. Malt definately secondary, with a taste of honey.

Flavor follows the aroma, but citrus is now grapefruit like. Bitterness present at the start and lingers long into the aftertaste. Malt still cowering in the corner, but manages to contribute a bit of a honey/wheat bread flavor.

Body is light to medium, with medium carbonation. Quite drying, but in a good way.

Overall, a damn fine IPA. Not as good as I remember it (but that was on tap in Seattle, so probably just a bit more fresh). Wish this was available in MD, so I could drink it routinely. (729 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good for an IPA, dark copper, amber color with only a bit of chill haze. Off white head, solid one inch on the pour. Reduced to a lumpy mass that grips tight to the glass.

Pine hops predominately in the aroma with some hints of biscuit malts. Fainting touches of citrus rinds. Pretty straight forward.

Flavor is lacking in flavor really. Lots of bitterness but not too much actualy flavor. What is there is a mix of pine and pine resin. Needs some more powerful malt flavors as well. Its just okay really.

Decent mouthfeel, pushing medium bodied. Coats the mouth well enough and the flavor lingers for a bit.

Okay drinkability. The lack of any real flavor outside of its bitterness doesn't draw me to this too much. But its okay. (754 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange, nice carbonation, nice small creamy head, leaves some nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, hops, slight caramel, and citrus.

T - The taste is very nice and hoppy and with a nice bitter after taste.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A nice offering from Deschutes, would buy again. (356 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend tried this and told me it was 'too much' for him...so naturally I tried one.
Poured with a good 1 1/2 finger head on top of an amber, clouded body. Looks good.
Smelled of lemon, flower and metal. Metal? Yes, metal.
Taste was a bit flat at first, but when the hops hit that's when the taste came alive. More citrus, but more like green citrus (as in unripe). And again the metal came out. Not sure what that is, but I drank more.
A good IPA, but only because the bite is strong. Otherwise I'd say it needs more flavor. (530 characters)

Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard of this beer for a while and even seen it on the shelf. Finally I had to try it. I really enjoy this IPA. The appearance is a light amber color with not much of a head.
Smell is a bit decieving but after the first taste. There are a lot of tasty hops in this beer. As an IPA fan, I would rate this as a great session IPA. Its not the massive hop and alcohol that sometimes comes with these richly hopped beers. The taste lingers and entices one to drink another. I would say that this beer has a very high drinkability. A six pack won't last very long in the fridge.
Great offering from Deschutes. I will look for more of their brews. (649 characters)

Photo of sockeye101
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 12oz brown bottle poured a nice cloudy orange/amber color with a thick 2 finger off white head. Aroma was very pleasing. I caught a whiff of pine with a strong citrus orange aroma and a bit floral. This one has got some bitter bite to it, damn. Almost a spicy hop bite in the beginning that tingles the tongue then it fades into a different kind of more dull bitterness that is not nearly as pleasant as the first, but still satifactory. There's a little ctirus in there, but all I really get is a hops piled on more hops. Mouthfeel is creamy at first with a very dry finish. Iversion is a good IPA but not one that stands out above others. (643 characters)

Photo of GimmeAles
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper developing a sturdy, 1.5 finger off-white head. Head subside to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and regenerative wisps of foam erupt at the slightest provocation.

Bits of toasty, caramel malt get pushed aside rudely from a citrus-piney hop blast that hits the nose.

Fresh, macerated pine needles and lemon rind tingle the tongue. This is an assertive IPA. The bitterness is nearly overdone but for a robust caramely malt presence that makes itself known, albeit a little late. Fortunately, that sweet cream-caramel character becomes more pronounced as it warms. A cedar-like spice lingers - the last vestiges of the earlier hop-onslaught. Quite delicious, and with a brash edge that leaves you wanting more.

Slick, soft mouthfeel is pleasantly hefty, yet quaffable. Very drinkable though the somewhat rough hop presence makes this one for hop-heads only. A much more interesting and enjoyable IPA that the previous Quail Springs offering. After many years, Deschutes continues to impress (1,028 characters)

Photo of bcm119
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep orange IPA with a decent off white head. Aroma is sweetish caramel malts with a zesty, orangey hop zing. The nose is citric hops, with a strong caramel malt presence. Theres a slight sweetness in this slightly fruity, malty ipa, but a firm bitterness balances it very well. Has a nice grapefruity aftertaste. Overall a beer to be reckoned with: strong, pretty big body, firmly bitter, and all this on a thick fruity malt backbone. (437 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, pretty brew with a dark mahogany body. Smell is of hops, citrus, and caramel. Taste is overwhelmed by bitter grapefruit, almost disarmingly so. Deschutes cranks out some good brews, most notably their Black Butte Porter, and this one is worthy of their line. All in all a decent IPA... (293 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came to me by way of trade from loren01. Thanks man this is really good!

Appearance: The beer is a reddish/ orange coloration. The head was a thick creamy biege coloration almost 2 fingers high. The head seems to last forever. Thin rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: A very luscious citrus zest and juice hoppyness greats my nose. The beer has a toasted malty caramel smell on the tail end.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell big time. The beer has a very good citrus and citrus zesty flavor. The beer has a solid toasted maltyness. The beer has a bitterness on the close of the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a creamy lightly hop oily mouthfeel. The beer is slightly less than medium bodied. This is a very nicely hopped beer. This is a dam good IPA. This would be in my line up more often if I could get it regularly. (864 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired through recent Secret Santa swap w/ alohac
Pours absolutely beautiful brown tinged amber. Fluffy, long lived, tan head with loads of lacing throughout. Aromas of funky hops.

The funky hops come through with the main flavor. Not as overtly "complex" as other IPAs out there with multifaceted hop profiles, very nice nonetheless. "Kind" aspect to it to me w/ hearty malt backbone. Oily, buttery thickness to the brew making it sit around in the mouth some. Lingered. Dangerously drinkable. (508 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- near copper in color, orangish color. Big beige head, that takes its time to settle, plenty of lace.

S- citrus, pine, slight hints of toasted malt in the nose

T- bitter grassy flaovr, caramel malts, hints of citrus throughout, with a sour citrus finish.

M- smooth with a dry finish, medium body

D- nice to drink a IPA that has a place for malt flavor. One of the more interesting IPA's out there, definetly be back for this one. (443 characters)

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.