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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

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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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Photo of GClarkage
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/19/06- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date on label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber in color. 1/2 inch head which soon fades with minor lacing.

Smell- Dark burnt malts are prevelant. The hops take a backseat. Minor grapefruit, but a decent amount of pine.

Taste- Tons and I mean buckets full of deep roasted malt. Not even enough hops here to quality for an IPA. This is a malty amber ale. The pine and grapefruit are there, but they are just overwhelmed by the malty character.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a very minor bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Wrong catagory if you ask me. Under another it would be a perfectly fine brew. Not bad tasting at all, just mislabeled IMO.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond was my first beer. Well, my first craft beer. But as I didn't drink much bmc or anything, it was one of my first, and really started me on the road to where I am today. Since then I've had most of the Deschutes brews available in Seattle, but for some reason never had the Inversion IPA.

With a vigorous pour into my Full Sail Pint glass, this is a good-looking ale. Bright, clear copper with a large, sticky tan head. As the foam receeds, and before I've even had a sip, wallpaper lacing is left all around the glass. Very nice.

The appearance really got my hopes up, but the smell put my hopes in check. Not that it's bad, no not bad at all. The smell delivers what the label advertises, soft caramel malt. I get a nice maltiness and citrus hoppiness, but it's not so strong. The smell is very good, but weak in comparison to the last IPA I had, which was SN Celebration. That beer rocked my world in all categories. This one smells good, but for the style it's not so hot.

Alright, tasting time. My first thought after my first swallow is that the taste is similar to the smell, somewhat muted. Definitely tasty and satisfying, a fine example of the style and another solid offering from an excellent brewery. After a few more drinks, I'm liking the taste even better. The NW hops are ample, but it is good without being over-the-top kick-ass bitter. Very smooth, nice mouthfeel and no trace of 6.8% abv, highly drinkable. The smell even opens up a bit as the beer warms in the glass. Yes, now, just before hitting that review button, I must bump the smell score up from 3.5 to 4.0 as it's really come around to reveal an ale with loads of depth and character. Overall quite good. I will get it again some day, and recommend it to my brother who is a newb and can't handle hop bombs.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange, slightly hazy, with a soapy 2 finger head that lasts with a thin skim of foam to the finish.

S - Floral citrus hops and caramel malts.

T - Mostly bitter chalky citrus hops with a bit of sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium bodied with a dry finish.

D - A decent IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with an off-white head, a bit dark for an IPA. Hoppy aroma with some caramel malt and citrus. Big caramel malt flavor, undertones of grapefruit and orange, and a long-lasting hoppy finish. Great creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. An more balanced IPA, and all around a solid beer.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, states 05/26/07, and a label code of 1215I.

Pours a deep bright orange, very clear, with a massive off-white head that dissipates to little, leaving slight, chunky lacing.

Aroma is sweetish malt, slight hints at bread, and slightly spicy/sweet hops.

Bright citrus hops, orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Finish and aftertaste is hugely grapefruit, deliciously so. Malt is very backgrounded (just as an American IPA ought to be, especially a West Coast American IPA, in my opinion.) Bright and spicy and resiny and grapefruity flavors throughout, and spice and grapefruit linger. By spice, I mean the kind of sharp pungent flavor you get from a very fresh, juicy yellow grapefruit. Delicious.

Mouth is moderated, mostly tingly bright due to the hops/citrus/grapefruit.

A delightful west coast IPA: a friend brought it back from Oregon, and I'd definitely buy it again.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a slightly cloudy deep amber color, highlighting more orange colors. The head measured in at 2 fingers on pour and leaves a strong ring of lace throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is a piney sweet hop aroma, interspersed with some caramel malts. I say interspersed because the malts stand out more.

T: The ale ha a strong bittering hop element, clearly detectable on the first. It is bitter enough that it nearly crowds out the aromatic hops. As they subside, the strong pine and citrus hops emerge, showing off a floral bouquet. There are some grapefruit and soapy notes that come out, along with some grassiness. The malts are biscuity and support the hops nicely.

M: The mouthfeel is too bitter upfront before morphing into a strong, abrasive IPA.

D: The ale is well-crafted. I could easily pound a few of these although the 6.8% could be a bit of a drawback. An excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of johnnasset
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man I love this IPA. Pours reddish amber with off white, creamy head with very pronounced lacing. Great floral/citrus aroma. Crisp mouthfeel, pronounced but not overwhelming hop flavor. This is my new favorite beer. With the fairly high ABV, 2 or 3 will make you feel pretty happy. Deschutes brews great stuff and this is definately one of the top five.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very small head, slighly cloudy amber in color, cloudiness could be due to the cold temperature, but after a few minutes hasnt cleared up any. Bit of a citrusy smell. Taste very bitter. Not quite what I look for in an IPA, but it's still good to enjoy slowly. 6.8% abv. Ahh... now I see on the bottle "Best by 12/23/06". I may have to find a fresher bottle, or perhaps get out to Bend and try it on tap.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a curtain of lace.

This beer has a smooth, mild floral hop aroma. Some grassy aroma is also present. A slight malty aroma is also detectable.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It is quite mild, and slightly boring. Floral hops and a slight grassy hop flavor mostly. It has a slight caramel sweet malty flavor as well. It has a citrus flavor in the finish.

This beer is carbonated just right. It goes down smooth, leaving a crisp floral hop aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is crisp and refreshing, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is good. Not too much above average though. Nothing makes me think GREAT!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just unwrapped fine brew after it made the week long cross country trip from Oregon. Thanks to msubulldog25 for the chance to sample this.

A: Pours a copper amberish color. Cloudy with a cream colored frothy one finger head. Nice retention around the edges of the glass sporting big bubbles. Thin layer skimming the top.
S: The beers sitting on the table about 2 feet from my nose and the aromas are intoxicating. Pine and grapefruit hop notes. The aromas are thick, juicy, and resiny. Slight caramel maltyness with a swirl of the glass.
T/M: Excellent hop smack in the mouth up front. Good level of caramel malt with a slight infusion of toasted grain. Nice backbone of malt coupled with the hop sting. The balance of this brew is right on. Extra smooth, which is surprising considering the extra bitterness in the finish. Long dry bitterness stings the palate like a brand.
D: Another great example of the west coast ipa. Smooth, flavorful, well balanced, and bitter. An excellent brew that would be in my normal rotation if I could get it regularly. Thanks for the opportunity Brian!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium orange auburn color with some cloudiness. Medium sized head of copper foam, with a medium level of carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Very citrusy. Lots of oranges, sweet grapefruits, and a powerful floral hop aroma with hints of pine cones.

T: Hoppy flavor gives way to a floral soapy flavor. Mild malt character is present yet subdued. The soapy flavor is totally out of place and kills the beer's flavors.

M: Light and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation on the palate. Somewhat refreshing.

D: Not quite up to par. The overwhelming astringent flavors really screw this one up. Otherwise, it's not too bad.

Notes: I've got another bottle on hand, which i'll compare this sample to. If it differs greatly, i'll re-review. Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

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Photo of Luchman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Lying on the fence of clear but murky, dark amber color, with some slight orange hues. Big frothy off white head that came from pouring maybe just a tad too hard. It loves to leave lace down the side of my mug. Looks good.

S: The smell is not afraid to let loose as it is on the pungent side.Nothing too special though. Caramel malts and pine dominate, with some hints of citrus (grapefruit) hops. Not too shabby.

T: Taste follows smell pretty well, with a bitterness bite at the end. Pine and citrus hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Whats good here is the balance.Malts and hops blend nicely, showing off the flavors of both distinctively, without being overpowering.

M: Medium to thin body with a nice clean carbonation. Good.

D: Definitely. This isn't my first time drinking this and there is a reason. Deschutes doesn't do anything spectacular with there IPA, but it is solid. Wont be the best IPA you'll ever have, but its definitely, worthy of a purchase.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Have to say to bottle is one of the nicer ones out there. Hefty in the hand with nice embossments. Kudos

Appearance: Pours copper in color and very clear with a nice, foamy off-white head the fades slowly, lasting almost to the bottom of the glass. Thick, wispy sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Smell: Slightly fruity sweet with nice citrusy hop overtones. Hints of caramel also come into play as well.

Taste: Inversion IPA starts with a bang as plenty of citrusy hops dominate the beginning, the middle is all about the caramel malts with a lovely caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness take over briefly then give way to a finish that bring the hops back in play. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness that linger long after the swallow. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation to make things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: I sure am glad my bro-in-law brought some of this back with him from Denver for X-mas. A really well balanced IPA with plenty of citrusy hop character and caramel malt to offset the hops. Starts with a hoppy bang, the middle balances things out then ends with another hoppy bang. Wish this was available in my area on a regular basis. Not an over the top IPA but one that is relatively easy on the palate and easy to drink. I could easily make a session of these, howver, the 6.8% abv will sneek up on you. Overall, a really good IPA and on that I wouldn't hesitate buying again. Glad I have one more left. Seek and enjoy, highly recommended.

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Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of ecooper
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of KoG
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of xoqx
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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