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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

795 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,769
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 126
Gots: 420 | 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: 2,769
Photo of jkdrummer
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful thick foamy head. Initial aroma is great! Wonderful hop aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, sweet and nice body, I detect some vanilla tastes as well. This is a great bargain too, affordable and a true NW IPA. Hops dominate but are not over bearing. A definite winner for its category. I love this beer. Highly recommended. (331 characters)

Photo of acycler
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA"s and this one is fantastic! Extremely solid, full bodied and loaded with hop goodness!

This brew has an amber color with evidence of moderate carbonation..

Smells delicious. loaded with fresh hops that just fills the nose with hoppy goodness.

Rolls onto the tongue smooth and delicious.

Leaves a solid and full bodied taste on the tongue of caramel malt and hops.

I hope that there is just one more bottle left in the fridge.

The Bro's got it right, Excellent. (479 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

creamy tan topper, thicker lacing on the sides and slightly hazy peach-orange color.
smell is indescribable, but sweet, candy-like pine-sol, if pine -sol were to be made into a confection. but it's a good aroma.
taste is very nice. very strong malt up front, completely unexpected. ibu of 80, which seems very slight in my experience with ipa, but this is incredibly tasty. sweet malts balanced with some bitterness at the end.
it has a very creamy feel to it and feels a little thick.
overall, this is a great brew. i was very surprised at the slight bitterness and sweet flavors. i cannot, however, determine if the lingering bitterness is an after-effect of this beer or the last one i drank (arrogant bastard) but it definitely lingers. makes me want to grab another quenching drink to wash away the bitterness. i really like it; gave it 4.5 across the board. (863 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich golden copper body with two fingers of solid, dense, khaki brown head. Very nice. Nose is full of sweet-edged toffee fruit malt and an equal heaping of sappy, fresh hops. Well-balanced aroma (for an IPA). Taste is huge maltiness up front; sweet, biscuity, caramelly, fruity, toasted and great. Sweetness peaks mid-palate, as tongue-numbing, piney, sappy hop bitterness takes over. I like this a lot! A bit maltier than most IPAs, especially from the PNW. Full-bodied, creamy feel. An excellent job, yet again, by Deschutes! (534 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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! (1,559 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parents took a trip to the PNW, and surprised me with a good sampling of local brews that I can't get here in Houston.

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a voluminous, thick head that just does not want to go away. Looks like meringue...Aromas of intense citrusy/floral hops (Cascades/Centennials, anyone?) along with hints of biscuity/bready malt. I could sit here and smell this all day.

Taste: Big punch of grapefruit/lemony hop flavor up front, followed by a big blast of hop bitterness that is just this side of being overpowering. Mild malty flavors come in towards the end, nearly drowned out by the hops but still noticeable enough to give this beer a more rounded finish. Dry aftertaste with the floral hop flavor lingering for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. After a few you won't be able to taste anything else, though.

This is why I want to live in the PNW area. Outstanding IPA from Deschutes. Looking forward to trying the Black Butte next. (1,023 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 4/9/14 on it, so it's still within the best before date range.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1-finger beige head that dissipated quickly but left lots of good lacing and a thin rim of cream on top.

Nice smell - a mix of pine, citrus, and caramel.

This is a very hop forward beer with lots of pine and citrus flavor without being harsh. Sweet caramel and toasted malts help to balance.

Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Fairly high carbonation gives it some spritz as well.

I loved this one. Great smell, great taste, great feel. Another winner from Deschuttes. (630 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Inversion IPA

Appearance: dark honey, medium head, and very good lacing. 4

Smell: malty wet hops.

Taste: well rounded hops followed by a nice warm malt.

Mouthfeel: medium and bitter.

Overall:
This is a good IPA. It starts off with a blast of whole hops and finishes with a malty bitterness. It isn't too heavy either. (335 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is gorgeous. Its amber in color and clear. About 1/2 inch head when I poured it. Smells like piney hops and caramel. It tastes amazing. A little bit of spicy hops up front but the malt flavor is what makes this beer good to me. Its a good balance of hops and malt. I'm pairing it with ham and navy beans and its a perfect combo.
Overall- I'm still a little new to IPAs and craft beer in general, but this is one of the best IPAs I have had. I think it would be a good for anyone new to the style. (506 characters)

Photo of LazyL
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber with orange highlights that are surprisingly dark with a soft peach coloured head. There is plenty of chunky lacing around the glass as the foam slowly dissipates. The nose is a bit complex with rip orange and a subtle honey boozyness. This beer is surprising as it does not look or smell like an average IPA but is striking and smells delicious non the less. The taste is also complex with a strong malty presence up front more like a Scotch Ale. This is then followed immediately by a bitter orange then a floral blast. The mouthfeel is slightly dry and has a lingering burnt bitterness. This is a very complex beer and a mixture of many styles that makes it both delicious and intersting. Oh, and it has good retention and is almost 7%. (760 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice beutiful red-amberish color

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: liek a solid IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others.

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, more balanced than torpedo and copeletey different flavor

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, and I would recommend. (342 characters)

Photo of solman678
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review; been getting into good beer now for a while but I felt ready to review this one properly! Must say, this one inspired me.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date listed as "8/30/11".

A: Pours about two fingers, nice creamy head with a good retention that dissipated after about a minute. Left some spotty lacing. Beautiful copper, almost mahogany color.

S: The first scents I get are hops and citrus/fruity esters, as should be. Smells sweet like candy! Also a nice piney scent, although not overly strong. Not much alcohol ester.

T: Piney, a bit resiny, but mostly I'm still getting fruit, almost tropical (think mango), but like an amalgamation of fragrant fruits, with a good dash of citrus flavor. I could see the fruit being too much for some folks, but I love it. Sweet, but not too much. More like a fruit sweet than artificial, for sure. The hops were well balanced with the malt, as I could taste both and neither was overpowering. Left a nice hop bitterness, although not as much as I had expected given the 80 HBUs. Alcohol was present, but also not as much as I had expected, and it contributed to the overall flavor well rather than standing out too much and distracting me.

M: Medium, nearly perfectly carbonated. Nice and clean.

O: A very solid IPA that wasn't too crazy/over the top, but still did IPA's justice by really getting the characteristics of an IPA down well. I can see the fruitiness being too much for some, but I thought it struck a good balance. (1,530 characters)

Photo of jtslay
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber yellow with ample head that does not lace. Very present aroma that is common to this style of beer. Without a doubt one of the more balanced American IPAs that I have ever had. Very tasty without a great deal of bitterness from boiled hops. This probably gets most of its characteristics from dry-hopping and the strain of yeast used. (358 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The second IPA I have had from Deschutes, and it definitely lives up to the expectations I had. It pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber color with a big frothy head. The smell has lots of pine, citrus, and some other fruityness i can really pinpoint, theres also quit a bit of malt aromas. The taste reflects this aswell, and has a fairly balanced taste, and it also has what I can only describe as spicy flavor to it. Overall a really tasty somewhat unique beer, I haven't had an IPA that has tasted anything like this one. (522 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the freshness dated bottle into a standard pint glass results in a darker than normal for the style dark copper with a decent off white head that fades into a cap with sticky lacing on the sides, a small amount of bubbles continue to rise slowly through the body. Aroma is subdued floral hops and light bread, notes of lemon zest.
Taste is wonderful, raw juicy hops, some pine and grapefruit with just a tint of tropical fruit sweetness a white bread shadow shows up but gets kicked out the door by a pronounced bitterness that is so satisfying and palate cleansing that you just can't help wanting another long draft.
Slightly creamy and oily pretty heavy for an IPA, I've had doubles that are a shadow of this.
Overall, just a very nice IPA that will be purchased regularly. Bravo. (791 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: beautiful dark copper with a good off white head and plenty of lacing.

S:hops and a good amount of malt. Smell is quite reminiscient of Alpha King--not quite citrus or pine, but lovely.

M: smooth and creamy. Medium body.

D: ecellent. If I lived on the west coast, this would likely be my session IPA.
T: quite balanced. Nice hop presence, but not overpowering. (413 characters)

Photo of mikemarin218
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was a little down on it at first, but it has really settled out over the last few times i've had it.

I would say it has a heavier, more full bodied taste than most IPAs - but at the same time is less buzzy than most IPAs as well.

I'll still have to try a few more time to get the real story but seems very solid. (319 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of HighCotton
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One inch tan head with large bubbles that dissipates to about 1/8 inch within two minutes. Patches of suds remain on the glass as the head slowly shrinks to the surface. Within five minutes the head is down to the surface. An amber-ish but quite red color. Relatively little carbonation to the eye. Nose is piney and malty; also hoppy with a medley of fruits lurking that I cannot peg down without help from the bottle (citrus). Brew is bitter on the palate. Nice, well-carbonated mouthfeel that goes down smoothly but a welcome coat lingers on the palate. Bitter, piney aftertaste. Bitterness lingers for several minutes. Very refreshing. A very nice american ipa. $8 for a six-pack of this is a bargain, indeed. (713 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - coppery color with a nice 2 fingers off white head, recedes quickly leaving good lacing on the glass as well as a bit of suds floating on the beer.

S - Lots going on here, get some pine notes, a bit of citrus, getting maltiness and hints of carmel.

T - Great taste, very well balanced beer, enough here for the hop lover as well as a sweetness on the finishes that blends the malts and the hops together.

M - Medium bodied with a very nice level of carbonation.

D - What can I say, very good brew (533 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint, Inversion IPA is a clear copper orange with a 1 finger, bone colored head that is pretty quick to subside to a decent skim, leaving nice foamy lace.

Them aroma is nice and rich. Lots of caramel like crystal malt and a moderately strong punch of NW hops, bright citrus and pine, very good.

The taste is also bright, but very well balanced between the rich malt and boat load of hops. Firm bitter finish with no trace of the 6.8% ABV. This is one of my favorite NW IPAs, very well done.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body.

This is one dangerously drinkable IPA. It has the robust taste of some DIPAs, but a (slightly) lower ABV, so in that regard, it's a good choice to satisfy you longing for a real hop punch without getting punch drunk! (809 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper in color, with a thin, white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is bready, crackery malts with some piney, fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, brown sugar, citrus, and a touch of mango follow.
Taste is bready malts with some bitter, piney hops. More citrus and pineapple, with another touch of mango and brown sugar. Finish is hoppy, slightly malty, and bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth on the back end. Slightly sticky on the finish. Light-to-medium body.
Excellent drinkability. A perfectly bitter IPA that I could drink all night. (593 characters)

Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vino's in Roseville. Amber colored with a slight orange tint. Poured with a two finger head. Lacing lingered for a considerable time. Definite aroma of citrus (orange?)and pine. Hops come through strongly. The best thing about this beers is although the flavor was very hoppy as you would want, it also carried a considerable amount of malt to balance it. Creamy mouthfeel. Really an excellent IPA. (408 characters)

Photo of specksnreds
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance is under rated. This beer is balanced like no body's bidness, and that's good to see/taste. Sweet malty smell, almost barley wine-like. That disappears on the tongue, where bitter pine cones dominate. Old penny finish with the fizz lingering until the swallow. A little thinner than the the smell suggests, but that's OK. A double-bomb it ain't. Almost forgot....it's amber colored. (390 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful red body with a decent white head. The beer is crystal clear.

S: Great hop aroma with a bit of citrus and a sweet note.

T: A very balanced but hop driven flavor. Citrusy grapefruit hop flavors are prominant with a good malty background. This is a great example of a West Coast IPA.

M: Medium bodied that leaves a pretty heavy bitterness from the hops on the front of my tongue.

D: Overall a great IPA. I just wish we could get Deschutes beers where I am. (479 characters)

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