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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 99
Gots: 198 | FT: 2
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

toyfull1, Feb 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

JimSinclairSTL, Jul 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

rkinney, May 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pours with a nice, lumpy white head; opaque dark amber-orange in color.

Smell: hop forward.

Taste: deliciously hoppy. Quite bitter, with lots of pine and some citrus notes, balanced by some nice maltiness.

Mouth Feel: a bit chewy; medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall: an excellent IPA, one of my favorites so far.

mevett89, Jan 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

videofrog, Apr 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Hanselpb, Mar 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Flashyspoons, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

JohnSmith5506, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Sparrow_Feather, Sep 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Deschutes321, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Eanders909, Feb 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Sirvis, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Sande, May 04, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel color with a tan head. The head quickly disperses, which earns points with me.
Caramel, citrus aroma.
This is a totally delicious IPA. It has the perfect balance of sweet to bitter, with all the big flavors you expect. The ample caramel sweetness would make this beer a good one for the "hop curious" beer hound to try.
At 6.8%, this beer invited me to have a few right away, then bask in the glory of a nice alky buzz.
Worth every bit of $8.50 per 6 to try, especially if you are an IPA drinker.
BTW, the beer sampled is about 6 months out of date....no big deal here.

industrialswill, May 28, 2010
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4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
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!


RonaldTheriot, May 30, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark, burnished amber with a frothy, thick head. It retains nicely and laces like a champion. Top makes here.

It smells like caramel candy, almost like milk chocolate, with a lot of sweet juicy grapefruit and an abundance of citrus notes. It is beyond inviting.

And the taste, wow, I am going to steal from the label description and use soft caramel, because it really is a nice, well rounded caramel up against a piney bitterness, and talk about balance. It's juicy, and again, that caramel is just spot on. The hops are citrusy and linger in the finish beautifully.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy and wonderful.

Probably the third best IPA I have ever had. This beer is fantastic.

MeisterBurger, Oct 02, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my go to IPAs. Sipping one of these at their brewpub while hitch hiking through Bend was a highlight for me as a beer drinker. This was the beer in fact that got me into IPAs in the first place. Drink up! And do visit the brewpub if youre ever in or near Bend!

Johnny_Muir, Jan 08, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Slightly clouded copper/orange with a 1-2 finger head, retention was great and left broken but decent lace. Inviting & fresh looking.

S - Typical American IPA aroma's here, a little dry leaning more on the fruity side than the pine/citrus side. Aroma isn't big or pungent, some soft caramel & biscuit, alcohol, and a bigger caramel and candied/sugar aroma as it warms.

T - Definitely better & more complex than the smell lead me to believe! Soft layers of caramel, molasses, candied date, ginger, and biscuit unfold on the tongue. A bit of citrus in the center somewhere, finishes bitter but lighter for IPA's, pretty sweet overall but not sugary, well balanced and very delicious! As it warmed I got more candied fruits & molasses, as well as some warming alcohol.

M - Very smooth and around full bodied, lite-moderate crispness & only a touch of that oily feel.

D - This beer was different than what I expected, Ive never had anything like this one actually. I loved the layers of flavors & the outstanding balance of the flavor profile. I could easily enjoy 3pints of more of this delicious brew, It's not overly bitter & not to sweet either, making this one of the easiest drinking IPA's Ive ever had! This ones somewhere on the top of my list for IPA's! Definitely worth seeking out. Cheers!

PintOHops, Feb 16, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA's from maybe my favorite brewery. Pours a medium dark copper with a 1" head. Huge nose with lots of grapefruit and somewhat less orange. Very complex and well balanced - Deschutes has dry hopping down to a fine art. At 6.8% there is the expected defined alcohol warming - just as it should be with a big IPA. Very drinkable for 80 IBU with a note of carmel and a very subtle malt aftertaste. Exactly what I look for in an everyday beer - very hoppy but not so over-the-top that you can't drink 4 or 5 in one sitting. I'm happy to report I just loaded a 13.2 gallon keg of this into my man cave!!

tahoebum, Jan 09, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 45 degrees into a snifter. Two finger widths of off white egg shell colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. Small ring of lacing that leaves moderate spiderweb lacing all the way down. Very dark for an IPA. Ruby red when held to the light and amber when not.

Smells fantastic. Like grapefruit and oranges with some background caramel and toast. Melds together really well and has some lingering cherry.

I've finally been able to understand what I like in an IPA and I am starting to appreciate ones that offer up more than just skewed hops. This is a perfect example of an extraordinarily complex IPA. Starts out caramel on the front of the tongue, with some toasty roasty sugars and even hints of marshmallow. As I begin to swirl it around I'm getting some acidity in the form of tangy citrus and grapefruit, and even some tropical fruits including some pineapple. Let's not forget the earthy herbal characteristics either, I do get some sage as someone else has suggested. On the swallow I get cherries followed by some raw grains and general bitterness that lingers on far after the swallow. Unlike no other IPA I've had in this category which gives it some extra points.

Deschutes nails mouthfeel every time, I can't think of a better company when it comes to consistency in this department. It comes in fairly smooth, but then tiny bubbles massage the tongue and the beer becomes more chewy as those bubbles dissolve.

Drinkability is also good, the cherry finish melds well with the rest of the flavors so it doesn't really seem boozy. You'd think the raw bitterness in the aftertaste would hurt the drinkability yet I find myself yearning for more, mouth almost watering to bring the sweetness back into balance.

I'd highly recommend a tulip for this one as I think it brought out some of the more complex qualities that a tumbler could not.

Bubba83, Feb 05, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber. Minimal lacing. Thin cream head. Smells of alcohol and some pine notes with a slight citrus. Tastes really good. Ha ha more objectively, tastes of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and something else...ends bitter and alcoholic, but not so hoppy. Overall, a really good brew, unique too. Something i would recommend although slightly boozey.

Jellopants356, Feb 24, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific IPA. Pours a nice copper with a thick, frothy head. Smells of citrus and floral hops. It initially tastes rich and smooth with a very malty front and a tasty array of citrusy hops. It leaves a more bitter aftertaste. Perfect amount of carbonation. The beer drinks easily but leaves a great taste in your mouth.

JesseMurdock, Apr 14, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It seems like Deschutes have moved to the first rank of PNW breweries with their ability to make great regular beers then exceed expectations with their special releases. Add a new brewpub in Portland and these guys taking over from what Rogue used to be.

This is a great example of a first class IPA that screams PNW hops but is incredibly drinkable(even more so than Bridgeports IPA). This is a fairly high ABV regular IPA but it shows no heat and the finish is very smooth.

canucklehead, Jul 25, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +17%
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.

Kuaff, Jun 13, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +17%

Timmyhawk, Sep 05, 2014
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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