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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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Reviews: 820
Hads: 2,895
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 505 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 csiewert
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of white head that clings to the glass very well. Aroma is of malty sweetness and some hops, but not as much hops as I would expect. the taste follows the same suit, with a lot of malty sweetness and not as much hops as I would expect. The mouthfeel was quite harsh for my batch, way overcarbonated.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: Amber with 3-4 fingers of head. Excellent head retention shows no sign of going anywhere any time soon. Thick webbed lacing and low carbonation.

N: Grapefruit, tangerine, papaya and sugary caramel.

T: Upfront is grapefruit pith, tangerine and pine. This is swiftly followed by papaya, sugary caramel, bready malts and a drop of pineapple juice. Finishes with lemon zest, florals and resinous pine needles.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth and sticky.

O: Very balanced American IPA highlighting grapefruit and papaya along with pine on the back end. Very sticky for the style yet very drinkable.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark copper color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pine, soapy, oily, and resinous. Grapefruit bitterness. Floral and grassy hops. Lots of hops in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of hops. Grapefruit bitterness, piny and resinous hops. Not much sweetness for balance.
M/D: A medium body and slightly prickly carbonation. Crisp and dry. The bitterness, carbonation, and somewhat high alcohol all make this a little harder to drink than I would like.

Not bad, but pretty much the standard IPA. This is very solid though. Lots of hops for the hop heads. Not my favorite from Deschutes, but is worth a try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, yet clearish, amber color, with a two-finger head.

Smells of sweet malt, nuts, and some citrus.

Not an overwhelming taste, with bitter malts making an appearance in the aftertaste. Sort of sweet, but the initial taste is really quite subtle. Feel is light, and drinkable, without massive carbonation.

Not great, but drinkable. Sort of tastes like a rock-solid shallow session IPA, which makes the almost 7% hard to explain.

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Photo of rye726
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifull IPA. Inversion is a medium brown with a creamy tan head. Very good retention. The nose has a nice bouquet of floral and fruity hops all mellowed by scents of rich candy malts. I didn't find the taste quite as impressive. The malt structure is lacking a bit, but there are some good hop flavors going on. A medium body has heavy carbonation and takes a while to mellow out. A decent IPA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice half-inch creamy top, color is dark cloudy copper with some floating sediment. Fine lace. MIld aroma of pine-like hops and sweet citrus present. Sweet and orange-like, the nose is moderately strong and very pleasant. The taste is not what you'd expect, virtually none of the citrus sweetness in the smell comes through in the flavor. Sharp and sour up front, the malt is subdued, and the hop freshness has dissipated some also. I get a nutty taste in the finish with some bitterness, but mostly a light sour flavor toward the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight smoothness, not bad. I might drink another one of these, but considering the wide selection of IPA's out there I definitely have better choices.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber beer with almost no head. The color is good but the lack of head looks like someone spit into my beer. Not a good showing so far.

The nose is a step in the right direction. Mild touches of citrus and caramelized grains.

The taste, like the nose has a good dosage of caramelized grain and citrus flavored hops. There is a perfectly subtle hop bittness that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth and crisp with a clean bubbly carbonation. I find it hard to really say much about this beer. Not that it's bad it's just that it's not special at all. A good solid drinker but nothing I'd recommend. In fact it's quite forgettable.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, straight from the source. Pours a dark amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is citrus with a bit of floral hops. Taste is citrus hops at first, namely orange peel, and floral hops. Caramel malt flavors as well. Nicely carbonated. Not overly hoppy with the main flavors being the orange peel and floral. Overall, not bad, not great. Wouldnt turn one down but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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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 Ranbot
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Docer for this extra in a trade.

Poured from bottle into SA "Perfect Pint" glass. Half inch of head that quickly settled down into a thin layer. Good lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark amber color, much darker than most IPAs. Smell is strongly of pine with touch of fresh baked bread. Taste is a blast of piney hops. Some slightly toasted biscuit-like malts back up the hops. The mouth feel is perfect - not watery, not syrupy, well carbonated, and very refreshing. Heavy hop presence in the aftertaste that lasts a long time. If you like hops one sip will go a long way.

It's a great west coast IPA especially if you like piney hops. Personally, I think it's a just a tad overhopped and I tend to enjoy the more citrus hop flavors over pine. After one of these I'm ready to move on, so some drinkability points were deducted. But if I liked the pine hp flavor more I could see this being sessionable.

EDIT: In looking through other reviews a lot of people seem to think the hops are citrusy. Maybe there was something wrong with me that night. In reflection there may have been a slight citrus flavor. But I was practically raised in a forest of pine trees so I stand by my original opinion that it's mostly piney hops. ;-) To each their own. Cheers!

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Photo of Overlord
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber, with a delightful orange hue.

What smell there is to speak of is pure hops. The taste delivers on this promise. Mostly grapefruit (in fact, overwhelmingly grapefruit) citrus flavor, with not a lot of sweetness/malt balancing it. Not the most drinkable IPA I've come across. Quite good, but intensely tangy/bitter/citrus-y.


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Photo of ChugginOil
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice golden amber color with a finger of off white head. Webby lacing. The nose is faint, offering some caramel and light citrus notes. The taste is a bit more impressive, offering some bready sweet malt and some pine and citrus hop flavors. Although the balance isnt achieved here, it is quite drinkable and tasty with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent IPA.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before: 12/13/11

A- dark honey, copper; head dissipates quickly

S - nice piney, citrus,

T- lots of flavour but no distinction; everything seems elevated without much complexity or character; very warm in the finish- the alcohol (6.8%) seems to linger and dominate the aftertaste

M- huge mouthfeel; almost fat; bitterness is there but it lingers rather than cuts through the malt.

O- this is a big bodied beer. Wish it had more hop freshness. Too alcoholic for my liking. But its bigness stands up well to big foods. I wish it had more of a bright, fresh character. It really tastes like more than 6.8%!

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a dark burnt orange with just the slightest amount of haze to it. A big two finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Reminds me of a barleywine. Big amounts of malt and some hops in the background. Some caramel and maybe even a little bit of raisin.

T- The hops are more present than in the nose but not by much. Again, big malts and a good underlying bitterness. There is the caramel and some grass as well.

M- Medium to full bodied that is creamy but has a pretty good hop bite. Just a tad dry on the finish.

D- This one catches up to me after about one and a half. Just a little to sweet but with a good hop bite that tires my tongue.

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Photo of rawfish
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather hay copper and rust coloration with a finger and a half of ivory tight foam. Decent retention and thin wisps of stick on the glass.

A bit dank, caramel malts accompanied by plums, peaches and brown sugar. Hops are assertive yet a bit darkened with pine, wet grass, spearmint and blood orange juice in that strength.

Overall tastes like an esb with an extra bitter kick, substantial balance in the malt ranks with caramel malts, brown sugar and some toast. Hop flavor is more of a citrus feel mixed with grapefruit pith and blood orange juice, vinous tart feel in the back end as well. Bitterness dominates the latter portion of the drink rather full and drying. The wine-like tartness abruptly stops the hefty malts from transitioning smoothly into the bitterness.

Smooth with a medium-full body and below average carbonation, hurts the sessionability a bit. Dries well but malts are still sticky.

The nose clashes slightly with the taste here as far as hop profile goes and feels a bit heavy to be a session beer. Great amounts of bitterness and subtle fruit flavors surface from time to time. Slightly dank and dreary, a steady and heartfelt rainy day beer.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1 to 2 fingers of beigish, creamy foam. Pretty clear with a very slight cold haze that did clear up. Darker copper color with some bubbles rising up. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Bright piney resiny hops like a freshly cut pine tree.

Flavor: Medium hoppiness flavor and bitterness, a little roasty, resiny, spicy. A lingering bitter after taste.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, smooth, oily. Kind of sticks around in your mouth.

Overall: Nice hoppy, kind of strong beer. Not bad but not a go to beer. That is a personal opinion and taste.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber with thick white head that settles into lacy skiff and ring. Fine lacing rides along side of glass. Moderate carbonation. Haze begins to clear as it warms.

Aroma: Banana and pear with citrus notes. Ethanol. Bready malt in background.

Taste: Caramel, biscuit and pine. Finishes with resony bitterness and sticky sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Malty with a bit of astringency.

Overall: Well balanced and tasty. It does have a homebrew quality to it ... meaning flavors arent as integrated as I would expect.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. The head is a rocky one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with a hint of pine resin. This beer smells more like grapefruit than anything I've ever encountered other than grapefruit itself. It is a very pleasing aroma, but lacks true complexity. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a solid bitterness though out the sip, but the rest of the taste vanishes quicklly leaving no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent IPA, but its lack of complexity makes me yearn for a different beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of gold-tinted foam head that diminishes to a partial pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fermented malt is most prominent, with caramel but even more vinous fruit. Esters prevail over hops, with the latter appearing weakly earthy but otherwise unremarkable.

T: Begins off-dry, with caramel malt and estery fruit of moderate intensity. Mixed citrus hop aromatics are weak but present and acidity is similarly mild. Esters intensify in the middle, with a bubble gum quality that is very uncommon for the style. The finish reveals some mellow bitterness, but doesn't really develop much character.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate for the style, with low carbonation.

D/O: Like an aging athlete trying to keep up with his younger, swifter peers, Inversion IPA struggles to extend itself past its malt-forward foundation and be something it is not. Although it is a well-rounded pale ale, it fails to project its hops assertively and in appealing fashion. It is outclassed by Red Chair, and is definitely not just a lower abv version of the remarkable Hop Henge.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a glass mug in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. A nontransparent copper colour.

Sm: Bittering hops and light citrus ester hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Restrained bittering hops alongside pleasant citrus ester hops. The bittering hops are pleasant mainly in the open rather than the climax, but they're not coarse enough to throw off the balance. It's well built and balanced for an IPA, which is usually my least favourite style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body. As aforementioned, the awful coarseness that plagues so many IPAs is not present here.

Dr: Very drinkable and affordable for the nice quality. Give her a spin, lads - even if you normally hate IPAs.

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and tasted 8/13/11
12 oz. bottle into a Edmund Fitz pint glass

Pours an amber/tangerine body with about an inch and a half of creamy faint tan head, impressive lacing.
Aroma is generic citrus flavors and bready malt, some toffee; not nearly as much of the citrus or floral scents that are common in most NW IPAs.
Taste included a strong citrus bite initially which transitioned into caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, and butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the style, good carbonation.
This offering by Deschutes is one of the more malt-forward, caramel tasting IPAs I've tried. The citrus notes are present but counterbalanced by a strong malt backbone and unexpected dense mouthfeel. Can usually find a sixer for $6-8 around Portland making it a pretty good deal.

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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 Noxious26
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, orange-red in colour. Light beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but reduces to a ring around the edge.

Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. No balance... just hop heavy.

Flavour follows closely to the aroma. Strong flavour profile of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops. Quite bitter, especially at the finish. Aftertaste is almost like sucking on a grapefruit peel... bitter citrus hops.

Medium bodied but with a sharp mouthfeel from the bitterness. Mild carbonation.

If you're a hop head, this is the beer for you. If you aren't a hop head, it might be a little strong for you. Personally, I think it's unbalanced hop bitterness actually detracts from it's overall appeal. Although, the brewer obviously had extreme hop profile as a goal, and reached it.

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Photo of kjyost
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle BB 01/17/12, purchased as a single at Happy Harry's Grand Forks South. Poured into a cleat plastic glass

A: A clear copper body with very little head that fizzed away quickly, but some head returned and offered up decent globs of lacing. 4
S:  A syrupy nose with sweet caramel, and decent amount of citrus hops including grapefruit and something odd that can only be best described as black pepper and cheesy 3.5
T: Corny sweetness balanced by a biting bitterness. An odd lack of hop flavours.  3
M: The bitterness lasts forever, balanced well. Average carbonation 4
O: I am not sure if this bottle was a little off with the odd aroma, but I sure would like a heck of a lot more hops going on here. 

EDIT/Re-review: Had this beer on tap at Ralph Englestad Arena on 3/2/2012, and the maltiness was still strong and the hops were still weak. (had it rated 4.5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5 - very similar).

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.