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Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

very good
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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Jason on 03-22-2006

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Reviews: 835 | Ratings: 2,949
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter - almost a mix between a snifter and a tulip glass. Best by: 5/02/13

A: Pours a ruby, light reddish color. Aggressive pour resulted in beige colored three finger head. Good retention and settles into a nice small ring. Great lacing on glass. Not fully translucent.

S: Citrus. Very floral. Some hop character, some malts.

T: Very bitter. Floral character matches the nose well. Very sweet malt tastes that minimize the hoppiness.

M: Creamy, sticky, low carbonation. Medium body

O: Meh. Not great, not bad. Glad I tried, but I probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of hdog09
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Not too strong of a smell from the hops. Good amount of malt and carbonation used and a little less hoppy than I'd like in an IPA. Overall good beer tastes good not one of my top favorite IPA's but it is good.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle (best by 12/17/14) into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with tons of streaming carbonation, off-white frothy head that left dense glass-coating lace.

S- Sweet orange marmalade notes, floral and piney hops, and some oatmeal notes.

T- Lots of very sweet orange marmalade, orange and grapefruit citrusy hop notes, some earthy hop character, and big oatmeal malt backbone.

M- Dry, medium body, soft to medium carbonation, and pretty refreshing.

O- A pretty good IPA that tastes a lot more East Coast than West Coast. Pretty big malt bill on this one and lots of citrusy sweetness and much lighter on hop bitterness for the style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: copper/shiny body, finger off-white head,
amazing lacing

S: chalky floral, grassy

T: lemon peel/grass, earthy malt, light floral,
grassy bitter finish

M: med body, oily/slick mouth

O: Like this style and brewery, but not
huge fan of the chalky/floral hop taste/nose.


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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, copper in color, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and some toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter, but overall a nce mix of hops and malts

Drinkability: This one is decent and a sipper. Not my favorite from the brewery, but solid.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alongside 6 other IPA's in a tasting

A: Poured a dark copper with a solid off white head and some lacing.

S: Not an exceptional amount aroma. Some floral citrus.

M: Medium bodied. Some alcohol warming.

T: Again good balance. Solid hop presence, but not overpowering.

D: Good but not exceptional hop bitternes and decent amount of malt balancing. A solid beer anytime but not the best of the group.

Have had other Deschutes beer all of which are good. This beer is solid but not outstanding

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Lightly hazed dark orange/brown. Big foamy head, about two fingers. Slowly fades before leaving about a 1/2 finger of solid head. Not much lacing left behind.

S - Fresh citrus aroma with hints of pine as well. Smell is not overwhelming at all. Light sweetness in the aroma as well but the hops are the dominant smell.

T - Light caramel sweetness initially that is quickly overcome by a dirty, earthy bitterness. Piney and a little bit of citrus. Just seems to miss the mark with the combo of flavors. Not a bad taste, just does not come together well at the end.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the creamy side. Easy drinking but the flavors leave me wanting a little more.

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Photo of libertygrails
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark coppery orange. Head halves quickly. Scant lacing. Minimal carbonation.
smell: Piney esters & a clean, grassy nose.
taste: Citrus, floral & grassy again. This does seem to warm a lil more than most IPA's.
mouthfeel: Above average.
drinkability: This could be a hop-head session brew on a hot, sunny day. Exceptional in some areas, nothing terrible. A solid 6'er purchase for a friendly summer BBQ.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon rind, and melon aromas up front. Light honey malt character. Clean fermentation characteristics.

Appearance: Nearly clear brick red pour with a sudsy and batter-like off white head. Head retention is good and sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Flavor: More grapefruit and lemon notes up front. A nice bitter foundation with caramel and bready malt notes surprisingly assertive. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, with moderately high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite and lingering hop astringency. All appropriate given the style.

Overall impression: A dark, maltier American IPA. This seems to be a real fusion of East and West Coast styles. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-Amber in color. Slight sticky head, mostly just lace around the rim. Beer is a little hazy.

Aroma is citrus, spice, and pine, a whole mix of hops aromas layered on top of one another. Very deep and complex. Excellent to quaff.

Slight malt backbone with a piney bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. Flavor is balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky.

Overall an enjoyable IPA. I like the aroma of this beer the best. It is a little on the sweet side which balances the hops very nicely.

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Photo of nbaeteer
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This is a single IPA? Looks a lot more like a double IPA or an amber to me.

Aroma: Bready, potent hops and citrus backed by honey.

Taste: Wow this beer tastes a lot bigger than 6.8% Lots of red citrus going on here. Tangerine, blood orange, red grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with surprising alchohol warmth for a beer of only 6.8%

Overall: Very interesting IPA from one of my go to breweries. What exactly do we have here? In a world filled with a million IPA's this one is just different enough to stand out while sticking to the basics enough to still be comfortably part of the IPA style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a red colour, head is white. Mild lace but decent on the edge. Nice.

Smells hoppy and pleasant. Touch of rubber, but nice citrus and resin. Mild, crisp. Touch of pine needle and dish detergent. Nice.

Taste is stodgier than expected, quite yeasty on the mid and back with quite a full body. Bit of pine and mild sherbet but yeah, yeasty and chalky. Not quite as much hop cleanliness as I may have expected on the back.

Slight tingle on the back. OK feel.

Not quite as bitter as it could have been, feels a little heavy as well.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant clear copper with a finger of white head. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma, a light hop presence. Fair amount of bitterness in the flavor though. Lighter side of medium bodied. Decent malt backbone with some caramel malt flavor. Nice drying finish from the hop. I was expecting more from this.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich clear copper color with a large beige head that quickly fades leaving copious amounts of lacing behind.

S - Copper malt, mild hop aroma, slightly soapy pine and citrus pith.

T - A lot of hops, grapefruit pith and flesh with a bit of pepper and mossy/earthy notes. Very pleasant. Aftertaste is a mild biscuity malt and some bitterness from juicy, pithy hops. A touch of soap - but far under the myriad positives.

M - Smooth, thick, a bit of a gummy feeling in the throat and not that refreshing.

D - Pretty damn good. I'll drink this one again. Might even try to clone it brewing. Aroma could use a boost, it is a bit subdued. Worth seeking out. Another winner from Deschutes.

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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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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.