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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 118
Gots: 319 | FT: 3
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 atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip, pours a crisp bubbly orange with an abundant frothy head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is dominated by crisp citrus hops with sweet malts right behind. The taste was a nice balance between citrus hops and sweet biscuity caramel malts, hops linger in the background, leaving you wanting another sip. The beer is light, crisp and has just a slight alcohol presence. This is a decent IPA, one I would certainly buy on occasion were it available in my area.

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a big off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: The nose is full of fruity and tangy hop aromas in the form of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a caramel aroma from the malt.

T: The taste is grapefruit and fruity hops that lead to caramel and bready malts with a spicey and bitter finish. The hops are not as in your face as some others but I think this is about a month past really "fresh."

M: The feel is slightly creamy and oily.

D: This is a very tasty IPA and pretty balanced. It may be a bit too malty for some of the more extreme hopheads but I like IPAs with more than just a huge bitter flavor.

Pretty darn good and Deschutes has impressed me with their IPA offerings lately.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for this one.

12 oz.bottle poured into a nonic.

Let's just start off by saying, thank God for West Coast IPA's. As much as I love my local breweries hopped up beers, nothing compares to a delicious West Coast Hopbomb.

Pours a somewhat hazy medium copper hue with a nice two finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a very nice lacing that lasts. Stickiness is amazing, how it should be for the style. Smell is like cocaine, I can't stop putting my nose up to it. Wait, I didn't say that...moving on. Huge dirty citrus and pine with a wonderful caramel background that tops this one off just right. Surprisingly the flavor begins with the sweet caramel malt that is quickly thrown aside by the a clean pine hop taste. Grapefruit emerges soon after followed by a bittering effect that leaves the mouth pretty dry, but not too much. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, different for this style but I like it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Like I said, nothing like a solid West Coast IPA to end the night right. I'll definitely be looking for this beer in future trades. Give this one a try for sure.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stunning reddish-orange color, with generous head. Smell is nice, typical of the style in it's suggestions of citrus, caramel, and subtle pine. Taste is abundantly sweet & malty, with ample hops becoming evident in the finish. Mouth is creamy malt, zingy hop and just a little sticky. A highly drinkable example of an IPA.

Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a pint glass. Nice little story about inversions on the side of the bottle.

Appearance- Nice orangish red with a small head that leaves a nice cap that gently sits on the top of the beer for its entirety. Small, spotty lacing is left but nothing spectacular.
Smell- Kind of a weird, unfamiliar hoppyness. Citrusy with an almost musty Belgium nose that I can’t place. Light piney grapefruit and lemon notes with a strong malty backbone.
Taste- Nice strong bitterness up front very reminiscent of diluted grapefruit juice. A nice strong sweet caramel malt follows that try’s to gently balance the brew a bit more but the bitterness eventually overtakes it and dominates. Finishes with a zesty blast o’ fruit that hides some of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Super Creamy with a medium body and nice vibrant carbonation.
Drinkability- The very first time I tried this beer it definitely wasn’t my favorite IPA. Saying that though, one thing that I always did think was that this beer was super duper drinkable. Something about it is just good. It goes down super smooth and I really really enjoy it.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Slight cloudiness, copper color with cream colored head. Poured a finger width's head.

S=Hoppy smooth smell, moderate alcohol, very light fruitiness

T=Prevalent hops, bitter, moderate alcohol

M=Light, tight carbonation, smooth, enjoyable

D=Very drinkable, moderate alcohol

Photo of WillCarrera
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copper color with a very thin, off-white head.

S- Nose-searing blast of hops and citrus, some honey and pine, malts are completely overpowered.

T- Similar to the nose but a bit more balanced, still very hop-heavy. Hops are pungent, lots of citrus and citrus rind, some honey is detectable. Towards the end some caramel malt and alcohol round out the finish.

M- Medium bodied, very very smooth and creamy. Finish is on the dry side.

O- A solid IPA, a must try for hopheads.

Photo of LouZ
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch of head covering a dark amber IPA. This is one of the dark IPA's I've ever encountered. slightly below average on both head retention and lacing.

S- Smell is of fresh citrusy goodness.

T- Both citrus and piney. Caramel notes steal the show as far as I'm concerned. Very nice and bitter hops.

M- Very alive in my mouth, excellent carbonation.

D/O- Overall a good to great IPA in my book. The mouth watering caramel hints really take center stage and leave you wanting more. Speaking of more...Deschutes come to IL!!

Photo of StoneTSR
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the beauty of living in Colorado, I once attempted to trade for this beer, last week I just drove 7 minutes to the liquor store and picked it up.

APPEARANCE: Slightly opaque and a medium copper color. The head was a nice solid inch thick with almost completely homogenous bubbles of a medium size. As the head slowly dissipated some of the bubbles combined to form larger ones and a few bigger bubbles dotted the top of the foam. The strong head also leads to some very nice lacing. In fact, this is some of the finest lacing I've ever seen. It is very thick and bubbly and covers about 60% of the backside of the glass all the way down to the bottom. It is gorgeous.

SMELL: A little pine and a touch of citrus, but the nose is not as strong as I would have expected.

TASTE: Oh, that's tasty. The flavor builds throughout the sip, but there is a strong grapefruit flavor with a bit of lemon sneaking in. A very mild malt backbone helps to balance this one out along with a touch of pine and sweet, tropical fruit. The aftertaste leaves a nice, lingering bitterness. This is a good beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Decent carbonation with a very dry finish. With each sip the Inversion IPA cleanses the palate of everything except the pleasant bitterness mentioned above.

OVERALL: I am impressed. Of course, I loved The Abyss, but the only other beer I've had from Deschutes prior to this was Mirror Pond and I was not terribly impressed. So I did not know what to expect from this one. It turns out, I'm very happy I tried it and I look forward to my next one.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished up a 12oz bottle from a six-pack I picked up today, it was only 8 bucks, figured I'd give it a whirl. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Coppery / amber colored with a light two-finger head that laces evenly in layers as it goes along. Looks pleasant, if not a bit darker than I expected.

Smell: Reading some of the notes on here, I expected it to be a little more fragrant, but instead I got interesting notes of citrus and caramel in the hops. My nose and palate are developing and couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I thought I picked up a sweet, almost sugary smell as well, kind of like candy, if that makes any sense.

Taste: A little lighter than I would've liked at first, but as it opened up there were layers of complexity that blossomed as she drank. There is an immediate hoppyness that is less than many other strong IPAs, but still very present and medium bitterness that strikes upon the sip. Aftertaste is sweeter, much like the smell, and the caramel malt and citrus hop finished as the lingering taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, sweet, and not too oily as many IPAs are. Felt smooth and never super-bitter or hoppy, but rather complex and balanced.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 6.8%, I'd have said it was a high-5 low-6 if asked blindly as it drinks so smoothly. That is both a benefit and a detriment, as I felt like the alcohol flavor was a little underutilized, but still, an easy-drinking, definitely sessionable beer.

Photo of marty21
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rayek
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the gang at Deschutes.

A: Hazy orange-amber color. Nice rocky head has good retention. Leaves generous lace.

S: Heavy citrus aromas, plus a slight floral note. Smells of pine and oak seep through.

T: Dry toasted malt up front is followed by a rush of citrus bitterness. Citrus flavors are dominated by tastes of grapefruit and a little lemon. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body is a little chewy. Carbonation level is on the high side.

D: Overall a great session brew. I hope I get a chance to have this on-tap someday.

Photo of Kastler
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in a chilled glass.

A - Dark amber color with a reddish tint. Very beautiful color. Minimal, about half a cm, head.

S - Strong bitter yet sweet, hoppy smell

T - At first, very strong hoppy taste. But after a sip or two, it becomes an excellent mix of hops and pine. Aftertaste is quite nice and sweet.

M - Good mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation. A low consistency.

O - Loved this beer. Any fans of IPA should try this at one point. Deschutes never fails to deliver.

Photo of katan
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a darker straw color, dark golden to almost brown. Head formation is strong, sticking around at about 1-2mm, lots of lacing as well. Mocha in color.

S - Strong American hop profile, floral, at times grapefruit, lightly grassy. No malting detected.

T - Starts off with a sweet note of the orange like hop profile. Mid-stream gets biting and bitter, more grassy and earthy. Finishes with a cloying bitterness on the tongue and a light floral taste on the tongue.

M - Incredible body for an IPA. Not biting or acidic as some pull through with all the high acid hops. Creamy and smooth, goes down easy. Carbonation supports the creaminess.

D - Very drinkable IPA. Lightly filling - the full bodied nature of the beer does start to weigh on the palette. ABV is pretty potent - a 6er would hurt, alot. Flavors are well integrated. This baby would cut through some good spicy food like a knife through butter.

Nothing less than what I would expect from Deschutes - a solid beer.

Photo of jackorain
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange/Amber, a bit cloudy. 3/4 inch head, long lasting, nice lace
S-Grapefruit, citrus hop, biscuit malt, some yeast ion the nose, citrus zest. nice aroma

T-Bitter green hops upfront, followed by a citrus smash, mostly grapefruit, but lemon zest is here too. biscuit malt and carmel sweetness in the middle, a long bitter citrus finish

M-medium body, nice creamy mouthfeel

D-Very good-I could session this one.

Overall-This is one very good IPA. Will have to add to my upcoming Horizontal IPA tasting I will be hosting.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB 8/14/13

Pours a dark reddish copper with an inch thick white head that dissipates fairly quick. Great lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, but not too much honestly. Much more malty than hoppy on the nose. The taste of the beer is also not too hoppy, tho more than the nose, but it has a terrific flavor. Malt presence isnt big either, but there is a big mixture of tastes going on in this beer. You get the piney bitterness like most NW IPAs but there is also a good fruity taste too. The combination leaves you craving more right away which makes the mouthfeel of this beer extraordinary.

Overall not the hoppiness IPA by a long shot, but what it lacks in hop profile it makes up with in flavor profile and feel. Its a beer I'd love to drink more often. Unfortunately not available on the east coast (yet!)

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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