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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,591
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 116
Gots: 299 | 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 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/21/2010.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some pine and some light citrus mixed in. There is also a nice amount of bready malt.

The flavor is resiny hops and caramel malt, as well as some orange citrus and bready malt. The beer is fairly well balanced, with the overall flavor leaning slightly to the side of being more bitter. The overall bitterness is fairly low for an IPA, but there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of SudsSurfer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GuidedByVoices
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Rich, clear and somewhat dark amber with a thin off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malt with some orange and hop spiciness.

Taste: Orange and grapefruit hops battle caramel and toasted malts (more caramel than toasted) throughout. Ends quite bitter with pine and spicy floral notes.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, medium body (a tinge light for the style), very dry finish.

Drinkability: Fairly light, easy-to-drink IPA overall that has a touch of English with the floral spicy hops, even though it is all supposed to be American hops. Also, a little more caramel than a typical American IPA. Overall, that makes this a slightly different American IPA that is worth trying even if not one of my favorites.

Photo of cnagle28
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished copper color with a thick inch-high head of rocky foam that settles slowly. Inviting aroma of biscuity malt and honey, some ripe pear.

Sharp hop flavors upfront, full of tangerine, orange rind and grapefruit. Some cinnamon and lemon zest. Firm bitterness balanced by a rich but understated malt backbone.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Nice beer.

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,591 ratings.