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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

808 Reviews

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Reviews: 808
Hads: 2,843
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 468 | FT: 4
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 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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Photo of trailtate
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice amber color with fluffy white head

T - not too bitter ilke most other ipas. pretty sweet at the beginning and ands with some lingering bitterness

M - smooth, not too watery

D - definitely could drink a couple of these at a time

good ipa but compared to hop henge this is average

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't quite live up to the label, not really distinguished from other IPA's.

Appearance - Pours somewhat cloudy amber, light tan head, low retention, decent lacing.

Aroma - Probably the strong point here, nice aroma of citrus and melon coming from the hops, light malt and honey notes.

Taste - like most IPA's really. Reminds me of a dissapointing beer fest I went to where everyone and there mother had an IPA on tap. Booorrrriiinnnggg....at least when they all taste pretty much the same, like this one does. Bitterness is pretty pronounced, cutting into the overall drinkability.

Mouthfeel-Decent carconation, fades pretty quickly. Slight warming from the bitterness more than alcohol.

Overall-Might be like watching a hyped up movie, but I was dissapointed in this beer based on the labels description. I really like mirror pond, but this one isn't that special.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz. bottle). Deep copper color with beige head. Aroma of some caramelized sugar and some citrus. Malty initial flavor followed by hop bitterness and fizziness on the tongue. My preference for IPAs is Racer 5-more hops and less malt. Not a bad beer at all, however

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Photo of BeanBone
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Juicy, citrusy, and slightly piney hops over a biscuity malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of citrusy, juicy, leafy, and mildly bitter hops. Underneath, a crackery and biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Biscuity malt and brassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This drinks faster than the alcohol content would suggest, so keep an eye out.

Verdict: Overall, Inversion is a decent little American IPA, though maybe just a little forgettable. It's balanced and drinkable, but the flavor profile is lacking in intensity and character.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into St Bernardus chalice.
Copper with lots of bubbles on the side, significant head, and lace.
Aroma of sweet malts and wet cardboard. Bottle states best by 5/28/2013...a few days from now.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of roasty malts, earthy notes, light grassy hops. Overall I'm wondering if we have some oxidation

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Photo of bradleyp
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from Sam Adams pint glass. Light brown pour, but once in the glass turns more of a medium brown. Good head, and great lacing. Very floral hop aroma. The aroma sort of just hits you in the face. I'm not a big fan of IpA's , but I thought this one was pretty decent. I would probably buy this again.

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Photo of AAxsom
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber/copper color with a good amount of head. At first, this seems like a Belgian IPA.

S- unfortunately, not much. The hops are present, but not at all strong. More malt than what I like.

T- much like it smells. This is a well balanced beer, as the hops are citrusy and refreshing. beyond that, I get a bit of vanilla which gives this it's balance.

M- I really dig this, since I am used to an IPA having a big kick. Without this, the mouthfeel is much more like a pale ale without that usual bitterness.

O- all Deschutes beers are solid, and this is no different. I am sure I've had this on draught as well, and I remember saying it wasn't much of an IPA, which can be attributes to it's malts and balance overall.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled. My bro has been hip to this beer for awhile and I simply had not found it....so when i saw it, of course I bought one (didn’t want to buy a 6 of it at the time) now I will. This is a nice IPA.
I'm accustomed to the crisp hops of San Diego type IPA's, this is creamier and malt induced in flavor.
Good beer, I would take it far above other popular beers, yet I'm tainted towards the san diego big bitter hopness.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Pours a dull, medium copper color with a slight haze. The average-sized cream colored head fades to reveal delicate lace clinging to the glass.

S. Floral and citrus hop character flank a sweet, caramel malt base.

T. Bitter, dry, and a bit bready. The malt character is all but buried beneath the hops. I guess hoping for some semblance of balance was too much to ask for.

M. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, but no balance. This is a hoppy beer in both aroma and bitterness, but I found little else.

D. Hops, for the sake of hops. I wanted more.

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Photo of Timmah11
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Thin head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Nice color.

S- Pine and citrus. Strong malt aroma as well. Lots of hops and malt.

T- Crisp start typical of an American IPA. Smooth middle. Bitter and sharp on the tongue in the end. Someone else mentioned prickly and that is a perfect word to describe what I am tasting.

M- I like the mouthfeel. Not too full nor too thin.

D- A little too bitter and not as balanced as I would like. The malt makes the color super and makes for good mouthfeel but seems to fight with the hops rather than play nice together when it comes to taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dunno what the problem is, but I've been noticing more inconsistency with the year round releases from Deschutes. This is a good example of what I'm talking about.

Pours orange, good lacing. Smell, nothing coming across beyond some mild herbalness. For how hoppy the taste can be, it doesn't come across in the aroma. The taste, can be all over the place. Sometimes, it is a delightful astringent bitterness with ample diverse hop quality. Other times, it fades quickly, is replaced with an almost wood and tobacco (maybe they slipped in some oaked tobacco barrels to age it in) denigration of the beer, hence why it suffers in my rating on the last two categories. Maybe these guys are blending not so good batches. Something happened that made this beer not as good as it used to be, but then again, Deschutes has been riding on their past success for a few years now.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.