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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

801 Reviews

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Reviews: 801
Hads: 2,805
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 126
Gots: 438 | 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 dukeandduke
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Nice copper beer with good texture and a rich white foam. Strong citrus and lemon scent, with noticeable hops aroma. Flavor is full and tart, crispand smooth texture and easy to drink. Overall good IPA offering.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: Hazy amber with a couple fingers of fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly into a film - a very good-looking beer.

Smell: pine, citrus

Taste: A mildly sweet malt in the fore with orange, lime, and pine and a moderate bitterness. Finish isn't as clean as I would like.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: I remembered having this from a Deschutes variety pack over the summer and liking it a lot. This one doesn't quite match the memory, but it is still a pretty solid IPA. If I had a complaint it is the slightly off flavors towards the finish that combine with the bitterness. This sample was a bit past the best by date so I will have to try to find a fresher one to see if I feel any different about it.

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange(ish) red - very nice to look at

S: perfumy, floral, grapefruit

T: good balance of malts and hops - has a slight raspberry taste

M: crisp and smooth

O: First beer I've reviewed using this system. I really like this beer and will definitely be trying it again. I picked this up in a variety six pack I made the other day. Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

[poured from a bottle into a pint glass. poured first few ounces straight down to enhance the head, then let it sit a few minutes to settle, finally poured the rest down the side tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle]

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

We crack a pair, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The beer glows a shimmering carrot orange, and holds a tight and pillowy two finger head of reflective, cakey French vanilla foam. Retention is supreme, with the chunkiest rings of lacing are left only as the liquid level drops. A chill haze reduces clarity, as does a finite punctuation of sediment, but the real ringer is some of the most active, haphazard carbonation we’ve encountered to date. The snout is tickled with dried hop pellet forms of citric, grassy, and bitterly herbal hops, melted plastic, white vinegar acidity, biscuity pale and caramel grain, dried rose petals, white flour, sesame seeds, fusel ethanol, shoe polish chemical bite, tinny yeastiness, envelope glue, lemon verbena, cloven bite, maple sap, vinyl, and apple cider sugariness. The taste to follow gives a wonderfully fragrant embodiment to the hops. Here they are robustly herbal, citric, and heavily floral, slowly and progressively challenging you with their natural bitterness. The primary thrust otherwise includes sun tea and lemon-herbal tea tannins, oily detergent bitters, toasty amber, pale, and lighter caramel malt wash, bitter plastics, walnut shell and meat, chemical phenols, cardstock, Tutti Frutti bubblegum sugars, Bisquick mix, sage and tarragon bitters, black pepper booze, steamed salmon, and stomach acidity. The body is medium, and the carbonation felt medium, despite that wild appearance. Each sip gives hearty slurp and smack off the draw, with decent creaminess and frothiness beneath the waves. The mouth is left initially coated from that initial bubbly fullness before stretching into a lightly astringent dryness that reaches down the throat. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears before you know it.

Overall, this is probably our favorite year-round offering from Deschutes. What is most striking is how “fragrant” everything is. We keep coming back to that word, even when describing the flavoring. It is either the translation itself, or the hop varietals themselves, that lend to this curious effect. You feel almost like you’re breathing through your tongue, absorbing subtleties from the air. They take all of the bitterness of the west coast and pack it into this tiny beer. Again, this is especially visible through the flavoring, as you get this heavy, hard-hitting bitterness of hops that lingers forever. It makes the mouth water. This is funny, in a sense, because it seems all the hops here are dried, pellet form. They taste just like those hops you get in the beginner brewer kits, but a bit more souped-up. Maybe this beer is so approachable because it feels like the best beer you could ever make from those kits. Like, you could do it yourself, if you reached your maximum potential of home brewing in this realm. This is obviously a bizarre comparison, but something we thought of nonetheless. This is fantastic, and should be considered a must-try for any true lover of the style.

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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 ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 2/20/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Slightly hazy burnt-orange color with a solid 2-finger head that lingers
S: Classic IPA. Orange/grapefruit zest, pine sap, a hint of potpourri and caramel to round it out
T: Full of malt, fairly bitter. Definitely a good IPA but the balance of the nose is lost here. The citrus/pine/caramel of the nose are all there but it's a bit heavy up front with the malt being a bit strong for an IPA and bitter without the other hop elements backing it up
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Despite the recovered fumble on the taste, overall this is a solid IPA and I look forward to trying it again in warmer months

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA. My local wing place had it on draft. Tall frosted mug. This was a godsend compared to the Coors Light etc on the menu. Not top tier, but good!

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark burnt orange with a haze. 12oz bottle poured into a 17oz stemless white wine glass. Best by date 3-20-15. Almost two fingers of peach white head lingers and gives way to nice lacing.

Aroma: very grassy and floral with some citrus and fruity assertions.

Taste follows the nose. Fruity floral tones at first followed by a well balanced sweetness/bitterness. more floral, fruity and balanced than most IPA's.

Mouth feel is thick on the pallate. The IBU's are well masked. Least bitter IPA i have had in a long time.

Overall. A very good brew. Just not the IPA's im used to. A bit to floral and outright fruity to make its way into my line-up. the amazing well balance between malts and hops (sweetness and bitterness) is unlike any other.

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Photo of mikemarin218
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was a little down on it at first, but it has really settled out over the last few times i've had it.

I would say it has a heavier, more full bodied taste than most IPAs - but at the same time is less buzzy than most IPAs as well.

I'll still have to try a few more time to get the real story but seems very solid.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Mother color is a deep, brownish Amber and the head is soapy and white. Fresh and piney hop aroma, some background citrus. Full bitterness and hop flavor in the taste...lots of intensity. Malt is there, but is behind the hops. Lingering finish. Warming underneath, and the beer could sneak up on you. Nice.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-15-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a lovely amber color with one-finger off-white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin, almost unbroken layer of small bubbles, medium carbonation and significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: a delightful flowery nose, sweet molasses, pine, some pepper and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet molasses and bread then a nice piney hop profile, there was some pepper in there too, the malt and hops are more balanced than most IPA's.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good IPA, it's more balanced than most but there is no mistaking this is an IPA, it's definitely sweeter on the front end than most and that really compliments the hops, this is my second beer from Deschutes and I'm really impressed so far, they make beer like I would make beer.....balanced. I would buy this again without hesitation.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange body with an extremely thick off white head which stayed around throughout the drink. Lacing on the glass was tremendous.

The malt aroma sticks out more than hops, but they are there. A bread like malt with a hint of sweetness followed by a hint of pine/resiny hops.

Very similar to the aroma. Caramel and bread like malts dominate the immediate flavor, piney hops linger in the background.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation was spot on.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +9%

A: Dark orange, light brown tinge, filtered, no carbonation and 3 fingers of creamy orange brown tinged head.

S: Orange, pine, orange candy, alcohol, watermelon, malty Shreddies in milk, orange cream.

T: Big sweetness, orange candy, pine, then a big bitter hop bomb with dankness and cereals mixed.

M: Medium thick syrupy body, little carbonation, a slight resinous coating left on the tongue.

O: Very well done. Not as awesome as some, but very well done. Bordering on the taste of an imperial IPA. Drank in Chiang Mai, Nov 10th, 2014.

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Photo of Hurlshot
4/5  rDev +2.6%

The aroma of this beer, freshly poured into a pint glass, is delightful. The coloring is a lovely amber, and the initial flavoring is strong and hoppy. There is a bit of bite to it, not overpowering, but it stays with you for a spell. It is very much a strong IPA, the only knock is the slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Floral, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine on the nose. It pours a deep amber color with a slight beige head. Medium bodied, it finished very clean which built anticipation for every sip of this lovely brew high. On the palate there were sweet crystal malts, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime slight pineapple and green apple. Those IBUs were balanced nicely and this was a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great lacing over a dark, copper body.

S- Starts with citrus zest, grassy hop aroma with toasted caramel malt. OK aroma.

T/F: Follows smell, and very smooth with a creamy finish. Juicy, zesty hops, happy, bright beer. Warm Finish.
O: Paired well with brauts at Gustavs at PDX.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

This brew pours a mostly opaque copper color with reddish highlights. A thick three-finger head, some of which remains on top until the end and heavy lacing.

The smell is orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine with a bready and caramel malt backbone.

The taste follows the nose; the pine dominates but all of the hop flavors mentioned in the smell are there in the taste. The bready/caramel malt backbone is also consistent throughout.

Wow, the only thing stopping me from giving this a 5 is that it is hard to say anything is perfect, especially since IPA's vary so much but this about as close to perfect an IPA that I have had; try it!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a uniformly translucent, nearly transparent dark amber hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger soapy, creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Citrus sweetness, notes of pine and floral hops, yeast, fair malt backbone.

T- Very similar to the nose- with a bit more herbal hops than what was mentioned in the nose and a much more earthy feel. Finish is pretty consistent with the initial flavor with hints of herbal hop bitterness lingering.

F- Smooth medium weight body with low to medium carbonation. Body is bready much more than oily.

O- Overall this is a decent IPA. I really like bottle conditioned IPAs and the breadiness of the mouthfeel really comes through that.

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Photo of Bone53
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Appearance (4.5): Clear copper color with a one finger egg shell colored head. Looks great, although dark for the style

Smell (4): Dank tropical fruits, orange, pine, lemongrass; A bit earthy

Taste (3.75): Pine dominates the palate with slight citrus undertones that carry onto the aftertaste with hints of biscuit malt. I also detect a candied sweetness underneath it all

Mouthfeel (3.75): Medium body; Sticky on the palate with slight bitterness--Could have used slightly more carbonation

Overall (3.9): Picked up the variety pack, and this was my first choice. This one definitely falls into the piney ipa category. Its tasty, but it was a little all over the place for me and the individual tastes didnt quite match each other. It is a good ipa, but not a great one. Looking forward to trying the rest of these beers in the variety pack

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Photo of HopsScotch
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This IPA poured as a dark golden trending towards amber. And if you know Ambyr you know that ain't all bad. The head on it (the beer, not Ambyr) was firm and looked like dirty straw. This IPA has a good flowery smell that you expect from an IPA. The taste was very grassy - or maybe that was because i had just finished mowing the lawn. The bitterness stayed a bit too long for my taste so i marked this down on the feel and on taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film of bubbles in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with notes of gooseberries and pine resin as well as hints of caramel malts.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and gooseberries. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish along with the bitter flavors of grapefruit. No malts are perceptible, but they do mute some of the bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has some rather astringent flavors of bitter grapefruit so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

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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 burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

bought this as a single bottle:
A DEEP orange hue / solid finger of head with nice sticky lacing - LOTS of clarity

S lite hopiness to the nose

T mmmm YUM nice hoppy bite w/ SUBTLE malty back

M thick and full body

D not to be Trifled with - this is a serious brew. @ 6.8 the buzz comes on quick

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Photo of JWU
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- A perfectly clear amber, with a big off white head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Citrus rind, mainly grapefruit but some orange as well. A bit of pine and earthyness. Caramel and biscuity malt are there as well.

T- Slap of bitterness is quickly balanced by the biscuity and slightly caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness creeps up through the finish.

M- A slick medium body, dries nicely on the finish but not overkill.

O- a very good standard IPA. Very much a ramped up version of Mirror Pond.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a hazy deep amber with an off white head that laces nicely.

S: Sweet malt and pine and citrus hops, a little earthy.

T: Big hit of pine hops, some citrus as well, grapefruit and tangerine, a little caramel malt sweetness, and a lingering grapefruit and lemon grass bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Was worried the hops might have faded out of this bottle as this bottle is about a month past it's best by date. Nope! Big in your face IPA. I can only wonder how much stronger it is fresh.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.