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Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Photo of hero27
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
6.8% abv

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a respectable head of foam. Small bits of yeast hover throughout. Strong pine cone-hop aroma. Bready caramel malts are overshadowed by a thick blanket of floral hops. Burnt/earthy flavor and an impressive hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Plenty of lasting bitterness in this one, and a solid IPA overall.

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Photo of mentor
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger yellowed tan head over a clooudy dark orange-rust liquid. Smells piney hops with lemon, tangerine and mango.

Tastes not as intense as I was expecting. Tastes piney hops with buttery hop character that I attribute to Amarillo. Oranges, lemon, and dark woody qualities. Alcohol is clean and rises retronasal, carrying hop floral with it. Heavy, like hop oils hanging on the tongue. Malt sweet is supporting of the hop flavor without any distinct flavor (caramel). Fruity esters are present, but add a heaviness. Burps are grassy with flat hop oils.

Md body with some dextrinous thickness and modest carbonation. I found this beer to be 'heavy'. The beer sticks and the hops give a dark character. I'm a fan of grapefruit pithy beers, which sems to come off lighter and flightier, so this beer was hard for me to get into.

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Photo of gubbt
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish-orange, much like grapefruit juice with a thin, pancake like head that dissipates into a film.

Man these hops are quite pungent in the nose, with lots of grapefruit.

This is one is all hops, with a big, bright grapefruit/citrus finish with ample bitterness. There is some caramel upfront, but the hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy.

Drinkability is also good; the alcohol is not very perceptible.

Overall, a hop-head IPA without much balance, but good hop flavor and the bitterness will satisfy any lover of that little green flower.

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Photo of sirk0rebreg
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: great rusty orange color...about a 2 finger head that went down rather quickly

S: slightly citrusy and caramely...

T: very strong hop taste, too much bitterness for me...nice finish though

M: good carbonation...

D: wasn't digging this beer really...for the style it is great, but i am just not an IPA guy i guess...

on edit: now that i am a total hop-head i looked back on this review and chuckled to myself...i drink primarily IPA's now and it is nice to see how tastes have changed...this is now one of my favorite IPA's that i have had on numerous occasions...

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from CurlyGavzilla in Telluride. 'Best Before 7/25/07' on bottle. Pours a lovely orange/copper with thick white head. Nice, zesty hop nose. Sweet, then quickly detours to sharp, big hop flavor. Crisp, with a long hop finish. Well-balanced for a big hop beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Second time I've reviewed this one. First review was a bottle. This one is cask conditioned, served in a pint glass at the Elk Public House in Spokane.

Pours a red mahogany brown color. Nice foamy white head is fairly resilient.

Smell is sweet and sharp. Bourbon-like.

Taste is very bitter and hoppy with a lot of alcohol taste and heat.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a bit cloying.

Not the most drinkable IPA in this form. One of few beers I have found that is better in a bottle than in cask. I'll buy it in a sixer and pass on the cask.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint, Inversion IPA is a clear copper orange with a 1 finger, bone colored head that is pretty quick to subside to a decent skim, leaving nice foamy lace.

Them aroma is nice and rich. Lots of caramel like crystal malt and a moderately strong punch of NW hops, bright citrus and pine, very good.

The taste is also bright, but very well balanced between the rich malt and boat load of hops. Firm bitter finish with no trace of the 6.8% ABV. This is one of my favorite NW IPAs, very well done.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body.

This is one dangerously drinkable IPA. It has the robust taste of some DIPAs, but a (slightly) lower ABV, so in that regard, it's a good choice to satisfy you longing for a real hop punch without getting punch drunk!

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Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear orange. Thin white head, eventually dropping to a splotchy cap and ring.

S - not overly potent, but a nice citrus bouquet.

T - Hops, hops, hops! Sweet hops, bitter hops, citrus hops... it's all there. Malt darts in and out at times, otherwise it's just doing it's job. A bit of alcohol that is not offensive, just lets you know it's a strong beer. Great aftertaste.

M - Not overly carbonated, but with all these hops it works well.

D - There is a slight alcohol warming, but this is still going down smooth.

The hop flavour of this beer is outstanding. I long for beers like this being more readily available in Canada.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the bottle!

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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 jeffjfindley
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice copper orange with a smaller white head. Only drawback is a lower carbonation for an IPA but other than that near ideal. Smell is of big piney hops and sweet, caramel malts. Taste reminds me a lot of Furious. Huge taste of piney, resiny hops and a pretty great malt background. It's not as much of a hops explosion but more of a balanced version. Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter but well balanced, the carbonation keeps this from being better than good. I could enjoy a few of these any day and find this to be a quality example of this style. Glad I had the chance to try it.

Thanks goes to JohnGalt1 for throwing this in as an extra.

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Photo of smcreator
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a two finger head.
S: Smells of a wonderful blend of hops.
T: Strong hop taste with a distinct bitter finish. Reminds me of the John 1981 home-brew recipe.
M: Not the smoothest beer.
D: It would be hard for me to drink too much since it is so bitter.

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Photo of jtslay
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber yellow with ample head that does not lace. Very present aroma that is common to this style of beer. Without a doubt one of the more balanced American IPAs that I have ever had. Very tasty without a great deal of bitterness from boiled hops. This probably gets most of its characteristics from dry-hopping and the strain of yeast used.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an extremely opaque hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

S - Smell was strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full.

M & T - First impression of this was slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

D - Overall I would say it is very nice, sessionable and well balanced IPA. There was a touch of alcohol that started to show up by the end, but other then that, very nice indeed.

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Photo of BlindPig
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin just off white on a pretty clear copper/amber body.
S- Pretty malty for a IPA. Sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and few other citrus fruit hops, along with some hints of grass hops as well.
T- Follows the aroma. Still has a decent size malt body for a IPA. Some grapefruit rind, hints of lemon, grass, tiny bit of pine. Has a decent size bitterness to it as well.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. A bit to big of malt body for me and wrong blend of hops but still very tasty. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clean amber colored brew with a finger high light sand colored head.

S: Red fruits, pinecones and a touch of grapefruit zest.

T: Begins malty with a definate bready character. Quite spicy with black pepper, cinnamon and cloves mingling in. Hops are earthy, almost dirty if you will…a lot of pinecone. Finishes somewhat metallic and resiny.

M: Medium body, somewhat sharp.

D: Not bad but not totally working for me.

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Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/reddish color, good sized frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Sweet, slightly metallic smell. Very pungent citrus scent
T: Slightly sweet caramel malt. Citrusy, grassy, earthy hoppiness, Aftertaste is very bitter.
M: Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel, aftertaste is very bitter and dry on the tongue
D: Pretty good IPA, I think I like this a little better than when I tried it on tap. Still maybe a little too bitter on the aftertaste.

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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 orsulacp
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on cask. It poured a deep amber with a thin head. The smell was nice, citrus zest, with a little toasted malt to back it up. The cask made this creamy smooth, excellent mouthfeel and very low carbonation. The caramel sweetness hits first, kind of unusual for an IPA, then the citrus hops layer over the sweetness very nicely. If you see this on cask, it is a must try.

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Photo of bosco7
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. 2 finger head that settles to and leaves a nice sticky lacing, copper-red in color, some haze, and sediment.

Nose filled with caramel aroma and mild american hop notes. Not so special for an American IPA.

Flavor starts juicy (ruby red), with big caramel tastes, toffee, baked bread, finishes with orange and a medium bitterness. Not a typical west coast IPA; too balanced

This beer has a very nice mouthfeel heavier than some. No carbonation bite. I remember this beer being more hop-foward, it seems more balanced than in the past. Still very nice brew.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: organgey-brown, slightly hazy, narrow band of light tan sponge, good head retention, lace

Aroma: passion-fruit & pine hop scent, caramel, citrus flowers, tiny hint of vomit

Flavor: smooth overlying malt sweetness, honey, caramel; herbally hop flavor with a raspy/throaty bitterness like a grapefruit rind; finishes semisweet with a long lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, soft texture, somewhat astringent

Other comments: Maybe I've just had one too many IPAs recently, but right now I'm thinking you really need to be in the mood for beers like this: another one of those "flavor bombs".

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark red-orange in color, almost brown. The taste was really fruity but not citrus-like at all. The smell was crisp and fruity as well. I drank this very quickly. This is a really well built beer and at $6.50 a sixer it can't be beat. Easily my favorite from Deschutes.

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Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with thick dense head the leaves quickly. Citrus hops come through with a initial taste that I have to imagine what licking a pine tree must be like. Mouthfeel is thick and lucious. Drinkability is high and I think this is one of the better IPAs put there.

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Photo of jackorain
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of BillyB
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to almost burnt copper color with an inch of off-white to tannish head. Slight sticky lacing on the glass.

Dark roasted, burnt, sweet malt aromas. Slightly citrusy almost tangy hop aroma.

Lot's of deep rich roasted malt taste. Not as bitter as I expected. More malty sweetness. This beer is surprisingly balanced for an IPA. It is unexpected.

Medium bodied with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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