Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

790 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 2,743
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 123
Gots: 405 | FT: 3
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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 scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown long-neck bottle with a best by: 12/23/06 on the label. This ale pours an orange-copper with a thick lacing off-white cream head. Great head retention with plenty of carbonation and tons of lace left sticking to the glass as you go.

Some what sweet, very earthy big malty nose upfront. Subsequent sniffs reveal more maltiness with hops shining through and some potency...smells very balanced.

Very nice malty intro with just the right amount of sweetness that eventually lets through to a citus hoppiness. The hoppy citrus winds down to a crisp, clean finish...very balanced indeed.

A medium plus body with some strength, very easy to drink and quite sessionable at that. Another tasty good drinker from the Pacific NW. (740 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Freshness date of 11/10/06.I'd forgotten about this one for a while, so I was worried it'd be a little worse for wear.

Poured a hazy dark orange color, with about an inch off off-white head that stuck to the sides of the glass for a while. Rings of lace were left on the side of my Mirror Pond pint glass.

Like any decent IPA, this beer smells more strongly of hops than anything else. There's are notes of grapefruit and caramel to this. It made me think this was going to be a very well balanced IPA.

The truth is, the taste was not as well-balanced as the nose led me to believe. There is a citrusy hoppiness that is prominent, but there's also a much stronger bittering hop flavor than gets detected in the smell. This is a sharp, spicy IPA where the caramel-ish malty notes detected in the nose hide, terrified, deep in the background. Not a bad tasting IPA, but could use more balance.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Medium bodied with an oily feel on the tongue.

Not a bad IPA, and definitely better than the previous bottled IPA from Deschutes. Still, I'd like to try this with a little bit better balance. (1,203 characters)

Photo of KoG
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color between orange and a deep copper. White head formed fast and went away even faster leaving only specks of lacing.

The aroma is mainly caramel and citrus. There is a faint alcohol scent way in the background.

The flavors is is dominated by strong, spicy, bitter grapefruit hops with light caramel notes. The alcohol is noticed in the aftertaste. Not bad, taste wise, but it just doesn't do it for me like 60 min. does. May just be the variety of hops used.

Almost creamy, medium body with decent carbonation. Dry bitter finish. I wouldn't run out searching for this one, but I may grab it in a pinch. (622 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't seen this in bottles until about a week ago. Grabbed a sixer, so here we go.

Amber/Orange color. Poured a nice head, but it faded quickly.

Nice aromas of carmel and cirtrus, not strong, but pleasant.

Taste is interesting. Tasted a bit of carmel malty sweetness up front, but it quickly changes to a sour citrus flavor with a touch of hop bite on the finish. Not really my favorite flavors, but not bad.

This was pretty good, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy it again anytime soon. (511 characters)

Photo of xoqx
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like this beer a lot, and its 75 IBUs makes it a step up from their former IPA, Quail Springs, which was somewhat underhopped. The beer is a nearly clear bright copper color with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves significant lacing. The nose in this beer changes depending on the temperature. The beer was 55 degrees to begin with, and at that point the smell was all hops; crisp and piney. As the beer warmed toward 60, much more of the malt came out in its smell. For a bitter IPA, this is a balanced beer. The after taste is dominated by its long pine-citric hop finish, but while the beer is still on the palate caramelly malts abound. The mouthfeel is sharp and medium bodied. As much as I like this beer and love the IPA style, this one seems to suffer on the drinkability side. I spend a lot of time wanting Deschutes beers, but I seldom crave this one. (898 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white frothy, yet low, head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel impression and a citrusy grapefruit hop character not far behind. Some light presence of alcohol was notable as was a lightly grassy character.

The flavor was strongly bittered with American hops, most of the hop flavor was citrusy with grapefruit character most prevalent, but the flavor was also a bit grassy in nature. Malt was certainly present with caramel, but the ruler of the day was hops in both bittering and flavor. The hop level was high enough that they almost had a spicy character in the brew.

The finish was dry with lasting citrusy hop presence into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. A nice IPA, someone was heavy handed on the hops with this one, but it is still highly drinkable despite being heavily bittered.

12 ounce bottle. (1,017 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this...
Appears a medium toned, hazy amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out. Streaks of lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is creamy, citrusy, with caramel, grass, and biscuits.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted with earthy, grassy, and citrusy flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter without much of a sugary, ballsy malt balance that I was craving in this one. (410 characters)

Photo of
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle. Poured an amber/orange, faintly hazy. Large light tan head formed, and faded quickly.

Hops are what the smell is all about. Very citrusy, lemon and orange. Malt definately secondary, with a taste of honey.

Flavor follows the aroma, but citrus is now grapefruit like. Bitterness present at the start and lingers long into the aftertaste. Malt still cowering in the corner, but manages to contribute a bit of a honey/wheat bread flavor.

Body is light to medium, with medium carbonation. Quite drying, but in a good way.

Overall, a damn fine IPA. Not as good as I remember it (but that was on tap in Seattle, so probably just a bit more fresh). Wish this was available in MD, so I could drink it routinely. (729 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good for an IPA, dark copper, amber color with only a bit of chill haze. Off white head, solid one inch on the pour. Reduced to a lumpy mass that grips tight to the glass.

Pine hops predominately in the aroma with some hints of biscuit malts. Fainting touches of citrus rinds. Pretty straight forward.

Flavor is lacking in flavor really. Lots of bitterness but not too much actualy flavor. What is there is a mix of pine and pine resin. Needs some more powerful malt flavors as well. Its just okay really.

Decent mouthfeel, pushing medium bodied. Coats the mouth well enough and the flavor lingers for a bit.

Okay drinkability. The lack of any real flavor outside of its bitterness doesn't draw me to this too much. But its okay. (754 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange, nice carbonation, nice small creamy head, leaves some nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, hops, slight caramel, and citrus.

T - The taste is very nice and hoppy and with a nice bitter after taste.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A nice offering from Deschutes, would buy again. (356 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend tried this and told me it was 'too much' for him...so naturally I tried one.
Poured with a good 1 1/2 finger head on top of an amber, clouded body. Looks good.
Smelled of lemon, flower and metal. Metal? Yes, metal.
Taste was a bit flat at first, but when the hops hit that's when the taste came alive. More citrus, but more like green citrus (as in unripe). And again the metal came out. Not sure what that is, but I drank more.
A good IPA, but only because the bite is strong. Otherwise I'd say it needs more flavor. (530 characters)

Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard of this beer for a while and even seen it on the shelf. Finally I had to try it. I really enjoy this IPA. The appearance is a light amber color with not much of a head.
Smell is a bit decieving but after the first taste. There are a lot of tasty hops in this beer. As an IPA fan, I would rate this as a great session IPA. Its not the massive hop and alcohol that sometimes comes with these richly hopped beers. The taste lingers and entices one to drink another. I would say that this beer has a very high drinkability. A six pack won't last very long in the fridge.
Great offering from Deschutes. I will look for more of their brews. (649 characters)

Photo of sockeye101
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 12oz brown bottle poured a nice cloudy orange/amber color with a thick 2 finger off white head. Aroma was very pleasing. I caught a whiff of pine with a strong citrus orange aroma and a bit floral. This one has got some bitter bite to it, damn. Almost a spicy hop bite in the beginning that tingles the tongue then it fades into a different kind of more dull bitterness that is not nearly as pleasant as the first, but still satifactory. There's a little ctirus in there, but all I really get is a hops piled on more hops. Mouthfeel is creamy at first with a very dry finish. Iversion is a good IPA but not one that stands out above others. (643 characters)

Photo of GimmeAles
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper developing a sturdy, 1.5 finger off-white head. Head subside to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and regenerative wisps of foam erupt at the slightest provocation.

Bits of toasty, caramel malt get pushed aside rudely from a citrus-piney hop blast that hits the nose.

Fresh, macerated pine needles and lemon rind tingle the tongue. This is an assertive IPA. The bitterness is nearly overdone but for a robust caramely malt presence that makes itself known, albeit a little late. Fortunately, that sweet cream-caramel character becomes more pronounced as it warms. A cedar-like spice lingers - the last vestiges of the earlier hop-onslaught. Quite delicious, and with a brash edge that leaves you wanting more.

Slick, soft mouthfeel is pleasantly hefty, yet quaffable. Very drinkable though the somewhat rough hop presence makes this one for hop-heads only. A much more interesting and enjoyable IPA that the previous Quail Springs offering. After many years, Deschutes continues to impress (1,028 characters)

Photo of bcm119
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep orange IPA with a decent off white head. Aroma is sweetish caramel malts with a zesty, orangey hop zing. The nose is citric hops, with a strong caramel malt presence. Theres a slight sweetness in this slightly fruity, malty ipa, but a firm bitterness balances it very well. Has a nice grapefruity aftertaste. Overall a beer to be reckoned with: strong, pretty big body, firmly bitter, and all this on a thick fruity malt backbone. (437 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, pretty brew with a dark mahogany body. Smell is of hops, citrus, and caramel. Taste is overwhelmed by bitter grapefruit, almost disarmingly so. Deschutes cranks out some good brews, most notably their Black Butte Porter, and this one is worthy of their line. All in all a decent IPA... (293 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came to me by way of trade from loren01. Thanks man this is really good!

Appearance: The beer is a reddish/ orange coloration. The head was a thick creamy biege coloration almost 2 fingers high. The head seems to last forever. Thin rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: A very luscious citrus zest and juice hoppyness greats my nose. The beer has a toasted malty caramel smell on the tail end.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell big time. The beer has a very good citrus and citrus zesty flavor. The beer has a solid toasted maltyness. The beer has a bitterness on the close of the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a creamy lightly hop oily mouthfeel. The beer is slightly less than medium bodied. This is a very nicely hopped beer. This is a dam good IPA. This would be in my line up more often if I could get it regularly. (864 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired through recent Secret Santa swap w/ alohac
Pours absolutely beautiful brown tinged amber. Fluffy, long lived, tan head with loads of lacing throughout. Aromas of funky hops.

The funky hops come through with the main flavor. Not as overtly "complex" as other IPAs out there with multifaceted hop profiles, very nice nonetheless. "Kind" aspect to it to me w/ hearty malt backbone. Oily, buttery thickness to the brew making it sit around in the mouth some. Lingered. Dangerously drinkable. (508 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- near copper in color, orangish color. Big beige head, that takes its time to settle, plenty of lace.

S- citrus, pine, slight hints of toasted malt in the nose

T- bitter grassy flaovr, caramel malts, hints of citrus throughout, with a sour citrus finish.

M- smooth with a dry finish, medium body

D- nice to drink a IPA that has a place for malt flavor. One of the more interesting IPA's out there, definetly be back for this one. (443 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "Best By" dating given on the label. I allowed this one to sit out and warm up for about 30 minutes. Pours a nice burnt orange shade of amber. Supporting a dark eggshell, soft and loose head, slowly forming a thin film. Lacing is slippery but extensive. Nose is of lovely oily hops. This is a satisfyingly hoppy IPA, much better then the 3 or so last ones I've tried lately. Nice sturdy layers of malt underlay this bold and BA worthy brew. Healthy, grainy, oily hop crunch. Real Nice brew (511 characters)

Photo of idResponse
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had this on tap and am now drinking it from the bottle. On tap i found this to be a slightly sour IPA with not enough going on to really make it very good. It may also have been the 100 degree heat that made it so, but after the initial few sips from the tap version it started tasting like an IPA again.

This bottle version tastes as it should immediately. I think Deschutes does much better with bottles than it does with it's taps unless the bar uses Nitrous. I wonder how this IPA would fare with nitrous?

Anyway, I find this beer looks great, smells great, but wasn't quite what I was hoping for from an IPA made by Deschutes. I was hoping for something a little more robust with more flavor but this turns out to be an average hoppy hoppy ipa with not much more than hoppy flavor happening to me. it tastes like some great hops, and it feels good in the mouth... I simply find it an average IPA. I've had much better this year. (946 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich golden copper body with two fingers of solid, dense, khaki brown head. Very nice. Nose is full of sweet-edged toffee fruit malt and an equal heaping of sappy, fresh hops. Well-balanced aroma (for an IPA). Taste is huge maltiness up front; sweet, biscuity, caramelly, fruity, toasted and great. Sweetness peaks mid-palate, as tongue-numbing, piney, sappy hop bitterness takes over. I like this a lot! A bit maltier than most IPAs, especially from the PNW. Full-bodied, creamy feel. An excellent job, yet again, by Deschutes! (534 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parents took a trip to the PNW, and surprised me with a good sampling of local brews that I can't get here in Houston.

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a voluminous, thick head that just does not want to go away. Looks like meringue...Aromas of intense citrusy/floral hops (Cascades/Centennials, anyone?) along with hints of biscuity/bready malt. I could sit here and smell this all day.

Taste: Big punch of grapefruit/lemony hop flavor up front, followed by a big blast of hop bitterness that is just this side of being overpowering. Mild malty flavors come in towards the end, nearly drowned out by the hops but still noticeable enough to give this beer a more rounded finish. Dry aftertaste with the floral hop flavor lingering for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. After a few you won't be able to taste anything else, though.

This is why I want to live in the PNW area. Outstanding IPA from Deschutes. Looking forward to trying the Black Butte next. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper in color with a long lasting 2" head. Super thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: big malty sweetness and some pine bitterness.

Taste: nice malt backbone here with tons of pine bitterness, grapefruit, lemon, and caramel. Alcohol was hidden. Well balanced and bold.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Bitterness lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very nice IPA here that everyone should enjoy. Easy drinking and flavor drives you to have more than one. (545 characters)

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.