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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

819 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 819
Hads: 2,892
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 504 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 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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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 Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with an off-white head welling up to form a durable layer of foam that left sticky gobs of lace behind.
Nice citrusy hops aroma. Not overpowering and allows a soft bready maltiness to bleed through. Touch of caramel and fruit, too.
Well balanced brew here. Has a moderate caramel malt backbone which smooths over the citrusy, fruity hops pop in the finish. Smooth medium-bodied feel and mid-range bitterness make this one easy-drinking IPA. Another solid effort by the folks at Deschutes.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a red-golden-brown color. It has a thick long-lasting bubbly head with lots of lacing. Smell is of hops, but also some frutiy tones. Bitter hops at the front end of the taste and then even more bitter and hopsy in the aftertaste, which lingers for a while. The fruit-tones didn't seem to come out in the taste, which was mainly of hops.

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Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at EJ Malloy's in Long Beach.

This is one exceptionally well balanced IPA. Wonderful dark amber color (this is an IPA??) with a light head that leaves a bit of lacing. Taste is of a good amber ale followed by a great woody hop bite. The hops don't stick around too long, but they definitely make themselves known enough to be an IPA. Ultimately, though, a nice caramel malt body balances those hops out and makes for an extremely drinkable and sessionable IPA.

Very nice on tap and highly recommended for a session IPA.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/19/06- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date on label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber in color. 1/2 inch head which soon fades with minor lacing.

Smell- Dark burnt malts are prevelant. The hops take a backseat. Minor grapefruit, but a decent amount of pine.

Taste- Tons and I mean buckets full of deep roasted malt. Not even enough hops here to quality for an IPA. This is a malty amber ale. The pine and grapefruit are there, but they are just overwhelmed by the malty character.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a very minor bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Wrong catagory if you ask me. Under another it would be a perfectly fine brew. Not bad tasting at all, just mislabeled IMO.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond was my first beer. Well, my first craft beer. But as I didn't drink much bmc or anything, it was one of my first, and really started me on the road to where I am today. Since then I've had most of the Deschutes brews available in Seattle, but for some reason never had the Inversion IPA.

With a vigorous pour into my Full Sail Pint glass, this is a good-looking ale. Bright, clear copper with a large, sticky tan head. As the foam receeds, and before I've even had a sip, wallpaper lacing is left all around the glass. Very nice.

The appearance really got my hopes up, but the smell put my hopes in check. Not that it's bad, no not bad at all. The smell delivers what the label advertises, soft caramel malt. I get a nice maltiness and citrus hoppiness, but it's not so strong. The smell is very good, but weak in comparison to the last IPA I had, which was SN Celebration. That beer rocked my world in all categories. This one smells good, but for the style it's not so hot.

Alright, tasting time. My first thought after my first swallow is that the taste is similar to the smell, somewhat muted. Definitely tasty and satisfying, a fine example of the style and another solid offering from an excellent brewery. After a few more drinks, I'm liking the taste even better. The NW hops are ample, but it is good without being over-the-top kick-ass bitter. Very smooth, nice mouthfeel and no trace of 6.8% abv, highly drinkable. The smell even opens up a bit as the beer warms in the glass. Yes, now, just before hitting that review button, I must bump the smell score up from 3.5 to 4.0 as it's really come around to reveal an ale with loads of depth and character. Overall quite good. I will get it again some day, and recommend it to my brother who is a newb and can't handle hop bombs.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange, slightly hazy, with a soapy 2 finger head that lasts with a thin skim of foam to the finish.

S - Floral citrus hops and caramel malts.

T - Mostly bitter chalky citrus hops with a bit of sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium bodied with a dry finish.

D - A decent IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with an off-white head, a bit dark for an IPA. Hoppy aroma with some caramel malt and citrus. Big caramel malt flavor, undertones of grapefruit and orange, and a long-lasting hoppy finish. Great creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. An more balanced IPA, and all around a solid beer.

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

12 ounce bottle, states 05/26/07, and a label code of 1215I.

Pours a deep bright orange, very clear, with a massive off-white head that dissipates to little, leaving slight, chunky lacing.

Aroma is sweetish malt, slight hints at bread, and slightly spicy/sweet hops.

Bright citrus hops, orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Finish and aftertaste is hugely grapefruit, deliciously so. Malt is very backgrounded (just as an American IPA ought to be, especially a West Coast American IPA, in my opinion.) Bright and spicy and resiny and grapefruity flavors throughout, and spice and grapefruit linger. By spice, I mean the kind of sharp pungent flavor you get from a very fresh, juicy yellow grapefruit. Delicious.

Mouth is moderated, mostly tingly bright due to the hops/citrus/grapefruit.

A delightful west coast IPA: a friend brought it back from Oregon, and I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a slightly cloudy deep amber color, highlighting more orange colors. The head measured in at 2 fingers on pour and leaves a strong ring of lace throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is a piney sweet hop aroma, interspersed with some caramel malts. I say interspersed because the malts stand out more.

T: The ale ha a strong bittering hop element, clearly detectable on the first. It is bitter enough that it nearly crowds out the aromatic hops. As they subside, the strong pine and citrus hops emerge, showing off a floral bouquet. There are some grapefruit and soapy notes that come out, along with some grassiness. The malts are biscuity and support the hops nicely.

M: The mouthfeel is too bitter upfront before morphing into a strong, abrasive IPA.

D: The ale is well-crafted. I could easily pound a few of these although the 6.8% could be a bit of a drawback. An excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of johnnasset
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man I love this IPA. Pours reddish amber with off white, creamy head with very pronounced lacing. Great floral/citrus aroma. Crisp mouthfeel, pronounced but not overwhelming hop flavor. This is my new favorite beer. With the fairly high ABV, 2 or 3 will make you feel pretty happy. Deschutes brews great stuff and this is definately one of the top five.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very small head, slighly cloudy amber in color, cloudiness could be due to the cold temperature, but after a few minutes hasnt cleared up any. Bit of a citrusy smell. Taste very bitter. Not quite what I look for in an IPA, but it's still good to enjoy slowly. 6.8% abv. Ahh... now I see on the bottle "Best by 12/23/06". I may have to find a fresher bottle, or perhaps get out to Bend and try it on tap.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a curtain of lace.

This beer has a smooth, mild floral hop aroma. Some grassy aroma is also present. A slight malty aroma is also detectable.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It is quite mild, and slightly boring. Floral hops and a slight grassy hop flavor mostly. It has a slight caramel sweet malty flavor as well. It has a citrus flavor in the finish.

This beer is carbonated just right. It goes down smooth, leaving a crisp floral hop aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is crisp and refreshing, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is good. Not too much above average though. Nothing makes me think GREAT!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just unwrapped fine brew after it made the week long cross country trip from Oregon. Thanks to msubulldog25 for the chance to sample this.

A: Pours a copper amberish color. Cloudy with a cream colored frothy one finger head. Nice retention around the edges of the glass sporting big bubbles. Thin layer skimming the top.
S: The beers sitting on the table about 2 feet from my nose and the aromas are intoxicating. Pine and grapefruit hop notes. The aromas are thick, juicy, and resiny. Slight caramel maltyness with a swirl of the glass.
T/M: Excellent hop smack in the mouth up front. Good level of caramel malt with a slight infusion of toasted grain. Nice backbone of malt coupled with the hop sting. The balance of this brew is right on. Extra smooth, which is surprising considering the extra bitterness in the finish. Long dry bitterness stings the palate like a brand.
D: Another great example of the west coast ipa. Smooth, flavorful, well balanced, and bitter. An excellent brew that would be in my normal rotation if I could get it regularly. Thanks for the opportunity Brian!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium orange auburn color with some cloudiness. Medium sized head of copper foam, with a medium level of carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Very citrusy. Lots of oranges, sweet grapefruits, and a powerful floral hop aroma with hints of pine cones.

T: Hoppy flavor gives way to a floral soapy flavor. Mild malt character is present yet subdued. The soapy flavor is totally out of place and kills the beer's flavors.

M: Light and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation on the palate. Somewhat refreshing.

D: Not quite up to par. The overwhelming astringent flavors really screw this one up. Otherwise, it's not too bad.

Notes: I've got another bottle on hand, which i'll compare this sample to. If it differs greatly, i'll re-review. Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

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

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Lying on the fence of clear but murky, dark amber color, with some slight orange hues. Big frothy off white head that came from pouring maybe just a tad too hard. It loves to leave lace down the side of my mug. Looks good.

S: The smell is not afraid to let loose as it is on the pungent side.Nothing too special though. Caramel malts and pine dominate, with some hints of citrus (grapefruit) hops. Not too shabby.

T: Taste follows smell pretty well, with a bitterness bite at the end. Pine and citrus hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Whats good here is the balance.Malts and hops blend nicely, showing off the flavors of both distinctively, without being overpowering.

M: Medium to thin body with a nice clean carbonation. Good.

D: Definitely. This isn't my first time drinking this and there is a reason. Deschutes doesn't do anything spectacular with there IPA, but it is solid. Wont be the best IPA you'll ever have, but its definitely, worthy of a purchase.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Have to say to bottle is one of the nicer ones out there. Hefty in the hand with nice embossments. Kudos

Appearance: Pours copper in color and very clear with a nice, foamy off-white head the fades slowly, lasting almost to the bottom of the glass. Thick, wispy sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Smell: Slightly fruity sweet with nice citrusy hop overtones. Hints of caramel also come into play as well.

Taste: Inversion IPA starts with a bang as plenty of citrusy hops dominate the beginning, the middle is all about the caramel malts with a lovely caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness take over briefly then give way to a finish that bring the hops back in play. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness that linger long after the swallow. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation to make things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: I sure am glad my bro-in-law brought some of this back with him from Denver for X-mas. A really well balanced IPA with plenty of citrusy hop character and caramel malt to offset the hops. Starts with a hoppy bang, the middle balances things out then ends with another hoppy bang. Wish this was available in my area on a regular basis. Not an over the top IPA but one that is relatively easy on the palate and easy to drink. I could easily make a session of these, howver, the 6.8% abv will sneek up on you. Overall, a really good IPA and on that I wouldn't hesitate buying again. Glad I have one more left. Seek and enjoy, highly recommended.

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Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical Deschutes embossed bottle with hops around the neck. ABV and Best by date clearly marked - this is a bit past the date, but it has been stored safely in my beer fridge the whole time.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange color .. looks like most of the haze came from the last bit of the pour. Nice solid off white head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of resiny hop aromas - heavy pine with just a bit of citrus.

Taste: Nicee amount of hop flavor, without being over the top. Malt is enough to back up the hops, but does not show through with much flavor distinction.

Overall impression: Definitely skewed toward the hops - nice hoppy flavor without being too bitter. Drinkable, especially considering ABV.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.