Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 800
Hads: 2,801
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
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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 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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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my mind Deschutes is very underrated they brew a vast array of great styles and sadly alot of people in the midwest and east never have had the chance to try their wares... now enough of that on to the review.This poured an odd kinda hazed brownish orange with a nice tight one finger head that never totaly settles,well that Oregon hop profile really shows itself like I knew it would quite citrusy with lemon I think being predominant over top of caramelly biscuit dough malt its not all one dimensional.The hop dominates but it has character tea-like up front with a nice resiny,spruce like finish all the long a decent sized sweetish malt base holds its own thru to the finish.A nice hoppy quaffing IPA I would have never guess this was so high in alc its very drinkable,well done.

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Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another !Excellent! frosty from Secret Santa bennetj17.

In fact, I would say this is near perfect in style (and taste) for an IPA. I’d luv to have this readily available in the mid-west, but Que sera, sera.

Man, look at that pour – clear amber, then topped by a perfect pillow of frothy ivory. Sticky laces ALL the way down my Schlafly sampler glass.

Tons of hop in the aroma, just a touch of floral which is the way it should be in my book. A pure IPA taste, just classic. Hops are there, not to heavy and the floras, pine, and citrus mix nicely in this real quaffer.

Sharp, dry and crisp – finishing with a dollop of oily goodness. Yum Yum.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Magnum's in early August for $1.39. Freshness date thru 9-28-06 - Whoops, lost track of this one!

Appearance is orange with a nice off white head that is very well sustained with outstanding lacing left behind. Nose is a nice fragrance of floral hops and malts. Taste is a bit of caramel malts that is followed by a blast of citrusy hops. This is not a beer for those who eschew hops in their beer. Mouthfeel is very good for the style, medium bodied and very lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. Definitely not a session beer but 2 or 3 is just about right. This is a must try for hopheads and those who enjoy Deschutes!

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Photo of ecooper
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep, translucent amber color with a rocky, 2-finger, off-white head that settles slowly into a thin cap. Lacing is decent, leaving a few strings of lace down the glass.

S - Aroma consists of sweet floral scents, grapefruit, and caramel.

T - Piney/woody hop bitterness up front that lingers throughout with a pronounced, biscuity malt finish. A slight hint of alcohol warmth makes its presence known at the end.

M - Medium body with a slightly chewier mouthfeel than other American IPAs I've had.

D - A bit more complex than a lot of hop bombs out there, actually making this less drinkable than some others.

Overall, a very solid IPA from Deschutes.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 Imstillthegman
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of xoqx
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend tried this and told me it was 'too much' for 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.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of sockeye101
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.