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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,769
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 126
Gots: 420 | FT: 4
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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 WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemmed New Belgium glass.

A: Very dark copper to crimson hue with an off-white head about an inch thick. Head settles slowly and sticky lacing remains on the glass walls.

S: Very subtle hop aroma consisting of floral notes, some pine, and fruit. Caramel-like malt character hangs out in the backround.

T: Malt shows itself on the palate. Hints of caramel and toast, with some dried fruit character. Hops soon take over with a floral, citrusy burst. In a way I could describe this beer as "juicy." Finish is soft, with a drying hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, yet the subtle carbonation and light flavor make this a very clean IPA.

D: Very drinkable. Actually less hoppy than their famed pale, but with more body. Even for a stronger beer, it's quite sessionable. Will I buy it again? Yes, indeed. I had to after the bottom of my last six pack gave out and I lost every beer on the floor. This one has made up for that, now. An excellent brew. (989 characters)

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

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured with an inch of light tan head that left very nice, sticky lacing. An attractive Orangey/Amber color. Strong hop aroma with piney scent being strongest. Flavor is what was expected after experiencing the aroma. The pine flavors hit first with a nice citrus finish that lingers, but doesn't cling to the tongue. Very good body with a solid malt foundation. Very good drinkability, my palate tires quickly of most IPAs (2-3 and I'm usually ready to switch up), but I can drink several of these without suffering palate fatigue. An above average brew from a brewery that makes solid, dependable beers and rarely makes a misstep. (663 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 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 Reidrover
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really gorgeous looking IPA from Bend. Deep burnt orange,slightly hazy,lovelly creamy off white head of great stature..a veritable visual work of art.
Nice spicy aromas, slightly citric ..some malts detectable surprisingly.
Great tasty spicy and grapefruit hoppiness, a strongish ,malt backbone prebvents the hops running "over the top" and lends an extraordinary smoothness to the beer.
Very good mouth feel very thick and smooth for the style, but most welcome.
I found this a delectable IPA,. very very drinkable for 6.8% alc.. I think it tasted a lot like the wonderful Horseridge IPA i tasted last year at the Bond Street pub (636 characters)

Photo of beerisgood2010
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love the IPA class of beers and the Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery does not dissappoint. I found it on sale for $6.49 for a cold six pack, such a deal!

It has that very distinct hoppiness which is familiar in the IPA style and when it hits your tongue it really explodes with that bitter and refreshing flavor. Superb beer. (340 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 10/05/10.

Pours a dark, reddish amber color with a thick head that held up for a long time. A lot of lacing is left on the glass. This is approaching Red Ale territory in color. Aroma is mostly hops with hints of orange, apricote, and pineapple. But the flavor is more balanced. Still fairly bitter with plenty of citrus/tropical fruit hop flavors, but there is a nice sweet caramel base. A little like Juicy Fruit. I think the malt brings out the flavors of the hops even more. The hop flavor just seems to go on and on. Finishes bitter with a pineapple and kiwi aftertaste. The body feels large enough to carry the bitterness but it is not so heavy as to hamper enjoyment during hot weather. Good carbonation. This is one of the better examples of an American IPA. It is not just a hop bomb so many will give it lower scores, but I love the attempt at balance. (879 characters)

Photo of TangoMike
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Went with a shaker pint glass on this one. Served into the glass out of the bottle. Color is amber to copper. Off-white head (picture aged paper). Very good clarity. Numerous bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The head had some rolling irregularities to it (not 100% uniform but not what I would call rocky). Aroma definitely had hops, but it was more delicate and less assertive that some IPA's I have had. That is not a criticism of this beer by any means. Very fresh, clean, fruit, hops smell. The head persisted thinly to the bottom of the glass. I think I know why they call this "Inversion IPA". Not a dry beer. The hops play the large role, but the maltiness is a close second (an inversion of what I am accustomed to). Lots of deep raisiny, plummy flavors, and in the finish (inhaling deeply after I put down the glass) I'm getting peach yogurt. Very interesting. The lacing in the glass was well banded showing everywhere I paused between sips. I will definitely come back to this one. (999 characters)

Photo of fizzy
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beyond words. I have tried many IPAs and for some reason this one "takes the cake" All of the points of a great IPA are here, but somewhere beneath the surface there is a wonderful rich flavor that I can't really explain. Is it the "caramel" that I detect? I am a Summit lover, and both their IPA, Pale Ale,and now Horizon Red Ale are really my favorites. But this is just that "inch" better. I would love to taste this one on tap. (441 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland pub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Great leafy hop flavour, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, melon, grass/weed, caramel malt, assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body; plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable. (339 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub in Portland. I had this last year on cask and I had been thinking about this for over a year. I had to order this right after the Black Butte XXII. Pours a bright orange colour with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate at all. Nice rings of frothy lacing surround the pint glass. Lots of citrus hops wonderfully balanced with caramel malt. This isn't the most bitter IPA, but it may be one of the most delicious ones. Very smooth mouthfeel. (472 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium-orange colour, with great cuneiform-esque shaped lacing on the glass, good retention on the head, it's still there with about 2 oz. left.

S: Lots of citrus and a bit of pineapple, a bit of sugary malt in there as well.

T: Very tasty, heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tastes upfront, with some lemon, and a hint of lime. Bready malt is evident, but the great hop flavours are what I really liked about this beer.

M: Rich and creamy, very smooth, with a bit a resin, a great feel for an IPA.

D: Another great IPA to try, another good beer from Deschutes, this is a very good IPA, very tasty, need to buy a sixer of this before it disappears for the year, a great hop-based ale. (713 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber brown with half a finger head, good amount of lacing.

S: Mango, peach, it smells awesome. I can also smell the sweetness and a little bit of the malt

T: It follows the smell. Very well balanced IPA, mango, peach, a bit of piney bitterness near the end. Perfectly sweet, malty (not much hoppy).

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body, slightly dry.

O: Surprisingly awesome IPA. I passed on this several times because it's always available near me. I will be consuming this more frequently going forward. (530 characters)

Photo of morti
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured dark amber with a small white head.

Very pleasant smell... orange blossoms

Taste is floral with notes of fruit

Roof of the mouth bitter, moderate carbonation

I will drink this beer again and again. I would suggest it with spicy food (274 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark yet still see through copper color with about an inch high cream head with longevity. Lacing on the plus side.

The aroma is full of juicy citrus fruits, caramel malts and plenty of hops that are much more citrus than piney or bitter.

The taste has a relatively low bitterness IMHO. I read somewhere that the IBUS are near 80 or so, but it doesn't taste like it. THis beer shows wonderful balance and a malt sweetness that is strong. The hops are very floral and fruity, but bitter? not so much.

THe feel is lower medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall smooth feel.

This is an excellent session worthy IPA. Balance is the key here. I am so glad that this is an easily accessable beer for me. A definate must try for any fan of the style. (778 characters)

Photo of MacHeadBeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally pleasant IPA, I'm a big fan of DIPA and this would give a DIPA a run for its money. Very smooth, plenty of hop flavor and finishes real smooth. If was a little less expensive this would definitely be my regular beer (Lagunitas holds that spot).

Edit: A 12oz bottle went WAY too fast. :-) (302 characters)

Photo of Estocker
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-copper.

Smells pleasantly malty and hoppy. Very balanced, and normally I find this to be a turnoff, but in this case it really works well. Some nice grassy notes, and a very refreshing toasty quality.

Tastes very nice. This is beer is subtle perfection. I wish that this was more widely available in my area instead of Mirror Pond. Has some very nice bitter notes, but not so much that it hurts the palate. I've been drinking a lot of Celebration lately, but I think that I like this one as a regular even better. Some nice toasted grain flavor and has a bit of a carmelized taste, but the sweetness is immediately pushed aside by grassy/floral hop notes so that you know who is in control.

Drinkability is awesome, I wish I had bought more! (760 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a beautiful large, white head, that exhibited excellent lacing in clumps and spiderweb patterns on the sides of the glass. Body is hazy and a perfect orange/red color... beautiful to look at.

S: Very nice aroma of heavy hops with pine, lemon and lime throughout. There's also a hint of sweetness in the form of the malt (caramel, maybe?) that offers a slight tilt away from all hops.

T: Wow... a perfect balance of sweetness and hoppiness for an IPA, meaning that it is slightly sweet at the beginning, but ends with a high amount of hops and citrus for a nice, long duration.

M: Great on the palate as well, with a medium-full body, creamy texture, and average-soft carbonation.

D: One of my favorite IPAs... after doing a taste-test of 6-7 IPAs in a row, this was a perfect one to finish off with. Makes me ashamed to think of how it was only months ago that I avoided hoppy beers whenever possible, but extremely happy that I've finally turned around. (974 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the freshness dated bottle into a standard pint glass results in a darker than normal for the style dark copper with a decent off white head that fades into a cap with sticky lacing on the sides, a small amount of bubbles continue to rise slowly through the body. Aroma is subdued floral hops and light bread, notes of lemon zest.
Taste is wonderful, raw juicy hops, some pine and grapefruit with just a tint of tropical fruit sweetness a white bread shadow shows up but gets kicked out the door by a pronounced bitterness that is so satisfying and palate cleansing that you just can't help wanting another long draft.
Slightly creamy and oily pretty heavy for an IPA, I've had doubles that are a shadow of this.
Overall, just a very nice IPA that will be purchased regularly. Bravo. (791 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: beautiful dark copper with a good off white head and plenty of lacing.

S:hops and a good amount of malt. Smell is quite reminiscient of Alpha King--not quite citrus or pine, but lovely.

M: smooth and creamy. Medium body.

D: ecellent. If I lived on the west coast, this would likely be my session IPA.
T: quite balanced. Nice hop presence, but not overpowering. (413 characters)

Photo of mikemarin218
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of HighCotton
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One inch tan head with large bubbles that dissipates to about 1/8 inch within two minutes. Patches of suds remain on the glass as the head slowly shrinks to the surface. Within five minutes the head is down to the surface. An amber-ish but quite red color. Relatively little carbonation to the eye. Nose is piney and malty; also hoppy with a medley of fruits lurking that I cannot peg down without help from the bottle (citrus). Brew is bitter on the palate. Nice, well-carbonated mouthfeel that goes down smoothly but a welcome coat lingers on the palate. Bitter, piney aftertaste. Bitterness lingers for several minutes. Very refreshing. A very nice american ipa. $8 for a six-pack of this is a bargain, indeed. (713 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - coppery color with a nice 2 fingers off white head, recedes quickly leaving good lacing on the glass as well as a bit of suds floating on the beer.

S - Lots going on here, get some pine notes, a bit of citrus, getting maltiness and hints of carmel.

T - Great taste, very well balanced beer, enough here for the hop lover as well as a sweetness on the finishes that blends the malts and the hops together.

M - Medium bodied with a very nice level of carbonation.

D - What can I say, very good brew (533 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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! (809 characters)

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.