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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

819 Reviews

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Reviews: 819
Hads: 2,894
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 505 | 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 tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with some lunch at some bar type restaurant in SF.

A: Pours a nice golden colored hue with a nice 1/4 finger head. The head was not tall but it did linger a bit. Nice lace noted.

S: This one is all about the hops bold citrus. Lemon and grapefruit can both be detected.

T: Hoppy Goodness in a glass. Bold lemon up front which melds wonderfully into grapefruit. Hints of grassy goodness as well. I am sure there are some malt here, but this one screams hops. Hoppier than I remember when I had this one in the bottle.

M: Medium in body, bold, snappy carbonation.

D: I had two pints, rather enjoyable to be honest.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost completely hazy amber-copper-gold with a big bubbly head of white-amber foam on top. Nice complexity in the body. Looks clean. Nice looking all around -- much different looking than other IPAs.

S: Sweet malts and citrus. Some toasted grain. More subtle aroma -- not that in-your-face smell you get from most IPAs. I feel like a smell red licorice. I guess that's some candied fruit smell. It's nice.

T: Very good here. Candied fruits and caramel malts that subside to a dry finish. Not really too bitter. Not the hoppy IPA one is used to, but this has such a unique nice flavor. Really good.

F: Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Smooth and creamy. Nice velvety texture. Some chewiness that brings out the nice malts. Consistently good.

O: Gotta give it up to this brew. Where most IPAs focus on the hops. I feel this one focuses on the malts. Some would probably call this an English Style IPA, but that doesn't tell the whole story. This is a high-quality brew -- definitely recommend.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll tell you what's an inversion: Ladies driving cars! Am I rite or what fellas?!?

Smells thick. Hoppy, but the malt and yeast are the most salient, like you're smelling raw pizza dough. (is that the inversive element, here?).

Mouthwise, the hops trends towards your more rounded, fruiter fruits--apricots instead of orange--and while they're super flavorful they're not all that tonguerapey, which makes it so the caramel malt seems a lot bigger than what you'd normally expect from an IPA. First sip, I didn't like it too much. Though it tasted a little too uppity, little too British. Halfway through, I am goddamn amazed more IPAs don't taste like this.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange rusty color. Moderate head with medium size bubbles and descent lacing as the beer is consumed. Drinks very well for an IPA. The beer is well balanced with an obvious thick piney resin winning the palate, however, still drinkable with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, medium carbonation, khaki head leaves lacing with every pull.

Citrus bordering on zesty in the nose.

Wow, this is a hopped up version even for an IPA. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruits mix well. Enough sweetness (although very much background fodder) to keep it from being a bomb. Gets spicey, peppery, during the aftertaste. Its a very fresh and ALIVE type of brew, not one to bog you down, on the contrary it really sparked up my palate and woke me up.

Notes: Hmmmm I'm not quite sure if this deserves elite status but for now its damn good and well above average. Deschutes has some really nice offerings once you get done sampling the lot.

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Photo of cpolking
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper color with a hint of ruby. The aroma is very hop forward with loads of citrus and floral hops. The taste is massive floral and citrus hops with a hint of pine in the finish, bitter, but with a nice malt background to work against. An excellent American IPA.

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Photo of raznug
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a dark orange color and is topped with ¾” of off white head that lingers nicely.
Smell: The smell of this beer is all hops like a good IPA should be. There are grass pine and citrus aromas that blend nicely together.
Taste: The taste is just like the aroma all hops pine grass and citrus great tasting beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is easy on the palate yet great tasting

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

Pours dark amber into my nonic. Beautiful appearance with abundant amber head. Clear, little effrvescence.
Citrus aroma. Pleasant.
Taste, grapefruit. Definitely grapefruit. Nice balance up front with astringent citrus taking over at the end.
This is borderline IIPA in ABV and hop flavor. A palate destroyer that makes this difficult to drink many of at one time.
So, I make the most of it and enjoy them more sparingly.

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

Amber with one finger of fluffy off white head. Good amount of lacing. Smell is piney with a touch of fruit. Taste is immediate piney hop bitterness followed by a fruity pink grapefruit sweetness. A full amount of malts for the style. Mouthfeel is good. Grapefruit and resinous medium dry finish. A fine IPA that is best consumed fresh for full effect. At 6.8% abv and 80 IBUs it is not really a session beer. For IPA drinkers it might be. How can you go wrong at $5.99 per six pack? Living in Oregon is awesome!
Best by 11/30/2010 according to the label.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on draft at the Portland brewery and out of bottles purchased at said brewery (and whole foods)

A great IPA. Good level of hoppiness. Not one of those IPAs that stand alone with just massive levels of hops. This shows real elegance and power in a great package. Highly recommended.

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

One of my most bought beers I would have to say.

Look: copper orange, golden, little head.

Smell: a very nice hop profile, citurs-very sharp

Taste: Hops are strong, grapefruit, citrus. Taste wise, this is one of the best ipas ive drank, its not to much, not to little. Everyone loves a strong huge dipa, but with those after a couple the taste is to much. This I can drink all the time

Mouthfeel: Its bubbles sting a bit, and feels a tiny thick in the throat, but is relatively good.

Drink: I have bought many of these in mixed deschutes 6 packs, and is a very very well rounded ipa.

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Photo of ericj551
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dechutes Inversion IPA pours a beautiful ruby red with a nice off-white head that lingers into a beautiful lacing. The aroma is distinctly grapefruity hops with a hint of caramelized malt. Bitterness and herbal hop flavor hits upfront in the flavor with more citrusy grapefruity goodness. Some dark fruity malt comes through briefly but the resiny, herbal bitterness covers it up and lingers.

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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 les1721
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence was kindof dark for a pale ale, but not suprising due to the malt profile. The color is a beautiful dark orange hue.
Smell was very citrusy and a little sweet and complex.
Taste was excellent. Hop bitterness was present but not at all shocking. The malt profile is very complex making this a very well balanced IPA. The hop flavor and aroma complimented this beer perfectly. An excellent beer from the great Northwest.
Mouthfeel was about medium and a little sticky.
Drinkability was better than some IPAs but not really a session beer.

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

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Beautiful deer orange red, with 1 1/2 finger off white, cloud like head and some light lacing

S - Sweet malt, sweet floral hop, pineapple, mango, papaya, hibiscus, caramel, vanilla, a bit of sweet tobacco, grass, corn meal and a bit of oak and earth

T - Great sweet malt with an awesome floral, tropical, citrus hops. The caramel, vanilla, tropical fruits, and sweet tobacco are there again

M - Excellent. So soft but prevalent on the pallet. Sweet and then bitter sweet. Sits really nice and goes down even better

D - Excellent. I could drink this all day everyday. So smooth.

Final thought - $7.99 a sixer, is an awesome price for a beer with a nice ABV and even better taste. Wow.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell, color, stood out immediately. 1st taste, interesting, demanded a second. This beer keeps you engaged. Becoming enjoyable and wanting a second & a third. I was surprised. This one will be introduced to friends in Texas. Perfect for Sailors and those who want to sail.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a six pack from a newly opened Bristol Farms. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - I wasn't expecting this. I have had plenty of IPA's and they where most often a very light straw color. This looked alot like a Pale Ale. It was a dark rusty amber color with a thin white head.

S - Lots of citrus and pine notes in the nose with a good dose of hops.

T - Absolutely delightful! Good on the hops with a smooth finish, some caramel malt and pronounced grapefruit flavor.

M - Very good on the tongue with good carbonation and a slight kick of esters.

D - Solid, I could definitely down a few of these.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/7/12

Appearance: Hazy copper color with some golden orange around the edges, creamy white head that retains a nice ring, some wispy lacing

Smell: Remarkably floral and inviting - sweet, flowery citrus (orange and grapefruit) - some sweet, dry pine - malts are very prominent and also really nice - slightly toasted, with a sweet bread aroma - some sweet dough, as well, very clean overall, with a powdery, vaguely candy-like sweetness

Taste: Stupidly balanced - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some mild pith - some resiny pine - as it warms up, some tropical flavors emerge - a moderate amount of bitterness for the style - malts are simply delicious, perfectly sweet and biscuity - bready, doughy, with a slightly toasted edge

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and nicely carbonated, absurdly drinkable

Overall: Please, sir, I want some more

I was kind of expecting a West Coast hop bomb of sorts, but instead I received something that has more of a Midwest IPA mentality. And I approve heartily. This, along with others that I lump in that category (*cough* Two Hearted) is something I want to drink all day long. But I can't. Sadness.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and rocky. Drops to a thin cap in short order. Some nice lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, pithy bitterness, and orange flesh. Some pine notes. Malts are mega biscuity with a lingering caramel sweetness. So very bready. So very clean. Floral and delicious. Slightly toasted with caramel malt rounding it out. Juicy.

Taste: Grapefruit and biscuity doughy goodness. Pithy bitterness. Some pine and citrus zest. Caramel malts adds a nice sweetness. Slightly toasted edge works well with the mild roasted profile. Lingering bitterness works well to moderate the malt profile. So delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and easy drinking. Carbonation is moderate, as is the body. Delightful. Runs the right level of dry and clean. Might be too dry for some.

Overall: This. Drink this.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper poured into a pint glass with a 2 inch head that slowly fades into an inch lacing.
Pine scent, from the hops, citrus and some sweetness too.
Hop bitterness at its best! Some malt sweetness again in the background. Very fresh, very tasty.
A nice example of what an American IPA should be!
Highly recommended!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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