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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 808
Hads: 2,847
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 469 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an easy drinking IPA. It's fairly sweet and thicker on the malt side. Decent spicy tone to it. Not a real wide variety of character on the profile, but it's a pleasant drinker. Gotta love Deschuttes; and this is yet another reason to do so.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time I've had this stuff, my good pal Geoff Landgraf used to work in Bend, OR at Deschutes, I would get specialty releases monthly sent via beer mail. Now, fast forward to 1/24/14 Deschutes has launched in Ohio with their four main stays Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Red Chair Pacific Northwest Ale along with Hop Henge IPA one of their fantastic specialty releases. A fantastic introductory IPA that can be enjoyed by the masses and those in the know when it comes to hops. Complex drinkable and definitely hoppy enough to be one of the stand out IPAs from the Pacific Northwest. Abundant hops in this beautiful glowing amber body big billowing cream colored head leaves intricate speckled lacing on the sides of my glass. Aromatics give out hints of pine, citrus, with dank earthy hops. Flavor has a well crafted malt backbone hints of bready/caramel malts without hitting overt sticky sweetness. Really nice IPA, I'm ready to drink another bottle it's that type of beer. It will blown your mind how good a solid stable IPA can be and it's probably a majority of the reason this company has grown beyond the PNW to the state of Ohio along with the fact that I've never had a bad beer from them. Texture slightly resinous with hop oils and flowing carbonation carries the beer great over the palate. Overall, this works so well. I'm a fan of Inversion and every other hoppy ale from them that I've tried!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle with a best by date of 24 July 2013.

Appearance: deep, orange-amber color with a massive, frothy, creamy, bone colored head. The head is very durable and leaves gobs of lacing.

Smell: light malt aroma with plenty of citrusy and floral hops.

Taste: the sweet malt base is apparent, but struggles to counter the hops, as the touch of sweetness up front turns moderately bitter by the finish. Grapefruit rind in the aftertaste. The hop flavors lean toward citrus and floral, but is a bit piney and herbal too.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; nicely smooth.

Overall: a robust West Coast IPA. with a relatively hefty malt component.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Inversion IPA.
Let's see if this turns me on my head.

Lightly hazed, coppery color, beige head, a little thin, but staying.

Aroma, softly bitter, citric fruit, subtle caramel tones, too.

Tasting it: bitter blast at first, zesty hit of hops, leading right into caramel malt, setting the stage and holding it down. Great balance. Lovely little two-tone shuffle, pleasingly palatable.

Oddly enough, I'm appreciating the intensity of the hoppy attack on the palate more as the bottle empties, and the brew occupies my insides. Malt gets sweeter, hops bitterer. At glass half full, the two parts of this brew stand out more, pronounce themselves clearly, burning bright among my senses. That means I like it.

Long lasting bitter finish, medium bodied, and for the hop-head, quite on the drinkable side.

This new-to-me Deschutes I've had since they've entered this market, and am I glad it's here. This one may be a staple of my summer imbibement.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours copper amber with a thin, bubbly, off-white head.

The smell is of juicy citrus/grapefruit with caramel.

The taste is orange and grapefruit bitterness blending with caramel sweetness that turns to a late bitter, dry, citric/grapefruity finish, with a touch of warming alcohol showing through.

Medium bodied, pretty chewy.

Very nice - A solid, very drinkable, traditional American IPA - Thanks again, Bill!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger head. Decent retention ending in splotches of foam on top. Nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice light citrus aroma and a little bit of caramel and toasted malts. I get a hint of pineapple at the end as well.

T: Starts with some caramel, followed by some pine flavor. I was expecting a bit more of a floral flavor based on the nose, but more piney. Has a slight bite on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and creamy. Overall very enjoyable. a solid beer I could keep in the fridge and drink anytime.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 10/05/10

Poured into Bruery snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a dark mango hued brown.

Aroma: Bright citrus flavors up front. Mangoes, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. Some floral hop notes. Also has some caramel malts. A solid ipa aroma.

Taste: The taste is a lot more malty and boozy than the aroma. It is also more sweet. The citrus fruit blends together a lot more here. The mangoes stick out a bit, but that's it. It has a large amount of caramel malts showing. Bit amount of floral hops dominating the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol shows with this ipa which I don't like. I can see booze showing in a dipa, but not a single. Ends very sticky with a big hop resin feel to it.

Overall, a decent ipa. The aroma is solid on this but the taste brings too much booze with it. It is a bigger ipa, but I still don't like the booze showing in a single ipa. One of these would be enough for me in a sitting.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is dark amber almost red. Forms a thick head (intentionally poured hard) of small and medium bubbles that falls away leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. Beer is relatively clear and carbonation is moderate to low. Medium bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma is malty and pine hoppy. Its overall a little light but present. Smells inviting.

Medium body, easy drinking, lingering bitterness at the back, mild sweetness up front. Overall its a little weak. Second taste, I get why this is an IPA but its more like an APA to me. I'm being really critical lately. The bitterness grows, tastes good. I want more in the mid-palate or a LOT more in the back bitterness. I want to have to chew through my IPAs sometimes -- and if you aren't going to give me an IPA with 100 IBUs, attempt to balance the flavors with more interesting flavors. Put some biscuit malt in there...something anything. This beer is a fine, easily available and cheap IPA for the masses. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear with a copper / amber body and an inch of sticky, off white head. The aroma offers caramel malt, honey, toast, biscuits, pine. The flavor is sweet. Honey and pine flavors. A tasty brew, but atypical of an American IPA in that it is balanced rather than hop forward. Prominent malt and bread character throughout with pine and minimal bitterness. Hop presence is muted, especially when compared to its contemporaries. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol. Pretty good.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a caramel amber color with a frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big pine and grapefruit hop profile to it with some lemony citrus coming through as well. A bit of the malty, caramel flavor shows through as well.

The taste more grapefruit like bitterness and citrus flavors to it, but also shows some of the pine that was present in the nose. The caramel and malty try to come through behind the hoppy bitterness. It finishes with more of a dry bitterness that lingers for a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty flavorful and easy drinking IPA overall. it wasn't outstanding for the style, but a pretty solid beer overall.

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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 woodychandler
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having had some out of a cask and finding it to my liking, now was the time to try it in a bottle.

From the bottle: "Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling."; "Inversion is as close as you can get without knowing somebody."; "Crafted for explorers everywhere since 1988"; "We worship the flower. The hop flower, that is. We know you do too. Inversion is our tribute to that flower, with plenty of balance, finesse and personality to feed the hop lover in us all."

It produced a bug, rocky, off-tan head on the pour. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. OMFG, was this intensely hoppy in the mouth! I love hops, but I almost coughed in astonishment, and that rarely happens. The neck label mentioned "... layers of soft caramel notes", but they were barely evident on the finish and not at all in the mouth. The nose was likewise redolent with hops. The finish had the same intense citrus/hop flavor, but slightly tempered by the malt. Wow! It produced a beautiful, sticky lacing throughout. This is my favorite Deschutes product, bar none.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/21/2010.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some pine and some light citrus mixed in. There is also a nice amount of bready malt.

The flavor is resiny hops and caramel malt, as well as some orange citrus and bready malt. The beer is fairly well balanced, with the overall flavor leaning slightly to the side of being more bitter. The overall bitterness is fairly low for an IPA, but there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to colts0916 for the trade. Hmmm, seems I am overdue Best by Feb 8th... better drink this. I should probably say more than my last on tap review of this.

Monster huge head off the pour of four fingers off white. Solid retention, and pours gold, but leaves a nice somewhat cloudy body of amber color. Some real good stick lacing of even very big bubbles.

Wonderful fruit basket fresh grapefruit flesh smell. Mild malts, and hints of fresh squeezed orange juice. Real great smelling beer here.

Tastes just solid and simple. Good hop feel even this late out of the bottle, with a great smooth body. Hop presence comes out with tangerine and lime punch on the swallow. Malts mellow out behind. A classic good simple American IPA.

I am even more impressed how good this is beyond the freshness date, it's even a little more fruit subtle than its big grapefruit bomb on tap version. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by August 23, 2006; sampled June 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, bit o chunky, reddish amber color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head that starts to leave a bit of Belgian lace as it falls from its initial two-finger height. The beer is suitably, and satisfyingly hoppy in the aroma. Notes of grapefruit, sweet tangerine and to a lesser degree pungent pine notes combine to form a formidable hop character. A touch of malt is found in the aroma as well; a dry toasted malt note is there if you dig for it. This beer's aroma really has an intense, sweet, citrus fruit focus to it. It is quite nice and on this alone I highly recommend this beer.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, hoppy from the get go, but the hops don't really start to take off until you get to the middle portion of a sip. Pungent, with a slight astringency, the hops are a mix of citrus notes (grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange peel, and some apricot like notes), and an herbal character that mixes with some sharp pine-like resinous notes. The malt plays second fiddle here, but there are some toasty malt notes as well as a malt sweetness, which helps to accentuate the fruity hop notes. A solid bitterness starts to grip my mouth at about the middle point of a sip, and picks up a full on, lingeringly astringent bitter note in the finish. The bitterness almost has a minty quality to it because of its fresh vibrancy.

I have been drinking this beer for about two weeks now and I am finding that if I have a fresh hop craving this just hits the spot. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you can get a fresh sample.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly chill hazed deep copper color with a two finger white head that drops quickly to form a cap on top. Smells nicely of apricot, citrus, and pine with a faint bready caramel malt hidden deep underneath. Taste is sweet malt with plenty of citrus and pine bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Long lingering pine bitterness in a slightly sweet finish. Crisply carbonated, medium body with a sticky resinous mouthfeel. Great IPA that I wish I could get more often. I like a sweet malt backbone and not just bracingly bitter hops, this definitely fits the bill for my taste buds.

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

I'm back from Magic Mountain, I'm refreshed after a shower, and I have yet to have a beer. Let's try Inversion IPA. On to the beer:

Hazed reddish orange in color, the head is creamy on top and is retaining itself well thus far. Soft grapefruit bite in the aroma. Herbal, somewhat buttery. Smells like an "old School" Northwest IPA. Tastes old school as well. Balanced, but you still taste some hops. And not clean. A touch of caramel upfront, that turns into a mild grapefruit bitterenss with very herbal flavors. Faint alcohol is felt in the body. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, perhaps the best part of this beer.

More of a balanced IPA, and more herbal than the ones I prefer. A solid effort by Deschutes, though this might be my least favorite of the Deschutes beers. That should tell you how good their beers in general are.

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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 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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 12oz bottle into a chalice, best by March 29, 2012.

Poured an orange/amber with a few fingers of offwhite head. Great density and a wall of lacing, complete clarity in the body. Nose is quite floral, with a good mix of citrus and tropical notes. Chewy and crunchy for lack of a better adjective, felt like I could smell the texture of the hops here (oddly?). Rich bready and sweet malt base, right on par with the hops. Taste has a bitter and resinous earthy and herbal hop quality, less fruitiness than the nose bust still some citrus and citrus rind. Some pine and general forest character. Sturdy malt base with a bit of earthiness. Less dense than the nose suggested. Bitter finish that lingers for some time, no alcohol to speak of which was nice for the ABV. Medium low carbonation. A nice IPA, that might have lost a bit with time but I'd love to revisit this fresh. Quite drinkable in spite of this though.

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

Pours amber with a rocky off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Smells grassy and of bitter citrus, but also light and clean. The taste is also light, clean, and bright with citrus, followed by a short burst of sweet malt, some graininess, and then a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bite at the end. Quite drinkable, this is a nice sixpack beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Looks great in the glass and leaves a really good amount of foam sticking to the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet and quite full of "C" type hops with lots of grapefruit and lemon scents. The more you smell it the stronger the Citrus hop aromas get.

Taste is not very sweet and quite strongly bitter in the first sip. Very strong earthy hop flavor that is a bit on the harsh side initially. Hop level here is slightly numbing to the tongue and the harshness goes away after swallow number four but the initial roughness costs this a 4.5 in the taste department. Flavor besides the citrus is wood and strong tea and some faint pineapple.

Mouthfeel is good.

A beer that looks near perfect but is slightly flawed in the glass. I could see buying this again if it was cheaper than my usual Pale Ale but I can't see buying this instead of my usual local craft beer. Worth a try but not anything super special.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber brown with brown highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Piney hops were noticeable on the first whiff with caramel citrusy notes and a good sweet malt presence. The flavor was a little bit more sweet on the malts but did have piney hops alongside caramel citrusy accents. It did however have some earthiness with a good malt backbone. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, citrusy, bitter, and crisp finish. It drank good but wasn't as punchy on the hops as I thought it would be.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.