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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 99
Gots: 197 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-22-2006)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramel sweetness along with a good background of floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness, then the sweetness of caramel, brown sugar and citrus come in quickly to provide a good balance. There’s a good hearty malt character that also contributes to the balance. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty enjoyable beer that I could drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on to of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - citrus hops with notes of orange and lime as well as a bit of caramel.

T - toffee and dry caramel malt up front with some fruity hops. Lemon and orange in the middle with a bit of pine. Finishes with acidic bitterness and dry toast.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is allright, but it is overly pithy with a lingering acidic dryness that really isn't pleasant.

nickfl, May 06, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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!!!

WVbeergeek, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to fartingdog for including this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear amber, with a nice copper sheen to it, and several fingers of frothy looking off-white head. Retains into a big, creamy dollop of foam that leaves just a MASSIVE latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is earthy, spicy, herbal, and floral with a deep underlying tang of bready malts, citrus, and caramel sweetness. I'm also picking up the slightest waft of warmth that throws this off a touch.

The taste starts with a softer feeling hop profile that is herbal and earthy with some dry and lingering spicy notes. This is set against a sticky feeling backbone of bready malt, caramel, and light tropical fruits. There a nice mix of action going on here and it stays well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but still has a relatively easy feel to it. Unfortunately, I'm picking up just a bit too much warmth, which mixes with the herbal notes and bitterness to give off the slightest bit of a medicinal feel.

You know, I like what Deschutes does with their staple IPA from a flavor standpoint. Herbal and earthy hops interwoven into a profile that is a bit complex and well balanced, leaving the bigger West Coast hop bombs flavors to their seasonals. I just wish that those flavors did a better job of convering up some of the heat in this, which definitely hurt the feel and drinkibility for me. Dial that ABV back a bit and I would have enjoyed this tons.

Kegatron, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a 2 fingers + tan head. Kind of dark for an IPA. Good lacing & very good head rentention

Smell: Malt, fruitness & citrussy hops

Taste: Twangy citrus (grapefruit) hop explosion. Slight frutiness and caramel sneaks in. Finishes very dry & fruitty

MF: Great carbonation and a little to hopped up for balance

Drinks good, but the OTT hoppiness would prevent this this eclectic IPA being a session ale

russpowell, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me during my son's 2nd birthday party-enjoyed in a tulip chilled.

The color is deep amber, lightly hazed bordering on copper with 2 fingers of tan cap which coats the glass with lace. The smell is very hop dominant with plenty of pine aroma and slight floral tinges. The feel is good slight tinge of sweetness immediately coalesces into a hoppy oily and bitter focused feel with slight astringency and mild alcohol influence with very dry finish.

The flavor is very good, lots of piney hop flavors swirling with mild floral and citrus ringd flavor with a good dose of grapefruit and mild toasted malt with a smidge of caramel to round it out and keep the astringent element at a minimal place with lots of dank and juicy hop flavor, this is very fresh tasting with a nice dry quality as it finishes with both herbal and light alcohol tinges. Overall I was really impressed with this based on the amount of hop flavor, it is very bitter too, but not over the top, just agressive enough to keep you coming back for more.

Slatetank, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another winner from deschutes. this ipa is complex and drinkable. taste like a wide variety of hops blended together, i can pick up on a fruity hop as well as the sturdy piney hops. has a lighter feel due to the use of pale and crystal malts, which make this a really sessionable ipa, despite its higher abv. more subtle than many american india pale ales, this one stands out because it is much more than a bitter hop bomb. every beer i have had from these guys has been excellent.

StonedTrippin, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a hazy amber color with a nice cap of white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Citrus and pine hops on the nose, sweet malty base. Good mixture of intense citrusy / piney hops and sweet bready malts in the taste, big notes of fresh fruit in the finish with a lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth for an IPA; very nice overall.

Rifugium, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark orangey amber in the Stella Artois tall tulip. Foam lasts well with plenty of lacing. Odd and somewhat perfumey smell. Some roasted malt and a little caramel greet the lips. Some sweetness says with you, but the taste and aftertaste is all about the bitterness. I don't taste much of the usual piney notes. This is kind of a sweet dishwater.

Overall, this seems like a very standard IPA missing some hop flavors, but with an insistent bitterness. Not much for savoring a pint, but I defer to the hop fiends, and maybe freshness is everything on this one. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

mactrail, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

jwc215, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -10%

MarkyMOD, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Gavage, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a glass mug in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. A nontransparent copper colour.

Sm: Bittering hops and light citrus ester hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Restrained bittering hops alongside pleasant citrus ester hops. The bittering hops are pleasant mainly in the open rather than the climax, but they're not coarse enough to throw off the balance. It's well built and balanced for an IPA, which is usually my least favourite style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body. As aforementioned, the awful coarseness that plagues so many IPAs is not present here.

Dr: Very drinkable and affordable for the nice quality. Give her a spin, lads - even if you normally hate IPAs.

kojevergas, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

InspectorBob, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

woodychandler, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

weeare138, Oct 05, 2006
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.