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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 95
Gots: 158 | 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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 12:16:55 | More by woodychandler
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a slightly cloudy deep amber color, highlighting more orange colors. The head measured in at 2 fingers on pour and leaves a strong ring of lace throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is a piney sweet hop aroma, interspersed with some caramel malts. I say interspersed because the malts stand out more.

T: The ale ha a strong bittering hop element, clearly detectable on the first. It is bitter enough that it nearly crowds out the aromatic hops. As they subside, the strong pine and citrus hops emerge, showing off a floral bouquet. There are some grapefruit and soapy notes that come out, along with some grassiness. The malts are biscuity and support the hops nicely.

M: The mouthfeel is too bitter upfront before morphing into a strong, abrasive IPA.

D: The ale is well-crafted. I could easily pound a few of these although the 6.8% could be a bit of a drawback. An excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 01:42:28 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 06:10:21 | More by Billolick
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-05-2013 18:35:06 | More by InspectorBob
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Zorro

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 01:17:17 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 04:56:24 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 06:09:57 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 00:05:57 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:10:54 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-24-2013 00:43:33 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-28-2013 22:42:22 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inversion IPA, despite a deep caramelly colour, provides perfect clarity. In contrast to the bright beams of highlighting it emits, however, concentrating on it can be hard on the eyes and any fingers on the other side appear like shadows. Its head is tan and spongy.

That caramel colour was apparently a sign of things to come - this bouquet has plenty of dark caramel and sweet toffee-like notes and smells a little like something you'd serve as dessert with tea. But that sweetness is not allowed full spotlight; resiny pine tips and wet leaves, along with a spattering of citrus, grant the nose plenty of green Northwest forestry.

This beer is nowhere as aggressive as other West-coast IPAs. In fact, it's quite mellow. While it shares the bitterness it is obviously cut from a different branch - there's no overblown citrus and, while there's plenty of hoppiness, it is very well balanced with the malts. Indeed, by design this is far more like an English IPA - albeit a very characterful one.

That similarity is apt too because of its low carbonation, wet leafy bitterness, lack of perceivable alcohol and the soft, elegant floral accents on the finish. Also for its big toffee notes - like a coffee cake - that provide a good deal of sweetness and the hardened water minerals that mimic salted caramel - now how does that not earn at least a "4" for flavour?

This is not what American hop heads will be accustomed to; it's an IPA that won't grate the senses of an old-world purist. In typically American fashion it has more of everything, including hops to be sure, but in place of the bright citrus and bitter resins, it offers the mild temper and balance of an English offering. Strongly recommended if that's your thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:18:10 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:10:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my local pub here in West Linn.

The beer pours an amber copper color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and hoppy citrus. On the palate this is a much more impressive IPA. It has a considerable malt backbone, but with a goodly amount of hoppy citrus as well. The combination gives this beer a bit of sweet fruit (apple and melon) flavor, which then fills out with some nice hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a substantial presence in the mouth (this IPA is anything but light on the palate). Drinkability is pretty good, though it started to wear me out a bit on the second glass.

A nice, solid IPA. Deschutes makes much better then this IMO, but all things considered, this is a beer I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 04:19:12 | More by John_M
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 05:23:32 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Deschutes Brewpub, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop and soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront grapefruit that slowly melted into a relatively full malt. Caramel detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a good hop forward west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 17:39:43 | More by plaid75
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 16:03:06 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB 8/14/13. Consumed 7/15/13.

A: Reddish-orange with a good clarity and rapid ascension of carbonation bubbles. Foamy 2 finger cream colored head sits stubbonly in the glass while thick stratified ring lacing encircles the interior.

S: Grapefruit pulp, semi-dry citrus grind is forefront with a hint of orange-pineapple fruitiness lies gently in the background. Some overlaying of straw.

T: Sweet sugary toastedness for flavor at first, sweetly dry toasted citrus lingers about with a flowery warmth hop fade. Alcohol tones of dry cinnamon stick and orange spices with some speciality grain.

M: Mouthful was spicy, good rate of carbonation with a slippery malty feel. Citrusy and dry cinnamon spiciness spikes off the tongue upon the swallow with a lightly dry powdery feel.

O: Overall good hoppiness and a decent transistion from a sweet start to a dry flowery hop fade finish. Again not a beer you will turn down on seconds, but one hardly of seeking out if your a hardcore ipa fan. Casual kick back drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:51:44 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 04:12:30 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:15:30 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tarnished bronze body. Dense cap of off white froth. Lacing is quite full.

Aroma: Biscuit malt undertones with caramel corn and some grassy, pungent hops.

Flavor: Flavor steps it up. Very nice. Nicely balanced without having too much malt in an IPA if you know what I mean. Hops are citrusy, pungent and resiny. Malt backing is beautiful. Subdued caramel and toffee.

MF/DK: Very even keeled body and carbonation. Quite nice for the style. Good flavor = Good drinkability and this beer's got good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:14:12 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dunno what the problem is, but I've been noticing more inconsistency with the year round releases from Deschutes. This is a good example of what I'm talking about.

Pours orange, good lacing. Smell, nothing coming across beyond some mild herbalness. For how hoppy the taste can be, it doesn't come across in the aroma. The taste, can be all over the place. Sometimes, it is a delightful astringent bitterness with ample diverse hop quality. Other times, it fades quickly, is replaced with an almost wood and tobacco (maybe they slipped in some oaked tobacco barrels to age it in) denigration of the beer, hence why it suffers in my rating on the last two categories. Maybe these guys are blending not so good batches. Something happened that made this beer not as good as it used to be, but then again, Deschutes has been riding on their past success for a few years now.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 18:31:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-09-2013 22:58:52 | More by LXIXME
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the 16th st Albertsons a week or two ago.... for about $7.50/6. Poured into my shaker pint.... Needed to slow down the tunes, listening to the "High Fidelity" soundtrack.

Poured a deep orange/dark amber with a loooong lasting lite tan head and good lacing.

Hop aroma is big and bad... grapefruit and pine (tar?) A little astringent... nice caramel malts... There have to be English hops in here, that I like alot.

Bitterness cuts perfectly through the malt leaving a little caramel sweetness on the end... piney hop taste with still maybe a little too much lingering bitter... I don't know how to describe the finish, but it reminds me of the beach. English hops are there definately... black tea and biscuits. Mouthfeel is great.. nice viscosity and great carbonation... there may be a little bit too much bitterness left over.

Good IPA, and I LOVE Deschutes.... not my favorite PNW IPA, but close... not sure what is throwing me off (Chinook?). I am probably in the minority, but I liked Quale Springs more.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 10:48:31 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus hops mostly, but hints of floral and tropical scents are in there as well, backed up by caramel malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt and citrus flavors kick things off, are interrupted by some pine flavors, then the caramel malt takes back over before the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with a good amount of carbonation to make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. All of the flavors complement each other very well and this is very easy to drink.

Overall this is a solid, balanced IPA that's incredibly easy to drink and is well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 20:22:39 | More by glid02
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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