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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,436 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 106
Gots: 242 | 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 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
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red-tinged amber colour, with a very fine, if slight head of yellow-white. Lacing is sheeting and thick, however, which should make up for the lack of head retention. Thick body for its 6.8%. The gorgeous colour and lacing make this a very fine looking beer.

Nose is fruity and rather sweetly perfumed, without a lot of true gritty, grunty hop bite. Floral aromas with a dash of honey and some mild tropical fruits. Even a twang of green banana, laced with the remnants of passionfruit. Very pleasant.

Taste is smooth for the most part, with a mild bitterness through the centre. This, however, doesn't quite manage to cover the intense and robust caramel sweetness that forms the basis of the beer. Together, they head towards a menthol bite on the back, but the characters never really mesh that well.

Feel is smooth and supple, with a lightness that matches the lilt of hoppy bitterness pleasantly.

A nice beer, although getting outside the realms of a really good IPA. The sweetness is a bit too pronounced, leaving it more a beer to sip and ruminate over than one to drink with gay abandon.

lacqueredmouse, May 07, 2011
Photo of Billolick
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

Billolick, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orangey amber, head was thick and lacing very prevalent. Aroma was a bit of citrus. Taste was long and lingering yet at the same time a bit throttled down. Mouthfeel was good and balanced. Just right! Had a English feel which is fine by me. A very nice IPA and you can't go wrong here.

barleywinefiend, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

LXIXME, May 09, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -10%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Mebuzzard, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.8%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

billab914, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

chinchill, May 28, 2013
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,436 ratings.