Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

790 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 2,743
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 123
Gots: 402 | FT: 3
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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 John_M
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,738 characters)

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. (980 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB 8/14/13

Pours a dark reddish copper with an inch thick white head that dissipates fairly quick. Great lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, but not too much honestly. Much more malty than hoppy on the nose. The taste of the beer is also not too hoppy, tho more than the nose, but it has a terrific flavor. Malt presence isnt big either, but there is a big mixture of tastes going on in this beer. You get the piney bitterness like most NW IPAs but there is also a good fruity taste too. The combination leaves you craving more right away which makes the mouthfeel of this beer extraordinary.

Overall not the hoppiness IPA by a long shot, but what it lacks in hop profile it makes up with in flavor profile and feel. Its a beer I'd love to drink more often. Unfortunately not available on the east coast (yet!) (834 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Inversion IPA is another solid offering from Deschutes. The beer poured a clear copper with white head. The scent had fresh hops that were more floral leaning. The taste was a nice combination of floral, pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer and could be sessioned. (329 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear dark red orange amber. Half finger off-white head and light lacing. Sweet malt and light aromatic hop aroma. Flavor is sweet and caramel malt and moderate hops, aromatic hop bite on the finish moderated by the malt. A very pleasant IPA. The hops are not outstanding, but everything is done well and has a nice ratio of hops to malt. Definitely a repeater. (433 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch of head covering a dark amber IPA. This is one of the dark IPA's I've ever encountered. slightly below average on both head retention and lacing.

S- Smell is of fresh citrusy goodness.

T- Both citrus and piney. Caramel notes steal the show as far as I'm concerned. Very nice and bitter hops.

M- Very alive in my mouth, excellent carbonation.

D/O- Overall a good to great IPA in my book. The mouth watering caramel hints really take center stage and leave you wanting more. Speaking of more...Deschutes come to IL!! (531 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, citrus, piny hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of piny hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and feel. (402 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland pub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Great leafy hop flavour, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, melon, grass/weed, caramel malt, assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body; plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable. (339 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, extremely rich orange color with just a sliver of tan head. This looks quite delicious, indeed.

Smell: crystal/caramel malt aroma comes through quite easily amid plenty of citrusy and slightly floral hops. Pretty good so far.

Taste: the malt base is quite sweet, and the hops flavors are much as in the aroma but with more of a lean toward the floral end. Bitterness is quite nice but shows up mostly toward the end. Overall, pretty good, but a little sweet-malt-oriented for my taste in a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively low carbonation; a run-of-the-mill mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm finding the sweetness of the malt to be a bit cloying. One of these is tasty, but more than that might be a bit much for me.

On the whole, not bad, but definitely not my favorite of Deschutes' offerings. (880 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 8/31/06) an amber gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is on the delicate side...notes of citrus from the hops and some spiciness.

The taste is a strong citrus bitter up front but then, a good malt sweetness(caramel) moves in and balances the taste nicely. The finish goes back to and actually intensifies in the bitterness and spiciness department. Hmm....I'm liking this new IPA from this very solid brewery!

Bottom line: Another solid offering from Deschutes that I hope makes its way to Casper for further "testing". :^) (632 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/05/08 clearly printed on the bottle, kudos to Deschutes for indicating the freshness on their bottles. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a really nice off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and hints of caramel with a lot of citrusy hops. The taste is a burst of citrus hops, with a malt backbone that takes a major backseat to the hops. I would like to have seen a little more malt in this one to provide more of a backbone for the strong grapefruit hop flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice texture. Ovearall, Inversion IPA is a great PNW IPA that is recommended. Another great brew from Deschutes. (666 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gustav's in the Portland airport.

A - A dark and clear orange, darker than I would have thought. It has a big creamy tan head with good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts, some citrus, and mild hops.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweeter and maltier than I usually like.

D - Good carbonation, slight bitterness.

O - Not much that stands out, and Deschutes is one of my favorites. (426 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 31/12/12 happy New Year

A clear reddish copper with a thumbs width of cream colored foam that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of unorganized lace

S perfume and floral hops with some orange creamsicle and citric hops, has a sweet nose but I can't quite pinpoint what type of sugars I'm smelling

T much like the smell but I can taste some soft caramel and a little bread, not nearly as strong as the smell but still quite nice, for a West Coast IPA I was expecting less balance

M a little gritty after the fact and light bodied for an IPA but increases the drink-ability, soft carbonation and a faint spruce and citric rind aftertaste

O I was expecting more of a hop bomb but this works well, the booze is well hidden and its quite easy to drink

good example of the style, perhaps an industry standard, balanced and drinkable without wrecking your palate. I'm so stoked to finally see Deschutes on the shelves in Alberta, its just getting ridiculous at this point here in the Foothills of Alberta I'm running out of beer money (1,078 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky, resinous, citric hop aroma. Lots of pine and a bit of toffee.

Nice, clear copper colour with a nice fluffy off-white head. Great head retention.

Big bitterness with lots of piney hops. Good lightly burnt toffee note. Tasty.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A tasty IPA. This is well built and refreshingly bitter. (331 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark peach color. Poured a 2 finger coarse foamy off-white head with fair retention. Even medium lacing.

S: Distinct citrus aroma, lemon peel and yeast. Piney hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front. Big, lingering hops in the finish. Hop and citrus aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Very nice balance.

D: Very good, regularly drinking IPA. (369 characters)

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.