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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,414
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 101
Gots: 228 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

juliusseizure, Mar 02, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice copper orange with a smaller white head. Only drawback is a lower carbonation for an IPA but other than that near ideal. Smell is of big piney hops and sweet, caramel malts. Taste reminds me a lot of Furious. Huge taste of piney, resiny hops and a pretty great malt background. It's not as much of a hops explosion but more of a balanced version. Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter but well balanced, the carbonation keeps this from being better than good. I could enjoy a few of these any day and find this to be a quality example of this style. Glad I had the chance to try it.

Thanks goes to JohnGalt1 for throwing this in as an extra.

ncvbc, May 29, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust in color...very cloudy with two full fingers of bright white head...very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as it levels off.
Huge fruity hops in the nose...a touch of malt.
The taste is great...juicyfruit and piney hops dominate...some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to balance out the flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style, less carbonated and quite creamy for an IPA. Maybe not a session beer, as the mouthfeel leaves me craving a glass of water upon completion.
A very welcome offering from Deschutes...a top notch IPA in my book. A must try if you are searching for a solid India Pale Ale.
Thanks to beernut7 for this one.

warriorsoul, May 29, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

moarmare, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Segelstrom, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of azdback
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. A pretty clear, dark orange color. Not a whole lot of carbonation bubbles. That lead to not much more than a one finger off white colored head. Lace seems to be gripping the inside of the glass quite well.

Smell is quite a bitter citrus punch. Oranges and Tangerines. There is some bread yeast here to and some malt sweetness. Quite balanced in a West Coast kind of way.

Taste is as the smell indicates. Mainly citrus hops that give off a bitter flavor of maybe a yellow grapefruit, but sweet at the same time. Sweet flavors are mainly from the malts. Some yeast is there too. Very enjoyable!!

Mouth is quite nice and refreshing. Carbonation is great for the style, not too bubbly or flat. Flavors don't fade and stay to the end quite well.

Overall I must say that this IPA was THE one that got me into the style some five or six years ago. I think that it's taste is in my rear view mirror and I don't drink this everyday anymore, but that doesn't mean it's not a great American IPA. I am so glad I decided to pick up a single bottle of this so that I could not only review it but revisit an old friend. I also want to commend Deschutes for being on the cutting edge for all of their brews.

azdback, Jul 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mikefuski17, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

appetiteforparis, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mecmd, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Artjsantos, Jan 26, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemmed New Belgium glass.

A: Very dark copper to crimson hue with an off-white head about an inch thick. Head settles slowly and sticky lacing remains on the glass walls.

S: Very subtle hop aroma consisting of floral notes, some pine, and fruit. Caramel-like malt character hangs out in the backround.

T: Malt shows itself on the palate. Hints of caramel and toast, with some dried fruit character. Hops soon take over with a floral, citrusy burst. In a way I could describe this beer as "juicy." Finish is soft, with a drying hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, yet the subtle carbonation and light flavor make this a very clean IPA.

D: Very drinkable. Actually less hoppy than their famed pale, but with more body. Even for a stronger beer, it's quite sessionable. Will I buy it again? Yes, indeed. I had to after the bottom of my last six pack gave out and I lost every beer on the floor. This one has made up for that, now. An excellent brew.

WYVYRN527, Jul 22, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color between orange and a deep copper. White head formed fast and went away even faster leaving only specks of lacing.

The aroma is mainly caramel and citrus. There is a faint alcohol scent way in the background.

The flavors is is dominated by strong, spicy, bitter grapefruit hops with light caramel notes. The alcohol is noticed in the aftertaste. Not bad, taste wise, but it just doesn't do it for me like 60 min. does. May just be the variety of hops used.

Almost creamy, medium body with decent carbonation. Dry bitter finish. I wouldn't run out searching for this one, but I may grab it in a pinch.

Imstillthegman, Oct 31, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, dark honey-amber hue with mild carbonation producing a 1/2 inch off white head that fairly quickly recedes. (3.75)
S: Nice pine and citrus hops aroma that can be enjoyed from a couple feet away from the glass. Upon closer inspection/whiff, light caramel malt, floral, and mineral notes also are present. (4)
T: Sharp and bitter pine hops with mild citrus notes, fairly strong sweet light caramel malt backbone helps balance the strong hop presence. Still wish it was a tad less bitter. (3.75)
M: Light-medium body. Loads of bitterness. Moderately sweet, but this pales in comparison to the bitterness. Fairly smooth and slightly oily feel. (3.5)
D: A decently complex IPA. I like the strong hop notes, but others have done that with less bitterness. (3.5)

mwilbur, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ChipMurray, Dec 09, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At this point im just reviewing to keep a log of bottles I drink at home, nothing more than a record. I mean if you really have to read my review to decide if you are going to drink a 2 dollar beer you can buy, then you don't like beer.

Any beer you can buy for 2 dollars you drink. Ill argue that to the grave. This beer is a good craft beer. Its an IPA so it has hops, its amber golden in nature, and smells good. If you like hops and alcohol, you should buy it.

I wish there was a box you could just check to say youve had it.

Murchmac, Apr 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

P- thanks to my buddy Todd for this brew.

A- honey amber color with a nice one and half finger foamy head. Gorgeous lacing lining my pint glass. Clear and translulcent as well.

S- floral, pine and lemon grass hop essences. faint caramel malts nicely complement the nose aromas.

F- strong floral and pine hops dominate the palate first followed by a lemongrass flavor with biscuit malt flavors with hints of caramel.

M- hoppy and lemony in the mouth and at times overbearing but decent. light-bodied

O-all is great...the mouthfeel drops a little but nice beer.

Dodo2step, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

juicebox, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of bundy462
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a hint of brown. Big frothy head.

S: Floral hops and pine. Smooth malt backbone.

T: Big and bold hops. Citrus, and prickly pine. No doubt this one is a bold IPA.

M: Prickly yet smooth, medium bodied.

O: Above average IPA, bold and in your face.

bundy462, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mcdsports, Jan 05, 2013
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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