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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

806 Reviews

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Reviews: 806
Hads: 2,838
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 133
Gots: 465 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 806 | Hads: 2,838
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really, really piney. Too much of a piney flavor, actually, that wears on the taste buds relatively quickly, lowering the drinkability. I don't know exactly what it is -- it may be the style of hops. It's different, and it's certainly interesting, but of relatively limited use in terms of flavor as far as I can tell. Not nearly as citrusy as the bottle claims and as most other 2IPAs.

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Photo of Birmingham
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Floral, resinous, citrus and slight caramel notes.

Appearance: The beer pours dark copper, clear and has a creamy off white head that persists.

Flavor: Bitter with caramel malt back bone.

Mouth Feel: The beer has medium body with a semi-dry finish and leaves mild tingle on the tongue.

Overall Impression: The bitterness is prominent, while the hops aroma and flavor is not; a solid IPA worth drinking

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Photo of GrumD
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely full-bodied beer with a wonderful depth and aroma. Love the bottle-conditioning and it sure does make a difference. The nose has hints of caramel, lemon and pine - top mix. Not over hopped, but might not suit all. The finish is long and gorgeously bitter.

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Photo of acycler
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA"s and this one is fantastic! Extremely solid, full bodied and loaded with hop goodness!

This brew has an amber color with evidence of moderate carbonation..

Smells delicious. loaded with fresh hops that just fills the nose with hoppy goodness.

Rolls onto the tongue smooth and delicious.

Leaves a solid and full bodied taste on the tongue of caramel malt and hops.

I hope that there is just one more bottle left in the fridge.

The Bro's got it right, Excellent.

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Photo of knm
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper but lightens up quickly with a decent head of foam. No cloudiness, smell is of rich sweet hops and caramel.
Taste is a smooth sweet and bitter combo. Not floral at all, can taste the caramel undertones.
This will be in my fridge on a regular basis!

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Photo of Jellopants356
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber. Minimal lacing. Thin cream head. Smells of alcohol and some pine notes with a slight citrus. Tastes really good. Ha ha more objectively, tastes of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and something else...ends bitter and alcoholic, but not so hoppy. Overall, a really good brew, unique too. Something i would recommend although slightly boozey.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice three-finger head; awesome retention; slowing into a 1.5 finger head; creamy malty froth on top of a murky, amberish brew

S - Hops and more hops, fruity, flowers

T-M - Smooth, malty nose into a hops explosion; coating bitterness; citrusy tang

D - Good brew for the style, for sure. I maybe wouldnt want another back-to-back, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Estocker
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-copper.

Smells pleasantly malty and hoppy. Very balanced, and normally I find this to be a turnoff, but in this case it really works well. Some nice grassy notes, and a very refreshing toasty quality.

Tastes very nice. This is beer is subtle perfection. I wish that this was more widely available in my area instead of Mirror Pond. Has some very nice bitter notes, but not so much that it hurts the palate. I've been drinking a lot of Celebration lately, but I think that I like this one as a regular even better. Some nice toasted grain flavor and has a bit of a carmelized taste, but the sweetness is immediately pushed aside by grassy/floral hop notes so that you know who is in control.

Drinkability is awesome, I wish I had bought more!

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Photo of mevett89
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pours with a nice, lumpy white head; opaque dark amber-orange in color.

Smell: hop forward.

Taste: deliciously hoppy. Quite bitter, with lots of pine and some citrus notes, balanced by some nice maltiness.

Mouth Feel: a bit chewy; medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall: an excellent IPA, one of my favorites so far.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Floral, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine on the nose. It pours a deep amber color with a slight beige head. Medium bodied, it finished very clean which built anticipation for every sip of this lovely brew high. On the palate there were sweet crystal malts, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime slight pineapple and green apple. Those IBUs were balanced nicely and this was a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard of this beer for a while and even seen it on the shelf. Finally I had to try it. I really enjoy this IPA. The appearance is a light amber color with not much of a head.
Smell is a bit decieving but after the first taste. There are a lot of tasty hops in this beer. As an IPA fan, I would rate this as a great session IPA. Its not the massive hop and alcohol that sometimes comes with these richly hopped beers. The taste lingers and entices one to drink another. I would say that this beer has a very high drinkability. A six pack won't last very long in the fridge.
Great offering from Deschutes. I will look for more of their brews.

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Photo of AAxsom
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber/copper color with a good amount of head. At first, this seems like a Belgian IPA.

S- unfortunately, not much. The hops are present, but not at all strong. More malt than what I like.

T- much like it smells. This is a well balanced beer, as the hops are citrusy and refreshing. beyond that, I get a bit of vanilla which gives this it's balance.

M- I really dig this, since I am used to an IPA having a big kick. Without this, the mouthfeel is much more like a pale ale without that usual bitterness.

O- all Deschutes beers are solid, and this is no different. I am sure I've had this on draught as well, and I remember saying it wasn't much of an IPA, which can be attributes to it's malts and balance overall.

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Photo of Briarscratch
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with raised hop vines around the neck which I am really fond of. Dark copper almost brown. Heavy head with thick lace.

Smells of yeast, sugar, fruit, and alcohol.

Taste candied fruit up front with a sweet malt backing. A big combination of fruit lingers with a slight hop bittering.

Medium body with a slick oily texture.

Easy drinker, kept reaching for sips quite frequently.

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Photo of bishopgary
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark gold to amber. Not much head. Darker than I would expect from an IPA.
S: Nice aroma, citrus and a bit of pine. Did not really pick up too much malt.
T: Nice amount of hops and citrus up front. Enough to let you know it was an IPA but nothing too crazy. Some malt. Well rounded, but not extraordinary.
M: Medium bodied, something that was nice but unexpected. Heavier IPA fits the cold season we are in.
D: Good, not the best beer I have had from these guys, but good enough that you could drink more than one.

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Photo of imperialstout27
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Poured a very attractive hazy dark copper color with a light beige one finger head. Head receded quickly leaving a collar that persisted.

S: Citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit and orange with hints of red fruits underneath. Some malt sweetness.

T: The bitterrness hits right away but it's the unexpected fruity esters that grab my attention. Very interesting flavor profile and certainly different than many other IPAs. Citric and piney with notes of candied red fruits with a strong caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is at an appropriate level but not super high. Nice level of sweetness but not cloying in any way.

M: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. I like it; no complaints.

D: Quite high. A well-structured IPA that has lots of flavor and doesn't fatigue the palate.

Overall, another well made beer by Deschutes. Some people may be disappointed as this beer doesn't reach the the super high bitterness category, but it's still quite high and I think the hop character interplays with the prominent malt flavors very nicely. An interesting IPA that I like to include in my IPA rotation.

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Photo of RRC87
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber/orange with a light head that dissipates slightly but does stick around.

S: Citrus and floral but not as pronounced as I usually hope for from an IPA

T: A ton of hop bitterness hits you up front and continues to permeate throughout the drink. A malty sweetness presents its' self at the end and cuts through the bitter flavors leaving the drinker with a lasting citrus flavor.

M: A little on the heavier side of things for an IPA. There isn't allot of carbonation to lighten things up so it has a sticky finish that leaves the palate bit dry. Not bad just a bit strange.

D: Despite the bitterness it is still quite drinkable thanks to the viscosity. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more.

Overall: I wasn't very impressed initially. It seemed overly simple, but it started growing on me and by the time I had drained my glass I was ready to refill it.

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Photo of SDHoffers
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a touch biased when it comes to Deschutes but it's difficult when you have a brewery that makes such great beer. Pours a great coppery hue with decent head and more lacing than expected. Has the coloring of a Hop Rod Rye or Union Jack. Not overpowering Hop and definitely malty. I like that I can have a few of these and not feel like a hop bomb went off in my mouth. Reminds me a little of an East Coast IPA with more focused on the malt and fruit complexities rather than just hop. Great texture and easy drinking are why this beer get's a great review in my book.

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Photo of mwrecording
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from France44.com instead of them shipping me a sixer of Two Hearted. They have since more than fixed the situation.

It poured a darker, amber color and I guess without me reading into the label, I expected a typical golden tan IPA color.

First sip? 'wow' I was really taken back, this had a nice hoppy bite with a clean finish and a real nice caramel malt after taste to it.

Next few sips(whole glass...) we're just spent savoring the well balanced mix of the citrus notes and malty/caramel notes.

Very well made IPA, really surprised I've never heard anyone talk about it. I'd give it an 8.5/10

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Photo of abastias
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An attractive deep reddish copper color. Moderately clear with a medium to long lasting 1.5" fluffy, cream colored head with nice , moderate lacing.

S: Slight sticky pine smell with a faint citrus. Moderately noticeable alcohol.

T: A slight sweetness with a light piny bitter finish.

M: Sticky smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Though this is a good looking beer with a smooth feel ,I kept finding myself turn to words like slight, moderate and light to modify descriptions. The "Inversion" seems to have left left this sweeter than average, lightly bitter IPA with a moderate to average flavor profile. While very drinkable I don't think I'll be seeking this one out in the future.

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Photo of MacHeadBeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally pleasant IPA, I'm a big fan of DIPA and this would give a DIPA a run for its money. Very smooth, plenty of hop flavor and finishes real smooth. If was a little less expensive this would definitely be my regular beer (Lagunitas holds that spot).

Edit: A 12oz bottle went WAY too fast. :-)

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Photo of vegantreats
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale poured with about an inch of head which dissipated down to about half and stayed throughout. The color of this ale was darker amber then some IPA's. Smelled of pine, and tasted of hoppy pine. Solid taste and smell with a hearty piney finish! This is a nice IPA I plan on buying again.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NOT an IPAer / Hop Head, but since one should always try new (or re-try) things, I took the advice of the local Omaha beer shoppe on this one (since heard good things on Deschutes).

Color / Aroma: medium honey brown, with magnificent hop fragrance; mild carbonation.

Taste: medium strong hoppiness flavor all the way through to after taste (which is a big end result to me), where it lingers and then becomes partially distasteful (but somewhat expected to me).

Drinkability / Potency: only had the one, but perhaps it becomes more alluring and appreciated with a 2nd or with food (drank right after the 5 pm work day whistle blew without anything).

Overall: not bad but unfortunately, not my cup of tea; each his/her own--ain't life grand!!!

Post Review Note: sampled Anderson Valley Spring Hornin 2 days after initial review, and liked better, so have downgraded overall accordingly. Post Post Note: having just had Loose Canon IPA right after the Spring Hornin (however skewed tastebuds may be), feel Inversion aftertaste the WORST of the 3.

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and tasted 8/13/11
12 oz. bottle into a Edmund Fitz pint glass

Pours an amber/tangerine body with about an inch and a half of creamy faint tan head, impressive lacing.
Aroma is generic citrus flavors and bready malt, some toffee; not nearly as much of the citrus or floral scents that are common in most NW IPAs.
Taste included a strong citrus bite initially which transitioned into caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, and butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the style, good carbonation.
This offering by Deschutes is one of the more malt-forward, caramel tasting IPAs I've tried. The citrus notes are present but counterbalanced by a strong malt backbone and unexpected dense mouthfeel. Can usually find a sixer for $6-8 around Portland making it a pretty good deal.

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Photo of Dixonian
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass. Beautiful white head atop a deep amber. Smells of pine and grapefruit. Very sweet taste up front followed by some bitter hop flavor. Not as bitter as I usually like in an IPA but I really dig the northwest hop flavor here. Very balanced. Not quite as full as id like-a bit watery but I could still drink a few of these in a sitting.

Overall this is a very enjoyable west coast IPA that I would buy again.

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Photo of schematix
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best By date is about 6 weeks from now.

A: Crystal clear. Color is dark copper to light brown. Thick creamy head that leaves lacing with each sip.

S: Malty more than hops. Mostly pine and dank aromas. Minimal citrus.

T: Piney and resinous. Sweet. Very malt forward for an IPA. The beer offers complexity as the flavor changes from sweet, to floral, to a lingering bitter finish.

M: Thick, sweet and resinous. Carbonation is middle of the road for an IPA.

O: It's okay, but it's a little syrupy for my IPA tastes. Also I think the hop flavor, while quite present, is 1-dimensional.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.