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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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819 Reviews

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Reviews: 819
Hads: 2,892
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 134
Gots: 502 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 jtslay
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber yellow with ample head that does not lace. Very present aroma that is common to this style of beer. Without a doubt one of the more balanced American IPAs that I have ever had. Very tasty without a great deal of bitterness from boiled hops. This probably gets most of its characteristics from dry-hopping and the strain of yeast used.

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

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint size glass and it had a 1 inch head cream colored head for a short time. The beer has an amber/orange color to it and it is maybe just slightly hazy.

Smells nicely floral with just maybe slight piney note on the initial pour.

The taste is definately hoppy. I can taste those clear to the end and even a hint of it well after I have swallowed.

The mouthfeel is very nice with not to much bitterness from the hops. The carbonation does not last all that long. The hence causes the beer to be a VERY drinkable beer to me. Sadly I can't yet get this is Houston, but hopefully sometime soon! Nice work as always from the guys in Bend!

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Photo of dakotaben
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Nice light copper color with a good 1.5 finger head that stuck around for a while and laced the glass nicely.

S - Fruity, floral not overwhelming, banana smell.

T - The hops are pretty intense in this one. Floral taste

M - Hearty and hoppy. Dry finish and moderate carbonation.

O - This is a pretty darn good beer and example of the style. Will drink again.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this IPA. Descheutes Never let's me down with their beer. It has a nice honey golden color. Smell is of a hoppy nature but not overbearingly hoppy. I like my beers super hoppy which would make this one perfect for a none Double IPA sipper. Taste is nice when it hits the palate. Little floral note with a nice amount of bitterness. Smooth going down without the syrupy feel you get from some IPA's. Throughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely drink again!

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange(ish) red - very nice to look at

S: perfumy, floral, grapefruit

T: good balance of malts and hops - has a slight raspberry taste

M: crisp and smooth

O: First beer I've reviewed using this system. I really like this beer and will definitely be trying it again. I picked this up in a variety six pack I made the other day. Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

[poured from a bottle into a pint glass. poured first few ounces straight down to enhance the head, then let it sit a few minutes to settle, finally poured the rest down the side tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle]

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a 6-pack 12 oz bottles at a local grocery store. Having one right now as I review it. Poured into a 12 oz Pilsner glass a clear amber color, with a small 1/2" head of white foam that dissipated within 5 minutes. Lacing noted on sides of glass.

There's a nice sweet malt aroma combined with very mild floral notes coupled with a mild or medium citrus aroma - grapefruit mostly to me.

There's a nice medium mouth feel with good carbonation. The taste is started by carmel malts followed by a moderate hop bitterness that lingers with a citrus note at the back end. Someone compared it to Stone Levitation. Close...similar in some respects; I agree with that comparison.

Overall, I think this is a very good, sound and mild west coast IPA. It's very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pours a deep amber color, a small off white head emerges from the body of this beer, held to the light the beer becomes a bright amber color, clear body which allows for one to see the carbonation bubbling up to the top of the beer.

S: Red grapefruit citrus nose with some sweet malty undertones.

T: Hop bitterness and grapefruit citrus are the front flavors, the bitterness doesn't linger around in the finish, some malty flavors emerge as the beer warms and the session goes longer.

M: Good carbonation and body, slight oily texture coasts the tongue and the mouth as the beer is consumed.

D: Very drinkable beer from Deschutes (as are most of their beers), goes down very easy and would be an excellent beer to relax with after a long day.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mellow dark amber, looks like a standup effort on just its appearance. Decent head, particularly foamy in the center, excellent lacing.

Smells sweet and tangy, like overripe guava, or some other tropical fruit, bitterness of hops also comes through in the scent.

Immediate bitterness of piney hops dances with anchoring malts toward the back of the palate. Alpha acids really linger through the aftertaste, along with subtle hints of dry bagel. Certainly hits the palate hard and stays there, enjoyably.

Zings the tastebuds, definitely makes its impression on the tongue; probably pairs extremely well with braised, salty or rubbed steak. Hops would do well to cut the grease and relieve thirst.

Would certainly enjoy more, and I wouldn't figure for an IPA but this could grow on me.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange rusty color. Moderate head with medium size bubbles and descent lacing as the beer is consumed. Drinks very well for an IPA. The beer is well balanced with an obvious thick piney resin winning the palate, however, still drinkable with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, orange-amber color with a short but persistent head and nice lacing down the glass. Every Deschutes brew I’ve tried has had exceptional lacing.

Aroma: Smells of peaches and overripe tropical fruit with some herbal/grassy notes in the mix. There’s a bit of a funk to the fruit aromas, giving it the aforementioned overripe quality.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation meets tangerine flavors on the tongue, with a strong hop character present as well in the form of a piney flavor. This hop-forward flavor quickly blends with a bready, nutty malt flavor in the finish, though the finish is still mighty hoppy! The hop character in the finish is pretty bitter and resiny, and is a bit out of balance with the malt flavors.

Final Word: Great flavors in this beer, but the strong hop presence in the finish makes it a bit too potently bitter for the drinker that doesn’t love hops. There’s a lot of citrus and malt character, so it still sits in much better balance than many IPAs, and isn’t an IPA that only hop heads can get into. However, you need to be pretty familiar with hoppy beers and hop flavors to enjoy this one, or else the intense, dry bitterness on the finish is going to turn you away. If you already love IPAs, this beer will definitely satisfy and is worth picking up if one of your favorites isn’t available. I’ve had better IPAs, but they are some of the best around, so this beer still sits high on the list.

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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 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 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 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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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.