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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,228
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 95
Gots: 158 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Caramel colored, has a nice tan head that left some good lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malt and orange peel / citrus.
Tastes like grapefruit with a big hop bite, has hints of sweet caramel and pine resin.
Feels medium bodied , very smooth and slightly dry.
This is a very solid IPA, Deschutes has never disappointed me.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:26:06 | More by JMad
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired through recent Secret Santa swap w/ alohac
Pours absolutely beautiful brown tinged amber. Fluffy, long lived, tan head with loads of lacing throughout. Aromas of funky hops.

The funky hops come through with the main flavor. Not as overtly "complex" as other IPAs out there with multifaceted hop profiles, very nice nonetheless. "Kind" aspect to it to me w/ hearty malt backbone. Oily, buttery thickness to the brew making it sit around in the mouth some. Lingered. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:59:11 | More by Dithyramb
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-26-2014 00:09:18 | More by Artjsantos
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-16-2014 21:33:14 | More by mikepcarney
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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had in a snifter. Best By: 02/20/14.

Orange-amber body, Inversion has slow moving carb bubbles and a finger's width of white that fades to a ring before the first sip. There is decent lacing left behind, though.

Aromas are mainly herbal and more bitter citrus. Oranges do pop up now and again, but really buried. There is some garlic dankness to it, but again, mainly the profile is more herbal with the impression of grapefruit. Inversion's bouquet is not bombastic, but still pleasing.

Really nice sweet citrus pervades the palate, orange hard candies with a little pineapple. The grapefruit and garlic dank mixes more in the finish with a bready malt quality and pine-y to aspirin-like bitterness. The flavors are really clean and the caramel to bready malt, just barely perceptible, helps the citrus backbone along the tongue. Well done!

Medium-light body and a little dry thanks to that aspirin bitterness. This is also where the bready, caramel malt really helps, not astringent at all.

Inversion is just a joy to drink. The nose may be a bit on the light side, but the palate delivers everywhere it matters, balanced and clean, citrusy, not overly bitter. This is an IPA to contemplate life and the pursuit by.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:26:08 | More by Pintofbrown
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Inversion pours a great hazy copper/amber color with a great deal of head. When it reduces, the lacing looks phenomenal and clings like crazy to my glass.

Smell: Of course citrus and hops are prevalent, but I also get more malt than I was expecting and a good deal of grapefruit.

Taste: A lot more caramel malt flavor than I was expecting. Citrus is also prevalent, with a bitter hop finish. Underlying all of this is a lot of bitter grapefruit flavor that I'm not sure that I am fond of.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely nothing to complain about whatsoever. Modest in ABV at 6.8%, and I feel like I could drink a lot of these. Very tasty and satisfying overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 02:40:03 | More by zhanson88
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-08-2012 07:20:34 | More by ohtheguilt
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:03:53 | More by bundy462
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-05-2012 04:41:46 | More by TicoCali
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-08-2011 07:47:00 | More by kornkid8600
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-05-2014 05:05:22 | More by srw
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-19-2013 06:58:23 | More by KiMiRaiK
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-02-2012 01:57:55 | More by sammo
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-26-2012 20:02:24 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA....in a bottle....

Appearance-light brown with a medium head, the head dissipates slightly but does linger.

Smell-hops are definitely notable, piney tar aroma, spice and fruit, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium hop burn, mix of alcohol and bread, spicy taste with a more muddled profile on the back, final hit of hops near the end. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability-somewhat muddled profile but decent flavors.

Overall- a good but not great IPA. Expected more from this venerable brewery. Still, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 23:36:33 | More by TheDeuce
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy,coppery with a glowing red/orange hue. 2" creamy off white head that dissapated a bit on the quick side left just a litte spotty lacing Served in a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle.

Clean,refreshing aroma,floral with citrusy notes and a nice soft sweet carmel/toffee with a touch of nutty malt aroma Very inviting can't wait to taste.

Citrusy,astrigent,slight grassyness with light sweet carmelly maltiness balancing out the taste perfectly. Clean refreshing finish with a nice citrus bite. Very creamy,juicy,slightly chewy,with a mediun body.

Very nice ipa on the light side,extremely drinkable would be a good everyday drinker. Wish I could get this one local ordered it from Liquid Solutions. Would keep this on a hand if I could

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 03:15:53 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-02-2014 04:02:02 | More by rxthree
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-26-2013 01:13:15 | More by Brushkanna
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3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one on a trade with toddhett back in July 08. Thanks again!

A: This one poured rust in color with two fingers of bright white head. It's very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as relaxes after the pour.

S: Lots of fruity hops and a sweet touch of malt.

T: Piney hops dominate with some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to even out the flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and dry, I felt thirsty after drinking this one! Low to average carbonation and bitter at times.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 18:56:39 | More by beachbum1975
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-28-2012 01:47:28 | More by beerman999999
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-27-2014 23:37:32 | More by alelover
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer 2/3 of my Portland Tour
Best by 3/15/12

A- Pours a nice light tan head 1.5 fingers in height over a crystal clear amber body. Sparse lacing is present.

S- Grapefruit, herbaceous, malty, dark candies.

T- Starts out nice and big with big caramel/biscuit and has a very dry/grassy and herbal note. The finish is almost fruity.

M- Big thick body, appropriate of a beer at 6.8%. Low-med carbonation.

D- A decently drinkable IPA. A big body, to be sure makes it not super easy to drink many of but overall, ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 04:49:58 | More by Greggy
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-02-2014 13:45:01 | More by Beerswag
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Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark, burnished amber with a frothy, thick head. It retains nicely and laces like a champion. Top makes here.

It smells like caramel candy, almost like milk chocolate, with a lot of sweet juicy grapefruit and an abundance of citrus notes. It is beyond inviting.

And the taste, wow, I am going to steal from the label description and use soft caramel, because it really is a nice, well rounded caramel up against a piney bitterness, and talk about balance. It's juicy, and again, that caramel is just spot on. The hops are citrusy and linger in the finish beautifully.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy and wonderful.

Probably the third best IPA I have ever had. This beer is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 02:33:09 | More by MeisterBurger
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber into my nonic. Beautiful appearance with abundant amber head. Clear, little effrvescence.
Citrus aroma. Pleasant.
Taste, grapefruit. Definitely grapefruit. Nice balance up front with astringent citrus taking over at the end.
This is borderline IIPA in ABV and hop flavor. A palate destroyer that makes this difficult to drink many of at one time.
So, I make the most of it and enjoy them more sparingly.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:56:12 | More by NWer
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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