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Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

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very good

2,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 99
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ChipMurray, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of mwilbur
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, Yesterday at 03:08 AM
Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a medium orange to amber with a white head. Head dissipates quickly.

S - Nice hop bouquet but not as forward as I'd like for an IPA. Some earthiness in the background.

T - Hop forward for sure with a decent malt backbone. Some citrus character and perhaps some evergreen in there.

M - High level of carbonation makes it dance on the tongue a bit.

D - A nice IPA that I'll buy again but I would expect something with a little more gusto from Deschutes.

leedorham, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev -10%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jharris0624
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jharris0624, May 22, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A medium copper colored ale that produces a good stand of foam when poured. The head is rocky in texture and off white. The bottle has a much appreciated best by date of 10/16/13.

S: Strong citrus hops with aromas of pine and some pineapple. The hops smell is rich layered at first fades after a few minutes. The malt bring a little sweetness and some caramel.

T: The strong hops bitterness and strong citrus hops flavor dominate. With little malt support the hops stand on their own becoming almost too bitter. The balance stays on the side of being aggressively bitter without getting harsh. There is a light malt sweetness with a medium-low caramel flavor.

M: A medium bodied creamy beer with moderately strong carbonation.

O: A very good IPA that I'll try find again.

MadScientist, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of spw109
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

spw109, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

KC9LDB, May 11, 2013
Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mikefuski17, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/reddish color, good sized frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Sweet, slightly metallic smell. Very pungent citrus scent
T: Slightly sweet caramel malt. Citrusy, grassy, earthy hoppiness, Aftertaste is very bitter.
M: Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel, aftertaste is very bitter and dry on the tongue
D: Pretty good IPA, I think I like this a little better than when I tried it on tap. Still maybe a little too bitter on the aftertaste.

loren01, May 07, 2007
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a big off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: The nose is full of fruity and tangy hop aromas in the form of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a caramel aroma from the malt.

T: The taste is grapefruit and fruity hops that lead to caramel and bready malts with a spicey and bitter finish. The hops are not as in your face as some others but I think this is about a month past really "fresh."

M: The feel is slightly creamy and oily.

D: This is a very tasty IPA and pretty balanced. It may be a bit too malty for some of the more extreme hopheads but I like IPAs with more than just a huge bitter flavor.

Pretty darn good and Deschutes has impressed me with their IPA offerings lately.

GregSVT, Jul 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

moarmare, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

juicebox, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber beer with almost no head. The color is good but the lack of head looks like someone spit into my beer. Not a good showing so far.

The nose is a step in the right direction. Mild touches of citrus and caramelized grains.

The taste, like the nose has a good dosage of caramelized grain and citrus flavored hops. There is a perfectly subtle hop bittness that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth and crisp with a clean bubbly carbonation. I find it hard to really say much about this beer. Not that it's bad it's just that it's not special at all. A good solid drinker but nothing I'd recommend. In fact it's quite forgettable.

jbphoto88, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of vacax
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inversion IPA pours a surprisingly dark amber color that is similar to a reddish maple. Head size is just right, with nice density and lacing. The aroma is a sort of sappy smell that exudes a decent amount of piney hops along with a generous amount caramel malts. The hops don't really stand out like they should on an IPA. The taste is majorly defined by moderately bitter and sticky caramel malt character. It has the bitterness of a typical IPA, but very little pine and a barely noticeable floral quality A lot of tealike characteristics as it warms, especially in the midpalate and finish. Pretty much zero fruitiness. Very little showcasing of any hops, a very lackluster IPA. Medium-thick body and matching medium carbonation. A drinkable beer, but boring. Where are the hops? Deschutes is an amazing brewhouse that knows how to make a great IPA (Red Chair). It is a shame that their year-round IPA is so comparatively weak.

vacax, Jul 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

pearljam118, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very dark color for an IPA. Comes off almost amber. About a finger and a half of head on the pour, was present throughout drinking. Some lacing on the glass as this one was drank.

Smell: The front is buttery popcorn and some heavy malt. Saturated and heavy hops. You can feel the syrupy texture of this brew through the aroma. No bright hops, definitely on the malty side of the IPA world.

Taste: The front is smooth malt. The body rolls into a saturated hop flavor that has a sweetness over a hop bitterness. Very little bright hop presence, there are some darker fruits on the back end. Sweet sugar really pops.

Mouthfeel: Clean, very little hop bitterness. Syrupy texture is rich.

Overall: I've always been a very bright hoppy fan, so this one really is not my style but is still a good brew. It certainly identifies itself as a malty heavy IPA, does not fall into the confusing middle ground.

KFBR392, May 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

cardinals22, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

ExaltedNecrosis, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

alelover, May 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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