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Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Jason on 03-22-2006

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Reviews: 837 | Ratings: 2,967
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with medium body with modestly carbonated very slightly off-white head that goes down at a moderately fast rate. Leaves a thin top foam and a medium-low amount of lacing. Copper-red with very clear appearance.

S - hops! American hops are most present - grassy, some citrus but very low. The aroma is more earthy hops. Cara notes come through with a decent amount of supporting malt that rounds out the nose

T - Hops again are present here in the taste. Resiny and earthy. Very solid hop flavor that lingers out to the finish. Bitterness is high and initially sharp and stays until late in the aftertaste. Very low malt taste.

M - Sturdy body with plenty of dextrin character. Attenuated well for an American IPA. Leaves lots of hop resins.

This is a good northwest IPA. Not bright but firm in hop character. The body helps support the bitterness. A touch more citrus would be nice but I will go back to this for a regular fridge beer.

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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 hughesm4
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Deschutes brewery immediately following the Fresh squeezed IPA.
a-Poured a dark gold color with a light head that had a decent retenion.
s-A balanced smell with a citrus smell taking the lead, followed by a slight sweetness.
t-A very nice initial hop burst that fills the mouth and has a bitter sweet taste towards the end of the drink.
m/d-Medium body that leaves a well carbonated hoppy and bitter combination feel. A nice drinker that I enjoyed.

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Photo of Timmah11
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Thin head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Nice color.

S- Pine and citrus. Strong malt aroma as well. Lots of hops and malt.

T- Crisp start typical of an American IPA. Smooth middle. Bitter and sharp on the tongue in the end. Someone else mentioned prickly and that is a perfect word to describe what I am tasting.

M- I like the mouthfeel. Not too full nor too thin.

D- A little too bitter and not as balanced as I would like. The malt makes the color super and makes for good mouthfeel but seems to fight with the hops rather than play nice together when it comes to taste.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden copper color with a while head that laces very well.

S- not much in the way of a hoppy smell, more of a crisp vegetable and malt smell.

T- nice classic american IPA flavor. fairly complicated malt character for its style.

M- very crisp, and savory.

D- easy to drink even for malt fanatics. smooth and crisp

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

Poured a deep copper color with a thick two finger head. Good lacing. Tremendous hop aroma. Very citrusy. A hophead's dream. Maybe a bit too hoppy since it is difficult to pick up the malt. The 6.8 ABV does not hide itself. A strong hop bite at the finish. Good example of the Northwest IPA style. Maybe a bit unbalanced to enjoy as a session ale. I drank this for the first time after brewing my first IPA. The hops from the brew session were lingering so I enjoyed this immensely.

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

A- Pours a dark-red copper color, with nice head and retention.

S- Sweet caramel malt and sharp, fruity citric aromas dominate.

T- Very well balanced, similar to the aroma with caramel sweetness and fruity tones. The flavor, however, is less citric than the aroma would suggest, due to the abundance of maltiness. Pretty atypical for a West Coast IPA, but definitely not in a negative way.

M- Medium body, with an average level of carbonation. A bit thicker/more syrupy than I would like.

D- Very drinkable, despite slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

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

Nice frothy, thick head - about two fingers, off-white, slowly diminishing.

Nice light hop smell with a good amount of caramel, malts, grain, and some grass.

Cloudy amber color with some sediment lingering about(nice).

Good head retention and lacing.

Tastes is slightly dry hoppy, medium palate, a little sticky, moderately sweet with a very small amount of bitter aftertaste.

Drinks well, looks good.

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

Hazy reddish-orange, much like grapefruit juice with a thin, pancake like head that dissipates into a film.

Man these hops are quite pungent in the nose, with lots of grapefruit.

This is one is all hops, with a big, bright grapefruit/citrus finish with ample bitterness. There is some caramel upfront, but the hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy.

Drinkability is also good; the alcohol is not very perceptible.

Overall, a hop-head IPA without much balance, but good hop flavor and the bitterness will satisfy any lover of that little green flower.

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Photo of Ranbot
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Docer for this extra in a trade.

Poured from bottle into SA "Perfect Pint" glass. Half inch of head that quickly settled down into a thin layer. Good lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark amber color, much darker than most IPAs. Smell is strongly of pine with touch of fresh baked bread. Taste is a blast of piney hops. Some slightly toasted biscuit-like malts back up the hops. The mouth feel is perfect - not watery, not syrupy, well carbonated, and very refreshing. Heavy hop presence in the aftertaste that lasts a long time. If you like hops one sip will go a long way.

It's a great west coast IPA especially if you like piney hops. Personally, I think it's a just a tad overhopped and I tend to enjoy the more citrus hop flavors over pine. After one of these I'm ready to move on, so some drinkability points were deducted. But if I liked the pine hp flavor more I could see this being sessionable.

EDIT: In looking through other reviews a lot of people seem to think the hops are citrusy. Maybe there was something wrong with me that night. In reflection there may have been a slight citrus flavor. But I was practically raised in a forest of pine trees so I stand by my original opinion that it's mostly piney hops. ;-) To each their own. Cheers!

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Photo of abankovich
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance on this one is very impressive. A nice deep burnt orange amber color with a full head that diminishes but is present almost the whole way down. Tight spiderweb lacing holds on to the glass throughout the duration of this one.

Smell isn't too powerful but what is there does smell good. Sticky and sweet, the hops and caramel malts are most noticeable. Some burnt aromas are present as well. Citrusy fruits are also present of course.

This beer tastes a little stronger than it smells, most of the same aromas are present while drinking. The burnt taste is slightly present towards the middle to end and is a little undesirable imo. However the rest of this character profile makes up for it. I'm really enjoying the balance of sweet malt and bitter/citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel on this beer is near perfect. It is medium to full, very smooth and very even the entire way down.

Drinkability is decent on this one. I would definitely be able to drink a few more (if only I had easy access to Deschutes).

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Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with a fair head that leaves significant lacing. Nose is dominated by floral and piny hops. There are hints of malt but it is definitely a hop-dominated beer. The first sip explodes with the piny hop flavor detected in the nose, mellows out slightly with malt sweetness, but finishes strong with bitter hoppiness. Medium carbonation with a dry, hoppy finish.

Delicious IPA variant that is heavy on the bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden as well, making this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in Santa Barbara California.

A: Beer pours with a luscious frothy head. Color is deep burnt orange/cherrywood color. Appears pretty dark for an IPA.

S: Caramelized malts are in the foreground, earthy hop aroma, subtle citrus/resinous notes.

T: Balanced bitterness with an assertive caramelized malt flavor.

M: Great texture, good carb level. just thick enough.

O: This beer was good but not up there on my list as far as IPAs go. I feel there was too much caramelized malt presence that overshadowed what hop aroma/flavor there was.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Pours a dull, medium copper color with a slight haze. The average-sized cream colored head fades to reveal delicate lace clinging to the glass.

S. Floral and citrus hop character flank a sweet, caramel malt base.

T. Bitter, dry, and a bit bready. The malt character is all but buried beneath the hops. I guess hoping for some semblance of balance was too much to ask for.

M. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, but no balance. This is a hoppy beer in both aroma and bitterness, but I found little else.

D. Hops, for the sake of hops. I wanted more.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange body with an extremely thick off white head which stayed around throughout the drink. Lacing on the glass was tremendous.

The malt aroma sticks out more than hops, but they are there. A bread like malt with a hint of sweetness followed by a hint of pine/resiny hops.

Very similar to the aroma. Caramel and bread like malts dominate the immediate flavor, piney hops linger in the background.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation was spot on.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alongside 6 other IPA's in a tasting

A: Poured a dark copper with a solid off white head and some lacing.

S: Not an exceptional amount aroma. Some floral citrus.

M: Medium bodied. Some alcohol warming.

T: Again good balance. Solid hop presence, but not overpowering.

D: Good but not exceptional hop bitternes and decent amount of malt balancing. A solid beer anytime but not the best of the group.

Have had other Deschutes beer all of which are good. This beer is solid but not outstanding

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Photo of steadydose
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date on bottle 04/08/09

A: Amber body w/ 1 inch thick foamy white head that falls rapidly. Minimal lacing.

S: Caramal malt, clean citrus hops (tangerine)

T: Good Malt upfront, instantly followed by citrus hops, a little tangerine/grapefruit. Medium finish, bitterness lingers on pallete.

M: Soft, creamy, mouthfeel, nice. Felt a little flat near the end of the glass.

D: Nice balance between malt and hops, very drinkable. Would like to have again.

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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 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 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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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.