Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

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#15,691
Reviews:
871
Ratings:
3,121
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

An interesting take on the traditional IPA, as it comes off more as an Amber, with a malty backbone and notes of carmel. However, even though it has parts of both styles, it does neither of them particularly well, ending up as more average than anything else.

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Photo of lacikuss
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattBeer
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitekid
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iguanodon
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2012-07-06] Pours a dark amber with a thick head. Aroma is citrus, caramel, faint earth. Taste is malty caramel with good hop balance. Kind of malty for an IPA which I wouldn’t normally care for but it works here.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In classic Pacific Northwest fashion, Inversion pours more boldly than your typical IPA. Bright and polished amber right in between red and orange and capped by a cream colored and fittingly creamy looking foam. The mousse coats the glass and stays atop relentlessly as tiny irredescent bubbles pop.

This smells quintessential to it's geography. Wet pine needles steal the show with grapefruit lazily trailing behind. But layered underneath is a wonderful caramel drizzled freshly baked biscuit.

If there were concentrated pine needles oils to consume, I'd imagine they'd taste something like this. This thing is a sappy, resinous forest oozing with tree nectar. The touch of sweet caramel and splash of citrus are only thoughts in the background, but compliment the intensity very well.

A little heft to this body as it should be. Again sticky, sappy, resinous. Bitter. Glorious bitter bite and finish to cut through that sap. The medium light carbonation only increases the perception of richness.

This is a classic IPA. One of the ones that made people hate IPAs before 5-10 years ago. I can replay memories of people saying, "It tastes like a pine tree!", or, "It's so bitter, how could you possibly like that!?". Well, that's just me, and I still do. Will I pound a six pack of these in one sitting like the modern days IPA drinkability? Probably not. But that's what I love about beers like this. The intensity. The demand to be sipped and savored. I don't revisit this beer nearly often enough. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YonDeLuis
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ClintGoodman
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dafla67
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, dark amber color. Minimal head and no retention. Left good lacing.

S---Pine is dominant. Maltier (bread/caramel) than I would have guessed.

T---Much maltier than I was expecting. Pine hoppiness is actually in the background. Never had an IPA like this.

F---Thick & heavy--a little chewy from the yeast sediment. Medium carbonation. Gives the impression of being a serious beer.

O---A very good, but unusual IPA. I'd definitely have another just to compare notes and see if it's consistent.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of R_Kole
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Robzoyo24
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SB2017
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable and complex IPA. Very unlike the most recent bitter boys I've tried. A hazy rust-gold with a thin, short-lived, bubbly cream head. The beer bubbles almost like champagne. Very unique look to it. Smells funky, malty, and not too strongly of hops though still distinctly an IPA by smell. The flavor is full-bodied and very roasty, particularly for an IPA. I get the taste of toasted sunflower seeds with every sip. Extremely well balanced, though a little one-note. The aftertaste is quite pleasing, leaving a stoutlike quality in the mouth. Hardly bitter. Feels sort of silky, and coats the tongue well.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RB3
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trboley
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,121 ratings