Inversion IPA
Deschutes Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,750
Ranked #16,688
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Inversion IPAInversion IPA
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 884 | Ratings: 3,148 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque burnt orange leaning red with a nice eggshell head that swells up and slowly settles, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Pine needles and sap, grapefruit rind, fir needles, bready malt notes, oranges, light berry notes, and some lemon
Taste: Citrus fruits and conifer notes come on strong and are quickly joined by some rich and slightly sweet bread-driven malt. The bread and hops go back and forth, each time finishing with some light berry notes and finishes as it started, with citrus and conifers
Mouthfeel: Full – a little chewy but not too much, medium-high carbonation, and a nice bite and light to medium dryness on the finish
Overall: I dig it. This used to be my go-to IPA for years in the mid-late 00’s but my palate eventually fatigued from the fact that this beer is legit old-school – big malt presence, C-hops galore, and a chewier mouthfeel. Though I don’t drink it much now, it is still good for what it is and an easy no-nonsense, big hoppy WCIPA

Jun 14, 2021
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Nvrmind16 from California

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amber ipa , seems to only be sold in combo packs, not too heavy or too light, good looking beer, if your more into ibu i would go fresh squeezed by deschutes. Great fall and winter time beer.

Jun 11, 2021
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mpavilion from California

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth & sweet, with a honey aftertaste. Mild bitterness on the front end. More balanced and less aggressive than other Deschutes IPAs such as Fresh Squeezed (which I also love). A tasty beer, pleasure to drink.

May 29, 2021
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CathleenRehfeld from Oregon

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer, so far. Smooth. Everything about it is just right. Another Goldilocks beer.
Kind of unexpected just right IPA bitter, the aroma is delightful. Not a boring beer. A very relaxing beer feel, but doesn't make you sleepy.

I just tried the Inversion with the NEW label. The beer with the new label is different. Not fragrant at all. Very generic. I hope someone can make this go back to the more fragrant beer of the old label. I would pour it into a glass and just inhale the hops. It was delightful.

May 24, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle, from Fakta Hirtshals. BB date was 30.05.2014. ABV is 6.8%. Hazy amber colour, large head, slightly off-white. Strong and typical American IPA aroma of caramelized orange marmalade, also notes of pine. Soft mouthfeel. Very hoppy flavour, also decent malts, but not too sweet. Very bitter finish, piney and resinous notes. Good stuff.

Mar 20, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why this one is rated so far below fresh squeeze, they're very similar.
Looks tropical orange and has a nice asymmetrical head, leaves lacing.
Smells like a less intense fresh squeeze. Lots of tropical fruit and hops but again not as much as fresh squeeze.
This beer tastes really good. Lots of tropical fruit and hops. Similar to other Deschutes tropical IPAs.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Pleasant overall.
Overall I'll probably buy this one again. Great 6 pack very crisp and refreshing.

Feb 14, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a Amber orange with a small white head and thick lacing around the glass.

S:. Note of tropical fruit, some lemon and peach, with some floral hops. Aroma a little lighter than expected.

T:. Sweet ripe tropical fruit, notes of orange and lemon, some peach, nice floral hops, a medium bitterness, sweet but not overly sweet.

F:. Medium body, smooth carbonation.

O:. The aroma is a touch week, but overall this is a very tasty IPA.

Jul 25, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off white head.
Initially aroma a bit indistinct but as warmed nice notes of mango, overripe orange, and caramel malt sweetness, bready and slightly piney.
Flavours seem initially malt dominant - caramel sweet, citrus - ripe orange, but then a piney bitterness builds and stays.
Medium mouthfeel towards thinner side, though think this was due to the meekness of the carbonation. Decent IPA but this is not Fresh Squeezed.

Sep 14, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, bright amber color with a white head. SRM of 15. (4.00)

Aroma: Huge aromas of blueberry. All blueberry here. Some melon, grape, and darker caramel malt underneath. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Tons of blueberry, but with a stronger malt presence. Some lychee. It's the most blueberry in a beer I've ever tried. The malt is toasted dark bread and caramel. A decent dark bitterness follows. Strong dark sweetness, but finishes rather bitter. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Strong dark flavors, with a lingering bitterness on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: Blueberry folks! I don't see anyone else getting the blueberry. A very blueberry forward beer. Tastes like Mosaic, but there is none. (Nugget, Cascade, Centennial, Azacca). Then nice caramel and amber malts, yet not to heavy and finishes bitter like an IPA should. Pretty good all around. I like the blueberry flavor here. I buy blueberry preserves from Trader Joe's and this tastes just like that. (Final Rating: 3.86)

Aug 25, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.54/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

L: Deep amber/orange with a fast vanishing head and minimal lace.

S: Piney, some citrus

T: Tastes like an amber ale abused by pine needles.

F: Okay carbonation, syrup cloying bitter turpentine.

O: This was not undrinkable, but tended towards eating a pine tree I’d otherwise hang from my rear view mirror.

Jun 06, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle packaged 3/6/19. Dark amber color with tan head. Pine and earthy smell. Medium feel. Tastes of earthy malts with pine needles in the background. Very malt-forward IPA.

May 17, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 10/3/15"; drank 8/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggnog head; a curtain of lace.

Fresh bread, banana & yeast notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana bread flavor up front; bitter rye bread dryness on the finish.

Almost a hefeweizen vibe, but a bit too dry for me. Maybe it would be better fresh?

Apr 22, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Feb 16, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Oct 03, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Sep 04, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jun 28, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

May 16, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, pine. Taste is the same, caramel malts, some herbal notes, light pine, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, it drinks more like an English IPA than an American one.

Mar 24, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The lightly hazy copper tinged amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” light tan head that leaves lots of thick lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes slowly. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing, some of which recede back down to the liquid. Toward the end of the beer there is still lots of lacing on the sides of the glass and some patches of foam on the liquid.

The aromas include grapefruit zest and pine. There also seems to be a bit of pineapple in here. The malt backbone contributes some caramel.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit zest and pine showing along with some fruity notes of pineapple. The malt background initially provides a good bit of caramel sweetness but then the bitterness from the hops becomes more noticeable and persistent even though softened a bit by the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is fairly long in that there is an initial impression of sweetness that gives way to the drying, slightly sharp citric and piney bitterness. The pineapple puts in an occasional appearance here and there but eventually becomes a background accent to the almost unpleasantly sharp bitterness that persists to the dry ending.

This strikes me as being a well-made example of the West Coast interpretation of an IPA with its strong bitterness that takes over after an initial impression of sweetness. While I’m fine with having had this one I don’t think I’ll be seeking out more since my preferences lean to a smoother bitterness that doesn’t have quite so much intensity across the back of the palate in the ending.

Mar 18, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My third IPA from this brewer turns out to be my least favorite. Picked up a bottle at the supermarket. Poured a nice Amber and like others have said looks like it could be a red IPA. Smell is malty and is alcohol forward. Taste is the same. Very bitter and not at all hoppy / fruity. Not a bad beer at all, but just not one that I preferred.

Feb 25, 2018
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NorCalKid from California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber. Red IPA? Malty sweet nose follows with floral woodsy hops. Slight spice pine cedar citrus with a good bitterness to match the sweet caramel malt. Classic Deschutes mouthfeel and finish. NW classic IPA. Good but not great.

Feb 09, 2018
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a reddish amber. Foamy white head that fully laces the glass. Ample clarity.

Smell- Sweet grains with lightly toasted biscuit freshness. Some caramel too.

Taste- Sweet malt, grains/bread balanced out by some caramel sweetness. Becoming floral with a touch of piney flavor. Finishes bitter, malty, and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A Malt forward, ipa that is well balanced. Almost a red IPA imo, especially from the appearance. Easy drinking. Was fresh and flavorful.

Jan 04, 2018
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Ale_Lover from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep amber with a frothy off white head. Good floral smell with follow up of pine hops. Taste: Big malt profile. with a wonderful caramel malt presence. Floral and pine hops stand up well on this beer considering the sizable malt backbone. Mild hints of grapefruit hit the palet as well. Medium to full body that finishs dry leaving a great sticky lacing down the glass. I really like this beer which is a bit of a throwback to a old school IPAs where it isn't just all about being a juice bomb.

Dec 10, 2017
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fmakalidude from Washington

2.3/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like a mouthful of sharp pine needles. It's actually unpleasant to drink. As much as I had hoped to be excited about this, Deschutes let me down this go round. Go easy on the aromatic hops next time. Nobody likes chewing on an air freshener.

Nov 10, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deschutes Brewery 'Inversion IPA' @ 6.8% , served from a 355 ml bottle purchased for $3
A-pour is amber from the bottle to glass with a medium beige head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-pine more than citrus
T-hop bite start , slight bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-possible good beer
prost LampertLand

Aug 30, 2017
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3148 ratings