Inversion IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA
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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,260
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,394
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
885
Ratings:
2,266
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
Mar 22, 2006
Wants:
  147
Gots:
  652
SCORE
87
Very Good
Inversion IPAInversion IPA
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had this on draft at the brewery.
A: pours amber body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: subtle sweet, burnt toffee notes
T: earthy taste with some subtle toffee notes; earthy/bitter aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; pretty good
D: nice feel and taste combo; nice IPA
May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Chris_Taps

Feb 03, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 13, 2021
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Rated by Steveg81

4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Nice caramel color and great hop/malt balance. My go-to beer for several years now.
Aug 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by Dsimenson from California

Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 2.63 by Ksyorita

Jun 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Jun 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Jun 17, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Reviewed by Nvrmind16 from California

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by mpavilion from California

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Reviewed by CathleenRehfeld from Oregon

5/5  rDev +28.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.77 by arini10 from Oregon

May 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.42 by Seshin from California

May 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.68 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.69 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.69 by ghasting from Washington

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
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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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.62 by Navin-Johnson from Texas

May 06, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.53 by mintzmeet from Washington

Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by eluvah from New York

Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

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.
Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by lacikuss from Canada (AB)

Feb 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by MattBeer from California

Jan 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by HaoleBoy from California

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 09, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

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.
Oct 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Sep 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.
Sep 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Pretendeer from Washington

Aug 26, 2018
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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