Inversion IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,596
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,372
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Reviews:
877
Ratings:
3,135
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Inversion IPAInversion IPA
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 6.8%
IBUs: 80

228 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 877 | Ratings: 3,135 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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

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

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
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csmrx7 from Canada

3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an IRA not an IPA.

Unfortunately this isn't the best IRA.

Great bready malt smell but the dank good don't compliment.

The flavor had similar issues. The astringent bitterness from the dark malts is poorly. Matched and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste

Aug 20, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent brown with solid head. Good amount of lacing and some of the head lingers. This looks pretty impressive, but...a burnt brown-red IPA with that much froth on top? Interesting. Smell is malty with some herbal notes. Taste is malt, herbal hops, pine hops, and a hint of fruity hops that almost disappears as the beer gets warmer, with bitter citrus rind lingering . Mouthfeel is crisp but refreshing. Overall, interesting. Different. Quite good and quaffable. EDIT: Lowering rating slightly. Bitterness grows slightly excessive as I get further through.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

She pours a somewhat hazy copper and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within a minute and has some nice spider web lacing is left in the wake. The smell has some strong citrusy and piney hops with a fair amount of caramel backs up the nose. The taste is bittersweet as there is a very nice combination between the hops and the malts. It has a bitter citrus aftertaste and gets a bit malty as the beer warms. It has a semi-dry finish. The palate is light to medium and comes across fairly sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and good to me. It has a nice bitterness that assaults the tongue and mouth like a good AIPA should. Overall, good West Coast styled AIPA worthy of more pours.

Jun 27, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From backlog. 12 oz bottle. The aroma and flavor are almost reminiscent of barleywine. Malty in the nose, good balance between hops and malt in the taste. Good, interesting IPA.

Jun 05, 2017
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Fowdy from Idaho

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: fairly dark golden with one finger white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice fine lacing.

Smell: I get malts, hops and some citrus.

Taste: very good bitterness and great balanced flavors.

Feel: carbonation is great. It has a 'heavy' thick feel that I don't particularly prefer. It is a smooth IPA. Citrus bite is almost perfect.

Overall: very good experience and a great total IPA package.

May 16, 2017
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Milesdig from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my second go around with this beer. I just created a six at my local krogers and thought i'd drop a review..
The munich, caramel and pale malts really shine through on this one without dominating entirely and give the beer a very sexy almost burnt amber hue. Head a lil on the creamy side and a light tan. The malt and hops go back and forth a lil bit but the malt lingers with sticky sweetness and a lil resin from the floral hop goodness. Several hops are used in this beer, Centennial is on the list and is one of my favorite hops. You'd never know this an 80 IBU brew as it is very well balanced.
I have yet to be disappointed by a beer from Deschutes

Mar 12, 2017
Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3135 ratings