Inversion IPA
Deschutes Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,690
Ranked #15,602
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: 879 | Ratings: 3,136 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

bought this as a single bottle:
A DEEP orange hue / solid finger of head with nice sticky lacing - LOTS of clarity

S lite hopiness to the nose

T mmmm YUM nice hoppy bite w/ SUBTLE malty back

M thick and full body

D not to be Trifled with - this is a serious brew. @ 6.8 the buzz comes on quick

Oct 10, 2014
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MFMB from Idaho

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

Pours a deep amber with a nice frothy off white head. Smells of caramel malt and floral, pine hops. Taste: this beer has a large malt profile. A nice caramel malt presence almost chewy. Floral and pine hoppyness stand up well on this beers sizable malt backbone. Minor hints of grapefruit pith on the palet as well. This beer has that sticky quality that I appreciate in a IPA. It somewhat coats your mouth with a piney, floral hop oil. Medium to full body that finished dry once the stickyness wears off. This beer also leaves a great sticky lacing down the glass. I really enjoyed this beer and was surprised (in a good way) by its large malt profile. I like it. A good throwback to a old school IPA where it isn't just all about being a hop bomb.

Feb 04, 2017
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rmtrout from California

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says IPA, but IMHO it is really 70% IPA and 30% amber ale. So, depending on your tastes, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I like amber ales when I'm in the mood for a smoother beer, so that is a good thing. It makes this beer very unique. Accordingly, this beer is a tad darker/reddish orange than most IPA's, with a bit more malt. It is not as complex as a Stone IPA, nor as fruity as Fresh Squeezed, with a soft burnt caramel-orange mouth feel. Deschutes rates this as 80 IBU's but it feels more like 70 to me, probably because it is offset with a very mild sweetness. (But still gives a nice dry finish.) I have tried five different Deschutes beers, and they all seem to fully support stated ABV's- unlike some others that seem a fraction weak in the kick department.

Feb 23, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber-red color with a one finger head of fizzy off white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is lighter overall with the heaviest of the aromas being that of a pine smell and some caramel. Other smells of a grass and a bit of grapefruit are there as well.

Taste – Upfront the taste is bready and malty with a moderate showing of a caramel sweetness and flavors of a pine hop. As the taste advances the pine gets stronger while the bready taste takes on a slightly more roasted flavor in nature. The roast and the pine continue increasing as the caramel fades a bit, being replaced by more hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature. In the end with the transitions that have transpired, one is left with a decently bitter and moderately roasty IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier then normal with a slightly lower carbonation level. Overall the feel was pretty good, with it accentuating the hop tastes rather well.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a slightly more dank hop and roasty character. Fairly good overall.

Jul 11, 2015
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pianoguy from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. This is a bottle conditioned beer. With yeast residing primarily at the end of the pour. How you pour it will effect the taste. Leaving about a 1/4 inch in the bottle slightly changes the taste in a glass. I like it both ways (I'm talking about the beer here) But for this review I poured it all in the glass. It seems to produce a nicer head that way.

Pours a somewhat see through amber body with a tan 1 inch fluffy head. Decent lacing

Citrus followed by a slightly apple sauce malt aroma A bit of funky yeast due to the way I poured it...

Taste is a bit more malty and piney then the smell

A medium-low level of carbonation. (I personally like it like this, not too prickly)

Overall a decent IPA available at most supermarkets in the Seattle Tacoma area at a good price. I have had quite a few of these over the years...

This doesn't have anything to do with the beer but...Last year I was in the middle of a big remodel job at my house. Being the cheap bastard that I am, I was doing all the work myself. I was in over my head but kept on going. I would drink a couple of these beers at the end of every work day... Somehow I pulled the project off... On one of the last days I noticed that inside the bottle cap were the words.'"Bravely Done".
...This may sound crazy but it was like a little pat on the back... I kept that bottle cap !

Jun 01, 2015
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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
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/11/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate sticky, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 06, 2016
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crimsonfloyd from California

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

Nice blood orange color. Smells like oranges and faint flowers. Taste is a mix or orange and orange rind, followed by a piney aftertaste. Taste is hoppy and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Medium body and easy to drink.

Jun 10, 2016
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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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seanchai from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jun 24, 2014
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ssjkyle from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +28.2%

Jul 14, 2012
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takusan1000 from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 24, 2015
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mmmaaattt from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 07, 2014
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Asics from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Aug 16, 2013
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VDODSON from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Feb 20, 2013
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JohnWood from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jul 04, 2014
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Mikeb8 from California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Sep 30, 2014
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MosesKo from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 11, 2016
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BlindPig from Nevada

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

A- Thin just off white on a pretty clear copper/amber body.
S- Pretty malty for a IPA. Sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and few other citrus fruit hops, along with some hints of grass hops as well.
T- Follows the aroma. Still has a decent size malt body for a IPA. Some grapefruit rind, hints of lemon, grass, tiny bit of pine. Has a decent size bitterness to it as well.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. A bit to big of malt body for me and wrong blend of hops but still very tasty. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these.

May 23, 2007
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to colts0916 for the trade. Hmmm, seems I am overdue Best by Feb 8th... better drink this. I should probably say more than my last on tap review of this.

Monster huge head off the pour of four fingers off white. Solid retention, and pours gold, but leaves a nice somewhat cloudy body of amber color. Some real good stick lacing of even very big bubbles.

Wonderful fruit basket fresh grapefruit flesh smell. Mild malts, and hints of fresh squeezed orange juice. Real great smelling beer here.

Tastes just solid and simple. Good hop feel even this late out of the bottle, with a great smooth body. Hop presence comes out with tangerine and lime punch on the swallow. Malts mellow out behind. A classic good simple American IPA.

I am even more impressed how good this is beyond the freshness date, it's even a little more fruit subtle than its big grapefruit bomb on tap version. Great drinking beer.

Mar 11, 2011
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mfavoino from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a bottle on 9/21/11.

Poured a hazy brown and had some good lacing to it. Scent of both mild citrusy and some piney hops. Very drinkable IPA with medium carbonation and really no distinguishing characteristics looking to grab the drinker's attention. I mean that as a compliment because this is definitely an IPA I'll come back to as highly drinkable and very accessible in the Pacific Northwest.

Dec 31, 2011
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear copper, foamy head settled at one finger with traces of lacing all around
S - leafy and citrus hops, fruity sweetness, and toasted grains
T - leafy, earthy, and orange citrus hop notes, toasty grains, subtle caramel sweetness, just a little metallic
M - medium body, thin and crisp with a pleasant bitter
D - much more balance than many American IPA's make this very easy and tasty to drink, the more Deschutes I try the more they are becoming one of my favourite brewers

Feb 19, 2011
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Feb 03, 2014
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chuckgfk from Alaska

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jan 26, 2012
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