Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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3.88/5
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3,107 Ratings
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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

Added by Jason on 03-22-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,574
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
3,107
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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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

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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

Photo of GenoMcCoy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of LuckyJohn
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of haines710
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of evanschaaf
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NorCalKid
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of DeeBreezy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,107 ratings