Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

very good
849 Reviews
Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Reviews: 849 | Ratings: 3,028
Photo of MFMB
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.

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

Unsure when this beer was bottled but the best buy date states 03/25/17 which is another month and a half. Poured from a glass bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: this beer pours a deep translucent amber to dark orange with an off-white khaki head that dissipates after 30 seconds.
Smell: caramel malt with hint of green apple, earthy pine, and a restrained citrus character.
Taste: again, the caramel malt is the star of this beer. I get a background of earthy pine, very mild citrus, and a mild floral taste.
Feel: a medium body with a dry finish. Carbonation is medium.
Overall: I have been drinking this beer on occasion for the past 4-5 years without ever really evaluating it and now that I have, I hesitate to even call this an IPA. The malt steals the show from the hops. Its a tasty brew but I find it to be somewhat mislabeled. Perhaps this satisfied the hop heads of a decade ago but in the current craft beer climate this beer falls short of a true showcase of hop flavor and aroma. They may as well label this beer as a "hoppy amber".

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking this for years. Definitely a different IPA. The appearance of dark, clear amber is something I thought always stood out on this. Nice creamy head out of the bottle. Feel is creamy and frothy and smooth. Taste is where this sets itself apart from other IPA's. It is more of a malt IPA, caramel backbone, a little grapefruit and little on the hop bite. I've always enjoyed this and another beer by Deschutes to have stocked in the fridge as a go to after work or hockey.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with little head. Nose is orange peel, tropical fruits, floral hops. Taste orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, hint of biscuit. Finish clean with lingering malts. Ass usual deschutes makes another great IPA. This one a nice balance of bitterness and malts to make it not as overpowering as some ipa's.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well-balanced, floral and piney hoppy taste. For an IPA, the bitterness doesn't overpower this brew. There are some honey notes in the taste as well. Slight head with lacing. Honey flowery smell. Consumed from a bottle.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, pine taste, slight bitterness
Overall just ok. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Ockie147
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It was a little darker in color and a little less hoppy than I was expecting...which was nice.

The foamy head held up well and I tasted sweet at first like honey, then mellowed out to a richer flavor. I enjoyed it overall and I generally enjoy all of Deschutes beers!

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, darker than your average IPA. Foamy, tan head with streaky lacing. Aroma is malt, orange blossom honey, and some herbal notes. There is a bit of nuttiness to the flavor, grass, caramel malt, and some herbal qualities. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and the bitterness lingers a bit longer than I like. An alright beer, but nothing I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Back in the day this was one of the more serviceable and available ipas out there. But then, it got inconsistent, more woody, less hoppy it seemed. I'm aware of lupulin threshold shift and all, but I still love SNPA all these decades later, but this, I dunno.

Anyways, on to the beer. Comes out leaning orange in color, good 1/2" off white head. Aroma can be hoppy, sometimes its a balsa wood meets herbalife flow.

Same with the taste, sometimes there's bitter hops, sometimes its wet wood and earthiness. I dunno, the decline of Deschutes was paralleling their barrel program's ascendency, but even that is suffering these days. Downward spiral bro.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks copper, much darker than a normal IPA.

Smells of wild flowers and honey.

Tastes of honey, grapefruit. I'm picking up something like lavender. If you told me coriander was present, I wouldn't question it. Kind of a malty taste too.

So smooth.

Overall Damn fine IPA. Keep it up Deschutes.

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Photo of thebeers
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange amber color with a finger and a half of frothy tan tinted head that lasts. Orange citrus hops and sweet malts aroma. Similar taste with a caramel sweetness and muted hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. It's okay. The head is the most impressive part.

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Photo of deebo
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Williams. Dark Amber with ruby hue with a white head that breaks down quickly leaving a nice lacing. I'd describe this as a hopped up English ipa. Lots of rich, toasted caramel malt pounded with piney, earthy, herbal hop. Gets bitter as you go with a lingering finish. Not my favorite beer profile but it's well made.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
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.

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Photo of matcris
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Very clear red with tons of small bubbles rising. Massive 3 fingers of tan foamy head that sticks around and leaves a thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Caramel malt, a little alcohol, an earthy note, and mild citrus.
TASTE: Big caramel malt backbone, A pleasant if a little generic bitterness that builds over time, mild citrus.
FEEL: Average feel with the carbonation, medium body, sticky up front, drier on back.
OVERALL: Caramel malt, building bitterness, and mild citrus. If that's your thing, you may like it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle pours a hazey or cloudy Amber colour with a bone colored head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma pine, orange, grapefruit, malt. Taste citrus, pine, grapefruit and hint of caramel in the back ground.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty self selection. This has pleasing orange and pine notes, and a crisp bitter taste. There’s citrus and pine playing well together. Balanced and crafted.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an amber color and a soapy head that is bordering on a light brown and has a nice amount of carbonation streaming up.

The smell is mountainous with pine and floral notes punching out. I imagine camping out in a forest with a loaf of sweet white bread cooking over a fire. All of these smells, minus the smoke, really come out.

Up front the taste is floral and bit of citrus. A sweet malt washes over the tongue midway providing a nice balance. The pine bitterness hits at the back and lingers a bit.

Mouth feel is actually quite light with a wet finish that like the bitterness lingers just for a hesitant second.

Overall this is a very good IPA that is very well balanced and does not punch you in the face even though it is rated at 80 IBU's. The alcohol at 6.8% is also quite well hidden and this beer drinks so easy one might want to calculate just how much that might affect them. The price point on a 12 pack here in Las Vegas also makes this a real winner. At $13.99 for a 12 of such a well crafted beer this one really is hitting some high notes. As an aside this is leaving some crazy lacing all down my Deschutes Inversion IPA pint glass! Check this one out if you like a good IPA.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Portland brewpub.

A: A clear orange/amber with an off-white half-finger head that dummed down to a foamy ring. Decent lacing.

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, mangoes, caramel and bready malts.

T: Such a nice balance between pine and grapefruit light bitterness and caramel malts.

M: Low to medium ( a bit watery) with medium carbonation.

O: A solid IPA with lots of flavor and character. Enjoy.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a light tan head. Nice lacing. Aromas are big orange, citrus, and caramel. Like a red IPA. Big hoppy citrusy bitterness but with a nice malty background. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Shippy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Very nice slightly cloudy burnt orange with a creamy beige head. I could smell this beer before I even poured it out of the bottle. Lots of aroma from pine to citrus, with some bready malt and even a hint of soy sauce. Flavor is well-balanced with a fair amount of bitterness, but plenty of malt to even it out. Pine and caramel are noticeable with lots of earthy undertones. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a very good, flavorful IPA with tons of character. Great cold day IPA.

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Photo of cwelch22
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice Amber color, quickly dissipating 1fb white head. Aroma: fruity hops and malt. Taste: fruity melon followed by nice malt/caramel. Mouthfeel: medium body with mod CO2. Overall: a great example of a contemporary amber ale. Too malty for IPA and this bottle states best before mid May.

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Photo of BWED
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher

A- Amber chestnut. Semi-hazy. Sticky tan head, one finger and dense. Great lacing. Retention good.

S- Grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral.

T- Citrus pith, pine, grapefruit, and a mild malt toast.

M- Medium light body, finish a little light and almost watery. Dry long finish.

O- Okay. Aroma nice, but feel is a little off for me. Body too light and finish is a little to bitter.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber/copper colour with a off white head. Smells like a typical west coast IPA with a hint of sweetness creeping through the piney hops and citrus underaroma. Tastes much like the aroma, grassy with some grapefruit and slightly more malt than some WC IPA's, a good choice for someone who doesn't like an overly hoppy beer. Prost!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Poured amber. Definitely smells like a maltier West Coast IPA. It has flavors of citrus and pine and a lot of caramel sweetness. A bit candied. This was too malty in my opinion. I love a good West Coast IPA but this one is a little too sweet. Its not old but it almost tastes that way.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,028 ratings.
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