Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,056 Ratings
Inversion IPAInversion IPA
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
Ratings:
3,056
Reviews:
855
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
615
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head, clear ad amber
S: mild grapfruit. Some herbal and earthy notes.

T: hops immediately up front with fade to pine wood otes and a citrus fiish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the changing flavors in this one flow very well. Very drinkable for an IPA

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Whole Foods in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Best by 1/4/12.

Pours a hazy copper color with a 3 inch puffy tan head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and citrus zest. Taste is of malt and citrus zest. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers aftre each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA that has a nice balance between the malt and the hops.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another winner from deschutes. this ipa is complex and drinkable. taste like a wide variety of hops blended together, i can pick up on a fruity hop as well as the sturdy piney hops. has a lighter feel due to the use of pale and crystal malts, which make this a really sessionable ipa, despite its higher abv. more subtle than many american india pale ales, this one stands out because it is much more than a bitter hop bomb. every beer i have had from these guys has been excellent.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film of bubbles in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with notes of gooseberries and pine resin as well as hints of caramel malts.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and gooseberries. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish along with the bitter flavors of grapefruit. No malts are perceptible, but they do mute some of the bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has some rather astringent flavors of bitter grapefruit so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

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

Turning the hoppy world inside out, Deschutes Inversions IPA satisfies the thirst for bitter beer fans with more balanced and savory notions than usual.

Slightly darker than the average IPA, its bronzen-gold color shimmers in the absence of the common dry-hopped haze. Its frothy, bone-white head caps the beer confidently and sheds its lacing patterns brokenly along the glass. Easily read for an American Amber Ale, Inversion promises a maltier trend.

And that malty demeanor starts with nutty, savory, toasty and caramel aromatics. Even as the hops rise in prominence, its grapefruit and orange peel character meets the intensity of barley but never really surpasses it. Slight fruitiness behind offers a light marmalade scent to ride along side of the hops.

Its malty-sweet taste is robust with its caramel flavor, laced with toasted grain, bread crust, light toffee and a savory-type sweetness that's just off of butterscotch. The middle of fresh orange peels, pink grapefruit and fruit trails with more earthen character- herbal grasses lead to a slight resinous finish with a finish of pine needles and bitter grasses.

Medium bodied, the ale has slightly more elevated weight than is normal due to its malty balance. Finishing semi-dry, its creamy upstart holds on until late in its taste and balances the bitterness with its trailing residual malt character. Minty-warm in finish, the beer's aftertaste is balanced and quick.

Inversion IPA has the balance that I more readily expect from Amber Ale but it has the drinkability of Pale. Regardless, its hop aroma, flavor and bitterness needs to be much more of stand-out character to really satisfy the taste for IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, grabbed while on a Fourth of July jaunt into remote northern Washington state.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, bright orange brick amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and chunky beige head, which leaves some cascading layers of honeycomb lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of bittersweet orchard fruit - orange and grapefruit citrus, but with a hefty whiff of apples and plum as well - a touch of black pepper, solid bready caramel malt, and further floral and woody, leafy hops. The taste is more sassy orange, lemon, and apple fruitiness, stronger herbal pine hops, a nice soft, balancing caramel malt, and still heady notes of spice, primarily table pepper.

The carbonation is moderate, in the form of a nice cutting frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and perhaps a bit too prickly from a few clumsy hops, to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, fairly crisp, and yes, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.

A generally well-balanced west coast IPA, if you're ok with all that fruity, floral, and herbal character, one pleasantly restrained on the bitterness. It sort of screams out 'Pacific NW forest' - if you were hiking through one, chewing on some Werther's, or the like. And I'm not sure entirely sure about any 'inversion' going on, IPA-wise, as is inferred by the label.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a glass mug in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. A nontransparent copper colour.

Sm: Bittering hops and light citrus ester hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Restrained bittering hops alongside pleasant citrus ester hops. The bittering hops are pleasant mainly in the open rather than the climax, but they're not coarse enough to throw off the balance. It's well built and balanced for an IPA, which is usually my least favourite style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body. As aforementioned, the awful coarseness that plagues so many IPAs is not present here.

Dr: Very drinkable and affordable for the nice quality. Give her a spin, lads - even if you normally hate IPAs.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two-fingered head; as the head descends, it leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: With some caramel tones underneath, the aroma is very hoppy, with both grapefruit and piney tones; pineapple and mango in the mix, as well

Taste: Caramel notes at the outset, but the beer becomes progressively bitter with both fruit and pine developing by mid-palate; grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, as well; after the swallow, the bitterness delivers a crisp finish, with a touch of residual sweetness and fruit lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice IPA; it may be understated to some, but it is very easy to drink

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity and to Schmittymack and cocoapuph for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep slightly hazy orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with great retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of pine and light citrus hops with some caramelized malt is pretty good. Taste is mostly dominated by floral pine and citrus notes with light fruity ester and a pretty solid caramel malt backbone. Bitterness level is about average with quite a bit of floral undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Solid offering though I was expecting hops punch to be even more solid.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with an off-white head, a bit dark for an IPA. Hoppy aroma with some caramel malt and citrus. Big caramel malt flavor, undertones of grapefruit and orange, and a long-lasting hoppy finish. Great creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. An more balanced IPA, and all around a solid beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear light amber color with a fizzy, bubbly, white head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled very grassy/hoppy and of roasted malt.

T - This had a very strong hop character, typical of NW IPAs. Bittersweet with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. My first from Deschutes and I was quite impressed.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,056 ratings.
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