Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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

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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 RobertDBrase
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before 4/15/16

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains for a while before leaving some nice lacing behind

S- floral and piney hops mix with candied citrus fruit, along with some slightly bready malt

T- flavor follows the aroma, opening with floral hops, with some piney notes kicking in mid-palate. Slightly sweet malty undertone with a finish of more pine

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- an easy drinking ipa that showcases some nice floral notes

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/10...pours rusty copper amber with a foamy lid. Nutty bready pine nose. Toasty. Sharp pine flavor, harsh bitter. Floral. Slightly sweet and heavy bitter. Certainly uniquely flavored. Malty.

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Photo of rmtrout
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 tad weak in the kick department.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a reddish amber appearance with a nice two finger, pillowy head. Smells like a mix of lime and pine which is very unique. There's some bready malt on the nose too. Taste mirrors the smell with dank pine, lime and sweet malt. Finishes with lingering pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is a decent IPA - not quite to Fresh Squeezed level but close.

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Photo of spartan3186
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours burnt orange with cream head. Head leaves long lasting lacing as it disipates. Bubble gum and pine on the nose. Mostly pine on the first sip, with a nice dry finish. Overall an enjoyable but not mind-blowing IPA.

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Photo of Wasu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: very nice copper color with light golden head. Good lacing
Smell: grapefruit, fruity bubble gum, with a tough of pine and citrus ...smell so good.
Taste/Feel: just like smell with dry finish. good bitterness from start to finish. nice dry aftertaste. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Very good and balance IPA. Will buy it again.

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

Grapefruit peel, ripe fruit, chewy citrus, and a bit of floral on the nose, and bitter pine on the tongue. Very nice. Very dry finish. I'd get it again.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark copper pour with ample white head that leaves good lacing down the glass. The aroma is nice if unspectacular. Pine, floral, spice, and some sweet malt. The pine is most aggressive on taste, with some light spice and floral notes. Medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation. A nice IPA, particularly if looking for the piney/floral variety.

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Browner/darker than most IPAs. Overall a reddish/orange brown. Semi-cloudy.

Taste/Smell: strong peach notes, but not peach like the fruit so much as peach-flavored candy. Not a bad thing. I don't mean it seems artificial. That's just the taste that comes to mind. Bitter, but not particularly floral for an IPA, though it has a piney smell.

Feel: liquid

Overall: I don't know. I think a lot of people will probably like this, but it's not quite what I want in an IPA. My favorite easy-to-get IPAs are Great Lakes Chillwave and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid if that gives you any indication of my tastes. This one is just a little too bitter without the payoff if that makes any sense.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly deep red in the glass, this beer also has the nose of a heavier beer, although it actually sits about half way between a session brew and the usual craft bomber fare. It smells sweet and piney, while the flavor is nice and big with sweet malts and pleasant spices pulled together with a citrus bite. Mouthfeel is slicker than most session brews, but again, this is on the heavier side of that so it's not that surprising. Definitely a nice beer for scratching the IPA itch without having to check out for the evening.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While this is a common IPA on the West Coast, it's an uncommon IPA. The word here is heft. It's a surprisingly big beer. While the ABV is a manageable 6.8, everything else about this beer is extra large—big malt body, deep golden red color, huge hop flavor.

The first thing you'll notice when you pour it is the color. It's probably the darkest standard IPA on the market, with an deep orange, almost red color. The head is thick and billowy. The mouthfeel is dense and sticky—it might be the beefiest single IPA I've ever had.

Not surprisingly the taste is huge. Very malty and sweet for an IPA. Which might be a bad thing were it not for a massive citrus and pine hop wallop. Extreme on either end, it ends up balancing nicely.

It's a session IPA that's almost impossible to session. That said, I really like it for its unique character, mild ABV, reasonable price, and great availability. A great beer for when you both do and don't want an IPA.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Different than most IPAs in that it's more citrusy and piney than hoppy and also darker in color. Aside from the citrus it tastes more like an amber ale than your typical IPA. If I'm drinking Deschutes, Fresh Squeezed is a better IPA but Inversion is still tasty.

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

Pours reddish amber with a creamy ecru head. Has a slightly malty nutty aroma, medium mouthfeel. Tastes fruity with the citrus IPA finish. This is a solid IPA, would buy again.

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Photo of krh
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker than my go-to IPAs. Malty, less citrus. Not too complex, but I enjoyed it. Quite tasty. Nice change of pace IPA, so I probably ranked it a bit higher than it deserves.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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