Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Inversion IPAInversion IPA
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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

Added by Jason on 03-22-2006

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Ratings: 3,095 |  Reviews: 865
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/7/12

Appearance: Hazy copper color with some golden orange around the edges, creamy white head that retains a nice ring, some wispy lacing

Smell: Remarkably floral and inviting - sweet, flowery citrus (orange and grapefruit) - some sweet, dry pine - malts are very prominent and also really nice - slightly toasted, with a sweet bread aroma - some sweet dough, as well, very clean overall, with a powdery, vaguely candy-like sweetness

Taste: Stupidly balanced - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some mild pith - some resiny pine - as it warms up, some tropical flavors emerge - a moderate amount of bitterness for the style - malts are simply delicious, perfectly sweet and biscuity - bready, doughy, with a slightly toasted edge

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and nicely carbonated, absurdly drinkable

Overall: Please, sir, I want some more

I was kind of expecting a West Coast hop bomb of sorts, but instead I received something that has more of a Midwest IPA mentality. And I approve heartily. This, along with others that I lump in that category (*cough* Two Hearted) is something I want to drink all day long. But I can't. Sadness.

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Photo of RandyMartini
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is crisp and balanced. The hops are pronounced without being overpowering, and are surrounded by a fruity aroma with a delightful apricot finish. While I personally prefer less fruit aroma in my IPA, it is still a refreshing summer drink. The color is a rich amber, still clear enough to see through.

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Photo of irrgalaxy
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tall glass.

A: Medium brown color, with moderate amounts of head. Not particularly clear for an IPA.

S: Yeast and hops are strong, with some grains.

T: Sour beginning, then mellowing to a nice finish. Lots of citrus and hoppy notes.

M: Heavy palate for an IPA.

O: Not bad overall - there's a strong finish to the beer at the end, which is difficult to decide whether I like or not. It's a quality beer, but there are more distinctive IPAs with a richer flavor profile that I'd choose given the chance.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on to of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - citrus hops with notes of orange and lime as well as a bit of caramel.

T - toffee and dry caramel malt up front with some fruity hops. Lemon and orange in the middle with a bit of pine. Finishes with acidic bitterness and dry toast.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is allright, but it is overly pithy with a lingering acidic dryness that really isn't pleasant.

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Photo of gratefuld
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber color with minimal head. What head it did have faded quickly. Nothing special on the appearance.

S: Mild hop aroma. Not very overpowering, but pleasant. Some faint malt in the background. A little caramel as well to balance it all out.

T: Taste exceeds the smell and appearance in my opinion. Quite hoppy and bitter up front. I can taste more of caramel malt than I got from the smell. After a few more sips, the hops seem to overpower the caramel I got initially.

M: Quite dry and bitter on my tongue. This beer sticks with you a bit. More carbonation than I expected given the minimal head.

O: Overall this a is pretty good IPA. The taste exceeded the smell in my opinion. The more I drank it the better the beer it warmed up a bit I'm sure. Overall well balanced with a strong hop character that is balanced out well with the caramel malts. I'm glad I ran into this one on a trip to St. Louis.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SweJon
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and rocky. Drops to a thin cap in short order. Some nice lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, pithy bitterness, and orange flesh. Some pine notes. Malts are mega biscuity with a lingering caramel sweetness. So very bready. So very clean. Floral and delicious. Slightly toasted with caramel malt rounding it out. Juicy.

Taste: Grapefruit and biscuity doughy goodness. Pithy bitterness. Some pine and citrus zest. Caramel malts adds a nice sweetness. Slightly toasted edge works well with the mild roasted profile. Lingering bitterness works well to moderate the malt profile. So delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and easy drinking. Carbonation is moderate, as is the body. Delightful. Runs the right level of dry and clean. Might be too dry for some.

Overall: This. Drink this.

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Photo of jstewart1130
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large water glass

A: clear, copper color; very little carb but huge, root-beer-float-like head; great lacing
S: caramel, malt, bit of hops
T: aggressive, hoppy, smooth grapefruit, semisweet, bitter; relatively simple
M: smooth, silky

Reallt solid, great IPA

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Photo of darinwmoore
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this review by saying that I am not an IPA fan in the least. I will try them on occasion when forced, and this was the case with the Deschutes Inversion IPA.

Appearance - Could not tell the appearance from the beer, as I did not have a glass to pour the bottle into.

Smell - Very hoppy smell, normal for IPAs that I've had. Also smells very robust in terms of grains and yeast

Taste - The robust smell was a clue to the taste of the beer: very earthy tones coupled with a more-than-moderate hop flavor. Actually less hoppy than I expected.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel resembles that of a lager, which is light and crisp in taste. Goes down smoother than most IPAs I've had, which helps redeem some of the traditional IPA qualities.

Overall - Not bad at all for an IPA. It is mild in hoppy flavor and easy to down quickly, which gives it some qualities that resemble a lager.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,095 ratings