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Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Reviews: 846 | Ratings: 3,013
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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Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, yet clearish, amber color, with a two-finger head.

Smells of sweet malt, nuts, and some citrus.

Not an overwhelming taste, with bitter malts making an appearance in the aftertaste. Sort of sweet, but the initial taste is really quite subtle. Feel is light, and drinkable, without massive carbonation.

Not great, but drinkable. Sort of tastes like a rock-solid shallow session IPA, which makes the almost 7% hard to explain.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at crosscut pizza in nederland co
pint glass
pours an amber red with a small off white head
smells complex fruity and nutty on the front end then as it warmed more pine and floral/rose notes
taste similar to the nose both fruity and nutty with hints of sweet floral notes as well
feel viscous and somewhat chewy
overall very enjoyable !

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Photo of smulford68
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a great orange tinted color coming out of the bottle into a pint glass and isn't as cloudy as some IPA's. Great citrusy nose - again, made me think of orange zest. Good bitter finish. This is a new favorite IPA

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

A lovely full-bodied beer with a wonderful depth and aroma. Love the bottle-conditioning and it sure does make a difference. The nose has hints of caramel, lemon and pine - top mix. Not over hopped, but might not suit all. The finish is long and gorgeously bitter.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inversion IPA brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 6.80% This brew pours out a nice deep amber, light brown color, witha nice off white head. I really like the color of this brew. This brew has the look of most IPA's on the market. The smell of Inversion IPA, is rich with hops, grains, and malts. The first thing you pick up on is hops, however that is to be expected with this style of brew. Now for the taste of Inversion IPA, it is rich with flavors. You pick up on the hops, grains,and malts in this brew. The body of this brew is mild and smooth. Not say that is a bad thing. This is one of the more milder IPA's on the market. Inversion IPA , has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Inversion IPA , is rich, bold , smooth and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.80% ABV in this brew. I like how this brew is smoother than most IPA's on the market. Overall I'm giving Inversion IPA , a 4.25 out of 5. Deschutes Brewery. did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint from a bottle. Big thick head with nice lacing. Strong hop smell, nice clear orange brown color. Orange sweetness, reminds me a bit of good marmalade, with bitter notes. I enjoyed it with a good vegetable pizza!

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Photo of schwansmantr
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Inversion Ipa is loaded with more different types of hops than I can begin to remember. This beer created a large head and had a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong very strong of hops. If you are a fan of strong hop sent and taste you'll like this beer but for me I give it a F. I do not like the strong bitterness and after taste it gives.

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Photo of ricke49
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quality hop forward brew from Deschutes. Oily appearance and feel without over the top hoppiness (tho' definitely strong citrus pine taste elements - and yet caramel malt sneaks in somehow). Truly living the dream when a quality IPA like this is continually available at under $8 a sixer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty piney and heavy. Not really a fan of this style of IPA. Leaves a resinous taste on your tongue. Kind of gave me heartburn. Not super drinkable.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the brew pub in Portland.

Nice creamy head, dark auburn reddish brown.

Nose great cascades, juicy citrus, orange and hint grapefruit, sweet toasty caramel malt, a bit too malty.

Taste sweet caramel malts out front, mild toasty malts, into cascades, fair bitterness, mild citrus, hint grapefruit in the background, little spicy earthy touch creamy malt, hint syrupy malt. Finish drier but mildly sticky caramel spicy hops lingering, fair bitterness. Mostly malt little hop again.

Mouth med to fuller bod, dec carb.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Inversion IPA last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight and I thought this one might be a good choice, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a amber and copper color that took on more of a crimson and ruby color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thick creamy ring and a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of spotty lacing behind. This is great looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the some floral and piney aromas that seem to stick out the most with just a little bit of fruity hops coming through in the background and impart an apricot like aroma. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart a bread and very light caramel malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it seems like an old expect for the fruity aspect.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the piney and floral hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and the malts which impart the same bready and malty aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a piney and floral hops aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, it's got good balance.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, slightly clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid expample of the style, it would be almost a textbook old school IPA if it wasn't for the light fruity hops and while it's nice it isn't the most memorable. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was that the fruity hops weren't even with the floral and piney hops, I think that would have made for the perfect balance. I wouldn't buy this beer again,b ut I wouldn't turn it down. I can't say I highly recommend, but if you like that old school IPA flavor then it's worth a try. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it was right on the border of being a pretty nice IPA and with just a little more fruity hops I think it would have a some great balance and a good hop profile. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's pretty close to being average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little mor work on the hop profile I think this could be a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-clear, brown color with a slight head. The aroma is fairly malty for being an IPA. The taste is slightly bitter with a well balanced flavor that does leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Pretty well made with decent flavor.

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Photo of ivorycannon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darkish amber color and the smell is sweet malts and pine. The taste is pine and caramel with some sweetness in the middle. Maybe grapefruit, not sure, and it finishes quite bitter. I would have no problems drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of kitch
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 11th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear copper amber colour. There was a huge three finger light tan head that had good retention and left plenty of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong piney and grassy aromas with hints of citrus lemon zest. There is also some light caramel malts and apple juice there.

Taste: Bready and caramel malts upfront followed by plenty of pine and hop bitterness. There are hints of apple juice and grapefruit in between and a long lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was a good IPA if not stunning although I prefer more carbonation. But Fresh Squeezed is still my go to IPA from Deschutes.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,013 ratings.
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