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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Photo of goschool
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Library Ale House in Santa Monica. A third reason to go after AV Oatmeal Stout and Mad River Jamaica Red... the food's good too so it's actually a fourth reason.

An almost nitro-looking white head sits atop a hazy orange body. The nose has grapefruit, pine, apricot, and sweet caramel. There must be something English in this, because it's quite hoppy and bitter, but not it that puckering way that's common to Pacific Northwest brews. Sticky-sweet malts are upfront followed by the grapefruit, orange, apricot, tangerine, and pine hop flavors. It went great with the burger I ate.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with a thick two finger head. Good lacing. Tremendous hop aroma. Very citrusy. A hophead's dream. Maybe a bit too hoppy since it is difficult to pick up the malt. The 6.8 ABV does not hide itself. A strong hop bite at the finish. Good example of the Northwest IPA style. Maybe a bit unbalanced to enjoy as a session ale. I drank this for the first time after brewing my first IPA. The hops from the brew session were lingering so I enjoyed this immensely.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic Deschutes tan label, drink by date of 10/12/06 on the bottle so have a nice fresh sample here.

Thick off-white 2-finger head, dark copper colored brew with adequate carbonation evident.

Aroma of NW hops, Pine, maybe some orange peel, hint of malts.

First thing that struck me on the first drink, was the creamy mouthfeel. I didn't expect that. It's not a bad thing, just caught me off guard. The hops definately are the first thing to jump out here, but they are subdued and quickly tamed by the malt back. Solid IPA, and another great offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, malty brown in color and was very thick. The head was massive and just as thick. It rose up mightily on an easy pour, went down slowly, and covered the inside of my Snoqualmie pint glass with thick shaving cream foam.

Smell – The classic PacNW pine is mated here with a strong malt presence. It’s a big but balanced nose. There’s a lot of malty sweetness in here as well. It just smells sticky.

Taste – Oh, yeah, this is a big, balanced IPA. The malt comes on huge at the taste. It has some strong yeasty notes, like an English bitter, but mostly it’s that strong, syrupy flavor like you get from liquid malt. It’s got a big sweet flavor as well, like liquid caramel.

The hops come straight through from the nose. There’s some complexity there but mostly it sticks with the pine to stand up to the massive malt. Well done.

Mouthfeel – This is on the big end of medium-bodied and very gooey in the mouth. It’s sticky sweet on the lips with a strong, English-style bitterness at the very end.

Drinkability – This is a big-bodied IPA that will fill you up in a hurry. I really enjoyed the harmonious mix of flavors and the heavy, slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to bennetj17 for this bottle.

Pours a rusty amber in my glass, with an inch thick foam head. Nice lacing and carbonation.
Smells heavily of citric hops, caramels and malts....yum- warm and inviting.
Tastes of orange spice, roasted caramel malts and an incredible hoppy bitterness.
Very smooth, yet dry, finish. This beer seems supercharged for an IPA, high levels of hops. Very surprising and delicious.
I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber witha thick white head that leaves some nice sticky lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is full of sticky hop aroma oils that smell very cirussy and piney. There is a touch of carmel malt in the aroma as well.
The flavor is an excellent onslaught of piney resiny hop bitterness that is balanced by a rich carmel malt backbone which is covered up pretty well by the hops and as the malt fades the hop bitterness lingers and reminds me of the earthyness of galena hops.
The body is nice as it is just viscous enough to back up the hops and the carbonation is light enough to keep the beer from being too bitter.
An excellent IPA that comes out at the right time to give us celebration ale drinkers something to keep us out of trouble.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep reddish-orange in color, somewhat opaque, and a finger and a half head with an aggressive pour, leaves a very thin foam cap after dissolving. Some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and Pine all the way.

Taste: Unexpectedly, malt sweetness hit for a fraction of a second with some authority, and then was immediately taken over by the hops. A pretty well hopped IPA. Mostly piney as per the smell, but some grassy note as well, due to the dry hopping, but much less so than the Stone IPA.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Body is to the lighter side of medium.

Drinkability: The body gives this a good drinkability, the taste does nothing to detract from that. Drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent IPA, great color and taste. Bought this beer as a strong supporter of the Oregon Micro community, this is an excellent pacific northwest IPA, rich and semi-dark.

Very hoppy beer, strong initial taste in the mouth, leaving an even stronger aftertaste.

I would recommend highly for the IPA fan whio likes seasonal and rich beers.

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Photo of JohnY
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big hops from this beer! Very high IBU's but remarkable well balanced with a nice malty undertone. Copper to Red in appearance. Nice creamy tan head that forms an easy 2 fingers in a standard pint glass. Dry hopped for 7 days and you can really tell with the fresh herb nose that is readily present as soon as you stick your nose in it. Finishes clean with a bit of a zip. ABV in the upper 6's and you can taste the alcohol as well. A great seasonal for Deschutes. Nice job.

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Photo of clickpush
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Just a half finger of tan head over a red beer. Leaves excellent lacings behind and has random bubbles dispersed throughout the glass.

Nose: Strong hops that're just all over the place. Pine and some sweeter fruit characteristics as well.

Mouth: Very strong lasting hop flavor from the entrance through the swallow. There's an interesting herb flavor in the front that makes me think of a farm, like alfalfa, and in the back that herbiness takes on some mint qualities. Mouthfeel is excellent!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice half-inch creamy top, color is dark cloudy copper with some floating sediment. Fine lace. MIld aroma of pine-like hops and sweet citrus present. Sweet and orange-like, the nose is moderately strong and very pleasant. The taste is not what you'd expect, virtually none of the citrus sweetness in the smell comes through in the flavor. Sharp and sour up front, the malt is subdued, and the hop freshness has dissipated some also. I get a nutty taste in the finish with some bitterness, but mostly a light sour flavor toward the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight smoothness, not bad. I might drink another one of these, but considering the wide selection of IPA's out there I definitely have better choices.

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Photo of SethB2
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice. Pours a murky deep brown, with a little bit of head. Smell is great. Piney and citrisy up front, but with a very subdued sweetness following. Taste is nice. Toasted bitternes is in the spotlight here, but a nice malty balance comes though at the finish. M+D are both very good.

Very nice IPA. Of what I have sampled, this is the best IPA from Deschutes.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange with an off white fluffy head. Nice citric hop bite in the nose with some underlying sweet caramel malts. A bit of pine as well. Bitter citric and pine hops upfront before the malty backbone brings some balance to the flavor. Lingering slightly dry hoppy finish that’s a touch fruity. I really liked the bitterness here that is sometimes missing from IPA’s. Good mouthfeel with a thick enough body and smooth going down. Easy drinking and plenty hoppy enough to satisfy me I could have had a few.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 8/31/06) an amber gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is on the delicate side...notes of citrus from the hops and some spiciness.

The taste is a strong citrus bitter up front but then, a good malt sweetness(caramel) moves in and balances the taste nicely. The finish goes back to and actually intensifies in the bitterness and spiciness department. Hmm....I'm liking this new IPA from this very solid brewery!

Bottom line: Another solid offering from Deschutes that I hope makes its way to Casper for further "testing". :^)

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by August 23, 2006; sampled June 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, bit o chunky, reddish amber color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head that starts to leave a bit of Belgian lace as it falls from its initial two-finger height. The beer is suitably, and satisfyingly hoppy in the aroma. Notes of grapefruit, sweet tangerine and to a lesser degree pungent pine notes combine to form a formidable hop character. A touch of malt is found in the aroma as well; a dry toasted malt note is there if you dig for it. This beer's aroma really has an intense, sweet, citrus fruit focus to it. It is quite nice and on this alone I highly recommend this beer.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, hoppy from the get go, but the hops don't really start to take off until you get to the middle portion of a sip. Pungent, with a slight astringency, the hops are a mix of citrus notes (grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange peel, and some apricot like notes), and an herbal character that mixes with some sharp pine-like resinous notes. The malt plays second fiddle here, but there are some toasty malt notes as well as a malt sweetness, which helps to accentuate the fruity hop notes. A solid bitterness starts to grip my mouth at about the middle point of a sip, and picks up a full on, lingeringly astringent bitter note in the finish. The bitterness almost has a minty quality to it because of its fresh vibrancy.

I have been drinking this beer for about two weeks now and I am finding that if I have a fresh hop craving this just hits the spot. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you can get a fresh sample.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Looks great in the glass and leaves a really good amount of foam sticking to the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet and quite full of "C" type hops with lots of grapefruit and lemon scents. The more you smell it the stronger the Citrus hop aromas get.

Taste is not very sweet and quite strongly bitter in the first sip. Very strong earthy hop flavor that is a bit on the harsh side initially. Hop level here is slightly numbing to the tongue and the harshness goes away after swallow number four but the initial roughness costs this a 4.5 in the taste department. Flavor besides the citrus is wood and strong tea and some faint pineapple.

Mouthfeel is good.

A beer that looks near perfect but is slightly flawed in the glass. I could see buying this again if it was cheaper than my usual Pale Ale but I can't see buying this instead of my usual local craft beer. Worth a try but not anything super special.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is bready caramel malts and a piney hoppiness.

The flavor is sweet and toasted caramel malts and a little fruitiness, followed by a pretty big piney floral hop bitterness with a huge lingering bitter aftertaste (almost too much). The mouthfeel is medium to light and slightly watery.

Overall, a well done IPA. It's a bit unbalanced, but nice if you're in the mood for a hop-bomb.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, medium carbonation, khaki head leaves lacing with every pull.

Citrus bordering on zesty in the nose.

Wow, this is a hopped up version even for an IPA. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruits mix well. Enough sweetness (although very much background fodder) to keep it from being a bomb. Gets spicey, peppery, during the aftertaste. Its a very fresh and ALIVE type of brew, not one to bog you down, on the contrary it really sparked up my palate and woke me up.

Notes: Hmmmm I'm not quite sure if this deserves elite status but for now its damn good and well above average. Deschutes has some really nice offerings once you get done sampling the lot.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber / copper body with a thick creamy head, settles a bit after a few minutes but leaves a nice lace. Smells deeply sweet, caramel/bready with citrusy and earthy hops. Aroma is deliciously balanced. The sweetness comes through huge in the taste, though, along with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Hop taste is a bit dirty and bitter, definitely sour grapefruity but not a lot else going on. A bit too sour and bitter to drink very many.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust in color...very cloudy with two full fingers of bright white head...very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as it levels off.
Huge fruity hops in the nose...a touch of malt.
The taste is great...juicyfruit and piney hops dominate...some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to balance out the flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style, less carbonated and quite creamy for an IPA. Maybe not a session beer, as the mouthfeel leaves me craving a glass of water upon completion.
A very welcome offering from Deschutes...a top notch IPA in my book. A must try if you are searching for a solid India Pale Ale.
Thanks to beernut7 for this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, darkly bronzed burnt orange with a candy apple red blush. A gorgeous color. I also love the particulate-filled nature of the beer since it makes me think that I'm about to drink a ton of hop flecks. Inversion looks great from top to bottom (or should I say from bottom to top?) The orangish ecru crown is creamy and is supersticky from what I hope is a significant quantity of hop resins. The glass is coated with tremendous, lace-like lace that looks like it will soon be crusty.

The aroma is outstanding and is different from any IPA that I've smelled yet. The thing that sets it apart is a pungent apricotness that smells like the sweet and sticky overripe fruit just before it begins to rot. That may not sound good, but believe me, it is. Orange, pineapple and pink grapefruit (in that order) follow apricot.

I've had bigger, hoppier IPAs than Inversion, but it's a tasty humdinger of a beer for sure. Although caramel malt intrudes a bit too much with respect to flavor, I'm sure that most will find it acceptable. The hop bill tastes like an American-British cooperative effort. Deschutes says only that 'our favorite Northwest hops' are in use. If that's the case, then one of them must be related to either Fuggles or Styrian Goldings.

The beer's best features are balance (if you like that sort of thing in an IPA) and drinkability. Inversion practically drinks itself. So much so that I have to remind myself to slow down so I have something left to assess mouthfeel. There's a great deal of hop flavor present (dried orange peel, tea leaves) without a tongue ruffling amount of bitterness. It'd be a cinch to drink 2-3 bottles in quick succession.

The mouthfeel is in keeping with the amount of hop bitterness. That is, it's slightly lighter than the IPA average while still being well within the bounds of acceptability. The mouthfeel makes up for its lack of viscosity by being as polished and as smooth as an expertly cut gemstone. Silk only wishes it was this smooth.

I forget just how good beer from this brewery really is. A quick review of my reviews reminds me that this is my 11th Deschutes beer and that I've only given one of them less than a 4.0 for flavor. I'm not sure I can say that about too many other breweries. Inversion is a beer that I would be bringing home by the case if I was fortunate enough to have ready access.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love deschutes beer's. I don't think they've ever put out a dud, i liked the Quail Springs, but I would agreed it was short of what one would except of an IPA. In the mood for a good IPA, I spotted this brand new beer at bew-mo, with a best buy date telling me that it is no doubt very fresh.

appearance: taken a bit of guard with a deep coper color, on the darker end of IPA's but not as dark as I've seen(drake's) a nice head forms and chunks of lacing are left on the glass.

smell: a little subduded at first. Deep sniffs reveal a SNPA like resiny hop smell. however, it is better than that beer, i think there is some amirillio here with the cascade hops. not the excepted malt blast at all, although the hop smell isn't really strong.

taste: always nice when an IPA brings something new to the table, which deschutes has done here. First very raw resiny hops upfront, but not overly powerful, which is nice here. the slighty tangy malts are here as well. Almost like a more subtle verison of Drake's IPA, for those who know that beer.

mouthfeel: very light without wateriness, which is how i like 'em.

drinkability: too drinkable. two or three of these things can be consumed in a very, very short time. so good.

a damn nice beer, well, just like everything deschutes does. iVery balanced, and equal in it's hoppy and maltiness.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly rusty orangish color with above average lace for an IPA, and some small chunks floating in suspension that I really hope are hop pieces. Smell is gorgeous, citrus/resin aroma noticible from a couple feet away, floral notes as I get closer, and a hint of sweet malt upon close investigation. Tangy citrus flavors are right up front, with even a clovish spice to it. I don't think I've ever wanted to describe an IPA as having a creamy flavor, but this seems to fit that bill. Mouthfeel is nice, I like an IPA to be a little thicker, but for a moderate 6.8% ABV beer it still qualifies as quite good. Drinkability? I'm on my second and I could go for at least 3 more. A session IPA? This is my first encounter with Inversion, but I think it may become one fo my benchmarks for a well balanced non-extreme American IPA. I'm thinking I may want to keep a couple of these around to introduce non-hopheads to the style.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice inch thick head floats atop the orange crimson body. Very pleasing to look at. Decent bit of lacing but not enough to complete the perfect score. Nose is pine that shoots like an arrow to the nose, mingled with a weird boiled cornlike veggie smell. Taste is once again pine, unsweetened sap, and grapefruit mixed with caramel. The hops certainly get center stage here, with no attempt at balance. Mouth is dense and lush with sparse carbonation acting like a masseuse. This would be a nice IPA to session with.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber red...with a full 2 finger head that melted to fine lacing.
Aroma is light malt and sweet citrus hops.
Taste is exciting...sweet at first and then immediately citrus bitter hops...very fresh.
Aftertaste is lightly grapefruit hops with the drying you would expect.
This is very very quaffable...a wonderful thirst quencher.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,086 ratings