Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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: 3,069 |  Reviews: 859
Photo of DogFood11
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 -20.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +9.3%
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 +6.7%
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%
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 +4.9%
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 +8.2%
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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Photo of Gusler
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle a blurred orange-brown with a stupendous frothy light tan head, a magnificent crown to the body, after is slow demise, the resultant lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Noticed some little fernies floating in the beer also, yum I love that stuff. Nose has a magnificent hop floral aroma citrus like in its crispness, sweet malt, and fresh and mouthwatering this nose, start is sweet at the front, the grain profile perfection, and the top middling in its feel. Finish has a pleasing acidity, the hops, wham, they snap your taste buds to attention, with the aftertaste long and lingering, a real treat this beer, from one of the world’s best breweries, and a long time top five brewery in my book.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle comes courtesy of Loren01... pours a rather dark, but bright amber with head that initially impresses but fades rather quickly. Smell is pretty standard for an IPA, but pleasing nonetheless. Lots of citrus and doughy malt notes in there. As for the taste, the initial citrus sweetness of the beer switches in a snap to heightened bitterness that's powerful yet restrained. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with light carbonation. This is what an IPA used to be, before all the hops arms race that's resulted in so many double IPAs out there. This beer is hoppy, it's malty, but it's not so extreme in either characteristic that it can't be enjoyed as a session beer.

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Photo of libertygrails
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark coppery orange. Head halves quickly. Scant lacing. Minimal carbonation.
smell: Piney esters & a clean, grassy nose.
taste: Citrus, floral & grassy again. This does seem to warm a lil more than most IPA's.
mouthfeel: Above average.
drinkability: This could be a hop-head session brew on a hot, sunny day. Exceptional in some areas, nothing terrible. A solid 6'er purchase for a friendly summer BBQ.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I looked forward to this brew as soon as the brewery website announced it. Had it at a friend's house while brewing and was fairly underwhelmed. It definately lacked that "Deschutes House Flavor". I decided that one try was not enough, and glad that I did.

Really nice brew for a warm-ish day outside. The malt profile was fairly straightforward with a little carmel in the back. Hops were the story: refreshing yet earthy, so as not to give it too much a pucker effect. Matches a day out in the dirt very well. Aroma is a match to the earthy-citric flavor, very enticing.

Drinkability: surprisingly high as to the bitterness of the brew because of its unique balance; not balanced in the sense of malt/hops, but rather of the hop characters themselves.

Nice brew from a fantastic brewery. Even without the eclat of Deschutes, this brew would be tasted a winner!

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a 2 fingers + tan head. Kind of dark for an IPA. Good lacing & very good head rentention

Smell: Malt, fruitness & citrussy hops

Taste: Twangy citrus (grapefruit) hop explosion. Slight frutiness and caramel sneaks in. Finishes very dry & fruitty

MF: Great carbonation and a little to hopped up for balance

Drinks good, but the OTT hoppiness would prevent this this eclectic IPA being a session ale

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed this one on tap at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, OR. The beer was poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a dark, deep orange with a beautiful, creamy, off white colored head of foam that peaked up over the glass of the bottle like the squirrels in the park across the street do out of their holes. The nose was all big, citrussy hoppiness. The flavor featured the citrusy, oily hoppiness with a merely adequate amount of maltiness and a nice, warming caramel presence as well - my bartender had laughed when the promotional signage came in boasting of such a flavor; she now recognizes the surprising complexity beer can have. The flavors blended and the hops slowly receded as the beer warmed allowing the beer to prove itself to be better balanced than when initially served. Inversion had a creamy texture and a 6.8% alcohol.

This is a very solid, very drinkable IPA. While hop henge still pleases my pallete more, this beer proves to be flavorful without pushing the alcohol levels up over the 8% range. A good job producing, and - at this point - leveling an IPA with a marketing plan at large groups of people.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Hazed rusted copper hue, certainly darker than I expected but nothing out of the ordinary. Thin lace after a two fingered froth leaves a dusting down the side of the glass.

S- Mildly pungent citrus zest, juicy hop aroma with some toasted and caramel malt in the back end. Very aromatic.

T&M- So damn smooth with a creamy back side, hop-o-licious with a sharp bite of bitterness and layers of citric peel, zest and juice. Solid toasted malt flavor is modest with a slight caramel malt sweetness, hint of fruity esters show some of the alcohol off with a warming finish.

D- This is old school "micro-brew". You have to love this raw beast, it brings back so many memories of what some of the IPA were like back in the 1990's. Inversion IPA is a must try, especially if you love hoppy beers. Paired well with a pressed German Ham and Swiss pannini.

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Photo of waldowin
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a silty amber, fading to gold at the very edges. An off-white head appears quickly, very dense, and very wet and sticky. Slow to fade, and great lacing.

Smells of grapefruits and a bit of sawdust, appealing but nothing amazing.

Tastes of a nice mixture of rich malts and a hint of yeast. A bit of raisins in the taste, followed by a fade to bitter grapefruit as you swallow. It seems that this IPA has more hops for bittering than for flavor. Just enough aroma of hops to keep it from being an ESB.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with good carbonation. The bitter hops at the end make you that much more ready for the malt at the beginning of the next sip. After one bottle, I'm feeling it a bit, and so I think two or three would do me for the night. Tasty though, and a nice treat after a hard day at work.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with suspended particles that appear to be the residual of dry-hopping. The pretty, creamy half-inch tan head sticks around for a while. Assertive aroma of floral, piney hops reaches out and grabs you. Palate is more of the same - aggressive piney hops, with a hint of grapefruit and grass in the background. A very light caramel malt tempers the hops oh-so slightly. Body is substantial and just a tad sticky. Truthfully, the hops get to be a bit much after a while, but this is still a tasty IPA, and a considerable step up from its predecessor, Quail Springs.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really gorgeous looking IPA from Bend. Deep burnt orange,slightly hazy,lovelly creamy off white head of great stature..a veritable visual work of art.
Nice spicy aromas, slightly citric ..some malts detectable surprisingly.
Great tasty spicy and grapefruit hoppiness, a strongish ,malt backbone prebvents the hops running "over the top" and lends an extraordinary smoothness to the beer.
Very good mouth feel very thick and smooth for the style, but most welcome.
I found this a delectable IPA,. very very drinkable for 6.8% alc.. I think it tasted a lot like the wonderful Horseridge IPA i tasted last year at the Bond Street pub

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received from the tap at Peaks Pub in Port Angeles Wa. Review from notes on a coaster from about 1/2 hour ago.

Clear, slightly mahogany dark amber; Slow, dispersed rising bubbles and a slightly yellowish head formed at one inch. It soon falls with my sipping and leaves behind individual rings of lacing that mark my draughts at the glass.

The scent is hops, grapefruity with a very large grassiness - the scent is indeed hop dominated, as any good IPA should be, and it's extremely bitter. There are very slight malt tendencies, if you really feel like looking for them, but hops are the mainstay.

The taste fills the mouth in a one-two punch - first one flavor, then the next. The immediate sensation on the tongue is sweet, slightly syrupy, damn near toothache-inducing malts - which are suddenly passed over by big oily hops which are very, very bitter. They are slight grass, slight citrus, lots of pineapple - but overall, bitter.

Medium body, somewhat oily and simultaneously somewhat carbonated, a little fluffiness on the tongue - smooth, slightly tart, and a dry, bitter finish.

Final thoughts - I love hops as much as anyone, but I found that the fruity bodies of the hops in this beer transitioned to mouth-puckering bitterness a bit too quickly. YMMV.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 75.5% out of 100 with 3,069 ratings
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