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: 3,019
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my taste in IPAs. Bitter and malty(for an ipa) without any real hop character. I find Deschutes IPAs maltier than I prefer. Pine drops being the exception. Dark, bitter, but not bad. Just not "my" taste.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a solid white head. malty roasted aroma, very little citrus. caramel-y smell.

the taste has a piney hop drive. not a citrus-y hop flavor like many others. the feel is thick with a bitter finish.

not a bad beer but not my ideal ipa, i enjoy a nice citrus bite to mine.

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a mellow pine and resin combination initially, with sappy, floral honey undertones, followed by a bright and sweet citrus and caramel. The beer pours a rich, slightly murky caramel color topped by a tan, dense soap head that retains an abundant scattered soapiness and leaves plenty of messy lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. It's oily and malty texture has a slick foam carbonation. The medium body is light roasted in character with with a wood tone, molasses, and nuts. The finish is smooth and syrupy with a clean woody spice. It's aftertaste is mild with a nutty tone with cooked molasses, or more of a lightly burnt syrup, with a hint of tart citrus.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color.

Overall: The beer starts off with a malty caramel taste and hits you with pine hops at the same time. It finishes with the normal IPA bitter taste. This is a very tasty IPA with roasty character. A fairly good solid beer!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with nearly two inches of tightly packed beige foam. Heavy lacing. I'm not getting much initial aroma other than some light malt. I get a light dose of piny hops as the head recedes and the beer warms. I taste some some piny hops and light malt. The mouth is fairly light and refreshing.

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Photo of Chris72
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this beer. Good n hoppy, almost horribly offensive at first. Love, love, love it. It's got kick, but I love the overwhelming hoppiness. In my top 10 for sure...

Look: Only had in bottles, so I'm no good here
Smell: Has an awesome hoppy smell
Taste: Crisp, and hoppy as hell
Feel: Strength wise, it does work. It's a slap in the face compared to most IPA's

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color. Has a complex hop to malt aroma. The flavor follows the smell, it has a nice balanc between the hoppy flavor and almost bready malt. Overall a very interesting beer that I enjoyed

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber-red color with a one finger head of fizzy off white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is lighter overall with the heaviest of the aromas being that of a pine smell and some caramel. Other smells of a grass and a bit of grapefruit are there as well.

Taste – Upfront the taste is bready and malty with a moderate showing of a caramel sweetness and flavors of a pine hop. As the taste advances the pine gets stronger while the bready taste takes on a slightly more roasted flavor in nature. The roast and the pine continue increasing as the caramel fades a bit, being replaced by more hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature. In the end with the transitions that have transpired, one is left with a decently bitter and moderately roasty IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier then normal with a slightly lower carbonation level. Overall the feel was pretty good, with it accentuating the hop tastes rather well.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a slightly more dank hop and roasty character. Fairly good overall.

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

Nice beer interesting that it seems to have the flavors cascade in reverse the interplay of malt and hop Certainly makes this beer different from anything else that I have tasted I would have this again

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Photo of pianoguy
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. This is a bottle conditioned beer. With yeast residing primarily at the end of the pour. How you pour it will effect the taste. Leaving about a 1/4 inch in the bottle slightly changes the taste in a glass. I like it both ways (I'm talking about the beer here) But for this review I poured it all in the glass. It seems to produce a nicer head that way.

Pours a somewhat see through amber body with a tan 1 inch fluffy head. Decent lacing

Citrus followed by a slightly apple sauce malt aroma A bit of funky yeast due to the way I poured it...

Taste is a bit more malty and piney then the smell

A medium-low level of carbonation. (I personally like it like this, not too prickly)

Overall a decent IPA available at most supermarkets in the Seattle Tacoma area at a good price. I have had quite a few of these over the years...

This doesn't have anything to do with the beer but...Last year I was in the middle of a big remodel job at my house. Being the cheap bastard that I am, I was doing all the work myself. I was in over my head but kept on going. I would drink a couple of these beers at the end of every work day... Somehow I pulled the project off... On one of the last days I noticed that inside the bottle cap were the words.'"Bravely Done".
...This may sound crazy but it was like a little pat on the back... I kept that bottle cap !

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden red, with a slight cast, white head, huge lacing.

S - Pine, floral notes. Lemony hints.

T - Dough and biscuit malts, strong mint and resiny pine, lemon zest and oils, and a biting bitter close.

M - Decent carbonation, with a definite drying in the close.

O - A decent IPA that favors resin to fruit. Bottle is probably a bit long in the tooth, so I'd like to try it fresh.

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Photo of Cameron_como
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: straight up red, with a solid white head that disappeared within a minute or two.
Smell: big malt, big harsh grapefruit
Taste: again bit malt, almost too big, which is only countered by huge sharp bitterness. I've had bigger IBU beers much better that this one, it seems to try to push malt and bitterness both to the forefront without balancing much.
Feel: low/medium carbonation
Overall: had two of these the other night, and had trouble finishing the second one. Just so aggressive without giving anything tasty enough to balance it with

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a deep amber with thin off white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Floral hops, citrus, grain, orange, caramel, mint, and pine.

T: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, cracker, caramel, pine, and finishes with a resiny hop bitterness.

F: Medium body, lightly carbonated, creamy finish.

O: A solid IPA, but like many other beers in a world flooded by IPA's it fails to stand out amongst many superior beers. That however doesn't change the fact that it's a good and very drinkable brew.

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

There must be a huge market for super avg malty IPAs less than 7% Abv. 'Cause every beer in my wegmans mixed sixer fits that bill exactly. Does anyone really like this shit? Hate to be a prick, but...

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- dark amber color, soupy looking with small bubble carb. A 1f white head leaves rings of lacing.

S- Hearty malt and grains with intense floral hop aromas.

T- Malts, dusty dry grains. The hops finish with floral and fruit flavors, a mix of citrus and apricot.

M- Thick, full body. Nice long hop finish yet not overly bitter.

O- Good overall.

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Photo of mschipper
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into pint glass. A: deep amber in color, hazy and unfiltered, wielding a two and a half finger head that slowly dissipates to one finger head with high moderate lacing. S: apricot, hops, citrus, and bready undertones. T: bitter hops and apricot followed by bread and ginger with hints of citrus, finally very bitter hops. F: moderately high carbonation, yet still smoother than some. The bitter aftertaste makes the feel a little uncomfortable though, like medicine almost. O: good brew, I expected more from Deschutes. (Since I love all their brews I might hold them to a higher standard). Still great for a warm day in need of a refreshing break.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The second IPA I have had from Deschutes, and it definitely lives up to the expectations I had. It pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber color with a big frothy head. The smell has lots of pine, citrus, and some other fruityness i can really pinpoint, theres also quit a bit of malt aromas. The taste reflects this aswell, and has a fairly balanced taste, and it also has what I can only describe as spicy flavor to it. Overall a really tasty somewhat unique beer, I haven't had an IPA that has tasted anything like this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking 12 ounce bottle in an IPA glass a month past its best by date.
A: Pours brilliant copper amber under a robust 3” off-white foam collar that slowly drops to a thick lacy film.
S: A blend of flowers, mint, and freshly sawn lumberwith faint citrus notes.
T: Begins with cereal flavors, fruit and then finishes with a resiny citrys bitterness.
M: Creamy, above medium body, very soft carbonation.
O: A very drinkable IPA with a good balance between malt and hops.

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

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, creamy off-white head.

S: Gentle aromas of biscuits, caramel, cream, orange, tangerine, pine, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Notes of herbs, pine, lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine, kumquat, grapefruit, cream, caramel, biscuit, and cracker fill the mouth. The finish is nicely balanced, leaving a pleasant mixture of biscuit, cracker, pine, orange, lemon, and lime flavors to assert themselves.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky. Carbonation is firm and prickly.

O: A fairly typical Northwestern IPA, but also a really strong representation of its style. This is the kind of IPA that is capable of reminding longtime fans of the style just how nice a clever balance of malt and hops can still be. Recommended to established fans of the style and IPA neophytes alike.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Nice copper beer with good texture and a rich white foam. Strong citrus and lemon scent, with noticeable hops aroma. Flavor is full and tart, crispand smooth texture and easy to drink. Overall good IPA offering.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: Hazy amber with a couple fingers of fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly into a film - a very good-looking beer.

Smell: pine, citrus

Taste: A mildly sweet malt in the fore with orange, lime, and pine and a moderate bitterness. Finish isn't as clean as I would like.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: I remembered having this from a Deschutes variety pack over the summer and liking it a lot. This one doesn't quite match the memory, but it is still a pretty solid IPA. If I had a complaint it is the slightly off flavors towards the finish that combine with the bitterness. This sample was a bit past the best by date so I will have to try to find a fresher one to see if I feel any different about it.

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange(ish) red - very nice to look at

S: perfumy, floral, grapefruit

T: good balance of malts and hops - has a slight raspberry taste

M: crisp and smooth

O: First beer I've reviewed using this system. I really like this beer and will definitely be trying it again. I picked this up in a variety six pack I made the other day. Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

[poured from a bottle into a pint glass. poured first few ounces straight down to enhance the head, then let it sit a few minutes to settle, finally poured the rest down the side tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle]

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

We crack a pair, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The beer glows a shimmering carrot orange, and holds a tight and pillowy two finger head of reflective, cakey French vanilla foam. Retention is supreme, with the chunkiest rings of lacing are left only as the liquid level drops. A chill haze reduces clarity, as does a finite punctuation of sediment, but the real ringer is some of the most active, haphazard carbonation we’ve encountered to date. The snout is tickled with dried hop pellet forms of citric, grassy, and bitterly herbal hops, melted plastic, white vinegar acidity, biscuity pale and caramel grain, dried rose petals, white flour, sesame seeds, fusel ethanol, shoe polish chemical bite, tinny yeastiness, envelope glue, lemon verbena, cloven bite, maple sap, vinyl, and apple cider sugariness. The taste to follow gives a wonderfully fragrant embodiment to the hops. Here they are robustly herbal, citric, and heavily floral, slowly and progressively challenging you with their natural bitterness. The primary thrust otherwise includes sun tea and lemon-herbal tea tannins, oily detergent bitters, toasty amber, pale, and lighter caramel malt wash, bitter plastics, walnut shell and meat, chemical phenols, cardstock, Tutti Frutti bubblegum sugars, Bisquick mix, sage and tarragon bitters, black pepper booze, steamed salmon, and stomach acidity. The body is medium, and the carbonation felt medium, despite that wild appearance. Each sip gives hearty slurp and smack off the draw, with decent creaminess and frothiness beneath the waves. The mouth is left initially coated from that initial bubbly fullness before stretching into a lightly astringent dryness that reaches down the throat. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears before you know it.

Overall, this is probably our favorite year-round offering from Deschutes. What is most striking is how “fragrant” everything is. We keep coming back to that word, even when describing the flavoring. It is either the translation itself, or the hop varietals themselves, that lend to this curious effect. You feel almost like you’re breathing through your tongue, absorbing subtleties from the air. They take all of the bitterness of the west coast and pack it into this tiny beer. Again, this is especially visible through the flavoring, as you get this heavy, hard-hitting bitterness of hops that lingers forever. It makes the mouth water. This is funny, in a sense, because it seems all the hops here are dried, pellet form. They taste just like those hops you get in the beginner brewer kits, but a bit more souped-up. Maybe this beer is so approachable because it feels like the best beer you could ever make from those kits. Like, you could do it yourself, if you reached your maximum potential of home brewing in this realm. This is obviously a bizarre comparison, but something we thought of nonetheless. This is fantastic, and should be considered a must-try for any true lover of the style.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1 to 2 fingers of beigish, creamy foam. Pretty clear with a very slight cold haze that did clear up. Darker copper color with some bubbles rising up. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Bright piney resiny hops like a freshly cut pine tree.

Flavor: Medium hoppiness flavor and bitterness, a little roasty, resiny, spicy. A lingering bitter after taste.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, smooth, oily. Kind of sticks around in your mouth.

Overall: Nice hoppy, kind of strong beer. Not bad but not a go to beer. That is a personal opinion and taste.

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

12oz bottle best by 2/20/15 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Slightly hazy burnt-orange color with a solid 2-finger head that lingers
S: Classic IPA. Orange/grapefruit zest, pine sap, a hint of potpourri and caramel to round it out
T: Full of malt, fairly bitter. Definitely a good IPA but the balance of the nose is lost here. The citrus/pine/caramel of the nose are all there but it's a bit heavy up front with the malt being a bit strong for an IPA and bitter without the other hop elements backing it up
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Despite the recovered fumble on the taste, overall this is a solid IPA and I look forward to trying it again in warmer months

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,019 ratings.
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