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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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Photo of jdense
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Deep orange color with two fingers nice retention to head, nice lacing. Complex nose, you can sense the biscuity malt. Fairly bitter hops and citrus (grapefruit) upfront in taste, and biting alchohol and hops again in the finish. Very drinkable. One of the best IPAs brewed in Bend (props out to Ms. Cornett across town). Not the signature product from Deschutes, but a must include if you are attempting to come to terms with the depth and variety of one of NW's best craft breweries product line.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Deep rust/honey color with a long lasting white head and great retention.

S-Not getting a whole lot here, slight pine scent with some sweet bready malt

T-I get a little funky bannana sweetness from the malt that somehow pairs suprisingly well with the pine/evergreen hoppiness.

M-Good amount of gas, oily, dense, overall pretty nice

D-Pretty highgiven the ABV

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Photo of Umbra
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber brew with a two-fingered, long lasting off-white hkead. Hints of malts and citrus hops on the nose.
this one has a load of citrus and pine hops, but has a good amount of caramel and roasted malts to keep it honest. Had around the same time period as Hop 15 and found this brew to be much better balanced and drinkable. medium bodied, with a lingering sweet/hoppiness that stays on teh tongue.
Drinkability was pretty good, this is one where you could session and completely ruin your tastebuds.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly opaque but mostly clear copper body with a lacy white head.
S: Dough (white processed breadish--but hey, still good) is the first thing that catches my nose. Then fresh tropical fruits.
T: Some citrus, but overall sour tang of tropical fruits that I can't really decide on specifically. Also some sticky malts present throughout. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness.
M: Crisp and refreshing; maybe just a tiny bit more carbonation would be good.
D: Picked up a six-pack and will definitely enjoy the rest. A great, easy-to-drink example of the style.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange rusty color. Moderate head with medium size bubbles and descent lacing as the beer is consumed. Drinks very well for an IPA. The beer is well balanced with an obvious thick piney resin winning the palate, however, still drinkable with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of JollyToper
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date.

Amber color with medium carbonation. Short quickly dissipating head. Nice lace left on the glass.

Nice hoppy aromas with citrus and pine. There is more malt in the flavor but hops dominate. Medium bodied with a long finish. With the abundance of carbonation and hops in a medium bodied beer drinkability is just okay.

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Photo of olmatty
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark copper in color with a low head that drops fast leaving little lacing

Smell- Light aroma of piney hops

Taste- Brief caramel and vanilla malt quickly overpowered by piney hops that stay in the mouth and gradually fade

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and fizzy with carbonation. A bit too watery for an IPA

Drinkability- Not too complex, yet still tasty. A nice beer, and one could probably drink quite a few in a sitting, though not enough interest generated to warrant more than one at a time.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep cloudy orange with a small foamy white head. Aroma is quite malty with raisins and slight bitter hops. Flavor is sweet and malty with floral hops in the finish. Harsh palate. Too malty for an IPA for my tastes.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my local pub here in West Linn.

The beer pours an amber copper color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and hoppy citrus. On the palate this is a much more impressive IPA. It has a considerable malt backbone, but with a goodly amount of hoppy citrus as well. The combination gives this beer a bit of sweet fruit (apple and melon) flavor, which then fills out with some nice hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a substantial presence in the mouth (this IPA is anything but light on the palate). Drinkability is pretty good, though it started to wear me out a bit on the second glass.

A nice, solid IPA. Deschutes makes much better then this IMO, but all things considered, this is a beer I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This purchase was a total whim. God bless the "Wine Garden" in Blackfoot Idaho, and their 8 dollar mix and match 6 pack.

Sweet eight pound, six ounce baby Jesus. This is one fine beer.

A - Hazy bronze. two finger, cratered, bubbly head. Fine, spotty lacing. Appetizing.

S - Warm, yeasty malt. Lime, citrusy hops. Delicious.

T - Glorious. This is a damn good beer. there are subtle hints of pine and sage, various herbals. The hops are not messing around. There's citrus; grapefruit, and lime, as well as malt and a healthy bready yeast that wraps the whole thing up and practically delivers it to your palate like a christmas gift of flavor.

M - Hands down, the best mouthfeel I have ever experienced in a beer, to date. Usually this is a pass/fail type characteristic, but not when it is clearly so stellar. Creamy, fine bubbles caress my tongue, and make love to the senses.

D - If it were physiologically possible to have sex with beer, this is one I would fantasize about.

Pardon me, I am going to go have a cigarette.

I don't even smoke.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear dark golden orange copper hue. A vigorous pour yielded a beautiful frothy caramel two-finger head that slowly deflated leaving some beautiful frothy lacing behind.

aroma is powerful... wafted up as soon as i cracked the bottle. floral and light pine hop aroma with a hefty dose of fruit: mainly citrus, with honeydew, pear and pineapple.

Flavor is significantly different than the aroma. Bitter hopping with some subtle and clean malt. Definitely a bitter and hoppy experience. Very hoppy and bitter greens like (kale?). Pleasant in a hop bomb sort of way. Just enough malt to keep it somewhat rounded.

Mouthfeel is alright, a bit on the carbonated side, but it combats the fairly thick body. Just a bit slick, which does help to carry the bitterness across the tongue. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

A solid bitter english style IPA with just a hint of that good old PNW citrus hoping. Earthy and green, yet very finished feeling. A good change from the usual IPAs, although this one is a touch strong for a session brew, and not quite bold enough for a sipper. But pretty solid none the less. I think I need to revisit Inversion a bit more often.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know it says "American IPA", but this is an American version of an English IPA, and a decent one at that. Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Aroma is full of citrus and hops, which is strangely lacking in the taste. Lots of hops, but the of bitter variety. Nice malt balance. I prefer the west-coast IPA style, but this is okay.

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Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Borrowed" from vickster529's Favorite Songs BIF haul. Thanks, Vickie and Topher.

A-Crystal clear orange amber with a substantial white head and very nice lacing.

S-Very malty sweet with moderate citrus hops. A little light in the hop presence for my liking but still pleasant.

T-Taste is a pleasant surprise after the disappointing nose. Nicely balanced hops and malts. Nice long finish.

M-Very nice lingering bitterness with medium body.

D-Very nice session IPA flavorwise, though a bit high in ABV for the flavor.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inversion IPA

Pours out beautifully, seemingly thick. Gorgeous hazy copper body with a nice fluffy white head.

Aroma is very balanced. A nice dose of caramel malt, along with notes of tea leaves, grass, perfume, melons, and grapefruit.
Very raw and earthy, quite pleasant.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma. Very raw and earthy. Possibly the most raw and earthy IPA I've had. Lots of caramel malt sweetness upfront, with underlays of pungent raw hop leaves and tannins. The tannins give off strong earthiness, with a mouth coating finesse. Strong notes of tea follow. Rounding out the back end is some bitter pine, and and sour citrus which meld well with the strong earthiness.
Finishes dry and earthy, with lingering tannins and bitterness.

This is truly a very unique IPA. Very raw is the best way to describe it. Definitely the work of some extremely skilled brewing. If your looking for a beer that offers a lot of earthiness, some extremely nice hopping, and something unique for the style. You've found it here.

Earthy and Raw

It's a lovely thing.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark peach color. Poured a 2 finger coarse foamy off-white head with fair retention. Even medium lacing.

S: Distinct citrus aroma, lemon peel and yeast. Piney hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front. Big, lingering hops in the finish. Hop and citrus aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Very nice balance.

D: Very good, regularly drinking IPA.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with some lunch at some bar type restaurant in SF.

A: Pours a nice golden colored hue with a nice 1/4 finger head. The head was not tall but it did linger a bit. Nice lace noted.

S: This one is all about the hops bold citrus. Lemon and grapefruit can both be detected.

T: Hoppy Goodness in a glass. Bold lemon up front which melds wonderfully into grapefruit. Hints of grassy goodness as well. I am sure there are some malt here, but this one screams hops. Hoppier than I remember when I had this one in the bottle.

M: Medium in body, bold, snappy carbonation.

D: I had two pints, rather enjoyable to be honest.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a six pack from a newly opened Bristol Farms. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - I wasn't expecting this. I have had plenty of IPA's and they where most often a very light straw color. This looked alot like a Pale Ale. It was a dark rusty amber color with a thin white head.

S - Lots of citrus and pine notes in the nose with a good dose of hops.

T - Absolutely delightful! Good on the hops with a smooth finish, some caramel malt and pronounced grapefruit flavor.

M - Very good on the tongue with good carbonation and a slight kick of esters.

D - Solid, I could definitely down a few of these.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium copper hued with a mild haze and a spot-on 1 finger head that laces like a good head should.

The aromatic component teeters precariously atop the fence of grapefruit vs. spruce tree existential contemplation. A foot in both worlds...

Bitters are delivered, not en masse but with zeal. Things start to lean dandelion for a bit, but overall a very non-tacky way to get that hop fix. And make no mistake. It's a hop fix.

Mouthfeel is not dilute by any means, but thinner than what I was expecting, and actually in this case less is more. Inversion becomes a sessionable quasi hop-crack.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: robust deep gold color. Big chunks of lacing all around and thin sudsy head.

S: deep caramel candies, floral hops...what a great combo. Nice and rounded and clean hops

T: sweet caramel and leans toward syrup-like. Hop profile packs a punch and lingering characteristic is more of spiced citrus hops. This is great stuff....a hop knocker

M: this IPA is very creamy, gentle medium body. Brilliant and sharp

D: a staple for IPA's it has that hopped rawness to it. Nice beer! Just a few will do me fine it could be an all night drinker. What a "good" beer!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, lugged back from the western region by blackie

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, bright golden amber body with a creamy beige head and strong retention - nice

smell: bright citrus hops, lemon juice, light doughy malt

taste: nice IPA from Deschutes. I wish the hopping was a little more well rounded (more pine, more bite, more bitterness) but this one drinks pretty nicely all the same. Loads of orange, grapefruit, and lemon run the show.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, a little thin, and a dry finish

drinkability: good

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one on a trade with toddhett back in July 08. Thanks again!

A: This one poured rust in color with two fingers of bright white head. It's very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as relaxes after the pour.

S: Lots of fruity hops and a sweet touch of malt.

T: Piney hops dominate with some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to even out the flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and dry, I felt thirsty after drinking this one! Low to average carbonation and bitter at times.

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Photo of nige4958
1.76/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What can I say? There is many things I cannot stand about this beer. Firstly, the malt profile is astringent and very bitter. I just doesn't work for me. From a brewery that's usually top notch, this is a lackluster effort that tastes out of sink, and is not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two-fingered head; as the head descends, it leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: With some caramel tones underneath, the aroma is very hoppy, with both grapefruit and piney tones; pineapple and mango in the mix, as well

Taste: Caramel notes at the outset, but the beer becomes progressively bitter with both fruit and pine developing by mid-palate; grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, as well; after the swallow, the bitterness delivers a crisp finish, with a touch of residual sweetness and fruit lingering into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture

Drinkability: A very nice IPA; it may be understated to some, but it is very easy to drink

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity and to Schmittymack and cocoapuph for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with an off-white creamy head that has good lacing.

Aroma of hops and some grapefruit.

Taste is strong on the grapefruit and hops. Malt comes through as does some pine. Has a slightly sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and creamy.

Overall, very drinkable. Goes down easy and has a nice cleansing feel.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is the color of bottle brown, but with a little more red in the mix. The head is frothy with a matrix of small bubbles loosely connected. The lacing clings tight to the glass in large bubbly chunks.

S- The hops are there, but the smell is faint and not extremely strong. There is a noticeable grapefruit citrus smell though.

T- The hop taste is definitely grapefruit. Although it isn't a strong grapefruit, its more like diet grapefruit. This is a lighter IPA, especially for an American West Coast beer.

M- The long after taste does leave your tongue puckering a bit. But the beer feel in your mouth does feel good.

D- Easy to drink, would be a good beer to start someone in on IPAs. The hop taste is light and nice.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,006 ratings.
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