Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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849 Reviews
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 ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint, Inversion IPA is a clear copper orange with a 1 finger, bone colored head that is pretty quick to subside to a decent skim, leaving nice foamy lace.

Them aroma is nice and rich. Lots of caramel like crystal malt and a moderately strong punch of NW hops, bright citrus and pine, very good.

The taste is also bright, but very well balanced between the rich malt and boat load of hops. Firm bitter finish with no trace of the 6.8% ABV. This is one of my favorite NW IPAs, very well done.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body.

This is one dangerously drinkable IPA. It has the robust taste of some DIPAs, but a (slightly) lower ABV, so in that regard, it's a good choice to satisfy you longing for a real hop punch without getting punch drunk!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper in color, with a thin, white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is bready, crackery malts with some piney, fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, brown sugar, citrus, and a touch of mango follow.
Taste is bready malts with some bitter, piney hops. More citrus and pineapple, with another touch of mango and brown sugar. Finish is hoppy, slightly malty, and bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth on the back end. Slightly sticky on the finish. Light-to-medium body.
Excellent drinkability. A perfectly bitter IPA that I could drink all night.

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Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vino's in Roseville. Amber colored with a slight orange tint. Poured with a two finger head. Lacing lingered for a considerable time. Definite aroma of citrus (orange?)and pine. Hops come through strongly. The best thing about this beers is although the flavor was very hoppy as you would want, it also carried a considerable amount of malt to balance it. Creamy mouthfeel. Really an excellent IPA.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance is under rated. This beer is balanced like no body's bidness, and that's good to see/taste. Sweet malty smell, almost barley wine-like. That disappears on the tongue, where bitter pine cones dominate. Old penny finish with the fizz lingering until the swallow. A little thinner than the the smell suggests, but that's OK. A double-bomb it ain't. Almost's amber colored.

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Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful red body with a decent white head. The beer is crystal clear.

S: Great hop aroma with a bit of citrus and a sweet note.

T: A very balanced but hop driven flavor. Citrusy grapefruit hop flavors are prominant with a good malty background. This is a great example of a West Coast IPA.

M: Medium bodied that leaves a pretty heavy bitterness from the hops on the front of my tongue.

D: Overall a great IPA. I just wish we could get Deschutes beers where I am.

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Photo of eddocron
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a bottle purchased at princes Liquors in Plymouth MN more then a year ago. It sat in my garage fridge until last month when I moved it to the home fridge. The best if used by date is 08/07/13, so it is past its best date. yet, it still had a wonderful pour, aroma and taste.

Dark amber with a nice 2 finer head from a slow pour. Great lacing.

A realitively strong malt smell, but there is a sweetness I loved. Orange?

Taste was good, a little hops, some fruits. Not a bitterness afterwards. Easy to drink.

Mouth-feel was good. Not to sharp or bitter. Easy to drink.

I purchased this as a single with 5 other singles. Wishing I had gotten full 6 of these - will get more.

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Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with a fair head that leaves significant lacing. Nose is dominated by floral and piny hops. There are hints of malt but it is definitely a hop-dominated beer. The first sip explodes with the piny hop flavor detected in the nose, mellows out slightly with malt sweetness, but finishes strong with bitter hoppiness. Medium carbonation with a dry, hoppy finish.

Delicious IPA variant that is heavy on the bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden as well, making this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of berley31
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a beautiful large, white head, that exhibited excellent lacing in clumps and spiderweb patterns on the sides of the glass. Body is hazy and a perfect orange/red color... beautiful to look at.

S: Very nice aroma of heavy hops with pine, lemon and lime throughout. There's also a hint of sweetness in the form of the malt (caramel, maybe?) that offers a slight tilt away from all hops.

T: Wow... a perfect balance of sweetness and hoppiness for an IPA, meaning that it is slightly sweet at the beginning, but ends with a high amount of hops and citrus for a nice, long duration.

M: Great on the palate as well, with a medium-full body, creamy texture, and average-soft carbonation.

D: One of my favorite IPAs... after doing a taste-test of 6-7 IPAs in a row, this was a perfect one to finish off with. Makes me ashamed to think of how it was only months ago that I avoided hoppy beers whenever possible, but extremely happy that I've finally turned around.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark yet still see through copper color with about an inch high cream head with longevity. Lacing on the plus side.

The aroma is full of juicy citrus fruits, caramel malts and plenty of hops that are much more citrus than piney or bitter.

The taste has a relatively low bitterness IMHO. I read somewhere that the IBUS are near 80 or so, but it doesn't taste like it. THis beer shows wonderful balance and a malt sweetness that is strong. The hops are very floral and fruity, but bitter? not so much.

THe feel is lower medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall smooth feel.

This is an excellent session worthy IPA. Balance is the key here. I am so glad that this is an easily accessable beer for me. A definate must try for any fan of the style.

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Photo of MacHeadBeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally pleasant IPA, I'm a big fan of DIPA and this would give a DIPA a run for its money. Very smooth, plenty of hop flavor and finishes real smooth. If was a little less expensive this would definitely be my regular beer (Lagunitas holds that spot).

Edit: A 12oz bottle went WAY too fast. :-)

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Photo of Estocker
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-copper.

Smells pleasantly malty and hoppy. Very balanced, and normally I find this to be a turnoff, but in this case it really works well. Some nice grassy notes, and a very refreshing toasty quality.

Tastes very nice. This is beer is subtle perfection. I wish that this was more widely available in my area instead of Mirror Pond. Has some very nice bitter notes, but not so much that it hurts the palate. I've been drinking a lot of Celebration lately, but I think that I like this one as a regular even better. Some nice toasted grain flavor and has a bit of a carmelized taste, but the sweetness is immediately pushed aside by grassy/floral hop notes so that you know who is in control.

Drinkability is awesome, I wish I had bought more!

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an amber color and a soapy head that is bordering on a light brown and has a nice amount of carbonation streaming up.

The smell is mountainous with pine and floral notes punching out. I imagine camping out in a forest with a loaf of sweet white bread cooking over a fire. All of these smells, minus the smoke, really come out.

Up front the taste is floral and bit of citrus. A sweet malt washes over the tongue midway providing a nice balance. The pine bitterness hits at the back and lingers a bit.

Mouth feel is actually quite light with a wet finish that like the bitterness lingers just for a hesitant second.

Overall this is a very good IPA that is very well balanced and does not punch you in the face even though it is rated at 80 IBU's. The alcohol at 6.8% is also quite well hidden and this beer drinks so easy one might want to calculate just how much that might affect them. The price point on a 12 pack here in Las Vegas also makes this a real winner. At $13.99 for a 12 of such a well crafted beer this one really is hitting some high notes. As an aside this is leaving some crazy lacing all down my Deschutes Inversion IPA pint glass! Check this one out if you like a good IPA.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber brown with half a finger head, good amount of lacing.

S: Mango, peach, it smells awesome. I can also smell the sweetness and a little bit of the malt

T: It follows the smell. Very well balanced IPA, mango, peach, a bit of piney bitterness near the end. Perfectly sweet, malty (not much hoppy).

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body, slightly dry.

O: Surprisingly awesome IPA. I passed on this several times because it's always available near me. I will be consuming this more frequently going forward.

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Photo of morti
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured dark amber with a small white head.

Very pleasant smell... orange blossoms

Taste is floral with notes of fruit

Roof of the mouth bitter, moderate carbonation

I will drink this beer again and again. I would suggest it with spicy food

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Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 10/05/10.

Pours a dark, reddish amber color with a thick head that held up for a long time. A lot of lacing is left on the glass. This is approaching Red Ale territory in color. Aroma is mostly hops with hints of orange, apricote, and pineapple. But the flavor is more balanced. Still fairly bitter with plenty of citrus/tropical fruit hop flavors, but there is a nice sweet caramel base. A little like Juicy Fruit. I think the malt brings out the flavors of the hops even more. The hop flavor just seems to go on and on. Finishes bitter with a pineapple and kiwi aftertaste. The body feels large enough to carry the bitterness but it is not so heavy as to hamper enjoyment during hot weather. Good carbonation. This is one of the better examples of an American IPA. It is not just a hop bomb so many will give it lower scores, but I love the attempt at balance.

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Photo of TangoMike
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Went with a shaker pint glass on this one. Served into the glass out of the bottle. Color is amber to copper. Off-white head (picture aged paper). Very good clarity. Numerous bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The head had some rolling irregularities to it (not 100% uniform but not what I would call rocky). Aroma definitely had hops, but it was more delicate and less assertive that some IPA's I have had. That is not a criticism of this beer by any means. Very fresh, clean, fruit, hops smell. The head persisted thinly to the bottom of the glass. I think I know why they call this "Inversion IPA". Not a dry beer. The hops play the large role, but the maltiness is a close second (an inversion of what I am accustomed to). Lots of deep raisiny, plummy flavors, and in the finish (inhaling deeply after I put down the glass) I'm getting peach yogurt. Very interesting. The lacing in the glass was well banded showing everywhere I paused between sips. I will definitely come back to this one.

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Photo of fizzy
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beyond words. I have tried many IPAs and for some reason this one "takes the cake" All of the points of a great IPA are here, but somewhere beneath the surface there is a wonderful rich flavor that I can't really explain. Is it the "caramel" that I detect? I am a Summit lover, and both their IPA, Pale Ale,and now Horizon Red Ale are really my favorites. But this is just that "inch" better. I would love to taste this one on tap.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland pub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Great leafy hop flavour, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, melon, grass/weed, caramel malt, assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body; plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks copper, much darker than a normal IPA.

Smells of wild flowers and honey.

Tastes of honey, grapefruit. I'm picking up something like lavender. If you told me coriander was present, I wouldn't question it. Kind of a malty taste too.

So smooth.

Overall Damn fine IPA. Keep it up Deschutes.

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Photo of kwjd
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub in Portland. I had this last year on cask and I had been thinking about this for over a year. I had to order this right after the Black Butte XXII. Pours a bright orange colour with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate at all. Nice rings of frothy lacing surround the pint glass. Lots of citrus hops wonderfully balanced with caramel malt. This isn't the most bitter IPA, but it may be one of the most delicious ones. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium-orange colour, with great cuneiform-esque shaped lacing on the glass, good retention on the head, it's still there with about 2 oz. left.

S: Lots of citrus and a bit of pineapple, a bit of sugary malt in there as well.

T: Very tasty, heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tastes upfront, with some lemon, and a hint of lime. Bready malt is evident, but the great hop flavours are what I really liked about this beer.

M: Rich and creamy, very smooth, with a bit a resin, a great feel for an IPA.

D: Another great IPA to try, another good beer from Deschutes, this is a very good IPA, very tasty, need to buy a sixer of this before it disappears for the year, a great hop-based ale.

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Photo of beerisgood2010
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love the IPA class of beers and the Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery does not dissappoint. I found it on sale for $6.49 for a cold six pack, such a deal!

It has that very distinct hoppiness which is familiar in the IPA style and when it hits your tongue it really explodes with that bitter and refreshing flavor. Superb beer.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired through recent Secret Santa swap w/ alohac
Pours absolutely beautiful brown tinged amber. Fluffy, long lived, tan head with loads of lacing throughout. Aromas of funky hops.

The funky hops come through with the main flavor. Not as overtly "complex" as other IPAs out there with multifaceted hop profiles, very nice nonetheless. "Kind" aspect to it to me w/ hearty malt backbone. Oily, buttery thickness to the brew making it sit around in the mouth some. Lingered. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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 angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/7/12

Appearance: Hazy copper color with some golden orange around the edges, creamy white head that retains a nice ring, some wispy lacing

Smell: Remarkably floral and inviting - sweet, flowery citrus (orange and grapefruit) - some sweet, dry pine - malts are very prominent and also really nice - slightly toasted, with a sweet bread aroma - some sweet dough, as well, very clean overall, with a powdery, vaguely candy-like sweetness

Taste: Stupidly balanced - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some mild pith - some resiny pine - as it warms up, some tropical flavors emerge - a moderate amount of bitterness for the style - malts are simply delicious, perfectly sweet and biscuity - bready, doughy, with a slightly toasted edge

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and nicely carbonated, absurdly drinkable

Overall: Please, sir, I want some more

I was kind of expecting a West Coast hop bomb of sorts, but instead I received something that has more of a Midwest IPA mentality. And I approve heartily. This, along with others that I lump in that category (*cough* Two Hearted) is something I want to drink all day long. But I can't. Sadness.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,027 ratings.
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