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 cwelch22
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice Amber color, quickly dissipating 1fb white head. Aroma: fruity hops and malt. Taste: fruity melon followed by nice malt/caramel. Mouthfeel: medium body with mod CO2. Overall: a great example of a contemporary amber ale. Too malty for IPA and this bottle states best before mid May.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review. Enjoy by date of 5/14/13

Appearance - Pours a deep, semi-clear reddish amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Strong lace all around the glass, with excellent stick.

Smell - Strong caramel presence, with hints of red apple. Somewhat earthy, slightly citric hop character takes a back seat in the aroma.

Taste - Plenty of caramel malt flavors to start and through the finish, but is met halfway with a moderate, floral and citrus hop which takes the lead and blasts through into the finish. Hints of earth. Mild orange pith bitterness in the aftertaste. An intriguing, tasty combination.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate, soft carbonation. Near creamy. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - A unique take on the style, where balance is more key than IBU's. Reminds me a bit of the Stone Levitation, but with considerable more hop aggressiveness... or the Red Chair, with less hop aggressiveness. One beer I could drink all night and not get tired of.

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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 Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with an off-white head welling up to form a durable layer of foam that left sticky gobs of lace behind.
Nice citrusy hops aroma. Not overpowering and allows a soft bready maltiness to bleed through. Touch of caramel and fruit, too.
Well balanced brew here. Has a moderate caramel malt backbone which smooths over the citrusy, fruity hops pop in the finish. Smooth medium-bodied feel and mid-range bitterness make this one easy-drinking IPA. Another solid effort by the folks at Deschutes.

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Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Thanks to a generous trader for providing me with this extra. I drank it from my CCB snifter. Best by 06/30/10.

A- Pours burn orange/copper in color. Two fingers of a off white head. Pretty solid retention with a plethora of lacing left.

S- Earthly hops start the show. There are hints of citrus present, however, they are masked by a huge sweet malt aroma.

T- The hops start this one off, but only for a second. The malts take over and ALMOST run the show. A sweetness almost compareable to eating a biscuit wit a tad bit of honey. Very interesting....a very different IPA. The bitterness of the hops is barely noticeable. The malts really balance it out and actually tilt the profile to a more sweet, malty IPA. Not what I'm expecting, however, it was still mighty good.

M- Medium in body. Has a creamy feel to it. It finishes semi-sweet.

D- A very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed it. Not your typical IPA, but solid nonetheless.

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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 MarcianoF3
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from trade. Been wanting to try this one for a while now. Pours a beautiful clear amber red with a one finger off white and very creamy head. Looks like an amber. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, floral bouquets, some other orange citrus rind too. Flavor had a nice caramel and bready malt presence, a nice bit of bitter pine, some citrus character. Insanely drinkable and very nice, leaning more toward the APA style than IPA. Light to medium bodied, slightly resinous, with medium plus carbonation. A really nice every day type of beer that I would love to have available locally.

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

Mirror Pond was my first beer. Well, my first craft beer. But as I didn't drink much bmc or anything, it was one of my first, and really started me on the road to where I am today. Since then I've had most of the Deschutes brews available in Seattle, but for some reason never had the Inversion IPA.

With a vigorous pour into my Full Sail Pint glass, this is a good-looking ale. Bright, clear copper with a large, sticky tan head. As the foam receeds, and before I've even had a sip, wallpaper lacing is left all around the glass. Very nice.

The appearance really got my hopes up, but the smell put my hopes in check. Not that it's bad, no not bad at all. The smell delivers what the label advertises, soft caramel malt. I get a nice maltiness and citrus hoppiness, but it's not so strong. The smell is very good, but weak in comparison to the last IPA I had, which was SN Celebration. That beer rocked my world in all categories. This one smells good, but for the style it's not so hot.

Alright, tasting time. My first thought after my first swallow is that the taste is similar to the smell, somewhat muted. Definitely tasty and satisfying, a fine example of the style and another solid offering from an excellent brewery. After a few more drinks, I'm liking the taste even better. The NW hops are ample, but it is good without being over-the-top kick-ass bitter. Very smooth, nice mouthfeel and no trace of 6.8% abv, highly drinkable. The smell even opens up a bit as the beer warms in the glass. Yes, now, just before hitting that review button, I must bump the smell score up from 3.5 to 4.0 as it's really come around to reveal an ale with loads of depth and character. Overall quite good. I will get it again some day, and recommend it to my brother who is a newb and can't handle hop bombs.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 mattster
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Nice small head formation, died down to layer of bubbly lace across top of glass.

Smell is a nice hoppy, but not overly so. Some slight citrus notes. Taste follows through with slight bitter hoppyness and mild sweetness.

Balanced bubbles and medium body make for a nice mouth feel and a decent finish. I'm going to have another after this one.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up not too long back at the GBBF in London. The label promises paradise for hop-lovers - mmm.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy reddish-marmalade hue with good carbonation and layers of fine yeast sediment. Yields a huge head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intense hops: a spicy mélange of grapefruit, lime, orange peel, pine and citrus. This is underpinned by a backbone of sweet caramel malt, dry yeast and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of hops! A smorgasbord of aromatic hops followed by a prolonged bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, lime, citrus, caramel, faint grain and earthy yeast. A warming whiff of booze in the background. A strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing - dry and relentless. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with great body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and caramel malt.

Wow - what a brew. I love American IPAs! A tsunami of hop notes assaults the palate, followed by a solid dose of malt. Fantastic aroma and a great flavour, though the dry bitterness perhaps outcompetes the aromatic notes. Too bad more Deschutes brews don't make their way over here. Excellent - grab one if you have the chance.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice deep copper with a great creamy head and light lacing.

big pine and bitter citrus hops up front a nice malty backbone

tons of hops flavor through out with pine and bitter citrus being dominant. lots of white grapefruit through out. the caramel malts REALLY shine through this with a strong flavor that helps balance out the big hops. a nice sweetness lingers through out.

medium to moderate carbonation and full body

this is one nice IPA. a bit different than many others out there and not overly hoppy where you want to stop drinking them, pretty perfect.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to colts0916 for the trade. Hmmm, seems I am overdue Best by Feb 8th... better drink this. I should probably say more than my last on tap review of this.

Monster huge head off the pour of four fingers off white. Solid retention, and pours gold, but leaves a nice somewhat cloudy body of amber color. Some real good stick lacing of even very big bubbles.

Wonderful fruit basket fresh grapefruit flesh smell. Mild malts, and hints of fresh squeezed orange juice. Real great smelling beer here.

Tastes just solid and simple. Good hop feel even this late out of the bottle, with a great smooth body. Hop presence comes out with tangerine and lime punch on the swallow. Malts mellow out behind. A classic good simple American IPA.

I am even more impressed how good this is beyond the freshness date, it's even a little more fruit subtle than its big grapefruit bomb on tap version. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of HardyA
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of FlyingBull
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a 6-pack 12 oz bottles at a local grocery store. Having one right now as I review it. Poured into a 12 oz Pilsner glass a clear amber color, with a small 1/2" head of white foam that dissipated within 5 minutes. Lacing noted on sides of glass.

There's a nice sweet malt aroma combined with very mild floral notes coupled with a mild or medium citrus aroma - grapefruit mostly to me.

There's a nice medium mouth feel with good carbonation. The taste is started by carmel malts followed by a moderate hop bitterness that lingers with a citrus note at the back end. Someone compared it to Stone Levitation. Close...similar in some respects; I agree with that comparison.

Overall, I think this is a very good, sound and mild west coast IPA. It's very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into 20oz classic Pilsner. 1 finger off white head, nice lacing. rich amber honey, hint of red.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit hops, pineapple, mango, papaya, slight pine hops. Love the nose on this one.

T: Pine hops up front, along with some of the tropical fruit, particularly the mango. Pleasant, very hoppy IPA.

M: Bitter and a bit of a scraper, dry hop finish. Solid.

D: I have enjoyed quite a few of these, especially considering the low price. Another solid west coast cascadian from Deschutes.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for hitting this want in the No Rules Farm Team BIF. Best by date of 8/9/2011.

a - poured into my capt lawrence taster tulip...very nice rich orange amber color with a thick frothy vanilla head. semi transparent and visible carbonation...head was chunky. solid.

s - nice balanced hop smell with a strong malt backbone. it has that vanilla caramelish hint that i find in most deschutes beers. crisp and vanilla. very nice.

t - taste is a bit more bitter than i expected, but the candy vanilla malt flavor tames things a bit. finishes a bit bittery. after a few sips the caramel malt that i've come to associate with deschutes shines through. the hops are pretty present as well, but not in the pine cone sticky sweaty way that i love. a bit malt heavy for an ipa.

m - mouth is crisp and cooling...dare i say brisk? finishes a bit bitter. medium to full bodied, but not syrupy.

o - overall, very glad i got to try this beer and yet another reason why i wish that deschutes would distribute to my area. not the best ipa our there by any stretch of the immagination, but has that deschutes flavor which i am a fan of. kind of like a mirror mirror with hops...also a bit reminiscent of hop in the dark.

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Photo of bpkrippner
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmah120
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 7/13

Pours a cloudy and dark amber orange with a small sudsy head. Smell is fresh numbing hops and sweet malt. Fresh smelling- reminds me of my homebrew. The first sensation is bitter pine, earthy and full, followed by a blast of grapefruit, finishing with that same grapefruit and tart sweet roasted malt. The bitterness lingers and has the tendency to go medicinal, but otherwise the feel is great: creamy and full.

If you like your beer hoppy, this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with some darker visual cues in there. Somewhat chill hazed, but mostly clear on tap (a difference from the bottle as I recall). Foam cap is appropriately tight and creamy, appears to be very sticky and is, leaving great lace behind after a good period of retention.

Very strong aroma of ripe fruits, dried fruits (especially dried apple and apricot), and citric zest. Excellent.

Okay balance in the mouth of the light caramel malt and the citric hopping, maybe tipping just a hair over to the malt side if anything. Alpha acids stick around, but the malt wants to be involved early.

Easy to slug down. Great drinkability, with a solid mouthfeel for style: a little light in general, but I'm willing to sacrifice heft in order to showcase the hops. Well done.

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Photo of Driftpunx
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shiredave
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a treat when one of my friends gifts me a Deschutes beer after a left coast trip.

This one poured into a pint glass churned up a thick, gooey tan head with clumps and smears of lace which slumped to a dense cover over the amber beer that looked like an acne scarred complexion. The murky protien haze and tenatious head retention indicates little filtration which often sucks some life out of the beer in favor of clarity. Give me haze any day.

Malty aromas of honey and caramel malt and a mild floral hop nose. Very inviting.

Soft, sweet flavors up front are quickly over powered by a sharp hop bite and intense grapefruit notes.

Malt is all but subdued mid way through but the strong hop character is excellent if somewhat out of balance.

Finish is more grapefruit sting and a long, bitter aftertaste but slightly harsh.

A nice IPA from this great OR brewery in the classic west coast style.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber brown with brown highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Piney hops were noticeable on the first whiff with caramel citrusy notes and a good sweet malt presence. The flavor was a little bit more sweet on the malts but did have piney hops alongside caramel citrusy accents. It did however have some earthiness with a good malt backbone. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, citrusy, bitter, and crisp finish. It drank good but wasn't as punchy on the hops as I thought it would be.

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Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,107 ratings