Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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846 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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Reviews: 846 | Ratings: 3,019
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear with a copper / amber body and an inch of sticky, off white head. The aroma offers caramel malt, honey, toast, biscuits, pine. The flavor is sweet. Honey and pine flavors. A tasty brew, but atypical of an American IPA in that it is balanced rather than hop forward. Prominent malt and bread character throughout with pine and minimal bitterness. Hop presence is muted, especially when compared to its contemporaries. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol. Pretty good.

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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 hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a 2 finger beige head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus hops, grapefruit pith, and earth.

The taste is a little bit sweeter than the aroma. Citrus hops, caramel malt, grapefruit pith, and earth. Hoppy and a little sweet, but not complex.

Medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation for the style. Finishes dry and bitter. This is a good IPA. Worth seeking out again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on to of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - citrus hops with notes of orange and lime as well as a bit of caramel.

T - toffee and dry caramel malt up front with some fruity hops. Lemon and orange in the middle with a bit of pine. Finishes with acidic bitterness and dry toast.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is allright, but it is overly pithy with a lingering acidic dryness that really isn't pleasant.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, pretty brew with a dark mahogany body. Smell is of hops, citrus, and caramel. Taste is overwhelmed by bitter grapefruit, almost disarmingly so. Deschutes cranks out some good brews, most notably their Black Butte Porter, and this one is worthy of their line. All in all a decent IPA...

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Photo of hero27
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
6.8% abv

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a respectable head of foam. Small bits of yeast hover throughout. Strong pine cone-hop aroma. Bready caramel malts are overshadowed by a thick blanket of floral hops. Burnt/earthy flavor and an impressive hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Plenty of lasting bitterness in this one, and a solid IPA overall.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of creamy off-white head that eventually develops into a nice layer atop the glass. The nose is filled with mostly citrus and piney hops with some sweet malt aromas. The flavor is bitter hops upfront with some malt and finishes sweet and strongly bitter with a slightly dry finish. The body is medium with a nice amount of carbonation. This is a good beer although it does come across a little hot.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter - almost a mix between a snifter and a tulip glass. Best by: 5/02/13

A: Pours a ruby, light reddish color. Aggressive pour resulted in beige colored three finger head. Good retention and settles into a nice small ring. Great lacing on glass. Not fully translucent.

S: Citrus. Very floral. Some hop character, some malts.

T: Very bitter. Floral character matches the nose well. Very sweet malt tastes that minimize the hoppiness.

M: Creamy, sticky, low carbonation. Medium body

O: Meh. Not great, not bad. Glad I tried, but I probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of hdog09
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Not too strong of a smell from the hops. Good amount of malt and carbonation used and a little less hoppy than I'd like in an IPA. Overall good beer tastes good not one of my top favorite IPA's but it is good.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle (best by 12/17/14) into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with tons of streaming carbonation, off-white frothy head that left dense glass-coating lace.

S- Sweet orange marmalade notes, floral and piney hops, and some oatmeal notes.

T- Lots of very sweet orange marmalade, orange and grapefruit citrusy hop notes, some earthy hop character, and big oatmeal malt backbone.

M- Dry, medium body, soft to medium carbonation, and pretty refreshing.

O- A pretty good IPA that tastes a lot more East Coast than West Coast. Pretty big malt bill on this one and lots of citrusy sweetness and much lighter on hop bitterness for the style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: copper/shiny body, finger off-white head,
amazing lacing

S: chalky floral, grassy

T: lemon peel/grass, earthy malt, light floral,
grassy bitter finish

M: med body, oily/slick mouth

O: Like this style and brewery, but not
huge fan of the chalky/floral hop taste/nose.


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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, copper in color, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and some toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter, but overall a nce mix of hops and malts

Drinkability: This one is decent and a sipper. Not my favorite from the brewery, but solid.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this...
Appears a medium toned, hazy amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out. Streaks of lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is creamy, citrusy, with caramel, grass, and biscuits.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted with earthy, grassy, and citrusy flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter without much of a sugary, ballsy malt balance that I was craving in this one.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alongside 6 other IPA's in a tasting

A: Poured a dark copper with a solid off white head and some lacing.

S: Not an exceptional amount aroma. Some floral citrus.

M: Medium bodied. Some alcohol warming.

T: Again good balance. Solid hop presence, but not overpowering.

D: Good but not exceptional hop bitternes and decent amount of malt balancing. A solid beer anytime but not the best of the group.

Have had other Deschutes beer all of which are good. This beer is solid but not outstanding

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Lightly hazed dark orange/brown. Big foamy head, about two fingers. Slowly fades before leaving about a 1/2 finger of solid head. Not much lacing left behind.

S - Fresh citrus aroma with hints of pine as well. Smell is not overwhelming at all. Light sweetness in the aroma as well but the hops are the dominant smell.

T - Light caramel sweetness initially that is quickly overcome by a dirty, earthy bitterness. Piney and a little bit of citrus. Just seems to miss the mark with the combo of flavors. Not a bad taste, just does not come together well at the end.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the creamy side. Easy drinking but the flavors leave me wanting a little more.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, pine taste, slight bitterness
Overall just ok. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of libertygrails
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon rind, and melon aromas up front. Light honey malt character. Clean fermentation characteristics.

Appearance: Nearly clear brick red pour with a sudsy and batter-like off white head. Head retention is good and sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Flavor: More grapefruit and lemon notes up front. A nice bitter foundation with caramel and bready malt notes surprisingly assertive. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, with moderately high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite and lingering hop astringency. All appropriate given the style.

Overall impression: A dark, maltier American IPA. This seems to be a real fusion of East and West Coast styles. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of deebo
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Williams. Dark Amber with ruby hue with a white head that breaks down quickly leaving a nice lacing. I'd describe this as a hopped up English ipa. Lots of rich, toasted caramel malt pounded with piney, earthy, herbal hop. Gets bitter as you go with a lingering finish. Not my favorite beer profile but it's well made.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-Amber in color. Slight sticky head, mostly just lace around the rim. Beer is a little hazy.

Aroma is citrus, spice, and pine, a whole mix of hops aromas layered on top of one another. Very deep and complex. Excellent to quaff.

Slight malt backbone with a piney bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. Flavor is balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky.

Overall an enjoyable IPA. I like the aroma of this beer the best. It is a little on the sweet side which balances the hops very nicely.

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Photo of nbaeteer
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This is a single IPA? Looks a lot more like a double IPA or an amber to me.

Aroma: Bready, potent hops and citrus backed by honey.

Taste: Wow this beer tastes a lot bigger than 6.8% Lots of red citrus going on here. Tangerine, blood orange, red grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with surprising alchohol warmth for a beer of only 6.8%

Overall: Very interesting IPA from one of my go to breweries. What exactly do we have here? In a world filled with a million IPA's this one is just different enough to stand out while sticking to the basics enough to still be comfortably part of the IPA style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a red colour, head is white. Mild lace but decent on the edge. Nice.

Smells hoppy and pleasant. Touch of rubber, but nice citrus and resin. Mild, crisp. Touch of pine needle and dish detergent. Nice.

Taste is stodgier than expected, quite yeasty on the mid and back with quite a full body. Bit of pine and mild sherbet but yeah, yeasty and chalky. Not quite as much hop cleanliness as I may have expected on the back.

Slight tingle on the back. OK feel.

Not quite as bitter as it could have been, feels a little heavy as well.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, darker than your average IPA. Foamy, tan head with streaky lacing. Aroma is malt, orange blossom honey, and some herbal notes. There is a bit of nuttiness to the flavor, grass, caramel malt, and some herbal qualities. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and the bitterness lingers a bit longer than I like. An alright beer, but nothing I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant clear copper with a finger of white head. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma, a light hop presence. Fair amount of bitterness in the flavor though. Lighter side of medium bodied. Decent malt backbone with some caramel malt flavor. Nice drying finish from the hop. I was expecting more from this.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich clear copper color with a large beige head that quickly fades leaving copious amounts of lacing behind.

S - Copper malt, mild hop aroma, slightly soapy pine and citrus pith.

T - A lot of hops, grapefruit pith and flesh with a bit of pepper and mossy/earthy notes. Very pleasant. Aftertaste is a mild biscuity malt and some bitterness from juicy, pithy hops. A touch of soap - but far under the myriad positives.

M - Smooth, thick, a bit of a gummy feeling in the throat and not that refreshing.

D - Pretty damn good. I'll drink this one again. Might even try to clone it brewing. Aroma could use a boost, it is a bit subdued. Worth seeking out. Another winner from Deschutes.

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