Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

very good
852 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: 852 | Ratings: 3,044
Photo of vikinggary28
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber/copper colour with a off white head. Smells like a typical west coast IPA with a hint of sweetness creeping through the piney hops and citrus underaroma. Tastes much like the aroma, grassy with some grapefruit and slightly more malt than some WC IPA's, a good choice for someone who doesn't like an overly hoppy beer. Prost!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Poured amber. Definitely smells like a maltier West Coast IPA. It has flavors of citrus and pine and a lot of caramel sweetness. A bit candied. This was too malty in my opinion. I love a good West Coast IPA but this one is a little too sweet. Its not old but it almost tastes that way.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/11/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate sticky, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before 4/15/16

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains for a while before leaving some nice lacing behind

S- floral and piney hops mix with candied citrus fruit, along with some slightly bready malt

T- flavor follows the aroma, opening with floral hops, with some piney notes kicking in mid-palate. Slightly sweet malty undertone with a finish of more pine

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- an easy drinking ipa that showcases some nice floral notes

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/10...pours rusty copper amber with a foamy lid. Nutty bready pine nose. Toasty. Sharp pine flavor, harsh bitter. Floral. Slightly sweet and heavy bitter. Certainly uniquely flavored. Malty.

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Photo of rmtrout
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says IPA, but IMHO it is really 70% IPA and 30% amber ale. So, depending on your tastes, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I like amber ales when I'm in the mood for a smoother beer, so that is a good thing. It makes this beer very unique. Accordingly, this beer is a tad darker/reddish orange than most IPA's, with a bit more malt. It is not as complex as a Stone IPA, nor as fruity as Fresh Squeezed, with a soft burnt caramel-orange mouth feel. Deschutes rates this as 80 IBU's but it feels more like 70 to me, probably because it is offset with a very mild sweetness. (But still gives a nice dry finish.) I have tried five different Deschutes beers, and they all seem to fully support stated ABV's- unlike some others that seem a fraction weak in the kick department.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a reddish amber appearance with a nice two finger, pillowy head. Smells like a mix of lime and pine which is very unique. There's some bready malt on the nose too. Taste mirrors the smell with dank pine, lime and sweet malt. Finishes with lingering pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is a decent IPA - not quite to Fresh Squeezed level but close.

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Photo of spartan3186
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours burnt orange with cream head. Head leaves long lasting lacing as it disipates. Bubble gum and pine on the nose. Mostly pine on the first sip, with a nice dry finish. Overall an enjoyable but not mind-blowing IPA.

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

Look: very nice copper color with light golden head. Good lacing
Smell: grapefruit, fruity bubble gum, with a tough of pine and citrus ...smell so good.
Taste/Feel: just like smell with dry finish. good bitterness from start to finish. nice dry aftertaste. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Very good and balance IPA. Will buy it again.

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

Grapefruit peel, ripe fruit, chewy citrus, and a bit of floral on the nose, and bitter pine on the tongue. Very nice. Very dry finish. I'd get it again.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark copper pour with ample white head that leaves good lacing down the glass. The aroma is nice if unspectacular. Pine, floral, spice, and some sweet malt. The pine is most aggressive on taste, with some light spice and floral notes. Medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation. A nice IPA, particularly if looking for the piney/floral variety.

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Browner/darker than most IPAs. Overall a reddish/orange brown. Semi-cloudy.

Taste/Smell: strong peach notes, but not peach like the fruit so much as peach-flavored candy. Not a bad thing. I don't mean it seems artificial. That's just the taste that comes to mind. Bitter, but not particularly floral for an IPA, though it has a piney smell.

Feel: liquid

Overall: I don't know. I think a lot of people will probably like this, but it's not quite what I want in an IPA. My favorite easy-to-get IPAs are Great Lakes Chillwave and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid if that gives you any indication of my tastes. This one is just a little too bitter without the payoff if that makes any sense.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly deep red in the glass, this beer also has the nose of a heavier beer, although it actually sits about half way between a session brew and the usual craft bomber fare. It smells sweet and piney, while the flavor is nice and big with sweet malts and pleasant spices pulled together with a citrus bite. Mouthfeel is slicker than most session brews, but again, this is on the heavier side of that so it's not that surprising. Definitely a nice beer for scratching the IPA itch without having to check out for the evening.

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

While this is a common IPA on the West Coast, it's an uncommon IPA. The word here is heft. It's a surprisingly big beer. While the ABV is a manageable 6.8, everything else about this beer is extra large—big malt body, deep golden red color, huge hop flavor.

The first thing you'll notice when you pour it is the color. It's probably the darkest standard IPA on the market, with an deep orange, almost red color. The head is thick and billowy. The mouthfeel is dense and sticky—it might be the beefiest single IPA I've ever had.

Not surprisingly the taste is huge. Very malty and sweet for an IPA. Which might be a bad thing were it not for a massive citrus and pine hop wallop. Extreme on either end, it ends up balancing nicely.

It's a session IPA that's almost impossible to session. That said, I really like it for its unique character, mild ABV, reasonable price, and great availability. A great beer for when you both do and don't want an IPA.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Different than most IPAs in that it's more citrusy and piney than hoppy and also darker in color. Aside from the citrus it tastes more like an amber ale than your typical IPA. If I'm drinking Deschutes, Fresh Squeezed is a better IPA but Inversion is still tasty.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish amber with a creamy ecru head. Has a slightly malty nutty aroma, medium mouthfeel. Tastes fruity with the citrus IPA finish. This is a solid IPA, would buy again.

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Photo of krh
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker than my go-to IPAs. Malty, less citrus. Not too complex, but I enjoyed it. Quite tasty. Nice change of pace IPA, so I probably ranked it a bit higher than it deserves.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, yet clearish, amber color, with a two-finger head.

Smells of sweet malt, nuts, and some citrus.

Not an overwhelming taste, with bitter malts making an appearance in the aftertaste. Sort of sweet, but the initial taste is really quite subtle. Feel is light, and drinkable, without massive carbonation.

Not great, but drinkable. Sort of tastes like a rock-solid shallow session IPA, which makes the almost 7% hard to explain.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at crosscut pizza in nederland co
pint glass
pours an amber red with a small off white head
smells complex fruity and nutty on the front end then as it warmed more pine and floral/rose notes
taste similar to the nose both fruity and nutty with hints of sweet floral notes as well
feel viscous and somewhat chewy
overall very enjoyable !

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Photo of smulford68
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a great orange tinted color coming out of the bottle into a pint glass and isn't as cloudy as some IPA's. Great citrusy nose - again, made me think of orange zest. Good bitter finish. This is a new favorite IPA

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

A lovely full-bodied beer with a wonderful depth and aroma. Love the bottle-conditioning and it sure does make a difference. The nose has hints of caramel, lemon and pine - top mix. Not over hopped, but might not suit all. The finish is long and gorgeously bitter.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inversion IPA brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 6.80% This brew pours out a nice deep amber, light brown color, witha nice off white head. I really like the color of this brew. This brew has the look of most IPA's on the market. The smell of Inversion IPA, is rich with hops, grains, and malts. The first thing you pick up on is hops, however that is to be expected with this style of brew. Now for the taste of Inversion IPA, it is rich with flavors. You pick up on the hops, grains,and malts in this brew. The body of this brew is mild and smooth. Not say that is a bad thing. This is one of the more milder IPA's on the market. Inversion IPA , has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Inversion IPA , is rich, bold , smooth and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.80% ABV in this brew. I like how this brew is smoother than most IPA's on the market. Overall I'm giving Inversion IPA , a 4.25 out of 5. Deschutes Brewery. did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint from a bottle. Big thick head with nice lacing. Strong hop smell, nice clear orange brown color. Orange sweetness, reminds me a bit of good marmalade, with bitter notes. I enjoyed it with a good vegetable pizza!

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Photo of schwansmantr
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Inversion Ipa is loaded with more different types of hops than I can begin to remember. This beer created a large head and had a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong very strong of hops. If you are a fan of strong hop sent and taste you'll like this beer but for me I give it a F. I do not like the strong bitterness and after taste it gives.

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Photo of ricke49
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quality hop forward brew from Deschutes. Oily appearance and feel without over the top hoppiness (tho' definitely strong citrus pine taste elements - and yet caramel malt sneaks in somehow). Truly living the dream when a quality IPA like this is continually available at under $8 a sixer.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,044 ratings.
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