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 jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the brew pub in Portland.

Nice creamy head, dark auburn reddish brown.

Nose great cascades, juicy citrus, orange and hint grapefruit, sweet toasty caramel malt, a bit too malty.

Taste sweet caramel malts out front, mild toasty malts, into cascades, fair bitterness, mild citrus, hint grapefruit in the background, little spicy earthy touch creamy malt, hint syrupy malt. Finish drier but mildly sticky caramel spicy hops lingering, fair bitterness. Mostly malt little hop again.

Mouth med to fuller bod, dec carb.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Inversion IPA last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight and I thought this one might be a good choice, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a amber and copper color that took on more of a crimson and ruby color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thick creamy ring and a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of spotty lacing behind. This is great looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the some floral and piney aromas that seem to stick out the most with just a little bit of fruity hops coming through in the background and impart an apricot like aroma. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart a bread and very light caramel malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it seems like an old expect for the fruity aspect.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the piney and floral hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and the malts which impart the same bready and malty aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a piney and floral hops aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, it's got good balance.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, slightly clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid expample of the style, it would be almost a textbook old school IPA if it wasn't for the light fruity hops and while it's nice it isn't the most memorable. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was that the fruity hops weren't even with the floral and piney hops, I think that would have made for the perfect balance. I wouldn't buy this beer again,b ut I wouldn't turn it down. I can't say I highly recommend, but if you like that old school IPA flavor then it's worth a try. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it was right on the border of being a pretty nice IPA and with just a little more fruity hops I think it would have a some great balance and a good hop profile. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's pretty close to being average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little mor work on the hop profile I think this could be a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-clear, brown color with a slight head. The aroma is fairly malty for being an IPA. The taste is slightly bitter with a well balanced flavor that does leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Pretty well made with decent flavor.

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Photo of ivorycannon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darkish amber color and the smell is sweet malts and pine. The taste is pine and caramel with some sweetness in the middle. Maybe grapefruit, not sure, and it finishes quite bitter. I would have no problems drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of kitch
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 11th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear copper amber colour. There was a huge three finger light tan head that had good retention and left plenty of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong piney and grassy aromas with hints of citrus lemon zest. There is also some light caramel malts and apple juice there.

Taste: Bready and caramel malts upfront followed by plenty of pine and hop bitterness. There are hints of apple juice and grapefruit in between and a long lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was a good IPA if not stunning although I prefer more carbonation. But Fresh Squeezed is still my go to IPA from Deschutes.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my taste in IPAs. Bitter and malty(for an ipa) without any real hop character. I find Deschutes IPAs maltier than I prefer. Pine drops being the exception. Dark, bitter, but not bad. Just not "my" taste.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a solid white head. malty roasted aroma, very little citrus. caramel-y smell.

the taste has a piney hop drive. not a citrus-y hop flavor like many others. the feel is thick with a bitter finish.

not a bad beer but not my ideal ipa, i enjoy a nice citrus bite to mine.

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a mellow pine and resin combination initially, with sappy, floral honey undertones, followed by a bright and sweet citrus and caramel. The beer pours a rich, slightly murky caramel color topped by a tan, dense soap head that retains an abundant scattered soapiness and leaves plenty of messy lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. It's oily and malty texture has a slick foam carbonation. The medium body is light roasted in character with with a wood tone, molasses, and nuts. The finish is smooth and syrupy with a clean woody spice. It's aftertaste is mild with a nutty tone with cooked molasses, or more of a lightly burnt syrup, with a hint of tart citrus.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color.

Overall: The beer starts off with a malty caramel taste and hits you with pine hops at the same time. It finishes with the normal IPA bitter taste. This is a very tasty IPA with roasty character. A fairly good solid beer!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with nearly two inches of tightly packed beige foam. Heavy lacing. I'm not getting much initial aroma other than some light malt. I get a light dose of piny hops as the head recedes and the beer warms. I taste some some piny hops and light malt. The mouth is fairly light and refreshing.

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Photo of Chris72
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this beer. Good n hoppy, almost horribly offensive at first. Love, love, love it. It's got kick, but I love the overwhelming hoppiness. In my top 10 for sure...

Look: Only had in bottles, so I'm no good here
Smell: Has an awesome hoppy smell
Taste: Crisp, and hoppy as hell
Feel: Strength wise, it does work. It's a slap in the face compared to most IPA's

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color. Has a complex hop to malt aroma. The flavor follows the smell, it has a nice balanc between the hoppy flavor and almost bready malt. Overall a very interesting beer that I enjoyed

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber-red color with a one finger head of fizzy off white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is lighter overall with the heaviest of the aromas being that of a pine smell and some caramel. Other smells of a grass and a bit of grapefruit are there as well.

Taste – Upfront the taste is bready and malty with a moderate showing of a caramel sweetness and flavors of a pine hop. As the taste advances the pine gets stronger while the bready taste takes on a slightly more roasted flavor in nature. The roast and the pine continue increasing as the caramel fades a bit, being replaced by more hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature. In the end with the transitions that have transpired, one is left with a decently bitter and moderately roasty IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier then normal with a slightly lower carbonation level. Overall the feel was pretty good, with it accentuating the hop tastes rather well.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a slightly more dank hop and roasty character. Fairly good overall.

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

Nice beer interesting that it seems to have the flavors cascade in reverse the interplay of malt and hop Certainly makes this beer different from anything else that I have tasted I would have this again

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Photo of pianoguy
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. This is a bottle conditioned beer. With yeast residing primarily at the end of the pour. How you pour it will effect the taste. Leaving about a 1/4 inch in the bottle slightly changes the taste in a glass. I like it both ways (I'm talking about the beer here) But for this review I poured it all in the glass. It seems to produce a nicer head that way.

Pours a somewhat see through amber body with a tan 1 inch fluffy head. Decent lacing

Citrus followed by a slightly apple sauce malt aroma A bit of funky yeast due to the way I poured it...

Taste is a bit more malty and piney then the smell

A medium-low level of carbonation. (I personally like it like this, not too prickly)

Overall a decent IPA available at most supermarkets in the Seattle Tacoma area at a good price. I have had quite a few of these over the years...

This doesn't have anything to do with the beer but...Last year I was in the middle of a big remodel job at my house. Being the cheap bastard that I am, I was doing all the work myself. I was in over my head but kept on going. I would drink a couple of these beers at the end of every work day... Somehow I pulled the project off... On one of the last days I noticed that inside the bottle cap were the words.'"Bravely Done".
...This may sound crazy but it was like a little pat on the back... I kept that bottle cap !

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden red, with a slight cast, white head, huge lacing.

S - Pine, floral notes. Lemony hints.

T - Dough and biscuit malts, strong mint and resiny pine, lemon zest and oils, and a biting bitter close.

M - Decent carbonation, with a definite drying in the close.

O - A decent IPA that favors resin to fruit. Bottle is probably a bit long in the tooth, so I'd like to try it fresh.

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Photo of Cameron_como
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: straight up red, with a solid white head that disappeared within a minute or two.
Smell: big malt, big harsh grapefruit
Taste: again bit malt, almost too big, which is only countered by huge sharp bitterness. I've had bigger IBU beers much better that this one, it seems to try to push malt and bitterness both to the forefront without balancing much.
Feel: low/medium carbonation
Overall: had two of these the other night, and had trouble finishing the second one. Just so aggressive without giving anything tasty enough to balance it with

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a deep amber with thin off white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Floral hops, citrus, grain, orange, caramel, mint, and pine.

T: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, cracker, caramel, pine, and finishes with a resiny hop bitterness.

F: Medium body, lightly carbonated, creamy finish.

O: A solid IPA, but like many other beers in a world flooded by IPA's it fails to stand out amongst many superior beers. That however doesn't change the fact that it's a good and very drinkable brew.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There must be a huge market for super avg malty IPAs less than 7% Abv. 'Cause every beer in my wegmans mixed sixer fits that bill exactly. Does anyone really like this shit? Hate to be a prick, but...

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- dark amber color, soupy looking with small bubble carb. A 1f white head leaves rings of lacing.

S- Hearty malt and grains with intense floral hop aromas.

T- Malts, dusty dry grains. The hops finish with floral and fruit flavors, a mix of citrus and apricot.

M- Thick, full body. Nice long hop finish yet not overly bitter.

O- Good overall.

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Photo of mschipper
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into pint glass. A: deep amber in color, hazy and unfiltered, wielding a two and a half finger head that slowly dissipates to one finger head with high moderate lacing. S: apricot, hops, citrus, and bready undertones. T: bitter hops and apricot followed by bread and ginger with hints of citrus, finally very bitter hops. F: moderately high carbonation, yet still smoother than some. The bitter aftertaste makes the feel a little uncomfortable though, like medicine almost. O: good brew, I expected more from Deschutes. (Since I love all their brews I might hold them to a higher standard). Still great for a warm day in need of a refreshing break.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The second IPA I have had from Deschutes, and it definitely lives up to the expectations I had. It pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber color with a big frothy head. The smell has lots of pine, citrus, and some other fruityness i can really pinpoint, theres also quit a bit of malt aromas. The taste reflects this aswell, and has a fairly balanced taste, and it also has what I can only describe as spicy flavor to it. Overall a really tasty somewhat unique beer, I haven't had an IPA that has tasted anything like this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking 12 ounce bottle in an IPA glass a month past its best by date.
A: Pours brilliant copper amber under a robust 3” off-white foam collar that slowly drops to a thick lacy film.
S: A blend of flowers, mint, and freshly sawn lumberwith faint citrus notes.
T: Begins with cereal flavors, fruit and then finishes with a resiny citrys bitterness.
M: Creamy, above medium body, very soft carbonation.
O: A very drinkable IPA with a good balance between malt and hops.

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

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, creamy off-white head.

S: Gentle aromas of biscuits, caramel, cream, orange, tangerine, pine, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Notes of herbs, pine, lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine, kumquat, grapefruit, cream, caramel, biscuit, and cracker fill the mouth. The finish is nicely balanced, leaving a pleasant mixture of biscuit, cracker, pine, orange, lemon, and lime flavors to assert themselves.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky. Carbonation is firm and prickly.

O: A fairly typical Northwestern IPA, but also a really strong representation of its style. This is the kind of IPA that is capable of reminding longtime fans of the style just how nice a clever balance of malt and hops can still be. Recommended to established fans of the style and IPA neophytes alike.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Nice copper beer with good texture and a rich white foam. Strong citrus and lemon scent, with noticeable hops aroma. Flavor is full and tart, crispand smooth texture and easy to drink. Overall good IPA offering.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,037 ratings.
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