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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 BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for this one.

12 oz.bottle poured into a nonic.

Let's just start off by saying, thank God for West Coast IPA's. As much as I love my local breweries hopped up beers, nothing compares to a delicious West Coast Hopbomb.

Pours a somewhat hazy medium copper hue with a nice two finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a very nice lacing that lasts. Stickiness is amazing, how it should be for the style. Smell is like cocaine, I can't stop putting my nose up to it. Wait, I didn't say that...moving on. Huge dirty citrus and pine with a wonderful caramel background that tops this one off just right. Surprisingly the flavor begins with the sweet caramel malt that is quickly thrown aside by the a clean pine hop taste. Grapefruit emerges soon after followed by a bittering effect that leaves the mouth pretty dry, but not too much. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, different for this style but I like it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Like I said, nothing like a solid West Coast IPA to end the night right. I'll definitely be looking for this beer in future trades. Give this one a try for sure.

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Photo of Overlord
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber, with a delightful orange hue.

What smell there is to speak of is pure hops. The taste delivers on this promise. Mostly grapefruit (in fact, overwhelmingly grapefruit) citrus flavor, with not a lot of sweetness/malt balancing it. Not the most drinkable IPA I've come across. Quite good, but intensely tangy/bitter/citrus-y.


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Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a pint glass. Nice little story about inversions on the side of the bottle.

Appearance- Nice orangish red with a small head that leaves a nice cap that gently sits on the top of the beer for its entirety. Small, spotty lacing is left but nothing spectacular.
Smell- Kind of a weird, unfamiliar hoppyness. Citrusy with an almost musty Belgium nose that I can’t place. Light piney grapefruit and lemon notes with a strong malty backbone.
Taste- Nice strong bitterness up front very reminiscent of diluted grapefruit juice. A nice strong sweet caramel malt follows that try’s to gently balance the brew a bit more but the bitterness eventually overtakes it and dominates. Finishes with a zesty blast o’ fruit that hides some of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Super Creamy with a medium body and nice vibrant carbonation.
Drinkability- The very first time I tried this beer it definitely wasn’t my favorite IPA. Saying that though, one thing that I always did think was that this beer was super duper drinkable. Something about it is just good. It goes down super smooth and I really really enjoy it.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a american standard 12oz into a nice tall flared pils glass. Bottle has a late-2007 expiry, which doesn't really do much to indicate how old the pack is. Colour is nice and dark amber-orange, slightly hazy. Totally off-white head came up well all on it's own and left lace even before I could sip on it.

Smell is great and strong sweet light malts and plenty of hops, a little on the soapy/citrusy side. Orange peel and a little bit of woody esther.

Taste quickly switches the hops to a piney/leafy note and the finish is characteristically toasty. Malt becomes more medium in character with very fresh yeast hints. Bordering on that salty hoptaste, but not really bitter at all. Less citrusey and floral than the smell suggested.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally clean for a 6.5%+. A little briney and warm at times, but never sticky. Great aftertaste and smell make this a good drinker. The slightly acrid body eases up after the first half-glass, too.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy copper with a huge head that dies slowly and laces all over the place throughout. Smells of citrus, rind, hops and sweet malt. Smells great and a little different from a traditional IPA. Tastes the same as it smells along with a lot of bitter grapefruit. Feels creamy and full in the mouth and is extremely drinkable. Deschutes has blown me away during this visit to Oregon and are churning out some great brews.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like their Mirror Pond APA, so I was very excited to try their take on the AIPA, especially after I heard it was so good. Poured darker and more of an orange color than I expected. Beautiful sticky pale orange head, which left some thin retention all the way down the glass. A very nice looking beer. Smells great too -- a lot of pine and grapefruit, but with a very dominant caramel malt presence. At this point, I was very excited to taste it -- I highly respect this brewery's take on ales because of their reverence for the malts -- would Deschutes let the hops win on this one?

Wow! -- a big, fairly complex flavor on this beer, nice attempt to balance the hops and malts -- I'm initially hit by a sweet malt and citrus, but the pines come out and dominate a lot of the flavor while the caramel builds up beneath it. The aftertaste is much of the grapefruit zest and a bitter hop leaf. Why didn't I give it a 4? Though I love the aroma of the hop bouquet, I don't feel it worked as well on the palate -- the pines take up too much of the flavor for me. After one of these, my mouth is done, my tongue feels like coated in hop oils to make much of the malt any more. I know most reviewers love these huge hop bombs, and I saw someone complain that this beer is too malty for them, but I guess that just shows the subjectivity of taste in reviews.

That said, it's got a great medium body, and it drinks easy for close to a 7% ABV. I would love to find this on tap somewhere to compare, and I'll definitely be buying it again. It's certainly a big, interesting ale, just too piney for me.

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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 jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy,coppery with a glowing red/orange hue. 2" creamy off white head that dissapated a bit on the quick side left just a litte spotty lacing Served in a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle.

Clean,refreshing aroma,floral with citrusy notes and a nice soft sweet carmel/toffee with a touch of nutty malt aroma Very inviting can't wait to taste.

Citrusy,astrigent,slight grassyness with light sweet carmelly maltiness balancing out the taste perfectly. Clean refreshing finish with a nice citrus bite. Very creamy,juicy,slightly chewy,with a mediun body.

Very nice ipa on the light side,extremely drinkable would be a good everyday drinker. Wish I could get this one local ordered it from Liquid Solutions. Would keep this on a hand if I could

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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 mentor
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger yellowed tan head over a clooudy dark orange-rust liquid. Smells piney hops with lemon, tangerine and mango.

Tastes not as intense as I was expecting. Tastes piney hops with buttery hop character that I attribute to Amarillo. Oranges, lemon, and dark woody qualities. Alcohol is clean and rises retronasal, carrying hop floral with it. Heavy, like hop oils hanging on the tongue. Malt sweet is supporting of the hop flavor without any distinct flavor (caramel). Fruity esters are present, but add a heaviness. Burps are grassy with flat hop oils.

Md body with some dextrinous thickness and modest carbonation. I found this beer to be 'heavy'. The beer sticks and the hops give a dark character. I'm a fan of grapefruit pithy beers, which sems to come off lighter and flightier, so this beer was hard for me to get into.

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Photo of gubbt
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish-orange, much like grapefruit juice with a thin, pancake like head that dissipates into a film.

Man these hops are quite pungent in the nose, with lots of grapefruit.

This is one is all hops, with a big, bright grapefruit/citrus finish with ample bitterness. There is some caramel upfront, but the hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy.

Drinkability is also good; the alcohol is not very perceptible.

Overall, a hop-head IPA without much balance, but good hop flavor and the bitterness will satisfy any lover of that little green flower.

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Photo of sirk0rebreg
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: great rusty orange color...about a 2 finger head that went down rather quickly

S: slightly citrusy and caramely...

T: very strong hop taste, too much bitterness for me...nice finish though

M: good carbonation...

D: wasn't digging this beer really...for the style it is great, but i am just not an IPA guy i guess...

on edit: now that i am a total hop-head i looked back on this review and chuckled to myself...i drink primarily IPA's now and it is nice to see how tastes have changed...this is now one of my favorite IPA's that i have had on numerous occasions...

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from CurlyGavzilla in Telluride. 'Best Before 7/25/07' on bottle. Pours a lovely orange/copper with thick white head. Nice, zesty hop nose. Sweet, then quickly detours to sharp, big hop flavor. Crisp, with a long hop finish. Well-balanced for a big hop beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Second time I've reviewed this one. First review was a bottle. This one is cask conditioned, served in a pint glass at the Elk Public House in Spokane.

Pours a red mahogany brown color. Nice foamy white head is fairly resilient.

Smell is sweet and sharp. Bourbon-like.

Taste is very bitter and hoppy with a lot of alcohol taste and heat.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a bit cloying.

Not the most drinkable IPA in this form. One of few beers I have found that is better in a bottle than in cask. I'll buy it in a sixer and pass on the cask.

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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 markaberrant
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear orange. Thin white head, eventually dropping to a splotchy cap and ring.

S - not overly potent, but a nice citrus bouquet.

T - Hops, hops, hops! Sweet hops, bitter hops, citrus hops... it's all there. Malt darts in and out at times, otherwise it's just doing it's job. A bit of alcohol that is not offensive, just lets you know it's a strong beer. Great aftertaste.

M - Not overly carbonated, but with all these hops it works well.

D - There is a slight alcohol warming, but this is still going down smooth.

The hop flavour of this beer is outstanding. I long for beers like this being more readily available in Canada.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the bottle!

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't quite live up to the label, not really distinguished from other IPA's.

Appearance - Pours somewhat cloudy amber, light tan head, low retention, decent lacing.

Aroma - Probably the strong point here, nice aroma of citrus and melon coming from the hops, light malt and honey notes.

Taste - like most IPA's really. Reminds me of a dissapointing beer fest I went to where everyone and there mother had an IPA on tap. Booorrrriiinnnggg....at least when they all taste pretty much the same, like this one does. Bitterness is pretty pronounced, cutting into the overall drinkability.

Mouthfeel-Decent carconation, fades pretty quickly. Slight warming from the bitterness more than alcohol.

Overall-Might be like watching a hyped up movie, but I was dissapointed in this beer based on the labels description. I really like mirror pond, but this one isn't that special.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stunning reddish-orange color, with generous head. Smell is nice, typical of the style in it's suggestions of citrus, caramel, and subtle pine. Taste is abundantly sweet & malty, with ample hops becoming evident in the finish. Mouth is creamy malt, zingy hop and just a little sticky. A highly drinkable example of an IPA.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice copper orange with a smaller white head. Only drawback is a lower carbonation for an IPA but other than that near ideal. Smell is of big piney hops and sweet, caramel malts. Taste reminds me a lot of Furious. Huge taste of piney, resiny hops and a pretty great malt background. It's not as much of a hops explosion but more of a balanced version. Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter but well balanced, the carbonation keeps this from being better than good. I could enjoy a few of these any day and find this to be a quality example of this style. Glad I had the chance to try it.

Thanks goes to JohnGalt1 for throwing this in as an extra.

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Photo of smcreator
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a two finger head.
S: Smells of a wonderful blend of hops.
T: Strong hop taste with a distinct bitter finish. Reminds me of the John 1981 home-brew recipe.
M: Not the smoothest beer.
D: It would be hard for me to drink too much since it is so bitter.

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Photo of jtslay
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber yellow with ample head that does not lace. Very present aroma that is common to this style of beer. Without a doubt one of the more balanced American IPAs that I have ever had. Very tasty without a great deal of bitterness from boiled hops. This probably gets most of its characteristics from dry-hopping and the strain of yeast used.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an extremely opaque hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

S - Smell was strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full.

M & T - First impression of this was slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

D - Overall I would say it is very nice, sessionable and well balanced IPA. There was a touch of alcohol that started to show up by the end, but other then that, very nice indeed.

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

A- Thin just off white on a pretty clear copper/amber body.
S- Pretty malty for a IPA. Sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and few other citrus fruit hops, along with some hints of grass hops as well.
T- Follows the aroma. Still has a decent size malt body for a IPA. Some grapefruit rind, hints of lemon, grass, tiny bit of pine. Has a decent size bitterness to it as well.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. A bit to big of malt body for me and wrong blend of hops but still very tasty. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clean amber colored brew with a finger high light sand colored head.

S: Red fruits, pinecones and a touch of grapefruit zest.

T: Begins malty with a definate bready character. Quite spicy with black pepper, cinnamon and cloves mingling in. Hops are earthy, almost dirty if you will…a lot of pinecone. Finishes somewhat metallic and resiny.

M: Medium body, somewhat sharp.

D: Not bad but not totally working for me.

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Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/reddish color, good sized frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Sweet, slightly metallic smell. Very pungent citrus scent
T: Slightly sweet caramel malt. Citrusy, grassy, earthy hoppiness, Aftertaste is very bitter.
M: Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel, aftertaste is very bitter and dry on the tongue
D: Pretty good IPA, I think I like this a little better than when I tried it on tap. Still maybe a little too bitter on the aftertaste.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,005 ratings.
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