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

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep cloudy orange with a small foamy white head. Aroma is quite malty with raisins and slight bitter hops. Flavor is sweet and malty with floral hops in the finish. Harsh palate. Too malty for an IPA for my tastes.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of PeatReek
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber / copper body with a thick creamy head, settles a bit after a few minutes but leaves a nice lace. Smells deeply sweet, caramel/bready with citrusy and earthy hops. Aroma is deliciously balanced. The sweetness comes through huge in the taste, though, along with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Hop taste is a bit dirty and bitter, definitely sour grapefruity but not a lot else going on. A bit too sour and bitter to drink very many.

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Photo of BillyB
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to almost burnt copper color with an inch of off-white to tannish head. Slight sticky lacing on the glass.

Dark roasted, burnt, sweet malt aromas. Slightly citrusy almost tangy hop aroma.

Lot's of deep rich roasted malt taste. Not as bitter as I expected. More malty sweetness. This beer is surprisingly balanced for an IPA. It is unexpected.

Medium bodied with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability.

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Photo of BB1313
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by 5/7/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small off-white head which fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of orange peel. There's some caramel in the mix. Some bready malts. The flavors are pretty bitter. They definitely nailed that aspect. Lots of fresh pine needles that finishes with some pine resin. More orange along with hints of grapefruit. There's a bit more caramel. There's a solid malt backbone, but the hop bitterness still shines. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's a smooth beer, but is one that is nice to just chill and relax with.

This is a solid IPA. It's good and does what it's supposed to do. It might not be one that I'll dream about, but I can appreciate it.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed November 14th 2011. Poured a 12 oz bottle, best by 05/17/11, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint glass. I admit this is past it's due date, but it hid in my fridge and I lost track of it.

A: Poured a nice one finger tan creamy head. Carbonation rises pretty strongly to the head, this carbonation sticks to the side and the bottom of the glass. The color was a Sinopia and Rust shades depending on center or edges of glass.
The head and carbonation does settle, but the head remain. Sadly this does not lace.

S: There are some nice citrusy hops. This does not actually seem very strong to me.

T: Not to strong of a taste on intake. Pine is what's tasted strongly towards the end. Grapefruit practically coats the mouth and I'm actually not a fan of it.

M: The body is smooth with surprisingly a high amount of carbonation.

O: Oddly with this aged taste this comes off to me as a Barleywine because of its strong grapefruit taste, but oddly not as strong as one. I do plan on re-reviewing due to this bottles best by date. The hops do age quite well here, but that just goes to show you this drink 6.8% alcohol by volume.
It just seems odd to me that this ages to the taste of a Barleywine. I guess if you enjoy a Grapefruit taste then this isn't a bad choice at all.

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Photo of vacax
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inversion IPA pours a surprisingly dark amber color that is similar to a reddish maple. Head size is just right, with nice density and lacing. The aroma is a sort of sappy smell that exudes a decent amount of piney hops along with a generous amount caramel malts. The hops don't really stand out like they should on an IPA. The taste is majorly defined by moderately bitter and sticky caramel malt character. It has the bitterness of a typical IPA, but very little pine and a barely noticeable floral quality A lot of tealike characteristics as it warms, especially in the midpalate and finish. Pretty much zero fruitiness. Very little showcasing of any hops, a very lackluster IPA. Medium-thick body and matching medium carbonation. A drinkable beer, but boring. Where are the hops? Deschutes is an amazing brewhouse that knows how to make a great IPA (Red Chair). It is a shame that their year-round IPA is so comparatively weak.

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Photo of mattsander
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Good clarity, amber, sticky long lasting head.

S: Sweet fruity red malt up front, herbal/minty/perfume-ish hops feel restrained. Definitely a malt-forward 'IPA'.

T: Echos the aroma with a complex fruity english malt character, a coarse rough bitterness and some hop flavor.

M: Full bodied and creamy, a nice sipper but I wouldn't describe this as refreshing.

A miss for me. Just another too-malty, dull-edged IPA that are everywhere in canada.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/19/06- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date on label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber in color. 1/2 inch head which soon fades with minor lacing.

Smell- Dark burnt malts are prevelant. The hops take a backseat. Minor grapefruit, but a decent amount of pine.

Taste- Tons and I mean buckets full of deep roasted malt. Not even enough hops here to quality for an IPA. This is a malty amber ale. The pine and grapefruit are there, but they are just overwhelmed by the malty character.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a very minor bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Wrong catagory if you ask me. Under another it would be a perfectly fine brew. Not bad tasting at all, just mislabeled IMO.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NOT an IPAer / Hop Head, but since one should always try new (or re-try) things, I took the advice of the local Omaha beer shoppe on this one (since heard good things on Deschutes).

Color / Aroma: medium honey brown, with magnificent hop fragrance; mild carbonation.

Taste: medium strong hoppiness flavor all the way through to after taste (which is a big end result to me), where it lingers and then becomes partially distasteful (but somewhat expected to me).

Drinkability / Potency: only had the one, but perhaps it becomes more alluring and appreciated with a 2nd or with food (drank right after the 5 pm work day whistle blew without anything).

Overall: not bad but unfortunately, not my cup of tea; each his/her own--ain't life grand!!!

Post Review Note: sampled Anderson Valley Spring Hornin 2 days after initial review, and liked better, so have downgraded overall accordingly. Post Post Note: having just had Loose Canon IPA right after the Spring Hornin (however skewed tastebuds may be), feel Inversion aftertaste the WORST of the 3.

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

Poured from bottle into tall glass.

A: Medium brown color, with moderate amounts of head. Not particularly clear for an IPA.

S: Yeast and hops are strong, with some grains.

T: Sour beginning, then mellowing to a nice finish. Lots of citrus and hoppy notes.

M: Heavy palate for an IPA.

O: Not bad overall - there's a strong finish to the beer at the end, which is difficult to decide whether I like or not. It's a quality beer, but there are more distinctive IPAs with a richer flavor profile that I'd choose given the chance.

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

a nice light orange color with nice white head

aromas of hops, caramel malts and slight pine

on the palate the beer has notes of grapefruits, slight pine, and faint malt.

pretty smooth for an IPA, not as much hops as I generally like but persisting hops give it a decent finish.

a smooth beer, not the best, not the worst, but I would drink it again

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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 axeman9182
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, "best by 10/31/12". It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Deschutes' Inversion IPA pours a hazy amber, with just under two fingers of off white foam. Head retention is decent, and thick rings of lacing are left behind, but the color is just a bit dark and murky for my taste. The nose has a little bit of caramel to it, followed by some flowery and citrusy notes. Those hop aromatics just don't jump out the glass the way they should in an IPA though. There's a little bit of caramel again at the front end of each sip. The bitterness that comes through next is plenty bold, but the hoppy finish fails to deliver. It's not quite as weak as the nose, but the grapefruit peel flavor is just not intense enough. The body isn't quite west coast dry, but it's not as sweet as some more malt forward interpretations of the style either. The carbonation though is just dull, it feels like the beer fizzles out by mid palate. I'm more than a little surprised by how lackluster I find this bottle of Inversion IPA, usually I'm very fond of Deschutes beers. It honestly just tastes old to me, I'm wondering if Deschutes isn't setting the "best by" date a bit too far out from the bottling date.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one on a trade with toddhett back in July 08. Thanks again!

A: This one poured rust in color with two fingers of bright white head. It's very foamy and leaves tremendous lacing as relaxes after the pour.

S: Lots of fruity hops and a sweet touch of malt.

T: Piney hops dominate with some sweet tea and a mild malt sweetness to even out the flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and dry, I felt thirsty after drinking this one! Low to average carbonation and bitter at times.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is the color of bottle brown, but with a little more red in the mix. The head is frothy with a matrix of small bubbles loosely connected. The lacing clings tight to the glass in large bubbly chunks.

S- The hops are there, but the smell is faint and not extremely strong. There is a noticeable grapefruit citrus smell though.

T- The hop taste is definitely grapefruit. Although it isn't a strong grapefruit, its more like diet grapefruit. This is a lighter IPA, especially for an American West Coast beer.

M- The long after taste does leave your tongue puckering a bit. But the beer feel in your mouth does feel good.

D- Easy to drink, would be a good beer to start someone in on IPAs. The hop taste is light and nice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark orangey amber in the Stella Artois tall tulip. Foam lasts well with plenty of lacing. Odd and somewhat perfumey smell. Some roasted malt and a little caramel greet the lips. Some sweetness says with you, but the taste and aftertaste is all about the bitterness. I don't taste much of the usual piney notes. This is kind of a sweet dishwater.

Overall, this seems like a very standard IPA missing some hop flavors, but with an insistent bitterness. Not much for savoring a pint, but I defer to the hop fiends, and maybe freshness is everything on this one. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It poured an orange reddish copper color - looked great. A good foamy head with exceptional retention. (Poured this at temp 43 into a Sam Adams pint)

The aroma reminded me of pine and something tart, overall it was very nice.

There was something about this beer that simply was not working for me. It tasted a little off; like it was crudely put together. It was dry, but not in a pleasant way. The taste was reminiscent of pine needles and it had a citrus rind bitter taste. The malts seemed to have taken to the sideline only to make a brief appearance has it got warmer.

It had a prickly carbonated. Dry aftertaste that was not very pleasant.

I can respect this beer from afar, but it simply was not for me. It was too dry and bitter, and not to my liking. I might give it another shot. For now I will be moving on. Others might find it interesting, so its probably worth a try.

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Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange...nice creamy white head..

S-Fruity but more apples and pears than citrus on the aroma..also some caramel maltiness

T-Taste is more citrus and piney...there is a strong bitterness which becomes abrasive....unsweetened grapefruit, pine needles...malt is not noticeable behind all the bitterness

M-Body seems about right for the heft of the hops....any thinner and this would be hop juice....

D-If you want an IPA with some bite this fits the bill. I'd prefer something with a little more of a juicy hop flavor. Comes off as too one-sided on the bitterness for me. Bitter without good flavors..

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Photo of Durge
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fun experiment from the laboratories of Ohoove this one is a cloudy rusty brown color with a nice off-white head and tremendous lacing. The aroma offers fruity hop edge with some mild alcohol overtone that sort of negates any favorable signs. The flavor comes on with a pretty clear match with the aroma. Grassy hops and wheaty malt. This is relatively thin and tinny with sharp hop bite but not greatly flavorful by my taste buds. It's close to mid-bodied with subtle carbonation. Drinkable enough and it improves as it warms. But a little disappointing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
6.8% ABV, Best By: 05/08/14

A - This gorgeous copper-colored IPA pours slightly hazed and complete with a tall and everlasting ivory cap of foam. The suds plateau to a lumpy pile all while shrouding the pint glass in thick lacing!

S - Deschutes' Inversion IPA has a neck label that touts, "Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling. Inversion is as close as you can get without knowing somebody." Elsewhere on the label, Deschutes goes on to describe Inversion to have, "plenty of balance, finesse" which I tend to side a little more with. Thick bread crusts and notes of toffee sweetness pave the way for floral hop attributes that give a slight nod to citrus and undertones of gentle fruit. I'm still a month from their "best by" date but I can't imagine it's meant to be quite so aromatically distant.

T - Far closer to where I imagine the aroma should be, the flavor is still a little muted but much more hop-forward. Blended fruit doesn't call any particulars out but leads nicely into the floral, faintly earthy aspect that in turn gives way to bready malt kissed by a dab of caramel.

M - Inversion is plenty carbonated though an odd flatness comes across the tongue, possibly due to the fuller bodied feel of this smooth IPA. The bubbles tickle the back of the throat, however, giving way to the lingering dry and bitter hop finish.

O - Even with a month left before Deschutes deems Inversion no longer satisfactory, I can't imagine what's in my bottle is what they intended the beer to taste like. While the beer isn't bad (and they do label it "balanced") it's not hop forward enough, especially in aroma. The building blocks are clearly there, just not quite put together yet, or should I say, they've fallen apart.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.
I am reviewing this right after a Red Chair, which did not impress and this one isn't doing much better. Looks good, very red with nice foam and tiered lacing. Not enough balance and not pleasant enough hop flavors. A little too grassy. Its really not a far cry from Red Chair in my opinion. Too dry, not enough classic hop flavor. I just have one of these, and I'm fine with that.

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Photo of Damian
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle
Best by 08/27/08
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my roommate Mel for bringing this one back from Oregon.

The beer poured a clear (with some floating yeast particles from the bottle conditioning), deep orangey-amber color with a tight, frothy, sticky, off-white head that left tons of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and complex, yet balanced. Surprisingly malty and sweet smelling for the style. Citrusy (candied orange peel came through strong) and smooth with a noticeable fruity yeast note. A touch earthy. Some tropical fruit flavors appeared as well.

The taste was ultra hoppy and bitter. A bit of caramel-like sweetness appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were intensely citric and bitter. Grapefruit peel was rather apparent. Undertones of caramel malt were detectable in the center, yet they were no match for the hops. The intense, hoppy bitterness carried into the resonating, piney, spicy finish. As the beer warmed, the alcohol also became quite noticeable on the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery with a fine, lively carbonation. Somewhat foamy.

Drinkability was severely hampered by the overwhelming bitterness of this brew. Near the drink's end, the beer was quite difficult to put down.

This was a really raw and unrefined version of an IPA. In fact, it was one of the most bitter version of the style I have tried. Although I found it a bit rough around the edges, hop heads may rejoice at this untamed beast of a beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Best By – 04/17/13
12oz bottle into tulip glass

A – Dark copper, light amber edges. Notably dark for an IPA. Foamy head starts strong but settles and leaves adequate lacing.

S – Hop notes are floral and bitter. Citrus here, but more of a dried orange/apricot note. Nose has a subtle sweetness to it.

T – Malt forward, hops come as a strong lingering after effect. The hops are fresh enough, but this is fairly strong on the bitter hop big malt composition.

M – Carbonation is adequate, perhaps a bit light, comes across as flat almost. A little more bubble might help rid of the strong malts.

O – Not hoppy like some other big West Coast IPA's. The NW nature comes through in the form of unique malt characteristics. Bitter hops try to balance but still is more malt dominant than others from the west coast.

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Photo of dill
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draught in a pint glass
a - has an orange amber color with a thick, light head.
s - citrus smell with a bit of hop bitterness.
t - a bit hoppy but not overly so.
m - a bit thicker than I expected with nice carbonation.
d - this was surprisingly easy to drink although not particularly great tasting.

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Photo of vkv822
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint.
Best By: 10/05/11

Pours orange with light amber hues and a thick frothy off white head.

The aroma is of grapefruit with a fairly balanced backing of biscuit malts.

The flavor is a bit more hoppy then the aroma, though the malts are still quite prominent. There are quick notes of citric hops which quickly turns into caramel and bread malts, with a faint bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite active carbonation.

While this is an enjoyable beer, though not too exciting of an IPA. From what I experienced it seems as if it would be better identified as a pale ale.

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