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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Reviews: 852 | Ratings: 3,045
Photo of GreenCard
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: organgey-brown, slightly hazy, narrow band of light tan sponge, good head retention, lace

Aroma: passion-fruit & pine hop scent, caramel, citrus flowers, tiny hint of vomit

Flavor: smooth overlying malt sweetness, honey, caramel; herbally hop flavor with a raspy/throaty bitterness like a grapefruit rind; finishes semisweet with a long lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, soft texture, somewhat astringent

Other comments: Maybe I've just had one too many IPAs recently, but right now I'm thinking you really need to be in the mood for beers like this: another one of those "flavor bombs".

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

On tap at Gustav's in the Portland airport.

A - A dark and clear orange, darker than I would have thought. It has a big creamy tan head with good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts, some citrus, and mild hops.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweeter and maltier than I usually like.

D - Good carbonation, slight bitterness.

O - Not much that stands out, and Deschutes is one of my favorites.

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Photo of diamondc
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 03/08/12

A: Huge head, a lot of lacing. Copper colored, not exactly pale.

S: Grapefruit, pine, resin-y, caramel.

T: Graperuit overload, lots of pine, a bit of dankness. Close to no 'malt backbone' here.

M: A woodsy, dry, very bitter aftertaste lingers long afterwards.

O: A barely average IPA, not enough sweetness to balance out the massive bittering hops.

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Photo of seanstambaugh
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper orange. One inch of creamy off-white head dissipates gradually, leaving a lot of lacing behind.

S: Light aroma; citrus hop and grahamy malts. A bit underwhelming.

T: Strong alcohol to start into a medium-bitter citrus hop. Alcohol persists into aftertaste, with notes of dry wood.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation; small bubbles.

D: Not super drinkable due to the strong alcohol taste (and abv). Admittedly disappointing, I am used to really enjoying Deschutes brews.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into.a standard pint from a bottle. Deep amber with a very nice head. Great layers of lace follow the beer down the glass. A little dark, but the head and retention are impressive.
The smell is light, Some biscuity malts with a citric and herbal hops. Also a slight gym sock finish. The taste isn't bad, follows the smell. The hops seem grassy and citric.
The mouth is a little overcarbonated but not overbearingly so. All in all I'm a fan of Dechutes. This one was ok but not up to the standard I expected from them. You could pass me one at a party but I probably won't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inversion IPA certainly satisfied my hop craving, and had some very interesting flavor notes. However, I found the bitterness to be rather rough - it didn't have a lot of sweetness or other hop esters to balance the bitterness. Aside from the bitterness, I got a significant malt presence from the beer, and as it warmed I got some interesting flavor notes to include bubble gum, which I've not previously gotten from any beer. The beer poured from the bottle a rather bright orange with great sturdy head formation. Aroma was a lot of hop bitterness, with a minimal amount of fruit. Flavor is as I've described above. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but not unpleasant.

It is a bit hard to rate this beer. I thought it a bit unique among the hundreds of IPAs out there (interesting mouthfeel and flavors), but I found it only slightly above average when it comes to how much I enjoyed it. A nice beer - and I'd recommend it probably more than my numeric ratings would indicate.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dunno what the problem is, but I've been noticing more inconsistency with the year round releases from Deschutes. This is a good example of what I'm talking about.

Pours orange, good lacing. Smell, nothing coming across beyond some mild herbalness. For how hoppy the taste can be, it doesn't come across in the aroma. The taste, can be all over the place. Sometimes, it is a delightful astringent bitterness with ample diverse hop quality. Other times, it fades quickly, is replaced with an almost wood and tobacco (maybe they slipped in some oaked tobacco barrels to age it in) denigration of the beer, hence why it suffers in my rating on the last two categories. Maybe these guys are blending not so good batches. Something happened that made this beer not as good as it used to be, but then again, Deschutes has been riding on their past success for a few years now.

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

Picked this one up on a recent road trip out west.

A- Bright amber color with a finger of sticky white head. Good lacing and head retention throughout session. Solid appearance, but IPA's rarely fail me in this department.

S- Bitter, floral hops with just a touch of sweet malty backbone. Good balance, but nothing that really wows me. Pretty decent aroma overall.

T- Very bitter with tons of floral hops. Taste is very average with comparison to other IPAs. This style is so well mastered by many breweries now it's hard to find which ones are truly special. Sadly this one is not.

M- Light-medium body, very fizzy.

D- Pretty drinkable, although there are lots of IPA's I'd seek out before getting this one again. I'd like to see a better blend of hops. It was well balanced, I will give it that.

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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 Timmah11
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Thin head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Nice color.

S- Pine and citrus. Strong malt aroma as well. Lots of hops and malt.

T- Crisp start typical of an American IPA. Smooth middle. Bitter and sharp on the tongue in the end. Someone else mentioned prickly and that is a perfect word to describe what I am tasting.

M- I like the mouthfeel. Not too full nor too thin.

D- A little too bitter and not as balanced as I would like. The malt makes the color super and makes for good mouthfeel but seems to fight with the hops rather than play nice together when it comes to taste.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from Sam Adams pint glass. Light brown pour, but once in the glass turns more of a medium brown. Good head, and great lacing. Very floral hop aroma. The aroma sort of just hits you in the face. I'm not a big fan of IpA's , but I thought this one was pretty decent. I would probably buy this again.

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Photo of AAxsom
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber/copper color with a good amount of head. At first, this seems like a Belgian IPA.

S- unfortunately, not much. The hops are present, but not at all strong. More malt than what I like.

T- much like it smells. This is a well balanced beer, as the hops are citrusy and refreshing. beyond that, I get a bit of vanilla which gives this it's balance.

M- I really dig this, since I am used to an IPA having a big kick. Without this, the mouthfeel is much more like a pale ale without that usual bitterness.

O- all Deschutes beers are solid, and this is no different. I am sure I've had this on draught as well, and I remember saying it wasn't much of an IPA, which can be attributes to it's malts and balance overall.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled. My bro has been hip to this beer for awhile and I simply had not found when i saw it, of course I bought one (didn’t want to buy a 6 of it at the time) now I will. This is a nice IPA.
I'm accustomed to the crisp hops of San Diego type IPA's, this is creamier and malt induced in flavor.
Good beer, I would take it far above other popular beers, yet I'm tainted towards the san diego big bitter hopness.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Pours a dull, medium copper color with a slight haze. The average-sized cream colored head fades to reveal delicate lace clinging to the glass.

S. Floral and citrus hop character flank a sweet, caramel malt base.

T. Bitter, dry, and a bit bready. The malt character is all but buried beneath the hops. I guess hoping for some semblance of balance was too much to ask for.

M. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, but no balance. This is a hoppy beer in both aroma and bitterness, but I found little else.

D. Hops, for the sake of hops. I wanted more.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz. bottle). Deep copper color with beige head. Aroma of some caramelized sugar and some citrus. Malty initial flavor followed by hop bitterness and fizziness on the tongue. My preference for IPAs is Racer 5-more hops and less malt. Not a bad beer at all, however

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Photo of BeanBone
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Juicy, citrusy, and slightly piney hops over a biscuity malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of citrusy, juicy, leafy, and mildly bitter hops. Underneath, a crackery and biscuity malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Biscuity malt and brassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This drinks faster than the alcohol content would suggest, so keep an eye out.

Verdict: Overall, Inversion is a decent little American IPA, though maybe just a little forgettable. It's balanced and drinkable, but the flavor profile is lacking in intensity and character.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into St Bernardus chalice.
Copper with lots of bubbles on the side, significant head, and lace.
Aroma of sweet malts and wet cardboard. Bottle states best by 5/28/2013...a few days from now.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of roasty malts, earthy notes, light grassy hops. Overall I'm wondering if we have some oxidation

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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. 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 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 KoG
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful rocky head atop a copper body. Sticky lace all the way down.

Smell is extremely hoppy, very little malt. Strong floral and citric odors.

Taste is very raw and full of hops, from start to finish a solid hop taste with a peek of sweet malts in hte middle. Bitter on the finish.

Goes down fairly smooth, can't really drink many of these in a row as the hops just pummel you.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Back in the day this was one of the more serviceable and available ipas out there. But then, it got inconsistent, more woody, less hoppy it seemed. I'm aware of lupulin threshold shift and all, but I still love SNPA all these decades later, but this, I dunno.

Anyways, on to the beer. Comes out leaning orange in color, good 1/2" off white head. Aroma can be hoppy, sometimes its a balsa wood meets herbalife flow.

Same with the taste, sometimes there's bitter hops, sometimes its wet wood and earthiness. I dunno, the decline of Deschutes was paralleling their barrel program's ascendency, but even that is suffering these days. Downward spiral bro.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, orange-red in colour. Light beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but reduces to a ring around the edge.

Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. No balance... just hop heavy.

Flavour follows closely to the aroma. Strong flavour profile of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops. Quite bitter, especially at the finish. Aftertaste is almost like sucking on a grapefruit peel... bitter citrus hops.

Medium bodied but with a sharp mouthfeel from the bitterness. Mild carbonation.

If you're a hop head, this is the beer for you. If you aren't a hop head, it might be a little strong for you. Personally, I think it's unbalanced hop bitterness actually detracts from it's overall appeal. Although, the brewer obviously had extreme hop profile as a goal, and reached it.

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Photo of kjyost
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle BB 01/17/12, purchased as a single at Happy Harry's Grand Forks South. Poured into a cleat plastic glass

A: A clear copper body with very little head that fizzed away quickly, but some head returned and offered up decent globs of lacing. 4
S:  A syrupy nose with sweet caramel, and decent amount of citrus hops including grapefruit and something odd that can only be best described as black pepper and cheesy 3.5
T: Corny sweetness balanced by a biting bitterness. An odd lack of hop flavours.  3
M: The bitterness lasts forever, balanced well. Average carbonation 4
O: I am not sure if this bottle was a little off with the odd aroma, but I sure would like a heck of a lot more hops going on here. 

EDIT/Re-review: Had this beer on tap at Ralph Englestad Arena on 3/2/2012, and the maltiness was still strong and the hops were still weak. (had it rated 4.5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5 - very similar).

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Photo of trailtate
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice amber color with fluffy white head

T - not too bitter ilke most other ipas. pretty sweet at the beginning and ands with some lingering bitterness

M - smooth, not too watery

D - definitely could drink a couple of these at a time

good ipa but compared to hop henge this is average

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and tasted 8/13/11
12 oz. bottle into a Edmund Fitz pint glass

Pours an amber/tangerine body with about an inch and a half of creamy faint tan head, impressive lacing.
Aroma is generic citrus flavors and bready malt, some toffee; not nearly as much of the citrus or floral scents that are common in most NW IPAs.
Taste included a strong citrus bite initially which transitioned into caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, and butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the style, good carbonation.
This offering by Deschutes is one of the more malt-forward, caramel tasting IPAs I've tried. The citrus notes are present but counterbalanced by a strong malt backbone and unexpected dense mouthfeel. Can usually find a sixer for $6-8 around Portland making it a pretty good deal.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,045 ratings.
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