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

A: A little over a finger of off-white head. The beer is a slightly hazy copper. Frothy head retention and sticky lacing.
S: Grapefruit immediately flies out of the pour. Huge aromas of hops, and some pine. Sweet malts definitely demand a presence on the nose.
T: Good dose of bitter hops really dominate. Malts are not as present in taste as the aroma would leave me to believe. Yeasty notes are prevalent to round out.
M: Light to medium-bodied with carbonation bringing out the citrus.
D: Refreshing. This is a solid IPA. Deschutes has yet to disappoint!

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

Hazy, darkly bronzed burnt orange with a candy apple red blush. A gorgeous color. I also love the particulate-filled nature of the beer since it makes me think that I'm about to drink a ton of hop flecks. Inversion looks great from top to bottom (or should I say from bottom to top?) The orangish ecru crown is creamy and is supersticky from what I hope is a significant quantity of hop resins. The glass is coated with tremendous, lace-like lace that looks like it will soon be crusty.

The aroma is outstanding and is different from any IPA that I've smelled yet. The thing that sets it apart is a pungent apricotness that smells like the sweet and sticky overripe fruit just before it begins to rot. That may not sound good, but believe me, it is. Orange, pineapple and pink grapefruit (in that order) follow apricot.

I've had bigger, hoppier IPAs than Inversion, but it's a tasty humdinger of a beer for sure. Although caramel malt intrudes a bit too much with respect to flavor, I'm sure that most will find it acceptable. The hop bill tastes like an American-British cooperative effort. Deschutes says only that 'our favorite Northwest hops' are in use. If that's the case, then one of them must be related to either Fuggles or Styrian Goldings.

The beer's best features are balance (if you like that sort of thing in an IPA) and drinkability. Inversion practically drinks itself. So much so that I have to remind myself to slow down so I have something left to assess mouthfeel. There's a great deal of hop flavor present (dried orange peel, tea leaves) without a tongue ruffling amount of bitterness. It'd be a cinch to drink 2-3 bottles in quick succession.

The mouthfeel is in keeping with the amount of hop bitterness. That is, it's slightly lighter than the IPA average while still being well within the bounds of acceptability. The mouthfeel makes up for its lack of viscosity by being as polished and as smooth as an expertly cut gemstone. Silk only wishes it was this smooth.

I forget just how good beer from this brewery really is. A quick review of my reviews reminds me that this is my 11th Deschutes beer and that I've only given one of them less than a 4.0 for flavor. I'm not sure I can say that about too many other breweries. Inversion is a beer that I would be bringing home by the case if I was fortunate enough to have ready access.

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Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Brilliant amber, mostly clear, thick off white head has great retention and lacing.

S/T/M - Pleasant hop bouquet with floral, light pine, and touches of citrus hops. Moderate bitterness. More subtle floral flavors shine well with the relatively light body. Smooth consistency, yet hops are prickly across the palate. Finishes crisp and clean with lingering pine bitterness.

O - The light body flows well with flavors and leaves me wanting to drink this more.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.25/5  rDev +9%

12oz to a snifter, best before 10/22

Pours a really dark golden orange with a finger and a half of foam. Not bad retention, down to half a finger after a minute or two. Pretty hazy, low carbonation

Smells pretty floral. Upfront heavy pine, followed by a lot of citrus- mostly all grapefruit. A little sweet caramel on the malts, touch of alcohol on the finish

Taste follows well. Lots of heavy pine, backed up by some relatively submissive citrus. A much less sweet caramel malt come through on the back

Feel is a medium body, high bitterness. Alcohol hidden well, super easy to drink

Overall this beer really reminds me of when my friends and I would attempt to down Torpedoes in high school. I got that first initial super piney shock of hops on my first couple sips of this six pack, brought back a lot of memories. And to think now I knock these guys back no problem

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Photo of Proteus93
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Deschutes bottle brought back from California by my buddy, Dustin (misterdmac). Thanks again!

A: This is one of the nicer pours I have had in a while... deeper in colour than they will often be, it's almost copper but has a gold hue to it, as well. Head is frothy, creamy, and has something of an orange hue to it, and it loves to hang around. Retention is great, with a nice wall of lace left all around the glass and about a quarter finger of head remaining as it is consumed.

S: A citrus blend of lemon zest and grapefruit. There's also a soft woodiness and a nice, warm maltiness that rounds it out quite nicely.

T: Citrus hop flavours, complemented by just the tiniest bit of spiciness. A sweet malt takes some of the bite from the hop flavours, and smooths it out... with the medium body and moderate carbonation, it makes for a smooth feeling body, as well. The two work quite well together.

D: Quite a nicely balanced IPA, and I certainly like that in the style. It could potentially start skirting on approaching DIPA territory very easily, but that's fine with me. I'd like to have this around from time to time as a bit of a regular rotation.

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Photo of JHoots
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish copper with a nice head that lingers throughout. Aroma is citrus mellowed with rich caramel. Flavor is balanced for an IPA with grapefruity hops and malty sweet grains competing for the spotlight. This is not a hop bomb like some IPA's (not that there's anything wrong with that) but just a very well balanced, well constructed IPA that will remain part of my regular rotation as long is it is around. Nicely done Deschutes.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went through and looked at the ratings to see if they were too high, but then I took another sip of this immaculate brew and realized the ratings are spot on.

The appearance is great. Beautiful orange-amber color that is clear and un-polluted. Beautiful white frothy head that leaves a steady medium lacing all around the glass. Can be poured to a three finger head and dissipate down to a half finger. Good medium body with an oil character slathering your glass.

The smell is not very strong, really small. Hops and a bit of alcohol is all I can smell.

The taste is phenomenal. I have such a high respect for this beer. A beautiful looking beer, and a great tasting one as well. Dry bitter hops are the main characteristic in this story, and leaves you wanting more. Washes your palate with a dry mouthfeel that just leaves your palate begging for more. Caramel malt is a middle taste as a orange peel zest accompanies it. Amazing.

At 6.8% this beer is amazing. Love my Deschutes.


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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 BadRockBeer
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. crown top poured into a standard pint glass. Murky copper in color with a decent 2 finger foam.

Smells for citrus and carmel.

Tastes of citrusy hops, very nice with tastes of orange peel and carmel. Also a hint of tea. Finishes with a slight alcohol note and a mildly bitter after taste. Very silky, medium mouthfeel.

A great drinking IPA.

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

A: Pours a translucent copper color with a nice two-finger thick, frothy, white head that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look spot on.

S: Honestly, this is one of my favorite smelling brews. A lovely citrus-pine-hop aroma with a sweet, bread and butterscotch backbone. Mmm, very inviting!

T: I would call this a hop-dominant brew, but it is balanced out nicely with a wonderful butterscotch and bread maltiness. Lots of citrus, mostly grapefruit, also some other light fruits like apple and maybe some apricot. Finishes on a bitter hop note that lingers on the tongue.

M: To me, this brew exemplifies the mouthfeel of an I.P.A. Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a bit of a creamy mouthfeel, it goes down velvety smooth and easy; feels great on the tongue.

O: I am very impressed with this I.P.A. I am not typically a fan of hop-centric brews, but this one came off to me as a fairly balanced with notes of hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Not an overly complex beer by any means, but very, very solid, easy to drink (especially at 6.8% ABV) and entirely tasty. Deschutes, you continue to impress. Cheers!

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Photo of johnnasset
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man I love this IPA. Pours reddish amber with off white, creamy head with very pronounced lacing. Great floral/citrus aroma. Crisp mouthfeel, pronounced but not overwhelming hop flavor. This is my new favorite beer. With the fairly high ABV, 2 or 3 will make you feel pretty happy. Deschutes brews great stuff and this is definately one of the top five.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy, slightly off-white head; deep amber, almost burgundy; hazy; leaves some lacing

Great smell—reminds me of Free State Brewery's Copperhead (a fantastic IPA)! Not over-the-top here like some IPAs, but what's there is very good and appetizing.

Taste & Mouth Feel
Wow! Really tastes like Copperhead—awesome! Good hop bite/sting to it; thin-to-medium body; tasty maltiness present, though not as substantial as I'd expected from reading reviews; leaves a lovely hoppy aftertaste, though is weaker on the back end than on the front. Just gets tastier as it warms; the malt profile really starts to open up, too.

This is a damn good IPA. Generally compared to other IPAs, this one has a slightly more subdued aroma, but has a great hop flavor (I think I must really like the particular bittering cultivar used) and a good balancing of malt. I would drink this on a regular basis if I had the opportunity; it's really good and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a plastic cup at the Comfort Suites outside of Portland, Oregon. (Don't judge me, it had been a long day of travel)

Inversion IPA has a nice carbonation level bubbling up through a darker-than-expected amber body. Up top, a thin cap of rocky, khaki foam builds and leave excellent lacing...even in a plastic cup this was impressive. The hops are a bit muted in the aroma, but are fresh like Deschutes' Hop Trip and are balanced with a big caramel base. Some spice kicks in as the beer warms.

The first taste picks up a big, biscuity-sweet caramel base. Hops are quick to assault the sides and back of the palate with piney, spicy hop oils...just the IPA I was looking for after a long flight. Mouthfeel is exceptional: crisp, medium-thin body with a perfect carbonation level and a lasting, hoppy bite that grabs hold and refuses to let go. All in all, I was happy with Inversion IPA. Although the aroma was a bit of a let-down, I'll be saving my second bottle to see how it performs in a "real" glass.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper developing a sturdy, 1.5 finger off-white head. Head subside to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and regenerative wisps of foam erupt at the slightest provocation.

Bits of toasty, caramel malt get pushed aside rudely from a citrus-piney hop blast that hits the nose.

Fresh, macerated pine needles and lemon rind tingle the tongue. This is an assertive IPA. The bitterness is nearly overdone but for a robust caramely malt presence that makes itself known, albeit a little late. Fortunately, that sweet cream-caramel character becomes more pronounced as it warms. A cedar-like spice lingers - the last vestiges of the earlier hop-onslaught. Quite delicious, and with a brash edge that leaves you wanting more.

Slick, soft mouthfeel is pleasantly hefty, yet quaffable. Very drinkable though the somewhat rough hop presence makes this one for hop-heads only. A much more interesting and enjoyable IPA that the previous Quail Springs offering. After many years, Deschutes continues to impress

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Photo of tburkhart
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from, um, someone ... whoever sent this, thanks!

A - Pours a light copper / burnt orange with a see thru layer of head sitting nicely on top of the brew.

S - Citrus HOPS that punch you in the nose.

T - Excellent balance with the hops shining through. Sort of bitter on the palate and it sticks around. This could be the definition of an American IPA.

M - Very nice.

Quite surprised by this one since it had some age to it. It sat in my fridge for way too long and now I must search out some more.

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Photo of leaddog
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark copper/amber with a finger width of foamy head.

Smell - Earthy and piney hops, caramalts, tropical fruits.

Taste - Nice hit of earthy/piney hops followed along with a balance of the malts and fruit. Good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A well-executed American IPA by Deschutes. Ranks up among the top of the American IPAs that I have sampled.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my mind Deschutes is very underrated they brew a vast array of great styles and sadly alot of people in the midwest and east never have had the chance to try their wares... now enough of that on to the review.This poured an odd kinda hazed brownish orange with a nice tight one finger head that never totaly settles,well that Oregon hop profile really shows itself like I knew it would quite citrusy with lemon I think being predominant over top of caramelly biscuit dough malt its not all one dimensional.The hop dominates but it has character tea-like up front with a nice resiny,spruce like finish all the long a decent sized sweetish malt base holds its own thru to the finish.A nice hoppy quaffing IPA I would have never guess this was so high in alc its very drinkable,well done.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 10/03/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass walls.

Smell: A big mix of hops in the aroma. Hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Also some big hints of floral, grassy hops. Some pine resins in the mix as well. A quite noticeable malt presence here too with some sweet malts and lightly toasted grains. Hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Smells big and juicy.

Taste: A pretty big taste that is actually fairly balanced between the hops and malts. Starts out with a bitter kick of hops with esters of grapefruit, oranges, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Also a big taste of floral, herbal earthy hops with some grass. A little bit of pine resin. Midway comes the sweet and bready malts and grains. Notes of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. A very good and full taste.

Mouthfeel: Body on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, juicy, and pretty chewy. Has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good American IPA. Not quite a citrus bomb West Coast style IPA, but the balance here is very nice.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this IPA. Descheutes Never let's me down with their beer. It has a nice honey golden color. Smell is of a hoppy nature but not overbearingly hoppy. I like my beers super hoppy which would make this one perfect for a none Double IPA sipper. Taste is nice when it hits the palate. Little floral note with a nice amount of bitterness. Smooth going down without the syrupy feel you get from some IPA's. Throughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely drink again!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/9/09

Best by 11/24/09

Courtesy of PDXHops

A - Deep & intense amber color with copper & crimson highlights. Poured a ½ inch of bubbly foam. Good retention at the onset. Swaths of lace form early & remain throughout.

S - Robust hop aroma - citrus & floral with a bit of pine. Grapefruit & orange make for a juicy & sweet nose. Hints of caramel & biscuity malt.

T - Takes the aroma to a new level of excellence & enjoyment. Juicy citrus on the front with a floral exposé on the finish. Piney bitterness wraps it together & lingers. Hints of mellow & restrained caramel as well as slightly toasted bread.

M - Heavier side of medium-bodied with moderately rambunctious carbonation. Enjoyably subtle lingering bitterness. Resiny, but not particularly sticky.

D - Very drinkable, indeed. A solid culmination of good qualities. This, I could drink time & time again. A good candidate for a session.

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Photo of claytong
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPAs that is under 1.50 a bottle. Great malt character and medium hopping for a very nice combination of sweet and bitter. I thought my friend from Portland was hyping it up, but no its damn good. I'd recommend for anyone who isnt crazy about hops to the max and want a more rounded spectrum.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white frothy, yet low, head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel impression and a citrusy grapefruit hop character not far behind. Some light presence of alcohol was notable as was a lightly grassy character.

The flavor was strongly bittered with American hops, most of the hop flavor was citrusy with grapefruit character most prevalent, but the flavor was also a bit grassy in nature. Malt was certainly present with caramel, but the ruler of the day was hops in both bittering and flavor. The hop level was high enough that they almost had a spicy character in the brew.

The finish was dry with lasting citrusy hop presence into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. A nice IPA, someone was heavy handed on the hops with this one, but it is still highly drinkable despite being heavily bittered.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with some lunch at some bar type restaurant in SF.

A: Pours a nice golden colored hue with a nice 1/4 finger head. The head was not tall but it did linger a bit. Nice lace noted.

S: This one is all about the hops bold citrus. Lemon and grapefruit can both be detected.

T: Hoppy Goodness in a glass. Bold lemon up front which melds wonderfully into grapefruit. Hints of grassy goodness as well. I am sure there are some malt here, but this one screams hops. Hoppier than I remember when I had this one in the bottle.

M: Medium in body, bold, snappy carbonation.

D: I had two pints, rather enjoyable to be honest.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost completely hazy amber-copper-gold with a big bubbly head of white-amber foam on top. Nice complexity in the body. Looks clean. Nice looking all around -- much different looking than other IPAs.

S: Sweet malts and citrus. Some toasted grain. More subtle aroma -- not that in-your-face smell you get from most IPAs. I feel like a smell red licorice. I guess that's some candied fruit smell. It's nice.

T: Very good here. Candied fruits and caramel malts that subside to a dry finish. Not really too bitter. Not the hoppy IPA one is used to, but this has such a unique nice flavor. Really good.

F: Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Smooth and creamy. Nice velvety texture. Some chewiness that brings out the nice malts. Consistently good.

O: Gotta give it up to this brew. Where most IPAs focus on the hops. I feel this one focuses on the malts. Some would probably call this an English Style IPA, but that doesn't tell the whole story. This is a high-quality brew -- definitely recommend.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,997 ratings.
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