Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

Inversion IPAInversion IPA
BA SCORE
75.5%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 3,069 Ratings
Inversion IPAInversion IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,923
Reviews:
859
Ratings:
3,069
Liked:
2,318
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
11.05%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
625
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,069 |  Reviews: 859
Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 10/05/10

Poured into Bruery snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a dark mango hued brown.

Aroma: Bright citrus flavors up front. Mangoes, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. Some floral hop notes. Also has some caramel malts. A solid ipa aroma.

Taste: The taste is a lot more malty and boozy than the aroma. It is also more sweet. The citrus fruit blends together a lot more here. The mangoes stick out a bit, but that's it. It has a large amount of caramel malts showing. Bit amount of floral hops dominating the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol shows with this ipa which I don't like. I can see booze showing in a dipa, but not a single. Ends very sticky with a big hop resin feel to it.

Overall, a decent ipa. The aroma is solid on this but the taste brings too much booze with it. It is a bigger ipa, but I still don't like the booze showing in a single ipa. One of these would be enough for me in a sitting.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle with a best by date of 24 July 2013.

Appearance: deep, orange-amber color with a massive, frothy, creamy, bone colored head. The head is very durable and leaves gobs of lacing.

Smell: light malt aroma with plenty of citrusy and floral hops.

Taste: the sweet malt base is apparent, but struggles to counter the hops, as the touch of sweetness up front turns moderately bitter by the finish. Grapefruit rind in the aftertaste. The hop flavors lean toward citrus and floral, but is a bit piney and herbal too.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; nicely smooth.

Overall: a robust West Coast IPA. with a relatively hefty malt component.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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 oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: beautiful dark copper with a good off white head and plenty of lacing.

S:hops and a good amount of malt. Smell is quite reminiscient of Alpha King--not quite citrus or pine, but lovely.

M: smooth and creamy. Medium body.

D: ecellent. If I lived on the west coast, this would likely be my session IPA.
T: quite balanced. Nice hop presence, but not overpowering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramel sweetness along with a good background of floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness, then the sweetness of caramel, brown sugar and citrus come in quickly to provide a good balance. There’s a good hearty malt character that also contributes to the balance. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty enjoyable beer that I could drink for a while.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on to of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - citrus hops with notes of orange and lime as well as a bit of caramel.

T - toffee and dry caramel malt up front with some fruity hops. Lemon and orange in the middle with a bit of pine. Finishes with acidic bitterness and dry toast.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is allright, but it is overly pithy with a lingering acidic dryness that really isn't pleasant.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to fartingdog for including this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear amber, with a nice copper sheen to it, and several fingers of frothy looking off-white head. Retains into a big, creamy dollop of foam that leaves just a MASSIVE latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is earthy, spicy, herbal, and floral with a deep underlying tang of bready malts, citrus, and caramel sweetness. I'm also picking up the slightest waft of warmth that throws this off a touch.

The taste starts with a softer feeling hop profile that is herbal and earthy with some dry and lingering spicy notes. This is set against a sticky feeling backbone of bready malt, caramel, and light tropical fruits. There a nice mix of action going on here and it stays well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but still has a relatively easy feel to it. Unfortunately, I'm picking up just a bit too much warmth, which mixes with the herbal notes and bitterness to give off the slightest bit of a medicinal feel.

You know, I like what Deschutes does with their staple IPA from a flavor standpoint. Herbal and earthy hops interwoven into a profile that is a bit complex and well balanced, leaving the bigger West Coast hop bombs flavors to their seasonals. I just wish that those flavors did a better job of convering up some of the heat in this, which definitely hurt the feel and drinkibility for me. Dial that ABV back a bit and I would have enjoyed this tons.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a hazy amber color with a nice cap of white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Citrus and pine hops on the nose, sweet malty base. Good mixture of intense citrusy / piney hops and sweet bready malts in the taste, big notes of fresh fruit in the finish with a lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth for an IPA; very nice overall.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a caramel amber color with a frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big pine and grapefruit hop profile to it with some lemony citrus coming through as well. A bit of the malty, caramel flavor shows through as well.

The taste more grapefruit like bitterness and citrus flavors to it, but also shows some of the pine that was present in the nose. The caramel and malty try to come through behind the hoppy bitterness. It finishes with more of a dry bitterness that lingers for a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty flavorful and easy drinking IPA overall. it wasn't outstanding for the style, but a pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a 2 fingers + tan head. Kind of dark for an IPA. Good lacing & very good head rentention

Smell: Malt, fruitness & citrussy hops

Taste: Twangy citrus (grapefruit) hop explosion. Slight frutiness and caramel sneaks in. Finishes very dry & fruitty

MF: Great carbonation and a little to hopped up for balance

Drinks good, but the OTT hoppiness would prevent this this eclectic IPA being a session ale

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger head. Decent retention ending in splotches of foam on top. Nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice light citrus aroma and a little bit of caramel and toasted malts. I get a hint of pineapple at the end as well.

T: Starts with some caramel, followed by some pine flavor. I was expecting a bit more of a floral flavor based on the nose, but more piney. Has a slight bite on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and creamy. Overall very enjoyable. a solid beer I could keep in the fridge and drink anytime.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 woodychandler
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having had some out of a cask and finding it to my liking, now was the time to try it in a bottle.

From the bottle: "Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling."; "Inversion is as close as you can get without knowing somebody."; "Crafted for explorers everywhere since 1988"; "We worship the flower. The hop flower, that is. We know you do too. Inversion is our tribute to that flower, with plenty of balance, finesse and personality to feed the hop lover in us all."

It produced a bug, rocky, off-tan head on the pour. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. OMFG, was this intensely hoppy in the mouth! I love hops, but I almost coughed in astonishment, and that rarely happens. The neck label mentioned "... layers of soft caramel notes", but they were barely evident on the finish and not at all in the mouth. The nose was likewise redolent with hops. The finish had the same intense citrus/hop flavor, but slightly tempered by the malt. Wow! It produced a beautiful, sticky lacing throughout. This is my favorite Deschutes product, bar none.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Hazed rusted copper hue, certainly darker than I expected but nothing out of the ordinary. Thin lace after a two fingered froth leaves a dusting down the side of the glass.

S- Mildly pungent citrus zest, juicy hop aroma with some toasted and caramel malt in the back end. Very aromatic.

T&M- So damn smooth with a creamy back side, hop-o-licious with a sharp bite of bitterness and layers of citric peel, zest and juice. Solid toasted malt flavor is modest with a slight caramel malt sweetness, hint of fruity esters show some of the alcohol off with a warming finish.

D- This is old school "micro-brew". You have to love this raw beast, it brings back so many memories of what some of the IPA were like back in the 1990's. Inversion IPA is a must try, especially if you love hoppy beers. Paired well with a pressed German Ham and Swiss pannini.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 75.5% out of 100 with 3,069 ratings
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