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 DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm back from Magic Mountain, I'm refreshed after a shower, and I have yet to have a beer. Let's try Inversion IPA. On to the beer:

Hazed reddish orange in color, the head is creamy on top and is retaining itself well thus far. Soft grapefruit bite in the aroma. Herbal, somewhat buttery. Smells like an "old School" Northwest IPA. Tastes old school as well. Balanced, but you still taste some hops. And not clean. A touch of caramel upfront, that turns into a mild grapefruit bitterenss with very herbal flavors. Faint alcohol is felt in the body. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, perhaps the best part of this beer.

More of a balanced IPA, and more herbal than the ones I prefer. A solid effort by Deschutes, though this might be my least favorite of the Deschutes beers. That should tell you how good their beers in general are.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/21/2010.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resiny hops with some pine and some light citrus mixed in. There is also a nice amount of bready malt.

The flavor is resiny hops and caramel malt, as well as some orange citrus and bready malt. The beer is fairly well balanced, with the overall flavor leaning slightly to the side of being more bitter. The overall bitterness is fairly low for an IPA, but there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Deschutes Brewpub, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop and soft caramel malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront grapefruit that slowly melted into a relatively full malt. Caramel detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a good hop forward west coast IPA.

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

Pours amber with a rocky off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Smells grassy and of bitter citrus, but also light and clean. The taste is also light, clean, and bright with citrus, followed by a short burst of sweet malt, some graininess, and then a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bite at the end. Quite drinkable, this is a nice sixpack beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, extremely rich orange color with just a sliver of tan head. This looks quite delicious, indeed.

Smell: crystal/caramel malt aroma comes through quite easily amid plenty of citrusy and slightly floral hops. Pretty good so far.

Taste: the malt base is quite sweet, and the hops flavors are much as in the aroma but with more of a lean toward the floral end. Bitterness is quite nice but shows up mostly toward the end. Overall, pretty good, but a little sweet-malt-oriented for my taste in a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively low carbonation; a run-of-the-mill mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm finding the sweetness of the malt to be a bit cloying. One of these is tasty, but more than that might be a bit much for me.

On the whole, not bad, but definitely not my favorite of Deschutes' offerings.

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inversion IPA, despite a deep caramelly colour, provides perfect clarity. In contrast to the bright beams of highlighting it emits, however, concentrating on it can be hard on the eyes and any fingers on the other side appear like shadows. Its head is tan and spongy.

That caramel colour was apparently a sign of things to come - this bouquet has plenty of dark caramel and sweet toffee-like notes and smells a little like something you'd serve as dessert with tea. But that sweetness is not allowed full spotlight; resiny pine tips and wet leaves, along with a spattering of citrus, grant the nose plenty of green Northwest forestry.

This beer is nowhere as aggressive as other West-coast IPAs. In fact, it's quite mellow. While it shares the bitterness it is obviously cut from a different branch - there's no overblown citrus and, while there's plenty of hoppiness, it is very well balanced with the malts. Indeed, by design this is far more like an English IPA - albeit a very characterful one.

That similarity is apt too because of its low carbonation, wet leafy bitterness, lack of perceivable alcohol and the soft, elegant floral accents on the finish. Also for its big toffee notes - like a coffee cake - that provide a good deal of sweetness and the hardened water minerals that mimic salted caramel - now how does that not earn at least a "4" for flavour?

This is not what American hop heads will be accustomed to; it's an IPA that won't grate the senses of an old-world purist. In typically American fashion it has more of everything, including hops to be sure, but in place of the bright citrus and bitter resins, it offers the mild temper and balance of an English offering. Strongly recommended if that's your thing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by August 23, 2006; sampled June 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, bit o chunky, reddish amber color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head that starts to leave a bit of Belgian lace as it falls from its initial two-finger height. The beer is suitably, and satisfyingly hoppy in the aroma. Notes of grapefruit, sweet tangerine and to a lesser degree pungent pine notes combine to form a formidable hop character. A touch of malt is found in the aroma as well; a dry toasted malt note is there if you dig for it. This beer's aroma really has an intense, sweet, citrus fruit focus to it. It is quite nice and on this alone I highly recommend this beer.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, hoppy from the get go, but the hops don't really start to take off until you get to the middle portion of a sip. Pungent, with a slight astringency, the hops are a mix of citrus notes (grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange peel, and some apricot like notes), and an herbal character that mixes with some sharp pine-like resinous notes. The malt plays second fiddle here, but there are some toasty malt notes as well as a malt sweetness, which helps to accentuate the fruity hop notes. A solid bitterness starts to grip my mouth at about the middle point of a sip, and picks up a full on, lingeringly astringent bitter note in the finish. The bitterness almost has a minty quality to it because of its fresh vibrancy.

I have been drinking this beer for about two weeks now and I am finding that if I have a fresh hop craving this just hits the spot. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you can get a fresh sample.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the 16th st Albertsons a week or two ago.... for about $7.50/6. Poured into my shaker pint.... Needed to slow down the tunes, listening to the "High Fidelity" soundtrack.

Poured a deep orange/dark amber with a loooong lasting lite tan head and good lacing.

Hop aroma is big and bad... grapefruit and pine (tar?) A little astringent... nice caramel malts... There have to be English hops in here, that I like alot.

Bitterness cuts perfectly through the malt leaving a little caramel sweetness on the end... piney hop taste with still maybe a little too much lingering bitter... I don't know how to describe the finish, but it reminds me of the beach. English hops are there definately... black tea and biscuits. Mouthfeel is great.. nice viscosity and great carbonation... there may be a little bit too much bitterness left over.

Good IPA, and I LOVE Deschutes.... not my favorite PNW IPA, but close... not sure what is throwing me off (Chinook?). I am probably in the minority, but I liked Quale Springs more.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Looks great in the glass and leaves a really good amount of foam sticking to the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet and quite full of "C" type hops with lots of grapefruit and lemon scents. The more you smell it the stronger the Citrus hop aromas get.

Taste is not very sweet and quite strongly bitter in the first sip. Very strong earthy hop flavor that is a bit on the harsh side initially. Hop level here is slightly numbing to the tongue and the harshness goes away after swallow number four but the initial roughness costs this a 4.5 in the taste department. Flavor besides the citrus is wood and strong tea and some faint pineapple.

Mouthfeel is good.

A beer that looks near perfect but is slightly flawed in the glass. I could see buying this again if it was cheaper than my usual Pale Ale but I can't see buying this instead of my usual local craft beer. Worth a try but not anything super special.

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

On tap at my local pub here in West Linn.

The beer pours an amber copper color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and hoppy citrus. On the palate this is a much more impressive IPA. It has a considerable malt backbone, but with a goodly amount of hoppy citrus as well. The combination gives this beer a bit of sweet fruit (apple and melon) flavor, which then fills out with some nice hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a substantial presence in the mouth (this IPA is anything but light on the palate). Drinkability is pretty good, though it started to wear me out a bit on the second glass.

A nice, solid IPA. Deschutes makes much better then this IMO, but all things considered, this is a beer I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium-orange colour, with great cuneiform-esque shaped lacing on the glass, good retention on the head, it's still there with about 2 oz. left.

S: Lots of citrus and a bit of pineapple, a bit of sugary malt in there as well.

T: Very tasty, heavy pine and citrus/grapefruit tastes upfront, with some lemon, and a hint of lime. Bready malt is evident, but the great hop flavours are what I really liked about this beer.

M: Rich and creamy, very smooth, with a bit a resin, a great feel for an IPA.

D: Another great IPA to try, another good beer from Deschutes, this is a very good IPA, very tasty, need to buy a sixer of this before it disappears for the year, a great hop-based ale.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland pub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Nectarine, tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Great leafy hop flavour, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, melon, grass/weed, caramel malt, assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body; plenty of hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this...
Appears a medium toned, hazy amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out. Streaks of lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is creamy, citrusy, with caramel, grass, and biscuits.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted with earthy, grassy, and citrusy flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter without much of a sugary, ballsy malt balance that I was craving in this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/05/08 clearly printed on the bottle, kudos to Deschutes for indicating the freshness on their bottles. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a really nice off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and hints of caramel with a lot of citrusy hops. The taste is a burst of citrus hops, with a malt backbone that takes a major backseat to the hops. I would like to have seen a little more malt in this one to provide more of a backbone for the strong grapefruit hop flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice texture. Ovearall, Inversion IPA is a great PNW IPA that is recommended. Another great brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from City Beer in San Fran for 1.99. Thanks to J for this one

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops/herbal notes, grapefruit, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, malts and dark fruits. It actually tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than an IPA in my books.. It ends with a dark fruit and malt aftertaste with a good dose of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - An interesting take on the style. When I took it out of the fridge I had my hopes up for a fruity/juicy IPA so I was a little disappointed when I tasted it. It's still very good, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB 8/14/13. Consumed 7/15/13.

A: Reddish-orange with a good clarity and rapid ascension of carbonation bubbles. Foamy 2 finger cream colored head sits stubbonly in the glass while thick stratified ring lacing encircles the interior.

S: Grapefruit pulp, semi-dry citrus grind is forefront with a hint of orange-pineapple fruitiness lies gently in the background. Some overlaying of straw.

T: Sweet sugary toastedness for flavor at first, sweetly dry toasted citrus lingers about with a flowery warmth hop fade. Alcohol tones of dry cinnamon stick and orange spices with some speciality grain.

M: Mouthful was spicy, good rate of carbonation with a slippery malty feel. Citrusy and dry cinnamon spiciness spikes off the tongue upon the swallow with a lightly dry powdery feel.

O: Overall good hoppiness and a decent transistion from a sweet start to a dry flowery hop fade finish. Again not a beer you will turn down on seconds, but one hardly of seeking out if your a hardcore ipa fan. Casual kick back drinker.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 8/31/06) an amber gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is on the delicate side...notes of citrus from the hops and some spiciness.

The taste is a strong citrus bitter up front but then, a good malt sweetness(caramel) moves in and balances the taste nicely. The finish goes back to and actually intensifies in the bitterness and spiciness department. Hmm....I'm liking this new IPA from this very solid brewery!

Bottom line: Another solid offering from Deschutes that I hope makes its way to Casper for further "testing". :^)

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

Pours a lovely red-tinged amber colour, with a very fine, if slight head of yellow-white. Lacing is sheeting and thick, however, which should make up for the lack of head retention. Thick body for its 6.8%. The gorgeous colour and lacing make this a very fine looking beer.

Nose is fruity and rather sweetly perfumed, without a lot of true gritty, grunty hop bite. Floral aromas with a dash of honey and some mild tropical fruits. Even a twang of green banana, laced with the remnants of passionfruit. Very pleasant.

Taste is smooth for the most part, with a mild bitterness through the centre. This, however, doesn't quite manage to cover the intense and robust caramel sweetness that forms the basis of the beer. Together, they head towards a menthol bite on the back, but the characters never really mesh that well.

Feel is smooth and supple, with a lightness that matches the lilt of hoppy bitterness pleasantly.

A nice beer, although getting outside the realms of a really good IPA. The sweetness is a bit too pronounced, leaving it more a beer to sip and ruminate over than one to drink with gay abandon.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark peach color. Poured a 2 finger coarse foamy off-white head with fair retention. Even medium lacing.

S: Distinct citrus aroma, lemon peel and yeast. Piney hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front. Big, lingering hops in the finish. Hop and citrus aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Very nice balance.

D: Very good, regularly drinking IPA.

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

Poured a clear orangey amber, head was thick and lacing very prevalent. Aroma was a bit of citrus. Taste was long and lingering yet at the same time a bit throttled down. Mouthfeel was good and balanced. Just right! Had a English feel which is fine by me. A very nice IPA and you can't go wrong here.

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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 beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured with an inch of light tan head that left very nice, sticky lacing. An attractive Orangey/Amber color. Strong hop aroma with piney scent being strongest. Flavor is what was expected after experiencing the aroma. The pine flavors hit first with a nice citrus finish that lingers, but doesn't cling to the tongue. Very good body with a solid malt foundation. Very good drinkability, my palate tires quickly of most IPAs (2-3 and I'm usually ready to switch up), but I can drink several of these without suffering palate fatigue. An above average brew from a brewery that makes solid, dependable beers and rarely makes a misstep.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a slightly cloudy deep amber color, highlighting more orange colors. The head measured in at 2 fingers on pour and leaves a strong ring of lace throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is a piney sweet hop aroma, interspersed with some caramel malts. I say interspersed because the malts stand out more.

T: The ale ha a strong bittering hop element, clearly detectable on the first. It is bitter enough that it nearly crowds out the aromatic hops. As they subside, the strong pine and citrus hops emerge, showing off a floral bouquet. There are some grapefruit and soapy notes that come out, along with some grassiness. The malts are biscuity and support the hops nicely.

M: The mouthfeel is too bitter upfront before morphing into a strong, abrasive IPA.

D: The ale is well-crafted. I could easily pound a few of these although the 6.8% could be a bit of a drawback. An excellent representation of the style.

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

355ml bottle poured into tulip 31/12/12 happy New Year

A clear reddish copper with a thumbs width of cream colored foam that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of unorganized lace

S perfume and floral hops with some orange creamsicle and citric hops, has a sweet nose but I can't quite pinpoint what type of sugars I'm smelling

T much like the smell but I can taste some soft caramel and a little bread, not nearly as strong as the smell but still quite nice, for a West Coast IPA I was expecting less balance

M a little gritty after the fact and light bodied for an IPA but increases the drink-ability, soft carbonation and a faint spruce and citric rind aftertaste

O I was expecting more of a hop bomb but this works well, the booze is well hidden and its quite easy to drink

good example of the style, perhaps an industry standard, balanced and drinkable without wrecking your palate. I'm so stoked to finally see Deschutes on the shelves in Alberta, its just getting ridiculous at this point here in the Foothills of Alberta I'm running out of beer money

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB 8/14/13

Pours a dark reddish copper with an inch thick white head that dissipates fairly quick. Great lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, but not too much honestly. Much more malty than hoppy on the nose. The taste of the beer is also not too hoppy, tho more than the nose, but it has a terrific flavor. Malt presence isnt big either, but there is a big mixture of tastes going on in this beer. You get the piney bitterness like most NW IPAs but there is also a good fruity taste too. The combination leaves you craving more right away which makes the mouthfeel of this beer extraordinary.

Overall not the hoppiness IPA by a long shot, but what it lacks in hop profile it makes up with in flavor profile and feel. Its a beer I'd love to drink more often. Unfortunately not available on the east coast (yet!)

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