Inversion IPA | Deschutes Brewery

very good
3,047 Ratings
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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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 JohnnyJam
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle with date code clearly marked and into a pint glass and got one finger on head.

A: Pours a dark amber and almost copper color. I get one finger on head and the froth dissipates at a medium rate to a little more than just a ring around the glass but to not quite covering the entire top of the glass with froth to the end. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Malts are prevalent and then some pineapple and orange with pine winning at the end.

T: Mostly hops is what I taste upfront. This is not in your face but definitely there and balanced with the malt.

M: This is medium carbonated and it goes down good and very smooth.

O: I like this beer and I wish I had another one. I will definitely have this one again. It is not overly piney or tastes too much like pine resin. It is easy to drink. I recommend it.

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Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

app- Healthy amber-orange with sparse bubble streaming. Head is soapy and poured huge. Lacing clung to glass very appealingly.

sml- Mango, peach, sweet orange/grapefruit. Smells fantastic.

tst- Hulk tasted a lot of alcohol. It's sort of high ABV but not high enough to be boozy. Not sure what happened here. People kept talking about a caramel malt but Hulk didn't get that. Did get some bitter orange rind and grapefruit juice. Taste good.

mf- Frothy, with thickness from brew but perfect amount of carbonation for style. Hulk finally starting to understand "mouthfeel" thing.

This good IPA. Hulk had better, but that not mean much when this beer so good. Don't let Hulk's rating deter you from having. Solid A beer!


p.s. follow Hulk on instagram @hulk_beer !!!

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The second IPA I have had from Deschutes, and it definitely lives up to the expectations I had. It pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber color with a big frothy head. The smell has lots of pine, citrus, and some other fruityness i can really pinpoint, theres also quit a bit of malt aromas. The taste reflects this aswell, and has a fairly balanced taste, and it also has what I can only describe as spicy flavor to it. Overall a really tasty somewhat unique beer, I haven't had an IPA that has tasted anything like this one.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Tayner for this!!

Nice honey color with a white head. Smells hoppy and citrusy but not overpowering. Taste is nice, bitter with good balance. This is a nice drinking IPA. It's a nice change from the slug you in the face bitter IPAs that are en vogue.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent IPA.. Taste, colour, smell/aroma. It is a thing of Beauty,,
Have never been to Oregon, but to taste this beer @ Deschutes Home turf would be quite a treat.
Will have to re-evulate my IPA critiques as my palate has become more acute of IPA excellence over IPA adjunct..
Life is so complicated, though GOOD IPA does ease the stress and pain.
I've NOTHING to say that is negative about this bottled bit of Nirvana..
Thank you, Friends from the NW United States..
Bless you and keep the excellence coming...
You Rock!!!!
~ Carry On Citizens!!!~

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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 schwansmantr
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Inversion Ipa is loaded with more different types of hops than I can begin to remember. This beer created a large head and had a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong very strong of hops. If you are a fan of strong hop sent and taste you'll like this beer but for me I give it a F. I do not like the strong bitterness and after taste it gives.

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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 jojox
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Revkibosh. Thanks!

a - apple juice red/auburn. Thin, white, feeting head.

s - viney hop resin! Very soft notes of caramel malt

t - Not over the top at all. Towards the hop side of the scale, but well balanced. More in the English style. But the hop bitterness sticks to the inside of my mouth! Very long finish.

m - bitterness and hop goodness

d - pretty good. I think I'm not huge on IPAs right now.

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

A: Amber color and clear with an off-white head. The head is fluffy leaving slight lacing

S: Orange and pineapple hops with some roasted malt in the nose

MF: medium to full bodied with very smooth carbonation

T: The orange and pineapple hops flavors dominate. There is some roasted, biscuity malt in the finish. It is well-balanced but still allows the hops room to shine. There is a hoppy bite, but not overly bitter

D: I could probably drink a few of these. The astringency is present but not overwhelming. The alcohol is not immediately noticeable.

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

1/4" head that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing. mild orange to light amber body. sediment and haze present, the former more so.

smells citrus-y. lemon, oranges, lime all seem to be present. smells like old brick foundation to a certain extent, like old, clean buildings.

bready hops, orange peels, sweat.

tingly smooth. effervescent.

old beer, let's be honest. shit has been in my fridge for 3 months. i generally love this beer, review MAY NOT do it justice.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with medium body with modestly carbonated very slightly off-white head that goes down at a moderately fast rate. Leaves a thin top foam and a medium-low amount of lacing. Copper-red with very clear appearance.

S - hops! American hops are most present - grassy, some citrus but very low. The aroma is more earthy hops. Cara notes come through with a decent amount of supporting malt that rounds out the nose

T - Hops again are present here in the taste. Resiny and earthy. Very solid hop flavor that lingers out to the finish. Bitterness is high and initially sharp and stays until late in the aftertaste. Very low malt taste.

M - Sturdy body with plenty of dextrin character. Attenuated well for an American IPA. Leaves lots of hop resins.

This is a good northwest IPA. Not bright but firm in hop character. The body helps support the bitterness. A touch more citrus would be nice but I will go back to this for a regular fridge beer.

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Photo of hughesm4
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Deschutes brewery immediately following the Fresh squeezed IPA.
a-Poured a dark gold color with a light head that had a decent retenion.
s-A balanced smell with a citrus smell taking the lead, followed by a slight sweetness.
t-A very nice initial hop burst that fills the mouth and has a bitter sweet taste towards the end of the drink.
m/d-Medium body that leaves a well carbonated hoppy and bitter combination feel. A nice drinker that I enjoyed.

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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 sunkistxsudafed
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden copper color with a while head that laces very well.

S- not much in the way of a hoppy smell, more of a crisp vegetable and malt smell.

T- nice classic american IPA flavor. fairly complicated malt character for its style.

M- very crisp, and savory.

D- easy to drink even for malt fanatics. smooth and crisp

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Photo of ChrisA
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with a thick two finger head. Good lacing. Tremendous hop aroma. Very citrusy. A hophead's dream. Maybe a bit too hoppy since it is difficult to pick up the malt. The 6.8 ABV does not hide itself. A strong hop bite at the finish. Good example of the Northwest IPA style. Maybe a bit unbalanced to enjoy as a session ale. I drank this for the first time after brewing my first IPA. The hops from the brew session were lingering so I enjoyed this immensely.

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Photo of Ranbot
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Docer for this extra in a trade.

Poured from bottle into SA "Perfect Pint" glass. Half inch of head that quickly settled down into a thin layer. Good lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark amber color, much darker than most IPAs. Smell is strongly of pine with touch of fresh baked bread. Taste is a blast of piney hops. Some slightly toasted biscuit-like malts back up the hops. The mouth feel is perfect - not watery, not syrupy, well carbonated, and very refreshing. Heavy hop presence in the aftertaste that lasts a long time. If you like hops one sip will go a long way.

It's a great west coast IPA especially if you like piney hops. Personally, I think it's a just a tad overhopped and I tend to enjoy the more citrus hop flavors over pine. After one of these I'm ready to move on, so some drinkability points were deducted. But if I liked the pine hp flavor more I could see this being sessionable.

EDIT: In looking through other reviews a lot of people seem to think the hops are citrusy. Maybe there was something wrong with me that night. In reflection there may have been a slight citrus flavor. But I was practically raised in a forest of pine trees so I stand by my original opinion that it's mostly piney hops. ;-) To each their own. Cheers!

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Photo of anchordrinker
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark-red copper color, with nice head and retention.

S- Sweet caramel malt and sharp, fruity citric aromas dominate.

T- Very well balanced, similar to the aroma with caramel sweetness and fruity tones. The flavor, however, is less citric than the aroma would suggest, due to the abundance of maltiness. Pretty atypical for a West Coast IPA, but definitely not in a negative way.

M- Medium body, with an average level of carbonation. A bit thicker/more syrupy than I would like.

D- Very drinkable, despite slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

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

Nice frothy, thick head - about two fingers, off-white, slowly diminishing.

Nice light hop smell with a good amount of caramel, malts, grain, and some grass.

Cloudy amber color with some sediment lingering about(nice).

Good head retention and lacing.

Tastes is slightly dry hoppy, medium palate, a little sticky, moderately sweet with a very small amount of bitter aftertaste.

Drinks well, looks good.

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

Hazy reddish-orange, much like grapefruit juice with a thin, pancake like head that dissipates into a film.

Man these hops are quite pungent in the nose, with lots of grapefruit.

This is one is all hops, with a big, bright grapefruit/citrus finish with ample bitterness. There is some caramel upfront, but the hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy.

Drinkability is also good; the alcohol is not very perceptible.

Overall, a hop-head IPA without much balance, but good hop flavor and the bitterness will satisfy any lover of that little green flower.

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Photo of abankovich
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance on this one is very impressive. A nice deep burnt orange amber color with a full head that diminishes but is present almost the whole way down. Tight spiderweb lacing holds on to the glass throughout the duration of this one.

Smell isn't too powerful but what is there does smell good. Sticky and sweet, the hops and caramel malts are most noticeable. Some burnt aromas are present as well. Citrusy fruits are also present of course.

This beer tastes a little stronger than it smells, most of the same aromas are present while drinking. The burnt taste is slightly present towards the middle to end and is a little undesirable imo. However the rest of this character profile makes up for it. I'm really enjoying the balance of sweet malt and bitter/citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel on this beer is near perfect. It is medium to full, very smooth and very even the entire way down.

Drinkability is decent on this one. I would definitely be able to drink a few more (if only I had easy access to Deschutes).

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Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with a fair head that leaves significant lacing. Nose is dominated by floral and piny hops. There are hints of malt but it is definitely a hop-dominated beer. The first sip explodes with the piny hop flavor detected in the nose, mellows out slightly with malt sweetness, but finishes strong with bitter hoppiness. Medium carbonation with a dry, hoppy finish.

Delicious IPA variant that is heavy on the bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden as well, making this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in Santa Barbara California.

A: Beer pours with a luscious frothy head. Color is deep burnt orange/cherrywood color. Appears pretty dark for an IPA.

S: Caramelized malts are in the foreground, earthy hop aroma, subtle citrus/resinous notes.

T: Balanced bitterness with an assertive caramelized malt flavor.

M: Great texture, good carb level. just thick enough.

O: This beer was good but not up there on my list as far as IPAs go. I feel there was too much caramelized malt presence that overshadowed what hop aroma/flavor there was.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange body with an extremely thick off white head which stayed around throughout the drink. Lacing on the glass was tremendous.

The malt aroma sticks out more than hops, but they are there. A bread like malt with a hint of sweetness followed by a hint of pine/resiny hops.

Very similar to the aroma. Caramel and bread like malts dominate the immediate flavor, piney hops linger in the background.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation was spot on.

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,047 ratings.
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