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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Ratings: 3,100 |  Reviews: 866
Photo of stampfler07
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden/light amber in color, substantial foamy head, leaves thick lacing on the glass

S- Green hop aroma, some citrus

T- Slightly sweet malt with light bitterness that rises to a strong bitterness at the finish, some citrus notes in the middle, aftertaste is dry and bitter

M- Moderate to high carbonation gives a little bit of bite, somewhat light in body though

O- A very bitter, hop-dominated IPA, malt holds the balance until the middle of the drink, then it's all bitterness

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Photo of Gatch
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess it is my fault that I bought a Spring release beer just last week in December. The "Best by:" date is 12/08/09.

A - All of the typical characteristics of an IPA but this one may have a slightly redder hue than others.

S - The nose consists of hops, fruit, & malt but without a strong hop presence.

T - Very citrusy. Pink Grapefruit is the fruit that stands out. More malty than hoppy it seems. Some hints of bread, sugar, and slight alcohol. A nice bitterness.

M/D - Smooth and mellow. Mouthfeel is great as is the drinkability. Great IPA.

I'm guessing that the hops weren't as pronounced with this beer as they should have been because I drank it a few days after the "Best by:" date. I'll need to try a fresh bottle in the Spring of 2010.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with suspended particles that appear to be the residual of dry-hopping. The pretty, creamy half-inch tan head sticks around for a while. Assertive aroma of floral, piney hops reaches out and grabs you. Palate is more of the same - aggressive piney hops, with a hint of grapefruit and grass in the background. A very light caramel malt tempers the hops oh-so slightly. Body is substantial and just a tad sticky. Truthfully, the hops get to be a bit much after a while, but this is still a tasty IPA, and a considerable step up from its predecessor, Quail Springs.

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Photo of BCborn
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Proteus93
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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 firkingroovin
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDTyre
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the beer void that is Bellingham, I know I can consistently get Deschutes at the Fred Meyer on Bakerview.

Nice light copper-amber colour with a white head. The head sinks quickly but leaves lots of sticky bits on the glass and a thin layer on the top.

Smell is well-balanced, but somewhat bland. The hops don't excite me, and the malts are pleasant, but not very rich.

Taste is much more developed. The hops impart a zesty bitterness, but the malts present sweet caramel-toffee tones and a light bready taste.

Perfect carbonation, but a bit on the thick side. Very sessionable despite the alcohol content.

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Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of dgherm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one in a mixed sixer at the Grand Canyon's market (shockingly good beer selection, that). Really enjoyed this one - placed it next to both the Full Sail and New Belgium IPAs and it came ahead in terms of complexity of flavor and aromas, and color as well. Not a straight forward hop bomb, but rather interestingly balanced with a nice malt backbone to balance out the bright, sprightly hops, with a nice variety of citrus and caramel flavors going on. Really a nice brew that I would definitely grab again.

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Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Zaximus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Second time I've reviewed this one. First review was a bottle. This one is cask conditioned, served in a pint glass at the Elk Public House in Spokane.

Pours a red mahogany brown color. Nice foamy white head is fairly resilient.

Smell is sweet and sharp. Bourbon-like.

Taste is very bitter and hoppy with a lot of alcohol taste and heat.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a bit cloying.

Not the most drinkable IPA in this form. One of few beers I have found that is better in a bottle than in cask. I'll buy it in a sixer and pass on the cask.

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Photo of qcghost
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy, orange amber colored body with a nice, big, foamy head that leaves some solid lacing

S- Big load of floral, citrus hops on top of a light, sugary base of refreshing water

T- Has a smooth, almost buttery backbone with a massive bitter punch of herbal hops.

M- Smooth and slick with a silky smooth carbonation

D- Plenty easy to drink without distracting flavors

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Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,100 ratings