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: 3,086 |  Reviews: 863
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 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 DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (marked best by 7/30/13), so should be fresh, into a pub glass.
Appearance - Amber, with a meringue-like head. Leaves very nice lacing.
Smell - brilliant; nice mix of hops and sweet candy; some malt present, breadlines.
Taste - not bad, but the malt presence almost overpowers the hops at times.
Feel - complex! The malt on the palate gives way to the bitterness of the hops in the finish, but doesn't completely vanish. A heavier feel than with many IPA's.
Overall - This is a solid beer and the price point makes it a must buy!!! Probably best in the early Spring or in the Fall!

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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 Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Zaximus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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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Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at casino steakhouse in Las Vegas.

Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a solid drinkable brew.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 07-21-12
12oz to standard pint – BB date of 10/03/12

A: Pours a deep amber color with shades of orange and brown depending on the lighting. Almost garnet looking with a touch of haze. Nice finger of tan cream caps my glass. Some wavy legs of stick on the way down.

S: Smell offers a bit of warm bread and spiced caramels. There are some subdued aromas of piney hops and orange slices.

T: Taste brings a modest amount of caramel and freshly baked breads with a concentrated long lasting bitterness. There is a nice mingle of sour orange and evergreens with some subtle earthy spice elements. Touch of alcohol warmth. All together well incorporated, demonstrating some fair balance.

M: Moderate body with a bit of chew on it. Lower-even carbonation. A bit drying in the finish with some resinous hop oils.

D: Nice balance of flavors. Not what I typically go for in an IPA but I can appreciate this for what it is. A well done NW take on the style with a pronounced use of Crystal and Caramel malts. I think Deschutes does a good job of maintaining the balance and bringing the hop intensity. Definitely a beer I can step out of my comfort zone with and cozy up to.

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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 TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jdense
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Deep orange color with two fingers nice retention to head, nice lacing. Complex nose, you can sense the biscuity malt. Fairly bitter hops and citrus (grapefruit) upfront in taste, and biting alchohol and hops again in the finish. Very drinkable. One of the best IPAs brewed in Bend (props out to Ms. Cornett across town). Not the signature product from Deschutes, but a must include if you are attempting to come to terms with the depth and variety of one of NW's best craft breweries product line.

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