dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz. bottle). Deep copper color with beige head. Aroma of some caramelized sugar and some citrus. Malty initial flavor followed by hop bitterness and fizziness on the tongue. My preference for IPAs is Racer 5-more hops and less malt. Not a bad beer at all, however.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Inversion has an almost syrupy-looking, boldly bright orange color with an amber tint and a fine, very dense light brown head that leaves strong and thick pock-marked lacing on the edge of the glass with brown edges. This is a great looking beer! The aroma is of a smooth combination of piney and slightly citrus (grapefruit) hops with earthy malts.
Its flavor is nice, with a moderate hop presence, but a much more intense bitter finish. The grapefruit characteristics of the hops really come through in the flavor. The body is pretty creamy and full (in body and flavor) for an IPA, and it’s really not too sweet at all in the mouth. They really kept the caramel malts at bay with this IPA. The finish is defined by a warm, astringent bitter bite that’s intensely hoppy, but all the while doesn’t take over your palate, allowing for a grapefruit-like citric character to add a touch of deliciousness .
This is complex, respectable IPA that’s serious with its hops, but still sessionable enough to be a great all-around IPA.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Piney, pointed flavor. Grapefruit with lingering bitterness. A little one-dimensional. More flat than fizzy. Not much head. Average. Still on the search for the diamond in the rough.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear copper pour with a rocky white head. Lots of citrus in the aroma along with some rich caramel notes. The hops are very subtle in the aroma, but have a mild floral and herbal hint when you do find them. Lots of piney hops at the start of the flavor. Bitter and citrusy as it moves through toward a very bitter and dry hop finish. Peppery and flowery as it stays on the palate for quite some time.
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Yard House Waikiki Beach - Poured rich copper color with thich off white head and leaves nice lacing on glass.
Aroma - sweet malt with mixture of floral and citrus hops, very nice!!
Flavor - Initial fresh resiny and floral hop taste with great balance of malt and finish is creamy and bitter
Palate - medium bodied with creamy smooth texture. Finish is bitter, crisp and has nice afteraste!!
Overall - This beer was awesome on tap. Had several on tap and kicked ass every time. I then purchased a 6pac in Kona, Hawaii and was not as good. Finish tended to be astringent but still a good beer. I will rate with both in mind.
mcberko (13492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 12 oz. bottle, pours golden amber with a medium white head. Aroma is strong hops, grapefruit and pine. Flavour is much the same, but more malt to balance. Pretty good IPA.
jb (2871) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amber color to this. This was somewhat of a standard IPA to me, in other words, nothing stood out, but it still had all the nice standard stuff, pine, grapefruit, a bit of malt. In the palate, a bit of caramel in addition. On tap at the Yardhouse Waikiki.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from my latest trip to Marcus Foods, in Whitefish MT. Pours a medium amber, with a thinnish off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is grapefruit and pine, nice malt character, balanced, but not phenomenally expressive. Palate is clean and bitter, crisp malt, nice bitterness, very well made, tasty IPA. About what I’ve come to expect from Deschutes.
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a clear reddish-amber color with a medium thin and creamy off-white head that burns away steadily. Thick sheet of lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character. Flavors of grapefruit, earthy malt and herbs as well. The finish is crisp and hoppy with a touch of malt sweetness lingering. Above average overall.
thirstybob (36) - Isle Of Wight, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice strong head, good red tint. Not a lot going on in the aroma department, maybe a trace of resin. Thin palate with a slow building hop on the tongue. Fresh and piney.