So I finally got around to reviewing Deschutes Brewery‘s Inversion IPA. I like this beer quite a lot. It’s a strong, very hoppy ale—dryhopped for seven days in addition to the high hopping already present—totally in-line with the Pacific Northwest style of India pale ales and some of Deschutes’ latest hop creations in general.
My tasting notes:
Appearance: Deep red copper in color. Bubbles have a soap sudsy look. Some noticeable lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Rich hops. That characteristic grapefruit-citrus that delineates Cascade hops (seems to be the northwest’s choice these days). Malt is biscuity but not really roasty.
Taste: Malty, hoppy, and strong… Malt has a reddish taste to it, which being a homebrewer tells me there’s a bit of black patent malt in there. It’s very rich. The hops are clean and spicy. Very excellent.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, and a bit dry. Nicely medium-thick, but not too heavy.
This is going near the top of my local favorites… I’ll have to try this on tap sometime to compare with the bottled version.
Being so new, it doesn’t mean as much to point to the rating site scores… But I’ll do it anyway. On BeerAdvocate: 86, with 100% approval (with only seven reviews). On RateBeer, 3.45 out of 5 (with only 15 reviews).