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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 177

The beer painting of the day is of Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewing Company.  Originally brewed as the first batch from the Portland, Oregon brewpub, this beer is a fantastic American Pale Ale!  I’m glad this beer is not called an IPA, even though it could be.  So many beers Americans call IPA should be XPA, APA, or anything but India Pale Ale.  These beers brewed in England were English Ales made for easy transport, or for specific markets outside of England (like Russian Imperial Stout), but people think they are from those places.  Anyway, the style has been changed and the beers don’t even have English Ale yeast in them, so I like that Deschutes called this beer what it is — an Experimental Pale Ale.

This beer is bold and hoppy, like an IPA, but a bit different.  I could taste American yeast and all American hops, with a hop bill of Nugget and Northern Brewer for bittering, Cascade and Centennial for flavoring/aroma, and Citra for the dry hopping.  This beast of a brew is boasting some of the best hops in the Pacific North West!  I love a big bold beer, but don’t like to lose control from too much alcohol, so a beer like this one, with high IBUs and only 5.9% makes me a hoppy beer lover!  I hope you get a bottle of this seasonal product!  When it’s hoppy, you have to get it while it’s fresh!  This one may be gone and never made again!  Well, probably not, as it is the first beer made at the Portland pub, so it has history working for it!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Armory XPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Clendaniel

Year of Beer 06.26. Armory XPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 122

The daily beer painting is of Deschutes Brewing Company’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA.  This beer has been a favorite of mine as long as Deschutes has been brewing it.  It was originally named Imperial IPA when it first came out in January 2007, then the name was changed in 2009 to Experimental IPA when the brewers started using different hops.  Heavy on the Centennial and Cascade hops, this beer comes in with serious bitterness at 99 IBUs.  Also, hold onto your hats!  An 8.8% alcohol content means don’t use your chainsaw or any other power tools after imbibing this particular brew.  And 504 calories per 22 oz serving means you better hit the gym, or at least a pre-beer run.  I have to run for 5 miles to burn off that many beer calories!

Cheers to Deschutes, one of my favorite breweries!  Bend, Oregon how many breweries do you need?!  Last time I checked you had one brewery per 10,000 people and new breweries were springing up left and right!  Way to go! Leading the pack of some of the best beer in the world!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.02. Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.