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!