Sunday, July 31, 2016

Deschutes Armory XPA

The Deschutes Brewery is in Bend, Oregon. This is their 5.9% ABV experimental pale ale brewed with Citra.

The beer pours an orange tinted amber in color. There is a tall, thick, foamy head of off-white. The aroma is citrus, citrus rind, caramel, with just a hint of pine. The taste follows the aromas, a blast of citrus, grapefruit, flesh and peels, over a strong base of toasted and caramel malt. The finish is dry, with grapefruit rind and pine needle astringency, and a moderate bitterness. The beer drinks with a fine, yet crisp, carbonation, very refreshing in effect. This is a nice pale ale. If you don't think different breweries can do totally different things with the same hop, compare this to Toppling Goliath's Citra pale ale, pseudoSue (not in the same universe).


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