Deschutes Brewing // Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale // Bend, OR 6.00% ABV // 58 IBU
So I don't drink pale ales too often. Why? Because well... I get bored! Sure there's always Manny's and a Sierra Nevada isn't bad but like, why settle for something just okay when you could have something more adventurous and imaginative? So when I saw the acronym XPA, I knew it was just what I needed.
Color: This XPA is a beautiful shade of Amber. Not what is expected from a "Pale Ale". But the head was light and airy.
Smell: Malty, sweet, and slightly citrusy.
Taste: This ale is remarkably smooth! Like... really. If I were blindly testing this beer I'd probably guess it's a red/amber ale! But the XPA has incredible balance and isn't as malty as a lot of reds are (because of the pale malts). It is very refreshing and allows you to enjoy the slight of a crafty brewer's hand. The XPA gives small doses of woodiness, hops, citrus, and malts all at a level that makes it easy to drink (maybe a little too easy).
Overall: The Armory XPA has the drink-ability you want in a pale ale with the complexity of ingenious brewing.