Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU: 58

(Beer added by: Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010)
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Photo of Mentalpulse
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Delicious. Could be a little hoppier.

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Best by: 02/10/15.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed as a pale ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. White colour. Nice foaminess, creaminess, fullness, and thickness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant copper. Translucent, transparent.

Looks nice for a pale ale.

AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, floral hops, sweetbread, breadiness, spice, and vague citrus. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol, yeast, or off-notes are detectable, though it does have a nice yeasty spiciness.

TASTE: Vaguely citrusy, floral, and mildly spicy. Pale malts provide the backbone. It's well-balanced, but a bit rough around the edges. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex enough for a pale ale, with some limited subtlety. I expected a better taste given the use of cascade, citra, and centennial hops. I do like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick. Good presence on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable; I could easily kill a bottle. But it's far from Deschutes' best. I'd pick it up again; it's very reasonably priced at $3.99/bomber. I'd like to see this in 6 pack form. Well worth trying.

B-

Photo of JNForsyth
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. Hazy orange-brown with a finger of quick breaking tightly packed frothy beige head. Aroma is almost akin to that of an English IPA: Orange marmalade, plums, brown sugar, biscuits ... Bright citrus hops with a whiff of pine against a backdrop of lightly toasted malts. Palate is unique: Canned peaches, dried tropical fruit leather, papaya spears, pine needles, wine gums, butterscotch pudding, a berry flavor that is difficult to place (almost a cranberry-like sourness but that seems like overstating the case), blackcurrants, lime, grapefruit, pepper. More hop-forward than many other APAs yet nothing over the top bitter or resinous. Mellow iced tea-like tannic bitterness. The finish is pleasingly fruity, semi-dry, with some malt sweetness throughout. Stout medium body with mid-range carbonation. This one is a sleeper. Fruit flavors that really pop but largely devoid of harsh bitterness. Sturdy malt backbone. Grab these Deschutes bombers if you can.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BaconManic
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CMC73
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BCross
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Twotonsandwich
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Reverend1
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice slightly darker amber color with a one finger head of thick white foam. The head has a very good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides and surface of the glass and brew respectively.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a mix of a bready, lightly fruited, and hoppy smells. The bready aromas contain some hints of a more doughty and roasted malt smell within. The lighter sweet fruit aromas are of a tangerine and orange nature while the hop, which are the strongest of the smells, are mainly of an earthy and herbal nature with some other smells of a grapefruit and floral note.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and more sweetened doughy flavor. The sweetness comes mostly from some fruity flavors of a tangerine, melon, and mango flavor with a little bit of a caramel sweetness mixed within. These sweeter flavors, with the bready tastes, create a base flavor for the brew remaining relatively constant through the taste. Right from the start there is also some flavors of hop, with an earthy flavor being the most pronounced upfront and with it remaining so throughout the taste. Other hop flavors do come to the taste buds later however, with some lighter grapefruit and floral flavors coming soon after the initial tastes. With a hint of a dank pine coming at the very end, one is left with a slightly resinous but still somewhat sweet and fruity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of 5.9 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the fruity and hopped flavors of the brew, the thicker body really soaked these flavors into the tongue allowing them to shine high and be heavily sensed.

Overall – This was a lightly danker, but somewhat sweet brew overall. A very nice drinking brew and one to try if you get the chance.

Photo of gldnns
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LoganMc
3.32/5  rDev -11%

Photo of SjEzE
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep amber and copper orange. A little hazy, not too bad, but some near clarity going, some minor carbonation rising a bit. Head is soapy and a thick off white, with frothy retention, barely hanging on, but with at least three fingers tall. Clumpy retention, and suds lacing.

Good solid nose. Hints of light caramel, mild sweetness, good biscuity softness on the aroma as well. Mild sensing soft hop , somewhat floral, but a spicy herbality as well. Very nice.

Palate comes very nicely. Soft malts with a crisp toffee like quality. Mid palate fills with some light toasty malts and hop citrus. Clean and almost minty finish with a light body. Lots of zesty tropical notes, and hinting herbality spice. Comes off with a sweet nutmeg and clove like action on the hop front.

Overall, solid and controlled hop forward pale ale. And another win in the Deschutes column for the good guys.

Photo of rphx88
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber at the end of August from Total Wine for $3.99. Best by 11-11-14.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is oranges and grapefruit.

Taste is oranges and mango with some grapefruit rind. Malt base is bready. Malts and hops blend melodically.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated for a refreshing feel.

Overall this is a delicious brew. I like the orange mango flavor. Recommended especially at that price point (for a bomber).

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.