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Deschutes Brewery
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Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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IBU: 58

Added by Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

served chilled from 12 oz bottle to spiegelau

A: deep marigold body with a cream colored frothy head with great retention and sticky lacing
S: piney; lightly floral business going on; resiny hop notes as well; grapefruit coupled with lightly present more lush/berry fruit tones; biscuit malty sweetness in and out to add a nice balance.
T: fruits upfront (the berry/lushness business) then comes the piney, resiny hop bitterness that also has a distinct earthy character and a bit soapy, followed by some lightly sweet malt backbone, ending on a bittersweet note.
F: crisp with a medium body, good carbonation, and quite smooth, and finishing dry. the astringency grows on me with each sip.

bottomline (aka personal opinion time):
this brew stands out nicely among it's fellow APA brethren. I'd call it a northwestern-ipa-lite personally but that's neither here nor there. it's an easy drink that isn't complicated really but still demands a little extra attention, and I feel that they accomplished what they set out to do with this one. I wouldn't call it "experimental" (I think "extra-funky" when I see that word used) but it most definitely stands out.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rated but not reviewed in '14. The one has a warm, rich deep amber color with a light head that leaving behind a bit of lacing on our tulips. Rich malty aroma, with notes of light spice. Taste is pure Pale Ale with a clean hop profile. Competently done with a smooth taste and clean finish. I'm fine with keeping this one in the rotation. A good back porch beer on a spring evening.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 07/27/16 on the label. A new one to me from Deschutes; acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Burnt golden orange body, two fingers of frothy white head with excellent staying power that leaves behind huge sheets of lacing. Tiny flecks of sediment visible in the beer. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks excellent.

S - Aroma is fresh, fruity, floral, & herbal. Lightly soapy. Fruity notes of stawberry, blueberry, mango, pine, & apricot. Notes of bready caramel / red malts poke through. Has a slight fruit cocktail note that i seem to find in other Deschutes' hopped up beers.

T - Taste brings in more of the same: crisp & fruity with notes of strawberry, blueberry, mango, peach, & pine. Subtle herbal / oily / piney / resinous hop presence, paired with dry bready earthy malt. Fresh, fruity, dirty, & herbal. Well-balanced and drinkable stuff.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & easy-drinking. Mildly bready malt & piney resinous hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall, a slightly above average pale ale offering from Deschutes. Not too much going on here to separate from other beers in this category. The hops are nice (not sure which ones, 'experimental' or otherwise). Definitely has that trademark Deschutes taste to it, (yeast?), but it reminds me quite a bit of a lighter version of their Red Chair NWPA. A nice ale, either way.

Deschutes Armory XPA -----3.5/5

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a haze. Nice white foamy head. Moderate retention. Good lacing left behind. Resin hops shine through first, with a subtle base of pine hops and biscuit malt. The resin taste really sticks with you through the flavor. Some pine hop and biscuit malts behind. The big flavor lasts a moderate amount of time, with the flavor sticking with you a while afterwards. Feel is sticky, and mouth coating with medium-thin consistency. Overall, a wonderful beer. Good hop notes, and easy to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Caj1
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken in late March.

Poured from a bottle with a mid-January brewing date into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep amber with a bit of orange-gold. The color I'm reminded of is maple syrup (the real stuff, not like Mrs. Butterworth's). Head is a nice off-white and pretty dense, and it sticks around for over five minutes, including after multiple sips. I could see the line of suds on the glass from each drink I took.

Smell: pine oil and grapefruit are apparent, with a nice floral undertone I can't put my finger on, almost like a mix of chamomile or lemongrass. The malt is roasty like a piece of good toast and has a nice spice note.

Taste: the hops are big but not too big. The piney flavors aren't as close to the front as I thought they'd be, but there's a good resinous base and I get some tropical fruit notes, along with the astringent herbal taste rounding it out. The malt is sweet but not overpowering, and has good caramel and toast notes, a little bit spicy from the yeast at the end.

Mouthfeel: kind of heavy but not any more than I would expect from an IPA. Feels about on par with an IPA of its color and flavor, kind of sticky but I can deal with it. A little too sweet for me, actually, I didn't feel the herbal astringency as much after swallowing the beer.

Overall: I liked it a little bit more than the BA community seems to like it, but I thought the Deschutes folks did enough here to keep things interesting without going crazy. I don't think it's absolutely earth shattering, but it was tasty and pleasant.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Deep amber color with orange hues, delicate carbonation bubbles raises to the bottom of the foamy head. The head is a tan and orange color foamy with really good retention. The head left nice lacing on the glass.

A strong hop presents with grapefruit, resin, floral, oranges, lemons, and perfume. The malt is settled in the background with a toast malt, biscuit, and yeast.

A strong herbal note, grapefruit, resin, floral, oranges, pine, lemon, and perfume. Th e malt is firm with a toasted note, biscuit, and yeast.

An Astringent note, crisp and clean finish.

The is a unique beer, a herbal note caught me off guard, however it is flavorful and pungent. The flavor is a good for a pale ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Brewery "Armory Experimental Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 07/21/16" on 04/22/16

A: Clear amber body with some visible solids in suspension. Creamy antique-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Floral and fruity (berry-like and tropical) in the nose.
T: Fruity with berry, juicy apple, pear and tropical fruit (tangerine, passionfruit, pineapple? grapefruit?). Medium-caramelish malt. Solid bitterness. Floral, dry finish with some fruit, a bit of minor residual malt, and a touch of pine.
F: Medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation. Smooth!
O: Quite enjoyable. The floral and fruity character dominates, and thus leaves it unique. Really well-balanced and remarkably easy to drink despite having a solid bitterness. 1/2 English, 1/2 American, and somewhat new in my opinion - although everyone's jumped on the tropical hop bandwagon now this has been out for over half a decade!

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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finishes with a citrus and peach kick, but there are lighter fruits, almost like soapy kiwi upfront. The beer is initially smooth, floral too, with a more mild and balanced bitterness that slowly builds on you. A little caramel kicks in as well. This is a great subtle beer, lots to noodle over.

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Photo of TTen
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Floral hops come through nicely. Bitterness is firm but balanced with malt sweetness. Great tasting Pale Ale i would say is balanced rather than hop forward. Appearance is a clear copper with a bone white head. Very inviting. Aroma is floral hops with some sweet malt and some yeast character. This is a Pale Ale, not a hop bomb; meant to be consumed as a session beer and it would do great serving that purpose. Nothing outrageous here, just great, balanced, flavorful Pale Ale. Well done! Poured into a standard pint glass. Best by 7/21/2016.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Armory is a decent beer. It poured a copper clear with thin white head that left a mild lace. The scent was a sweeter citrus with hints of pine. The taste was evenly balanced and very drinkable. It had enough citrus and pine to know it was a West Coaster, but it wasn't over done. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good and I want to try this again.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is grapefruit dominant, with floral notes, tangerine, and a soft pine accent.

Flavor is a touch sweet caramel malt early, becoming fairly dry and earthy bitter at the finish. There's an almost bubblegum perfumey note that surfaces after an initial subtle citrus sharpness. Like the malt presence, but more bitter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slight head, copper color beer. Fruity Carmel scent, kind of like juicy fruit. Actually taste somewhat like juicy fruit with a little Carmel sweet malt. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good different beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/25....pours light amber, white foam that settles out with a ring of white foam. Fruity caramel notes, soft. Fruit forward malt taste with a fast pushy pine bitter. Fast and buried. Soft malty IPA with a tasty closing bitter. Very good.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery color with white head. Citrus, floral notes, pine, grass, and a little malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with nice piney and grapefruit notes balanced by nice malt backbone.

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Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/10/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange with solid clarity; fluffy off-white head that falls slowly lleaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas full of caramel malts with hints of toffee. Hints of orange as well. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The malts shine with a subtle bitterness. It's floral with some citrus notes. More orange along with more caramel and toffee. Lots of cracker notes as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's light with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This a solid pale ale, but nothing too crazy or flashy. It's well crafted for sure, but it's not as good as their other bottled pale ales, in my humble opinion. It's still enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of JWU
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a lighter amber, with a decent off white head, ok lacing. Plenty of chill haze.

S- Some pine and citrus, with a hint of a melon/strawberry note that makes it a bit different than most PA's.

T- A light caramel malt backbone, with some light citrus, pine, floral notes, and that melon/slightly strawberry nop note is what makes it interesting. A lightly bitter finish balances out the sweetness/juicyness of the melon/strawberry hop notes.

M- lighter side of medium. Medium carbonation.

O- Good stuff. Not world beater pale ale, but I'd accept this again, and again.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy copper color with a tiny head which dissipates quickly and virtually no lacing.

The smell is pungent with hints of floral hops, caramel, orange and watermelon.

The taste mostly follows the nose with melon and orange at the start, moving to a caramel malt backbone then finishing with some melon leading to a slightly dry and bitter finish. This brew is by no means near Deschutes' best but it would serve a "session" IPA and might be a good way to introduce someone to their first taste of hops however hopheads will want to look for something better.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a tulip: Honey color, slightly hazy. Hops, honey are prominent aromas. There is a sweetness in the taste that reminds me of a belgian ale. Biscuit. There is an initial hard edge to the hop bitterness, but then the citrusy hops come through. This is a really unique beer, enjoyed very much.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orange amber to light copper with a thin creamy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical fruits with floral/herbal spicing.

The taste is of tropical fruits with caramelized bread. Floral/herbal dry finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

A pleasant, well-balanced, easy-drinking APA.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery 'Armory XPA' @ 5.9% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is a dark gold from the bottle to a clear golden amber in the glass with a medium size fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-kinda somewhat hoppy
T-ok , nice tasting pale ale
MF-moderate carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer & PNW pale ale
prost LampertLand

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Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber, with substantial creamy head. Aroma is flowers, citrus and some pine. Taste is mild hops and finish is dry .Mild in flavor and aroma. Close to a session beer, except for the ABV.

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Photo of Boehler
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold amber. Mild carbonation. Tall, thick fluffy,off-white head. Good retention. Patches of web-like lace.
S - mild, balanced. Light toasted malt. Light, but crisp floral hops. A bit perfumey.
F - light to medium in body. Crisp mouth feel, just a touch of fizz.
T - good balanced flavors are noticed right from the start. At the front, flavors of light brown bread. Just a tad sweet. Flavors of crisp floral/herbal hops follow. In the mid taste there is a hint of fruit. The finish is clean and crisp.
This brew is easy to drink. This is a good APA.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clean, clear orange body, moderate white head, and extensive lacing.

S - Very big pine, honey with lemon zest and floral and candied fruit notes.

T - Strong hit of hop flavor, in the form of pine and cracker malt.

M - Bright and well carbonated. Mild drying in the close.

O - An APA that punches like an IPA. The malt aspect is solid, and the hop flavors are big and full. A very good beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The bottle label says it is bottle conditioned but after the pour the beer is clear with a dark amber hue. More than one finger of head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Has an aroma that somewhat reminds me of Juicy Fruit. Notes of tropical fruit and fruity esters. Flavor comes off as very bitter for an APA. Nice tropical fruit flavor and some sweet caramel malt that tries to balance the bitterness. Nice creamy mouth feel complimented by the carbonation. Maybe this beer is too close to its best buy date that it did not overly impress me.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/22/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, wood, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, wood, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, wood, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness after the finish from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.