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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010

IBU: 58
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Photo of cyclone
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice dark orange hue supporting a healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell of the hops with a sweet malt mixed with citrus. Taste has that sweet malt with a slight grapefruit in the back and a nice balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A very smooth easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of NickThePyro
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerswag
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scuttlebutt21
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wasso67
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy golden color. Slightly hazy, decent head. Bright citrus hop nose. First taste is sweet malt followed by a nice dose of citrus/piney hops. Finishes just a tad bitter but very nice beer. Would buy again.

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty, interesting combination of malt and hops. This beer has a sunshine of fruit flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish. This is obviously a well constructed beer - clear, richly colored, with a creamy head that hangs around to give you a foam mustache. Another rock solid brew from Deschutes!

Photo of Mentalpulse
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Delicious. Could be a little hoppier.

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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-

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3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +26.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.