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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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85
very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 355
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010

IBU: 58
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Photo of TooGood
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft. It poured a medium orangish color with an extremely creamy head. The taste was slightly sweet with hints of mango and no bitterness and once again the creamy mouthfeel. (184 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Halfway between being British and American, Deschutes "x-tra" pale ale bridges both worlds with a complex but effortless malt body and a slight Pacific Northwest balance with citrus hops. But its lacing of nitrogenation calms the nose and supports the body in unique fashion.

Its honey-amber, soft copper glow appeases the eye once the cascading effect slowly layers into the glass. Its thick, foamy mousse allows for the gentle citrus, wood, grass and pepper scent to pull from the flavors of honey, caramel, cashew and lightly crusted breads.

While creamy and smooth, the bulk of flavors circulate around a soft biscuity center with shortbread, caramel, honey and floral marmalade peaking through the creamier barrier here and there. But a balance from hops turn from a perfumy citrus character and shape the finish with a broad and woodsy bitterness late.

Though creamy and lush in its initial texture, the nitrogen dissolves with ease and the finish becomes decidedly crisp, clean and highly refreshing. Somewhat malt-centric in its overall taste, the hops make a final mark with lingering bitterness of sassafras tea and peppery woods rolling gently in aftertaste. (1,172 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bomber to snifter. Two fingers fairly dense, off-white head. Good retention, some sticky lacing. Copper and clear. Melon and papaya on nose, leaning towards faint side slightly, but warms up stronger. Tastes like aroma, with mild bitterness and strong focus on tropical fruits. Feels a bit syrupy, hides heat well, lighter carbonation. Overall, very nice. Seems a bit underrated for the price. A decent score for only $3 for a bomber. Nothing fancy, but drinkable and fruity. Will buy again. (496 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with great clarity. A fingernail of eggshell white sits on top. I smell some nice citrus and floral hops and a bit of light malt. The taste is a nice balance of citrus hops and earthy light malt. The mouth is light and a tiny bit sticky. (256 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro, poured into a shaker. The aroma is mild with the brightest tones being citrus and more subtle notes of grain and baked bread. It pours a murky, rusty orange topped with a dense, whipped white head that has great retention and lace. The taste is a balanced medium bitter and sweet (although perhaps a touch more sweetness is noted). The beer is silky smooth with a creamy carbonation. The medium body is flavored with dry citrus and a mild lactose sugar with secondary notes of mellow toffee and bread. It finishes with a light, zesty clean citrus and the aftertaste is very mild and lightly astringent with subtle bread notes and it lightly lingers. (660 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on Nitro, 16oz pour

A – Pours a clear pale yellow with a quick cascading body and a nice bright white head.

S – Smells of crystal and pale malts, light bitter dry hop notes as well.

T – Mild notes of bitter, dry, piney hops, slight malt sweetness.

F – The nitro leads to a very nice and creamy mouthfeel on this one, very smooth.

O – I feel that nitro has probably done this beer a lot of favors, comes across as a very basic pale ale with a little bit of additional bitter hops. (501 characters)

Photo of iRaven99664
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- dark ambered body, two finger brownish white (maybe golden white) head. can see through with minimal haze. Bubbles periodically float to the top.

S- Piney hint of sweet and grapefruit hop.

T- A dull sweet to meet a dull bitter, but if both were amped a bit. The sweetness is caramel. The hop is floral with a brush of pine.

F- Goldilocks. Not to watery not too thick. I've seen a lot of people talk about it being nitro tapped. I've never had anything on nitro tap, but I can see where this would be ideal for it.

O- Deshutes was one of my first Better Beers. Black Butte Porter was had on my 21st as I tried to cure a hangover. I was amazed at how (at the time) thick and brutal it was. Since then I've tried a variety of amazing ales fro them, and are still one of my top fives breweries. This isn't the best IPA I've had, but certainly not the worst by a long shot. Anyone that's a fan of PBR will understand this when I say, if Pabst decided to ditch the adjunct and stuck to traditional and decided to brew an IPA, this would be it. THAT is not a bad thing. This is quite tasty and I would drink again for sure. I don't believe I would ever buy again but I'd totally totally drink again. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber beer with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Mild floral hop aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and nutty with a fair amount of malt. Medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a distinctly average ale with no flaws. (263 characters)

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Both on nitro and regular forced carbon dioxide. This is a NW hop forward hoppy ale with a nice balance of rich grainy, slightly caramel malt to balance out the big hop aroma and flavor. Preferred the creamy mouthfeel and overall balanced taste on nitro. (263 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of of frothy cream coloured head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, citrus, bready caramalts, hint of grapefruit peel.

Taste - Starts off with a pleasant punch from the hops then goes into the citrus, bready caramalts, and hint of grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Overall - A solid APA that has a nice hop profile to it. I am glad to have finally tried this. (493 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol, strong resin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of resin, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, very strong and pungent aroma, but a more mellow body, with a smooth body. (482 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber orange look with light lacing around edges. Not a strong smell but what I can gather is good, lightly hoppy. The taste is rather that of a standard pale ale, and it's hard for me to discern exactly what is "experimental" about this brew from my own senses. It's pleasantly bitter and balanced, without any discernible floral notes. More piney than anything with some buttery crackers and alcohol astringency that doesn't sit as well as I like as an aftertaste. Still, not a bad beer by most standards. As I am a Deschutes fan, I felt I had to try this one. It isn't one of their best, but it's still better than most. It does taste reminiscent of Red Chair, but less balanced and more metallic. (706 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of wasso67
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (216 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (295 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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- (1,649 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,969 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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). (505 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Armory is a copper colored ale with thick white head. It settles slowly and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with a familiar pacific northwest character.

Flavor is fairly bitter but balanced with a caramel malt base. Hops bring pine and citrus to the party.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Overall a good extra pale ale and instantly recognizable as Deschutes. (441 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-10-05 in Lancaster, PS at The Fridge on nitro.

English style bitter but with a nice fruit twist. Balanced. Not real bitter. Really enjoyed this. (163 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Hops: Nugget, Northern Brewer, Citra, Cascade, Centennial.
Malt: Crystal.

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 04.29.14.

A: See through red/orange. Light head.

S: Slight grapefruit, blood orange. Subtle notes.

T: Citrus, flower, caramel, tangerine. Also slight graham cracker.

O: Citrus and floral sweetness comes on, followed by caramel and graham cracker, then tangerine takes over and lingers. I loved this one. This was also well balanced as all Deschutes offerings are.

Rating: A (492 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a very thick head (I guess the nitro) that keeps there eternally and leaves laces.
Light aroma of bread malt and herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pineapples.
Bitter flavor with predominant notes of pine, toasted malts and papaya. Also, some resin, tea bags and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with apparently low carbonation given the nitro.
I am getting to the conclusion that nitro is all about look and feel over flavor. I mean this is very flavorful, but the nitro seemed to have masked its complexity. A bit overly sweet after warming up.
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Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Pours a translucent ruby red with an off-white head.

S: Mango, papaya, orange, pine, pineapple in a deliciously tropical nose.

T: Sweet pineapple, sweet mandarin orange, papaya, so much fruit. Some red berries are present as well. Some sweet malt is present throughout and lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Very much underrated. This beer is great! (376 characters)

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.