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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 398
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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 stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -7.4%
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 morimech
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +7.9%
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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Photo of Hahnin
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful Amber colored beer with a perfectly balanced taste. I got this on nitro at bar food on Wilshire in LA and it was awesome. Great session beer, just gorgeous. Just enough hops to be delicious but not overpowering.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fireweed honey color with a thick sudsy foam that laces the glass perfectly. Smell is sweet bread and citrus. Flavor is also sweet and smooth, arising to a crescendo of citrus and pine bitterness. Somehow this beer also pulls off an incredibly creamy texture while still managing a supremely dry finish. I'll be coming back to this one again, for sure.

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Photo of Croft
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled and poured into spiegelau. SRM 13. Nice head retention. Slight hop aroma on the nose. Malty melon front with a grapefruit back. Medium mouthful and nice balance. Beautiful looking beer

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Photo of pianoguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber best by 09/04/15
*while this is listed at 6.0 ABV this bottle says 5.9 ABV

Pours a hazy, almost solid copper body with a 1 inch white head. A little retention . Good lacing

Smell is a fairly prominent citrus with some bready malt

Taste is more pine then citrus. a little bit of bitterness (the good type bitterness)

Thin feel, slightly of prickly feel

Overall I really enjoyed this pale ale. It reminded me of Manny's pale ale but with a fruitier bouquet. Full disclosure here; the day I rated this beer it was a day past the best before date... and it was still pretty good ! I will have this one again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
Best By: 09/04/15
ABV 5.9%

Poured into a Deschutes pint glass a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy one-finger off-white head, leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, very nice malt note, with some citrus. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice brew for the ABV. Would recommend.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.