Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Dope:
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
Best by 8/20/14. Probably brewed in February so around 3 months old?
A: Pours a clear amber with a very very effervescent light tan head. Very high carbonation and very bubbly as a result. Head thins out and fades away relatively quickly. Thin little specks of lacing.
S: Nice sweet juicy tropical fruit. Caramel sweetness and tangerines...maybe apricot? Even some pineapple. Pretty nice.
T: Oh yeah, more of the same. Juicy, juicy tropical fruits. Much like the aroma with the tangerine, apricot and pineapple. Get some spiciness too, an herbal spiciness. Like a moderate dankness I guess? Mild caramel malt and a light hit of bitterness in the finish. Lightly dank aftertaste with traces of tropical fruits still floating around. Mildly dry finish but not bone dry.
M: Medium bodied, lightly oily and lightly dry finish.
O: Damn, I wasn't expecting much from the reviews but this is delicious. It really captures the essence of what an APA should be. Hoppy but not a bitter bomb. Just enough hop character to give it some bold flavor but light enough to be easy drinking. There's been a big glut of "session IPAs" recently but this is exactly what I want for a sessionable beer. 5.9%, borderline IPA but so much easier drinking. Really nice APA, well done Deschutes.
05-27-2014 04:55:24 | More by Dope
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3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
A pint at Beer Revolution Edmonton.
This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things slip away.
It smells of light biscuity caramel malt, punchy orange and grapefruit pith, a bit of bakery-fresh sweet pastry notes, and further leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt, spunky orange, kiwi, and white grapefruit, a hint of metallic alcohol, and a stabilizing earthy, leafy hoppiness.
The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just a prick and a nick here and there, the body a wavering at times, but generally steady medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the lingering fruitiness sort of overbearing in its astringency.
A tasty enough APA, although the edginess kind of takes this in an uncertain direction - one away from the normal yin/yang of sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus/pine hops. Hmmm...a Deschutes brew that underperforms? Shocking.
06-14-2013 01:41:20 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance - Pours clear and rust orange in color with a finger's worth of white head. Good retention. Leaves a fine layer of microbubbles that covers the surface, and a nice, sticky sheet of lacing around the glass.
Smell - Moderate aroma, consisting of bread and fair caramel malt, while moderate notes of citrus come through nicely.
Taste - Follows the nose. Big and bready with lesser caramel, backed by a solid citrus undertone. Finishes much the same, with light bread and citrus zest lingering in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.
Overall - Had this on tap for the first time about 14 months ago. Drinks fairly similar to their Red Chair, minus the brilliant mouthfeel and depth of the latter. Good, but not a unique release, nor is it on the level of it's NWPA counterpart. In fact if they were biological twins, Red Chair would be Alanis Morissette, and Armory would be Wade. (Who's Wade you ask? That's what I said!)
04-21-2014 02:05:50 | More by TheSixthRing
3.96/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & very good lacing
S: Breadyness & citrus, some floral hops as well.
T: Pineyness, orange peel & breadyness & a little bit of sulphur up front, a little bit of pear & white grape as well. A little bit of lime, bready sweetness & orange peel as this warms, along with a little leafy hops, dryness as well. Finishes crisp, dry, with grapefruit pith & a little pineapple
MF: Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation, nice balance
Old school APA that works for me, super easy drinker
08-02-2014 02:17:57 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
A: orange. Medium foamy head. Thin lacing.
S: lemon. Peach. Floral.
T: citrus. Floral. Grapefruit. Basic malt overpowered by hops. Not in-your-face bitter, but it's definitely there.
M: medium carbonation. medium body.
O: pretty good. Hoppy IPA. Nothing spectacular, but tasty. Would buy again.
05-24-2014 02:17:48 | More by jellikit
Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.