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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 368
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 368
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of iRaven99664
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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 SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Afroman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beerswag
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Pklimas
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of takusan1000
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mtndg15
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tuckersmth
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!)

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Photo of MichaelPiazza
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
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