Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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 by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41 F poured into a large snifter. If there's a bottle code or date, I don't see it. Significant amount of the beer (and sediment) left in the bottle due to the size of the snifter.

Pours a slightly ruby shade of amber with a smallish head that happens to last and last. Fair amount of fine carbonation, slightly hazy. Smell is quite nice, fresh and grassy, slightly floral, some citrus and pine.

Taste is nice. More citrus, sweetly floral, surprisingly juicy, some pine, soft bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between lush and chewy. Whatever that means. Sorry I don't have a comprehensible way to describe it. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised with this beer, I think it's pretty good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of iRaven99664
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of takusan1000
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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!)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle labeled Best by 10/11/14 and 5.9% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer is golden in color with a giant golden head. Very foamy. Delicious tropical fruit aroma. Intensely palatable and deliciously drinkable. Great balance between a sold biscuity malt backbone and a judicious use of hops. Carbonation is quite restrained in this bottle. Finishes clean, mostly, with a slight aftertaste of piney hops. Would drink again.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is just lots of pine, but good.
The taste is nicely balanced pine bitterness and honey sweetness.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
It's very drinkable and tasty. The lower carbonation was nice too.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of RyanK252
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Barrelhouse pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful amber/copper with a nice amount of light pillowy tan head that laces nicely.

S: First thing I notice in the smell is a light malt sweetness followed by floral hops and citrus-y goodness.

T: Citrus and floral backed with just enough malt sweetness. I could swear I'm also getting a little berry in there too. Nice resin and lemon bitterness that hangs around.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, a little juicy, a little creamy.

O: Really hits the spot on a warm summer day.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with gorgeous amber hue. Nice aromas of grass, herbs, citrus with hints of bread and malt. Not amazing, but very, very good. Wonderful on the palate with superb harmony and elegance. Rich yet polished and elegant. Rather good despite the initial impression of an average beer.

Bravo!

Photo of badbeard58
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Agree with the 4+ reviews here. Review perhaps tainted by the fact that the Pearl brewpub had run out of The Abyss yesterday...this was my reason for going tonite. But the food there continues to improve measurably, and happy hour rocks. Malt-forward and especially zesty citrus appeal, more interesting than fresh-hopped Mirror Pond

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a clear and bright gold with two fingers of off-white head. Wet lacing left behind.

Aroma was rather subtle with floral notes and sweet caramel malts.

The taste had a light hoppy floral and citrus notes a sweet caramel malty finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking Pale ale from Deschutes.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear copper color, moderately carbonated with a small, well-retaining, white head. Aroma was light, with tones of floral hops, grassy, with hints of citrus. Taste of caramel malts, crisp hops of the floral and piney nature, grassy and organic. Light-medium body and easily drinkable.

Photo of vkv822
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap @ the Portland pub.
taster glass.
from notes.

Amber-orange with a foamy off-white head.

Grapefruit and lightly resiny, floral pine notes, light malt backing.

Medium body, fairly active carbonation.

An enjoyable APA, though nothing truly memorable.

Photo of danxbar
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, $3.99 at Whole Foods Market Los Gatos. Best by: 06/24/14.

Pours, looks, and smells like a PNW pale ale with a mild, amber hue and robust carbonation. Spice and pine, with an faint underlying citrus zest note confirms my initial reaction - this is a burly Mirror Pond.

I was hoping for a cleaner, brighter, bigger hop zing out of an "XPA" but the "X" stands for "experimental" and not "EXTRA" so no surprises. If you love the way Deschutes does things, then you'll like how they did this for you.

Now that some time has passed I will say that this is pretty dry. More bitter than I originally gathered, but not too out of balance. Good train beer, or before a semi-important life event that needs dulling.

Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint from cask at the Portland brewery. Lightly hazy amber with a surpisingly thick head for a cask beer. Almost looks like a nitro pour, actually. Excellent retention, good lacing.

Smells fresh and malty with a light fruitiness that really seems to open up more in the flavors than the nose (maybe that thick head blocked the fruitier aromas). Citric flavors here and there, but it's light grape and green apple notes that seem to linger the longest. Smooth yet lively, XPA was a nice beer to try, even with bigger, badder taps from Deschutes surrounding it on all sides.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

I missed out on Firkin's Deschutes tap takeover, but I was able to grab some of the remnants. This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises musty pine, very light mint, mixed greens, and mild caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine and some grass for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a tasty little XPA, something I might actually buy a six-pack of were it available in that format.

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What I'm starting to realize is I need to stop buying pale ales. As much as I love to pick up a Sierra Nevada when relaxing with friends and playing cards, pale ales just don't really do much for me anymore. Armory is a great tasting beer, but is very sweet. The bitterness isn't strong enough to cover up the sweet, pastry malts. In the land of pales, this is a solid brew, but my love for west coast IPAs has almost made the flavor obsolete. If pale ales are your cup of tea this brew is pretty tasty, for heavy IPA drinkers, steer clear.

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.