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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 400
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 400
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 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

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Photo of badbeard58
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of sdawson
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a growler filled at Deschutes early evening based upon the suggestion of a pub server. I wouldn't have grabbed this otherwise -- I'm glad he took the time to push me towards a good choice.

Armory XPA is a predominantly reddish amber brew with a moderate head and minimum lacing. The scent on this one is fantastic, ranging from ripe banana, fresh cut grasses, and sweet toffee. It's definitely treading towards an IPA with the citrus and pine profile, though the bitter hops are SLIGHTLY more subdued in this one compared many of the PacNW IPA's, softened by a tangerine-like sweetness. This is a great summer drinking option, light going down, with substantial carbonation. Overall, I'm definitely glad to have tried Armory XPA, though I should caveat that if someone is looking for a profile that strays far at all from a PacNW IPA, they had best look elsewhere.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Armory was brewed in honor of Deschutes' one-year anniversary in Portland and is named for the landmark building across from the pub that was once a working armory and is now a theater. Four hops varieties are used including (I'm told) the new experimental Citrol variety. I'm not sure if Citrol and Citra are distinct from one another. Regardless, its inclusion works exceedingly well here.

Armory has a vivid, floral-citrus aroma, a clouded amber body, and lots of sticky lace. It's clean, it's balanced, and it's lots of fun to drink. Actually, it's a fairly simple beer - not overly complicated - but has a punctual finish and serves as a model of effective balances. So far as I'm concerned, this highly drinkable ale effectively establishes Deschutes footing here in Portland and proves to my satisfaction that Deschutes' Pearl District brewpub can't be dismissed as a mere extension of their base of operations in Bend. With beers like this, they've arrived.

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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 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!

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great session beer like the Mirror pond. Had on tap at Niche for the Deschutes dinner and this one seemed to be the favorite even over the Red Chair. It is a hard beer to come by unless you live by the brewery. Good citrus notes but not over whelming. I hate to use the word simple as it sounds boring. But it is a simple great little beer. Something you could have a couple of and be very happy.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.


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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 Dope
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Bread, toffee & caramel gives way to plenty of citrus & grass.

T: Grassy-weed, resiny, grapefruit, rind, bread & caramel. Assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body has a light hop acidity.

D: A very good drinker.

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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).

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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.

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Photo of kflorence
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep copper with hints of cherry and a half inch of foamy, off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing on the edges of the glass as you drink and carbonation levels look average to below average. Slightly darker than anticipated but has all the markings of a tasty brew.

S: A plethora of tropical fruits (mango stands out) and flowers assault the nose with a sweet candy, malt undertone rounding things out. Huge aroma on this one, and quite tantalizing to the citrus hop lover.

T: Floral and citrus up front but quickly overtaken with honey, butterscotch and caramel malts. Finishes with lemon peel zest and a bit of grapefruit lingering on the tongue. Decidedly balanced while remaining hop forward.

M: Medium bodied with tame carbonation and a ton of chewiness. Goes down smooth and finishes dry. Quite sessionable.

O: Not a typical APA, but I quite enjoyed it and would happily drink another. Stop kidding yourselves, most of the Deschutes offering are pretty balanced and this one is no exception, though I would say it's more hop forward than the mirror pond. For a flavor/drinkability combination this one is a win. Look elsewhere if you seek something decidedly unique or overly hoppy.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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 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 hreb
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a healthy orange color with a big foamy white head that lasts a bit.

Smell is of tropical fruit and, well, cotton candy. Its a weird smell but its nice.

Taste is a balanced pale ale with grassy hop flavor and decent malt backbone. Its a clean tasting pale with a unique hop profile that is hard to discern.

Feel is ok, medium carb and feel.

Overall not my favorite by deschutes, but it tastes pretty good.

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