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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%

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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU: 58

(Beer added by: Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010)
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Photo of danxbar


3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 04:44:42 | More by danxbar
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:51:49 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of ThePaleRider


3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 06:29:47 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of mactrail


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color in the Ommegang chalice with a respectable head that lasts well. Foamy and robust in the mouth. More body than you might expect for the style, and it has a richness that is an interesting twist on the usual Pale Ales. Actually, this is so malty, AND hoppy, it makes me think of a junior DIPA, whatever that might be.

Fruity hops in the nose. Sweet and tangy are the first flavors, and it finishes with a distinct grapefruit-peel bitterness. Some mango and burnt sugar. On the whole, this is so flavorful it's mostly a pleasure. It flirts with too much bitterness, too much sugar, and too much alcohol, but it's an interesting brew. Maybe it just needs some rye for the next experiment.

Pleasant and drinkable and tastes a lot stronger than it is. Still, this is kind of a bonking Pale Ale for alcohol content. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:16:59 | More by mactrail
Photo of kflorence


4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:52:20 | More by kflorence
Photo of Bitterbill


3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I finally got to taste this from a Howler vs a sampling at a beer fest.

It pours a slightly hazy gold, 2 finger head of foam with excellent lacing.

The nose is hoppy and sweet. Light notes of citrus, a stronger aroma of caramel malt.

The taste is nicely balanced with a fairly lightly flavoured mix of citrus and malt that may be too lightly flavoured for some folks. To me, the smoothness yet adequate flavour is very pleasing.

Nice mouthfeel, easy drinking(drinks lower than the 6%abv), I like this brew.

Serving type: growler

11-09-2013 15:58:16 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 01:41:20 | More by biboergosum
Photo of TMoney2591


3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 00:04:11 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of vinny21bal


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 19:13:37 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A semi-clear, rust orange in color, served up with a white finger width head. Fair retention. Leaves a fine layer of microbubbles covers the surface, and a nice, sticky sheet of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Moderate aroma, consisting of sweet, bready and deep caramel malt, while lesser notes of citrus comes through nicely.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong bread and caramel malt character backed by a solid citrus undertone. Light lemon pith bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body; almost watery around the edges. Moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough, but this is the weakest aspect of the beer.

Overall - Drinks very, very similar to their Red Chair NWPA, minus the brilliant mouthfeel of the latter, and with a hair more citrus bitterness in the finish. Good, but not a unique release, nor is it on the level of it's NWPA counterpart.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 19:28:31 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Philousa


2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity during their Deschutes tap takeover, 2/11/13.

Pours a golden amber, slightly bending the style a bit here. White one finger head settles to a one bubble layer clinging to the glass. Not much lacing because of this. Aroma is hop forward with citrus and pine. I get slightly doughy biscuit with a swirl. Flavor is similar to aroma except the barley comes through more and there is an undeniable sweetness. The feel is thick, which reminds me of honey all too much, as it grates on you after a whole. Finish is balanced. I'd like to have a pale ale to be refreshing, not syrupy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 17:02:42 | More by Philousa
Photo of beertunes


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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light golden amber color with just a quarter-inch of white head that low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, mostly floral, with some citrus, and had a nice earthy malt foundation. On the tongue, the malts were present at the front and the early middle, while the hops took over the middle to the end. Bitey citrus hop flavors were prominent on the dry finish.

The body was about what you want in this style, fuller than light, yet lighter than full for the style. Drinkability was good, I could easily have a few of these. Overall, a nice take on the style. I'm not sure what makes this an "X Pale Ale", it's not overly pale in color, and not extra alcoholic. Whatevs, still another nice brew from the crew in Bend. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 23:53:16 | More by beertunes
Photo of DefenCorps


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Portland pub today.

Brewed with a blend of Citra, Cascade and Centennial hops, this beer is a copper-amber colored pour, with a dense, creamy, off-white head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is decent. The bready/biscuity malt backbone is apparent, along with the rather inharmonious blend of Citra brightness/tropical fruit and the chalky Cascade hop aromas. Some floral character is noticeable as well. Unlike the previous reviewer, I was blessed not to have a diacetyl bomb. The palate is similar. Medium in body with more malt character than I care for in my IPAs, this has a blend of mild chalky Cascade bitterness and moderate hop flavor, with the Citra and Centennial coming through quite well. The malt character is mildly sweet, but too caramel-heavy for my liking. Bitterness is medium low, leaving a finish that's rather uncharacterful. Mildly drying on the finish, this beer is moderately carbonated and is decent on the palate, this is a rather inoffensiveIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 05:03:20 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of harrymel


1.63/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

on tap at PDX pub

pours dark copper with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells like cardboard, a hint of anise seed and some resin - not impressed. Flavor is hearty malts with some diacetyl butter bomb flavors. I'm so confused by this beer - not up to Deschutes standard any day of the week, particularly on a style they've mastered in the past. The body is smooth with fine carb and an off dry finish. I could live without this one. Hope my taster was off on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 03:15:27 | More by harrymel
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 08:24:55 | More by vkv822
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

A: Poured a lighter amber color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles, little bit of lacing

S: A fruit and lower bouquet

T: First thing I noticed was a taste of juicy fruit bubblegum, some floral notes, perhaps some Crystal malts

M: Light body, well carbonated.

O: A good balanced APA, not overly West Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 16:04:00 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber reddish color with very little head.

S- grapefruity, piny, fruity and kinda earthy.

T- nutty yet hoppy with a solid zing of hops but something robust and earthy.

M- solid medium body. Given this is a grower a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

D- solid beer easy drinking and this grower is going down.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2010 05:01:50 | More by Wetpaperbag
Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.