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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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85
very good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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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Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 63
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 hawaii_brewer
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only way I've had this beer was on tap at a restaurant but i definitely remember it cause its one of my favorite nitro beers.

Photo of leaddog
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of tem3175
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of takusan1000
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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 cyclone
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice dark orange hue supporting a healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell of the hops with a sweet malt mixed with citrus. Taste has that sweet malt with a slight grapefruit in the back and a nice balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A very smooth easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of NickThePyro
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerswag
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scuttlebutt21
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wasso67
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy golden color. Slightly hazy, decent head. Bright citrus hop nose. First taste is sweet malt followed by a nice dose of citrus/piney hops. Finishes just a tad bitter but very nice beer. Would buy again.

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty, interesting combination of malt and hops. This beer has a sunshine of fruit flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish. This is obviously a well constructed beer - clear, richly colored, with a creamy head that hangs around to give you a foam mustache. Another rock solid brew from Deschutes!

Photo of Mentalpulse
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Delicious. Could be a little hoppier.

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Best by: 02/10/15.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed as a pale ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. White colour. Nice foaminess, creaminess, fullness, and thickness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant copper. Translucent, transparent.

Looks nice for a pale ale.

AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, floral hops, sweetbread, breadiness, spice, and vague citrus. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol, yeast, or off-notes are detectable, though it does have a nice yeasty spiciness.

TASTE: Vaguely citrusy, floral, and mildly spicy. Pale malts provide the backbone. It's well-balanced, but a bit rough around the edges. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex enough for a pale ale, with some limited subtlety. I expected a better taste given the use of cascade, citra, and centennial hops. I do like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick. Good presence on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable; I could easily kill a bottle. But it's far from Deschutes' best. I'd pick it up again; it's very reasonably priced at $3.99/bomber. I'd like to see this in 6 pack form. Well worth trying.

B-

Photo of JNForsyth
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. Hazy orange-brown with a finger of quick breaking tightly packed frothy beige head. Aroma is almost akin to that of an English IPA: Orange marmalade, plums, brown sugar, biscuits ... Bright citrus hops with a whiff of pine against a backdrop of lightly toasted malts. Palate is unique: Canned peaches, dried tropical fruit leather, papaya spears, pine needles, wine gums, butterscotch pudding, a berry flavor that is difficult to place (almost a cranberry-like sourness but that seems like overstating the case), blackcurrants, lime, grapefruit, pepper. More hop-forward than many other APAs yet nothing over the top bitter or resinous. Mellow iced tea-like tannic bitterness. The finish is pleasingly fruity, semi-dry, with some malt sweetness throughout. Stout medium body with mid-range carbonation. This one is a sleeper. Fruit flavors that really pop but largely devoid of harsh bitterness. Sturdy malt backbone. Grab these Deschutes bombers if you can.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BaconManic
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LouZ
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CMC73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.