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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 399
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/24/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that still tastes fairly fresh almost a month after the best by date.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Halfway between being British and American, Deschutes "x-tra" pale ale bridges both worlds with a complex but effortless malt body and a slight Pacific Northwest balance with citrus hops. But its lacing of nitrogenation calms the nose and supports the body in unique fashion.

Its honey-amber, soft copper glow appeases the eye once the cascading effect slowly layers into the glass. Its thick, foamy mousse allows for the gentle citrus, wood, grass and pepper scent to pull from the flavors of honey, caramel, cashew and lightly crusted breads.

While creamy and smooth, the bulk of flavors circulate around a soft biscuity center with shortbread, caramel, honey and floral marmalade peaking through the creamier barrier here and there. But a balance from hops turn from a perfumy citrus character and shape the finish with a broad and woodsy bitterness late.

Though creamy and lush in its initial texture, the nitrogen dissolves with ease and the finish becomes decidedly crisp, clean and highly refreshing. Somewhat malt-centric in its overall taste, the hops make a final mark with lingering bitterness of sassafras tea and peppery woods rolling gently in aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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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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 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 Zorro
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a clear plastic cup.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light-to-moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. An attractive pale ale!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a lot of lemony hop character and a light soapy floral character. The hops seem very fresh, and the beer has an almost wet-hopped character. Good, but it lacks much complexity and has a little bit reminiscent of a cleaning product with its lemony floralness.

Taste: a bit deeper and richer than the aroma. There's a good malt character here, with just a little toastiness and some caramel. The hops are still lemony and floral, but there's more balance and depth of character. Bitterness is relatively low.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer has a refreshment appeal beyond some of its other characteristics because of the lemony tang of the hops. A decent pale ale.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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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 Bitterbill
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland Tasting room.

A - Pours a nice orange color with a lively tan colored head. Solid retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine, grassy, a bit floral or perfumy.

T - The floral tones dominate, but nice pine and grass also.

D - Good carbonation, no bitterness.

O - Pretty light, but a touch too floral for me.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice slightly darker amber color with a one finger head of thick white foam. The head has a very good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides and surface of the glass and brew respectively.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a mix of a bready, lightly fruited, and hoppy smells. The bready aromas contain some hints of a more doughty and roasted malt smell within. The lighter sweet fruit aromas are of a tangerine and orange nature while the hop, which are the strongest of the smells, are mainly of an earthy and herbal nature with some other smells of a grapefruit and floral note.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and more sweetened doughy flavor. The sweetness comes mostly from some fruity flavors of a tangerine, melon, and mango flavor with a little bit of a caramel sweetness mixed within. These sweeter flavors, with the bready tastes, create a base flavor for the brew remaining relatively constant through the taste. Right from the start there is also some flavors of hop, with an earthy flavor being the most pronounced upfront and with it remaining so throughout the taste. Other hop flavors do come to the taste buds later however, with some lighter grapefruit and floral flavors coming soon after the initial tastes. With a hint of a dank pine coming at the very end, one is left with a slightly resinous but still somewhat sweet and fruity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of 5.9 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the fruity and hopped flavors of the brew, the thicker body really soaked these flavors into the tongue allowing them to shine high and be heavily sensed.

Overall – This was a lightly danker, but somewhat sweet brew overall. A very nice drinking brew and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a very thick head (I guess the nitro) that keeps there eternally and leaves laces.
Light aroma of bread malt and herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pineapples.
Bitter flavor with predominant notes of pine, toasted malts and papaya. Also, some resin, tea bags and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with apparently low carbonation given the nitro.
I am getting to the conclusion that nitro is all about look and feel over flavor. I mean this is very flavorful, but the nitro seemed to have masked its complexity. A bit overly sweet after warming up.
Ap.4 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The bottle label says it is bottle conditioned but after the pour the beer is clear with a dark amber hue. More than one finger of head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Has an aroma that somewhat reminds me of Juicy Fruit. Notes of tropical fruit and fruity esters. Flavor comes off as very bitter for an APA. Nice tropical fruit flavor and some sweet caramel malt that tries to balance the bitterness. Nice creamy mouth feel complimented by the carbonation. Maybe this beer is too close to its best buy date that it did not overly impress me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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