Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 350
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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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 MikeWard
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at Funcks in Palmyra PA. Part of a 4.5oz flight.

Yellow with thick white head and lacing. A bit funky on the nose. Taste was very furry, not unpleasant, but a little jarring. Hard to pinpoint flavors. Some zestiness. A bitterness in the finish.

This one might have been a bit off. Not unpleasant, just not up to the standard I've come to expect from Deschutes (372 characters)

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 (564 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cardboard-straw color with tight bubbles.

There’s a light aroma on it, very muted from the tap. (Does nitro have this effect on beers? I’ve noticed it before.)

The flavor is creamy and smooth, with a mellowish hop profile. Nitro makes for an interesting drinking experience to be sure. (306 characters)

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. (611 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Armory XPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny deep gold/copper color with a creamy white head. The beer is crystal clear with many bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is sweet and candy-like, caramel and toffee notes.

The taste is also sweet and sour at the same tome. Caramel and orange juice, but better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean for all the sweetness.

Overall a decent pale ale. In the deschutes family probably better than the Mirror Pond but not as good as the Red Chair. (553 characters)

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. (431 characters)

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. (555 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from es fred meyer 6/25/14. pours a deep golden yellow, very clear - though not crystal clear - wonderful thick off-white head dies down to leave a thin layer, semi-sticky lacing all the way down. grassy clean hoppy smell, fresh, summer-like, yet near the end of the glass there's a hint of astringency. taste is a bit of a let down, though it's not quite my favorite style, and it says experimental on the label. hops are there, but not as citrus-like and i'd prefer. mouth feel is decent, with a snappy finish, and carbonation hangs around for a bit. (559 characters)

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. (1,025 characters)

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. (708 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served at Old Mill.
I assume nitro had some impact on appearance with a clear bottom and cloudiness towards the dense creamy off-white head. Soft nitro aroma with soft hops.
I wonder if nitro dulls the flavors a bit too. The smooth and creamy feel seems to blend the flavor with no sharp distinctions other than the smooth (there is that word again) bitterness that shows on the finish and sometimes in the middle. Hints of malt sweetness with an almost caramel quality, but never overpowering and generally blended well. Flowery and soft citrus hopping. Great mouthfeel. Overall nice but muted flavors. (603 characters)

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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (295 characters)

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. (281 characters)

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. (415 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, mildly hazy with a thin and dense half finger cap of off white. Retention on the head is average and it manages to leave scattered lacing on the glass.

A varied hop profile wafts from the glass, an orchard of floral fruit. Orange citrus, stone fruit, hint of pineapple, red berries and wildflowers. Malt provides a tight sweet malt which imparts caramel and clover honey to complement the fruity esters and hops.

Full, sweet caramel malt is nicely lifted by the bright fruity hops. I get quite a bit of lemon zest and orange citrus with notes of red fruit and hay. The finish is mildly bitter but also reveals a musty and grainy aftertaste, slightly chalky but dry.

Robust body, very full for a pale ale and adequate carbonation that is quite smooth. Alcohol is reserved and the finish manages a light drying quality and clean malt.

This is a hearty ale, the fruity aroma on this is very nice, the sweetness of the malt complements it completely. Frayed flavors on the finish but overall this is a good beer and much better than Mirror Pond pale ale. At around $4.50-5 bomber this is a satisfying purchase. (1,128 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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!) (995 characters)

Photo of danxbar
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (540 characters)

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. (890 characters)

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. (1,212 characters)

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. (511 characters)

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. (1,017 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.