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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Armory XPAArmory XPA

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very good

76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 401
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 401
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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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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.

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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!)

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