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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

05-09-2014 22:34:56 | More by Niceroad77
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Vigilante

Nevada

4/5  rDev +7%

05-07-2014 07:23:31 | More by Vigilante
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7%

05-06-2014 18:01:51 | More by jroberts8811
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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 03:18:59 | More by BastardKing24
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

4/5  rDev +7%

05-03-2014 01:13:47 | More by MonkeyBread
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jakecattleco

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-01-2014 00:42:05 | More by jakecattleco
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-26-2014 06:59:31 | More by rab53
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-25-2014 02:26:51 | More by johnnyboy76
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Spikester

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-24-2014 05:07:04 | More by Spikester
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WotanMitUns

Alaska

1.25/5  rDev -66.6%

04-24-2014 03:08:45 | More by WotanMitUns
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-23-2014 00:09:17 | More by mmulebarn
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jwswigs

California

4/5  rDev +7%

04-22-2014 04:55:31 | More by jwswigs
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rawfish

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 02:12:11 | More by rawfish
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TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 02:05:50 | More by TheSixthRing
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dwtyler

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-20-2014 04:59:35 | More by dwtyler
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-18-2014 14:06:24 | More by Schlafly33
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-16-2014 18:05:25 | More by rogerdandy
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danxbar

California

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-15-2014 00:27:42 | More by vermilcj
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Copernicus

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-14-2014 16:31:37 | More by Copernicus
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-11-2014 02:41:46 | More by kbuzz
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-08-2014 02:50:22 | More by kingmaker
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Rick778

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-07-2014 02:54:46 | More by Rick778
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-06-2014 23:58:31 | More by tjcamm
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Jameswoody

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +27%

03-31-2014 01:43:57 | More by Jameswoody
Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.