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Armory XPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 358
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 358
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)

Photo of vinny21bal
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great session beer like the Mirror pond. Had on tap at Niche for the Deschutes dinner and this one seemed to be the favorite even over the Red Chair. It is a hard beer to come by unless you live by the brewery. Good citrus notes but not over whelming. I hate to use the word simple as it sounds boring. But it is a simple great little beer. Something you could have a couple of and be very happy. (396 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity during their Deschutes tap takeover, 2/11/13.

Pours a golden amber, slightly bending the style a bit here. White one finger head settles to a one bubble layer clinging to the glass. Not much lacing because of this. Aroma is hop forward with citrus and pine. I get slightly doughy biscuit with a swirl. Flavor is similar to aroma except the barley comes through more and there is an undeniable sweetness. The feel is thick, which reminds me of honey all too much, as it grates on you after a whole. Finish is balanced. I'd like to have a pale ale to be refreshing, not syrupy. (611 characters)

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. (820 characters)

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. (997 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.67/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

on tap at PDX pub

pours dark copper with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells like cardboard, a hint of anise seed and some resin - not impressed. Flavor is hearty malts with some diacetyl butter bomb flavors. I'm so confused by this beer - not up to Deschutes standard any day of the week, particularly on a style they've mastered in the past. The body is smooth with fine carb and an off dry finish. I could live without this one. Hope my taster was off on this one. (466 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap @ the Portland pub.
taster glass.
from notes.

Amber-orange with a foamy off-white head.

Grapefruit and lightly resiny, floral pine notes, light malt backing.

Medium body, fairly active carbonation.

An enjoyable APA, though nothing truly memorable. (258 characters)

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. (339 characters)

Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a dark orange color with an off-white head that retained well and left nice lacing throughout the glass. Had an aroma of citrusy, earthy and resinous hops. Tasted floral, piney, grassy, citrusy...really nice hop profile.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish, but overall pretty smooth. Enjoyable. (371 characters)

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

Imperial pint from cask at the Portland brewery. Lightly hazy amber with a surpisingly thick head for a cask beer. Almost looks like a nitro pour, actually. Excellent retention, good lacing.

Smells fresh and malty with a light fruitiness that really seems to open up more in the flavors than the nose (maybe that thick head blocked the fruitier aromas). Citric flavors here and there, but it's light grape and green apple notes that seem to linger the longest. Smooth yet lively, XPA was a nice beer to try, even with bigger, badder taps from Deschutes surrounding it on all sides. (583 characters)

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. (347 characters)

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. (341 characters)

Photo of sdawson
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a growler filled at Deschutes early evening based upon the suggestion of a pub server. I wouldn't have grabbed this otherwise -- I'm glad he took the time to push me towards a good choice.

Armory XPA is a predominantly reddish amber brew with a moderate head and minimum lacing. The scent on this one is fantastic, ranging from ripe banana, fresh cut grasses, and sweet toffee. It's definitely treading towards an IPA with the citrus and pine profile, though the bitter hops are SLIGHTLY more subdued in this one compared many of the PacNW IPA's, softened by a tangerine-like sweetness. This is a great summer drinking option, light going down, with substantial carbonation. Overall, I'm definitely glad to have tried Armory XPA, though I should caveat that if someone is looking for a profile that strays far at all from a PacNW IPA, they had best look elsewhere. (887 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber reddish color with very little head.

S- grapefruity, piny, fruity and kinda earthy.

T- nutty yet hoppy with a solid zing of hops but something robust and earthy.

M- solid medium body. Given this is a grower a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

D- solid beer easy drinking and this grower is going down. (329 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with gorgeous amber hue. Nice aromas of grass, herbs, citrus with hints of bread and malt. Not amazing, but very, very good. Wonderful on the palate with superb harmony and elegance. Rich yet polished and elegant. Rather good despite the initial impression of an average beer.

Bravo! (290 characters)

Photo of badbeard58
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Agree with the 4+ reviews here. Review perhaps tainted by the fact that the Pearl brewpub had run out of The Abyss yesterday...this was my reason for going tonite. But the food there continues to improve measurably, and happy hour rocks. Malt-forward and especially zesty citrus appeal, more interesting than fresh-hopped Mirror Pond (333 characters)

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. (295 characters)

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. (967 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Armory XPA (or 'Extra Pale Ale')
IBU: 55
Alc/Vol: 6.0%

I had a 4 oz. sample of this, followed by a half-pint at the new Deschutes Pub in NW Portland.

From the brewery's lit: "Special Release for our Grand Opening! This is the first beer brewed in the Portland Brewing System. A light amber colored pale ale with crystal malt and citrusy hop finish perfect for before or after the theater".

A: Copper-orange with a little haze. Sporadic carbonation, rising lazily. Thin white head with a smattering of lace.

S: Doughy malt and lightly floral orange peel. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's a pretty good aroma, pairing grassy hops and bready malt.

T: Malt-forward, with a rich flavor of toasty malt/grain and a generous sweet orange. Caramel sugars rise and are offset by enough grassy/herbal hops.

M: Has a good, carbonated 'sparkle' that resonates across the tongue. After that initial zest, this becomes creamier and smoother.

D: A likable APA that respects the proud heritage of Deschutes' brews. I'd certainly have another. (1,036 characters)

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.