Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Armory XPA Experimental Pale AleArmory XPA Experimental Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU: 58

Added by Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
655
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
134
For Trade:
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Ratings: 655 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ddunaway937
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dms844
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrfrancis
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morrowd3
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hawkssb04
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.59/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a burnt orange amber with a very small head of insignificant retention or lacing. It could have been my poor pouring method but bottom line is it looks flat. Aroma is fairly malty and sweet, with some citrus and mild dankness. The taste is very well balanced, with malt sweetness and hop bitterness simultaneously perceived on the tongue. A fairly interesting beer even if not incredibly complex. Medium body and light carbonation on the tongue (more than what the appearance suggests). Overall, pretty tasty.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy deep amber orange color, the pour forms up thick frothy off-white head that withstands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting foamy sheet atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, citrus, grapefruit, lemon rind, tropical, pine, resin, spice, floral, grass, and light herbal, all of these are derived from its hoppy goodness while malt with notes of biscuit, candy, and caramel.

Hop forwards in the taste with notes of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruit in the lead. Then it is grassy, spice, pine, and resin while malt provides slight sweetness, biscuit, and subtle caramel to balance. The end is hop again with moderate herbal bitterness.

The body is medium with good crisp and good lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with a big refreshing touch, dry finish.

This experimental APA is done well with well-rounded and good balance character. It is also refreshing and so easy drinkable.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not very bitter, tons of caramel and sweet flavors along with some earthy ones as well. Very good APA. I love almost anything Deschutes has to offer, and this lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the lighter ales in the Deschutes lineup, this is for when you want more of a yellow beer session. Pours a yellow and light copper color. Full on 1" of white head on the top. Aroma was mostly mild, some grain, some hop, very minimal.

Taste, light bodied toasted pale malts, minimal c hop presence. You've had some iteration of this style beer many times. When a brewery makes a light bodied accesssible pale ale, one that isn't so bitter and hoppy, one to help keep the lights on as they say in the business.

You can say there is a light floral, pine, presence to it. Sure. Even some green apple. But at the end of the day, this is a beer that delivers on subtlety for those who want a beer but don't want a Chicago pour of a thick beer. Well carbonated.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 7/21/16"; drank 4/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through red/orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A violent pour yielded a nice off-white head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Melon, banana & blood orange notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana & blood orange flavors up front; dry, bitter soda water bite on the finish.

A promising nose gives way to a punishing finish. Too bad.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wardt16
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robebo44
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 655 ratings.
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