Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,173
Ranked #26,448
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: IBU: 58
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 671 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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iguanodon from Utah

2.04/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

[Original rating 2015-04-24] Not bad but not too good. Aroma is not pleasant, I get wet cardboard and metal. Taste is a little citrus with a bready finish.

Oct 24, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Must be noted that this is a 1 year-old bottle.

Appearance: Nice bone white head and spotty lace.

Aroma: Malts and hops in unison here. Pine notes. Solid.

Taste: Hops do seem muted, but all still works out well on the palate. Balanced still and delightful to drink. Must be top-tier when fresh.

Jul 30, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, weathered copper orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate off-white, creamy foam with nice lacings and good retention. Medium light malty aromas with medium light minty, herbal and light floral notes. Medium bodied with medium, stinging carbonation and a creamy smooth feel. Light warming toward the finish. Medium caramel malty flavors. Medium minty and herbal hop flavors followed by medium high hop bitterness through the middle. Bitterness slowly tapers followed by bready and caramel malt flavors toward the end. Finished semi-dryly with light minty hop flavors and a lager-like cleanness. Aromas and flavors were well balanced with a just a touch of hop bitter intensity. Great malt character is the highlight and makes this subtly complex and easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

Jul 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice hazy amber to brown color with a decent transparency about it. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess that stuck around for a good minute before it actually dissipated. The smell had a nice allocation of bitter citrusy yet somewhat earthy hops to allow a nice sweet malt setting to come in and burst through. The taste was a super nice amount of bittersweetness combined all the way through and leading to a nice sticky sweet aftertaste and yet still gave a somewhat of a dry bittersweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body and had a fairly good sessionable quality about it. The carbonation seems a bit lighter than some APA’s, but its nothing off. Overall, pretty nice APA that I would have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a curved pint glass at about forty degrees, almost no head and a brilliant burnt red color.
THE most enticing hops aroma I have smelled, notes of multiple kinds of hops and mild malt. The taste is a very intense blend of hops and mild malt, nearly perfect to my taste except I think the alcohol content could be brought down 0.4% to accentuate how relatively light tasting this Pale Ale is.
Overall this is probably my current favorite and I'd recommend it to anyone whether they like the style or not, a great example of what pale ales can be.

Jun 23, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 03, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Feb 19, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Feb 17, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Jan 17, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jan 17, 2017
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with one finger of beige hea that leaves melting winter landscape lace as it recedes.

Smells of muddled citrus peel, earthy dank pine, honeyed biscuit, wet stone and citrusy, resiny hops.

Tastes of juicy grapefruit and navel orange, more biscuity caramel malt, minerals and pleasantly piney hops.

Feels mild and soft. Medium bodied with gently frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Solid and easy to drink.

Nov 14, 2016
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark orange/amber with moderate white head quick to dissipate. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Citrus and floral hop aroma. Biscuit with hints of caramel.

Taste- Light crackery baked bread crust with sweet barley grain notes. Very grainy with sweet floral hop tones. Fruity, yet peppery which blends with the sweetness. Bitter, dry grain finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable pale ale. Plenty of flavor and well balanced. Lots of craft in this one.

Nov 12, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

have been hitting it hard for the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 but the ones that I have remaining are ones that I have not previously reviewed, making them excellent candidates for tomorrow, New Beer Sunday (Week 609). In the interim, I will peer into the depths of my reefer and see what awaits my attention. I seem to have strayed back into the realm of bottles. Oh, well.

From the bottle: "Experimental Pale Ale"; "Family & Employee Owned Since 1988"; "Profile - floral and tropical notes, perfectly balanced."; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."

I will readily cop to having an old bottle (Best By: 05/24/16), but the fact that it is bottle-conditioned leads me to want to see what has happened in the interim, especially since they have released another XPA in this series. I initially had it in my crowded reefer on its side until I pulled it out & noticed a lot of floaties. I then stood it upright, put it back into the reefer and after several hours of calming time, I performed a gentle pour into a schooner glass. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus clarity of which others might be envious. Nose had a tropical fruitiness that had not given up. It was like a fruit basket filled with mango, guava, papaya & honeydew. What a bright, mellow beer this has become! I was put in mind of drinking fruit drinks like Kool-Ade during the summers as a kid. Mouthfeel was medium. The light carbonation gave the fruitiness of the hops a chance to really shine. It was as mellow as tea, but a) I have not had a fruity tea in many years, so that may not be fair and b) there was a sharpness that was in-tea-like & a jolt out of any lethargy into which I may have been lulled.

Oct 23, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the 12oz in a matching Deschutes Teku.

The color is a bright amber with thick head with fine bead and lasting retention. The smell is great - mild pine with some stone fruit and tangerine-like citrus hop aroma. The feel has a very good balance between the malt and hops with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the bitterness with moderately high carbonation and low astringency with slight spice tinge and a moderately dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with spicy citrus hop profile with a mild pine taste that is complimentary with the malt but citrus dominates with a slight malt sweetness and gentle toast with a mildly sweet quality that blends well with the orange-like flavor and mild astringent aspect in the back. The hops have a lingering bitter flavor with a long dry finish. Overall I loved this -this is great for the style a top notch pale ale with good blend of herbal and pine with citrus in the hop flavor. This is well made and very drinkable I would definitely drink this again if I were to see it on tap.

Oct 05, 2016
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Lane_in_ID from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 12/10/16 date poured into Pint Glass

Look: Nice Amber/Orange color, 1 finger off white head that disappated quickly, little lacing on the glass
Smell: Citrus notes dominate, light grass/grain notes
Taste: Follows the nose, citrus up front, malty dry bitter finish, really nice.
Feel: Medium-light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation
Overall: This is a very good beer, glad I gave it a look.

Sep 23, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a solid head. The aroma is replete with orange and grapefruit peel, as well as pineapple, and a flavor like cotton candy. The flavor is more tropical, with a lot of pineapple, as well as cotton candy and bubblegum hints, and a touch of citrus at the end. The mouthfeel is rather full bodied, not sweet, with very smooth carbonation. Overall there are some odd yeasty notes for a pale ale, and then fairly moderate citrus and tropical fruit tones. However, it does maintain a high degree of drinkability.

Sep 16, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice gold-yellow orange color into a pint glass. Very nice head and lacing, rich feel. Earthy, pine smell and taste. Taste fruity and malty and good. An excellent pale ale.

Sep 09, 2016
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DrinkThemAll from California

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Might as well drink water. Tasted like nothing and smelled like nothing. It doesn't taste bad, and is extremely drinkable, but it taste like nothing. So That's probably why.

Sep 03, 2016
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MeanMotaScootah from California

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was a bit unexpected - almost a sweet sour cherry/apple. Appearance - copper-gold, very clear. Carbonation was decent. Taste overal was sweet and bitter, good mouth feel. The hops is hard to place, from their website it said there are several hops at play so the end product is complex best described as sweet and fruity + nice hop bite on the finish. A solid pale ale, not clearly West Coast maybe a mix of West Coast and Colorado. Borderline IPA (this is a moving scale as many of you know dependent on the brewery) but a great brew if you love a hoppy beer.

Aug 06, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/4/16. Pours clear, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is pale malt, hay, grapefruit, and apple. Interesting combination of flavors for a pale ale. Slightly bitter and medium bodied. I like other pales more, but this is worth a shot.

Jul 31, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Experimental pale ale with Citra hops" on tap at the Deschutes brewpub in Bend. Clear copper body with a very good head. Mild aroma of sweet malts and earthy hops. Mildly bitter. Near medium body and lively carbonation.

Jul 24, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Best by 07.21.16. consumed 07.11.16. close one. in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright vibrant orange glows in the glass with a good clarity and a soft, spacious rise of micro-effervesce. Light khaki-tan head is frothy in texture and slight in size, an average holding retention provides some lasting visual while the ending swan song of lacing was rather weak.

S: Floral and fruity notes on the nose as advertised. Freshly sliced apple, sweet toasted malt, hints of sour tangerines perhaps from the yeast. Fresh roses, boutique of flowers are fresh with a final wiff of apple-pear juice. Strength is moderate, but short lasting.

T: The flavor supplied a nice toasted malt sweetness as a backbone to some apple peel and floral hops that really stood out. Semi-dry orange peel with a fruitiness of apple-pear yeastiness. Some soft warming pine stands out at the end.

M: Crisp mouthful, nice and sticky malt residue, medium body with a warming and spicy malt feel on the inner cheeks.

O: A sturdy toasted malt base and a fresh, blast of floral hops and fruity yeastiness gives this an almost red ale style of drinking. Spicy toasted grains, has hints of sweet-raisiny character with the malting being the true standout here. Very well balanced, drinkable and six pack worthy. Solid 3.75.

Jul 22, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Armory XPA that my brother was sharing with me. I've been hearing about this one, but this is my first time seeing it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured an orange amber color that takes on more of an orange color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking bee, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity, citrus, tropical fruit, stonefruit, peaches, light floral and berry like hops aromas. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart a little bit of pale malt, caramel malt and sweet malt like aroma. The aroma is very nice, I really like the hop profile, it's nice and fruity.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's just a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same fruity aspects that they did in the aroma with more of a peach aspect coming through this time. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads right into the malts which are just a little lighter than they were in the aroma and they impart the same aspects with a little more caramel malts coming through. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness with a nice fruity hop and peach aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's well balanced and I really like the hop profile.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it's hard to tell if its a pale ale or just a straight up IPA, but when it tastes this good, I don't think it matter to much and the only thing that makes it a little bit like a pale ale is how the bitterness is a little restrained. This beer had good drinkability, I could drink a few of these without getting tired of it. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile and the balance, those are for sure the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change, it's great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer if I saw it and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fruity and unique hoppy beer. All in all I was pretty happy and impressed with this beer, most of their hoppy beers have been nice and good, but this one seems to be just be a step above the rest and I found that to be impressive since it was still unique. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery and it's a very nice example of a Pale Ale or IPA. Great job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

Jul 12, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.25] Slightly cloudy amber colored beer. Looks a bit like honey in the glass. The beer has 1/2 a finger of stark white head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.9%) and there is a best by date (08/04/2016).

S: [3.75] Fruit - but not typical IPA fruits. Apple, peach, mild pine, corn.

T: [4.25] Flavor profile is similar to the nose. Fruity (but not typical IPA fruits). Sweet apples, corn, nice malty taste throughout.

M: [4.50] Medium weight and feel. Good carbonation level. It clings to the tongue a bit giving it a slick feeling.

O: [4.25] I really like this beer. It is really atypical from a flavor profile. The malts are showcased really well. Nice sweetness that is stronger than the hops presence. The mouthfeel almost feels like there is oatmeal involved. It is really slick and velvety. I really like this beer could easily drink several.

Jul 07, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some citrus. Taste is lemons, pineapple, malts, light pine, moderate bitterness for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Jul 02, 2016
Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 671 ratings