Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #825
Ranked #21,077
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Oct 18, 2021
Jul 08, 2010
Very Good
Notes: IBU: 58
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3.84 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 18, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

July 31st, 2016 - This must have been very experimental brew, because I've never seen it again after this tasting. A dark foxy red (almost mahogany), it's got a light, sweet and floral scent, wth some orange juice and a touch of lime. The flavor is similar, with a medium body and good carbonation bolstering the citrus taste, and accenting the light, sweet and floral touches.

Jan 25, 2021
3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jun 30, 2020
2.44 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 03, 2019
3.24 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Oct 28, 2018
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2.04/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by iguanodon from Utah

[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
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 11, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by secondtooth from Indiana

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
3.6 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2018
4 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 12, 2018
3.75 by mpenske from California on Feb 19, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Nov 28, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

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
3.94 by BierRunner from Ohio on Jul 04, 2017
3.19 by R11415 from New York on Jun 28, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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
3.8 by JDoHo from Michigan on Jun 24, 2017
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4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by huthuty from Utah

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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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerSexLove from Virginia

Jun 08, 2017
4 by sharpski from Oregon on May 24, 2017
3.85 by peabody from Kentucky on Apr 25, 2017
3.56 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on Apr 24, 2017
3.75 by Ddunaway937 from Pennsylvania on Apr 16, 2017
3.56 by Dms844 from Minnesota on Apr 16, 2017
3.39 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Apr 15, 2017
3.79 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Apr 14, 2017
3.59 by hawkssb04 from Utah on Apr 09, 2017
2.59 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Apr 08, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

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
3.72 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2017
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Everydayoff from Thailand

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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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by andrewh995 from Arizona

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
3.71 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2017
3.75 by shigg85 from Japan on Feb 01, 2017
3.78 by Budlum from Maryland on Jan 21, 2017
3.96 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB) on Jan 20, 2017
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"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
3 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 15, 2017
Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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