Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,217
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,081
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
672
From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  19
Gots
  137
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: IBU: 58
Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 672 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by RJLarse:
Photo of RJLarse
RJLarse from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Armory XPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny deep gold/copper color with a creamy white head. The beer is crystal clear with many bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is sweet and candy-like, caramel and toffee notes.

The taste is also sweet and sour at the same tome. Caramel and orange juice, but better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean for all the sweetness.

Overall a decent pale ale. In the deschutes family probably better than the Mirror Pond but not as good as the Red Chair.

Jul 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of casapy
casapy from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 08, 2016
Photo of HarmonMW
HarmonMW from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Sep 10, 2014
Photo of moundbz
moundbz from North Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2016
Photo of davegray
davegray from California

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 13, 2015
Photo of Cramerican
Cramerican from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

May 01, 2013
Photo of BabaBeer
BabaBeer from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 27, 2015
Photo of largadeer
largadeer from California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Mealhouse
Mealhouse from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 28, 2015
Photo of Pklimas
Pklimas from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Oct 12, 2014
Photo of microbrewlover
microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy copper color with a tiny head which dissipates quickly and virtually no lacing.

The smell is pungent with hints of floral hops, caramel, orange and watermelon.

The taste mostly follows the nose with melon and orange at the start, moving to a caramel malt backbone then finishing with some melon leading to a slightly dry and bitter finish. This brew is by no means near Deschutes' best but it would serve a "session" IPA and might be a good way to introduce someone to their first taste of hops however hopheads will want to look for something better.

Jan 29, 2016
Photo of ambruns1979
ambruns1979 from California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jun 04, 2014
Photo of OCSA_1978
OCSA_1978 from California

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
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
Photo of Nage37
Nage37 from California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Nurt20
Nurt20 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 17, 2016
Photo of deebo
deebo from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Both on nitro and regular forced carbon dioxide. This is a NW hop forward hoppy ale with a nice balance of rich grainy, slightly caramel malt to balance out the big hop aroma and flavor. Preferred the creamy mouthfeel and overall balanced taste on nitro.

Mar 31, 2015
Photo of RDW
RDW from Nebraska

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 14, 2016
Photo of vaughtex
vaughtex

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Oct 19, 2014
Photo of smekermann
smekermann from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Aug 17, 2014
Photo of terence
terence from California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mar 24, 2014
Photo of rphx88
rphx88 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Oct 23, 2014
Photo of morimech
morimech from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The bottle label says it is bottle conditioned but after the pour the beer is clear with a dark amber hue. More than one finger of head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Has an aroma that somewhat reminds me of Juicy Fruit. Notes of tropical fruit and fruity esters. Flavor comes off as very bitter for an APA. Nice tropical fruit flavor and some sweet caramel malt that tries to balance the bitterness. Nice creamy mouth feel complimented by the carbonation. Maybe this beer is too close to its best buy date that it did not overly impress me.

Oct 18, 2015
Photo of DerwinWentworth
DerwinWentworth from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 25, 2015
Photo of R11415
R11415 from New York

3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 28, 2017
Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 672 ratings