Armory XPA | Deschutes Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
86
very good
118 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Armory XPAArmory XPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
590
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
23.24%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
108
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 590
Reviews by jmccullough108:
Photo of jmccullough108
4.25/5  rDev +11%

More User Reviews:
Photo of iRaven99664
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- dark ambered body, two finger brownish white (maybe golden white) head. can see through with minimal haze. Bubbles periodically float to the top.

S- Piney hint of sweet and grapefruit hop.

T- A dull sweet to meet a dull bitter, but if both were amped a bit. The sweetness is caramel. The hop is floral with a brush of pine.

F- Goldilocks. Not to watery not too thick. I've seen a lot of people talk about it being nitro tapped. I've never had anything on nitro tap, but I can see where this would be ideal for it.

O- Deshutes was one of my first Better Beers. Black Butte Porter was had on my 21st as I tried to cure a hangover. I was amazed at how (at the time) thick and brutal it was. Since then I've tried a variety of amazing ales fro them, and are still one of my top fives breweries. This isn't the best IPA I've had, but certainly not the worst by a long shot. Anyone that's a fan of PBR will understand this when I say, if Pabst decided to ditch the adjunct and stuck to traditional and decided to brew an IPA, this would be it. THAT is not a bad thing. This is quite tasty and I would drink again for sure. I don't believe I would ever buy again but I'd totally totally drink again.

 1,201 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Afroman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MrUse
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

 252 characters

Photo of jamesmk48
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop-driven Ale with some caramel and toasted malts underneath.Despite supposedly highlighting Citra, the hops are fairly herbal and floral with some citrus and just a tinge of tropical notes. Decent, but compared to brews like Fresh Squeezed and Red Chair (the closest comparisons), it just doesn't meet my expectations.

 321 characters

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 263 characters

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with great clarity. A fingernail of eggshell white sits on top. I smell some nice citrus and floral hops and a bit of light malt. The taste is a nice balance of citrus hops and earthy light malt. The mouth is light and a tiny bit sticky.

 256 characters

Photo of pat61
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant copper pour kicks up a clingy 3” off white to cream colored foam stand that takes 4 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.
S: Spicy floral tropical aromas rise from the glass with some herbal vegetation smells. Light malt in the background.
T: Malt leads the attack with a battery of rich hop flavors of tropical fruit and citrus. Malt flavors are medium, hop flavors and medium high and hop bitterness is medium to medium high.
F: Very creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A full flavored and very drinkable beer.

 556 characters

Photo of juicebox
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of moundbz
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pklimas
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

Photo of takusan1000
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber orange look with light lacing around edges. Not a strong smell but what I can gather is good, lightly hoppy. The taste is rather that of a standard pale ale, and it's hard for me to discern exactly what is "experimental" about this brew from my own senses. It's pleasantly bitter and balanced, without any discernible floral notes. More piney than anything with some buttery crackers and alcohol astringency that doesn't sit as well as I like as an aftertaste. Still, not a bad beer by most standards. As I am a Deschutes fan, I felt I had to try this one. It isn't one of their best, but it's still better than most. It does taste reminiscent of Red Chair, but less balanced and more metallic.

 706 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

 220 characters

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe