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Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3.8/5
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663 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#15,544
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
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.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R11415
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of huthuty
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.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ddunaway937
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dms844
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrfrancis
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morrowd3
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hawkssb04
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
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.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
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.

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Photo of andrewh995
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 663 ratings
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