Armory XPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Armory XPAArmory XPA

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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IBU: 58

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Photo of harrymel
1.67/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

on tap at PDX pub

pours dark copper with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells like cardboard, a hint of anise seed and some resin - not impressed. Flavor is hearty malts with some diacetyl butter bomb flavors. I'm so confused by this beer - not up to Deschutes standard any day of the week, particularly on a style they've mastered in the past. The body is smooth with fine carb and an off dry finish. I could live without this one. Hope my taster was off on this one.

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Photo of Philousa
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity during their Deschutes tap takeover, 2/11/13.

Pours a golden amber, slightly bending the style a bit here. White one finger head settles to a one bubble layer clinging to the glass. Not much lacing because of this. Aroma is hop forward with citrus and pine. I get slightly doughy biscuit with a swirl. Flavor is similar to aroma except the barley comes through more and there is an undeniable sweetness. The feel is thick, which reminds me of honey all too much, as it grates on you after a whole. Finish is balanced. I'd like to have a pale ale to be refreshing, not syrupy.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber beer with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Mild floral hop aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and nutty with a fair amount of malt. Medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a distinctly average ale with no flaws.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Portland pub today.

Brewed with a blend of Citra, Cascade and Centennial hops, this beer is a copper-amber colored pour, with a dense, creamy, off-white head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is decent. The bready/biscuity malt backbone is apparent, along with the rather inharmonious blend of Citra brightness/tropical fruit and the chalky Cascade hop aromas. Some floral character is noticeable as well. Unlike the previous reviewer, I was blessed not to have a diacetyl bomb. The palate is similar. Medium in body with more malt character than I care for in my IPAs, this has a blend of mild chalky Cascade bitterness and moderate hop flavor, with the Citra and Centennial coming through quite well. The malt character is mildly sweet, but too caramel-heavy for my liking. Bitterness is medium low, leaving a finish that's rather uncharacterful. Mildly drying on the finish, this beer is moderately carbonated and is decent on the palate, this is a rather inoffensiveIPA.

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Photo of Moose90
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on Nitro, 16oz pour

A – Pours a clear pale yellow with a quick cascading body and a nice bright white head.

S – Smells of crystal and pale malts, light bitter dry hop notes as well.

T – Mild notes of bitter, dry, piney hops, slight malt sweetness.

F – The nitro leads to a very nice and creamy mouthfeel on this one, very smooth.

O – I feel that nitro has probably done this beer a lot of favors, comes across as a very basic pale ale with a little bit of additional bitter hops.

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Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber, with substantial creamy head. Aroma is flowers, citrus and some pine. Taste is mild hops and finish is dry .Mild in flavor and aroma. Close to a session beer, except for the ABV.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Best by: 02/10/15.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed as a pale ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. White colour. Nice foaminess, creaminess, fullness, and thickness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant copper. Translucent, transparent.

Looks nice for a pale ale.

AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, floral hops, sweetbread, breadiness, spice, and vague citrus. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol, yeast, or off-notes are detectable, though it does have a nice yeasty spiciness.

TASTE: Vaguely citrusy, floral, and mildly spicy. Pale malts provide the backbone. It's well-balanced, but a bit rough around the edges. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex enough for a pale ale, with some limited subtlety. I expected a better taste given the use of cascade, citra, and centennial hops. I do like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick. Good presence on the palate.

Complements the taste nicely, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable; I could easily kill a bottle. But it's far from Deschutes' best. I'd pick it up again; it's very reasonably priced at $3.99/bomber. I'd like to see this in 6 pack form. Well worth trying.


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Photo of TooGood
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft. It poured a medium orangish color with an extremely creamy head. The taste was slightly sweet with hints of mango and no bitterness and once again the creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of vkv822
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap @ the Portland pub.
taster glass.
from notes.

Amber-orange with a foamy off-white head.

Grapefruit and lightly resiny, floral pine notes, light malt backing.

Medium body, fairly active carbonation.

An enjoyable APA, though nothing truly memorable.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from es fred meyer 6/25/14. pours a deep golden yellow, very clear - though not crystal clear - wonderful thick off-white head dies down to leave a thin layer, semi-sticky lacing all the way down. grassy clean hoppy smell, fresh, summer-like, yet near the end of the glass there's a hint of astringency. taste is a bit of a let down, though it's not quite my favorite style, and it says experimental on the label. hops are there, but not as citrus-like and i'd prefer. mouth feel is decent, with a snappy finish, and carbonation hangs around for a bit.

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Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/10/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange with solid clarity; fluffy off-white head that falls slowly lleaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas full of caramel malts with hints of toffee. Hints of orange as well. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The malts shine with a subtle bitterness. It's floral with some citrus notes. More orange along with more caramel and toffee. Lots of cracker notes as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's light with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This a solid pale ale, but nothing too crazy or flashy. It's well crafted for sure, but it's not as good as their other bottled pale ales, in my humble opinion. It's still enjoyable and very drinkable.

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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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: snappy, hoppy, with grapefruit, piney notes.
Citrus catty hop nose. Honey amber color, semi clear with small head with very delicate lattice to lace.
Medium/full body.
55 IBUs

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange. Medium foamy head. Thin lacing.
S: lemon. Peach. Floral.
T: citrus. Floral. Grapefruit. Basic malt overpowered by hops. Not in-your-face bitter, but it's definitely there.
M: medium carbonation. medium body.
O: pretty good. Hoppy IPA. Nothing spectacular, but tasty. Would buy again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light golden amber color with just a quarter-inch of white head that low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, mostly floral, with some citrus, and had a nice earthy malt foundation. On the tongue, the malts were present at the front and the early middle, while the hops took over the middle to the end. Bitey citrus hop flavors were prominent on the dry finish.

The body was about what you want in this style, fuller than light, yet lighter than full for the style. Drinkability was good, I could easily have a few of these. Overall, a nice take on the style. I'm not sure what makes this an "X Pale Ale", it's not overly pale in color, and not extra alcoholic. Whatevs, still another nice brew from the crew in Bend. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Boehler
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold amber. Mild carbonation. Tall, thick fluffy,off-white head. Good retention. Patches of web-like lace.
S - mild, balanced. Light toasted malt. Light, but crisp floral hops. A bit perfumey.
F - light to medium in body. Crisp mouth feel, just a touch of fizz.
T - good balanced flavors are noticed right from the start. At the front, flavors of light brown bread. Just a tad sweet. Flavors of crisp floral/herbal hops follow. In the mid taste there is a hint of fruit. The finish is clean and crisp.
This brew is easy to drink. This is a good APA.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint from cask at the Portland brewery. Lightly hazy amber with a surpisingly thick head for a cask beer. Almost looks like a nitro pour, actually. Excellent retention, good lacing.

Smells fresh and malty with a light fruitiness that really seems to open up more in the flavors than the nose (maybe that thick head blocked the fruitier aromas). Citric flavors here and there, but it's light grape and green apple notes that seem to linger the longest. Smooth yet lively, XPA was a nice beer to try, even with bigger, badder taps from Deschutes surrounding it on all sides.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a very thick head (I guess the nitro) that keeps there eternally and leaves laces.
Light aroma of bread malt and herbal and citrus hops. Hints of pineapples.
Bitter flavor with predominant notes of pine, toasted malts and papaya. Also, some resin, tea bags and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with apparently low carbonation given the nitro.
I am getting to the conclusion that nitro is all about look and feel over flavor. I mean this is very flavorful, but the nitro seemed to have masked its complexity. A bit overly sweet after warming up.
Ap.4 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/24/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that still tastes fairly fresh almost a month after the best by date.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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.

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
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