Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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IBU: 58

Added by Wetpaperbag on 07-08-2010

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#15,544
Reviews:
134
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663
pDev:
10.26%
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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Halfway between being British and American, Deschutes "x-tra" pale ale bridges both worlds with a complex but effortless malt body and a slight Pacific Northwest balance with citrus hops. But its lacing of nitrogenation calms the nose and supports the body in unique fashion.

Its honey-amber, soft copper glow appeases the eye once the cascading effect slowly layers into the glass. Its thick, foamy mousse allows for the gentle citrus, wood, grass and pepper scent to pull from the flavors of honey, caramel, cashew and lightly crusted breads.

While creamy and smooth, the bulk of flavors circulate around a soft biscuity center with shortbread, caramel, honey and floral marmalade peaking through the creamier barrier here and there. But a balance from hops turn from a perfumy citrus character and shape the finish with a broad and woodsy bitterness late.

Though creamy and lush in its initial texture, the nitrogen dissolves with ease and the finish becomes decidedly crisp, clean and highly refreshing. Somewhat malt-centric in its overall taste, the hops make a final mark with lingering bitterness of sassafras tea and peppery woods rolling gently in aftertaste.

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

A pint at Beer Revolution Edmonton.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of light biscuity caramel malt, punchy orange and grapefruit pith, a bit of bakery-fresh sweet pastry notes, and further leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt, spunky orange, kiwi, and white grapefruit, a hint of metallic alcohol, and a stabilizing earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just a prick and a nick here and there, the body a wavering at times, but generally steady medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the lingering fruitiness sort of overbearing in its astringency.

A tasty enough APA, although the edginess kind of takes this in an uncertain direction - one away from the normal yin/yang of sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus/pine hops. Hmmm...a Deschutes brew that underperforms? Shocking.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

B-

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/22/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, wood, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, wood, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, wood, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness after the finish from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Brewery "Armory Experimental Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 07/21/16" on 04/22/16

A: Clear amber body with some visible solids in suspension. Creamy antique-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Floral and fruity (berry-like and tropical) in the nose.
T: Fruity with berry, juicy apple, pear and tropical fruit (tangerine, passionfruit, pineapple? grapefruit?). Medium-caramelish malt. Solid bitterness. Floral, dry finish with some fruit, a bit of minor residual malt, and a touch of pine.
F: Medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation. Smooth!
O: Quite enjoyable. The floral and fruity character dominates, and thus leaves it unique. Really well-balanced and remarkably easy to drink despite having a solid bitterness. 1/2 English, 1/2 American, and somewhat new in my opinion - although everyone's jumped on the tropical hop bandwagon now this has been out for over half a decade!

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color in the Ommegang chalice with a respectable head that lasts well. Foamy and robust in the mouth. More body than you might expect for the style, and it has a richness that is an interesting twist on the usual Pale Ales. Actually, this is so malty, AND hoppy, it makes me think of a junior DIPA, whatever that might be.

Fruity hops in the nose. Sweet and tangy are the first flavors, and it finishes with a distinct grapefruit-peel bitterness. Some mango and burnt sugar. On the whole, this is so flavorful it's mostly a pleasure. It flirts with too much bitterness, too much sugar, and too much alcohol, but it's an interesting brew. Maybe it just needs some rye for the next experiment.

Pleasant and drinkable and tastes a lot stronger than it is. Still, this is kind of a bonking Pale Ale for alcohol content. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear copper color, moderately carbonated with a small, well-retaining, white head. Aroma was light, with tones of floral hops, grassy, with hints of citrus. Taste of caramel malts, crisp hops of the floral and piney nature, grassy and organic. Light-medium body and easily drinkable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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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