Armory XPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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

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118
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592
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
23.24%
 
 
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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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -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.

B-

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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 -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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Breadyness & citrus, some floral hops as well.

T: Pineyness, orange peel & breadyness & a little bit of sulphur up front, a little bit of pear & white grape as well. A little bit of lime, bready sweetness & orange peel as this warms, along with a little leafy hops, dryness as well. Finishes crisp, dry, with grapefruit pith & a little pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation, nice balance

Old school APA that works for me, super easy drinker

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

I missed out on Firkin's Deschutes tap takeover, but I was able to grab some of the remnants. This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises musty pine, very light mint, mixed greens, and mild caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine and some grass for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a tasty little XPA, something I might actually buy a six-pack of were it available in that format.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orange amber to light copper with a thin creamy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical fruits with floral/herbal spicing.

The taste is of tropical fruits with caramelized bread. Floral/herbal dry finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

A pleasant, well-balanced, easy-drinking APA.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep amber and copper orange. A little hazy, not too bad, but some near clarity going, some minor carbonation rising a bit. Head is soapy and a thick off white, with frothy retention, barely hanging on, but with at least three fingers tall. Clumpy retention, and suds lacing.

Good solid nose. Hints of light caramel, mild sweetness, good biscuity softness on the aroma as well. Mild sensing soft hop , somewhat floral, but a spicy herbality as well. Very nice.

Palate comes very nicely. Soft malts with a crisp toffee like quality. Mid palate fills with some light toasty malts and hop citrus. Clean and almost minty finish with a light body. Lots of zesty tropical notes, and hinting herbality spice. Comes off with a sweet nutmeg and clove like action on the hop front.

Overall, solid and controlled hop forward pale ale. And another win in the Deschutes column for the good guys.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Armory is a decent beer. It poured a copper clear with thin white head that left a mild lace. The scent was a sweeter citrus with hints of pine. The taste was evenly balanced and very drinkable. It had enough citrus and pine to know it was a West Coaster, but it wasn't over done. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good and I want to try this again.

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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finishes with a citrus and peach kick, but there are lighter fruits, almost like soapy kiwi upfront. The beer is initially smooth, floral too, with a more mild and balanced bitterness that slowly builds on you. A little caramel kicks in as well. This is a great subtle beer, lots to noodle over.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol, strong resin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of resin, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, very strong and pungent aroma, but a more mellow body, with a smooth body.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
Best By: 09/04/15
ABV 5.9%

Poured into a Deschutes pint glass a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy one-finger off-white head, leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, very nice malt note, with some citrus. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice brew for the ABV. Would recommend.

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is light copper with an off-white head and some lingering lacing. Smell is citrus, floral and pine with bread malt aromas. Taste is grapefruit, floral, herbal and pine with bread and caramel malt flavors. Feel is light to medium in body that has some light bitterness but ultimately a smooth finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a clear plastic cup.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light-to-moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. An attractive pale ale!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a lot of lemony hop character and a light soapy floral character. The hops seem very fresh, and the beer has an almost wet-hopped character. Good, but it lacks much complexity and has a little bit reminiscent of a cleaning product with its lemony floralness.

Taste: a bit deeper and richer than the aroma. There's a good malt character here, with just a little toastiness and some caramel. The hops are still lemony and floral, but there's more balance and depth of character. Bitterness is relatively low.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer has a refreshment appeal beyond some of its other characteristics because of the lemony tang of the hops. A decent pale ale.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, white head, thin ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Bread, toffee & caramel gives way to plenty of citrus & grass.

T: Grassy-weed, resiny, grapefruit, rind, bread & caramel. Assertive bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body has a light hop acidity.

D: A very good drinker.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lighter amber color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles, little bit of lacing

S: A fruit and lower bouquet

T: First thing I noticed was a taste of juicy fruit bubblegum, some floral notes, perhaps some Crystal malts

M: Light body, well carbonated.

O: A good balanced APA, not overly West Coast.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Best by 07.21.16. consumed 07.11.16. close one. in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright vibrant orange glows in the glass with a good clarity and a soft, spacious rise of micro-effervesce. Light khaki-tan head is frothy in texture and slight in size, an average holding retention provides some lasting visual while the ending swan song of lacing was rather weak.

S: Floral and fruity notes on the nose as advertised. Freshly sliced apple, sweet toasted malt, hints of sour tangerines perhaps from the yeast. Fresh roses, boutique of flowers are fresh with a final wiff of apple-pear juice. Strength is moderate, but short lasting.

T: The flavor supplied a nice toasted malt sweetness as a backbone to some apple peel and floral hops that really stood out. Semi-dry orange peel with a fruitiness of apple-pear yeastiness. Some soft warming pine stands out at the end.

M: Crisp mouthful, nice and sticky malt residue, medium body with a warming and spicy malt feel on the inner cheeks.

O: A sturdy toasted malt base and a fresh, blast of floral hops and fruity yeastiness gives this an almost red ale style of drinking. Spicy toasted grains, has hints of sweet-raisiny character with the malting being the true standout here. Very well balanced, drinkable and six pack worthy. Solid 3.75.

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Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.
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