Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Armory XPA Experimental Pale AleArmory XPA Experimental Pale Ale
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
Ratings:
657
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
135
For Trade:
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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsh420
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipso123
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Version with experimental hop 07270

Best before date January 17, 2017

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Quesophresco
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shoretaxi
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DesertFox24
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with one finger of beige hea that leaves melting winter landscape lace as it recedes.

Smells of muddled citrus peel, earthy dank pine, honeyed biscuit, wet stone and citrusy, resiny hops.

Tastes of juicy grapefruit and navel orange, more biscuity caramel malt, minerals and pleasantly piney hops.

Feels mild and soft. Medium bodied with gently frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Solid and easy to drink.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark orange/amber with moderate white head quick to dissipate. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Citrus and floral hop aroma. Biscuit with hints of caramel.

Taste- Light crackery baked bread crust with sweet barley grain notes. Very grainy with sweet floral hop tones. Fruity, yet peppery which blends with the sweetness. Bitter, dry grain finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable pale ale. Plenty of flavor and well balanced. Lots of craft in this one.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stadmo1
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

have been hitting it hard for the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 but the ones that I have remaining are ones that I have not previously reviewed, making them excellent candidates for tomorrow, New Beer Sunday (Week 609). In the interim, I will peer into the depths of my reefer and see what awaits my attention. I seem to have strayed back into the realm of bottles. Oh, well.

From the bottle: "Experimental Pale Ale"; "Family & Employee Owned Since 1988"; "Profile - floral and tropical notes, perfectly balanced."; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."

I will readily cop to having an old bottle (Best By: 05/24/16), but the fact that it is bottle-conditioned leads me to want to see what has happened in the interim, especially since they have released another XPA in this series. I initially had it in my crowded reefer on its side until I pulled it out & noticed a lot of floaties. I then stood it upright, put it back into the reefer and after several hours of calming time, I performed a gentle pour into a schooner glass. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus clarity of which others might be envious. Nose had a tropical fruitiness that had not given up. It was like a fruit basket filled with mango, guava, papaya & honeydew. What a bright, mellow beer this has become! I was put in mind of drinking fruit drinks like Kool-Ade during the summers as a kid. Mouthfeel was medium. The light carbonation gave the fruitiness of the hops a chance to really shine. It was as mellow as tea, but a) I have not had a fruity tea in many years, so that may not be fair and b) there was a sharpness that was in-tea-like & a jolt out of any lethargy into which I may have been lulled.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RDW
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the 12oz in a matching Deschutes Teku.

The color is a bright amber with thick head with fine bead and lasting retention. The smell is great - mild pine with some stone fruit and tangerine-like citrus hop aroma. The feel has a very good balance between the malt and hops with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the bitterness with moderately high carbonation and low astringency with slight spice tinge and a moderately dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with spicy citrus hop profile with a mild pine taste that is complimentary with the malt but citrus dominates with a slight malt sweetness and gentle toast with a mildly sweet quality that blends well with the orange-like flavor and mild astringent aspect in the back. The hops have a lingering bitter flavor with a long dry finish. Overall I loved this -this is great for the style a top notch pale ale with good blend of herbal and pine with citrus in the hop flavor. This is well made and very drinkable I would definitely drink this again if I were to see it on tap.

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Photo of bombventure
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Miami66
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stanale
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rdc67
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffshore545
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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