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Deschutes Armory XPA (Extra Pale Ale)



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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Itís fitting this experimental pale ale was the first beer brewed at our Portland Pub. This XPA gets its bitter twist from Nugget, and Northern Brewer hops, then delivers a pronounced citrus kick from Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. Consider this your next hop obsession.

Malt: Crystal
Hops: Nugget, Northern Brewer, Citra, Cascade, Centennial
192 Calories

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crispaire (18) - - AUG 24, 2016
Carrot orange color. Pillowy head. Really aromatic, with traces of malt, citrus, and herbs. Creamy texture. Long pleasant bitterness. One of the better pale ales Iíve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pablo951 (630) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Had it on tap, pours a murky brownish hue. Sweet smellin streaky lacing, and very smooth tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2016
On tap at Pinthouse Pizza South Lamar. Pours a hazy orange gold with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is citrus and pine. Medium body, wheat, floral, citrus, light finish, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5549) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle from VE, best by 07/27/16. Nose earth and caramel, does have grapefruit sweetness and a hint of wood and dank. Pour deep but clear golden, leaning over amber into lightest brown, big rock and lacing beige head. Taste medium bitter with light sweetness that accumulates to medium big caramel and heavy cracker, touch dusty, grapefruit and really fresh/natural juiciness, some dank and woodsy character, Nugget all over this, and the nice dark toffee and bark of Northern Brewer. Fullish body, a little slimy but thatís ameliorated by swishy malt depth. Very light hints of astringency and aspartame. Represents something of an alternate universe where IPAs took a different path; interesting to try, but probably a one-time-only thing for me. [2016.08.07: 3.3]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Sample from bottle during Woody T. Barrel visit at Hy-Vee. Poured copper, white head. Aroma was citrus, grass, cedar. Taste was medium bitter, grapefruit, pine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOne (315) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Pours clear copper, relatively sustained frothy white head. Slight resin aroma, a hint of moss. Lots of flavor... starts pine resin, evolves into a tropical profile, with trace of sweetness, with a long dry finish. Palate is particularly nice, having a rich texture at the center. Enjoyable, straightforward, some notable flavor combinations, no complaints,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2266) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Draft to taster at source pour dark gold to light copper with thin ecru head. Nose melon and soap, light caramel. Taste melon, date, stone fruit then bubble gum. Mid palate moderate bitterness and light grain. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernbourbon (1534) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Draft at Portland brewpub. pour is nearly clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor are cookie malt and pine hops with some light resinous notes. Light bready finish with some lingering floral hop character. clean. drinkable. not too exciting but nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9307) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Draft at the Growler Bar at Kroger-Oakley, served in a flight. Pours a mostly clear orange gold with a small white head that settles into a ring and an island of film while lacing the glass. Notes of grass, pine, citrus, floral zest, caramel malts, and wood shavings. Light-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a mostly clean mouthfeel despite some light sweetness, medium bitterness, and a little spice. Nicely rounded APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4202) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2016
"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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