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Deschutes Armory XPA (Extra Pale Ale)

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s 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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tightslice (465) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
On tap (nitro) at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Very creamy, potent mix of floral, vanilla, with some hops hiding in there. At first the strong floral / vanilla aroma was great, but it began to tire about halfway through. Certainly not boring but a little over-the-top in nitro form during the summer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1101) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Copper colored with light beige head. Nice floral & citrus hops with sweet grains peeking out from behind the hops. Sweet grainy/cereal malts with a floral, fading to a bitter hop follow. Well made and good for sure, but not quite good enough to stand out from the crowded field of excellent ales out there.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6735) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2015
22. Pours a very hazy medium amber with a thick bright white head. Sweet floral nose. Creamy medium body with modest carb. Sweet floral mid palate, not much contrast to balance the sweetness. Finish is...well, you can guess.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonLaRue (45) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2015
This on my tongue is a hoppy malted IPA. It works but I am not in a rush to have another. Not as good as Stone’s IPA’s, though the alcohol content is there it’ll get you drunk.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bomber bottle; poured a nice orange amber with a persistent, frothy almost khaki head. Aroma brings me back to the NW. Citrus, earthy, herbal. Some spice, a good earthy quality, hint of citrus and fruit. Good caramel/bread backbone that balances things out. Quite a good brew

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015
On tap at town hall. Nitro made it creammy but also took out hop flavour. Just ok.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
chriszfat (32) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours golden orange color with small head from a bomber. Smell is great with citrus grapefruit. Starts mild and finishes with good citrus flavor and medium bitterness. Drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4917) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Pours orange with some citrus aroma and taste. Light body. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akoeninger (560) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2015
On tap nitro at the free house. Clear orange color with foamy nitro head. Aroma is mainly dank citrus with bready malt. Fruity and orange hop flavor with sweet malt backbone. Easy drinking and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARH (861) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2015
On nitro, poured into a shaker. The aroma is mild with the brightest tones being citrus and more subtle notes of grain and baked bread. It pours a murky, rusty orange topped with a dense, whipped white head that has great retention and lace. The taste is a balanced medium bitter and sweet (although perhaps a touch more sweetness is noted). The beer is silky smooth with a creamy carbonation. The medium body is flavored with dry citrus and a mild lactose sugar with secondary notes of mellow toffee and bread. It finishes with a light, zesty clean citrus and the aftertaste is very mild and lightly astringent with subtle bread notes and it lightly lingers.


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