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Deschutes Armory XPA (Extra Pale Ale)

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
22oz in Seattle. soft bitter, light body. Dark Amber color. Nutty malt and passion fruit. Nice enough.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lating ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, grapefruit, lemon zest, earthiness and light pine.Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, grapefruit zest and lighgt pine with a crisp dry moderately bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uhclem (378) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Although this is a Deschutes product, it doesn’t quite measure up to my expectations. It’s very drinkable, though. Mouthfeel was thin and oily and the finish was rather short.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2740) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
651 ml. bottle. BBD 12/13/14. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a slightly hazy, medium amber (SRM 12) body....nose is toasted malts, with biscuit, hops add pine, resin, hints of citrus including grapefruit, tangerine, light earth, hints of mint, balance to the hops....taste is slightly sweet with toffee/caramel tones, tangerine, earth, light mint, pine resin finishing with a moderate lingering bitterness....mouth feel, slightly light of medium body, no alcohol, light acid, tingling carbonation. This is a delightful hop garden in both aroma and flavor. They were used very deftly, with each contributing, but at the end, enough, but not heavy bitterness. BJCP 9/3/14/4/7

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle: not bad, balanced hoppy flavors and malts. Easy to drink and would n a good standby beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - NOV 6, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a nice slightly darker amber color with a one finger head of thick white foam. The head has a very good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides and surface of the glass and brew respectively. Smell – The aroma of the brew is a mix of a bready, lightly fruited, and hoppy smells. The bready aromas contain some hints of a more doughty and roasted malt smell within. The lighter sweet fruit aromas are of a tangerine and orange nature while the hop, which are the strongest of the smells, are mainly of an earthy and herbal nature with some other smells of a grapefruit and floral note. Taste – The taste begins with a bready and more sweetened doughy flavor. The sweetness comes mostly from some fruity flavors of a tangerine, melon, and mango flavor with a little bit of a caramel sweetness mixed within. These sweeter flavors, with the bready tastes, create a base flavor for the brew remaining relatively constant through the taste. Right from the start there is also some flavors of hop, with an earthy flavor being the most pronounced upfront and with it remaining so throughout the taste. Other hop flavors do come to the taste buds later however, with some lighter grapefruit and floral flavors coming soon after the initial tastes. With a hint of a dank pine coming at the very end, one is left with a slightly resinous but still somewhat sweet and fruity flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of 5.9 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the fruity and hopped flavors of the brew, the thicker body really soaked these flavors into the tongue allowing them to shine high and be heavily sensed. Overall – This was a lightly danker, but somewhat sweet brew overall. A very nice drinking brew and one to try if you get the chance.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Nitro. Cremay head on a light amber/gold body. This one is buttery like too many descutes beers. Get you shit sorted out.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2692) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bought Bottle in San Jose and had in Maui. This brew has a very full bodied malty aroma with a nice hop compliment. Its a hazy reddish color with a small white head. Its very malty sweet with a good bitterness. The aftertaste is almost a hazelnut flavor. The body is a full body with a good carb. Not a bad brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
22oz bottle, amber-gold color, with a thick pillowy white-beige head, mild fruity candied orange, tangerine, lemon,grapefruit peel nose, with a herbal floral citrus, tea leaf, grassy hop, faint toasted, pale malt accent, and a faint lemon marmalade, lemon pie note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice light sweet toasted, caramel, pale malt, spritzy orange, lemon, rind, flowery citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy character, with some pine resin, lemon marmalade, citrus tea leaf, subtle toffee flavours, leading towards a faint toasted maltiness, zesty orange, lemon, grapefruit peel, lingering citrus, grassy, leafy, resiny hop bitterness finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jake65 (2730) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle: An inch of creamy sand colored head on top of a clear copper pour. Quite a bit of sheet lacing. Nose is light, herbal and floral with light pine. Piney and floral hops in the taste, a little citrus and something that resembles apple cider. Finished a little herbal and earthy. Light lingering bitters. Not bad, but with Mirror Pond in the lineup… this is a benchwarmer.


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