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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Patrick on 10-31-2009

A Northwest American-Style IPA. The color comes through as a deep gold with orange hues. Fruity and citrusy hop aroma shines, with hints of pine resin. The four hop flavor dominates, re-enforcing the aroma with more citrus, fruity and piney notes. The malt character is clean and smooth with a unique toasted flavor (thanks to the generous helping of Victory malt), all held together by a firm bitterness. Apocalypse has a medium-bodied mouth feel, finishing crisp and dry. All of this results in a very drinkable IPA.

65 IBU
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed deep orange with a sticky one finger white that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.A mix of resiny and earthy hop mixed with caramel/biscuit malt and sweet alcohol,almost candy-like in the sweet alcohol note.Big earthy tones at the onset along with pine resin hop flavors,a big sweet alcohol dipped fruit element comes in late.This is a very earthy toned hopped ipa,a bit different but I like it.

Photo of NWer
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy golden in nonic. Head retained nicely. Good lace.
Aroma flowery, sweet, malt forward.
Taste wonderfully ballanced. Very smooth easy going flavors ranging from mildly hoppy to malt smoothness. Tastes extremely fresh though it's not the season for fresh hop IPA's nor is it hyped as one.
Aftertaste is near perfection. The perfect IPA for a hot Summer (Spring?) afternoon.
Overall, there is nothing to dislike about this beer.
I want more.

Photo of Beaver13
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet crystal malts with grapefuit and piney grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with fruit and some grassy piney hops that have a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA but not too well balanced between the sweet biscuit malt and strong grassy hops.

Photo of triggerguy
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden almost copper color, slight haziness, one finger of head that quickly subsides

Tangerine and pine aroma, with touch of caramel.

Tart citrus up front, fading into pine flavors, backed up by a touch of sweetness and lightly toasty. Assertive bitterness that does not overstay its welcome. The lingering flavors are pine and floral notes.

Medium thin body, low carbonation for style, but enough to bring out the more subtle flavors.

Overall I think this is an excellent example of a PNW IPA. Could use more hop aroma, and a touch more carbonation, but overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer that I will enjoy again and again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and a light golden orange in color. The head peaks at a half finger thick and rolls back quickly to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Hoppy aroma as expected, with notes of pine, citrus and pineapple. Clean malt breadiness underneath.

Taste - A modestly hoppy IPA, but well tuned to create a simple harmonious buzz. Orange is at the forefront with backing notes of pineapple and a hint of grapefruit. Malts that hint at caramel, but moreso imparts a lightly toasted breadiness. Touches of mango and peach with it's stoney pit. Moderate pine and citrus pith bitterness come through near the finish, but orange sweetness is there too, delivering a balanced bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth on the tongue, exhibiting a stupid ability to drink before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Damn, this is good. It's not the most aggressively hop-forward IPA's I've had but I'll be damned if it's not one of the smoothest and more brilliantly woven ones I can recall. Think Bell's Two Hearted meets F-W Union Jack and you'll get the gist of this beer. If you're traveling through Oregon, put this on your list of treasures to hunt!

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours straw yellow in color, surprisingly pale, and just a tad cloudy. Thin white head. Aroma, however, is not nearly so meager: grapefruit and rich tropical fruit smells like passionfruit and mango. Flavor brings the hops with the same tropical fruit flavor and a healthy dose of middle-of-the-palate bitterness. Fine carbonation.

For a 70 IBU, 6.8% ABV single IPA with so little malt character this beer is surprisingly flavorful and drinkable. I am very pleased with this selection from 10 Barrels; would drink again.

Photo of tkelley
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - coppery body.white head. Fairly clear but not crystal.

N - light hop smell. Pine over citrus.

T - bitter hops over toasted malts.

M - fair enough. Kind of syrupy?

O - kind of Mehetabel for an Ipa. Something called Apocalypse should probably be a little more world destroying... but its a fair, rather drinkable beer.

Photo of jellikit
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange and slightly hazy. Thin head with thin lacing.

Smell: slightly sweet. Caramel. Hops are sweet fruit.

Taste: hop bomb. Bittered with pine.

Mouthfeel: balanced between sweet and dry. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Think Jenny McCarthy.

Overall: pretty good. Not my favorite IPA. The bittering hops take away from the rest of the beer. Strong bittering that lingers.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into Ommegang Anniversary glass.

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for 4 bombers from 10 Barrel as extras in our last trade!

The aroma out of the bottle is f#$%ing perfect. Big, a rainbow of citrus aromas from ripe grapefruit to lemon pith. The in glass aroma fades quickly blending nicely with the cut grass laying in my yard.

Little lacing and no active carb dropped the look score, but the color is nice, lightly rounded amber.

Good taste. Like the aroma out of the bottle, the taste seems to fade to one note quickly, but the opening salvo is tops. Sweet and bitter with a very earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light, not oily like with some resinous IPAs.

It's solid+ without being outstanding in any one area - the 5 in aroma not withstanding.

(180th/1st since The Crash)

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 29, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow to light amber with a tremendous lingering cream-colored head that leaves lacing as it fades. But it fades slowly.

Vibrant Northwestern hoppy floral and grassy aromas along with some pear. Even before sipping it I know it will be one bitter beer.

Medium body with a creamy texture.

As expected the grassy, floral hops play up bigtime on the taste but there is also this kind of butterscotch flavor lingering around the palate. Or maybe that is due to roasted malts merging with the yeast. A very good Northwestern hopped up IPA.

Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a pint glass. pours a good orange/gold color with a nice foamy head.

Lacking some depth but with good aromas of hops, citrus, and oranges.

Medium/full feel with really good notes of navel oranges and hops. Lacking a slight bit on the feel and it is kinda clipped.

A solid IPA. Hop forward for both the aromas and flavors.

Photo of Docer
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at a Whole Foods... can't find a date stamp.

- Amber copper color, clear.... nice fluffy light white head... leaves a good pinky finger lingering around.

- Very roasted grainy scent.... barley... wet towel... perhaps just a touch of bittering hop... pine.. but not much hops to speak of in the scent... odd.

- Interesting taste... and it changes throughout the process. Starts as a light free flowing caramel malt... hits a wet blanket taste... then a bitter hop hits you.... a little grain, alcohol.. then sweetness... then a pine hop, slight sweet citrus... a biting bitter punch to the face followed by the mouth feel with strong flavor. Unique... and a grassy beltch.

- Medium bodied... sticky, grassy... grainy.... and sticky again, while slightly chewy.

- Overall this is a very interesting beer... smells of sticky burned roasted grains all over.... super bitter hops that are almost so bitter they fade... almost smells like a meal.. Not bad, and very unique... but I wonder if their IPA always tastes like this?

Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full amber with a large cream color head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is very prominent floral, piney hops. Taste is immediate hop bitterness with plenty of resins. Pink grapefruit with some leather and pine resins. Plenty of sweet malts to support all that oily bitterness. Mouthfeel is better than average and well carbonated. Drinkability is very good. I haven't seen many R.R. products around lately and this tasty brew would be a fine stand in. Last pour was quite hazy. If you can find it buy some now. Found at Market of Choice in West Linn, Oregon. About $5.00 for the bomber.

Photo of ThaCrax
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tangy and Sweet, Piney and Bitter. There is plenty going on here for me to sink my taste buds into, but it is still smooth. Orange and Citrus carries throughout, but the piney flavor is apparent as well. Medium body, Medium Carbos, Nice webbing, not much of a head, but a good little white bubble cap goin on. I liked it!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up last night at the COOP.... poured into my little CC goblet.. the brew is slightly hop hazed orange.. only okay retention with a good head.

Nose is good citrus zest... slight caramel malt.. maybe some pine in there.

Pithy citrus... tangerine? and some piney hops... sorta oily and yummy... a touch too much malt for my liking, but it is a minor bitch..

Nicely balanced PNW IPA... I dig it overall, but it could stand to be a touch drier on the palate.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with hints of copper. Fine two finger off-white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of piney and herbal hops, citrus, fruit juice. Flavor follows with pine and citrus hops, sweet malt and complex fruit flavors. Good pine hop finish with residual sweet malt. Medium bodied and light creaminess. A well made IPA with a great balance of hop and malt with interesting fruit juice flavors to keep interest high.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I should have bought more of this when it was on sale for like seven fifty a sixer.

The appearance is a nice copper color with not much for a head or lacing.

Smell is just great. I love the intense sweet-flower-nectar and grapefruit aromas. Not only the best of hops in my opinion but pretty good strength. I bet more of a head would disperse the aromas better.

Flavor improves with warmer than fridge temperature. The malts surprisingly peek thru with caramel sweetness and bread before being overwhelmed with the sweet and citric hops. Go ahead, drink this with your big and bold food. It will somehow overwhelm the spice of a curry or the mold of a blue cheese, but in a good way. I'm not always a fan of big IPAs with food but this one is working with the tikka masala I'm eating.

Outstanding IPA that is right up this hop head's alley. In a different class than most other craft brewery IPAs, even here in the northwest.

Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle

It is amber in color with two inches of white head with excellent lacing.

The smell is citrus with a little weed.

The taste is citrus and bitter with a solid malt backbone.

Moderate mouthfeel

It is a decent IPA. It was cheap. Three dollars and fifty cents for a 22 ounce bottle at the gas station. You can't beat that.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new pub location...

A: Pours a golden yellow with hints of orange and a nice frothy two finger head, very creamy and almost stark white. Falls slowly and leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Big citrus hop aroma, definitely grapefruit, tangerine, very fruity overall, a little pine resin as well but dominated by the fruit. Smells pretty fresh.

T: Follows the nose a little too far here, the fruit seems to dominate the palate a little too much and doesn't come off aggressive enough in the hop profile. Needs to be a little bit crisper as well with all the fruit. Nice, but not quite balanced IMO.

M: Smooth, nice carbonation, dry finish helps this go down smoother.

D: For the style this is pretty drinkable, not a full on hop assault, which to its credit helps it go down smoother, but could use a little more hop to balance the flavors out.

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to FondueVoodoo bottle.

Pours a gorgeous orange body with lots of lacing all down the glass. Good decent fruit flavor even if mild, moderate bitterness. A nice overall IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops presence. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a long time if you’re looking something less harsh than most.

Photo of mellings7
1/5  rDev -74.1%

I did not like this beer. I normally drink stouts so consider this in my opinion. The description is spot on, pine resin with a hint of citrus, nasty! Chew on a pine branch and you will get what this taste like.

Photo of velosuds
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this for the first time at my local grocer and decided to give it a try. Paid $3.99 a bomber. Heard some good things from Bend locals about this brewery and with all the good news these days, I decided to give Apocalypse IPA a try.

A-Pours a very slightly hazing copper orange with a two finger, off-white head with decent retention but scant lacing. Very pleasing appearance.

S-Aroma is disappointingly faint. Slight floral and citrus hops are subdued by "a generous helping of Victory malt" that gives this beer a predominantly biscuit/nutty aroma. Not what I want in an IPA.

T-With the name being such, I was expecting something more earth ending, at least as we know it. No such luck. This ends up being another "also ran" IPA. I think the Victory malt ruined this beer. I used this malt in a brown ale for its nutty attributes and was very pleased. I would never have thought to use it in an IPA. Odd. As with the aroma, the taste is malt dominant; the nutty/biscuit profile detracts from the fine hop bill: Horizon, Centennial, Amarillo, and Cascade. Great hops, and at 65 IBUs (if accurate), this is plenty hoppy to be an IPA. Not harsh or aggressive assault on the taste buds; I suspect some first wort hopping used. This is not bad; it's just not what it should be and I think the culprit is the Victory malt.

M-Very smooth but a bit thin and light, especially for an IPA.

O-This is decent. I really wanted to like this better than I did. I bought tonight since I was seeking something new. I wouldn't turn this beer away if offered one, but I probably won't buy it again.

Two commendations: (1) this brewery uses bottle dating. 7/25/2011 in this case. (2) the label peels off very easily without soaking/scrubbing making it easy to re-use for home brewing.

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Capital Market,Salem. Once again I like the way 10 Barrels do their packaging. very handsome. Amber/burnt orange coloured, with a lovelly light tan head..that is volumtious and creamy. Strong resiny,piney hop aromas here..seems quite fresh. taste is not as hoppy as i expected..but it certainlly fills the mouth with the taste of a pine forest..the mats show too semi-sweet. Not a very sweet IPA which is a relief. Ok on the palate, nothing special ,nothing bad. Overall a nice PNW style IPA.

Photo of bstave
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into regular pint glass.

A- Poured a deep hazy golden with very little head and no lacing.

S- Smell is superb. Big citrusy hops explode in your nostrils.

T- Taste doesn't quite follow the awesome nose but certainly does not disappoint. Big citrusy flavor and sweet malt backbone.

M- Nice amount of carbonation, yet a bit lacking in body.

O- This is a very solid NW IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I would seek out again.

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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.