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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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very good

112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 551
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% 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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 551
Photo of Oakengroves
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All hail the once and future king of commercially available, easy-drinking Northwest IPAs. Superb amber color, combined with a piney, citrus Northwest IPA smell. Excellent. Superb, balanced bitter, yet freshly hopped flavor that trails off to a deep bitterness. Delightful bitter, piney mouthfeel. This is the among best commercially available IPA in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest [i.e. - readily available in grocery stores]. Great flavor! Purchased regularly!

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Photo of drpimento
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had the nitro version and it was super! Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Plenty of malt to stand up to the fresh hops. The nitro enhanced the body. Hope I get to try it again

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Photo of NWer
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK...before I go into why I rated this so high let me digress. I am skeptical of IPA's that are 6.5%..it seems generic...I tend to like 6.9 or above...don't ask me why but this description will contain info that will explain this.

Got a bottle at my local grocery store to give it a try...ya that sounds lame but it was for $3.79.

Poured into my glass it was a dark, filtered orange...looks like a really nice IPA. Sticky white head and bubbles sticking to the glass.

The smell was really ripe with that hoppy citrus and a touch of pine like many nw IPAs. It also has that biscuit tone that I like from the malts.

The taste is where this one takes control. The 6.5% tastes more like 7.5%. Not in booze but in bitterness. Very bitter and not watered down or tame like some in this category. With the bitterness was the citrusy sweet flavors I savor in an IPA. Really surprised for such a cheap IPA. Impressive.

The mouthfeel was sticky...just like the lacing on the bottle. the flavors linger and the carbonation is not too high and it cleans the palate for more.

Overall, this was one of the best IPAs I have had in a long way. It was very balanced, not too hoppy but the bitterness was high. The malt backbone is there to balance it out. These guys know what they are doing and the name of the beer is in no way an over exageration.

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Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Apocalypse IPA is a lightly hazed ruddy bronze with a small off-white skim of head with a bubbly collar that leaves elegant, draping lace.

Smell is dank and resinous hops, skunky, with some sweet gingerbread malt notes. Robust, perhaps the only knock is that it smells like the alcohol might be dirty (which it it very well may be the hops style, but as I'm enjoying it, the fusels are hidden on the palate).

Taste is also robust, classic NW IPA with the huge, fresh hops, and a fairly substantial malt base as well, mostly bread, some sweetness. While the hops have some substantial bitterness, they combine with the sweetness of the malt to bring out some tropical citrus that you don't get in the nose. The lingering aftertaste is hop resins, like you've chewed on one.

Mouthfeel is oily, a bit chewy. The tongue is really coated with hop resin in hurry, did I mention this beer is dank? I like it for the audacity it reminds you this beer brings.

Drinkability is great if you're a hop head. Wow, what a great IPA, glad Bend finally sent us some bottles!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Tracktown Pizza

A- Poured a clear copper color with visible carbonation and big bubbly head that left chunky lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit, pine, sweet tropical fruit pineapple, and some sweet malts. Very aromatic

T- Big pungent grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, pine, and light pineapple hops. Some sweet malt backbone.

M- Dry, refreshing, pretty high carbonation, effervescent

O- A damn good IPA with great hop flavors and aroma.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Burnt orange color with a strong off white head. Lots of lacing left behind. 4.5/5

Smell- Earthy and grassy aroma. Some sweet citrus in the background. 4/5

Taste- Sweet orange. The big, grassy bitterness comes out in the end. There is some sweetness but it doesn't overpower the hops. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- This a little thick for my taste, but it is a really good IPA so I don't mind. 4/5

Overall- I remember this being a little ho-hum the last time I had it. I had heard that the brewery  redid the recipe and I grabbed a six pack. Much better than what I remember. The price is a little high at $10+. 4.5/5 

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Photo of Brazenbookbug
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My new fave. Wish it would leave room for other things, but how can I not drink this? Someone send me one of those Heady Toppers so I can take a break already.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden yellow body with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing all the way down

Smell is a very prominent grapefruit with some mango

Taste; The grapefruit citrus is out in front but there is also a very slight bitter hop . These 2 flavors come together for an overall tart grapefruit taste. Nice !

Feel is very smooth with a little crispness at the end of each sip

Overall An excellent citrus forward IPA ! When I am craving a tart grapefruit sort of IPA , this is one that I reach for ! I discovered this beer a while ago and was a little concerned when I learned that 10 Barrel had been bought by Budweiser. But it still tastes the same ! Yessss

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Lacing on the edges. Nice colors overall.

Jimmy said so, eh? Well, he didn't tell us what kind of hops were used. I'm guessing they're of the NZ type. Citrus mango tango?

Flavor confirms the aroma. It's not your usual pine/grapefruit affair. Refreshing. Not much dough.

Lingering dough and citrus notes make up this ale. At 6.8%, it drinks like something much lower in ABV.

I think I'm falling in love with Oregon and its' marvelous beers. I give 10 Barrel mad props for putting out such an enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Visiting Oregon on a motorcycle tour. Color is clear light amber, little head, and light to medium lacing. Aroma is hypnotizing--rich floral heady fresh-squeezed grapefruit hops, with tangerines notes. Flavor is up-front bitter grapefruit peel hops, a little sweetness, and mild malt. Mouthfeel is foamy, medium thin. Overall this is an outstanding IPA, a unique experience, and rewarding if you like very bitter ales.

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Photo of ThaCrax
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the better IPA's I have had recently and at $2.99 a bomber around NW CO it is very good value. I am pretty sure this is hopped with Amarillo, which is one of my favorite hops.

Look - Color is a clear gold with a thick white head. Good head retention and tons of lacing. It is has a west-coast look foreshadowing a lighter grain bill which I prefer.
Smell - is good but underwhelming compared to some of the top notch IPA's, could be stronger.
Taste - is awesome (and would be better with stronger supporting aroma). Spicy, piney and citrus bitterness explodes on the palate only slightly balanced by a light malt backbone. I get some major grapefruit!
Feel- Finishes with a drying bitterness on the back of the tongue. light, crisp and dry.
Overall- A very good IPA and my first beer from 10 barrel. I know they are now the "enemy" after being acquired by AB-Inbev but at the price point I wanted to give them a try. If I try and remove the bias of their new ownership - then I come away with it being a truly a great IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange with one finger of white fizzy head, spotty medium lacing
S - Huge lemon aroma! I was in love with that. Pine, grapefruit, citrus zest, cracker malt.
T - Bright and crisp lemon flavor, light grassy tones, cracker malt.
M - Fresh light and bright feeling beer.
O - Really good aroma, love the lemon in this beer, lemon is a weakness of mine.

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Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of muldersha
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a 12oz brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a light, hazy orange color with a solid looking white creamy head. Nice perlage and a good amount of white lacing persists.

Abundant aromas of orange peel, orange juice, orange pith, pine resin, grass, garden herbs, candied citrus, marshmallow, gooseberry, and subtle stone fruit. Very vinous nose that gives and gives.

Medium-full bodied with plenty of bready, malty grapefruit and citrus flavors. At times verging on the more tropical with notes of pineapple and papaya, but truly a second fiddle to the more orange citrus notes.

Initial malty richness quickly gives way to a bitter fruitiness. Very well balanced despite the relatively high ABV. This is worth trying for sure. Definitely a beer somm type of beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a white head, excellent retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit rind, pine, hint of tropical fruit.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine, sponge toffee, candied pineapple, great malt (biscuit), good bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body, light hop acidity, dry finish.

D: A really good drinker and well-crafted. Not a pallet bruiser... I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice summer everyday ale. very drinkable at 6.8% and 70 ibu's. Clean taste smooth finish. Citrus dominates taste and nose; not piney. Crisp and clean. Moderate hop influence. Well balanced hops and malt. Golden/orange appearance. Ample frothy long lasting white head; legs coat the entire glasss. Best if colder than usual ale serving temperature.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%

draft at 10 barrel.

lighter orange color, great head. big dank piney aroma. taste is filled with grapefruit and citrus, lots of pine and that awesome pnw bitterness. so tasty. body is mild as well as carbonation. real enjoyable west coast IPA

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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)

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Photo of minterro
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This summer has been nuts, haven't rated in what seems like forever. Got a couple of beers from my roommate's friend for letting him crash with us, and this beer was one of them.

A&S: orange zest, hazy light orange colored beer. White head that pours about a half finger initially, but ducks down to a thin layer in a minute or so

T&M: super fruity, but maintains a soild hop bitterness. Pretty bitter and dry finish.

Overall: Surprisingly good! Probably in the top 5 new IPA I have tried this year. I would recommend this beer but within and outside of style. Better than some of the classic Pacific Northwest IPAs.

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Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from a recent trip to Jackson, Wyoming. Poured into my beer goblet. Nice label ,but no bottled date.

Appearance: Clear golden with a white head that settled to a film. The lacing is nice and sticky.

Smell: Ahhh, a nice hoppy IPA. Citrus and resinous pine goodness. Only a touch of malt in the smell.

Taste: This is a fine IPA. It has all of the prerequisites, nice hop bitterness with enough of a malt backbone to stand up to it. A bit of caramel from the malts. Not quite fresh enough to make a stab at guessing the identity of the hops used. Not bad, by any means.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thin, but that is OK for the style. The flavor easily coats the mouth all over.

Overall: I quite like this one. I would seek this one to get another bottle.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours 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. Overall, a very nice and underrated IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.