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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%

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:
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

(Beer added by: Patrick on 10-31-2009)
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Photo of Oakengroves


4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:02:32 | More by Oakengroves
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:05:33 | More by NWer
Photo of Vancoubeer


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 06:44:05 | More by Vancoubeer
Photo of ccrida


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 01:17:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 04:59:19 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 00:42:39 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of josiahschlender


4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:41:36 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Brad007


4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 17:52:08 | More by Brad007
Photo of Spikester


4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 06:37:03 | More by Spikester
Photo of Omnium


4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 21:10:29 | More by Omnium
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:57:04 | More by Derek
Photo of triggerguy

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 06:09:21 | More by triggerguy
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:43:49 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 17:39:19 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of kagent777


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 00:53:19 | More by kagent777
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold color with middling clarity. The head is an impressive looking four finger (via aggressive pour) offwhite shade. Retention here is quite strong, and as the head slowly recedes, plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Big grapefruit here on the nose. A bit of malt sweetness breaks up all the hops, but ultimately, the pine, black pepper, and grapefruit qualities from the hops win out.

T: Similar to the aroma, the dominant flavor on the palate is grapefruit-derived hop flavors. I half-expected an upsurge of bitter, piny hop flavors on the back end, but no. The bitterness is really well restrained here, seemingly replaced with savory, nonintrusive caramel malts and bright citrus peel. Nonintrusive is the key word here - to me, an overt malt backbone can kill an IPA worse than excessive hop bitterness can, and this strikes a balance between the two aspects. As it warms up, the flavor really takes on a savory, herbal bend to it, especially on the finish.

M: The texture features good dryness, however it could be a bit lighter in my opinion. Still, I like the lack of palate wrecking bitterness here. I'd almost call it 'soft' - but not quite.

O: What a pleasant surprise! I wasn't really expecting too much here, but I'm honestly impressed with this offering. This is a great example of a 'balanced' IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:41:51 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of bstave


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:25:18 | More by bstave
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:14:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My family does an annual trip to Sun River, OR and the "Bend Ale Trail" is one of my all-time favorite activities while there. My favorite brewery next to the easy choice (Deschutes Brewery) is 10 Barrel Brewing Co. . . And their semi-produced Apocalypse IPA is a great addition to the NWPA movement. . . I actually believe it has more of a bitter bite than its advertised 65 IBU's and am not wowed by the aroma/fragrance, but the color is brilliant and tastes of an all-natural IPA. . . Give or take 4 bucks for a 22 oz bottle, this is one of the better go-to's out there. . .

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:41:49 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.08/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:39:46 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apocalypse IPA pours a hazy straw color with a really nice head. The aroma is citrus and herbal hops and just a hint of light malt. There is a nice balance of citrusy hops and light, sweet malt. The finish retains the balance, with a nice resiny character. Overall a really nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:59:57 | More by ericj551
Photo of iD9


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a straight pint.

Appearance: A medium bodied amber, crystal clear through the middle and... oh wow the carbonation. Tons of carbonation in this guy. Head retention is pretty good for an IPA. It seems a little on the light side but I also usually drink my IPAs out of the bottle instead of in a glass.

Smell: A little pine, a little resin, a little citrus. I get some of the floral notes of the hops but its not kicking me in the face like I expected. Not bad, its just not standing out at me right now, I wonder if its my glassware? There is a little something I can't quiet place in this beer, it seems a bit off for some reason.

Taste: There's the hops I was looking for, you can't smell it but you can taste it on the front end and the back. Not the hop bomb that Firestone's Union Jack or Bear Republic's Racer 5 is but its nice and subtle, a little more in the PNW style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but extremely solid. Chewy-deliciousness, just the way an IPA should be.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. It doesn't smash me the way some of these high IBU IPAs do. All those hops really wear out my pallet fast, this beer doesn't suffer from that problem. Hurray beer!

Overall a very solid, very well presented beer. Not earth shattering by any means but superior in its fundamental strengths. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 03:23:23 | More by iD9
Photo of philbertk


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Chuck's 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle for $4.59 + Tax. No sediment. Thin light lace bright white wispy head. Clear bright thin pale gold color. Big aromatic citrus hop front. Dry sweet light textured crisp tangy grapefruit citrus hint of grassy pine burpy hop mild malt body. Very aromatic. Very mild hop spice clean dry citrus end. Herbal floral easy o drink hoppy balanced mild malt IPA. (4.25 / 5.0)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 21:29:30 | More by philbertk
Photo of jera1350


4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a tall rocky head of off-white foam that leaves gobs of lacing.

Getting melon and stone fruit in the nose.

Citrusy and piney taste with a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Light malt backbone to keep the hops somewhat in check.

Crisp and refreshing, medium body with a dry ending.

Wonderful west coast style IPA here. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:39:32 | More by jera1350
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, my first beer from Bend, OR that's not Deschutes, and I love their beers so I hope this is good. Picked up at random beer store in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a nice quickly rising almost 2 finger foamy slightly creamy head that fades at a slower pace, leaving decent soapy lacing, over a crystal clear cider tan colored beer.

Nose is very aromatic, from the pop of the cap and almost explosive on the pour, lots of fresh hops, like hops sitting in the kettle perhaps a wet hop addition, with nice citrus components, little candied orange peel, nice floral notes, a little pine and resin as well, notes of tangerine and stone fruit as well, maybe a touch of papaya too. Under that is a mild candy malt, a little fresh aromatic malt character too. The longer I nose the more it turns to fresh hop cones with little pine and resin and mostly orange peel.

Taste starts with more hops again, and a ton of bitterness, bit spicy hop bitterness and very chewy, like chewing on hop pellets. The bitterness is almost hammering, the 80IBU range. Into citrus, again the tangerine like citrus, as well as orange peel both fresh and candied, with orange juice packet spritz, as well as a little pith. There is a bit of pine and resin again, not much of either but enough, with again that hop cone character like fresh hop cones almost as if I'm chewing on them. There are hints of fruit too, stone fruit with a little fleshy tropical fruit like a papaya. Under all that is quite a bit of malt to back up the big hop bitterness, little candy malt with hint of reddish malt but not much, fair sweetness that makes my taste buds want to thing this is 9% but the lack of alcohol response pushes that thought back. Finish is long and very bitter, as the hops dry it gets even more bitter, and a long bitter hoppy finish that seems to last forever, little pine and resin, more citrus fruit, and a little sticky malt.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, a bit heavy and almost sticky syrupy but not quite there, wants to seem like it has booze warmth but there is just a touch, and nice carb.

Overall not bad, a cross between west coast and east coast contemporary styles, but it's own beast at the same time. Big bitterness with decent malty sweet balance, a big beer overall with nice hops. About 5 years ago this would be a phenomenal IPA, but these days with all the big citrusy tropical fruit hops this kinda fades into the background.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:42:22 | More by jlindros
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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.