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Apocalypse IPA | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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

Added by Patrick on 10-31-2009

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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 622
Photo of elNopalero
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light crisp and approachable. This tastes fresh and hoppy, with an approachable bitterness.
A decent all around IPA that you don't need to think about—aside from their new owners.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a dark Amber orange with a thin white head.

Aroma is slight citrus but very sweet honey malty.

Taste maintains that honey blossom quality. Light but sweet with the only real hops bitter citrus.

Good beer. My only criticism it isn't balanced, thin but flavorful malty then bitter hoppy.

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Photo of gandres
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: light amber, clear, minimal head head, lacing
A: hoppy aroma
T: very bitter, medium sweetness,
MF:long finish, medium body, creamy, lively carbonation
OA: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for
Drank: April 21, 2016

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Day 1 of my Cali road trip/west coast ipa binge. San Fran to Carmel.

Looks good: honey-amber color with a foamy plaster stuck to my glass. Smells like Halo oranges that my girlfriend hides in my backpack. Tastes like nectarine and peach ring candy. Ready Victory is evident. Not that bitter.

Meh. Certainly not an IPA apocalypse, more like an IPA kerfuffle. After a coastal trail run in the rain I was hoping for more tongue searing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i dont care that this is a bud thing now, its one of the very few mass produced ipas out there thats worth a damn, and frankly, its a million times better than goose, which is the ultimate bud ipa, but i still hold this one in much higher regard. its pale and wheaty looking, more yellow than gold, and hazy enough, east coasty and citra driven perhaps, looks nice. smells even better citrusy hops with lemon and orange both, maybe even something southern hemisphere in conjunction, galaxy or something, its tough to tell, but it has that sweet light fruity thing rather than than northwestern oily bitter complexion, and its pretty awesome. theyve done a nice job keeping the body light, and the flavor is almost as pungent as the aroma, totally hop driven, but soft and easy. ipa for not ipa people and hop heads alike, which i think is uncommon. crisp too, no sweetness there at the end, and the grain isnt boring or standard, which also helps it. one of my favorite beers from these guys so far, although all of their hoppy beer has been tasty. i dont care who makes it when it tastes this good. its amazing anyone at all ever orders a pint of goose ipa anymore...

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Photo of Shippy
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Slightly cloudy, light gold with a foamy white head. Smell is very hoppy with pine and some grapefruit. Taste starts out hoppy and bitter, mellows a bit in the middle, with a little hopiness returning on the finish. Notes of pine, a little woody. Feel is light to medium and has a moderate carbonation. Overall not a bad IPA, but not outstanding either.

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Photo of Nomstep
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Yellow, slight amber hue. Very effervescent. 90 % visible
S- Spent Grain. Super skunky when bottle first opened. Hint of lemon.
T- Balanced pale hops. Slight citrus.
M- Medium body. Small syrup and effervescence. Bitter.
O- Excellent first skunk smell. Beautiful body and color. Balanced, but missing one small ingredient.

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Photo of Deerin
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this a while back, liked it. Found it in the fridge again and decided to share my thoughts.

The color is orangey golden, cloudy. Somewhat see through but overall opaque. I believe this one's bottle conditioned. Pours a small head that dissipates after a minute or two but remains soapy on top.
Smells hoppy, malty. It's nice. It's got your typical hop aromas, but I'm not gonna dissect them today. It's good in this department.

Despite what the smell might suggest, this is not a very hoppy ipa. It is very smooth however. The alcohol has a bit of presence- possibly a bit too much for newcomers. I find it might benefit from a 1% or so reduction, taste wise, but I wouldn't claim to be firm on this. According to my roommate, it's 'got good flavor, but is a little bit strong'.
The feel is a bit chewy, perhaps a bit thick, but the carbonation is on point. Good.

I'd think of this less as an India Pale Ale and more... just an ale. I like it, though. Would recommend if you're in the mood for a refreshing or smooth ale. If you're looking for grapefruit, pine, etc, grab a Sculpin, or a Sherman instead. Price point is about right. 8$-10$ for a sixer. I like this one as a change of pace, might make a good starter ipa for some as well.

Note that I don't know how old these were when bought. I'd like to try this one fresh if I got a chance to see how much hop flavor is present fresh.
Edit: did just that, much hoppier, solid ipa. This one ages well.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass
pours an orange gold with a cloudy look that cleared quickly, medium white head and some sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well
smell is pine citrus and then sweet and grapefruit
taste grapefruit piney, resiny and bitter finish
feel is crisp and carbonated
overall very solid ipa

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Photo of zonker17
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lighter yellow IPA with a head that persists and some sticky lacing. Floral and citrus notes on the nose with grapefruit being most dominant. Flavor up front is light but finishes as bitter as an IPA should. Orange zest, malt sweetness. Medium body and some resinous feel with lower carbonation.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good west coast IPA. It has a citrus blend with the hoppy smell and taste you expect from this style. If you want to introduce someone to a west coast IPA you wouldn't go wrong with suggesting this one.

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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 beermeplz
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is actually pretty good and, like some other 10 barrel beers, seems to hold up pretty well with some age. not too complex, but has a great aroma and light/fruity bitterness that will strike a chord for fans of this style. simple but solid.

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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 81tillinfinity
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice fluffy white head that stays along for the ride. Hops are their definitely on the pine side. Hops and malt are balanced but neither stands out. Okay ipa but doesn't stand out their Joe ipa is better.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden amber. Orange sheen. Deep robust color

S: citrus. Orange peel. Resin. Slight tropical fruits. Subtle aroma

T: piney. Bitter forward. Creamy malt with some more orange peel. Not really any of the tropical notes on the taste

F: creamy. Slightly chewy. Raw hops linger on the palate.

O: while I don't think it is as good as it's counterpart Joe, this is not a bad IPA. Drinkable. Bitter pine forward north west style that lives up to it's claim.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(draft, Jake's Grill, Portland 7/10) fairly complex; paired nicely with this bacon-wrapped pork chop. Yet another solid IPA offering from an Oregon brewery.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an IPA where the bitterness is up front and there's not a lot on the back side. Some malt comes through but it's barely an afterthought as the hops dominate. Bitterness is mid-clean but a little muddiness makes it way through. Still it's a fine sixer to have in your fridge so give it a try.

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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 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 voduh
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter. A deep golden, slightly hazy, orange tinted color. Looks real pretty. White 2 finger head that stays thick for only a minute.

Smells amazing. Has "that smell" I love in an IPA. I always describe it like candy and everyone always looks at me weird. A really colorful profile of hop aroma. 4 hop flavors isn't a crazy amount, but they work well together. There's piney, a little citrus, a little fruity. NICE! Can smell the malt! YAY! I hate when you cant smell the malt-A little toasty...

This one takes a while to figure out. The taste does not linger at all. Of course the bitterness does, though. Grapefruit, only more...creamy????

Medium body. Nothing else to say. What I expected.

Really enjoyed this one. I never see 10 barrel in this part of Colorado. My buddy in Bend raves about this brewery, so I jumped right at this bottle when a really random store had it. I look forward to trying their other stuff when I go to Bend to visit, soon. This IPA is bright and crisp! Solid!

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Photo of beergoot
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No brewing or bottling date. Label lists the ABV as 6.8%.

Golden body; lots of lively carbonation; thick, dense, white head. Mild aroma primarily comprised of faint malts with citrus tones; orange rind; lemon; pine. Mostly bitter flavor; not much grain flavor. Coarse mouthfeel; somewhat juicy with a medium body; very dry finish.

Mostly a one-trick pony with intense hop bitterness but without any complementary balance with aroma or grain flavors. The brewery's web site lists the IBUs as 70. If bitterness is your thing, this is one to try.

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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 Dikfour
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass from tap

Look: Couple fingers of head is retained nicely. Hazy gold in color. Very nice lacing. Light carbonation.

Smell: A little grapefruit. Subtle piney resin. Small lemon citrus zest.

Taste: Tropical fruitiness up front. Grapefruit, orange, maybe a little mango, a little lemon. Bitter finish is a little astringent.

Feel: Medium to light body, watery even. Certainly a wet finish.

Overall: Meh. If I'm in serch of an InBev IPA, I'd rather go with Elysian's The Immortal. This beer looks pretty, but there isn't much to it. I will say it's not terribly offensive and can certainly be defined as crushable.

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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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