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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

269 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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loren01

Oregon

2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an orange color, huge head like most of the glass huge...about 5 finger widths.
S: Smells like an English IPA, maybe Kent Golding hops? Slightly earthy/grassy
T: Slight grassy hoppiness, not much malt balance here.
M: Too overcarbonated, light bodied beer
O: You shouldn't have to wait 5 min for the head to go down so you can drink a beer....seriously overcarbonated. The taste really wasn't impressive at all either...probably wont get this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:25:26 | More by loren01
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coastiefish

Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 into a tulip

A - Light copper, thin foamy head, lively carbonation

S - Pine hops and medicine on the nose

T - Finished quickly, no lingering taste. Quite unimpressive profile. Alcoholic and tinny. Grapefruit appears after a few sips. Grassy. Finish is truly lacking, even watery.

M - The beer itself is creamy but with the sharp carbonation it just doesn't mesh to well for me.

O - Of course I wished for this beer to be great, while it is not terrible, I don't think I would purchase a 22 again. However, I would try it on tap for draughtness sake.
Too alcoholic to be quaffable. Leaves the back of my tastebuds puckering.
katelovesbeer is sharing the 22 with me, not reviewing on the site tonight, but does like it. I may be alone in this one?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 06:20:01 | More by coastiefish
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NoHipTee

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

NOt a bad beer overall. The appearance is as expected for an IPA. Rusty gold color and an adequate head. Smell hints at hoppy goodness. Taste is a little bit of a let down. Mouthfeel is good. A decent beer but not a beer I will be driving to Oregon for tooo often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 03:11:12 | More by NoHipTee
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kmatlack

California

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this beer at 10 Barrel last christmas up in Bend while i was visiting a friend. Wanted another shot at it so he sent me a bomber, thanks Tony! Poured into my Stone IRS snifter.

A- Pours a very attractive red/copper color with a very fine off white head that looks to be creamy, as if it was poured nitro tap. Interesting.

S- On the nose, pine, a little bit of citrus, grass, some malts. Nothing too crazy. I remember it being much better on tap, not disappointing though. I think my favorite part of the smell is the fact that its bringing me back to my vacation.

T- Not very hop forward in my opinion, malts up front, followed by a kindof unpleasant bitterness with a lingering bitterness on the back end. Piney tastes with some caramel. Its definitely lacking in the taste department.

M- Thin mouthfeel, and as i guessed by the head, a little bit creamy. Low on the carbonation end.

O- I really love 10 Barrel Brewing. I enjoyed their food at the pub and I like all of their beers. This bottled version of apocalypse was kind of a letdown. Maybe i had my hopes up too high after having it fresh from the tap with steamed clams at the pub, but this bottle was average at best. Worth tasting.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:17:40 | More by kmatlack
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chad.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my stone ipa glass.

A- Pours an orange color with copper hugh, what I would expect for a standard ipa. Leaves an off white head and decent lacing around the glass. Lasting bubbles that continue to the top.

S- The nose of this beer is fairly faint and subtle. First off is a nutty aroma I assume is coming from the malts then its earthy, citrus and some pine.

T- Off the bat the first taste is grapefruit that fades to a less distinct citrus flavor. Some slight grass and malt in the back.

M- Cabonation on this beer is on point and makes it very drinkable, quite a bit thinner then I have grown use to from ipa's.

O- Defenitly a beer I'd be ahppy to drink again, with the thinner mouthfeel this is a very sessionable ipa in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:23:12 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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chumba526

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It appears cloudy orange with a small off white head.

It smells of citrus, pineapple and sweet malt.
There is also a mild grassy hoppy smell.

It tastes initially of sweet mild malt. I get a bit a mild citrus flavor (lemons and orange). There is a mild grassy hop flavor as well. The beer ends with a medium amount of bitterness. There is not much about this beer it does not taste bad though.

There is a high carbonation to this beer. Furthermore there is a light mouthfeel to the ale.

Overall an ok IPA it is not bad but there is not much to it and it is forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:59:46 | More by chumba526
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tkelley

Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 23:48:47 | More by tkelley
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Docer

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:07:51 | More by Docer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange rind with polished gold trim and a good looking lid of sandstone colored cream that is marshmallow sticky. It's still early, but the upper reaches of the glass are beginning to be plastered with thick sheets of lace and chunks of foam.

The nose pays equal homage to malt and hops, which is not the way to go in an American IPA. The main issue is that Victory malt (similar to Munich in terms of earthy nuttiness) is one member of the grain bill. It ends up taking a bite out of what could have been a killer aroma, with such notables as Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade (along with Horizon) in the house.

Apocalypse IPA is decent beer that is in no way apocalyptic. It needs a larger percentage of pale malt and it needs more hops. Both, of course, are personal preferences. It tastes like most of the original 65 IBUS are still present, so the bomber is reasonably fresh. Good hop flavor, though, is somewhat lacking.

Each mouthful delivers lightly toasted bread, a small handful of baked nuts, grapefruit zest, orange zest, and a woody spiciness whose origins are a mystery. This is an okay version of my favorite style, but it definitely needs some work.

The mouthfeel is more APA than IPA. It's thinner than it should be, doesn't bulk up as it warms, and the bubbles are within the wide range of acceptable. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Apocalypse IPA is one of those beers that is impressing less and less with each passing ounce. That isn't such a good thing when the bottle contains 22 ounces rather than 12. Hopefully, 10 Barrel Brewing will deliver the goods with S1nist0r Black Ale, a bomber of which is biding its time in my cellar as we speak.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 12:29:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Philousa

California

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange, trending brown towards the thicker parts of the glass. The head is white, smaller than expected, and creamy. Lacing is great. Looks pretty amazing, actually. Lots of grapefruit in the aroma. Other citrus as well, and it actually smells juicy. Smells a little sweet also, like confectioner's sugar, along with dark cake. The grains are coming across very differently in this one than normal. Instead of biscuity and dense, it seems to be light, sweet, and fluffy. Flavor starts with the typical bready, biscuity notes, followed by a slight yeast tang, then it goes bitter. The bitterness is strong and aggressive, though there is some citrus in there too, mostly orange. The feel is appropriate for the style, if very slightly viscous. Finish is balanced.

As it warms the hops subside and the bread crust malt flavors overrun your palate. It's great for about two ounces of the bomber and good for 20.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:33:30 | More by Philousa
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harrymel

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled: unk

It's toasted straw with a broken sheet of light, loose white foam. I could smell this when I cracked it open - mangoes initially, then grapefruit, sweetened malts, resin, some pineapple. Taste is resin, bitter, sweet malts, lemon peel, and some more pineapple. Medium on simply syrup with a lower carb and semi dry finish. Nice beer, a little cloying like so many IPAs these days.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 07:02:39 | More by harrymel
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved as an extra from someone, unfortunately I did a ton of trades at one time and lost track of who sent what.

A - Orange colored beer, opaque, head rose up fairly high but was a little thin.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits, some grass, little bit of pine, and some sweet malts. There is a slight chemical smell on the end that detracts but doesn't make it unpleassant.

T - Taste is about in line with the nose, although the chemical part comes through stronger as it warms up. Sweet malts, grapefruit and tropical fruit hops with a little bittering on the end. Not bad.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied.

O - This isn't great, but I was able to enjoy drinking it enough. Wouldn't turn it down, but not something I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 15:09:14 | More by AgentZero
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dgilks

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with a fluffy, white head. Fair head retention.

Resinous piney hops with some grassy notes. A hint of caramel malt too. Good.

Slightly malty flavour with resinous, piney hops. Fine but it could be brighter.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent if unexceptional IPA. Reasonable hop character but nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 22:04:22 | More by dgilks
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vkv822

Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : mason jar
from notes

Golden orange with a thick, foamy off white head.

Citrusy, lightly piney and floral hops with a crackery malt backbone.

Medium bodied, mild foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA. Nothing particularly memorable, but certainly another enjoyable IPA option.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 06:26:49 | More by vkv822
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jdense

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Dogfish Head pint glass 4.18.10.

Two fingers rock white head, slow dissipation and significant lacing. Pretty hoppy nose, piney and citrus with bready and caramel malts. Taste is hop forward, a bit spicy but well balanced, sweet from caramel malts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and finish got more spicy as the beer warmed. Fairly drinkable but quite unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:35:43 | More by jdense
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. 10 Barrel hasn't been in the market too long, so while this bottle isn't dated for freshness I'm assuming its not more than 1-2 months old.

A: Pours a brilliant clear deep gold, with a white head that leaves behind a little lace.

S: Interesting profile, though nothing *pops* or is as prominent as I would like in an IPA...there is tropical fruit, caramel, overripe mango, touch of honey.

T & MF: Really follows the nose, no surprises here...balanced, smooth and creamy, maybe even a faint hint of alcohol? Muted tropical fruits, mango, banana, bready caramel but not too sweet, a dab of honey, some good dryness on the back end. Lighter, crisp body.

O: Overall I really wanted more from this brew. Their ISA impressed me more. This has some of the same characteristics as Hopslam (which you think would be awesome), but they're very muted. This is balanced in once sense but the hops seem muted. Maybe this batch/bottle is older than I thought...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 14:40:22 | More by Scotchboy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit and citrus zest. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some earthy flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 05:05:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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1234Jack


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is grassy, hoppy, of course.

Taste is grassy, hoppy, with nutty after taste.

Crisp feel.

Nice solid head that maintains. Residual lacing.

Slight cloudyness, golden color.

Found at a safeway southeast of portland. Picked this up with a Hopworks IPA, yet to rate that one...

6.8% seems decently high for an IPA.

This is ok. The grassyness is a little much and there's a slight bitter late-aftertaste. Still doesn't beat my current IPA, which's the one made by Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:59:35 | More by 1234Jack
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argock

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Received as part of Beer-of-the-Month Club shipment from my sister Tami.

A: Light amber, hazy, with 1-2 fingers of white tightly bubbled head with good retention and a few scraps of lace.

S: Equal parts medium caramel malt and citrus hops. No alcohol in the nose. Hop notes include pine, resin, floral, orange and grapefruit citrus, and honeysuckle.

T: The flavor is more hoppy than malty, but this still fits as a "balanced" IPA, probably still with a bit too much caramel malt character. The malt profile is mostly medium caramel with a little toffee note followed by sneaky strong pine, grapefruit, resin, and floral hop flavors. I do not get any alcohol or yeast character. I wish the caramel malt would be dialed down about 50% by Lovibond to lighter crystal with no Victory -- it is too much and blunts the varied and moderately bitter hoppiness.

M: Fairly slick and medium bodied with even mid-range carbonation.

O: A good but undistinguished IPA. More malt than I would expect from a NW IPA. Needs to be streamlined in the malt dept to make it a more drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:17:28 | More by argock
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snaotheus

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. If there's a bottle code or best by date, I don't see it, but I'm pretty bad about finding these things.

Pours clear, amber-orange, nice fluffy white head, medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is fresh and floral, grassy, slightly piney. Taste is piney bitter. Surprisingly bitter. Mild honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin, light, a bit filmy. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 20:24:05 | More by snaotheus
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mactrail

California

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber in the tall glass. Pleasantly spritzy on the tongue. Piney hops in the nose. A dark scrawl of resiny flavor across the light malty taste. Light bodied with a slight sheen of oil on the tongue.

A Pale Ale sort of taste with the browned biscuits and the moderate bitterness. Pleasantly malty with a sharpish tang. Less bitter than a lot of IPAs, but there is a long bitter burn at the finish after some sipping. Quite drinkable and an enjoyable slurp with the hoppy tanginess but not so bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 06:04:41 | More by mactrail
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BryanCarey

Texas

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

This IPA pours to a little darker tan hue than other IPA and features a nose that is big on citrus, namely orange and grapefruit. The off- white foam looks nice and leaves behind plenty of lacing. The body is slightly hazy and carbonation is moderate.

Flavor- wise, this is a nice IPA with a fresh taste of citrus hops and a backbone of pale, bready malts. Other noticeable flavors include floral, pine, toasted malts, caramel, and tropical fruits. The beer is cleaner/smoother than other IPA and is more easily drinkable while still maintaining a good deal of body.

This is a very good, everyday type of IPA and one I am glad I had the opportunity to sample, thanks to a beer of the month club. It isn’t extreme, but it isn’t a lightweight brew either. The brewers went for the middle ground here and they nailed it. If this was more readily available where I live, I would likely buy it and keep it around as a regular IPA in my rotation. As it stands, I have to accept that I won’t find this beer again unless I venture west, which I just might have to do so I can get my hands on more. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 06:47:14 | More by BryanCarey
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 16:06:04 | More by RedBrewer83
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velosuds

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:52:46 | More by velosuds
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flexabull

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours a bright orange color, slightly hazy, with a thin white head.

Wonderful hoppy aromas. Very resiny and green, herbal, with some earthiness, and pine as well.

Taste is light up front, not the hoppy blast that the nose suggested. Slightly sweet and creamy, light caramel malt notes, with some granulated sugar flavors. Finish is crisp, and does provide some hop flavor, mostly herbal and resiny.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, and nicely carbonated, but a little thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice IPA. If it had more body and taste it could be a great one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 19:23:29 | More by flexabull
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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.