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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
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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Hoptometrist

Oregon

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
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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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LandWorld

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub

A - golden with hints of orange. Looks like a light pale ale. No lacing to speak of and not much head.

S - citrus mostly orange.

T - good bordering on better. Good aroma hop taste. Probably not as bitter as it could be but solid taste. Curiously, I like it and cannot figure out why.

M - maybe a little thin. Which explains the lack of head retention and lacing.

O - a good solid IPA. Not an award winner. But I would do it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 03:34:25 | More by LandWorld
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KDawg

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 04:39:14 | More by KDawg
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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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SkurvvyPirate

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap.

A: Light and bright orange in color, almost looks like a Hef. Really pleasant color.

S: Not a lot of strong smell, a hint of tropical fruit, maybe pineapple.

T: Mostly tropical fruit, a little bit of an earthy taste.

M: The carbonation was perfect, a little more than usual in an IPA but I liked it. Finished smoother than most IPAs. Very enjoyable mouthfeel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. I drank two in a row and could have stuck with it. Not your average IPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 20:51:46 | More by SkurvvyPirate
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djbreezy

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Blitz Ladd in Portland.

appearance - copper body with two finger head but not much retention or lacing

smell - citrus and resinous hops, big roasted malts

taste - roasted malt body with resinous nw hops, citrus and dank

mouthfeel - medium body with a bite from the hops

drinkability - true to style, a hop and malt showcase

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 13:59:04 | More by djbreezy
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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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Valley_Town_Sipper

Washington

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
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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
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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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constantine_272

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The darkest beer I've ever seen called an 'ipa'. It's a dark muddy murky brown. Lighter than molasses but darker than dark brown sugar. Light tan foam with a good level of retention on top. Foam ring is a bit sticky. Gotta be honest, it looks like muddy water to me.

S: Sweet brown sugar and bread followed up with pine and green grass. Light floral aroma. A little alcohol.

T: Big bold grain and malt flavors up front. Rich leather, a bit of tobacco with English black tea. Big bright hops finish the the beer in a greasy wet chlorophyll taste. The finish has a fascinating tiny cinnamon spice finish paired with a little orange peel.

M: Medium body. Not too heavy and syrupy. A little long on the finish with a lingering brown sugar and barley taste. A little dry on the finish but not too bad.

O: Really fascinating IPA. Not many IPAs carry so much malt. Yet, despite the big grain forward flavor, the IPA portion is not diminished. True to the style, the hops carry through and shine in this one. Really big and a slow drinker, but definitely better tasting than it looks.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:47:38 | More by constantine_272
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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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Oakengroves

Oregon

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
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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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BucannonXC5

California

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. (I think) hotel glass
From: Whole Foods in Boise, Idaho
Price: $8.99 for a mix and match variety 6-pack
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 20, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange color with 1-to-2 fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles coming up. Uneven sporadic lacing on the sides. Below average retention on the top.

The smell initially reminded me of an orange creamsicle. Got orange, nectarine, some grapefruit and sweet floral notes. Very nice on the nose.

Tasted not quite as explosive as the nose, but still good nonetheless. Got orange peel, orange, nectarine, grapefruit, pretty bitter, floral hops, citrus hops and tropical notes.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter finish.

Very tasty beer. Would love to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 09:51:44 | More by BucannonXC5
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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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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice beer, golden in color, smells of grapefruit and pine, has a nice malty backbone to it, and tastes excellent. Try it if you can find it, its a solid IPA that doesn't let down. It has a nice blend between the hops and malt that makes it very balanced and more enjoyable than something like a sam adams IPA or sierra nevada pale ale. I wouldnt say it is better than torpedo though, as that is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:20:04 | More by BastardKing24
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.89/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:48:01 | More by puboflyons
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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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josiahschlender

Oregon

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
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kagent777

Utah

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
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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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ssteakley

Washington

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

Not sure but have to admit I ate a incredible Homemade Migas meal 1 hour before drinking this fine beer. Taste mighty fine after Migas that is for sure. I read wetpaperbag's review and I agree with all of his comments. The smell is unique, must be the grapefrut. I am buying more to share with friends and see what they think!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:49:22 | More by ssteakley
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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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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.