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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

t0rin0, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Thorpe429, May 03, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

GRG1313, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaydoc, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed deep orange with a sticky one finger white that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.A mix of resiny and earthy hop mixed with caramel/biscuit malt and sweet alcohol,almost candy-like in the sweet alcohol note.Big earthy tones at the onset along with pine resin hop flavors,a big sweet alcohol dipped fruit element comes in late.This is a very earthy toned hopped ipa,a bit different but I like it.

oberon, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops presence. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a long time if you’re looking something less harsh than most.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

jlindros, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

oline73, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

mactrail, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

oriolesfan4, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +3.1%

drewone, May 14, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pineapple, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and malt sweetness. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, honey, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a great balance of hops/malt that still showcases the hop flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA! Great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. No complaints at all, very well done.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

LXIXME, May 09, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

rab53, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dmorgan310, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.1%

liamt07, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

rolltide8425, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Derek, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

HuskyinPDX, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tobelerone, Jun 27, 2014
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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.