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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 518
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Patrick on 10-31-2009

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
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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 518
Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance holds a golden orange color supporting a healthy head leaving nice lace. Smell of grapefruit citrus, piney backed by the sweetness of the malt. Taste has that upfront grapefruit bitterness balanced by the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 22 oz bottle of Apocalypse IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a thin foamy white head.

Smell is sweet citrus aroma like lemon blossoms and pink grapefruit.

Taste is very citrus fruity through out. A blast of sweet orange and lemon up front, with a bitter grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry finish.

Over all a good IPA. I would have it again. (435 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bomber, golden orange with nice foamy white head

Nose- amazing, so juicy- tropical guava mango mashup with watermelon, floral

Taste- follows with tropical notes, slight green apple, watermelon/berry note, citrus, bready malt

Feel- sharp at first, cools down is nicely medium bodied, juicy,

Fine IPA. Fascinating nose, nice drinkin IPA (349 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet crystal malts with grapefuit and piney grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with fruit and some grassy piney hops that have a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA but not too well balanced between the sweet biscuit malt and strong grassy hops. (455 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Visiting Oregon on a motorcycle tour. Color is clear light amber, little head, and light to medium lacing. Aroma is hypnotizing--rich floral heady fresh-squeezed grapefruit hops, with tangerines notes. Flavor is up-front bitter grapefruit peel hops, a little sweetness, and mild malt. Mouthfeel is foamy, medium thin. Overall this is an outstanding IPA, a unique experience, and rewarding if you like very bitter ales. (418 characters)

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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. . . (577 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.78/5  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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Oakengroves
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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! (464 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a flight from the Boise brewpub. Nicely done IPA, right amounts of hop bitterness, but still smooth enough to enjoy and savor. Slight lingering of the hops on the palate, but not overpowering or distracting. Amber body with beige head, normal IPA / pine / citrus nose. (276 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (1,105 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (2,434 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (326 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (459 characters)

Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.