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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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very good

269 Ratings
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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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Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with only the faintest touch of haze. Effervescence is quite light bu tthe head is a thick finger of tenacious foam with a chunky lace on the glass. Not bad!

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a citrusy, piney and lightly floral hop aroma. A standard composition for an IPA around here, but well-balanced and quite enjoyable.

Taste: sweet malty flavor with a little bit of caramel character thrown in. Hops are resinous with a little bit of grapefruit in the works, but in general there is less character than the aroma. Bitterness is strong, yet balanced. This beer is unremarkable on paper, but it just rubs me the right way.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a moderately creamy texture -- not bad for the style.

Overall: a totally drinkable IPA. Perhaps its familiarity breeds quaffability, but in general this is a well-executed NW IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:46:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of NWer


4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy golden in nonic. Head retained nicely. Good lace.
Aroma flowery, sweet, malt forward.
Taste wonderfully ballanced. Very smooth easy going flavors ranging from mildly hoppy to malt smoothness. Tastes extremely fresh though it's not the season for fresh hop IPA's nor is it hyped as one.
Aftertaste is near perfection. The perfect IPA for a hot Summer (Spring?) afternoon.
Overall, there is nothing to dislike about this beer.
I want more.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:05:33 | More by NWer
Photo of Hendry


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slight cloudiness in this golden orange IPA with a pleasant head of light foam that leaves somewhat quickly leaving a consistent cap.

The nose is typical in the North-West vein. When other reviewers refer to BIG grapefruit and tangerine in the nose, as they do with so many other IPAs, I have to wonder what they are comparing it to? I keep smelling fresh cantaloupe and caramel with a hint of alcohol.

When I think of BIG grapefruit, in terms of a single IPA, I think of AleSmith, which really hits the mark at an extra $1.50 per bomber. The characteristics of the North-West & South-West IPAs are clearly different and something I am smelling and tasting with more definition each time I sample.

The flavors, to my palate, are a nice example of a NW IPA,but certainly nothing that blows me away. More lingering flavors of cantaloupe and raw Bavarian pretzel dough: same thing many others deliver in a similar fashion. Easily as good as Gigantic IPA and very much in that same Oregon style that is becoming more familiar to me.

I recommend the $5 bomber rather than investing $12 in the six pack to see if Apocalypse is your taste or not. If you are looking for a more truly defined grapefruit/pine/tangerine nose,flavor and aftertaste, spend the extra buck-and-a-half on the AleSmith bomber and you won't regret it.

After getting spoiled like a brat to our Vermont offerings from Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, and The Alchemist, there are very few "six-pack" beers that really make a lasting impression in their wake.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:22:56 | More by Hendry
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:39:15 | More by superspak
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold color with middling clarity. The head is an impressive looking four finger (via aggressive pour) offwhite shade. Retention here is quite strong, and as the head slowly recedes, plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Big grapefruit here on the nose. A bit of malt sweetness breaks up all the hops, but ultimately, the pine, black pepper, and grapefruit qualities from the hops win out.

T: Similar to the aroma, the dominant flavor on the palate is grapefruit-derived hop flavors. I half-expected an upsurge of bitter, piny hop flavors on the back end, but no. The bitterness is really well restrained here, seemingly replaced with savory, nonintrusive caramel malts and bright citrus peel. Nonintrusive is the key word here - to me, an overt malt backbone can kill an IPA worse than excessive hop bitterness can, and this strikes a balance between the two aspects. As it warms up, the flavor really takes on a savory, herbal bend to it, especially on the finish.

M: The texture features good dryness, however it could be a bit lighter in my opinion. Still, I like the lack of palate wrecking bitterness here. I'd almost call it 'soft' - but not quite.

O: What a pleasant surprise! I wasn't really expecting too much here, but I'm honestly impressed with this offering. This is a great example of a 'balanced' IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:41:51 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of ZRBE


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

There's a little bit of fusel alcohols going on in here. A bit acidic. Pine, the simcoe and what appears to be chinook shines through. Some grapefruit, but mostly pine. It's a great improvement over the old recipe. I wasn't a fan at all before, but this is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:12:57 | More by ZRBE
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with hints of copper. Fine two finger off-white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of piney and herbal hops, citrus, fruit juice. Flavor follows with pine and citrus hops, sweet malt and complex fruit flavors. Good pine hop finish with residual sweet malt. Medium bodied and light creaminess. A well made IPA with a great balance of hop and malt with interesting fruit juice flavors to keep interest high.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:14:07 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of draheim


3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a rich copper/amber w/ a big frothy white head, leaving behind webs of lace.

Aroma is fruity, earthy, almost perfumy. Not your typical IPA.

Taste is a delicate balance of caramel and pale malts, and bitter/floral hops.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-bodied, surprisingly dry finish.

Overall a unique IPA, balanced, well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 06:52:37 | More by draheim
Photo of inlimbo77


3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date but certainly fresh
Unmarked Riedel tulip

A: Nice color, clear bright orange. Two fingers bright white head. Good carbonation. Sticky lacing.

S: Nics bouquet on this: citrus, over ripe peach, mango, etc. big fruit. Light malt.

T: Very nice beer. Upfront bitterness, not totally agressive. Really just a balanced brew. Great hop character: sweet fruit and some light pine. The malt bill marries great here. It's near perfect balance to me....but I could be wrong. Finish is great. Almost empty.

M: Light medium.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 16:27:40 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Brad007


4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Lacing on the edges. Nice colors overall.

Jimmy said so, eh? Well, he didn't tell us what kind of hops were used. I'm guessing they're of the NZ type. Citrus mango tango?

Flavor confirms the aroma. It's not your usual pine/grapefruit affair. Refreshing. Not much dough.

Lingering dough and citrus notes make up this ale. At 6.8%, it drinks like something much lower in ABV.

I think I'm falling in love with Oregon and its' marvelous beers. I give 10 Barrel mad props for putting out such an enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 17:52:08 | More by Brad007
Photo of philbertk


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Chuck's 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle for $4.59 + Tax. No sediment. Thin light lace bright white wispy head. Clear bright thin pale gold color. Big aromatic citrus hop front. Dry sweet light textured crisp tangy grapefruit citrus hint of grassy pine burpy hop mild malt body. Very aromatic. Very mild hop spice clean dry citrus end. Herbal floral easy o drink hoppy balanced mild malt IPA. (4.25 / 5.0)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 21:29:30 | More by philbertk
Photo of Hoptometrist


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
Photo of 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
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apocalypse IPA pours a hazy straw color with a really nice head. The aroma is citrus and herbal hops and just a hint of light malt. There is a nice balance of citrusy hops and light, sweet malt. The finish retains the balance, with a nice resiny character. Overall a really nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:59:57 | More by ericj551
Photo of Pete27lax

New York

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

Thanks to pkasten for this extra in a trade! Had this one on 10/16/12

Looks good, not too different from a typical IPA look. Hazy light orange, head dissipates some what quickly but leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Smell is great! In your face fruity hop smell. Pineapple and orange really take over the smell but grapefruit is also present. Definitely the high point of this beer.

Taste is solid. Very good but nothing mind blowing. Not extremely flavorful which was a slight let down and not what I expected after enjoying the smell so much. Good balance of piney and citrusy hops. Good bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is very nice but a bit to carbonated in my opinion. Bitterness hits the palate nicely. A fuller bodied ipa which is always nice.

Overall this is a very solid IPA. Very drinkable and would not shy away from buying more if it were available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:27:47 | More by Pete27lax
Photo of jellikit


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange and slightly hazy. Thin head with thin lacing.

Smell: slightly sweet. Caramel. Hops are sweet fruit.

Taste: hop bomb. Bittered with pine.

Mouthfeel: balanced between sweet and dry. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Think Jenny McCarthy.

Overall: pretty good. Not my favorite IPA. The bittering hops take away from the rest of the beer. Strong bittering that lingers.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:26:13 | More by jellikit
Photo of NoHipTee


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
Photo of bstave


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into regular pint glass.

A- Poured a deep hazy golden with very little head and no lacing.

S- Smell is superb. Big citrusy hops explode in your nostrils.

T- Taste doesn't quite follow the awesome nose but certainly does not disappoint. Big citrusy flavor and sweet malt backbone.

M- Nice amount of carbonation, yet a bit lacking in body.

O- This is a very solid NW IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:25:18 | More by bstave
Photo of LandWorld


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
Photo of KDawg


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
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

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

22oz into Ommegang Anniversary glass.

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for 4 bombers from 10 Barrel as extras in our last trade!

The aroma out of the bottle is f#$%ing perfect. Big, a rainbow of citrus aromas from ripe grapefruit to lemon pith. The in glass aroma fades quickly blending nicely with the cut grass laying in my yard.

Little lacing and no active carb dropped the look score, but the color is nice, lightly rounded amber.

Good taste. Like the aroma out of the bottle, the taste seems to fade to one note quickly, but the opening salvo is tops. Sweet and bitter with a very earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light, not oily like with some resinous IPAs.

It's solid+ without being outstanding in any one area - the 5 in aroma not withstanding.

(180th/1st since The Crash)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 17:39:19 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Burnt orange color with a strong off white head. Lots of lacing left behind. 4.5/5

Smell- Earthy and grassy aroma. Some sweet citrus in the background. 4/5

Taste- Sweet orange. The big, grassy bitterness comes out in the end. There is some sweetness but it doesn't overpower the hops. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- This a little thick for my taste, but it is a really good IPA so I don't mind. 4/5

Overall- I remember this being a little ho-hum the last time I had it. I had heard that the brewery  redid the recipe and I grabbed a six pack. Much better than what I remember. The price is a little high at $10+. 4.5/5 

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 00:42:39 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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
Photo of triggerguy

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden almost copper color, slight haziness, one finger of head that quickly subsides

Tangerine and pine aroma, with touch of caramel.

Tart citrus up front, fading into pine flavors, backed up by a touch of sweetness and lightly toasty. Assertive bitterness that does not overstay its welcome. The lingering flavors are pine and floral notes.

Medium thin body, low carbonation for style, but enough to bring out the more subtle flavors.

Overall I think this is an excellent example of a PNW IPA. Could use more hop aroma, and a touch more carbonation, but overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer that I will enjoy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 06:09:21 | More by triggerguy
Photo of Scotchboy


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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