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Apocalypse IPA - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 47 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

510a, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

crewfan1952, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mbw314, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Hendry, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BillHilly, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Skeeze, Apr 01, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JBetz, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Willytee3, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Chou, Mar 18, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

ZRBE, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bahnfire, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

twelveinches, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sethzilla, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

baklo, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zgunder, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

sukwonee, Feb 21, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +8%

Nice summer everyday ale. very drinkable at 6.8% and 70 ibu's. Clean taste smooth finish. Citrus dominates taste and nose; not piney. Crisp and clean. Moderate hop influence. Well balanced hops and malt. Golden/orange appearance. Ample frothy long lasting white head; legs coat the entire glasss. Best if colder than usual ale serving temperature.

brodericksloth, Feb 15, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MacStinson, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

NickThePyro, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mrskunk, Feb 04, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

draheim, Feb 02, 2013
Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.