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Apocalypse IPA | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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

Added by Patrick on 10-31-2009

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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 620
Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
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!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of ssteakley
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10 Barrel Brewing Company - Apocalypse IPA, poured into DFH IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy caramel brown with a huge foamy head that dissipates rather quickly but retains about a cm at the bottom. Lacing slides and little chunks stick.

Smell - Caramel malt and subtle fruity hops with a touch of pine hop resin.

Taste - Juicy fruit hoppy, some pine bitter, and a unique finish that is fruit (melon?) mixed with sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation. Medium-bodied. Sticky but not overly boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Pretty solid brew, interesting choice of malts, this could make or break the brew for some people who might not like them (obviously). Has a definite bittering component with full flavored fruitiness. Worth a shot for sure.

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Photo of jera1350
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a tall rocky head of off-white foam that leaves gobs of lacing.

Getting melon and stone fruit in the nose.

Citrusy and piney taste with a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Light malt backbone to keep the hops somewhat in check.

Crisp and refreshing, medium body with a dry ending.

Wonderful west coast style IPA here. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - golden color, fairly clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-white-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - definitely floral, as one would expect from an IPA. I seem to smell Cascade hops, which would make sense given that it's brewed in the Northwest. Apart from that, I can't denote anything else.

Taste - very hoppy, hoppier than I would have expected given the milder aroma. It doesn't really have the taste of Cascade hops, or at least not at first. Cascade hops might be present, but not in the forefront. I almost want to guess something in the range of Amarillo hops, but that's just a guess. The strength of the hops doesn't last long. This brew finishes fairly smoothly. It leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste that almost has another wave of intensity before burning out. Very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-bodied. Not light, and not thick.

Overall - a very interesting beer to drink and think about. Probably couldn't go back to this one time and time again, but certainly worth having in the fridge.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 1/2" creamy head over amber liquid with a high amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, flowers, honey.

T: Astringent pineapple, grapefruit, flowers and pine. Tastes like a combination of CTZ and Centennial that doesn't quite mesh. A high level of perceived bitterness, almost harsh.

M: Smooth with a high level of fine carbonation and a medium viscosity.

O: The beer itself is brewed well, but I'm not a fan of harsh CTZ hops, only if they are used in small quantities.

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Photo of harrymel
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled: unk

It's toasted straw with a broken sheet of light, loose white foam. I could smell this when I cracked it open - mangoes initially, then grapefruit, sweetened malts, resin, some pineapple. Taste is resin, bitter, sweet malts, lemon peel, and some more pineapple. Medium on simply syrup with a lower carb and semi dry finish. Nice beer, a little cloying like so many IPAs these days.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Starts with a big pillowy off-white head. Creamy and rocky. Drops to a super thin cap with a creamy collar. Big sheets and rings of lacing. Perfectly clear dark/burnt gold. Just so damn pretty.

Smell: Nice solid malt body. A bit biscuit with some caramel malt sweetness. Some toasted elements. Hops are juicy and fruity. Some peach and orange. A hint of grapefruit and resinous pine. Almost like Juicy Fruit. Nicely balanced with some slight backing bitterness.

Taste: A slight bitterness. Some oily pine with a massively juicy fruity flavor. Ruby red grapefruit with some orange and a hint of peach. Bready and sweet malt backbone. Some caramelized malt sugars with a toasted edge. Warming adds a mild hop spiciness to help balance the sweetness. A bit tropical and leafy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that's a bit slick up front. Finishes a but crisp and dry. Ultimately refreshing with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's not the end of the world but you could go out drinking it.

A remarkably balanced West coast style IPA. Big and citrus but damn near balanced. Worth seeking out a hyper fresh bottle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.