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Apocalypse IPA | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse IPAApocalypse IPA

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

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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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber
Date: 8-25-16

My first from 10 Barrel.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, malty, nice sweetness, with some citrus. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty nice brew, more on the mellow side of an IPA, nice balance of hops/malts.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Hazed medium amber, leaves moderate fine lace

Hopped up sniff, fresh hoppyness, citric, resiny

more of the same on the palate, fresh n juicy hops, grapefruit peals and resiny goodness...solid creation that is well worth a try

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, melon, and mango. Earthy hop hints of pine and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, melon, mango, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Backing malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with some yeast. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good IPA. Nice citrus and pine flavor.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is how citrus is supposed to be integrated into a meaningful IPA. I was blown away by this ale. Layered taste that unfolds new flavors that never lose their relation to the malt supported hops.

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Photo of pat61
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours hazy medium amber under a 1.5" persistent white foam stand refreshed by bubblers quickly rising from the bottom of the glass. the aromas are melon, tropical fruit and light bread crumb. Apocalypse IPA starts with rich fruity melon to tropical fruit flavors seasoned with rich malt and an assertive herbal, almost quinine like bitterness on the finish. It has a light sweetness up front but dries out by the end. The hop flavors are medium high, the hop bitterness is medium high and lingers, the malt is medium and provides an initial light sweetness to balance the hop bitterness and brighten the fruit flavors. the body and carbonation are medium. Astringency is low to none and the alcohol is soft and only slightly warming. There is nothing harsh in this beer. Apocalypse IPA's well developed fruit flavors are a major reason to drink this beer.

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Photo of mac31
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel malts, orange, lightly piney, grapefruit in the finish. Nice balance. Hops are moderately bitter. There seems to be a fair amount of early kettle hops leading to some, IMO, unnecessary extra bitterness. Lack of aromatics as well. Malts are caramel and bready. Malts are heavy and weigh on this brew. Carbonation is fine. There is some nice creaminess in the body, which is probably my favorite part of this beer. I would rate this as an entry level IPA, lacks depth. Got this as a sample. Glad I tried it. More glad that it was complimentary.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Don Quiojte $4.99 22 oz. bottle
Orange hazy color
Smell of hops
Medium mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Taste not overly bitter, alcohol taste comes through which isn't a good thing
Overall just ok. Probably would not buy again, but good for the price.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grapefruit citrus and some sweeter fruit of a tropical nature (papaya, tangerine and mango) with some harvest fruit of apple and peach as well. Along with the nice fruity smells, comes a bit of a pine and grassy smell as well as some hay. Overall the aroma is quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a great grapefruit hop taste that is mixed with the sweetness of tropical fruits and harvest fruits that were present in the nose. There is a little bit of a doughiness upfront which fades as the taste advances and is replaced by some toasted bready tastes mixed with a little bit more fruitiness. While the fruitiness increases a bit in intensity, hop flavors of resinous pine and a bit of grass come to the tongue, leaving one with a rather flavorful and smooth hopped up taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruity, dank and lightly toasted flavors the feel is fantastic and makes for one easy drinking but robust drinker.

Overall – I rather enjoyed this brew. It has a ton of different flavors that all melded together well. Along with the great nose and feel, the combination of attributes made for a very nice drinking brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that becomes a wide wispy patch. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and lemongrass, spicy bread.

The taste isof grapefruit, grass with a sweet bread backing. Finishes with a grapefruity bitterness and a peppery spicing.

It is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Smooth. A refreshing bitterness lingers.

A pleasantly bitter IPA.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Prospector's Pizza in Denali National Park. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a medium golden color. Semi-opaque, with 2 fingers of off-white head. Generous lacing.

S: Floral and herbal hops mixed with pine and citrus.

T/F: Bread and biscuity malts up front giving way to a nicely balanced hop profile. West Coast, so lots of evergreen mixed with flowers and citrus. Resinous... generous carbonation. Finish was dry and smooth.

O: Solid west coast IPA and very much hit the spot. Went great with pizza!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light crisp and approachable. This tastes fresh and hoppy, with an approachable bitterness.
A decent all around IPA that you don't need to think about—aside from their new owners.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a dark Amber orange with a thin white head.

Aroma is slight citrus but very sweet honey malty.

Taste maintains that honey blossom quality. Light but sweet with the only real hops bitter citrus.

Good beer. My only criticism it isn't balanced, thin but flavorful malty then bitter hoppy.

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Photo of gandres
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: light amber, clear, minimal head head, lacing
A: hoppy aroma
T: very bitter, medium sweetness,
MF:long finish, medium body, creamy, lively carbonation
OA: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for
Drank: April 21, 2016

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Day 1 of my Cali road trip/west coast ipa binge. San Fran to Carmel.

Looks good: honey-amber color with a foamy plaster stuck to my glass. Smells like Halo oranges that my girlfriend hides in my backpack. Tastes like nectarine and peach ring candy. Ready Victory is evident. Not that bitter.

Meh. Certainly not an IPA apocalypse, more like an IPA kerfuffle. After a coastal trail run in the rain I was hoping for more tongue searing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i dont care that this is a bud thing now, its one of the very few mass produced ipas out there thats worth a damn, and frankly, its a million times better than goose, which is the ultimate bud ipa, but i still hold this one in much higher regard. its pale and wheaty looking, more yellow than gold, and hazy enough, east coasty and citra driven perhaps, looks nice. smells even better citrusy hops with lemon and orange both, maybe even something southern hemisphere in conjunction, galaxy or something, its tough to tell, but it has that sweet light fruity thing rather than than northwestern oily bitter complexion, and its pretty awesome. theyve done a nice job keeping the body light, and the flavor is almost as pungent as the aroma, totally hop driven, but soft and easy. ipa for not ipa people and hop heads alike, which i think is uncommon. crisp too, no sweetness there at the end, and the grain isnt boring or standard, which also helps it. one of my favorite beers from these guys so far, although all of their hoppy beer has been tasty. i dont care who makes it when it tastes this good. its amazing anyone at all ever orders a pint of goose ipa anymore...

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Photo of Shippy
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Slightly cloudy, light gold with a foamy white head. Smell is very hoppy with pine and some grapefruit. Taste starts out hoppy and bitter, mellows a bit in the middle, with a little hopiness returning on the finish. Notes of pine, a little woody. Feel is light to medium and has a moderate carbonation. Overall not a bad IPA, but not outstanding either.

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Photo of Nomstep
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Yellow, slight amber hue. Very effervescent. 90 % visible
S- Spent Grain. Super skunky when bottle first opened. Hint of lemon.
T- Balanced pale hops. Slight citrus.
M- Medium body. Small syrup and effervescence. Bitter.
O- Excellent first skunk smell. Beautiful body and color. Balanced, but missing one small ingredient.

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Photo of Deerin
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this a while back, liked it. Found it in the fridge again and decided to share my thoughts.

The color is orangey golden, cloudy. Somewhat see through but overall opaque. I believe this one's bottle conditioned. Pours a small head that dissipates after a minute or two but remains soapy on top.
Smells hoppy, malty. It's nice. It's got your typical hop aromas, but I'm not gonna dissect them today. It's good in this department.

Despite what the smell might suggest, this is not a very hoppy ipa. It is very smooth however. The alcohol has a bit of presence- possibly a bit too much for newcomers. I find it might benefit from a 1% or so reduction, taste wise, but I wouldn't claim to be firm on this. According to my roommate, it's 'got good flavor, but is a little bit strong'.
The feel is a bit chewy, perhaps a bit thick, but the carbonation is on point. Good.

I'd think of this less as an India Pale Ale and more... just an ale. I like it, though. Would recommend if you're in the mood for a refreshing or smooth ale. If you're looking for grapefruit, pine, etc, grab a Sculpin, or a Sherman instead. Price point is about right. 8$-10$ for a sixer. I like this one as a change of pace, might make a good starter ipa for some as well.

Note that I don't know how old these were when bought. I'd like to try this one fresh if I got a chance to see how much hop flavor is present fresh.
Edit: did just that, much hoppier, solid ipa. This one ages well.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass
pours an orange gold with a cloudy look that cleared quickly, medium white head and some sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well
smell is pine citrus and then sweet and grapefruit
taste grapefruit piney, resiny and bitter finish
feel is crisp and carbonated
overall very solid ipa

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Photo of zonker17
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lighter yellow IPA with a head that persists and some sticky lacing. Floral and citrus notes on the nose with grapefruit being most dominant. Flavor up front is light but finishes as bitter as an IPA should. Orange zest, malt sweetness. Medium body and some resinous feel with lower carbonation.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this after my conclusion is initial tasting must've been an old batch. One month old bottle here and this is a very solid IPA with an excellent dry, bitter, crisp finish. Taste is grapefruit, northwest pine and citrusy lemon. Malt is subdued with a hint of white toast. Classic west coast IPA done very well.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good west coast IPA. It has a citrus blend with the hoppy smell and taste you expect from this style. If you want to introduce someone to a west coast IPA you wouldn't go wrong with suggesting this one.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the better IPA's I have had recently and at $2.99 a bomber around NW CO it is very good value. I am pretty sure this is hopped with Amarillo, which is one of my favorite hops.

Look - Color is a clear gold with a thick white head. Good head retention and tons of lacing. It is has a west-coast look foreshadowing a lighter grain bill which I prefer.
Smell - is good but underwhelming compared to some of the top notch IPA's, could be stronger.
Taste - is awesome (and would be better with stronger supporting aroma). Spicy, piney and citrus bitterness explodes on the palate only slightly balanced by a light malt backbone. I get some major grapefruit!
Feel- Finishes with a drying bitterness on the back of the tongue. light, crisp and dry.
Overall- A very good IPA and my first beer from 10 barrel. I know they are now the "enemy" after being acquired by AB-Inbev but at the price point I wanted to give them a try. If I try and remove the bias of their new ownership - then I come away with it being a truly a great IPA.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is actually pretty good and, like some other 10 barrel beers, seems to hold up pretty well with some age. not too complex, but has a great aroma and light/fruity bitterness that will strike a chord for fans of this style. simple but solid.

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Photo of minterro
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This summer has been nuts, haven't rated in what seems like forever. Got a couple of beers from my roommate's friend for letting him crash with us, and this beer was one of them.

A&S: orange zest, hazy light orange colored beer. White head that pours about a half finger initially, but ducks down to a thin layer in a minute or so

T&M: super fruity, but maintains a soild hop bitterness. Pretty bitter and dry finish.

Overall: Surprisingly good! Probably in the top 5 new IPA I have tried this year. I would recommend this beer but within and outside of style. Better than some of the classic Pacific Northwest IPAs.

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