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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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 720
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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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice fluffy white head that stays along for the ride. Hops are their definitely on the pine side. Hops and malt are balanced but neither stands out. Okay ipa but doesn't stand out their Joe ipa is better.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden amber. Orange sheen. Deep robust color

S: citrus. Orange peel. Resin. Slight tropical fruits. Subtle aroma

T: piney. Bitter forward. Creamy malt with some more orange peel. Not really any of the tropical notes on the taste

F: creamy. Slightly chewy. Raw hops linger on the palate.

O: while I don't think it is as good as it's counterpart Joe, this is not a bad IPA. Drinkable. Bitter pine forward north west style that lives up to it's claim.

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

(draft, Jake's Grill, Portland 7/10) fairly complex; paired nicely with this bacon-wrapped pork chop. Yet another solid IPA offering from an Oregon brewery.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an IPA where the bitterness is up front and there's not a lot on the back side. Some malt comes through but it's barely an afterthought as the hops dominate. Bitterness is mid-clean but a little muddiness makes it way through. Still it's a fine sixer to have in your fridge so give it a try.

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Photo of muldersha
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a 12oz brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a light, hazy orange color with a solid looking white creamy head. Nice perlage and a good amount of white lacing persists.

Abundant aromas of orange peel, orange juice, orange pith, pine resin, grass, garden herbs, candied citrus, marshmallow, gooseberry, and subtle stone fruit. Very vinous nose that gives and gives.

Medium-full bodied with plenty of bready, malty grapefruit and citrus flavors. At times verging on the more tropical with notes of pineapple and papaya, but truly a second fiddle to the more orange citrus notes.

Initial malty richness quickly gives way to a bitter fruitiness. Very well balanced despite the relatively high ABV. This is worth trying for sure. Definitely a beer somm type of beer.

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Photo of Brazenbookbug
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My new fave. Wish it would leave room for other things, but how can I not drink this? Someone send me one of those Heady Toppers so I can take a break already.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter. A deep golden, slightly hazy, orange tinted color. Looks real pretty. White 2 finger head that stays thick for only a minute.

Smells amazing. Has "that smell" I love in an IPA. I always describe it like candy and everyone always looks at me weird. A really colorful profile of hop aroma. 4 hop flavors isn't a crazy amount, but they work well together. There's piney, a little citrus, a little fruity. NICE! Can smell the malt! YAY! I hate when you cant smell the malt-A little toasty...

This one takes a while to figure out. The taste does not linger at all. Of course the bitterness does, though. Grapefruit, only more...creamy????

Medium body. Nothing else to say. What I expected.

Really enjoyed this one. I never see 10 barrel in this part of Colorado. My buddy in Bend raves about this brewery, so I jumped right at this bottle when a really random store had it. I look forward to trying their other stuff when I go to Bend to visit, soon. This IPA is bright and crisp! Solid!

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Photo of beergoot
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No brewing or bottling date. Label lists the ABV as 6.8%.

Golden body; lots of lively carbonation; thick, dense, white head. Mild aroma primarily comprised of faint malts with citrus tones; orange rind; lemon; pine. Mostly bitter flavor; not much grain flavor. Coarse mouthfeel; somewhat juicy with a medium body; very dry finish.

Mostly a one-trick pony with intense hop bitterness but without any complementary balance with aroma or grain flavors. The brewery's web site lists the IBUs as 70. If bitterness is your thing, this is one to try.

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Photo of drpimento
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had the nitro version and it was super! Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Plenty of malt to stand up to the fresh hops. The nitro enhanced the body. Hope I get to try it again

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Photo of Dikfour
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass from tap

Look: Couple fingers of head is retained nicely. Hazy gold in color. Very nice lacing. Light carbonation.

Smell: A little grapefruit. Subtle piney resin. Small lemon citrus zest.

Taste: Tropical fruitiness up front. Grapefruit, orange, maybe a little mango, a little lemon. Bitter finish is a little astringent.

Feel: Medium to light body, watery even. Certainly a wet finish.

Overall: Meh. If I'm in serch of an InBev IPA, I'd rather go with Elysian's The Immortal. This beer looks pretty, but there isn't much to it. I will say it's not terribly offensive and can certainly be defined as crushable.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden yellow body with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing all the way down

Smell is a very prominent grapefruit with some mango

Taste; The grapefruit citrus is out in front but there is also a very slight bitter hop . These 2 flavors come together for an overall tart grapefruit taste. Nice !

Feel is very smooth with a little crispness at the end of each sip

Overall An excellent citrus forward IPA ! When I am craving a tart grapefruit sort of IPA , this is one that I reach for ! I discovered this beer a while ago and was a little concerned when I learned that 10 Barrel had been bought by Budweiser. But it still tastes the same ! Yessss

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Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours straw yellow in color, surprisingly pale, and just a tad cloudy. Thin white head. Aroma, however, is not nearly so meager: grapefruit and rich tropical fruit smells like passionfruit and mango. Flavor brings the hops with the same tropical fruit flavor and a healthy dose of middle-of-the-palate bitterness. Fine carbonation.

For a 70 IBU, 6.8% ABV single IPA with so little malt character this beer is surprisingly flavorful and drinkable. I am very pleased with this selection from 10 Barrels; would drink again.

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Photo of ThaCrax
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tangy and Sweet, Piney and Bitter. There is plenty going on here for me to sink my taste buds into, but it is still smooth. Orange and Citrus carries throughout, but the piney flavor is apparent as well. Medium body, Medium Carbos, Nice webbing, not much of a head, but a good little white bubble cap goin on. I liked it!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; deep gold in color; less than a 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin, uneven, cap; nice lacing;

S: perfumy, earthy, herbal; no detectable malt influence;

T: floral all the way through; some mint character from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a different take on an IPA; not my style;

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and a light golden orange in color. The head peaks at a half finger thick and rolls back quickly to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Hoppy aroma as expected, with notes of pine, citrus and pineapple. Clean malt breadiness underneath.

Taste - A modestly hoppy IPA, but well tuned to create a simple harmonious buzz. Orange is at the forefront with backing notes of pineapple and a hint of grapefruit. Malts that hint at caramel, but moreso imparts a lightly toasted breadiness. Touches of mango and peach with it's stoney pit. Moderate pine and citrus pith bitterness come through near the finish, but orange sweetness is there too, delivering a balanced bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth on the tongue, exhibiting a stupid ability to drink before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Damn, this is good. It's not the most aggressively hop-forward IPA's I've had but I'll be damned if it's not one of the smoothest and more brilliantly woven ones I can recall. Think Bell's Two Hearted meets F-W Union Jack and you'll get the gist of this beer. If you're traveling through Oregon, put this on your list of treasures to hunt!

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Photo of mellings7
1/5  rDev -74.2%

I did not like this beer. I normally drink stouts so consider this in my opinion. The description is spot on, pine resin with a hint of citrus, nasty! Chew on a pine branch and you will get what this taste like.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed 7/9/13.

Color is orange amber with a two finger white head.
Nose is pine and caramelized orange.
Flavor is similar. Lots of piney bitterness followed by citrus and caramel.
Medium body.

Overall, a decent IPA.

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Photo of JohnIrving
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a shaker pint from a bomber acquired in Malad, ID. Poured an orange yellow color with a thick, two-finger plus foamy head. Smelled piney and citrusy. Taste was a major pine resin hop bomb. Almost overpowering at first. There is no balance here.. but I kinda liked that. It's been a while since I had an IPA that just carpet bombed my tongue with bitterness like that.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to FondueVoodoo bottle.

Pours a gorgeous orange body with lots of lacing all down the glass. Good decent fruit flavor even if mild, moderate bitterness. A nice overall IPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle

It is amber in color with two inches of white head with excellent lacing.

The smell is citrus with a little weed.

The taste is citrus and bitter with a solid malt backbone.

Moderate mouthfeel

It is a decent IPA. It was cheap. Three dollars and fifty cents for a 22 ounce bottle at the gas station. You can't beat that.

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