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Hoppocalypse | Apocalypse Ale Works

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Brewed by:
Apocalypse Ale Works
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 109
Photo of OldSwampy
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super ale. Hard to believe it comes in at 110 IBU (according to the can). It IS hoppy, but not so bitter that the other aspects of the flavor can't be enjoyed, AND the hops are balanced -- so important. Great reddish amber color, good foamy head, lacing. Nice resinous (but not too resinous) nose, also some floral notes. Flavor is rich, strong, but balanced. Good firm malt base isn't overwhelmed. Clean mouthfeel, surprisingly NOT oily (cf. many IPAs). I'm happy to live near where this is made; I can get it regularly. Poured from can to glass, 21 July '16. One drawback: NO DATES! Hey folks, put canning dates on your beer!!

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Photo of DavidS333
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppocalypse is a great beer, and if one hasn't tried it I would suggest that if one has the opportunity to, that one try it. The art on the can is pretty cool in its own right, moreover, the beer its self, takes a really cool twist on the hop-centric crafting phenomenon, and delivers an awesome beer/ale in the process of doing so.

The foam is quite thick and lasts per se on the side of cup. The color is a sort of shadow-red, a pretty interesting, rich color. The taste is pretty awesome, and really unique. When one first sips it, one is greeted by a sort of tanginess almost, that I haven't encountered in any other beer that I can think of right now, with such a high IBU/Alchohol content. This is followed by a sort of tangy hop shell, that is really unique, and pretty cool and original.

The body is also quite good. It stays intact per se, and doesn't sort of fracture as some beers with a high tangyness or sugar content tend to do, on occasion. I sort of understand where others are coming from with the "Belgian" quality to the smell, as it is sort of richly "floral", with that hint of tangy richness that colors the flavor.

This is a really good, unique beer. I haven't tried many beers like it, if any, and I would definitely encourage anyone on a sort of beer-study/appreciation trip per se to try it, its a really tasty, unique, beer. A great beer/ale, and very original, kudos.

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

The beer has an amber color. The aroma is mostly malt. The taste is sugary fruit hop profile up front followed by caramel malt finish. Well balanced, good example of the style

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, citrus. Taste is citrus hops up front, malts at the finish, alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of rjs246
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

So amber ales aren't really my favorite. Not surprising that an imperial amber would underwhelm. But this was just too sweet. The flavors don't balance the way you'd want them to. I don't know. It wasn't bad. Tastes like a most alcoholic amber ale. But not my thing and won't get again.

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Photo of kell50
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured in my Fonta Flora snifter. No canning/freshness date to be seen. My first beer from Apocalypse Ale Works.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown. Took about 5 minutes to get the entire beer out of the can. Carbonation was pretty extreme. The head is massive and chunky.

S: Big malt presence. Huge sweetness, maybe raspberries or cherries, quite unusual for a Imperial Red. Not noticing much in regards to hops, which again is unusual for the style.

T: Malt bomb! It is very reminiscent of a homebrewed beer. Alcohol is in your face, no balance whatsoever. Very sweet vegital finish that's quite unpleasant.

F: Thick, chewy and full bodied. Cannot believe it's only 8%, drinks more like 14%.

O: I typically love Imperial Reds, but this wasn't my cup of tea. Too much malt, too much alcohol presesence, and tough to finish. Not sure why the high marks from others, perhaps it was a bad can.

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Photo of ordybill
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big fruit smell, very inviting.
Appearance- This beer has a copper to reddish-gold color. Pours a large off-white head.
Taste- Has a great flavor. Full of fruit and hops, this really masks the 8% ABV.
Palate- A medium to heavy beer with moderate carbonation. Goes down real smooth.
Overall- This beer is a knockout. Apocalypse has crafted a very good beer with some exceptional artwork on the can that will leave a memorable experience. Must try

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Photo of almostjay
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm worried that I may have been brought the wrong beer after reading the reviews on this one. The beer I was served was mildly tart, and nothing at all like the delicious sounding tropical red that others have experienced. I need to revisit this one after trying it again.

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Photo of m_hall
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz. can into a nonic pint. Deep coppery reddish-amber in color with a cream-colored, dense head, three-fingers tall with good retention. Lacing is quite good.

Nose is interesting, fruity, almost tropical fruit cocktail-ish. Banana, pineapple, and plum-like notes. Not as much hops on the nose as I was expecting.

The taste follows the nose, with fruit notes right up front. Banana, berries, rich caramel notes and some toasted biscuit. Hops follow this, with citric and woody notes that cut the sweetness from the initial palate and leave a dry, steel-y finish. It must be noted that despite this being listed at a tongue-blistering 110 IBUs (!) Hoppacalypse is far from an IPA-like hop bomb. The bitterness is there, but it's very well-harmonized with the malts and yeast.

Feel is medium-bodied, with a slightly mouth-coating quality. Carbonation is light. Alcohol is pretty strong at 8.0%, the warming effect is mild.

A tremendous beer from a Virginia craft brewery that has just started getting their product into cans and onto store shelves (and with some really cool artwork on their cans.) This is a very distinctive beer that should turn a few heads and make a nice flagship for Apocalypse Ale Works.

(Note: looking at the can and the brewery website, the name of this beer now seems to be Red Hoppacalypse.)

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Photo of SourMeTimber
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku from the can. I assume it is fresh as it just recently hit the shelves. Probably will not buy again going forward until they date stamp the cans.

That being said, this is an amazing beer. Pours a nice deep golden amber with a nice white fluffy head.

Right off the bat your nose if filled with tropical fruits. To me it is more grapefruit more than anything.

The taste pretty much matches the aroma. Very strong grapefruit and very juicy. Has that fresh, wet hop flavor. To me it reminds me of Grapefruit Sculpin, wait for it. . . . . but better than the Sculpin.

A fantastic beer overall. Definitely ranks up towards the top hoppy beers from Virginia. I would like to try it side by side with Grapefruit Sculpin blind to see how it really stacks up.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious dating on can from what I can see.

Nice and even keeled creamy light tan looking head going off the pour, filling up the glass with a sudsy action and hanging at a big controlled four fingers tall. Body color is a moderate bit of murky quality, but has a nice amber copper hue to it which is all solid throughout. A pretty nice looking aggressive amber going on here.

What an interesting nose. Fruit added? Smells like raspberry puree with a nice cream action. Fruit red quality of strawberries and vanilla with a juicy component that doesn't seem to hint of hop action. Hints almost at chocolate raspberry bar. Really fascinating and enjoyable I am not sure what direction this is going in.

Palate brings much of the solid fruit "like" flavors to the fore front. Mid palate has a cherry raspberry to red berried action, even a mild sense of controlled tartness that really pops. Hints of steel like grapefruit on the finish to match as well. Mouthfeel is a simple solid coating of neutral sweetness and juiced red fruit flavors. Hints of mild lime hop aroma on the finish to match.

What an interesting large amber, lots of fun here, very unique brew.

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Photo of jacobwills
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

At 110 IBUs this is the most bitter beer I've ever had. In spite of the darkness in presentation it's quite light and airy without being over carbonated. Recommended.

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Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced imperial red that hides it's 8% abv well. There's a nice spicy, almost Belgian like nose to it although very mild. Nice moderate caramel sweetness in the flavor that leans a bit more to the hop side with a spicy, woody, piney, citrus hop presence. It warms nicely and has a slight bitter aftertaste. Clear orange I color with a modest off white head and a moderate carbonation. Overall a nice double red that I would buy again. I have to admit, I like this better from a keg, but the can doesn't fail to please. I'd take a 6 pack to a game any day.

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Photo of embass
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured an amber red. Had a nice fluffy white head but did not lace the glass as much as I usually like.

Smelled mostly of citrus hops and some nice sweetness from the malts. As I let it warm it did open up a bit more which allowed the more piney hops to show through. Taste followed suite for me as I got sweeter notes up front, citrus and pine co-mingled in the middle and bitterness at the end. Medium-bodied and a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall a good red ale; like the ABV and the fact it's from VA. A touch to sweet up front for me, but I get (at least I think I do) that Imperial Red Ale's are supposed to have a sweet malty character balanced by hops without letting the hops completely take over.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

I was not familiar with the term "Imperial Ale", until now.
The name conjured up every aspect of this Red Hoppocalypse to mind.
The smell begins with muted notes of promise expanding somewhat as it warms.
The taste is a bittersweet hop smack.Also expanding as it wakes if restraint can be exercised.
After receiving a 12oz can as a taster and really being pleasantly surprised , I feel I have been craving more for 2 weeks, just to see if it was real. It was.
Massive creamy head. Heavy lace. Syrup-like yet crisp ,smooth. Pucker Bitter chew -almost super metallic Very tasty and self balancing between its own peaks.
Is wanting more of an Apocalypse even possible?
Well done man.

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Photo of uvachief
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Solid and smooth ipa. Hides the abv well with very little bitterness. Pours a golden dark orange. Smells of hops and citrus. Little bitterness but not too much. You could drink more than one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap, re-reviewed 8/2014 pours a translucent towards clear red-orange, with a sustaining film of head. The smell is of a mild sweetness and a dose of fresh cut grass.

The taste starts out a bit like a sweet amber ale, with a British pale ale copper undertone. This is quickly followed by a honey-golden raisin sweetness combined with the pine hops that do take over the taste. The sweetness lays low in the background, not letting the hops completely grab the tongue.

Some might find the sweetness interferes with the hops, others may find the hops a bit strong, I think it's a good balance. The beer's balance does come smoothly, but in the end it's a good beer.

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

A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, fruit, slight citrus, pine, hints of caramel

T-caramel malt, pine, fruity, citrus, slight herbal, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-enjoyed this amber ale, good flavors and a lot of fruity qualities with a nice hoppy bite

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Photo of hokieguy95
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic balance of malt and Citra hops. The nose is full of tropical fruity citrus, grapefruit and passion fruit. Malt balances out the 110 IBUs. Alcohol is sneaky and hidden. Very smooth with sweetnes and only a slight bitter aftertaste. Deep dark Amber, with tremendous frothy mousse head and with moderate carbonation. Lace is present but less sticky running back into the glass more fluidly. Medium to full body mouthfeel. A very pleasant take on Red Ale and one of the better beers made in Virginia that I have tried.

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Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 12 oz sample at the Capital Ale House today for $3.00. Reviewed from notes.

Beer served amber red with a nice white head.

Nose was aromatic with citrus hops.

Taste was a bit uneven; a big caramel malt base that was overtaken by a tropical citrus hop.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied that was not overly carbonated nor smooth.

Overall not a bad beer that is worthy of a shot. The citra hops are nice but i am not sure it works effectively here.

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Photo of jep2606
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Honestly, I know that officially this is an IRA (Imperial Red Ale), but as far as I am concerned and for all intents and purposes this beer come in 2nd on my IPA list right now, just behind Ruination from STONE.

It just has everything a good IPA should have, aroma, color, depth and complexity of taste, and of course a 110 IBU count, it however also mixes in a few traits of the red ale style to balance it out. This beer comes in at #4 overall on my personal beer list at the moment. LOVE IT.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cellar in Blacksburg, Va. Listed as an imperial red ale. Nice red appearance. A very mild and subdued aroma. A hop bomb, the name is accurate. Bitter up front with a sweet malty undertone, excellent balance. Above average mouthfeel, not too thick and not to thin. Excellent ale overall, more like a double IPA. Good stuff.

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Hoppocalypse from Apocalypse Ale Works
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