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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 561
Gots: 154 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
9.5-11.0% ABV, 100 IBUs - This complex double India pale ale has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body which has been augmented with lactose milk sugar. With this different take on an IPA we have brewed an ale that is both pleasing to drink and, once again, “not normal.” Cheers! June release.

(Beer added by: mdm46410 on 11-23-2008)
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost perfect, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, lychee, and Curacao orange zest that is backed by subtler notes of grass, some touches of pine, and perhaps a hint of danker herbal notes. A second, deep, take of the aroma has me noticing a really bright fruit character that approaches juicy-fruit bubble gum, some children’s aspirin like fruitiness (without the medicinal quality), and other, candy / fake fruity notes; all of this is actually positive and quite interesting, and contributed by the hop character.

Sweet tasting with ample fruitiness to it, this is cut / balanced just a bit by a bitterness that slowly grows in strength through to the lingering finish. There is an herbal character that lingers with the bitterness in the finish, it adds a sort of greenness and perhaps a touch of astringency. The fruit character is quite bright, and quite ample as well, it contributes big flavors of peach / apricot nectar, lychee, clean tangelo zest notes, sweet tropical fruit and lots of candied citrus character, as well as a Juicy-Fruit bubble gum character. The malt character shows just a hint of oxidation, which at this point seems to play up the crystal malt character a bit, but the malt character plays such a supporting role here that only touches of biscuit like malt and pale cracker like notes peak there way through the hop-onslaught. While sweet, this is not overly sweet, and there is just enough to accentuate the fruit character in the hops, also, this is actually fairly quaffable for a Double IPA; it might not be the lightest, good example of the style, but the viscous heft and texture that it does have, does not keep it from being dangerously drinkable.

Considering this is a beer I lost in the back of my back-up beer fridge for two years, I am quite impressed at how well this has held up. This beer is still amply hoppy and is most definitely a vibrant, and even fresh, hop-forward Double IPA. I am enjoying this beer that much more because it has survived so well; I would love to get a fresh sample someday (and actually drink it soon after I receive it :-), and I can’t imagine how intensely hoppy it must be. This has far exceeded my expectations and it makes me wonder if the lactose has somehow helped keep this beer tasting fresher than it otherwise should be. I am still quite astounded that this beer is over two years old, but is still so vibrantly hoppy, and only has a touch of oxidation noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:17:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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Bottled on 7/2/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing and great retention. The aromas have their signature hop profile, but in a very subtle way. Lots of malts with a good amount of citrus. Slightly floral as well. Some caramel. Some bread notes as well. The best way to describe the flavors is "bittersweet". Lots of caramel. The lactose obviously gives this beer a sweetness to it, but there's no shortage of hops going on. Lots of lemon and lime. Some hints of orange peel and grapefruit. There's even a very subtle spiciness to this one. There are some alcohol notes that are present. I'm not saying it's boozy, but there's a little heat. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. It has active carbonation, but still remains fluffy. This makes a nice sipper and a nice brew to relax with. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up.

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Appearance: Pours a hazy, almost milky, orange with a few bubbles that lazily float up to the top. Has an off-white head that rapidly diminishes with little-to-no lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Vibrant citrusy smell with pine. Very bright smell.

Taste: Tastes like your really well executed IIPA with a little bit of a twist. Strong pine notes, some good grapefruit, some dank, and a pinch of milk sugar sweetness that really sets it apart from others in the genre.

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Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.