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Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 605
Gots: 209 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdm46410 on 11-23-2008

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.
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Photo of don1481
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got the very last 22oz bomber at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI! Poured into glass

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.

Mouthfeel: Much creamier compared to the run of the mill IIPA. Slightly sweet aftertaste, which is definitely different.

Overall: I'd love to get another bottle of this next year when it comes out. Definitely worth my while.

Photo of Bslice87
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like the 22oz bombers enjoyed every drop of it had my taste buds jumpy and wouldn't mind having this on a movie night like today. This is one of my many favorite double IPAs wish it can come in a six pack as well. Like the art work on it don't know why but very Picasso.

Photo of blackearth
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from the Blatz Beer Cave in downtown Milwaukee. Poured a clear, bright golden body with a white head. Aroma was piney -- smelled like Christmas even -- with hints of sugar. Mouthfeel was full bodied with medium carbonation to keep it on the smooth side. Good malt sweetness with a little oak, balanced with a more subtle hops approach that lasted far beyond the finish. No detection of alcohol in the finish. This beer was pretty much amazing.

Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a burnt golden orange with a hazy consistancy and a thin foam head.

S: sweet hop aromas tease the nostrils.

T: an explosion of sweet malts with the faintest bitter/citrus aftertaste.

MF/D: a cool buzz of light malts leads to a well-bodied, smooth finish.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this one up in Milwaukee of all places. Never saw it around IL! Pours into my glass a brilliant deep hazy orange with a solid inch of creamy bubbling white head that leaves sticky lacing everywhere! Aromas kick off with a melange of citrus, floral and pine sap hops. A sugary sweet undertone featuring caramel and wisps of cotton candy as well. The bold hops make you envision a field of fresh green cones sparkling in the sun. Tropical accents. Hoptastic!!

First sip brings smooth, crisp malts upfront with notes of caramel that quickly give in to a wall of oily, bitter hop power. Citric and floral flavors battle it out along with herbal pine accents. Pithy earthy green bitterness attacks the palate. Flows down smooth and slightly creamy from the lactose. Hops linger on in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. I enjoy what the lactose does for the body here and I'll enjoy the rest of this bomber this afternoon! Overall, it's another bold and flavor packed double IPA from Three Floyds. Glad I got to try this one and I would say it rivals Dreadnaught. Will look forward to when they bottle it again!

Photo of marvin213
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Translucent, this liquid libation appears lighter than its darker, muddier-looking IIPA counterparts. It's REALLY light--so clear I can see straight through to my fingers on the opposite of my "Sch'wheat" Sweetwater pint glass! Lacing and retention is relatively lacking, but I have to acknowledge it looks like a good, enticing beverage.

Smell is luscious! Pineapples and mangoes take me to beaches and bikinis and bubble gum. Aroma of hop extract makes a man out of me! Reminiscent of Gumballhead, there's a distinct, sweet, candy-to-kids-like appeal that is just too alluring! It's like I'm after the everlasting gobstopper--I can't resist the temptation. A bit like Hopslam, perhaps, the sweet lactose sugar plus bitter yet citrusy hop makes an atmosphere that BEGS for discovery.

Taste is smooth--creamy even! That lightness in the look makes for some easy sipping! Taste is a balanced bittersweetness! It's as if I reserve my sipping, though, just for more smelling. Perhaps my biggest knock to taste is that it's simply second to this amazing aroma. It's easy-sipping and thirst-quenching. At 9.5, this is winner!

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber acquired on 6/9 from the FFF brewery counter poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a pale gold into the glass. A three-finger head of very dense eggshell-white foam sets up quickly and takes it sweet time slowly dissipating, leaving healthy rings of lace around the sides. Even after 10 minutes, there's still a solid covering of very tight foam across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft but rich orange-golden sunset and quite cloudy, with a trail of bubbles rising from the center of the bottom faintly visible. Nice legs on the glass when drinking.

S - Big floral hop notes up front, almost like smelling a fresh bag of weed. Behind those are notes of straight-on resin and grapefruit. Lightly toasted malts with hints of light caramel step up from the background. As it warms, I get the sense of hops on sweet cocoa, which is the first the lactose contributes to the nose. Warming also balances the citrus with the floral more evenly, and orange and lemon zest appear. It also really mutes the volume.

T - Very true to the nose. A smooth blanket of lightly toasted malts delivers pronounced floral hops mixed with light caramel, and the hops are quite dry and bitter. The sweetness from the lactose sneaks up after the initial punch, as does a bit of tang from the citrus hops, and suggests pineapple. The ABV is completely hidden in this beer; it don't even get a warm glow in the tummy, although by the end of the glass, the buzz is there. While the finish is dominated by the hops (and this is really where the grapefruit and orange zest is asserted), the sweetness from the lactose is never lost amongst them.

M - A bit fizzy at first, there's a foundation of milky smoothness across the tongue on the quaff that's finished with a closing crispness. It's a quite uncommon combination of sensations. Moderate carbonation provides a decently well-defined body that's tends toward the lighter side. Structure is solid, lush, and well-integrated and communicates high-quality ingredients. Finish is clean, with only faint echos of the hops along with just a touch of the lactose on the sides of the tongue.

O - This is an extremely well-crafted, luscious brew that's tweaked with the lactose for an offbeat effect, and is done so successfully because of all the bitter floral hops along with the resin that need balancing. I'm not sure malt alone could have pulled this off. It's not an obvious recipe, but I'm glad FFF tried it, because it really works. My only regret is that because it sounded so experimental, and was $10 / bomber, I only picked up one. If you get the chance, don't make the same mistake. Buy several and turn your friend onto a brewing twist that's a home run.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased a few miles from the brewery, I can find no dating on the bottle. Pours fully clouded medium apricot, under a long lasting and tightly knit head, sheeting, quality lace, you get the idea. Super fruity nose, with melon, mangoes shining through. Better then well hopped brew, citrus, resin, its all in there. Nice to have the opportunity to try more new and fresh high quality brew from FFF. highly recommended

Photo of codysjb
3.02/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
From a Bomber into my Duvel tulip
A: Pours a nice orange with a decent head.
S: Orange, lemon, zest. Smells like an IPA or Farmhouse ale that has a lot of citrus notes.
T: Watery, some lemon, not a lot going on here.
M: More of the same, a slight note of hops.
O: Very unimpressive, although this bottle may be a little older.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is juicy oranges and papayas. This beer smells great. The flavor is oranges and papayas with some resiny and piney hops. The bitterness is about medium. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great DIPA that reminds me a lot of Dreadnaught.

Photo of ehammond1
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

A gorgeous, sticky IPA. Cloudy dark orange with a persistent, creamy, big-bubbled, near-white head. Leaves the glass simply coating with sticky, irregular, messy spiderwebs of lace. Gorgeous.

Sweet, candied orange peel in the aroma along with biscuit and sweet caramel. A bit of alcohol is present in the aroma on deeper inhalations. Certainly hoppy, but this beer's heft and strength may become it's downfall. To go along with all those hops are big malt additions, lots of sweetness, and a definite booze presence. That being said, what is there to expect with an 11% ABV DIPA? Even the best of the style have some warming presence.

As with the aroma, the flavor is bold, big, and sweet. Lots of hop bitterness, sweet, candied grapefruit zest, caramel sweetness, along with some toasted biscuit, and a sightly astringent alcohol character. The flavors actually come together quite nicely, but the lingering finish is what detracts overall, for me.

Medium to full bodied for the style. Thick, sweet, and slightly syrupy.

I'm glad I got to try this, but it's not a devastatingly good beer, like I was hoping it might be. Solid, sweet, big, and bold are all words I would use to describe this beer. That being said, I will hungrily devour the entire bottle and be more than happy to do the same to another.

For the haiku portion of this review, I present to you:

Apocalypse Cow
Please come out and take a bow
You ain't no fat sow

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a little bit of a dullish dark orange, with a little bit of thin, almost beige head surprisingly. Aroma was very fruity, slightly tropical, orange, pineapple etc. . .

Taste, I immediately thought of this as the 3F version of Oracle from Bells. You know, DIPA, huge tropical pineapple feel with the mellow bitterness and yummy hop mouthfeel. Lacks any wood or thick heft characteristic to the malt, but is substantial enough to relatively balance out this massive beer. Another hop sticky beer without weighing you down, ample sweetness to it without at all qualifying as a "sweet" or "fruity" beer.

Hides the alcohol well. Whatever the lactose addition does, I dunno, I would suspect it is what makes this bitterness subdued, but appreciable as well as the melding with sweetness in a tropical way. A little pricey though, like pretty much the entire FFF bomber lineup.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep orange golden cloudy tinted body with a big off white cream colored head forming thick and billowing well above the rim of my chalice. Lacing is intricate and well spread with each and every sip, excellent offering from 3Floyd's.

Aroma has a persistent air of grapefruit citrus and creamy with a nice overriding acidity going on amongst the juicy fruit pale malts, big beer at it's best these guys are working their mojo in the brewing realm. Even though the hops are here there's a restrained element going on.

Flavor wise it's hard to describe I've never had a lactose sugar infused DIPA, but it's super creamy and airy at and between each sip of bitter citric rinds. Even the foam has a creamy milkshake texture to it this is an intense experience to even taste something like a DIPA with creamy milkshake texture. Loads of floral herbal hops and big juicy citrus notes pound it out in a battle versus malt/milk sugar. The lactose definitely sweetens up the experience but it still lands somewhere between bitter and balanced.

Mouthfeel makes you want to mix milk and fresh hops in a blender with a bit of ice cream and see if you can invent a new dessert. Overall creaminess is pretty awesome fuller bodied, oily hop textures swarm the palate with a really lively carbonation level. The only way to get this experience is through this beer there's nothing out there like this.

Overall creativity stupidity I don't care what you call it I like the beer. That's what matters at the end of the day, I'm crazy I just want to throw a bunch of shit into this beer, my question is does it taste good? Do you want more? Within this hybrid lactose infused DIPA, I say yes to both of those questions. So in short, it works for me.

Photo of rudylaw
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big orange color with a 2 finger white head. Head retains all the way through, soapy and smooth.

Lots of hops in the sniffer. Citrus, floral, pine.

Not extremely hoppy at all. Not what I was expecting from a FFF brew. Honey, malty, sweet flavors round it out.

A very creamy mouthfeel and on this hot day, very drinkable. Don't pass up buying a Dreadnaught for this. It's a fine beer, but nothing I need again.

Photo of brow1901
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- One of the most impressive looking beers I've ever poured. Glowing amber yellow with a perfect one finger white head. Massive amounts of lacing, and great retention.

S- Nice scents mostly piney hops such as simcoe or Amarillo.

T- Marvelous amount of bitter. Perfectly masks the extreme abv percentage. I wish I could say I taste the lactose but I really can't, perhaps some excess sweetness but I can't point that its from the lactose.

M- Fine mouth feel, super smooth, leaves a thin coat but doesn't cling too long.

D- I suppose the beer isn't the most drinkable because of the high abv but I think of that as sessionable, where as drinkable constitutes how much of this stuff I want to drink. Its a great beer that I could drink all night long I should have bought 4 bottles.

Photo of mocktm
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smchenry75 for this bomber. This has been on my want list since I first heard of it. As with all FFF bottles, sports some bad-ass artwork, a pretty mean looking cyclops cow. Again though, no bottling date...

From the bomber into a pint glass, it appears an opaque, yet glowing bright orange hue. Slightly off white head that proves to possess plenty of staying power. Thick and hearty lacing clings to the glass as I drink this down. Wet, sticky and rocky all around. Just glorious really...

Nose on this is lavishly sweet. I'm almost a little confused to be honest. There's an incredible floral and tropical fruit presence, backed by a seriously sugary malt backbone. Lots of pine, lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit and and orange peel tangled with very liberal caramel and toffee flavors. Just copious amounts of sweetness on all fronts.

Hop forward and citrusy brew off the bat with a biting bitterness. The back-end is where the malts really come into play however. The bottle claims that lactose milk sugar was used in the brewing process, which is probably the differentiating factor at work here. It finishes incredibly malty and sugary, knocking the hoppiness right off my palate to finish smooth and velvety. I've never really encountered an IPA like this.

Profusely creamy and medium to heavy bodied. Not the easiest drinking DIPA ever, but surely one of the most interesting. Carbonation level is plentiful with a semi-dry finish. Even with only a quarter of a glass left, I still have half a finger or so of head on top.

Overall, this is certainly "not normal", and I think I like it. Really unique take on a DIPA; I'm going to have to trade for another bottle soon. Can't wait to crack open my other FFF bombers from this trade, Cheers!

Photo of jeonseh
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF glass

A - Light tangerine and copper. Slightly reflective and only mildly opaque. Rocky, white head that settles down quickly and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - Citrus and floral hops dominate. There is orange and tangerine on the citrus hops and light lavender on the floral side. There is definitely a malt sweetness intertwined as well. The nose overall is strong and fragrant

T - Inital taste is orange with a slight grapefruit bitterness. There is sweet malt that comes in the middle and makes the orange sweeter. Really a nice, well balanced DIPA.

MF - Light carbonation but a thick, almost sticky body that goes well with the DIPA

O - One of FFF's most balanced DIPAs. Its not the palate wrecker of Arctic Panzer Wolf and not as sweet as Dreadnaught. Solid balance between the floral and citrus hops as well that bring a lot of different flavors.

Photo of dc55110
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iconoklaztor for the awesome trade.
Poured into a snifter, nice large frothy head that fairly quickly dissipates, leaving a fair amount of lacing. The color is a perfect burnt orange.
The aromas coming from this beer are amazing; citrus, pine, dank weed. Wonderful! I got a nostril full while inhaling too deeply.
The flavors follow the nose. Big citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. A nice piney resin finish. I don't get much if any of the lactose, other than a nice sweet balance to the hops bitterness and bite.
Clean and crisp with just enough lingering residue to remind you of the wonderful elixir that has recently passed through your lips.
If this was available to me it would be a regular purchase. This is up there with some of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange, bright yellow color. Very little head on the poor. Very strong malty smell to the beer. Small citrus flavor to the smell. Quite malty flavor just like the smell made you believe. Bitter flavor from the hops finishes the beer. Glad I was able to try this malty hop beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a creamy beige head of foam supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- This big green musty earthy aroma of citrus hops has a sweet juicy aroma followed by a slight rubber band note.

T- There is a soft malty sweetness that is overtaken by a big green earthy hop finish followed by a slight hop bitterness that stains the tongue after each sip. The hops have a grapefruit pith flavor with some watermelon characteristics that grow as the beer warms. As the beer warms the aftertaste grows in pungency and an alcohol flavor comes though.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

D- Nice IPA with some good depth but wouldn't really think of this as a DIPA. The hops are nice but not huge and the alcohol is pretty hidden. I didn't really notice any qualities of the lactose sugar but it could have been supporting the hops.

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

22oz bottle served in a 22oz Arogant Bastard pilsner.

A- nice hazey golden orange. One finger white head with good retention. Lacing is thin but holds nicely.

S- hops, sweet honey malts and slight alcohol burn. It truly smells perfectly balanced. Not to much in the way of lactic sugar or sweet milk.

T- holy complexity. Very nice biter hop presence balanced with sweet malt flavor and lingering milk feel. I like a lot.

M- easy drinking with medium carbonation and viscosity. I easily finished this 22oz and could do it again no problem.

O- one of my favorites from FFF's. The hop profile is spot on and it's not overly malty or sweet. Drinkablity is amazing.

Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kels for splitting the bottle.

22oz. Brown bomber poured into a pint.

A: Poured a very hazy orangish rust. Good head on the pour with some retention and lots of lacing.

S: Some citrus and lots of fruit. Strong pineapple aroma. Some sweet malts that aren't thick or chewy.

T/M: Decent bitterness, very clean and not harsh at all. More citrus and still lots of great fruitiness. Pineapple. Pleasant sweetness. Body is medium or so with nice carbonation.

D: Drinks very easy.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulips.

Really underwhelmed by this one compared to my experience with Dreadnaught. Not sure if it was the 'lacto sugars' or what, but this was too sweet with a thick, sticky, frothy mouthfeel that really turned me off. Some citrus and herbal tones, but not much complexity or drinkability.

Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy one the color of burnished bronze. A couple of fingers of head form, soft but sturdy, retaining well and leaving steady lacing on the glass.
Lots of aroma comes out of this one. Plenty of tropical fruits greet the nose up front with a zesty citrus backing underneath a big blanket of hops and a gentle compliment of caramel malts that allow the hops to be at the forefront without being lost.
Hops kick on the tongue and remain even while citrus zest and tropical fruits sweetness come into play. A yeast hangs out underneath adding an interesting component and amplifying the doughy quality of the malts, which also add a light caramel touch. The main show here is hops, but the malts aren't lost and there's lots of complexity and sweetness to keep the puckering low and maximize enjoyment of the flavor.
Interestingly, this one starts off smooth then gets more crisp as it goes. The body is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation kicks in with sequential sip.
This is one delicious beer. The only thing holding me back from more is the extremely high ABV.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for this bottle, been wanting to try it for a while.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head on top. Extremely thick and foamy with great retention and thick lacing.

S: The pine hits right away with lots of orange and orange peel, some grapefruit, and other citrus. A good bit of biscuity malt and some caramelized malt, overall on the sugary side.

T: Very sweet. Lots of pine and citrus, again with orange and orange peel being the dominate citrus flavors. Very sugary, but smooth. There is a sizable malt component, with some caramel and biscuit. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation level. Slightly dry and bitter finish, but overall on the sweet side.

O: Another solid beer from FFF. A little on the sweet side and not as good as Dreadnaught, but still a very nice DIPA.

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.