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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 566
Gots: 190 | FT: 9
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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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

This was lugged back from a trip to Chicagoland by my wife. Unfortunately when we shared the first bomber, it was far too hoppy for her. Second bottle was split with a very ill friend. Unfortunately on that one, he is also diabetic, and after 2 sips, the sugar was too much for him, so it would be more accurate to say I drank the bomber solo. Notes are as follows.

Apocalypse Cow has your standard beer commercial pour, light amber of color, and plenty of near-white head.

The smell is a pleasant mashup of sugar and spicy (not bitter) hops. 100 IBU though? Really? I'd buy half of that.

First gulp. Nice. Hoppy. Complex. Second gulp. Picking up on more of the sugar. The hops are starting to drown. Man, this is as sweet an IPA/DIPA as I've ever had, and I'm not sure it's a good thing. Seems like the Floyds were going for balance and tipped the scales the wrong way.

But oh, this drink has a great consistency. As thick and frothy as a mug of root beer. Really great.

I found the sugar somewhat overwhelming, and that's the takeway from this beer. We wound up paying about $10.99 for this bomber, which is comically overpriced for the modest level of enjoyment I had from it. At this price, hell no, not recommended, but at a saner price, sure. But I would be more interested in trying other FFF beers first.

09-09-2012 14:25:54 | More by lurpy1
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

07-28-2014 00:03:47 | More by don1481
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Bslice87

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

01-23-2014 06:28:19 | More by Bslice87
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

08-11-2009 01:45:31 | More by blackearth
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

09-15-2010 01:19:06 | More by newk340
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

11-22-2009 22:10:11 | More by orbitalr0x
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AshlandNacho

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4%

08-15-2014 01:53:40 | More by AshlandNacho
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2013 23:03:54 | More by sabitu
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-15-2012 05:22:24 | More by danthehopslamman
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gregmoscetti

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-07-2013 06:34:59 | More by gregmoscetti
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-26-2014 03:05:42 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-30-2013 00:58:22 | More by warnerry
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

07-19-2011 22:27:12 | More by marvin213
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-21-2011 05:23:20 | More by Callmecoon
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dgfool

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-13-2013 06:11:17 | More by dgfool
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-16-2014 06:10:02 | More by 77apm
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-09-2013 03:58:50 | More by cincysig
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-21-2013 06:16:45 | More by Dbrulet
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Beerhunter247


5/5  rDev +17.6%

08-01-2014 04:25:15 | More by Beerhunter247
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-19-2013 03:22:37 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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

07-27-2010 05:44:05 | More by Billolick
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codysjb

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

09-20-2012 19:58:49 | More by codysjb
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

08-23-2010 05:21:26 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-02-2012 03:37:52 | More by Skye1024
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BrandonDZ

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-23-2013 18:47:21 | More by BrandonDZ
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Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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