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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1362
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%

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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Photo of manahansf


5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright and glowing hazy orange topped with a thin and creamy white head with an orange tint. The head is thick and dissipates very slowly as it leaves a phenomenal lacy decoration on the glass, sip after sip, which resembles a stained glass window of a church. An aroma of sweet citrus and floral hops flow strong and boldly from this spectacular beer. The drink is smooth and velvety. A nice and gracious malt backbone provides a wonderfully thick canvas for the smooth and sweet citrus hop bitterness. Its sweet with a thick IPA body and moderate, semi-visible carbonation. The smooth drink finishes with just a gentle hint of warming alcohol, and the citrus hoppyness fades gently from the palate as it leaves a clean crisp ending with only the longing for another sip remaining. Fragrant, beautiful, and romantically delicious, this brew is thus far my all time favorite.
Overall Score: 4.98*/5 -Sean
*There is no such thing as "the perfect beer". It scored fives across the board besides drinkablility (4.9) because it is so strong I physically cannot drink a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:02:30 | More by manahansf
Photo of beerhobo22


4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very intense hop aroma. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas (Mango and peach) hit you right away. A light golden color with a good white head. Head retention is very good. The beer is served in a tulip glass which helps with aroma and head retention. A medium malt sweetness is well balanced with the hops. The beer is listed at 100 IBUs, but it is not overly astringent. A good mouthfeel (med body), but not overly sweet as to be cloying. This is a very drinkable beer even with such a high ABV.

From the tasting sheet:
"This complex double IPA has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balance 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". 100IBU, 9.5%ABV."

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 18:27:09 | More by beerhobo22
Photo of mattboyer182


4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a big two fingered white fluffy head.

S - Its smells insane! So much hops! Piney and citrus and bitter. Lots of grapefruit.

T - Awesome hoppy flavor. Great bitterness and citrus flavors and comes in sweet from the sugars! Such an amazing idea.

M - Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation.

O - Fantastic IPA. So much fun seeing what Three Floyds keeps doing with IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 21:26:57 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of fear025


4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma:Tons and tons of grapefruit.

Appearance:This beer is very orange in color, and it's pretty hazy. The foam lingers a long time.

Taste:Heavy citrusy hops in the foretaste. This is a hugely bitter beer, that showcases what a DIPA can be. As a homebrewer, I've experienced that dry hops can taste a whole lot different than the flavor they eventually impart, in this beer though, the flavor comes through like some of those dry hops that I've smelled in the past. The midtaste of this beer is very sweet from the lactose, and the sweetness stays on my tongue through the aftertaste, with the hops still very much present.

Mouthfeel:Very thick and rich mouthfeel. It's got enough carbonation to

Drinkability:This is a fantastic beer that really showcases what Three Floyds does well: Hops!

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 16:17:31 | More by fear025
Photo of backfat


4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i tweeted about this beer. sad i know, but when you do that, you know you've got something special on your hands, or in your glass. brilliant. an IPA of udder destruction! moo-ve over IPA's! this beer is no cow-ward! you've probably stopped reading at this point, and for that i apologize. (you thought i was going to mess with apologize/apocalypse. well i tried but it seems i am not clever enough.) Seriously, this is a beast. this ipa has BODY. good lord that is refreshing. abundant citrus hops...yes please. i hope this phenomenal creature comes back because it's one of the best beers i have ever had. 3 Floyds, i salute yee. I like drinking it a little on the warmer side. It's seriously like hoppy milk in the best way possible. mango, citrus, and the pineapple that is signature with dreadnaught, with a viscous and inviting body. I've had this beer many times. sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's perfect. serve warmer, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 14:54:11 | More by backfat
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4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright orange body with plenty of lacing, almost neon in its cloudy excellence. Aroma is incredibly fruity and...buoyant...it has a hop profile completely unique to this beer and a ton of smoothness in the nose. It smells absolutely delicious.

An incredible beer in the mouth and on the tongue. Perfect mouthfeel, but unlike any other beer. It has an excellent sharpness and dryness to go along with big bitterness, loads of malt depth and a smooth, barely present, yeast character. Alcohol is hidden like a diamond under a blue velvet cover.

I really can't say enough good things about this beer. It is completely unique. It is almost perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 07:16:53 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of Pencible


4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured a hazy light copper with some off-white head. It smelled like orange and copper hops with honey malt and some cream, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like oranges and peaches and cream, with some pine hops and caramel and honey malt. It was very thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mild bitter but creamy aftertaste. Overall this was a very interesting and unique beer. The taste is extremely well put together, and the body was perfect. Many very bitter 2IPAs have a harsh bitter aftertaste (including Dreadnaught), but the lactose in this beer really helps keep the aftertaste ultra smooth. It hid the alcohol very well also, so it was all too easy to drink, but still very enjoyable to sip. I love this beer - great new style that excites me the same way my first black IPA did. I hope to see more lactic 2IPAs from other breweries coming soon!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 16:42:26 | More by Pencible
Photo of KarlHungus


4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is one inch of solid foam that recedes slowly into a small creamy cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, tangerine, pine resin, pollen, and flower bed. The taste is of a wonderful balance of tangerine, grapefruit, pine, and flowers with a firm bot not overpowering bitterness. There is an awesome creaminess to the taste that transcends the mouthfeel and coats the tongue with flavor. The mouthfeel itself is full bodied, creamy, and moderately carbonated with a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I haven't came across a unique DIPA in a very long time, but this one truly is one of a kind. I will certainly drink this beer again many times.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 14:30:37 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of katiejo1962


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma hits you the minute you open the bottle. Rich tropical and citrus aromas.
Poured into a tulip glass and was impressed by the white, light airy foam. Sipped a bit of the foam and got an immediate taste of sweet, which was a real fooler, because the beer itself doesn't have the same upfront sweetness. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
First sip, WOW! Immediately, the senses are flooded with citrus, hints of peach and pineapple plus a slight resin flavor lingering on the tongue. Everything you hope to find in a DIPA. There are a couple of tastes I just can't quite identify but am sure I love them! A gentle sweetness with rich malt notes balances everything smoothly. Alcohol is not noticeable.
Rich orange color, I didn't think it was overly hazy.
Loved, loved, loved! So glad I have a case to ration out for the next few weeks!
Three Floyd's definitely knows and understands how to use and balance out the sweetness and hops to create their beers!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 11:27:18 | More by katiejo1962
Photo of Bmoyer0301


4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Tonight I pulled out my trusty Sam Adams perfect pint glass hoping to really pull the most out of the aroma and taste on this great ale. I popped the cap (which if you never saw a Three Floyds cap, they are cool as hell) and was greeted by a healthy sounding loud hissing noise which is always a great sign. I started to give this beer a straight on pour and I noticed the head has developing quite quickly so I decided to tilt back a little bit to calm it down. This beer pours a beautiful peach color with some dark hay like tones when I hold it up to the light. There is a tiny amount of haze in here but that could be because it was just shipped across the county and the yeast might be all shaken up from the ride.


Mmmm, this smells like tropical fruit salad ! There is just loads of gooey floral and citrus hops wafting out of my glass right now, its almost euphoric. There is a faint nose of blossom honey and biscuit beady malts poking through with some nuttiness, even with all the hops it doesn't let one aspect of the aroma shine through and making everything work in synergy.


This is exactly what I have been waiting for in a solid double IPA, super sweet caramel layered with the citrus hops and more sweetness without any note of heat alcohol. The label notes that there is lactose sugar in this beer and it shows with a velvety creaminess that just glides through your mouth and down your throat. This baby is thick and chewy but not overly filling, I just cant get enough of it. Although for a double IPA it really isn't as hoppy as I was once predicting but like I said the sweetness and alcohol content are what push this beer into that style.


In my opinion this beer is world class when it comes to style and drinkability, well made and well presented from a great brewery. Three Floyds has done it again with this beer, I honestly can't think of a beer from them that I didn't like. This beer is hoppy and sweet but not overdone and I'd be willing to say this would appeal to a lot of IPA drinkers as well as people who are starting to become brave and venture out of their normal styles. If you are in the Midwest or if you can work a trade out with someone i would highly recommend that you jump all over this beer because its only the second time it was ever made

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 15:38:44 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of Ri0


4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

poured from 22oz bottle into teku.

A - A delightful peach/apricot orange with a bright 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Nice ring around my glass with good lacing.

S - Big floral hops, with orange and ripe pineapple. Some good sweet honey and more floral sweetness continue in the aroma. Some light herbal leafy and earthy scents.

T - Nice citrus and blood orange up front followed by honey and sweet bread. More ripe pineapple honey that finishes into a sharp bitterness. I really enjoy IIPAs that are flavored like this.

M - Smooth and rich for a IIPA. Carbonation is medium and there is a nice slick oily feel with bitterness left on my tongue.

O - This is well balanced with big juicy bitter hops and a wonderful sweetness. Wish I could find this easily in WI as it is well worth it. Reminds me of Toppling Goliath Sosus.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:23:34 | More by Ri0
Photo of Bighuge


4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange body. Slightly hazed. Thick and dense white head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is awesome. Lemon and grapefruit. Pine resin and cannabis. A little mint. The first thing I notice is that this is way too easy to drink for a 10% beer. Mouthfeel is so creamy and velvety. Just a titch of sweetness lingers after sipping, but there is also a clean bitterness in the mix too. Hop flavors are very enjoyable, as usual with 3F. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. I particularly enjoy the mix of orange and lemon flavor notes. Alcohol is barely detectable. This is quite, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 05:14:29 | More by Bighuge
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a clean golden yellow / orange pour with 2 fingers foamy white head, excellent amounts of lacing and great retention.
smells of piney and floral hops, grapefruit citrus, and a slight caramel sweet odor.
bitter up front, pine taste, grassy, sweet molasses type taste, definitely feel the lactose in the backbone.. this is super hopped up and ridiculously tasty.
medium body, creamy, high carbonation content, the flavors mask the abv well.

this is my favorite 3f ipa to date. fantastic in every way.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 20:49:14 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Lintyfresh


4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was light yellow-orange with a nice haze to it. My dad held it up to the sunlight from the window at the Three Floyds Brewpub and noted that it looked like a more yellow version of Blue Moon.

The smell was excellent. It had all the usual aroma associated with a DIPA.

The taste was also exceptional. Like the Dreadnaught (my baseline for any DIPA), the high alcohol content was hidden very well. The strong hops definitely came out in this, and the lactose sugar was noticeable in the finish.

The mouthfeel was warmer than with most DIPAs I've had on tap, but the temperature was normal. I wonder if this was from the lactose sugar. It surprised me how well that went with the taste, as I usually like my DIPAs to be as cold as possible.

Again, the lactose sugar adds a nice finish that makes this more drinkable than a beer with this alcohol content should be.

Overall this is an excellent beer to try if you're a Three Floyds follower like myself. The bottle artwork is great, and this beer is great bottled. But it's even better on tap, with a smoother mouthfeel and a slightly stronger aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 01:01:02 | More by Lintyfresh
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a light tangerine tint to this hazy golden brew. Some creamy but thin cover, sticky but light.

Aroma - huge, pungent and spicy with green, resiny pine sap, some sweet orangey/pineapple. Goes noticeably lighter after a few minutes (actually, just more malt presence and lighter hoppage), but still some fine aromas.

Taste - malty and caramel up front, the fruity side of the citrus is pulled in early to accentuate the grain. On the swallow, the hops become more assertive, their bitterness coming through in earnest, but nothing tongue scraping or medicinal. Full flavors all around, really not much hint of the 11%. My favorite style of DIPA flavor.

Mouthfeel - plenty of creaminess here, this brew is smooth. Carbonation is on the lower side, it just can't fight through all the delicious stuff! A hefty bod to go with, right on.

Drinkability - ho hum, another stellar hoppy brew from the Floyds Three. Avoid any one-eyed cows for your beef sourcing, but get some of these bombers whilst you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:58:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of readbaron


4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. I love this beer.

Pours a golden orange with plentiful thick white foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Smells great. Grapefruit and orange citrus dominate, with malty caramel sweetness underneath.

I love the balance of this beer. Starts off crisp and hoppy - grapefruit and orange, then it malty, creamy sweetness comes in. I'm impresses by how smooth the finish is. There's a hint of sweetness, but it doesn't get in the way of the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Full, creamy, and fairly crisp (despite the malt & lactose).

Overall - fantastic beer. My favorite DIPA so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:57:53 | More by readbaron
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 22:27:12 | More by marvin213
Photo of cagocubs


4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap poured into snifter glass.

A: Pours a darker amber with 1 finger white foamy head that laces the glass.

S: Sweet: Caramel. Hops. Citrus. Earthy notes.

T: Holy Apocalyptic cow! Earthy hops, malt, and pine come through. This is a complex taste. Has a nice bitter bite from hops with some sweet carry through. The lactose makes this taste hard to define. The aftertaste is full of taste and keeps you wanting more.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Smooth and finishes with a great aftertaste. Sweet mouth is unique experience.

O: I can't say I have ever had a beer that has confused me and left me wanting more than this. It has complex flavors that keep you guessing and sipping more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 06:54:16 | More by cagocubs
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case of bombers from the brewery July 2011.

A - Pours a deep yellow with a thin film head.

S - Hops, pine, orange, sweet malt, orange.

T - Malty on the front end, nice and bitter on the back end. Orange and piney wood flavors dominate and I like how the malt and hops are balanced.

M - Carbonation is lively, but not bothersome, works well even though a creamier feel would really make this more amazing than it already is.

O - This is a great brew that is more of a sipper than a DIPA. I have yet to have anything less than better-than-average from 3Floyd's. I'll definitely buy this again, really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:24:50 | More by silentnoiz
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4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours from 22oz bottle into a tulip , a golden wheat field colored beer with minimum head and some spotty lacing , but still nice to look at

The nose on this one is very well blended with the sweet malt and the citrus off of the hops , nice smelling

The mouth is just about perfect for the style , not too thin at all with just enough carbonation

The taste to me is a very well blended beer , the sweetness of the malt the mix of earthy and citrus tasting hops and just a hint of booze at the end all comes together just about perfect

Overall this is a great example of an American Double , at 11% the booze is very well hidden. I would for sure seek out more of this beer

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:17:20 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of blackie


4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: snifter service, the beer is an attractive glowing, hazy copper-amber in color, capped with a nice if modest coat of carbonation that shows average retention

s: hop aroma reeking of tropical fruit nectars bound up in a candied grain body, sugary citrus a la clementine stands out most for me with some melon and kiwi, spicy-sweet mango rind, sweet pine, fruit pastries dosed with honey, so much going on - a real knockout of a nose, unique

m: carbonation delicate, and the beer itself full bodied and smoothed by the lactose addition, sugars cling to the lips after each sip

t: yes it's sweet - it's a "milk DIPA", and I love it, grain and hop start on near equal footing while the green cone inevitably wins out - grainy pale caramels and fresh tropical juices with a dose of contradictory acidic-sweet citrus, the lactose is clearly tasted but difficult to describe, giving a sugared cream sweetness, candied grains linger with sugar encrusted topical fruits and a big balancing bitterness, delicious

d: started my review on the cold side but the scores began to climb after things warmed up, there's a smoothness of aroma, taste, and texture presumably provided by the lactose that places the cow in a category of its own, a great beer and an absolute pleasure to put down, the abv is very much a part of the whole and doesn't stand out until its effect is realized

bomber from Jenifer Street Market, Madison, WI

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:38:49 | More by blackie
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Three Floyds!

Pours out a really nice slighty hazy orange with tints of yellow and 2 fingers of white and fluffy head.

The aroma is full of hops. There are really nice piney and citrus hops along with floral that make this smell like an in your face kind of brew.

The taste is mainly hops, hops and more hops. It starts off with nice tropical hop flavors like pineapple, mango and grapefruit and then there is a nice piney hop taste with a ton of what tastes just like fresh squeezed, dank hops. There is a slight sweetness at the end that balances the bitterness and a nice bready malt characteristic that lingers on the palate.

You can't taste or smell any of the alcohol which is very impressive and it finishes very smooth. I'm so very glad Ohio is lucky enough to get Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 21:47:09 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of Mitchill


4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this fresh from Bridges Liquor in New Albany IN, always a great place to get fresh 3 Floyds. Appearance was like golden honey, very nice! Smell is tropical and citrus with perhaps some piney hops coming through. The taste is pretty amazing on this hot summer day (103 in Louisville!) actually expected it to be a bit more hoppy considering the smell but am in no way disappointed. The tropical and citrusy taste is wonderful for this type of day. The mouth feel and smoothness of this beer is very high which I'm assuming is due to the addition of lactose sugar, also considering the high ABV which is completely undetectable and the fact it is so fresh this is one of the best DIPA's I have had all summer. So glad I live close enough to 3 Floyds where I can get fresh bottles anytime I want. This is one I have been anticipating since last year my wallet was a little short when this came around, highly recommended if you can get it within the first couple months of it's annual release

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:31:49 | More by Mitchill
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my newest favorite IPA! I can only hope the one I just brewed will come close. Bold aroma with a creamy mouth feel. Awesomeness in a pint sized glass. Wish there were more barrels coming to Wisconsin soon. What a great beer to come out of Indiana.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 02:43:34 | More by rldavis1116
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A million hails to kels for this bottle...there is no better gift than a beer from the land of Floyd, Floyd and his other brother Floyd. Thanks Kelley!

Pours out a remarkably hazy rust-orange color...I'd even call it foggy. The head is modest but retains very well, all creamy and fluffy, with a lot of lace left on the glass as the head diminishes and the liquid slowly, repeatedly visits my tongue.

A humongous aroma goes to the place where the lines between candy-like malt sweetness and super-citric hoppiness blur. Orange-y, resiny, cake frosting-y, hard candy-y...I think the confection-like vibe of the nose is pointing to the lactose milk sugar that was used in this beer.

The flavor impression that came to mind upon the first sip was a push-up; you know, the ice cream deal, big with the kids, sold by the ice cream man, etc. I guess that falls under the category of "creamsicle." So, a push-up, but a really intense adult push-up. Big bursts of orange/citrus, both tangy and juicy sweet, with the lactose milk sugar bringing in a milky sweetness (that's easy math to do, but it's definitely here). There's also an unrefined grassy element, especially once into the finish. Really hoppy, quite bitter, and for sure a hophead's nirvana. The alcohol is probably there full-on in the flavor, yet the taste buds can do nothing but cower and submit to the hops. Yet, having said all this, it's got incredible poise. It's totally balanced. I can't rate the flavor highly enough, there's really nothing more one could want from a double IPA in terms of flavor. Except for maybe one more bottle.

Feels about as creamy as I'd expect, although not as thick, round and sticky as others of its type. Curiously buoyant in the mouth, which is a welcome change of pace. And thanks to the astringent grass/citrus rind/resin attack, my tongue's feeling pretty fuzzy just about now...

Enough malt is present to keep Apocalypse Cow from being a 100% tongue-ripper, but it teeters close to that ledge, while the lactose milk sugar addition adds a whole lot of "wild thing" to this beer, which would have been wild enough without it. So, 3 Floyds does it again: 1) great name, 2) great label, 3) utterly superb beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 22:50:01 | More by Metalmonk
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Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.