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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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Bslice87

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:28:19 | More by Bslice87
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and tropical hops is quite present with some sweet notes being also easily perceptible. Taste is also dominated by huge citrus notes with some tropical notes also noticeable. Sweet notes are easily perceptible and maybe a tad too much for my own taste. Body is about average with somewhat of an oily texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Interesting but too sweet for my taste buds and therefore a bit of a disappointment considering the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 21:29:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick, bubbly head with a light amber color.

The nose is sweet; grapefruit comes to mind. Some herbal notes as well.

Tastes creamy, fruity, delicious. The finish is fruity with a sweet pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. They dont try to blow you away with hops, like some IPAs.

I would readily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:19:45 | More by snowmaggedon
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a bright and cheery golden orange color. A nice big white head never quite vanished yet left behind lots of sticky lacing.

S- Citrus hops and alcohol dominate the smell. There are some bready sweet malt and floral and piney aromas, too.

T-Lots of malt, lots of citrus. It's sweet, but there's balance thanks to 100 ibus.

M- Full and chewy. Boozy sweetness. Finishes clean and dry with a hop bite.

O- It's a big beer. Big on hops, malts, abv, and taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:11:32 | More by NiceTaps
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a Teku
No bottling dates (come on Three Floyd's)

Thanks to Billakowski for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours an apricot orange that's hazy to the point of being opaque. 2 plus fingers width of slightly off white head builds and has good retention. Leaves lots of segmental rings of lacing.

S: Sweet malts, doughy almost yeasty, citrus in the form of lemon-lime and orange. Not really any pine/resinous/floral hop notes, and certainly malt forward (may be past its prime), but nice. As it warms the citrus notes build, and even some mango like tropical fruit aromas come out.

T: Hop presence bigger in the taste. Lots of piney and citrus rind bitterness. Some bready malts. Lactose noticeable on the finish, which is interesting but I'm not sure if it enhances the flair, or detracts from it. Bitterness builds to the point that it becomes pretty one dimensional throughout the majority of the drink.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, ABV is exceptionally well masked. Dangerously drinkable for a double digit ABV beer.

O: Well above average but nothing spectacular. I'd certainly drink again if available, but its not and I don't plan to seek out another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:33:54 | More by zac16125
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a mostly clear and light amber with a solid 2 finger cap on top. Retains very well and never quite vanishes.

S - Tangy dull citrus, yeasty bread, a mix of stone fruit and mango, smells sweet. Solid hops come to the forefront once warmed up a bit.

T - A multitude of citrus, tangerine, orange, mandarin, some lemon, sharp and zesty. Spicy floral jumps out in the middle along with a white bread malt backing and sweet caramel. The malt is sweet and hefty but lighter. (If that makes any sense) Mango comes in the mix along with a notes of pine that increases with bitterness toward the finish. Citrus oil is left on the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied but seemed hefty, moderate carbonation, very soft and creamy feel, dry finish.

Great hops with a hefty but light malt backing. I liked the spiciness and it carried well with the all around citrus profile. Great mouthfeel as it tricks your palate trying to decide if it's full or light. Glad I got my hands on one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 20:42:09 | More by StaveHooks
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a hint of orange, nice off-white head and decnt lacing

S-sweet malt, citrus, orange, pine, slight herbal

T-citrus, pine, sweet caramel malt, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-a good DIPA but a little on the sweet malty side for me

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:25:47 | More by MDDMD
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Hazy deep gold with a big white head and lots of streams of visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, resinous pine, and floral hops, with a bit of underlying cracker malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, resin, grassy and floral hop flavors atop the biscuit malt backbone with just a touch of caramel flavors. Then right before the swallow (when you expect more bitter to take hold) there's a sweetness instead - here's the lactose presence. The hang is a light citrus rind bitter - probably the least bitter I've ever had in a DIPA.

M: Good carbonation, but still a somewhat creamy mouthfeel from the lactose. Fairly low alcohol presence for the listed ABV - although every so often, a sip will seem significantly more boozy.

O: This one is ok. I'm just not digging the lactose in a DIPA - the juxtaposition of the sweet creamy and the bitter citrus doesn't work for me as well as I thought it might. I enjoyed the beer, but I likely won't be having another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 17:20:54 | More by macrosmatic
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Slightly hazy burnt-orange with a solid two-fingered head that settles fairly quickly but has a nice steady stream of carbonation
S: Very nice with citrus, roasted malt, a hint of pine and florals
T: Malty, some grapefruit peel, a bit of pine resin and some slightly sweet toffee
M: Medium to full bodied, slightly viscous but not cloying, the alcohol is well hidden
O: FFF has mastered the full-throttled IPA style and this is another good addition to the lineup

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:12:42 | More by ONUMello
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden/amber hue, fresh froth atop, white as whipped cream, and looking's lovely.

Aroma: Invigorating. An blending of citrus and tropical fruit esters, with a side order of pine needles.

Taste: Good dose of bitterness hits us at the start, plenty of hoppy flavors riding the palate. And then I'm picking up the milk. An imperial milk IPA? What the??? It's truly creamy, truly hoppy, and totally tasty! Yum. Never too anything, not feeling too strong, just enough everything, and not too much of nothing. A creamy IPA, if there ever was one, and I'm not sure if there was. We get orange, tangerine, mango maybe, and then this layer of light, sweet, creamy goodness.

I wonder what the label tells us? "This complex double India Pale Ale has an inns 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!

That just about says it. Mmm. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:59:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

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
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber shared with Benish today 8/2/2013. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

This beer pours a standard caramel brownish-blonde body with a nice 2cm white head that dissipates a bit over time. The lacing is very sticky and prominent in this beer.. otherwise it looks like a nice DIPA, nothing special.

Sniffing this beer- smells very citrusy. Tangerine and orange straight up. There is a little bit of an underlying toffee and bready sweetness but it is otherwise straight up citrus. Not complex but very pungent and satisfying.

As I drink this, the sweetness really comes out. Its hoppy as hell which brings out the citrus and some floral notes in terms of the aromatic hoppiness, and a nice bitterness on the back end. In the middle there is a nice, pleasant sweetness which I attribute to the lactose. It makes for a very nice, rather unique combination of flavours that makes it sweet and bitter but not bittersweet.

The backend of this beer is a nice floral bitterness that is barely balanced out by the sweetness of the lactose. It is a well-carbonated beer with a nice medium body that is very drinkable. I really enjoyed this and it went down very quickly. No heat at all.

Very interesting and a rather unique beer, which is what I have come to expect from Three Floyds. Worth trying at least once, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs even a little bit. Its a nice adaptation from the good milk stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 04:39:10 | More by Stevedore
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:13:48 | More by beatenbyjacks
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is amber in color with three inches of off-white head.

S - I get some citrus. I also get some anise. I did not notice it until I tasted the beer.

T - The one thing that stands out to me is the taste of anise on the finish. It has the typical IPA flavors up front, citrus, pine, etc. That anise taste is really different for an IPA.

M - Moderate

O - I am not a fan of anise. This taste caught me way off guard. I am a fan of Three Floyd's IPA's, but this may be the exception.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:38:19 | More by buschbeer
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Uncleserg

California

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks itsthepleats for sending this bottle in the trade

Appearance-
Clear medium amber. Head is bright-white, and fluffy.

Smell-
Huge hit of pine resin and citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, and oily zest. Lactose sweetness runs right behind it. Malts are big and loaded with sweet bready, caramel, and mildly roasted aromas. Slight grassiness and earthiness as well.

Taste-
Aggressively hoppy. Pine builds as an oily, resinous, strongly bitter component. Grapefruit rind in the mix. Huge malt sweetness augmented with the super sweetness of the lactose sugars. Bready and nicely roasted. Caramel malts add another layer of sweetness. Orange and touches of tangerine as it warms.

Mouthfeel-
Moderate body that leans toward full. Moderate carbonation. A touch dry. A touch creamy.

Overall-
Less aggressive than other Three Floyd's DIPAs. Huge flavor, but nicely balanced for what it is. Lactose adds some backing sweetness, but ultimately the hops dominate the lactose sugar.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 19:23:15 | More by Uncleserg
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden hazy color with an eggshell two finger head.

S - Grapefruit, bready yeast and some hay/straw.

T - Grapefruit and pine resin. Bready yeast and carmely malt character. Overabundance of hops afterwards. Really bitter.

M - Full bodied, wet, sticky and medium carbonation. Can seem a bit cloying after a while.

O - Strong hops, bitter ending... I expect no less from 3F.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:27:02 | More by cvm4
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This eclectic IPA, poured a dingy unfiltered coppery color with a thick creamy head. Strong lacing dripped like a sheet along the glass but dissipated quickly.

I'm glad I read the label because I don't think I could have identified the milky lactose scent that almost modifies the earthy hops. The creamy aroma melds well with the floral hop character and gives an outdoorsy, forest pine and country air scent.

The taste is a mixture of sweet cream, tempered pine, strong barley malt and grain. Very lively, robust in flavor it's not a typical IPA.

This beer truly excels in feel. The lactose gives it a slick, creamy feel on the tongue and serves as a natural refresher. Also, the 9-11 pct ABV is completely hidden in what amounts to a very special beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 12:41:50 | More by KYGunner
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Rhanson11

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My biggest liquor store option in the college town of Bloomington, IN suggested that I try Apocalypse Cow. I was surprised at the price, but purchased anyway (almost $13 for 1 bottle). I'm not really an IPA fan as of now, so that is probably why I didn't find this beer as good as some others I have had. Just like the description on the bottle, it has a sense of difference from other IPAs, which was a positive for me in this case.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 07:17:15 | More by Rhanson11
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden in color with a 2 finger white head that has awesome retention.

Nose has mild citrus notes with a small straw malt backbone.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of straw malt start with it slowly fading to piney slightly citrusy hop presence not a whole lot of bitterness. Really tasty

Mouthfeel has a really nice creamy body from the lactose and higher small bubble carbonation. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:03:23 | More by Fcolle2
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Rope

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
Cloudy orange, with a hint towards redness. Thin white head.

Smell-
Strong, not overbearing, hop presence that comes across as refreshing (like smelling lemon juice). The hop smell is a mixture of floral, citrus, and fruit. A very demure malt smell.

Taste-
Starts with citrus hops, moves to the sweet, then before the bitter hop bit comes in it is almost a tea quality. This nebulous tea taste does seem to come from the shift of flavors to the bitter, and it is fantastic. It ends like a bitter IPA, like all Stone beers.

Mouthfeel-
The hoppiness can coat your mouth pretty well, but the bitter makes it feel clean. Very refreshing on a warm day.

Overall-
This kind of strikes me as a fraternal twin to Permanent Funeral, which has more sweet malt IIPA quality, where this one has a hop citrus bitter IIPA quality. Both fantastic, and excellent entry from FFF.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:54:38 | More by Rope
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22oz Bottle, No bottle on date.
Received in a trade, thank you jampics2.

A: Burnt orange, lots of cascading bubbles. Tight, slightly off white head.
S: Slightly yeasty, sweet a little bit of citrus. Very muted smell on this one.
T: Malty sweetness up front finished off with some pine resin. Not what I would consider a juicy DIPA. The alcohol was completely hidden.
M: The carbonation helps to coat your mouth in bitter, sticky, resinous glory. Full bodied that finished very dry.
O: My first thought was this tasted like a bigger, fuller version of Bell's Two Hearted. I had this at slightly below cellar temp. Next time I'll start it off a bit colder and see where the flavors go from there as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:31:31 | More by Davepoolesque
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sbxx

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep, hazy tangerine color. 2 fingers of thick foam head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, bread, slight herbal note

Taste - Weird. Probably the first FFF brew I can say right off the bat that I don't care too much for. Citrus and pine hop note up front is quickly overwhelmed by the malt and lactose. Odd aftertaste. Slight alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, acidic, high carbonation, wet sticky finish.

Overall - Probably the most overrated FFF brew I've tried to date. Not bad, but not great either. Disappointed at what I spent on this bomber. So many great brews available for much less, even from FFF! Zombie or Alpha King 6 pack >>>>>>> Apocalypse Cow bomber, all the same price. Will pass on this next time. On the bright side, at 10-11% ABV, it gives you a nice buzz very quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:01:53 | More by sbxx
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magictacosinus

California

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton, Todd! Poured into a tulip glass out of a 22oz bottle. For anticipated issues involving inebriation, this was split. No freshness date on the bottle, but on the bright side, this is probably one of the coolest beer labels I've ever seen!

Pours a golden, yet firmly deep amber color complete with a humongous frothy, thick white head that's about 5 fingers tall (when poured aggressively). Super viscous, possibly owing to the notable maltiness and booze that makes up this beer. Pretty resinous - in the same sense as ZD - to the point where the beer appears to glimmer and shine. Lots of lacing gets spattered around this thing - although, I honestly expected more. Nice little floaties at the bottom. Big alcohol legs. This is a big FFF beer here, and let's hope it doesn't pound me flat like DL did or anything.

The aroma is actually quite mellow, considering what makes up this recipe. Fresh grassy, slightly floral hoppy phenols make up the initial profile, only to follow with fruitiness along the lines of passion fruit, peaches, apricots, tangerines, and oranges. However, this is all really mellow, and there's a sweetened touch from the extra booze and malts that makes this feel juicy and relatively bready. The alcohol does get a little bit more noticeable as this warms up, as does the sugar, but it never ranges on becoming syrupy, which is nothing but miraculous by FFF standards. The sweetness from the milk sugar is really subtle here, although the lactic finish is duly noted. Quite exquisite stuff.

The flavor takes things up a notch, but again, while I expected a huge booze/malt/sugar/hop bomb, it turns out to be really satisfying - perhaps the second most satisfying beer I've had from them since ZD. There's an initial rush of fruity flavors, ranging from peaches, nectarines, and oranges, and then the finish is slightly honey-like, with notable grassy hops that almost resemble dried pellets on the tongue. Super sticky and resinous, but actually not that astringent at all. The milk sugar is far more noticeable here, and while is only slightly lactic in bitterness, it provides a creaminess that is lightly sweet, and melds with the toffee malt flavor to create a semi-sweet butterscotch finish that is really tasty. Really silky overall, and this owes a lot to the milk sugar, malts, and highish ABV at hand, all which make this pretty succulent and resinous to the point of being highly drinkable. This is definitely a sipper (indeed, the ABV is barely noticeable unless you take a deep breath), and the whole face warms up in the first sips - but the scariest part is that this could easily be downed with all of the refreshing citrus flavors and creamy sugar above.

This is an excellent effort by FFF, and is most recommended to be consumed fresh! Wouldn't age too well, in my opinion - the hops provide balance to the otherwise highly sugary, malty profile. The concept of a "milk DIPA" sounded weird at first, but it pleasantly surprisingly and easy to drink. I wish this were available year-round. I'd definitely request more bombers to have whenever the mood struck!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:48:07 | More by magictacosinus
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TheSixthRing

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber with an off-white 2 finger head. Great rerention, resulting in a firm film across the surface. Great lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Grapefruit and pineapple. Lesser pine. An undeniable underlying sugar sweet aroma, from the lactose me thinks.

Taste - Starts with grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, lesser notes of orange and a bready malt backbone. Creamy caramel character kicks in mid-taste before grapefruit pith and the creamy caramel sweetness dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Verges on Creamy and sticky. Goes down easy.

Overall - A nice, unique take on the IIPA. Strong and complex. A little too much pine for my liking, but I'm nitpicking. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:41:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.