Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
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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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Ratings: 1,897 | Reviews: 475
Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy orange body with a thick lasting white head. Wonderful fruity citrus aroma. Taste is lots of citrus, some earthy pine notes. Very velvety mouth feel. Awesome beer.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap in a straight pint glass.

A- Thin white head that didn't stick around. Murky light orange, can just see the shadow of my finger through the glass.

S- Pineapple forward, light tropical, citrus, slight spicy hop note maybe. Bit of hop nostril burn.

T- More grapefruit and citrus with a bit of floral with some medium bitterness. Only slight alcohol presence but nothing that makes me think it's 11%. Thought it might be sweet but it is a nice sweetness that still let's the hops come forward.

M- Full, silky but syrupy.

O- I nice and interesting IPA with the addition of the milk sugar. Man 3Floyds knows how to make a hop forward beer. Really can't believe this is such a high ABV beer.

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev -5.9%

a little different from the other dipa's from floydds. more balanced with some citrus. very good

Photo of tlery
3/5  rDev -29.4%

A - Cloudy, deep orange hue with a retaining head that leaves lots of lace around the glass;
S - Citrus forward with a sweet, malty backbone;
T - Balanced hops with a malty finish, clean and no real alcohol heat, very drinkable for the style;
M - Crisp upfront, fades to that mouth coating reminiscent of milk stouts (it's the milk sugar, duh);
O - Subtly different expression of the same idea that's come to epitomize FFF Brewing: pale, hoppy, drinkable, and reliable, yet ultimately boring. I can't give too much credit to a brewery that fails to (ever) surprise me.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of piney hops, bright citrus, and sweet malts.

T - Flavors follow the aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit upfront. The citrus is followed by a big amount of malty sweetness. The piney hops come through in the finish producing a nice bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice silky mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - Another winner from Three Floyd's. Very drinkable despite the ABV. Would definetly drink again.

Photo of screamking
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Aroma notes: orange, pineapple, lemon, brown sugar.

Tasting notes:grapefruit, lemon peel, brown sugar, apricot, pine.

Very sugary from the start, added with the hops up front and this one will blast you early and often. Not a complete bitter bomb but one worth a look if your able to find it.

Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Regurgitated from notes I took while drinking this beer. Here goes:

A: A cloudy orange (can still see through to the other side, however) with a massive, fluffy, white head. As the head dissipates it leaves plenty of lacing. I'm beginning to think that FFF has the appearances of their beers down to a T. Splendid.

S: Very intricate if not somewhat funky. Pacific NW hops impart smells of citrus, grapefruit and pine (mostly the latter two). However, there is a large presence of crystal malt and lactose sugar. The latter imparts a very milky smell. I'm not sure I like it, but I have to give FFF points for piquing my interest.

T: Funky, but good. Mixture of hops and milk/malt sugars. Initially taste the crystal malt followed by an aftertaste of milk and hops - yes, the milk and hop tastes are interspersed, which is what I think the brewers were going for. The taste rather follows the nose. Very complex.

M: Excellent. Thick and creams - lies heavily on the tongue and fully coats the palate.

O: Very good. An interesting and complex beer.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange copper brew, with a tight white head that only reduces slightly and laces as much as any beer I've seen.

S - Hops are front, with a grapefruit element coupling with a grass and floral line. Sweet malty characteristics come through, as well, an element suggestive of the lactose sugars involved.

T - As hopped as this is, and we have a huge hop presence, the interesting thing is how restrained this is. A bold fruitiness is quickly eclipsed by floral and grass, linking up with a sweetness that drops out quickly to close with a sharper bitterness.

M - For as hopped as this is, the bitterness is reasonable, though drying is still present. As much ABV as is listed, this comes across smooth and subtle. Overall, surprisingly balanced.

O - This is one of those beers that doesn't seem like it should work on paper. A big hop IBU and milk sugars meld together so well, and the floral and subtle fruits offer a delicious counterpoint to the bitter close. I'm sure to get more next year.

Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

The craftsmanship is very impressive, but it doesn't get me overly excited. It's not really worth the price of admission, in my humble opinion. I definitely enjoyed my time with Apocalypse Cow, but it's not something I'll be dreaming about.

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 larryarms847
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque golden orange with a very velvety head.

Smells of citrus, flowers, and sugar.

Citrus and floral hops are pleasantly accompanied by a sweet sugary balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and lush all the way down.

Overall another fantastic IPA from 3F, they really can't go wrong with this style.

Photo of denver10
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a dark gold with full off white head. Aroma is nice with some fruity citrus hops, a touch of bread, and some sweetness from the lactose sugars. Not a fan of alcohol showing itself in IPA's and there is a ton present here, makes it hard for me to notice much else in the flavor like the citrus, florals, or sugars. A creamy mouthfeel. Overall, maybe a result of my personal preferences but the alcohol presence in this was a killer for me. I typically stay away from any (I)IPA that is 10% abv or greater because of the heat they can bring, but gave this a chance because of the inclusion of the lactose sugars had me curious. Bad choice on my part, not a fan at all and dumped most of my bottle.

Photo of guityler83
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/27/14

A: Poured into the trusty FFF Teku glass, the head formed 2 fingers tall with a white, almost creamy color. Great sustain, it took over a minute for it to fall and left behind a coat of lacing with no dry spots on the glass. The beer is a murky orange color.

S: A moderate aroma with a candy like impression at first ( sweet tarts and juicy fruit ) The hops come through as pineapple, mango, guava and an underlying dank pineyness. Picking up a mild amount of booziness in the nose along with some thing that reminds me of milk ( i know there is lactose sugar in it but not sure if I'm detecting it or im tricking myself into detecting it)

T: Moderately firm pine and pineapple bitterness that mellows out after your taste buds adjust. The sweetness from the lactose follows giving the hops but not your palette. There is a mild level of bread crust malt flavor but its negligible. The hop flavors come back towards the end with more developed and over-rippened stone fruit. The balance is on the hop side but the sweetness provided by the lactose makes this a uniquely tasting beer.

M: Creamy with a moderate level of body and carbonation. Alcohol warming is moderate. Also picking up some harshness in the back of the tongue from the hops.

O: A unique beer for sure, but this beer fell short for me. The lactose provided to much sweetness for my liking and the booziness combined with the harsher hop bitterness made this less drinkable then many of FFF's other IPAs.

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

Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken to my phone while out of a service area.

A- Last beer at Rising Sun in Glacier National Park Montana is poured from the bomber to goblets with a deep orange body with some haziness. A thick white cap forms to two fingers with a whipped cream texture and stellar retention. Massive frothy ring leaves thick webs and sheets of lace.

S- Hops hit my nose just after the bottle opens in a pungent aroma that is hop dominated. Zesty citrus rind of orange and lemon, resinous pine, floral, dry pineapple and spicy earthy notes. Just a slight backing of grains and yeast.

T- Bright zesty hops rule the taste buds delivering orange peel, grapefruit juice, clemetine pith, dry pineapple, pine resin, dank and floral character. Malts and yeast only present to provide body and alcohol which comes slightly into play.

MF- Here is where the cow truly comes out. Lactose and whatever grains are used combine to form an uber thick and creamy body. It is extremely silky and smooth and finishes with a bitter blast.

I was glad to see this in bottles during my stop at Three Floyd's. I never knew how lactose could work in an IPA but they pull it off with Apocalypse Cow. The hops are juicy and pungent and the beer is an assault on the palate that is mediated by the silky lactose. Hopefully I can sip on this gem again someday.

Photo of Lemke10
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, golden orange color with a thick foamy head. The aroma is mild but has a decent aroma of hops. The taste is big, bold, and delicious. The texture is smooth, milky but has quite the bite when it comes to hops. This is perhaps one the best beers I’ve had from Three Floyds.

Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, date 6.27.2014, poured into a Three Floyds Eye pint glass.

The beer pours nicely clear copper color, hues of amber and orange, light chill haze with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a thick, frothy, white head appears, about 2 fingers high, with very nice retention that yields nice swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is bitter, plenty of juicy hops, resinous, fruity, citrusy, with loads of rich malt, with ample sweetness to counteract the hops ever so slightly. The flavors are nice, plenty of juicy citrus and mango, amply bitter with loads of pine as well, the malts are sweeter, but not overly so, they do provide some nice bitterness and some assertive richness. The mouthfeel is nice, super rich, full bodied, nice and juicy with a lovely, silky feel, carbonation is perfect with a soft, lightly dry finish. The lactose sugar really does the trick for the body, so smooth and easy.

Verdict: A very nice IIPA from Three Floyds, fitting of their "not normal" mantra with the lactose sugar addition. The mouthfeel is perfect, the hop flavors are a little darker than I like, but the balance is nice, loads of bitter goodness.

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Saffron/sunglow body with an ivory/snow head.

Aroma: Lemon, mango, papaya, and floral hops.

Taste: Papaya, grapefruit, sweet/bready malts, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Another success from 3F, despite it leaving your mouth a bit dry (I like my IPAs nice and wet). Nevertheless, I enjoyed this immensely.

Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bstyle for this
22 oz bottle, dated 6/27/14, poured into a snifter.

A- A hazy orange/copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, tropical fruits, floral hops, nice sweet malt backbone.

T- Cotrus, tropical fruits, earthy floral hops, piney hops in the finish, some sweet caramel malts, hints of the lactose sugar, nice balance.

M- Smooth, fully body, creamy.

O- Another great beer from 3 Floyds. Very happy I got to try this.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into 3 Floyds pint glass

A- Hazy orange with nice, tall white head. Lacing clings to glass
S- Citrusy hops in the nose (Orange/Limon). Then a milder sweetness like fresh milk
T- Orange on the back end...peel. Front is piney/limon hops. Very complex
M- This steals the show. Every sip wows my with the feel before I can even think about taste. This beer is CREAMY. Yeah... a creamy pale ale. Very nice.

O- Great beer. Still blows my mind that a citrusy pale ale can be this creamy. The milk sugars do magic in this one!

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

Pours an orange-tinged gold capped by a clean white two finger fluffy white head. Excellent retention with sticky lacing all over the inside of the glass. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit on on the nose, mandarin orange, pineapple, and mango, especially. Opens with tangerines and pineapple, the lactose sweetness joins in midpalate and a"dreamsicle-like" taste carries through the finish. Finishes with a slight citrus rind bitterness. Wonderful mouthfeel, creamy, velvety, and smooth, average level of carbonation. One of the more original brews out there in the DIPA/IIPA style. Very highly recommended.

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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of snowmaggedon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

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

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

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

Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  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.

Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.