Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 1,962
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 617
Gots: 293 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good DIPA. Cloudy wheat coloured body with a good head, and good lace left. Very good hops in aroma. Tastes like a fresh hop. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. I think the lactose does little to nothing to influence a bang on style, that presents complexity and softens rather than assaults the palate. (298 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and malty finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (606 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My best man and his wife stopped at Three Floyds on their way from Chicago the day before our wedding and brought us a bottle of this.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice white head. The smell reveals the style, with plenty of citrus and floral hops coming through. The lactose sugar definitely comes through in taste, and is an interesting complement to the hop bill. Not my favorite DIPA in terms of taste, but certainly quite interesting. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation, and drinkability is good, although somewhat hampered by the strangeness of the lactose. (588 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a hazy honey color and a bountiful head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: The expected pine and grapefruit pith dominate, but there are also subtle elements of pineapple, mango and apricot as well as a hint of vanilla

Taste: The sweet malt makes an initial appearance and prepares for a greater presence, but the piney and pithy hops quickly jump forward to provide a bitter, but citrusy assault on the tastebuds that, but mid-palate add some mango and pineapple elements; after swallow, the tropical fruit sweetness emerges to challange and blend with the bitterness; on the finish, the vanilla and lactose seems to make its presence felt, adding a new dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice brew that adds an unusual twist to the DIPA style

Thanks, mreusch (from the other site), for the opportunity (900 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what 'Apocalypse Cow' means, but I know what one tastes like. Turns out quite bitter... with with the wholesome goodness of hoppy citrus and tropical fruits.

Juicy aromas of tropical appricots, pinapple, and mangos are mixed with sharp grapefruit and tangerines. A soft, very soft, caramel scent rides just underneath the showcase of hop aromas.

Deep orange and with a murky haze, the beer is much more opaque than expected even for a big IPA. Light carbonation fuels a stubborn, froathy, but low lying head of ivory foam. A veyr sturdy and masculine look.

Flavors return once again to the massive hop profile. Grapefruit, oranges, mangos, pineapples, and appricots all swirl together in a zesty and mouthwatering taste. Complex and powerful with a bold bitterness that works hard not to interfere with the hop flavor. Light caramels, light breads/dough, and a yeasty quality may be a result of the added lactose- not as sweet as expected but with a non-descript malty flavor that avoids syrup or cloying taste.

Very creamy and full early on but when the combined dryness of the hops and alcohol rise at mid palate, the beer turns more crisp, clean, and refreshing despite the gravities and sugars involved.

It turns out that the lactose adds more body and simplistic malt character in place of extra caramel flavors and sweetness, making the beer creamier and cleaner- I didn't really see that comming. Still, the beer cleans up well going into the finish for that refreshing finish of citrus and tropical fruits. (1,532 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My family was planning a trip out that way so I asked them to get me bottles of everything they could while they were there. I managed to get the last bottle of this for the 2010 batch. I was very excited to try this brew.

It poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellowish gold color with a foamy looking head on top that leave to scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, sweet and hoppy. The taste is clean and refreshing with a sharp hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel is light, extremely easy to drink this brew. Overall a great IPA, I would love to have it again one day. (608 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine peel orange with lemon peel edges. The creamy crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru. Despite very few visible bubbles, the foam hangs on forever, festooning the glass with lovely looking lace when it eventually begins to slouch.

The nose is an American C-hop extravaganza, Three Floyds-style! It looks like the brewery is keeping the specifics of the hop bill under wraps (as usual), but Centennial almost has to be present. There's a boatload of bright grapefruit peel, an assist from sweet orange, and a smidgen of spruce. No malt is appreciated.

Apocalypse Cow is no Dreadnaught killer (a very short list, by the way), but it's a damn fine DIPA that will satisfy even the most discriminating hophead. Floyd, Floyd and Floyd claim a whopping 100 IBUs and I'm not about to contradict them after having my tongue mauled by the first few mouthfuls. This stuff is hopped to the hilt.

First of all, malt flavor stays the hell out of the way. The beer's color would suggest that something slightly toasted is present... which ends up being barely noted on the palate. The amount of malt is generous, which is noted in an underlying sugary sweetness and a fairly sizable body.

The focus is clearly on the hops... which are intensely floral, as well as being considerably citrusy. Thanks to a withering blast of bitterness, the tanginess of the lactose (milk sugar) doesn't add much. To be fair, it doesn't subtract much either. In the end, it's an odd design choice that smacks of gimmickry. So what, we got an awesome name and a very cool label out of it.

There's no trace of alcohol. On second thought, a hint of hotness is present on the tail end of the finish. No matter, it should be completely gone in another month. The mouthfeel is American big beer big. It still has a certain grace and a suppleness that most double-digit ABV ales lack. Outstanding job here as well. Thanks to wadsey for the bottle.

If you love hops and Three Floyds as much as I do, then do whatever it takes to secure a bottle of Apocalypse Cow. Milk sugar notwithstanding, Apocalypse Rottweiler would be a more appropriate name, because this beast has bite. Highly recommended. (2,172 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour, into a small flute at Brixies in Brookfield.

A small glass was the perfect size, honestly I don't think I could finish a bomber. Dreadnaught on the other hand...

The color was golden leaning slightly towards orange. It's clarity was high. The foam was amazing, both in texture and visually. It was super creamy and soft, a nice compliment to each sip. The sides of the glass were literally coated, it was a very dense and sticky foam.

Aroma was off the charts tropical, dried papaya, mango, citrus and dank green hop vegetation. This aspect was where Apocalypse Cow mooed heartily.

Feel was moderately slick and resinous, palate coating and dense. The vegetal hop element was dominant, and ebbed with a moderate leafy bitterness. The lactose sugar sweetness was also dominant, giving the impression of hop candy. There was some of the fruit present from the aroma, but there could have been more. Alcohol felt like 10%, a little hot, limiting the drinkability side of things.

For now I prefer Dreadnaught, but this was fun to try. The art by Dan Grzeca is pretty awesome too. (1,099 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of bubble gum with loads of citrus, mostly grapefruit. There was a sweet caramel aroma.

T - This had a great grapefruit and bubble gum flavor with a sweet caramel flavor. The lactose sugar came through in a creamy taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial IPA. I loved the twist of using lactose sugar. It added a unique creamy sweetness that reminded me of a milk stout. (598 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Jeff.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: A lot of sweet citrus aroma to this, mostly oranges and tangerine. A touch of pineapple, some grapefruit, too. Sweet malt and toffee aroma, maybe a bit of sugar and pine.

T: The flavor is definitely on the sweet side, too. Lots of sweet citrus and malt. There is a nice citrus component to it, but there is a bit too much sweet malt/sugar flavor. A moderate bitterness and pine, but it's still too sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While it has Some nice citrus notes, this was just way too sweet. (637 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Michael Shea's shaker pint glass.

We cracked this guy open as part of DocumentaryFest. It pours a hazy auburn orange topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, caramel, and a light hint of pearl onions. The taste follows this usual DIPA arrangement, though the onion is thankfully absent. (There is a possibility that I simply had Gubna on the brain while sniffing this, but the jury has been out for some time. They are presumed dead.) The hops are neither overt nor subtle, making for a pleasant drink. The body is a nice medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a stickily smooth feel. Overall, a very nice DIPA, one that thankfully does not o'erwhelm with the hops. A good drinker. (731 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear tangerine/amber (actually more like a rose color), with a stiff finger of eggshell white colored head. Really frothy look to the retention, which just coats the sides of the glassware with a TON of rich and creamy lacing. The aroma is very floral and piney, along with grains and sugary smelling lactic notes, which mix with some hugely robust tropical citrus character to impart quite the big, yet silky, sweet tang in the nose.

The taste is full-on hops, with a nice biting bitterness to the flavor, that is chock full of spice and sticky resins. This is well balanced though, by an equally big backbone of sugared milky sweetness and lush citrus. Malts aren't absent either, with a secondary (yet still prominent) presence, which lends the sweetness a grainy texture to it. The finish is sticky at first, before settling into a steady spicy bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big bubbly creaminess to the carbonation. A much sleeker feel rides underneath, which is where a lot of the heavier sweet qualities of this sits. Pretty well hidden 10% ABV on this as well, with the full flavors of this really doing a nice job of masking the alcohol, especially as this warmed.

I really enjoyed this a bit more than I initially though that I was going to. The lactose sugar element took a bit getting used to at first, but once this hit room temp, and the hops and alcohol came out to play, it actually ended up really being needed for balance and to help cover the warmth up. Really interesting "extreme beer" offering from FFF that, for the most part, I think they really pulled off nicely. (1,658 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one of the 3F beers I've been waiting to try for a while, and I finally got the chance thanks to Solomon420.

A: Pours a lighter 1/2 finger pasty white head in my oversized snifter over a hazy tangerine orange color.

N: I could smell the hops on the pour, just the way I like it. Lots of fresh citrus, some musty hop oil resin, earthy chewy hops, a little pine and nectarine, and even some spicy hops. The hops do have a slight aged aroma, but I can't find a date on it. Underneath that is quite a bit if a malty base, with some sweet malts, chewy malts, and that strong DIPA heavy pale malt base.

T: Starts somewhat sweet and candy bar like. The hops are there again with more citrus, a little pine, a little earthy and spicy hops, but mostly that slight nougat aged hop taste. The bitterness is not what I expected either, which is there but not super heavy. The malts are def there too with more thick sweet pale malts and chewy malts. A touch of warming booze and tingly feel with that.

M: Medium to heavier body with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes a little more bitter with more bitterness hammering down now. It gets accentuated thanks to some dryness coming forth, but there is still some residual sweetness. More tangerine and citrus hops with some spicy hop flavors as well lingering. A little piny residual hop flavors lingering too. A very slight hint of warming booze, but with the hops and sweetness it hides the booze very well.

It's an interesting DIPA, but def tastes like it has some age on it and I would love to try it fresh. From all the awesome beers I've had from 3F I can only imagine this one is a lot better fresh too, so I'll have to revisit it if I can get it fresh again. If only they shipped to MA... PLEASE 3F SHIP TO MA!!!! (1,778 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from stubbone, cheers Allen! I love the artwork for this one!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/orange with 1 finger of fluffed up cream colored head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, peppery hops & orchard fruit, a touch muted as this warms

T: Orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple & oaky dryness up front, along with leafy hops. Boozeyness & biscuitty malt mix with the citrus & herbal hops as this warms; along with much dryness. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, a bit of caramel

MF: Chewy, creamy & grainy all at the same time with a fairly good carbonation level, alright balance, just not completely in love with the hops mix in play here..

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, but doesn't over impress (like most FFF offerings have) me. An experiment that didn't quite pan out IMO. There still tons of hops there for people digging hop forward/heavy offerings (896 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,743 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times, but I always seem to miss out on fresh bottles. Not this time! Picked up at Three Floyds almost immediately after it was bottled. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that slowly recede to a thin cap, leaving behind creamy glass-coating lace. Body is a largely transparent dark golden color, with only faint haziness to it.

S - Massive tropical fruit hop aromas mingle with lactose sugar. A light dash of pine, faint brown sugar, and hint of alcohol round things out. Doesn't pop quite like Dreadnaught does, but otherwise it's quite pleasant.

T - The flavor doesn't entirely work for me - the lactose and citrus hops clash in a sort of milk and orange juice kind of way, instead of forming a Voltron-esque creamsicle. Not to say this is totally unsuccessful, as each flavor component is quite nice on its own. Bitterness is moderate and there isn't any alcohol to taste.

M - Body is medium-full, smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation zest. Finish is stickier than most DIPAs - I'm guessing it's due to the adding sugar?

D - Not a bad beer, but I largely prefer Dreadnaught and would even take Arctic Panzer Wolf over this one. A bomber would be to much for me, so I recommend you have someone else on hand to share with. Still, the alcohol is reasonably well-hidden and the bitterness is largely kept in check. (1,391 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber golden color with little bit of white head.

s - Smells of citrus and floral hops, as well as fruity malts.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrus in the smell, would try again. (314 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Three Floyds shared by the other Matt. Very cool, thanks Matt.

First thing is first, this beer has just about the best label art of any beer I've ever seen. Beer served in a tulip glass. Beer is amber to yellow and hazy. Small bubbles forms a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass but the overall carbonation levels of the beer are moderate to low.

The aroma of the this beer leads off with the hops and finishes with the malt backbone. That's the correct aroma. Its mostly piny and earthy hops with a hint of sulfur. There is some sweetness, almost sugary but I suspect I'm just smelling the malt.

Beer is big bodied but not heavy interestingly. Its a good DIPA. Moderate malty back bone to prop up the body. Strong earthiness and creamy mouthfeel. Some sulfur in the body which is a danger with certain hops but its not too distracting. Bitterness is growing and nice. Its not distracting. Beer is a little spicy with the hops as well. The carbonation in the palate doesn't really thin it out more but it brings the hop flavors forward. Its a good IPA. I'd drink it again. (1,106 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine resin, orange, bread, caramel, spices, light tropical fruit, and some malty sweetness. Some very nice and balanced aromas, and a bit different than most DIPAs I have had in the past. Taste of big lemon, orange, pine, bread, caramel, spices, and some tropical fruit. Big fruity sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit. Some great balance, but the sweetness is definitely more prominent thanks to the lactose. Lingering notes of pine, citrus, and spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice and creamy mouthfeel. For a beer of ~10%, the alcohol is hardly noticible other than a slight warming on the finish. Dangerously smooth and drinkable stuff. Overall this is an outstanding and interesting take on the style with the milk sugar. I would say they do a nice job with experimentation. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rick for hooking me up (again). Bottle purchased from the brewery and consumed fresh.

Apocalypse Cow is a slightly hazy beer with a light yellow-orange hue. There is an averaged sized white head that fades somewhat quickly, leaving spotty traces of lacing throughout the glass.

The scent is very similar to Dreadnaught, with hops at the forefront. I'm not sure if I could identify lactose in the aroma if this was a blind tasting. However, I can perceive it in the nose, knowing that it's there.

This is really a delicious beer and very well done. Again, I see many similarities to Dreadnaught. Apocalypse Cow has a slightly different feel and is noticeably different in the aftertaste, given the lactic aspect of this beer.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with the high alcohol percentage hidden very well. There is a slightly warming sensation in the finish, but the beer does not come across as too hot.

I plan on drinking this bomber by myself and don't foresee any issues with that. This is another terrific beer by FFF. They truly made a beer that is "not normal" with Apocalypse Cow. With many avant garde beers, the idea is fun and exciting, but the overall taste and drinkability of the beer can suffer. This is a unique beer that tastes great and is a lot of fun to drink. Cheers! (1,304 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (2,665 characters)

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.