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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 585
Gots: 207 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
9.5-11.0% ABV, 100 IBUs - This complex double India pale ale has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body which has been augmented with lactose milk sugar. With this different take on an IPA we have brewed an ale that is both pleasing to drink and, once again, “not normal.” Cheers! June release.

(Beer added by: mdm46410 on 11-23-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Sammy, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.6%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

acurtis, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Texasfan549, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

kjkinsey, May 06, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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

brentk56, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2010
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.9%

SocalKicks, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

largadeer, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

emerge077, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

zeff80, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 25, 2011
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Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.