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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,702
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 574
Gots: 199 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

calcnerd, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kevgod, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very, very similar to a dreadnaught with the main difference being the addition of lactose. looks like a dreadnaught, smells almost like a dreadnaught, tastes almost like a dreadnaught. the lactose (i hate milk so was dubious about trying this) just gives it more residual sweetness and a fuller body as compared to a dreadnaught. glad i tried it. some haze via bomber.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nolen12, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Norseman, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting name. Big bottle of big beer. Here we go.

It poured a dark gold orange with a head that wasn't much and went away within the first sip or two.

Nose is citrus and hops with a hint of spice.

Taste is different than their other offerings. Some grapefruit and some malt. This is pretty smooth and balanced but is also pretty sweet and heavy tasting. That is the main issue with the beer, not a big issue. Drinkability is good considering the ABV. The hops and citrus are not as over the top as some other ones I have had.

daledeee, Aug 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Rand_ale_Thor, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

PHBoiler, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

magictacosinus, Jul 10, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Three Floyds pint glass on 8/4/12.

Pour: Completely hazy orange with two fingers of white fluffy head. This beer emits a beautiful glow. On par with the best Hill Farmstead beers in appearance. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Grapefruits explode from the glass. Like to the max. A light honey sweetness tries to balance but ultimately does not. This beer is very hop forward on the nose and I'm more than ok with that.

Taste: Amazing grapefruits and some nice pine, that does not bite in the common resinous fashion. Malt provides a nice sweetness. The beer got better warmer, and I think the lactose sweetness incorporates better after sitting in the glass for 15 or so minutes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, but the juiciness and creamy consistency beg you to drink more. Woah... this is 11%???

Overall: Even at a month old, this beer blew me away, and I've been a regular to Three Floyds hoppier offerings (Dreadnaught, Panzer Wolf, Zombie Dust). I was incredibly impressed, and this beer is in my top 5.

cfrances33, Aug 05, 2012
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2.35/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

denver10, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

doughanson78, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BuckTuckian, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

oso, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

coz, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

elkinbrown, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nunya, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

leinie13, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip
2012 June release

A- Pours hazy straw yellow/orange. Poured with a one finger white head with dense bubbles. Dissipated within a minute. Leaves some serious alcohol legs behind.

S- Extremely citrusy hops and floral hops. There is a ton of pineapple, lemon, lime, mango, There is a tiny bit of pine and a lot of flowery herbal notes. The nose is very sweet and sugary and obviously hop dominant.

T- A wave of sweetness hits up front. Followed by a ton of bitterness and a glorious hop profile. There is a ton of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and a lot of really floral notes. The hop profile is sweetened by the lactose sugary body of this beer. The malts are light in this brew, very sweet and somewhat earthy. The 11% is well hidden here.

M- This beer is very very bitter and if you like bitter then you will find this to be a smooth and silky sipper. The alcohol taste is well hidden but its certainly warming. This beer is very flavorful and has a lot of feel to it. A lasting bitter aftertaste.

O- A pretty awesome IPA, not my favorite IPA from 3F but its pretty awesome. Its big, bitter and full of flavor. Its a sipper though. Also, best label art of all time.

TwelveOunces, Jul 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

brycevolk, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BlissJunkie, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed, peach amber with a fine cream colored cap that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is excellent, plenty of fresh hoppiness here. Pine and dank orange citrusy centennial smelling hop notes. Pine sap and candied orange peel with an underlying malty sweetness to smooth out the flavors. I'm not sure if the milk sugar really adds "velevety malt body" as the label suggests but it is damn creamy, hop oily, full bodied goodness for sure. Three Floyds makes a great DIPA for sure. I still prefer fresh Dreadnaught slightly over the Cow but this is a really nice brew.

biggred1, Jul 11, 2010
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.