Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 1,961
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 617
Gots: 293 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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 beertooth
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the beer engine at the Maproom.
$5 for a 14.75oz goblet.

This beer is a hazy, ruby orange with a thick and creamy two fingers of off white head.

I'm not getting a lot out of the nose. There's some candied orange, tropical hop sweetness.

The first sip kills half of the head and leave some cow spot like lacing(ha!). The sweetness of the lactose sugar really combats the bitter hops. I'm getting some acidic pineapple juice and maybe a little dreamsicle, quite interesting. It starts off really creamy and sweet and finishes a little boozy, bitter and dry, but not drying.. I can feel all of the alpha acids on my teeth and tounge.

I've had this glass for about 5 minutes and it's already half gone. This beer on cask is leaps and bounds better than on tap or bottled. I'm going to have to grab another glass before I leave. Seems to me like a beer of udder destruction would be harder to put down, go figure. (915 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly hazy amber with some golden edges with a finger of white head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is filled with hops, but I get some fresh cut grass or bubblegum that I'm finding kind of off putting. Also a good dose of caramel in the background that is saving the day and evening things out.

The taste is focused on sweet caramel and that same hop profile pops up again, kind of killing the party for me.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down fairly easy for a big DIPA, but some of the flavors are off-putting to me and I won't be seeking this one out again. (625 characters)

Photo of mikul93
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pours a nice clear amber with a 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

S Grapefruit, Pineapple, sweet malt and figs.

T The malt hits the tongue coming out the gate followed by grapefruit and hops. A little boozy.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

O Excellent beer. Well balanced with the malt, the grapefruit and the hops. Alcohol is a bit strong, but no worries. I still enjoyed this beer. (415 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
1.95/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bomber courtesy of iadler. Thanks for hitting this want Isaac!

Poured to my Portsmouth tulip.

As always with my DIPAs, I poured rather aggressively and was pretty disappointed by the reaction. Only a tiny 1/4" inch loose head of bubbles was produced and it faded really quickly. Very thin lacing was left after the first sip but that was all for the whole beer. The body was an extremely translucent orange with very few visible carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is mostly of booze and sweet caramel malt. There is some peach? melon? not much citrus characteristics at all.

Taste does actually have some unexpected hops present. Still not as much as I'd like in my DIPA's, but I'll take any I can get. Still almost no citrus present, but there comes the booze again. Heavy alcohol notes and the sweet malt backbone are by far the most noticeable characteristics in the taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied. Quite creamy with little bite of carbonation and alcohol heat.

Definitely not impressed much by this. It's possible this wasn't a fresh bottle. I will be sure to try and get one as fresh as possible whenever it's brewed again and hopefully be able to change my review in a positive way.

Regardless of whether I liked it or not, I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks Isaac! (1,298 characters)

Photo of dleigh
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical, but the lactose sweetness really works with the hoppiness to produce a beautifully sweet, creamy, hoppy IPA. Dangerously drinkable for an 11%er. (161 characters)

Photo of snowmaggedon
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of decadance
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip.

This might be a little old, hops seem to have faded a bit. The smell is excellent, with floral and grapefruit hops, but the taste lets it down. The taste is so-so, muddled hops with sweet malt tones. Too sweet for a DIPA really. Mouthfeel gets kinda heavy, almost syrupy. (300 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass. Pours hazy amber with a two finger head. Mouthfeel is at first remarkably round and smooth for an IPA. Only later does the carbonated tang kick in. The lactose takes the lead; the sweet note has a bit of lavender and tangerine that seemlessly blend into intense floral and citrus hops. As in life sometimes, after the sweetness fades, the bitterness lingers ... after half a glass, the hops dominate the more subtle flavors. I'd suggest taking the occasional break to pick up the full range. Despite the bells and whistles, this is at its heart a killer DIPA. I view this as Dreadnaught's smoother and more sophisticated cousin: a fun beer that will challenge your palate. (697 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to CWBlues for this trade.

A - A cloudy, orange/gold color with an excellent froth and great lacing.

S - Pine, floral hops with some sugar malts as well. Very small citrus scents.

T - Really feel those malt sugars with a hint of pine. A little creamy as well which is different and sets it apart from other IPAs in my opinion. interestingly tasty!

M - Nice and sticky with good carbonation.

O - A great DIPA. highly recommend this one. Cheers! (463 characters)

Photo of backfat
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i tweeted about this beer. sad i know, but when you do that, you know you've got something special on your hands, or in your glass. brilliant. an IPA of udder destruction! moo-ve over IPA's! this beer is no cow-ward! you've probably stopped reading at this point, and for that i apologize. (you thought i was going to mess with apologize/apocalypse. well i tried but it seems i am not clever enough.) Seriously, this is a beast. this ipa has BODY. good lord that is refreshing. abundant citrus hops...yes please. i hope this phenomenal creature comes back because it's one of the best beers i have ever had. 3 Floyds, i salute yee. I like drinking it a little on the warmer side. It's seriously like hoppy milk in the best way possible. mango, citrus, and the pineapple that is signature with dreadnaught, with a viscous and inviting body. I've had this beer many times. sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's perfect. serve warmer, cheers! (941 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange body, yellow hue. Almost crystal clear. Lively, slightly off-white head. Retention adequate.

S: Creamy/whip cream strong up front, undertones of lime citrus hops very fresh yet subtle, clean malts, no booze.

T/M: Insane creamy mouthfeel up front, feels like marshmallow cream. Turns to a hop bomb with intense tropical fruit citrus flavors with a lingering bitterness as if just bitting into a grapefruit.

O: Blanketed malt bill, creamy smooth texture of a nitro Victory Donnybrook. No alcohol burn but warms up the body. Highly impressed. (561 characters)

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very fruity and juicy. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, the lactose really adds a lot to this. A great twist on a IIPA. Could easily drink this all day, one of the smoother drinking IIPAs (180 characters)

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Lazy, Hazy Orange. One-finger creamy.

Smell: Tons of tropical fruit, well-balanced with the pine. A certain sweetness to it.

Taste: Orange Peel, Peach, Caramel, Sweet. Very Smooth for 11%. Slightly bitter on the finish. So well balanced!

Mouthfeel: Silk-like texture, medium body. Damn smooth.

Overall: Wow. The folks at FFF know how to pull off miracles. The lactose sugars make this slightly creamy. One of a kind DIPA. Get this one if you can! (501 characters)

Photo of Momar42
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber bought at the brewery into a Duvel tulip.

A - HUGE, dense, white foamy head with large fluffy bubbles. Beer is hazy deep yellow in appearance. Great sticky lace clings to the side of the glass all the way down.

S - For a FFF brew, this nose is mild. I think the lactose mutes the powerful hops aroma a bit too much. They are still there for sure, but subdued. I give FFF credit for doing something different and out of the box tho.

T - And THERE are the hops. Even with the lactose, the hops announce themselves throughout the drink. Front, middle and end are steeped in hoppy twinge. The lactose does make this a creamier and smoother beer.

M - Creamy, frothy, creamy. For me, its just too much. I like the balancing attempt, but it goes to far for me. Not bad at all, just not my thing.

O - The sum of its parts make this a very interesting beer. While the hop presence is as strong as you would expect, the lactose sugar creates an interesting blend. For those that like a strong hop sensation but not the burn, this is for you. The alcohol is fairly noticeable though. For me, a tad less booze and lactose and this would be a true winner. (1,164 characters)

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

C. Liquid GOLLDDD
H. Slightly Hazy
N. Floral Hops, Light Citrus, Grapefruit, Hints of Sugary Sweetness

Big thanks to EvilTwin for landing a bottle of this and sharing it with me. This beer was one that I have wanted to try for a very long time.
It is an Imperial IPA brewed with lactose to add some additional sweetness. The nose of this beer brought me back to the beginnings of my quest for the best IPA. I remember pulling all kinds of crazy citrus odors from the beers, and loving every second of it. While this beer wasn’t quite as hoppy as I would have liked, I have to say the flavor of it was extremely well balanced. If I was to have reviewed this beer early on I have a feeling it would be a near perfect score. The beer’s taste has a strong hop presence, followed by nice malt notes, and then like a slap upside the head an unexpected sweetness (HELLLOOO LACTOSE!). I will try to get this again! (911 characters)

Photo of manahansf
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright and glowing hazy orange topped with a thin and creamy white head with an orange tint. The head is thick and dissipates very slowly as it leaves a phenomenal lacy decoration on the glass, sip after sip, which resembles a stained glass window of a church. An aroma of sweet citrus and floral hops flow strong and boldly from this spectacular beer. The drink is smooth and velvety. A nice and gracious malt backbone provides a wonderfully thick canvas for the smooth and sweet citrus hop bitterness. Its sweet with a thick IPA body and moderate, semi-visible carbonation. The smooth drink finishes with just a gentle hint of warming alcohol, and the citrus hoppyness fades gently from the palate as it leaves a clean crisp ending with only the longing for another sip remaining. Fragrant, beautiful, and romantically delicious, this brew is thus far my all time favorite.
Overall Score: 4.98*/5 -Sean
*There is no such thing as "the perfect beer". It scored fives across the board besides drinkablility (4.9) because it is so strong I physically cannot drink a lot. (1,091 characters)

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

Poured a dark amber. Two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

Smells so yummy. Juicy citrus hops all around here. Some nice sweetness as well. Small bit of pine and florals coming through too.

Man this is a juicy DIPA. Leaves the mouth watering from the moment it enters and keeps it going when its gone. Nice grapefruit and some pepper, caramel at the back end.

Nice drinkability for a 10%. I had to idea it was so high.

Fantastic effort by Three Floyds. I agree with the others though, this isn't hugely different from Dreadnaught, maybe a twinge sweeter. (583 characters)

Photo of nova009
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a dark cloudy orange, nice one finger white head appears and slowly dissipates, very nice lacing

S- great smell, bitter citrus particularly grapefruit, hops, some sweet caramel like notes are also present

T- fantastic balance of flavors, piney hops mixed with citrus, a nice smooth sweet caramel flavor is intertwined, nothing is overly powerful

M- medium body, smooth and super creamy, perfect balance of carbonation

D- this was a great sipper, for the ABV it was pretty easy to drink, this was a fantastic DIPA, it got better with every sip (590 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow (watch for the sediment). Has a floral smell. Taste is a bit odd. Almost like hops and malt are fighting it out. Mouthfeel is a bit waxy. Not a bad beer. Just odd. (176 characters)

Photo of cvaypai
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Apperance - This beer is beautiful, its like a murky golden orange with a great looking 1 finger head that stays.

Smell - Extremely floral and citrusy, I can pick up honey, flowers, earthy smells, citrus as in orange and grapefruit. A nice sweet malt smell can be caught on the end, this is a nice smelling beer.

Taste - Really digging the sweet candy like beginning, that turns very earthy and grassy. On the end is an awesome bitter citrus finish, picking up grapefruit and honey. This is a kickass brew.

Mouthfeel - This beer feels good on the tongue, almost silky, with a nice bitter finish, could use a bit more carbonation though.

Drinkability - Great for a beer of its size, really drinkable and different, I could enjoy 2 bombers of this probably. I don't know since I only have one, but I would try.

My first beer from 3Floyds. (879 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if it's fair to judge a beer with a bit of age on it, but even a 2009 release of this Three Floyds brew is hitting the spot with some mexican food as an after work snack.

Appearance--Poured into a Duvel tulip and the foamy head is not fading away .. very impressive looking beer.

Smell--Reminds me a bit of Dreadnaught. I detect mango and other fruitiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Again, reminds me of Dreadnaught, though the age on this one prevents me from saying it's on par with Dreadnaught because when Dreadnaught is fresh, there's no beer like it.

Drinkability--Very high. I will need to review this one again soon with a 2010 bottle. Still a very tasty treat from my mini fridge of beer goodness. (714 characters)

Photo of kaips1
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh bomber poured into my sam a perfect pint, it's pours a nice clean dark gold. With at least a finger of thick head that is leaving heavy lacing all over the glass. It has this fresh citrus smell that makes you think of a freshly cracked orange. The taste follows the nose at first but it ends with a sweet taste that you don't expect it's not overpowering but it's present. This is a heavy dipa, it has one of the heaviest bodie for a dipa I've had, it's nice cause it's not that high in abv only 9.5 but it's just so thick of a feeling you gotta pace yourself on the whole bomber it's like eating lunch. Overall im glad I got 2 cause I'm gonna enjoy the next one in about two weeks. As expect 3 Floyds comes through with another stellar Dipa. (750 characters)

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from my local beer store having never heard of the brew before. Great presentation with a Picasso-esque picture on the front of the bottle. Poured into a 3F half litre glass and shared with a friend.

Appearance is quite nice with tones of opaque amber with very citrusy hues as well. Hues are reminiscent of peaches and the one inch head is an off-white/eggshell color. Viscosity is decent but not as clingy as I would like a DIPA to be.

Nose is a great citrus-based DIPA. Grapefruit and nectarines penetrate the nostrils. A little malt comes through but the thought of sugar-covered grapefruit for breakfast comes to mind when thinking of the aroma with just a hint of candy: perhaps the smell of grape nerds candy.

Taste hits heavy with sweets, warming alcohol, grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine and a sweet milk like taste. It's such a strong and different taste that I almost want to dislike it but I can't... Candy sugar taste but not so over-powering that the malts don't come through. The brew is a bit off-balanced for the style with it leaning towards the hops: Heavy, but super-sweet flavors, bring out the actual flavors and the aroma of the hops so much that I just don't want to mark down for it.

Mouthfeel is great and almost feels reminiscent of drinking apricot juice. Medium body and clean without deep or unpleasant hop bitterness.

I would definitely be up for trying this beer again. Sessionability is low due to high ABV and it's unique flavor. A good brew, all in all, but so different you'll be left wondering what exactly you were drinking... in a good way. (1,599 characters)

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

Look - Mainly orange with yellow tint. Thick, small bubbled, slightly off white head. Good lacing. The body is hazy.

Smell - There is that strong dankness. Vanilla. Caramel. Pine. Pineapple.

Taste - The only difference in the taste is the bitterness and alcohol. A little orange and extra citrus thrown in there too.

Feel - Creamy. Milky. Small burst of carbonation but not too much.

Overall - 4.5s across the board. I need this side by side with Cimmerian to see which is my favorite Floyds DIPA (so far). I really like this beer's balance. (549 characters)

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