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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 586
Gots: 209 | 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 barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orangish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Maily pine cones and flowers with some sugary sweetness and light booze

T: A sweet malt note with pine resin and floral bouquet with a nice, somewhat oily and resiny finsh, nice hop bite

M: Stick sweet, medium body

O: A good, tasty IIPA

barleywinefiend, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Huhzubendah, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Autumnaldave for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The DIPA is a golden orange ale, hazy but still translucent. A 3 finger head slowed my pouring but didn't, as it dissapated, leave any lace behind.

S: The nose is fresh, dripping with piney, floral hops. The aroma is big, loaded with hops but the lactose smooths out the harsh edges. A ripe orange rind peaks out at the end of each sniff.

T: Citrus peel really jumps out of the ale, driving a delicious floral presence that, admittedly, gets a little heavy at times. Hot booze is evident behind each blast of hops. The caramel malts are restrained, though they are aided by a smooth creaminess from the lactose. Pineapple and mango leave a vibrant hop presence after the sip is gone. Despite the heat, the hops really sing.

M: The hop profile is inspired, loaded with citrus, pine and floral elements that are harmonious together. The lactose adds a smoothness that cuts into the hops and provides a much-needed lift to the malts.

D: The ale is a bit heavy but the hop profile is worth the hangover. I'll be slowly sipping on this ale for the next few hours.

akorsak, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a creamy beige head of foam supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- This big green musty earthy aroma of citrus hops has a sweet juicy aroma followed by a slight rubber band note.

T- There is a soft malty sweetness that is overtaken by a big green earthy hop finish followed by a slight hop bitterness that stains the tongue after each sip. The hops have a grapefruit pith flavor with some watermelon characteristics that grow as the beer warms. As the beer warms the aftertaste grows in pungency and an alcohol flavor comes though.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

D- Nice IPA with some good depth but wouldn't really think of this as a DIPA. The hops are nice but not huge and the alcohol is pretty hidden. I didn't really notice any qualities of the lactose sugar but it could have been supporting the hops.

rhoadsrage, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Mebuzzard, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev 0%

BillRoth, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very nice touch of citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice malt note, citrus and some pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew.

Wasatch, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev 0%

tdm168, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one, been wanting to try this one for a while now. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a murky orange/amber color with a thin white head covering the top. The head clung to the sides of the glass where it left very good lacing.

Aroma is floral with a good amount of lemon zest, grapefruit and pine to it. It also has a sweet, malty background with a little caramel and sugar coming through.

The taste is on the sweeter side with some caramel malt coming through along with a sugary sweet finish. It's also moderately hoppy with some citrus and pine flavors, but it isn't very bitter as all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, I usually enjoy sweet IPA's and this one was no exception. I could see the sweetness to it being a turn off for some people on drinkability though.

billab914, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

sendbeer, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2009.

Imperial pint glass. Appears honey orange with a whispy beige head.

The aroma is sweet and bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and a significant bready/caramel malt backbone. It's pretty well balanced, almost tilting in favor of the malt. Not too bitter and not too sweet. That's a clever little saying I have here in my notes. It sounds pretty stupid now that I've typed it, but I'm going to let it ride.

The flavor is bitter up front with notes of sugary grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The malt is pretty damn sweet. This beer has quite the imposing malt profile. The finish displays the highest level of bitterness yet, but the malt ultimately has its way with the hops.

HopHead84, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Zaphog, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

PEIhop, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, big thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way in the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear light golden amber, some light orange highlights, very thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, sheets of lace stick all over, pretty great retention, looks real nice.

Smell is really cool, lots of caramel and milky sweetness, biscuit, corn syrup, pine, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, some floral and a bit of fruit, more pine, a bit of spicy hops, slightly herbal, really neat character.

Taste is interesting, a lot of citrus, big tangerine and orange peel, a bit of pineapple, caramel, quite sweet through the middle, lactose, milky, tons of grapefruit, nice sweet malty base, quite bitter in the finish, the lactose lends a pretty need character with the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, a real nice sugary sweetness. Still has a nice balance though, alcohol is superbly hidden. Thanks Michael!

Viggo, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange body. Slightly hazed. Thick and dense white head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is awesome. Lemon and grapefruit. Pine resin and cannabis. A little mint. The first thing I notice is that this is way too easy to drink for a 10% beer. Mouthfeel is so creamy and velvety. Just a titch of sweetness lingers after sipping, but there is also a clean bitterness in the mix too. Hop flavors are very enjoyable, as usual with 3F. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. I particularly enjoy the mix of orange and lemon flavor notes. Alcohol is barely detectable. This is quite, quite good.

Bighuge, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a little bit of a dullish dark orange, with a little bit of thin, almost beige head surprisingly. Aroma was very fruity, slightly tropical, orange, pineapple etc. . .

Taste, I immediately thought of this as the 3F version of Oracle from Bells. You know, DIPA, huge tropical pineapple feel with the mellow bitterness and yummy hop mouthfeel. Lacks any wood or thick heft characteristic to the malt, but is substantial enough to relatively balance out this massive beer. Another hop sticky beer without weighing you down, ample sweetness to it without at all qualifying as a "sweet" or "fruity" beer.

Hides the alcohol well. Whatever the lactose addition does, I dunno, I would suspect it is what makes this bitterness subdued, but appreciable as well as the melding with sweetness in a tropical way. A little pricey though, like pretty much the entire FFF bomber lineup.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Rhettroactive, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a cloudy orange, darker than I was expecting with a thick cream colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Surprized how muted the citrus and malt scents were, but they were balanced.

T - Sweet malts followed by some citrus tones that rol across your tongue.

D - Medium to high carbonation, no bitterness.

O - Creamy and smooth, wish the flavors were a bit more bold.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -5.9%

chippo33, Jun 14, 2013
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.