Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 616
Gots: 282 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 1,911 | Reviews: 476
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Finally getting around to trying this one from Three Floyds. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a typical cloudy golden orange IPA body with a finger of thick frothy off-white head. Leaves excellent sticky strands of lacing behind. 4

S - A typical DIPA aroma: citrusy, herbal, and orangey, with some sugary sweetness. The lactose definitely fuses with the malt well, and both are discernable. Mild notes of vanilla. 4

T - Taste is the same: citrusy, orangey, hoppy, bitter. Sweetened sugary finish from the lactose.

M - A smooth, creamy, easy-drinking beer. Medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Lightly earthy, piney, & bitter finish mixed with some milk sugars.

Overall, an alright lactose DIPA offering from Three Floyds. Smooth, creamy & easy-drinking for the supposed 11.00% abv, with a nice hop presence. Recommended.

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow -----4/5.

Photo of SchmidtHaus
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional aroma and taste. Very hazy. The malt provides an excellent mouthfeel.

Photo of RaysHops
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Real deal brew right here. A happy and delightful mash of sweetness. Enjoyed every drop.

Photo of timc100
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big astringent, juicy hop flavors. Aroma of lighter bright juice fruits of peach, dank mango, slight pineapple, and a little pink grapefruit. Tons of pine and sticky resin. Substantial bready, biscuit malt. At the very end some sweet juicy strawberry.

Big, creamy and smooth on the palate. Bitterness kicks on the finish. There is more of a sharp grapefruit, more astringency and the pine sap kick. A very creamy, full IPA.

Well balanced, very well brewed. Great IPA from floyds. In the conversation with permanent funeral and dreadnaught.

Photo of dleigh
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, and was pleased to find a couple fresh bottles on the shelf. Not very bitter, almost creamy, maybe a result of the lactose milk sugar. Very drinkable in spite of the ABV. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

Photo of do_ob
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Appearance is clear, dark gold with a 2 finger head of sticky white foam. Strong pine and citrus on the nose with a touch of tropical fruit. Medium-light weight, and has a very crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Sweet tropical fruit up front with a strong citrus/pine presence middleways. The hops really come alive on the back end, and you're left with a resiny bitterness.

Overall, very good. Not my favorite 3F IIPA, but still an incredibly solid beer. It's very well balanced and drinks surpringly smooth for 11%.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the pint room. Outstanding. Very light color belied a strong flavor. Excellent lacing down the side of the glass. Big fruity citrus flavor. Very crisp. Easy mouthfeel. Exactly what youre looking for in an imperial.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Nearly opaque hazy yellow-orange with tall off-white head that settles to one finger of foam. Bubbles rise throughout the drink. Aromas of pineapple, citrus rind, floral hops, and cotton candy. Flavors follow with orange and sugar forward then finishing with a dry, full-bodied, boozy, hop bitterness.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my very Favorites

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the sweet piney grapefruit. Very smooth.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a deep white head. The initial taste here comes off as slightly off milk. As you get into it this heavily hopped DIPA opens up with further complexities. Lactose element gives this a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Almost like a cask ale. A good beer - one worth seeking out once a year

Photo of JGam115
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glowing gold, sustained white head. Candied yam, delicious cotton candy, sticky hop. Boozy but so smooth, choppy, and grapefruity. Amazing

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Clean amber body with ~2" white head when poured aggressively.

S - Citrus, hops, and sweet caramel malt. Nothing overpowers the nose.

T/M - Lots of hops, slightly more pine/grassy notes than citrus. Interestingly sweet and creamy finish/texture.

O - A very drinkable DIPA with a high ABV (well hidden) and a unique texture & flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time, but it's quite tasty and a little unique. I'm excited that I still have so many 3F's brews to try. Prost!

Photo of hwy395
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I was afraid, then, I was pleasantly surprised...delicious !

Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy orange body with a thick lasting white head. Wonderful fruity citrus aroma. Taste is lots of citrus, some earthy pine notes. Very velvety mouth feel. Awesome beer.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap in a straight pint glass.

A- Thin white head that didn't stick around. Murky light orange, can just see the shadow of my finger through the glass.

S- Pineapple forward, light tropical, citrus, slight spicy hop note maybe. Bit of hop nostril burn.

T- More grapefruit and citrus with a bit of floral with some medium bitterness. Only slight alcohol presence but nothing that makes me think it's 11%. Thought it might be sweet but it is a nice sweetness that still let's the hops come forward.

M- Full, silky but syrupy.

O- I nice and interesting IPA with the addition of the milk sugar. Man 3Floyds knows how to make a hop forward beer. Really can't believe this is such a high ABV beer.

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev -5.9%

a little different from the other dipa's from floydds. more balanced with some citrus. very good

Photo of tlery
3/5  rDev -29.4%

A - Cloudy, deep orange hue with a retaining head that leaves lots of lace around the glass;
S - Citrus forward with a sweet, malty backbone;
T - Balanced hops with a malty finish, clean and no real alcohol heat, very drinkable for the style;
M - Crisp upfront, fades to that mouth coating reminiscent of milk stouts (it's the milk sugar, duh);
O - Subtly different expression of the same idea that's come to epitomize FFF Brewing: pale, hoppy, drinkable, and reliable, yet ultimately boring. I can't give too much credit to a brewery that fails to (ever) surprise me.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of piney hops, bright citrus, and sweet malts.

T - Flavors follow the aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit upfront. The citrus is followed by a big amount of malty sweetness. The piney hops come through in the finish producing a nice bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice silky mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - Another winner from Three Floyd's. Very drinkable despite the ABV. Would definetly drink again.

Photo of screamking
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Aroma notes: orange, pineapple, lemon, brown sugar.

Tasting notes:grapefruit, lemon peel, brown sugar, apricot, pine.

Very sugary from the start, added with the hops up front and this one will blast you early and often. Not a complete bitter bomb but one worth a look if your able to find it.

Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Regurgitated from notes I took while drinking this beer. Here goes:

A: A cloudy orange (can still see through to the other side, however) with a massive, fluffy, white head. As the head dissipates it leaves plenty of lacing. I'm beginning to think that FFF has the appearances of their beers down to a T. Splendid.

S: Very intricate if not somewhat funky. Pacific NW hops impart smells of citrus, grapefruit and pine (mostly the latter two). However, there is a large presence of crystal malt and lactose sugar. The latter imparts a very milky smell. I'm not sure I like it, but I have to give FFF points for piquing my interest.

T: Funky, but good. Mixture of hops and milk/malt sugars. Initially taste the crystal malt followed by an aftertaste of milk and hops - yes, the milk and hop tastes are interspersed, which is what I think the brewers were going for. The taste rather follows the nose. Very complex.

M: Excellent. Thick and creams - lies heavily on the tongue and fully coats the palate.

O: Very good. An interesting and complex beer.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden orange copper brew, with a tight white head that only reduces slightly and laces as much as any beer I've seen.

S - Hops are front, with a grapefruit element coupling with a grass and floral line. Sweet malty characteristics come through, as well, an element suggestive of the lactose sugars involved.

T - As hopped as this is, and we have a huge hop presence, the interesting thing is how restrained this is. A bold fruitiness is quickly eclipsed by floral and grass, linking up with a sweetness that drops out quickly to close with a sharper bitterness.

M - For as hopped as this is, the bitterness is reasonable, though drying is still present. As much ABV as is listed, this comes across smooth and subtle. Overall, surprisingly balanced.

O - This is one of those beers that doesn't seem like it should work on paper. A big hop IBU and milk sugars meld together so well, and the floral and subtle fruits offer a delicious counterpoint to the bitter close. I'm sure to get more next year.

Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/2/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing and great retention. The aromas have their signature hop profile, but in a very subtle way. Lots of malts with a good amount of citrus. Slightly floral as well. Some caramel. Some bread notes as well. The best way to describe the flavors is "bittersweet". Lots of caramel. The lactose obviously gives this beer a sweetness to it, but there's no shortage of hops going on. Lots of lemon and lime. Some hints of orange peel and grapefruit. There's even a very subtle spiciness to this one. There are some alcohol notes that are present. I'm not saying it's boozy, but there's a little heat. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. It has active carbonation, but still remains fluffy. This makes a nice sipper and a nice brew to relax with. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up.

The craftsmanship is very impressive, but it doesn't get me overly excited. It's not really worth the price of admission, in my humble opinion. I definitely enjoyed my time with Apocalypse Cow, but it's not something I'll be dreaming about.

Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.