Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Not Rated.
Apocalypse CowApocalypse Cow

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,788 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 593
Gots: 208 | FT: 8
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,788 | Reviews: 452 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of StoutIrish
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of neobob187
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of suspect
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Crystal clear golden color with touches of orange hues. Aggressive pour leads to a thin one finger head that disappears quickly. Lacing is consistent yet relatively spotty.

S: Big time hops up front with the citrus variety first followed closely by the piney variety. Malt character is subtle yet balance the hops perfectly.

T: Follows the nose di-rectly. Wonderfully balanced yet hop forward beer.

M: Creamy finish - hop oils coat the mouth leaving me forever wanting more.

O: A delicious and solid DIPA. Would seek out again.

Photo of jwalk721
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apocalypse Cow pours a lighter gold color. It is a tad hazy. Backlighting gives it a bit of an orange tint. A modest, soft white head covers the top. It rises to just above a surface covering and falls back rather quickly. Lacing is a little sticky, but is light and spotty overall. Not bad. Not great, but not bad.

The nose is good. It definitely smells sweet and sugary, but it doesn’t smell much like caramel. I like that a lot! There might be a bit of toasted malt, but it’s tough to tell. Hops jump into the mix quickly and are definitely the focal point of this one. They’re very fruity. Grapefruit, orange, and mango scents are noted. There’s a slight floral note there, but it is secondary. Alcohol is definitely noted. I’m not sure what the exact abv is on this, but it smells sizeable.

The flavor is damn impressive! The malt base is definitely sugary and very sweet, but I’m not getting caramel. Excellent! Hops are very flavorful and satisfying. Citrus flavors of grapefruit, mango, and orange rule the day. The malt base really allows the hops to work their magic. There’s a bit of a floral note that emerges. It is a tad bitter, but it’s far from palate wrecking. The excellent hop flavor really shines. Alcohol is there and it is a bit strong. A little less might be more there. But it’s hard to complain when the flavor’s this good! Finishes with an excellent citric hop flavor!

The body is medium. Carbonation feels light and relatively smooth. It goes down rather easy for a beer of its size. This bottle won’t be much of challenge despite the alcohol.

Three Floyds Brewing Co. sure as hell knows how to make a fine DIPA. While Apocalypse Cow may not be as stunning as Dreadnaught, it is very impressive! I think a little less in the alcohol department really would be more, but that’s nitpicking. This is great stuff!

Photo of redblacks75
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a clean golden yellow / orange pour with 2 fingers foamy white head, excellent amounts of lacing and great retention.
smells of piney and floral hops, grapefruit citrus, and a slight caramel sweet odor.
bitter up front, pine taste, grassy, sweet molasses type taste, definitely feel the lactose in the backbone.. this is super hopped up and ridiculously tasty.
medium body, creamy, high carbonation content, the flavors mask the abv well.

this is my favorite 3f ipa to date. fantastic in every way.

Photo of lern
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Renegrenade
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of carlitos92
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SirIPAalot
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy, medium orange gold and produced a off whit creamy head about two fingers high. Great retention and nice lacing.
The smell is citrus fruits like lemon,mime pineapple orange. Some malt in the background.
The Tate up front is very fruity hop notes like mentioned above. In the middle the malt flavors and some faint sweetness like caramel balance the beer nicely. At the end soe more bitter hops give the beer the expected bite.
Nice dry, but not to dry mouthfeel prepares for the next sip.
A very well designed beer, as well as label on the bottle!

Photo of Yesdog
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mat_Rampson
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MSEGUIN
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of jeonseh
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF glass

A - Light tangerine and copper. Slightly reflective and only mildly opaque. Rocky, white head that settles down quickly and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - Citrus and floral hops dominate. There is orange and tangerine on the citrus hops and light lavender on the floral side. There is definitely a malt sweetness intertwined as well. The nose overall is strong and fragrant

T - Inital taste is orange with a slight grapefruit bitterness. There is sweet malt that comes in the middle and makes the orange sweeter. Really a nice, well balanced DIPA.

MF - Light carbonation but a thick, almost sticky body that goes well with the DIPA

O - One of FFF's most balanced DIPAs. Its not the palate wrecker of Arctic Panzer Wolf and not as sweet as Dreadnaught. Solid balance between the floral and citrus hops as well that bring a lot of different flavors.

Photo of cubsfanjace
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, good head and lacing.

Caramel malt and grapefruit in the nose.

I pick up orange zest, pine, caramel, a buttery note, grapefruit, lemon.

Medium-high carbonation, full mouthfeel.

This was nice, but not in my upper tier of DIPAs. Buttery/sweet note in there overpowers the balance for my taste.

Photo of PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Focusf111
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.