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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 584
Gots: 208 | 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 jaasen64
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, huge thanks to Vega406 for getting me this. Should be less then a week old from the brewery. Poured into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours a hazy translucent orange golden with about a half-quarter finger of white frothy head that dissipates to leave a thin layer of head. About average carbonation.

S- Smells of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, etc.) hops with a slightly floral profile and some malts in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Grapefruit hops, tangerines, lemons, definitely maltier then your average DIPA, can taste the lactose malts but blends in well with the hop profile. A tiny bit bitter, but not too much. Finishes with a lightly sweet tangerine taste.

M- Medium bodied, abv very well hidden especially at 11%- can still tell it's there a little bit in the taste though, finishes very smooth and well balanced.

O- This was a quality DIPA, however I've been spoiled with very good DIPAs and I don't know if I'd consider this one of the best one's I've had. It was a little bit hot, the abv could have been turned down a little bit, the maltiness dominated the hops a little bit too much in the taste however it was fairly well balanced. I recommend DIPA fans trying this, but I wouldn't put it on my must try list. I just had the Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary last night, they were both very similar (abv, maltiness, etc.) and it's hard to say which one I liked better (maybe the Stone one a little bit more).

jaasen64, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of outsider
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

outsider, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Durtdiggler
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 220z bomber into La Chouffe snifter glass. Purchased at brew pub 1 week ago.

Light orange and cloudy with 2 finger head. Retention is nice, sticks to glass.

Much more citrus rind overtones than pine and floral. Very complex orange, pineapple with some honey. Slightly sweet, soft. Big malt backbone and not too sweet.

This is the most balanced dipa I've tasted. The hops, the sweetness or bread character doesn't overwhelm each other.

Mouthfeel is by far the best I have noticed. So soft, creamy. Bitterness lingers just a bit on your tongue. It goes down fast for a beer of this profile. So drinkable. Despite the IBUs, don't notice it as much.

Overall, beer is brilliant. Different take then the Dreadnaught or Arctic Panzer Wolf. Not better/less but different. The lactic sugar balances the flavor more, softens it and provides more citrus overtones. I love 3Fs.

Durtdiggler, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ctrevino
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ctrevino, Jul 03, 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
Photo of WesM63
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a bells tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy straw with a minimal 1finger head. Some lacing and retention are present.

S: Smells of pine/resin, a hint of malts and maybe some spice.

T: On the tongue you get hit by some pine/resiny hops followed by a light malt some sweetness and more bitter hops at the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Not bad, but i don't get any major sweetness from the lactose sugar.

WesM63, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Boilerfood
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Boilerfood, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Mitchill
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this fresh from Bridges Liquor in New Albany IN, always a great place to get fresh 3 Floyds. Appearance was like golden honey, very nice! Smell is tropical and citrus with perhaps some piney hops coming through. The taste is pretty amazing on this hot summer day (103 in Louisville!) actually expected it to be a bit more hoppy considering the smell but am in no way disappointed. The tropical and citrusy taste is wonderful for this type of day. The mouth feel and smoothness of this beer is very high which I'm assuming is due to the addition of lactose sugar, also considering the high ABV which is completely undetectable and the fact it is so fresh this is one of the best DIPA's I have had all summer. So glad I live close enough to 3 Floyds where I can get fresh bottles anytime I want. This is one I have been anticipating since last year my wallet was a little short when this came around, highly recommended if you can get it within the first couple months of it's annual release

Mitchill, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of briiguy
5/5  rDev +17.6%

briiguy, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Shilt, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of stxSS07
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

stxSS07, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of M1A2
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

M1A2, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Jerry
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Jerry, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Dubbs
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dubbs, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Belgisch
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional double IPA from Three Floyds. The addition of milk lactose sugars really makes this a VERY smooth and drinkable beer. The aroma is fantastic. This stuff sends shivers down my spine it's so good. This is considered one of Three Floyds seasonal beers, so it's availability is quite limited. It's released in June each year, and usually gone shortly thereafter. The release for this year is purported to be in the second half of June. As of this writing (June 19, 2012), it's not out yet.

Belgisch, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of doubleipa444
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

doubleipa444, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of SebD
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of pine, citrus, pineapple, sweet caramel, lactose and bubble gum.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrus/pineapple/tropical hop character to it with lots of pine, some spices and a sweet caramel and bready malt balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice creamy overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Not as hoppy as I usually like my DIPA's but still very good considering the different approach.

SebD, Jun 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

givebeetachance247, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of MarkIntihar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

MarkIntihar, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev 0%

danwho, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of dfmishler
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dfmishler, May 27, 2012
Photo of jeff96gt
4.25/5  rDev 0%

jeff96gt, May 22, 2012
Photo of Mark000
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Mark000, May 12, 2012
Photo of apocalypsezombie
5/5  rDev +17.6%

apocalypsezombie, May 12, 2012
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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