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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 563
Gots: 183 | 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)
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Photo of elginirishpunk


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours lightly cloudy, and golden in color. Definitly doesn't reasemble most Double IPAs I've had. Light sense of citrus, malt sugars and flouralness. Very light carbonation and very complex hoppy aromas escape while drinking. But finishes with a very palet cleansing that sets it apart from the rest.

08-20-2011 19:39:15 | More by elginirishpunk
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

08-13-2011 01:44:58 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Monster looking IPA, tan and almost clear with a godzillian head and great lace.

Smell is super pungent oil hops. Malt bomb on the side, with a generous helping of pine.

Taste is super oily hops, dripping with piney goodness. The citrus is bitter and pretty dry.

Body is heavy and oily, with smooth carbonation and a sweet, slick oily bitter aftertaste.

Overall I like it a lot, and love the bottle and artwork tremendously!

08-13-2011 00:17:29 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of tripelhops


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Got this in a trade from BarryMFBurton-thanks!
poured into a tulip glass, color is a hazy copper gold, thick creamy off white head drops quickly leaving soem laving, but a swirl of the glass foams it up again. A combination of floral, pine and citrus notes rise out of the glass. The taste is sweet and bitter all at once, but the sweetness tast from seat. The lactose gives it a full, silky, creamy mouthfeel, sort of toning down the bitternes from the hops. Intersting brew, for sure, kind of like a light Dreadnaught, sweetened up.

08-12-2011 03:03:38 | More by tripelhops
Photo of mikul93


4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-10-2011 02:09:07 | More by mikul93
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.25/5  rDev 0%

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer that is both translucent and glowing; with a white head. Decent lacing noted on the side of the glass from this Double IPA.

Smell: Lots of pine and citris notes from the hops. Mild malty smell of bready biscuits.

Taste: Mild to moderate bitterness. Pine right away and it dominates the flavors imparted by the hops. Hints of grapefruit, grass, orange, lemon, and pineapple. Malts are more of a biscuity taste and the lactose really enhances the malts without being overly sweet. The hops remain the star of this beer with a mild yet lingering piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer is different that the other fantastic DIPA's. The lactose really makes this DIPA really creamy and smooth. Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a solid offering from FFF. Not as good as Pliney or Hopslam, but it is chasing really close. Delicous beer!

08-09-2011 03:17:19 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a nice semi clear honey orange with a nice thin white head that stays the whole time. Nice lacing too.

Aroma is very citrucy with a bit of honey. Kinda malty. Coule use more hop aroma compared to others.

Taste is nice. The lactose adds a bit of sweetness without being too malty. Nice citric hoppyness. Sweet then bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth because of the lactose. Kinda coats your tongue. A bit too malty for me.

Over all a very tasty beer. I would have this again for sure and I wish I had it by me to have more often.

08-06-2011 06:25:16 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from 22oz bomber into Tulip.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Excellent retention. Thick lacing. Color is a beautiful glowing golden orange. Very nice looking DIPA.

S. Smell is about the hops. Tropical fruit smelling hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine. Nice floral and oily hop smell. has a little bit of sweet malt smell that manages to make its way out from all the hop aroma. A little bit of alcohol aroma.

T. Tast is different. Not quite the hop onslaught that I imagined. Really kind of a nice balanced beer. Has an interesting malt flavor. Has the tropical fruit hop flavor that you get from the nose. Not overly bitter. Has something of a hard flavor to pin down going on, not sure if that is the lactose sugar that was used. Something is different about this beer though.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of lingering sweetness.

O. Overall a little different than other DIPAs. This is a pretty smooth well balanced beer. The hops are kept in restraint. Easy drinking. I like the beer, not certain about the value of this one though. Definitely something I am glad to have tried.

08-05-2011 21:59:14 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of brystmar


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Happy IPA day everyone! Picked up this bomber in Chicago a few weeks back.

A: hazy orange-gold with multiple fingers of frothy, white head. Good retention, strong lace. Head instantly reappears with a swirl of the glass a half hour after the initial pour. IPAs aren't supposed to look this good!

S: sweet malts, earthy hops, juicy grapefruit. Strong, aromatic, and fantastic.

T: starts off sweet with a tangy grapefruit tartness slowly moving forward. Strongly hopped, but not overly bitter. Finishes mildly sweet with an interesting infusion of lactose and carefully balanced hoppy bitterness that lingers as it goes down. Mild alcoholic warmth reminds you this is a DIPA.

M: on the lighter side of full-bodied. Still smooth and somewhat creamy, but a bigger body would definitely improve upon the greatness that is Apocalypse Cow.

D: very high for me (I don't particularly like IPAs). This beer is absolutely delicious and has me craving more. It's a solid step above DFH 90, but not quite on the same level as Pliny.

That said, the malt/hop mixture here is superb. I'd happily throw this into my regular rotation if it were available in NY.

08-05-2011 03:21:23 | More by brystmar
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


4.25/5  rDev 0%

Clean, tangerine orange color, splotchy polka dots of lacing left after a swirl. Pretty inviting. Sugary sweetness rather pulls your nose into the glass for a fairly aggressive assault of hops. I feel like this is the dominant area for the lactose. I couldnt quite
put a finger on it at first, but it makes a little more sense the more i get into it. I definitely enjoy the uber-creaminess of this brew, as it seems rather surreal. Its not a huge assault of brutal bitterness on the palate, as i originally expected leading up from the nose. Carbonation level is perfect and makes it so damn drinkable, its scary. The IBUs are abundantly clear, but in a very approachable way. Totally worth checking out, i know i will be again.

08-05-2011 02:10:30 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of kdmcguire10


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

08-05-2011 01:39:49 | More by kdmcguire10
Photo of SDDanC


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to stickman1220 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass, great golden amber with a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Nose has a good malt backbone with great hops. A bit of citrus with loads of honey. On the tongue it is malty, slight caramel, a bit of piney hops with a minute alcohol twinge. Mouthfeel is solid, perfect carbonation with a warming coat from the alchohol. Decent lacing down the glass. Overall, great brew, happy ipa day!

08-04-2011 21:44:21 | More by SDDanC
Photo of rudzud


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Big thanks to JLindros for pouring me a snifter of this while at a little meetup at the Abbey.

A - Pours a nice DIPA hazy orange with a light white, sticky one finger head. Big cling factor on this one.

S - Pretty nice aromas here. Good tropical citrus notes of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. There is an overall sweetness here though from malts and presumably the lactose.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of sweetness from malts and lactose, which is definately present on the flavor profile. Some nice citrus hops but for some reason, that end I'm getting alot of tea notes. An awful lot of tea notes.

M - Typical low carbonation for a DIPA with a nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and dry finish.

O - Overall, glad I got to try this beer. If it was readily available I would like to try it again as the sweetness and hop bitterness was in pretty good balance.

08-04-2011 01:17:59 | More by rudzud
Photo of mocktm


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to smchenry75 for this bomber. This has been on my want list since I first heard of it. As with all FFF bottles, sports some bad-ass artwork, a pretty mean looking cyclops cow. Again though, no bottling date...

From the bomber into a pint glass, it appears an opaque, yet glowing bright orange hue. Slightly off white head that proves to possess plenty of staying power. Thick and hearty lacing clings to the glass as I drink this down. Wet, sticky and rocky all around. Just glorious really...

Nose on this is lavishly sweet. I'm almost a little confused to be honest. There's an incredible floral and tropical fruit presence, backed by a seriously sugary malt backbone. Lots of pine, lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit and and orange peel tangled with very liberal caramel and toffee flavors. Just copious amounts of sweetness on all fronts.

Hop forward and citrusy brew off the bat with a biting bitterness. The back-end is where the malts really come into play however. The bottle claims that lactose milk sugar was used in the brewing process, which is probably the differentiating factor at work here. It finishes incredibly malty and sugary, knocking the hoppiness right off my palate to finish smooth and velvety. I've never really encountered an IPA like this.

Profusely creamy and medium to heavy bodied. Not the easiest drinking DIPA ever, but surely one of the most interesting. Carbonation level is plentiful with a semi-dry finish. Even with only a quarter of a glass left, I still have half a finger or so of head on top.

Overall, this is certainly "not normal", and I think I like it. Really unique take on a DIPA; I'm going to have to trade for another bottle soon. Can't wait to crack open my other FFF bombers from this trade, Cheers!

08-03-2011 19:56:19 | More by mocktm
Photo of mdaschaf


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-03-2011 18:43:41 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a hazy, but attractive glowing orange amber color with small cap of dense creamy off-white bubbles, good retention and sticky lacing. Scent is a fantastic rush of tropical and citrus - grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, peach, some floral notes and candy like sweetness in the back. First sip brings the wonderful fruit mentioned above, at first its fruity with a powedered sugar like sweetness at the finnish, but as it gets warmer, the fruit notes are covered up by big, sometimes overwhelming bitterness that is a mix of pine and citrus rind, alcohol begins to present itself as well. Faint, faint notes of toasted grain. Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth, good carbonation levels, not dry and not sweet - good balance. Was well on its way to being in the 4.5 range in many categories, but unfortunately the change in charachter as it warms and overwhelming bitterness prevented that.

08-03-2011 12:44:37 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Marty30


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Thanks once again to my man dannyfrost! Poured into my Duvel tulip,at fridge temp.

A. When held up to the light it appears a nice clear bright yellow.With a 2 finger pillowy head. Spotty lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

S. Awesome pine,pineapple and citrus,also getting a little peach. Big hop bomb.

T. Lots citrus and tropical fruit upfront,I pick up pineapple alot then it smooth's out with something I can't pick out but its sweet almost like honey a little bit. Whatever it is it's damngood.

M. Smooth,creamy medium,thick feel.Coates the palate great. Good carbonation.

Overall awesome beer. Great taste,great feel,awesome nose.I really enjoyed! I want more.

08-03-2011 01:34:32 | More by Marty30
Photo of inlimbo77


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. No bottle date, but this is a seasonal (summer) beer so I assume from 2011 batch. Thanks to exitmusic for this one.

A: Really nice light orange color. Some hop haze from being cold I think, right out of fridge. One finger white head, with tight tiny bubbles. Nice crisp lacing on glass with the swirl. Really nice carbonation rolling off bottom of glass. Edit: hop haze clears and it's clear light orange color.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple sweetness on the nose. A little bit of breadiness, but it's a good balance point

T: Wow. Really interestingly smooth DIPA. You get the hop bite on the front of the tongue but it really mellows in the center of the mouth. Nice easy finish too. Lactose sugar help with this creamy finish maybe? It's different then any other DIPA I have tried. Definitely different from Arctice Panzer Wolf which was a palate killer (in a good way)

M: Medium bodied with a smooth mouth coating.

O: One of a kind DIPA. Love the hop blend and balance of malt and the amazing finish. Yet another 3 Floyd's gem.

08-02-2011 16:45:22 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Auracom


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

I should probably do a better job of keeping up-to-date on my reviews. Celebrated accepting a job offer by opening a fresh bomber of Apoc-Cow over a month ago, on June 28th. Used my C&B tulip.

The one-eyed cow from hell pours a semi-clear golden. Nice finger-and-a-half's worth of white foamy head, with lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom and good legs/lacing. Also, do take notice that this is the best fucking artwork I've ever seen on a bottle.

Similar to an actual cow, this beast has quite a nose. Contrary to an actual cow, that nose doesn't consist of barley n' shit (literally). Rather, I'm getting strong pine and citrus up front with sugar and sweet malt playing backup. It's not complex but it is robust. The taste offers more depth. Front of the tongue is banana and lemon among citrus varieties. Middle highlights the lactic addition along with sugar and spices. Backend brings in DIPA elements of pine and a little floral that end in a bitter finish.

This is a creamy cow. Her utters must be productive. The body is heavier than your run of the mill DIPA and drinks very smoothly. Carbonation is appropriate. Really no abv heat, hard to imagine that I'd have guessed this brew ran more than 6-7%.

It's not as delectable as Dreadnaught, but I like it quite a bit and wish I'd have had the chance to try it on tap in Munster.

08-01-2011 23:06:11 | More by Auracom
Photo of azdback


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a Surly pint glass. Milky orange color. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and lead to a creamy, off white, two finger head. Very nice ring pattern lace on the glass at the end. Quite beautiful.

Smell is sweet malt and citrus. I am going to say candied orange peels. The smell is just so fresh and bright. No alcohol or yeast in the nose which is just fine with me.

Taste is sweet at first. There is a ton of citrus rind bitter that quickly leads to an alcohol note that is almost vodka...ish. I am thinking Grey Goose Citron?? As I swallow this I get a bit of malt earthyness. Very enjoyable!!

Mouth is quite refreshing and bright. Flavors and carbonation are full to the end. This is really sweet and kind of sticky almost too sticky but on second thought... not!

Overall this is fantastic DIPA!! This was sent to me as an extra by claaark13 and he was very adamant about the freshness of this one. I have had this in the past but don't remember it being as citrus peel bitter. It had more of an orange sweet and wasn't so bitter in the past. Very enjoyable and a must if you can!!!

07-31-2011 05:59:17 | More by azdback
Photo of cagocubs


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

On-Tap poured into snifter glass.

A: Pours a darker amber with 1 finger white foamy head that laces the glass.

S: Sweet: Caramel. Hops. Citrus. Earthy notes.

T: Holy Apocalyptic cow! Earthy hops, malt, and pine come through. This is a complex taste. Has a nice bitter bite from hops with some sweet carry through. The lactose makes this taste hard to define. The aftertaste is full of taste and keeps you wanting more.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Smooth and finishes with a great aftertaste. Sweet mouth is unique experience.

O: I can't say I have ever had a beer that has confused me and left me wanting more than this. It has complex flavors that keep you guessing and sipping more.

07-30-2011 06:54:16 | More by cagocubs
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Semi-opaque deep orange in color with a single finger white head, no lacing, and quite thick and creamy in texture. Very heavy scent of apricots and tangerines sweltering in a sauna with a caramel glaze basting applied liberally. Taste follows the nose but with a boosting injection of sweet creaminess given by the lactose. The only thing I can manage to nitpick with this beer is that the boozey hotness of the high ABV is not entirely well hidden. Also, you have to be in a mood for an IPA that falls on the sweeter side of the sweet/bitter balance scale. Dreadnaught may fall smack exactly on the middle point of that scale and have a headier scent of mangoes, but it doesn't have the thicker creamy body and sweeter emphasis that this brew does. So, I suppose that the existence of both brews can be justified because they do fill slightly different niches, but only *just* so.

07-29-2011 22:47:02 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of notchucknorris


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Hazy burnt orange color with a creamy eggshell colored head.

S: Mango, candied orange, 50/50 bar, grapefruit and some citrus hops. Really nice.

T: Not everyone I tasted this with was crazy about it but I loved it. Tangerine and apricot flavors upfront with a slight hit of peppery citrus hops in the middle. Huge caramel malt and mango on the finish. The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy. I wasn't sure the lactose would do it for me in a DIPA, but this was amazing.

07-29-2011 22:08:26 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Simmy7000


4.08/5  rDev -4%

22 oz bomber

A- Pours a golden amber with a cloudy body. Solid 2 finger head that sticks and coats the glass. Very strong lacing throughout

S- Sweet smells of citrus and floral notes. Hints of caramel behind the hops. Can't wait to drink!

T- Pine and citrus hop notes upfront backed by a solid malt background. I love somewhat balanced DIPAs so this hits the spot. Bitterness fighting sweetness with bitterness edging out the victory. I must say the added lactose adds a unique creaminess to the beer. As it warms getting much more of that quite fascinating oranges and cream flavor.

M- The lactose adds a creaminess that makes this brew ridiculously smooth, albeit a little bit thicker than norm. Finishes slightly sticky in the mouth.

O- This beer offers a unique experience with the added lactose sugar to an already solid balanced DIPA. The creaminess and orange flavor that grows as the beer warms certainly makes this one stand out. Dreadnaught is superior but this stands out enough to have a few every year when it is released

07-29-2011 01:37:42 | More by Simmy7000
Photo of davey


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Bought a bomber while in Chicago last weekend.
Cloudy, sunset orange. Inch high head that dissolves quickly, leaving some thin lacing on the glass. Smell is of faint earthy hops. Nothing stands out. Hops are in the front with a malty backbone. Pungent orange hop profile. The lactose sweetens this up a little too much. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full, with nice carb bubbles throughout.
Overall this is nice to have once in a while, but I'll stick with the dreadnaught more times than not.

07-28-2011 22:53:01 | More by davey
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.