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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 559
Gots: 151 | FT: 5
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 Brenden


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy one the color of burnished bronze. A couple of fingers of head form, soft but sturdy, retaining well and leaving steady lacing on the glass.
Lots of aroma comes out of this one. Plenty of tropical fruits greet the nose up front with a zesty citrus backing underneath a big blanket of hops and a gentle compliment of caramel malts that allow the hops to be at the forefront without being lost.
Hops kick on the tongue and remain even while citrus zest and tropical fruits sweetness come into play. A yeast hangs out underneath adding an interesting component and amplifying the doughy quality of the malts, which also add a light caramel touch. The main show here is hops, but the malts aren't lost and there's lots of complexity and sweetness to keep the puckering low and maximize enjoyment of the flavor.
Interestingly, this one starts off smooth then gets more crisp as it goes. The body is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation kicks in with sequential sip.
This is one delicious beer. The only thing holding me back from more is the extremely high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 18:43:28 | More by Brenden
Photo of Brent


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A double IPA with the addition of lactose sugar. Who sits around and thinks these things up?

The lactose sugar did lend an interesting element. Big, juicy Cascades hops, redolent of grapefruit and some herbal notes. Unlike some pumped-up double IPA's in which the malt is cloyingly sweet, here the lactose sugar provides a more delicate sweeteness. ABV is moderately evident toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 14:37:27 | More by Brent
Photo of david131


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

A- A hazy, luminescent orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head that has good retention.

S- Caramel, pine, grass, alcohol, and a touch of mango, pineapple, mint, and some cooked vegetables. A little faint, but complex and inviting.

T- Much more fruit coming through here than in the nose. Mango, pineapple, strawberries, citrus, grass, mint, and warm alcohol. Very nice.

M- Extraordinarily creamy and smooth. There is some lasting alcohol warmth.

D- A very good take on the style. A bit rich, but it is smooth and the alcohol is only apparent by the warmth that comes with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 03:11:03 | More by david131
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, picked up at Chuck's in Bowling Green, KY.

Pours a beautiful glowing apricot - sort of a bright copper with an orange tint to it. Very thin off-whit head on top settles into nothing but some scattered bubbles, with not much in the way of lacing or retention. Beautiful color, but the head could certainly use some work.

Nose is near perfect. Massive, sweet, rich, juicy tropical fruit (mainly pineapple, tangerine - almost candied, largely due to the alcohol), big, bold alcohol presence, bit of a citrus rind bite, and just enough pine to rein this one back in when you think the rich fruit notes are just going to run crazy - absolutely fantastic. Everything about it is massive and perfect.

Taste is excellent as well. Huge caramel notes provide a sweetness that's just enveloped by the waves of pineapple and orange, grapefruit rind, finishing with a lingering piny bitterness that sits firmly on the tongue. Intensely sweet, juicy-fruit wrapped in bitter pine, with a long, full finish that provides probably the only hint of lactose that I get from this one, and it's faint. Between this and Apocalypse Cow, I think 3F have absolutely mastered this style. My hat's off to them.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, big, sharp carbonation is still held in check by how chewy this one is. Maybe a bit sticky (could definitely feel it on my lips), but not so much as to be a real detriment, and less alcohol burn than expected. Finish is very long, lingering bitterness is fairly all things considered. Very well done.

Drinkability is good. Still, the alcohol is in full force in this one, and the hugeness of both the hops blast and the balancing sweetness means this score can only go so high. Still, given the style and how tasty it is, above average for me.

Very nice beer, and yet another in a long list of positive impressions from 3F. These guys really know their shit.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:32:21 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Tilley4


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my CCB snifter...

A quite hazy glowing golden brew with a surprisingly active and thick head... Looks terrific in this glass...

Orange and pineapple hop aromas are pungent here and bring with them a touch of sweet maltiness and a nice healthy dose of booze... Almost a little barleywine-esque really... Its still pungent with the hops but there's a good amount of malt and booze present as well especially as this warms...

A flash of sweet malts up front.. And then here comes the tangy citrusy orange-dominated hops and they're delicious... Very tangy and mouth puckering... As this warms a bit, the brew grows even sweeter as the malts begin to show up more and more and really turns this into a hoppy barleywine.. I was thinking Bigfoot by the end of the first snifter... Still delicious and I liked it...

So glad I had the chance to try this one while the hops were still nice and juicy. I liked this one a lot...

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:23:28 | More by Tilley4
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to BarrytheBear for this awesome extra.

A - Bright, glowing orange body with a small white head on top.

S - A bit of a citrus hop smell with a hint of pine. Not especially pungent.

T/M - Really malty for a DIPA. Slight citrus hop presence up front before giving way to a sweet body. Can't specifically pick out the lactose notes but this is pretty sweet. Bit of a syrupy feel. with a light carbonation

D - Something about this just doesn't agree too much with me. I'm not sure what it is but I am struggling with a bomber of this. Maybe a 12oz serving of this would be the way to go. Not awful by any means but not amazing either. Worth trying for the novelty I guess but the bottle art is the best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:42:02 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of brow1901


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- One of the most impressive looking beers I've ever poured. Glowing amber yellow with a perfect one finger white head. Massive amounts of lacing, and great retention.

S- Nice scents mostly piney hops such as simcoe or Amarillo.

T- Marvelous amount of bitter. Perfectly masks the extreme abv percentage. I wish I could say I taste the lactose but I really can't, perhaps some excess sweetness but I can't point that its from the lactose.

M- Fine mouth feel, super smooth, leaves a thin coat but doesn't cling too long.

D- I suppose the beer isn't the most drinkable because of the high abv but I think of that as sessionable, where as drinkable constitutes how much of this stuff I want to drink. Its a great beer that I could drink all night long I should have bought 4 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:46:13 | More by brow1901
Photo of Jayli


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Dunt via Support Your Local Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice deep, hazy honey color with a one finger of sudsy khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving spots of ringlet lacing.

S: Nose is of citrus and piney hops with a good deal of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with grapefruit citrus hops mingled with a touch of pineapple. Pineapple lends in to a dominant but not overpowering caramel and toffee malt flavoring. Finish is of light piney, earthy hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy, oily that lingers on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, good kick, good representation of style, this is one to enjoy a few pints of - ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:58:08 | More by Jayli
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with thin lacy head.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit, lemon zest.

T: Very hoppy bite with a bitterness linger. Definie booziness.

M: Medium body that starts sharp, and finishes mild.

D: Be hard to drink more than 1 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 20:34:32 | More by injuredreserve


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with golden orange core. Strangely opaque for light colored non wheat bear. Big near white head, great retention. Frosty coating of etched lace.

Bright citrus, orange, grapefruit. Sweet butterscotch and buttered biscuits. Spicy resins.

Sugary butterscotch and buttered biscuits. Rush of bitter citrus and resins. Spicy resinous grapefruit aftertaste.

Thick and sticky. med plus body, feels more than it looks, some creaminess. slow carbonation.

Very drinkable, very tasty, very interesting, very unique.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:20:12 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC.

The beer is opaque and colored dirty orange. White tiny bubbles make up the head. Lots of film coats the glass as I swirl my beverage around. The nose is very hoppy and a little sweet. The hops smell roasted. The taste is sweet at first, but has a decent hop finish. Flavors I can pick out include brown sugar, fake maple syrup and lots of bitterness. This is a full bodied beer with a fine level of carbonation. It's easy to drink, but the sweet finish is a bit much for me. Still, it's a beer worth trying. If I saw it again, I would order it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 17:45:52 | More by ToasterChef
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another blind sent to me by AleWatcher. He was generous enough to send me a second round of blind beers.

This was reviewed completely blind, not knowing the style or brewery (kinda). The cap wasnt blacked out good enough so I could tell that this was a Three Floyds right off the bat.

A- A pretty hazy orangy copper colored beer with a nice, sticky white head.

S- Very hoppy and citrusy. Its loaded with bright oranges. The beautiful hoppiness doesnt take over totally though. Im getting some malts that resonate. They are a doughy, lighter smell. Still thinking Alpha King.

T- Yeah very citrusy. Its not very bitter, its got tons of sweet oranges, pineapple (actually LOTS and LOTS of pineapple). Those malts peak out just before the finish. The finish is delicious and fruity. So far every hoppy beer that Ive had from Three Floyds has left me foaming at the mouth.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied. Dry but juicy. Tame carbonation.

D- One word. Hyperdrinkable.


Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:11:31 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into my 3F's pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish haze with a off white head measuring in at about 1/4" of a inch. Head faded quickley leaving behind some lacing. Lacing sticks around the entire beer.

S: Citrus, pine, grapefruit, and sweet malt.

T: Sweet, light on the malt side, citrus, then followed up by some grapefruit. I must say that the 11% ABV is hidden well in this one. But still feel a little burn as it makes its way down.

M: This/medium bodied. Some prickles on the tonge. Finishes clean with a maly after tatse.

D: Very high drinkability on this one! I wasnt the biggest fan od DIPA, but as of yesterday I think I have changed my mind. Thanks to Alewatcher for that one!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 15:15:14 | More by RTrain12
Photo of newk340


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a burnt golden orange with a hazy consistancy and a thin foam head.

S: sweet hop aromas tease the nostrils.

T: an explosion of sweet malts with the faintest bitter/citrus aftertaste.

MF/D: a cool buzz of light malts leads to a well-bodied, smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:19:06 | More by newk340
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this one. I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy orange in appearance with a sticky white head. The aroma is very sweet with oranges and tropical fruit. The flavor is sweet and full of tropical fruit. it has a lingering sweet aftertaste, perhaps the lactose? It is medium/full in body with moderate carbonation. Interesting brew that I would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:17:41 | More by bonkers
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light amber, with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Very nice.

The taste is just like aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango flavors. A nice combination of sweetness from the malt, and bitterness.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, creamy, smooth, and easy to drink. Another great beer from 3 Floyds. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 04:30:18 | More by hardy008
Photo of movingtrain


3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

An interesting take here on the double IPA...adding lactose milk sugar? We shall see.

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with very little head...though there is some decent carbonation flowing up from the bottom and along the sides of the glass.

The aroma here is fruity, giving hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. There seems to be some good hoppy bitterness in the nose, as well. A bit of caramel comes across, too, giving some nice malty notes in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is very creamy...milky, for sure. By milky I mean that there are some sweet notes along the top of this ale, and the feel on the tongue is actually creamy.

There are lots of floral and citrus notes in the flavor, balanced by a sugary sweet caramel in the middle. It's a malty IPA, with some of Three Floyds signature hoppiness in the balance. Also in there are some notes of cinnamon, clove, sage, and pepper.

Overall, this is a good beer...and interesting take on the imperial IPA that seems to be running rampant...adding lactose sugar is something I've only seen in stouts...so this is unique, and it adds some depth and complexity to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:38:45 | More by movingtrain
Photo of crossovert


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with unique label art.

It pours a hazy peach/amber color with a foamy white head.

The smell is pretty good here. There is some bright, floral hops, some tropical scent, and some citrus. It is really bright and fragrant.

The flavor is huge. There is a both a big hoppy bitterness and a sugary sweetness running right though this one. It tastes almost like a pale ale on steroids. It has some pine and citrus but it is sugary, yet bitter. It is interesting. There is a definite alcoholic bite, not the smoothest DIPA.

FFF comes through with another really good double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:20:02 | More by crossovert
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of gibb, thanks man.

Appearance - cloudy orange creamy fluffy looking white head that sticks around quite a while

Smell - Tropical fruit, citrus rind, light pine

Taste - This certainly is interesting, its a sweet slightly creamy DIPA, WTF... The sweetness brings a candied fruit flavor to the party, maybe marmalade as well. Pine is muted moreso than other DIPA's but is still present. There is also a floral character to this as well that kind of adds a candied flower petal taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, chewy and a bit sticky

Drinkability - This is nice to have a bomber of but I cant see sessioning something with these characteristics. I will definitely seek this out again.

Thanks again gibb.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:33:25 | More by STEG
Photo of seedsofchaos


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from my local beer store having never heard of the brew before. Great presentation with a Picasso-esque picture on the front of the bottle. Poured into a 3F half litre glass and shared with a friend.

Appearance is quite nice with tones of opaque amber with very citrusy hues as well. Hues are reminiscent of peaches and the one inch head is an off-white/eggshell color. Viscosity is decent but not as clingy as I would like a DIPA to be.

Nose is a great citrus-based DIPA. Grapefruit and nectarines penetrate the nostrils. A little malt comes through but the thought of sugar-covered grapefruit for breakfast comes to mind when thinking of the aroma with just a hint of candy: perhaps the smell of grape nerds candy.

Taste hits heavy with sweets, warming alcohol, grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine and a sweet milk like taste. It's such a strong and different taste that I almost want to dislike it but I can't... Candy sugar taste but not so over-powering that the malts don't come through. The brew is a bit off-balanced for the style with it leaning towards the hops: Heavy, but super-sweet flavors, bring out the actual flavors and the aroma of the hops so much that I just don't want to mark down for it.

Mouthfeel is great and almost feels reminiscent of drinking apricot juice. Medium body and clean without deep or unpleasant hop bitterness.

I would definitely be up for trying this beer again. Sessionability is low due to high ABV and it's unique flavor. A good brew, all in all, but so different you'll be left wondering what exactly you were drinking... in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 13:47:11 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of decadance


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip.

This might be a little old, hops seem to have faded a bit. The smell is excellent, with floral and grapefruit hops, but the taste lets it down. The taste is so-so, muddled hops with sweet malt tones. Too sweet for a DIPA really. Mouthfeel gets kinda heavy, almost syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 21:14:23 | More by decadance
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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my Rochefort glass...Pours dark peach with an off white head, ok retention, great thick lacing...Super sweet from start to finish in taste and aroma on this. Sweet citrus, super malty caramel, tons of caramel on the back...Taste is resin but muted by a chalkyness, maybe that's the lactose sugar. interesting feel, a little tough to drink.

nothing good or bad, just not very exciting or easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 19:42:32 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Docer


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from Brentk56... looked forward to it. Thanks man.

- Fluffy white head.... leaves a huge ring and thin layer of fizz all over the top... Very cloudy orange and caramel color.. little rough and dirty specs of yeast can be seen.

- Citrus... zest.. pine... caramel malt... rather mild but balanced and good.

- Sweet candy malt, caramel, huge citrus mango grapefruit hops... orange creme... dixie cup hops... caramel, bready grain...

- Creamy, slightly drying and cloying... medium to heavy bodied... rather smooth and like a cream soda...

- Overall very drinkable, touch too sweet... but pleasant... huge on hops while being rather balanced at the same time. Big points for that.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 05:40:46 | More by Docer
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A:Pours a murky orange color with a small eggshell head that dies quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass

S:A lot of awesomeness going on here. Strong grapefruits, citrus, and floral. Can tell there was a ton of hops thrown into this one

T:Just as smell detects (but not as strong as you would think) Nice citrus and grapefruit flavor but not as much bite as you would expect, assuming that the malts must have balanced things out a little bit. Smooth going down with almost no alcohol kick, which is awesome for being over 9% ABV

M:Medium body with solid carbonation

D:Good tasting DIPA. Was a little disappointed after the taste from what the smells was telling me, thinking its was gonna be a little more intense on the hop level then what it was. Regardless still a tasty and easy to drink offering from FFF, I do wish that they would start throwing the special releases into 4 packs thou or at least lower the price slightly on the bombers but then again it is not a perfect world either.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 14:59:08 | More by SuperNova777
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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I feel like this was a below Three-Floyds effort for Three-Floyds. To be fair, they make some of my favorite beers so this was still quality brew. Maybe it was the lactose involved which turned me off. It was too sweet or didn't have enough hops bite for me, not quite sure. I would drink it again, just wouldn't rush back to it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 04:35:47 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.