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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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1,697 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 574
Gots: 198 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Skater_Rich, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

gavjamhawk, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

FleetwoodMatt, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of snowmaggedon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick, bubbly head with a light amber color.

The nose is sweet; grapefruit comes to mind. Some herbal notes as well.

Tastes creamy, fruity, delicious. The finish is fruity with a sweet pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. They dont try to blow you away with hops, like some IPAs.

I would readily drink this again.

snowmaggedon, Oct 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Luweezy, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

hellhammermario, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

bevoduz, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BeerHunter76, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

caponeduke, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nuggetz, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BUNZILLA, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Sparty55, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Ross79, Oct 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

joeponte, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Kmlund, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JavaThePirate, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

maximus_rebel, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost perfect, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, lychee, and Curacao orange zest that is backed by subtler notes of grass, some touches of pine, and perhaps a hint of danker herbal notes. A second, deep, take of the aroma has me noticing a really bright fruit character that approaches juicy-fruit bubble gum, some children’s aspirin like fruitiness (without the medicinal quality), and other, candy / fake fruity notes; all of this is actually positive and quite interesting, and contributed by the hop character.

Sweet tasting with ample fruitiness to it, this is cut / balanced just a bit by a bitterness that slowly grows in strength through to the lingering finish. There is an herbal character that lingers with the bitterness in the finish, it adds a sort of greenness and perhaps a touch of astringency. The fruit character is quite bright, and quite ample as well, it contributes big flavors of peach / apricot nectar, lychee, clean tangelo zest notes, sweet tropical fruit and lots of candied citrus character, as well as a Juicy-Fruit bubble gum character. The malt character shows just a hint of oxidation, which at this point seems to play up the crystal malt character a bit, but the malt character plays such a supporting role here that only touches of biscuit like malt and pale cracker like notes peak there way through the hop-onslaught. While sweet, this is not overly sweet, and there is just enough to accentuate the fruit character in the hops, also, this is actually fairly quaffable for a Double IPA; it might not be the lightest, good example of the style, but the viscous heft and texture that it does have, does not keep it from being dangerously drinkable.

Considering this is a beer I lost in the back of my back-up beer fridge for two years, I am quite impressed at how well this has held up. This beer is still amply hoppy and is most definitely a vibrant, and even fresh, hop-forward Double IPA. I am enjoying this beer that much more because it has survived so well; I would love to get a fresh sample someday (and actually drink it soon after I receive it :-), and I can’t imagine how intensely hoppy it must be. This has far exceeded my expectations and it makes me wonder if the lactose has somehow helped keep this beer tasting fresher than it otherwise should be. I am still quite astounded that this beer is over two years old, but is still so vibrantly hoppy, and only has a touch of oxidation noticeable.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

warnerry, Sep 30, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a bright and cheery golden orange color. A nice big white head never quite vanished yet left behind lots of sticky lacing.

S- Citrus hops and alcohol dominate the smell. There are some bready sweet malt and floral and piney aromas, too.

T-Lots of malt, lots of citrus. It's sweet, but there's balance thanks to 100 ibus.

M- Full and chewy. Boozy sweetness. Finishes clean and dry with a hop bite.

O- It's a big beer. Big on hops, malts, abv, and taste.

NiceTaps, Sep 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.