1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Apocalypse CowApocalypse Cow

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1361
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 1,361 | Reviews: 429 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of codysjb
codysjb

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
From a Bomber into my Duvel tulip
A: Pours a nice orange with a decent head.
S: Orange, lemon, zest. Smells like an IPA or Farmhouse ale that has a lot of citrus notes.
T: Watery, some lemon, not a lot going on here.
M: More of the same, a slight note of hops.
O: Very unimpressive, although this bottle may be a little older.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 19:58:49 | More by codysjb
Photo of lurpy1
lurpy1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was lugged back from a trip to Chicagoland by my wife. Unfortunately when we shared the first bomber, it was far too hoppy for her. Second bottle was split with a very ill friend. Unfortunately on that one, he is also diabetic, and after 2 sips, the sugar was too much for him, so it would be more accurate to say I drank the bomber solo. Notes are as follows.

Apocalypse Cow has your standard beer commercial pour, light amber of color, and plenty of near-white head.

The smell is a pleasant mashup of sugar and spicy (not bitter) hops. 100 IBU though? Really? I'd buy half of that.

First gulp. Nice. Hoppy. Complex. Second gulp. Picking up on more of the sugar. The hops are starting to drown. Man, this is as sweet an IPA/DIPA as I've ever had, and I'm not sure it's a good thing. Seems like the Floyds were going for balance and tipped the scales the wrong way.

But oh, this drink has a great consistency. As thick and frothy as a mug of root beer. Really great.

I found the sugar somewhat overwhelming, and that's the takeway from this beer. We wound up paying about $10.99 for this bomber, which is comically overpriced for the modest level of enjoyment I had from it. At this price, hell no, not recommended, but at a saner price, sure. But I would be more interested in trying other FFF beers first.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 14:25:54 | More by lurpy1
Photo of sleuthdog
sleuthdog

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into FFF Teku glass

Appearance: Cow poured a light copper-orange color with two fingers worth of head. Head is fluffy and a great brilliant white color with very tight small bubbles. It settles quickly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Up front there is a definite tropical fruit presence with mango, melon, pineapple, some honey. Not at all resiney in the nose to me and to be honest smells "smooth" to me. It's as if the lactose milk sugar has thrown in a very unique twist here even in the nose.

Taste: Oh WOW I think I just found my favorite DIPA to date! I am getting the orange-tangerine, grapefruit, peach, melon, and mango. Just a ton of citrus and tropical notes but this is followed up by an awesome caramel and honey sweetness in the backbone that smoothes everything and makes this highly drinkable in a dangerous way! Alcohol is so well hidden I can't believe this is 11%.

Mouthfeel: Like I've said a couple times before this is one smooth DIPA and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! Hops are most definitely there but not in an in your face way. Carbonation is moderate and adds a slight prick on the tongue.

Overall: Well what more can I say? Simply amazingly well done FFF! Everything works in this beer and I really can not find anything wrong with it. Just plain stellar!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:43:45 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of rldavis1116
rldavis1116


4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my newest favorite IPA! I can only hope the one I just brewed will come close. Bold aroma with a creamy mouth feel. Awesomeness in a pint sized glass. Wish there were more barrels coming to Wisconsin soon. What a great beer to come out of Indiana.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 02:43:34 | More by rldavis1116
Photo of suspect
suspect

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 21:53:11 | More by suspect
Photo of prototypic
prototypic

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:39:43 | More by prototypic
Photo of facundoCNB
facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 20:49:14 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Hopfenpeter
Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:45:02 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of jeonseh
jeonseh

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:29:19 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Strix
Strix

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 02:49:13 | More by Strix
Photo of Nachojon
Nachojon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pleasant looking beer without the haze of your typical IIPA. A nice amount of head and good lacing. A nice stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- The nose here is very unique. The hope aroma comes through however it is tempered, balanced by the presence of a smooth vanilla.

T- Again the hops hit you first and it is mellowed out by the lactose milk sugars. Some good citrus comes through, orange peel, some mandarin.

M- Crisp, with a good amount of hop-burn. A little more lingering possibly due to the lactose.

O- A really nice beer. Not mind blowing but impressively different.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:34:30 | More by Nachojon
Photo of WoodBrew
WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor had a friday night hot dawg fest and a buddie brought a bottle. I was very excited to try this brew. It poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellowish gold color with a foamy looking head on top that leave to scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, sweet and hoppy. The taste is clean and refreshing with a sharp hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel is light, extremely easy to drink this brew. Overall a great IPA, I would love to have it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 19:03:29 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Scotchboy
Scotchboy

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent by Will (thanks man!) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Bright, brilliant clear orange, with a small amount of bright white head, some decent lacing, and ample carbonation.

S: Very midwest hoppy...fruity, tropical...pineapple, mango, papaya, honey, a bit of malt backbone, caramel, sweetness. Nice and balanced.

T: Excellent hop profile kept in check with a solid malt backbone and lactose. Initially the hops arrive with flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, peaches, mango and sweet pine, but they never overwhelm the palate. There is a good amount of creamy caramel breadyness.

MF: Creamy, medium-full, good carbonation, moderate dryness on the finish.

O: Very nice offering. I like how the hops play with the lactose and malt body. FFF is good stuff. Recommended.

Thanks Will!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:14:17 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of dorianmarley
dorianmarley

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden with a light white head and nice lacing.

Nose has a warm, syrupy-sweet hop aroma. There is also fresh mint, honey, and lime zest. Wonderful to smell.

Taste is honeyed hops, with pine, caramel, and tart grapefruit. There is also toasted marshmallow and pecan.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not necessarily creamy; meaning that the lactose sugar isn't readily apparent, but definitely adds an overall fullness. There is plenty of carbonation. The hop bite is prolonged and not sharp.

Overall, 3 Floyds did it again. This is unique, flavorful, and fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:50:32 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of tut2528
tut2528

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pour is a light orange and gold, with high transparency. Thick and frothy head formation, about 2 fingers worth of retention and lacing is enormous. Carbonation is high as well

S: huge hops! Deep citrus and exotic fruits (mango, grapefruit, and peaches) are picked up. An ever so slight burnt malt character.

T: Hops and more tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, peaches) are the main player here again. Lots of citrus. There is a nice slight burnt sugar malt that sits in there as well holding this one together. It’s actually a very unique brew and very well put together

M: solid medium bodied. The hops are excellent as they do not sit on the tongue for an epically long period of time like some other IPAs will. This allows me to want to hit the glass again. Alcohol is present on the upper lips and gums but it complements the beer quire nicely.

O: impressive. Really did not know what to think of this beer and I found it quite enjoyable. I am pretty stubborn when it comes to IPAs, but this one was definitely one of the nicer ones I’ve had in a while. Definitely a unique brew and thought that the balance of the tropical fruits and hops were amazing. And the backbone that keeps this all together was quite impressive as well. Well done FFF, well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:46:27 | More by tut2528
Photo of papat444
papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for this one.

Poured from a bomber,

Appearance: Radiant light gold body with about 2-3 fingers worth of dull white foam but a solid clear body with a chilled haze.

Smell: Fresh peaches, mango, bit of burnt sugar, raw hops but more on the sweet fruit side.

Taste: Ripe fruit, bit of caramel, sugar, fruit syrup, green hops, bit earthy, sweet citrus, malt first and quite present though hops vie for attention as well.

Mouthfeel: Bit thick as it coats the mouth and the bitterness starts midway right through the finish and beyond.

Overall: A real nice DIPA though i think i prefer Dreadnaught.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 11:22:15 | More by papat444
Photo of hosehead83
hosehead83

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Apricot/gold in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Citrus and floral hop notes
Taste-Sugary sweet citrus hops, like a ruby red grapefruit with tons of sugar piled on. The lactose milk sugar cuts the hop bitterness down, and lends a drinkability, but leaves things a bit too sweet in my opinion. No strong hop flavor to be had. Certainly a different take on an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:31:07 | More by hosehead83
Photo of cfrances33
cfrances33

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Three Floyds pint glass on 8/4/12.

Pour: Completely hazy orange with two fingers of white fluffy head. This beer emits a beautiful glow. On par with the best Hill Farmstead beers in appearance. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Grapefruits explode from the glass. Like to the max. A light honey sweetness tries to balance but ultimately does not. This beer is very hop forward on the nose and I'm more than ok with that.

Taste: Amazing grapefruits and some nice pine, that does not bite in the common resinous fashion. Malt provides a nice sweetness. The beer got better warmer, and I think the lactose sweetness incorporates better after sitting in the glass for 15 or so minutes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, but the juiciness and creamy consistency beg you to drink more. Woah... this is 11%???

Overall: Even at a month old, this beer blew me away, and I've been a regular to Three Floyds hoppier offerings (Dreadnaught, Panzer Wolf, Zombie Dust). I was incredibly impressed, and this beer is in my top 5.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 01:01:14 | More by cfrances33
Photo of BradtheGreat7
BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big Brown bomber style bottle with a ridiculous crazy looking one eyed bull on the label. Typical but fantastic FFF artwork. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - glowing bright orange with yellow glow around the edges. Slightly clouded haze look. Thick and luscious bone white head that is very soft and smooth looking with a thick layer of lace. Wonderful stick to the glass.

S - earthy and citrus hop offerings. Very fruity aroma of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and peach. Something a little more tropical with the likes of ripe kiwi. Sweet sugary malt notes top off a great and full floral smell.

T - hops are mellow in this flavor. Some citrus and earthy pine hoppiness that are indeed mellow but still give a nice soft blend of citra flavor. Very unique milk sugar sweetness from the lactose sugars added. Fruity and sweet notes of orange and tangerine. Hops are very much in the background as the fruitiness and sweet milk sugar Malta provide a velvety smooth flavor. Hop bitterness creeps back in with the finish, but isn't strong as the bitterness goes nearly unnoticed as is the alcohol.

M - thick medium to full body that almost cakes the mouth in a velvety layer of liquid thickness. The texture reminds me of cold chocolate milk not in flavor but in feel. Shocking at 11.0% the alcohol is impossible to detect. Very smooth and lusciously thick mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

O - a damn fine DIPA. It's unique and sweet for a big ipa. A lot of it will remind you of something darker as you describe it. It's truly a world class take on a great style. It's a one of a kind dbl/imperial ipa that's both mouth watering and refreshing making your taste buds beg for more. After having this, FFF leaves me no choice but to put this in my top 5 favorite brews of any kind. A pure dandy and a must have if available. It's that great.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:25:40 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of JDizzle
JDizzle

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Unreal art on the bomber!!!

Looks incredible with an apricot-copper glow with a white head with good lacing.

Aroma is spicey, massive hops, light fruity, boozy, light fruit, grass, and pines.

Sweet and bready for a huge DIPA. Piney with a hint of orange. It's malty with a nice bite of hops but not a huge hop bomb. Maybe due to the Lactose.... not detecting anything odd that makes it a lactose sugar beer.??

Mouthfeel is good with a syrupy feel and low carbs. Really nice and not really bitter at all on the after taste.

I finally pulled the trigger on this one on #IPADAY. Glad I was able to try this one! Not as good as Dreadnaught though, but a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:44:50 | More by JDizzle
Photo of dcloeren
dcloeren

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy apricot with a finger of foamy cream colored head.

The aroma is full of tropical hop aromas, getting a nice touch of peach and a touch of booziness. Smells great!

The taste follows the nose. Great tropical fruit hop bomb, nice mix of peach and a little caramel malt to give it a little balance.

Full bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Could stand to have a little more but a fantastic mouthfeel as is. Slight alcohol burn, hides the 11% pretty well.

Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. Loved the tropical and peach notes! Hides the abv well and it was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 23:15:54 | More by dcloeren
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and malty finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:20:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow

Appearance: Three Floyds July specialty selection pours a golden yellow with a slight orange tint. A rocky, soapsuds white head perches itself majestically atop the brassy liquid, but its reign is short lived as it settles down from an imposing three fingers to a more modest (yet tightly bubbled) one. Carbonation is evident, but not overly active, and there are no alcohol legs to speak of. It’s a pretty beer, but nothing really special.

Aroma: The beer smells mainly piney and sweet. There are definite notes of citrus and pine resin, but the milk sugar (the ingredient that sets this one apart as “not normal”) is also present towards the back of the aroma, slightly hidden, but lurking. There are hints of pear and tangerine as far as specifics go, but pine is really the dominant smell. A very slight creaminess is also noticeable, though just barely.

Taste: Complexity is an understatement here. This beer is simply astonishingly deep. The hops hit quickly up front, but are quickly washed away by a formidable creaminess and sweetness (from the lactose and the malts) that would be approaching levels of overpowering and unpleasant sweetness if not for the resurgence of the bitter, piney hops. These flavors fight fervently for the battlefield that is the taster’s tongue, though they eventually settle on terms of a tie and go down together, which is really a win-win for those of us enjoying this delicious drink. I wish I could give this more than five points for this category.

Mouthfeel: …is another homerun for the superior “cow” related beer (sorry, New Glarus; this Wisconsin native still loves you). It is smooth but not watery, bubbly but easy to drink down, creamy but not a mouth-coater. This beer, like the taste (and like all great beers) is balanced perfectly, with a bit of dryness that is not unpleasant.

Overall: Whatever reservations and lack of “It” factor Apocalypse Cow may have had in the first two categories of review it made up for where it really counts. This is a beer that proves sometimes we critics can judge a beer by its cover, or a book by its aroma, or however that goes, and that judgment can be wrong when it comes to the real substance of the book or beer or what-have-you. Those abnormal Floyds from Munster have done it again with this gem of an ale. I’ve been anticipating acquiring this beer for some time, and as it jumped straight into my Top Five beers, it is safe to say it was worth the wait and worthy of the hype. Though the final score will not reflect the awesomeness that is drinking Apocalypse Cow, regulations and rubrics must be followed. 18/20

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:46:11 | More by THANAT0PSIS
Photo of shand
shand

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out a hazy orange color with three fingers of head. The aroma is full of citrus, floral, and piney hops, with some lactose sugar in there to make things a bit different. The taste is, again, fairly unique for a DIPA. It comes in strong with the citrus and tropical hops at first, but this is augmented immediately by the lactose. The sweetness from the lactose seems to bring out the tropical flavors from the hops to ride out the finish. The mouthfeel is full and slightly drying, and the drinkability is very good. This is probably my least favourite of all the hoppy beers I've had from Three Floyds so far. And it's still really good! I do appreciate that it brings something new and unique to the table, but I wouldn't mind more aggression.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:10:44 | More by shand
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear medium amber. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and rocky. Drops to a tiny cap and decent clar after a couple minutes. Aggressively sticky lacing.

Smell: Huge hit of pine resin and citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, pith and oily zest. Lactose sweetness runs right behind it. Mts are big and loaded with sweet bready, caramel, and mildly roasted aromas. Slight grassiness and earthiness as well. Almost pushes toward toffee. Oily hops.

Taste: Aggressively hoppy. Pine builds as an oily, resinous, strongly bitter component. Grapefruit rind in the mix. Huge malt sweetness augmented with the super sweetness of the lactose sugars. Bready and nicely roasted. Caramel malts add another layer of sweetness. Orange and touches of tangerine as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that leans toward full. Moderate carbonation. A touch dry. A touch creamy.

Overall: Less aggressive than other Three Floyd's DIPAs. Huge flavor, but nicely balanced for what it is. Lactose adds some backing sweetness, but ultimately the hops crush it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:57:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.