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Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 475
Hads: 2,015
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 622
Gots: 301 | FT: 13
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdm46410 on 11-23-2008

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.
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Reviews: 475 | Hads: 2,015
Photo of EdCooper
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It may not look like much, and although I consider myself a beer connoisseur I don't use flowery words/descriptions, this is a great beer. And that's coming from a guy that likes stouts. Unlike the mass produced wussy yellow beers, this has a unique flavor. I didn't notice the citrusy taste at first; but it's definitely there; in a good way. You have something in your mouth, and it isn't beer flavored water. I bought this as an evening beverage, but it could suffice as a heavy alternative to a hot afternoon drink, especially if super cold. Primarily because the flavor is so robust. Non-beer fanatics probably don't understand how a beer can be light and robust at the same time. Eating sour cream & habanero gourmet pretsels with it, so consider that. But I'd give it a 4.7-4.8 overall. I bought 3 beers tonight, and this is the one I looked forward to tasting. Tasty!

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass, it pours bright coppery color with a bit of haziness and a nice soapy white head. Nice lacing ring around the top after dissipation.

Smells like ripe tropical and farm fruits. Mango, banana, navel oranges, peaches, and some unidentified floral notes. Sweet maltiness after the fruit notes with light hints of yeast.

Immediate sweet sensation like candied fruit, quickly followed by a mild bitterness. Almost like plums, raisins, and candied orange slices. Sweet on the lips too. The maltiness shines right through the middle giving this outstanding balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, quite resiny, with wonderful carbonation.

This is very very tasty and all around a great beer. I love the sweetness factor of it. Not overly bitter and just a ton of flavors left and right. Get this now!

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange body, yellow hue. Almost crystal clear. Lively, slightly off-white head. Retention adequate.

S: Creamy/whip cream strong up front, undertones of lime citrus hops very fresh yet subtle, clean malts, no booze.

T/M: Insane creamy mouthfeel up front, feels like marshmallow cream. Turns to a hop bomb with intense tropical fruit citrus flavors with a lingering bitterness as if just bitting into a grapefruit.

O: Blanketed malt bill, creamy smooth texture of a nitro Victory Donnybrook. No alcohol burn but warms up the body. Highly impressed.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a hazy tangerine orange. Pours with a nice 1 1/2 inch slightly off white head that slowly dissipates to a thin film on top of the glass.

S: Lots of citrus hops hit the senses first, with some piney and tropical notes as well. Smell is amazing. Just a touch of sweetness noticed.

T: Following the excellent aromas, the taste does not dissapoint. Big hops continue with a solid citrus and green, piney hop flavors dominating the flavor. Very minimal malt backbone just enough to provide some body is hardly noticable. Finish is slighly bitter with some floral notes. Almost no warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium to medium-heavy body that coats the mouth just every so slightly. Carbonation is medium with a nice dry finish.

D: I had this once before, but it was old and a little disappointing. This bottle was fresh (thanks Justin and Matt for a spare). Fresh, this beer is incredible. Super easy to drink, not overly bitter, but with a solid hop presence. I really enjoyed this beer and will seek this out again when released the next time.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very fruity and juicy. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, the lactose really adds a lot to this. A great twist on a IIPA. Could easily drink this all day, one of the smoother drinking IIPAs

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Find it hard to have many complaints about this one, except for it maybe being a touch too sweet. It's a nice dark golden orange color on par with most double ipa's. Smell is hoppy and sweet with some caramel malt and honey present. Wonderfully bitter and smooth with a plush crispness. Sweet malt plays more of a role than I would like, but after awhile becomes pleasent and begins to grow on me. One of the better beers by three floyds, and I think it deserves to be right up there with Dreadnaught in their arsenal.

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Photo of Marty30
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a half inch off-white head. It goes down to a skim and stays that way but a head can be revived quickly with a good swirl. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is full of juicy citrus hops with some tropical fruit tones coming through as well. Some piney hops in there too and slight malt sweetness. A bit of spiciness mixed in there too with peppery alcohol.

Taste has some sweetness up front with lots of fresh and juicy hops. Again huge citrus component with nice complimenting tropical fruit. Slight piney and spicy hop flavor towards the finish. Some more sweetness in the back before bitterness takes over. A very slight warming sensation going down.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, very soft and creamy with perfect level of carbonation.

This beer is almost the same as Dreadnaught to me but with added sweetness and body. Which is an excellent thing to me since that's how I like my DIPAs. Great beer! Even better than when I first had it on tap months ago.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange with a 2 finger head that dissipates to pretty much nothing with some decent laciing

S: smells great. killer citrus in the nose and just that lovely hops smell that is expected in a double IPA. has a good sweet smell in there too

T: A little bit more of a pine hop comes through along with the citrus notes. The body is real nice and creamy and different. the hops dont attack my tongue like usual and it allows for some easier drinking but still get that huge flavor somehow

M: Nice and creamy on the mouth. Carb is pretty much perfect the the style.

D: 11% is awesome for the drinkability. I would not of guessed that by the way its going down so easily.Like i said before the lactose is kind of getting a coating on my mouth so the hops arent affecting my speed of drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine peel orange with lemon peel edges. The creamy crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru. Despite very few visible bubbles, the foam hangs on forever, festooning the glass with lovely looking lace when it eventually begins to slouch.

The nose is an American C-hop extravaganza, Three Floyds-style! It looks like the brewery is keeping the specifics of the hop bill under wraps (as usual), but Centennial almost has to be present. There's a boatload of bright grapefruit peel, an assist from sweet orange, and a smidgen of spruce. No malt is appreciated.

Apocalypse Cow is no Dreadnaught killer (a very short list, by the way), but it's a damn fine DIPA that will satisfy even the most discriminating hophead. Floyd, Floyd and Floyd claim a whopping 100 IBUs and I'm not about to contradict them after having my tongue mauled by the first few mouthfuls. This stuff is hopped to the hilt.

First of all, malt flavor stays the hell out of the way. The beer's color would suggest that something slightly toasted is present... which ends up being barely noted on the palate. The amount of malt is generous, which is noted in an underlying sugary sweetness and a fairly sizable body.

The focus is clearly on the hops... which are intensely floral, as well as being considerably citrusy. Thanks to a withering blast of bitterness, the tanginess of the lactose (milk sugar) doesn't add much. To be fair, it doesn't subtract much either. In the end, it's an odd design choice that smacks of gimmickry. So what, we got an awesome name and a very cool label out of it.

There's no trace of alcohol. On second thought, a hint of hotness is present on the tail end of the finish. No matter, it should be completely gone in another month. The mouthfeel is American big beer big. It still has a certain grace and a suppleness that most double-digit ABV ales lack. Outstanding job here as well. Thanks to wadsey for the bottle.

If you love hops and Three Floyds as much as I do, then do whatever it takes to secure a bottle of Apocalypse Cow. Milk sugar notwithstanding, Apocalypse Rottweiler would be a more appropriate name, because this beast has bite. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Chris585
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Initial appearance after pouring was nice creamy 1 finger head, almost a copper hue. I could barely see through as it was quite cloudy and thick. The smell was a hoppy citrus but then let up into a more malty and sugary smell.

The taste of this is where I almost fell in love. I love IPA's and DIPA's but this one although on the sweet side has such a distinct taste and texture that doesnt get duplicated anywhere I have experienced as of yet.

The slick creamy feel starts out and then a hoppy bite, followed by the lactose sugar and malty tones are balanced out very nicely! Chewy oranges come to mind, with a bit of mango cream.

Overall this is a very very tasty brew. Coming from a 22 oz. you don't need much more than this in one sitting as it definately quenches the palate and the heart of an IPA lover. For the style I definately rate this brew up there with quality and uniqueness not found elsewhere. Ten thumbs up - oh and did I mention Oranges? Definately on the short list for me to pick up again.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a hazy honey color and a bountiful head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: The expected pine and grapefruit pith dominate, but there are also subtle elements of pineapple, mango and apricot as well as a hint of vanilla

Taste: The sweet malt makes an initial appearance and prepares for a greater presence, but the piney and pithy hops quickly jump forward to provide a bitter, but citrusy assault on the tastebuds that, but mid-palate add some mango and pineapple elements; after swallow, the tropical fruit sweetness emerges to challange and blend with the bitterness; on the finish, the vanilla and lactose seems to make its presence felt, adding a new dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice brew that adds an unusual twist to the DIPA style

Thanks, mreusch (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of STEG
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the pint room. Outstanding. Very light color belied a strong flavor. Excellent lacing down the side of the glass. Big fruity citrus flavor. Very crisp. Easy mouthfeel. Exactly what youre looking for in an imperial.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden-orange color, reminiscent of honey. A big, fluffy, almond-colored head forms, leaving very nice lacing down the glass.

S- Definately sweet smelling. Citrusy, but not the typical citrus profile found in an IPA. Candied grapefruit rind, oranges, and meyer lemons come through in the nose. Mild alcohol presence with sweet, resiny pine notes in the background.

T- Candied oranges, citron, and grapefruit with a sturdy malt backbone. Caramelized sugar. More pine in the taste than in the nose, but certainly not overwhelming. I didn't get any distinct cream notes from the lactose, but there's definately a big sweetness that works very well with the hops.

M- The head that first formed was softer than any head I've ever noticed on a beer. Medium body, but leaning towards the full-bodied side with a clean, dry finish.

D- Pleasant and extremely well balanced. Not too bitter and not too sweet with a good hop profile.

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Photo of dc55110
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iconoklaztor for the awesome trade.
Poured into a snifter, nice large frothy head that fairly quickly dissipates, leaving a fair amount of lacing. The color is a perfect burnt orange.
The aromas coming from this beer are amazing; citrus, pine, dank weed. Wonderful! I got a nostril full while inhaling too deeply.
The flavors follow the nose. Big citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. A nice piney resin finish. I don't get much if any of the lactose, other than a nice sweet balance to the hops bitterness and bite.
Clean and crisp with just enough lingering residue to remind you of the wonderful elixir that has recently passed through your lips.
If this was available to me it would be a regular purchase. This is up there with some of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, and was pleased to find a couple fresh bottles on the shelf. Not very bitter, almost creamy, maybe a result of the lactose milk sugar. Very drinkable in spite of the ABV. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of snowmaggedon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was a June release and the store manager, whom I trust, said it was pretty fresh. It was a very hazy orange color with lots of carb streams. It had a good sized off-white head that settled into a thick collar and film. Good amounts of slow sliding lace with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Grapefruit, pine, mango, pineapple and some floral representing the hop team with good sweet malt and lactose on the malt side. Really liked the hoppy/sweet mix on this one. That's a hard balance to get but it did it. The taste followed the aroma and again had great hoppy/sweet balance. Starts out a bit sweet then the hop kick in and take over and then they drop just a little at the end as the sweet comes back a little. Really good aftertaste. Could be a little less sweet but not bad as is. Full body and chewy with great carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a really good DIPA and another winner from 3F. I still think Dreadnaught is near perfection but this is a good one to get as well. Glad I finally got to try it after seeing the early reviews on it. Highly recommend. Not available here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - if avail near me this would make the regular DIPA rotation for sure. Must try on tap. For now, this will be in the care package shipments that I get from my dad for sure. [R;Y;ship]

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

poured from 22oz bottle into teku.

A - A delightful peach/apricot orange with a bright 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Nice ring around my glass with good lacing.

S - Big floral hops, with orange and ripe pineapple. Some good sweet honey and more floral sweetness continue in the aroma. Some light herbal leafy and earthy scents.

T - Nice citrus and blood orange up front followed by honey and sweet bread. More ripe pineapple honey that finishes into a sharp bitterness. I really enjoy IIPAs that are flavored like this.

M - Smooth and rich for a IIPA. Carbonation is medium and there is a nice slick oily feel with bitterness left on my tongue.

O - This is well balanced with big juicy bitter hops and a wonderful sweetness. Wish I could find this easily in WI as it is well worth it. Reminds me of Toppling Goliath Sosus.

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Photo of bamadog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with Kels that was picked up on a recent trip to Indy for other beer related activities -- clearly, this was one of the best surprises to come from the trip! An amazing beer! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden coppery/honey color with solid 2 finger off-white slightly peachy colored head that is sticky and chewy and fades toa thick and chewy, yet full and uneven skim; sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass and the body is a little cloudy and shows nice carbonation near the sides of the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), pungent and bitter overall; slightly caramel sweet malty backing rounds out a very pleasant nose.

Taste: Something special, no doubt! It tastes like orange peel cream candies (if there is such a thing, and if there isn't, there should be) drizzled with sweet caramel; a slightly earthy/flowery presence creates something of a tasty perfume in my mouth (creepy, right?); an amazing combination and I believe the lactose used in the brewing gives that creamy candy-like sweetness. Holy cow... Holy Apocalypse Cow.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth and creamy -- most unique DIPA I have ever tasted and felt; smoothness is amazing. A nice thick coating is left on the palate and it holds that amazing orange citrus and caramel flavor for me to savor.

Drinkability: For something that is 10% ABV, the drinkability is too high. It's an amazing drink with tremendously strong flavors and a pretty great balance considering everything that's going on. Hats off to the Three Floyds once again -- never a let down.

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Photo of latackbeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing I just reviewed a Great Helles Lager and Jumped to Double IPA but I'm always a Hop Head just need something else one and a while!

3 Floyd's is there one beer that is just awful!?!

Poured into a snifter glass. Big WHITE head fell to a finger left. With great lacing sticking to the side of the glass. TONs of carbonation!! Smells of citrus and caramel base competing. Taste is sweet, a little malt bitterness finishes. Highly drinkable definitely could enjoy a few of these!!

Glad I grabbed this when I did, I almost didn't but a customer of mine almost cleaned me out and I asked him to save some for myself and others!

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.