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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Apocalypse CowApocalypse Cow

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Ratings: 1362
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)
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Photo of spointon


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a straight sided English pint glass.

A= At around 55 degrees, this ale poured a hazy orange color with a 3/4" yellow-cream head. The head dropped to a solid cap and stayed there all the way through. Big sheets of foamy, sticky lace left on my glass.

S= Packed with juicy fresh aromas, including citrucy hops and lots of fruitiness (peach, mango, and grapefruit). I also could smell the rich malt base underneath it all. Alcohol was present but it blended well with the other aroma characteristics.

T= Very much like the smell, with a big malt and fruity sweetness balanced by a ton of citrusy hops...it was huge on the citrus and weak on the pine notes, just how I like it. I wouldn't say this beer had a lot of base bitterness, but it certainly has lots of fresh hop flavor. Some honey-like notes in there too. The finish started sweet but then some spiciness from the hops and alcohol kicked in and everything dried out nicely.

MF= I'd call this just a bit heavier than medium bodied with a nice tongue-coating feel and moderately soft carbonation.

D= A tasty DIPA for sure and dangerously drinkable. Sort of makes me think this is FFF's answer to Bell's Hopslam. This just might be my new favorite FFF hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:53:03 | More by spointon
Photo of kels


4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bamadog was kind enough to split this bomber with me my last night in Cincy before moving. This was a seriously great way to celebrate!

Appearance: Pours a really nice honey burnt-orange with some hazy cloudiness throughout. Looks very reflective and holds a 1/2 finger well-retained super sticky white, frothy head.

Smell: Mmmm - smells delicious, juicy and mouthwatering. Light, sweetly bitter citrus, chewy grains and slightly floral honey. There's something else in here that I recognize but can't get...wait for it...pineapple! The pineapple juice comes through loud and clear in the aroma and smells amazing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is very full, soft and filling. The hops come through a little more bitter in the taste than in the smell and are balanced really well with a toasted caramelly malt and grain. It is sweet, bitter and toasted all at once. Alcohol is incredibly well-masked and only eeks out in the vapors at the end.

Drinkability: Amazingly high. The taste is so delicious and well-balanced, paired with a surprisingly full, light and refreshing feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 13:17:00 | More by kels
Photo of infestaxion


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden with a 1/2 finger white head that has better things to do than hang out at the top of my beer.

S - Bright citrus hops and what I suspect is the lactose sugar. Pretty damn good smelling beer for as little complexity as it has.

T - Wow. That is different. The sweetness hits you up front. And I mean hits you. Then on it's run from the assault charges, goes through some grassy, citrus hops and bitterness. Then the sweetness comes back to hit you again along with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Thick for an DIPA but I'm ok with that. Could use some more carbonation.

D - As the temperature goes up, so goes the drinkability. I wouldn't want to spend a night with this bovine but I will enjoy the time we share.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:19:08 | More by infestaxion
Photo of hooliganlife


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours light copper with a thick white head that slowly disappears. great lacing and great retention.

light sweet citrus hops and sweet malt notes, fairly faint overall. scent compliments the fact this is a sweet DIPA.

sweet citrus orange up front followed by a sweet bitter finish. a slightly floral flavor through out. this beer is crazy sweet and the sweetness really never leaves. the malts and alcohol are fairly hidden.

pretty full body and VERY light carbonation. this is insanely smooth.

although the ABV is high, this is too easy to drink. i honestly just want to chug it but i know that would be a bad idea. this is crazy sweet, like REALLY sweet but that smooths this double IPA out drastically but the hops are still very much there.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 23:34:26 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of kirok1999


3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold, obviously unfiltered. Just a bit of lace on the glass and a fading head.
Smell is nicely sweet but a bit thin. Some sweet caramel and a bit of citrus hops.
Taste is very sweet, lots of caramel, pine and citrus. There's a lingering hop bite in the finish, slightly bitter as well. This is in stark contrast to the initial sweetness that hits up front. The alcohol is well hidden.
Feels rich and smooth with just a bit of carbonation to release the aromas.
I'd prefer this with some good sharp cheese to balance the sweetness. Overall a very pleasant beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:28:55 | More by kirok1999
Photo of BitterPachyderm


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

22 oz. bomber (sweet ass artwork, with no freshness) poured into the appropriate SN pint glass...not sure why the cow on the bottle only has one eye...maybe I should read a bit more into the apocalypse. I digress...

3 fingers of frothy off white head with great lacing-very sticky. Great head retention...hazy orange (almost amber) body.

Whoa! Pineapple and grapefruit assault the senses here. Massive hits of spicy and peppery hops with an underlying smell of sweet citrus. My kind of DIPA...very floral!

Sweet citrus notes up front...sweet, sweet, sweet! There is a subtle bitter finish with a small bit of vanilla, but mostly just sweet hops and spicy goodness. Complex yet simple...

Slick, oily, creamy, and smooth=perfection!

I can quaff this from this cow all day long!

I wanted to make this a complex review, but this is just a brew that you have to have for yourself. FFF has outdone themselves this time...it's almost like a mixture of Dreadnaught and Gumballhead...but what can I say, because FFF knows their hops!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 21:42:47 | More by BitterPachyderm
Photo of Florida9


3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper in color. Two fingers of rocky head leave copious amounts of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma is intense and very enticing. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and even some floral accents. A little bit of alcohol as well. FFF just has a knack to developing the most beautifully aromatic IPA's and this one is not lacking.

T: A little sweet malt quickly followed by a very brief, but pungent, burst of sugary sweetness (which I will assume is the lactose). Develops into a wonderful array of hoppy goodness with floral flavors and a moderate grapefruit bitterness. Candy sweetness lingers on the tongue.

M: Moderate weight. Decent carbonation. A little creaminess, thought the sweetness can be a little cloying at times.

D: This is an interesting DIPA variant. Yet another great beer from FFF, though, IMO, Dreadnaught is superior as the sugar sweetness of this beer tastes almost artificial. I'm glad to have tried it, and certainly enjoyed it, but I'm unsure if I could handle that sweet, one-dimensional, burst on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:03:12 | More by Florida9
Photo of alleykatking


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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured into my Bell's snifter. Nice dark hazy orange color. Good off white one finger head that stays around leaving good lacing around the sides of the glass. This beer looks good.

S- Sweet citrus hops come crashing through a light malt backbone. It smells a little sweet which might be from the lacotse in this. Mostly all I smell is hops though.

T- This is good tasting. Not my favorite DIPA but this right there fighing for middle ground and up toward the upper half. The hops kick in with this beer right off the get go which is expected. A nice citrus blast right from the get go. It seems a little more thick or creamy maybe than what I remembered when I had it on tap when they had it the first time. The lactose throws a little off flavor that I don't care for but over all decent tasting for sure.

M- Nice mouthfeel altogether. Good carbonation with this has the beer gliding gently over the palate without to much being lost. The hops resin sticks to the tounge and I think there is a unique aftertaste of hops and a slight creamy taste to it.

D- I would drink this on a normal basis but sadly that is not going to happen. I think this is a good sipper with the flavors changing when the beer warms a little. Overall not my favorite DIPA but it's from FFF and well just plain good.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 04:07:35 | More by alleykatking
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

Bomber purchased from Armanetti's for about $11. This beer is crystal clear and copper colored with a full froth that laces into small islands on the glass. The smell is all hops, resin and citrus. On second sniff that's not quite true, there are a lot of sweet aromas there too, this smells like it might ride the barleywine line. While the taste is definitely not barleywine this is much sweeter than I'd prefer for a DIPA. I appreciate the hops but the sweetness becomes cloying and gives me pause. I can taste the lactose in the aftertaste, which is pretty unique for an IPA. But it seems heterogeneous, almost a two-to-three phase system (hops, lactose, ethanol) where the individual parts contradict rather than compliment each other. Thick bodied and sticky (at least this complements the hop resin aroma) but hard to drink very fast. Just too much evident alcohol and clashing flavors. Worth a try but I won't get it again (and I almost had it on cask last night at the Map Room, wonder how that turned out).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 03:10:38 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of paco1029384756


3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong juicy hops, citrus and sweet lactose. Hops and lactose are a nice combination.

Taste of strong hops, and lactose. Very simple, and the flavors here don't work together as well as they did in the scent. An okay experiment, but I probably won't have it again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:52:57 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with great artwork.
Pours a dark gold in color. There's about a half inch of head that is created with a pretty vigorous pour. Smell is all hops. This is going to be a treat.
Some very serious citrus and piney hops in the nose. Not a bomb, but they're there. Taste is more of the hops, but also just a bit of light malt as well. This is a very creamy and smooth beer. So much so, that it kind of takes away from the hop assault on your mouth and tongue. Way too drinkable and way too smooth. Very enjoyable and delicious. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 14:40:06 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of TheodorHerzl


4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rather hazy orange color with a fingers worth of head that left good spotty lacing on my snifter. The citrus takes full force on the nose with plenty of orange, citrus, mango, and passion fruit. This is almost a dead ringer for dreadnaught on the nose. I can keep my nose all day in a pint of dreadnaught, so I am alright with this. The flavor profile is full again of all those citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a sizeable sweetness from the caramel malt. The mouthfeel is main difference between this and dreadnaught. The mouthfeel is thick and full, and I would say one of the biggest mouthfeels in a DIPA that I've personally encountered.

You can tell this beer has most of the qualities of dreadnaught, but it has some other differences that I actually liked better than dreadnaught. The mouthfeel was something I've never encountered in a DIPA before and it was most welcomed.

Awesome beer, and I hope this beer makes more than just one appearance a year.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 16:47:59 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy tangelo with a nice 1 finger slightly off white crown. Some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Citrus hops, floral hops, and lactose milk sugar. Kind of like a slightly hoppy orange creamsicle!

Taste: Fairly pale malt coupled with orange like hops up front. Some lactose in the middle and a dry slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: On the extremely thin side of meedium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well hidden and the body is thin enough to score well.

Not a home run but a welcome edition to the beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 00:49:33 | More by koopa
Photo of Maction


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden brown (and delicious?) semi-opaque beer, with big mobile bubbles moving up to a frothy two inch head, which leaves a good amount of lace, but dies quickly after the pour.

S: I smell oranges, roses, creamy candy, and notes of hay.

T: The taste is sweet and acidic at first, like orange or peach bitters, followed by a smoother grain flavor, with more intense citrus notes on the finish.

M: This is a chewy beer, but ashy. The finish is both coating and drying to the inside of my mouth.

D: This is and intense and almost perfumey beer, but the cottony feeling in my mouth afterwards kept it from being outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 17:51:09 | More by Maction
Photo of jwinship83


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that just arrived on the shelf at my local bottle shop. i love the artwork! poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip Glass.

A- this one pours a golden orange colored body with a finger of lasting brilliant white head. the head leaves rings of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass as it recedes.

S- lots and lots of citrus hops. mostly grapefruit, but theres some orange and possible pineapple in here too. not much on the malt front. not that i mind...

T- some caramel malt comes through up front. after that its a full forced hop assault. grapefruit is the most noticeable, as in the nose. theres definitely some pineapple in here as well. maybe some other tropical fruits as well. nice and bitter. not a trace of the booze.

M- this has an incredibly thick body for an IIPA. thickest ive ever encountered. nice level of carbonation. very smooth.

D- very easy to finish, but im not sure how much of this i could drink. the thick, heavy mouthfeel wore on me after a while. the taste is great. very dreadnaught like which isnt a bad thing at all. check this one out before its all gone. hopefully it comes out yearly.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 11:36:19 | More by jwinship83
Photo of bgreg3


4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright first review

I just got lucky enough to pick this one up tonight along with a another bomber from fff.Three floyds has changed my perspective on beer forever and I will be reviewing alot of their brews because they're 5 minutes away from my house!
Lucky me!
Alright on to the cow...

App.- Hazy amber great look the head was about an inch and lasted for a good 10 minutes.

Smell- Smell is fantastic ! you can smell the citrus kick right off the bat along with the sweetness of the lactose milk sugar.

taste- First it starts tangy and citrusly , and very quickly you taste the sweetness of malt and milk sugar , it's mind blowing. Dreadnaughts cousin , but i think better.

mouthfeel- pretty average for a double IPA a little thick, I'd say about medium or a little above that

Drinkability- GREAT! for something this strong wow it drinks so well. a bomber of it will make your blood flow thats for sure.

Overall- If your a fan of dreadnaught its a must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 03:04:11 | More by bgreg3
Photo of littlekidlover


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Three Floyd's IPA! pours a copper color with a decent head and good lacing. Smells like a wallup of pine and citrus with a little bit of sweetness rounding it out. The taste is pretty standard IPA stuff with some added spiciness. I can just barely taste the lactose, it seems to leave a slight tang on your tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with better than average carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, I might want to counter it with something less hoppy. The hops leave a little bitter aftertaste. All in all, quite good but I would like if FFF bottled a little more Dark Lord and scaled back the multiple IPA's

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 23:41:59 | More by littlekidlover
Photo of youngblood


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

Poured a dark amber. Two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

Smells so yummy. Juicy citrus hops all around here. Some nice sweetness as well. Small bit of pine and florals coming through too.

Man this is a juicy DIPA. Leaves the mouth watering from the moment it enters and keeps it going when its gone. Nice grapefruit and some pepper, caramel at the back end.

Nice drinkability for a 10%. I had to idea it was so high.

Fantastic effort by Three Floyds. I agree with the others though, this isn't hugely different from Dreadnaught, maybe a twinge sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 12:59:33 | More by youngblood
Photo of roadhouse


4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 06:10:27 | More by roadhouse
Photo of orsulacp


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly cloudy orange/gold with an off-white head in the Comfort Inn plastic cup. The nose was mostly citric and floral hops with a little hint of biscuit malt, it was more floral than citric. The taste was fantastic, a little sweet orange, a little pine, a little cut grass (more smell then taste), it started sweet and ended bitter. All the flavors were distinct and not on top of each other. I was really impressed with the mouthfeel, it was like a cask beer in a bottle, low carbonation, and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 04:38:30 | More by orsulacp
Photo of Reagan1984


3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As a big Three Floyds fan I was excited to try this version of an IPA and was hoping to have another Dreadnaught type experience. I am sad to report that didn't happen. Overall, too cloying and sweet. Certainly some fun stuff happening, but just too goopy..

Nice creamy white head forms atop a bright copper beer with excellent clarity. The color is startling and very nice. Some lacing forms and the head does fade rather quickly.

Aroma is bright and a true balance between the citrus hops and floral notes and the bold sweetness. It's right here that you get your first sense of what is to come.

Flavor just grabs you with the bold sweetness. Some deep tropical fruits, citrus hops and certainly fresh, but the bitterness almost takes a back seat to the sweetness. There is a slight touch of alcohol, but again the sweetness takes over and masks this.

Body was a bit too thick and not creamy, but almost syrupy.

I didn't find this extremely drinkable, and was a touch disappointed. If you love overly sweet DPA's then this is your beer. It's just not mine.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 12:35:11 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of gorby10826


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am glad they bottled this one. It's a lot like dreadnaught...with an extra kick in a few areas. It is a little sweeter....I don't know why people said it is over the top or gritty sweetness. I would challenge them to do a side by side with dreadnaught.

It is a tad bit more boozy and thicker as well.
A delicious brew, once again FFF does another wonderfully done NOT NORMAL brew. I tried finding a few more bottles of this the next day but they seem to be gone. Let's hope they bottle more.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 16:18:53 | More by gorby10826
Photo of chicagobeerriot


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass. Pours hazy amber with a two finger head. Mouthfeel is at first remarkably round and smooth for an IPA. Only later does the carbonated tang kick in. The lactose takes the lead; the sweet note has a bit of lavender and tangerine that seemlessly blend into intense floral and citrus hops. As in life sometimes, after the sweetness fades, the bitterness lingers ... after half a glass, the hops dominate the more subtle flavors. I'd suggest taking the occasional break to pick up the full range. Despite the bells and whistles, this is at its heart a killer DIPA. I view this as Dreadnaught's smoother and more sophisticated cousin: a fun beer that will challenge your palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 23:45:25 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of roger617


4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into snifter

A: 4.25 Pours bright golden with 1 finger of head. Great lacing.
S: 4.5 Powerful hop aroma. Nothing short of what I'd expect from 3F with this style.
T: 4.75 Amazing flavor profile. Great hop flavor balanced with a strong bitter sweet malt. The lactose is present, but by no means dominant.
M: 4.25 Silky smooth, well carbed.
O: 4.5 3F never ceases to amaze me. This is one delicious beer that I would recommend to any fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 21:05:54 | More by roger617
Photo of IrishHockey


4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my favorite beer that I have had from Three Floyd's. It's kinda like a kicked up, sweeter Zombie Dust IMO. Has some citrus notes to it and its kinda sweet, but not over powering sweet. I paired this with the pulled pork sandwhich from the brew pub (I recommend this too).
This is one that I would have to be careful with though. It drinks easy and has a fairly high alcohol content.

Served on tap at the brew pub in a snifter 8/2012

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 14:04:24 | More by IrishHockey
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