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Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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475 Reviews
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Reviews: 475
Hads: 2,024
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 625
Gots: 310 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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: 2,024
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle shared with JP and the wife

Pours like pulp free unfiltered orange juice with a sparse collar like some sad mongrel yearning for a happy home. I'm officially depressed.

Sniffs like funky, milky, grainy, hopped up oj

Bizarre Floydsosity here. Mild citric quality, half and half, smooth, somewhat boozy. Flavor lingers on the palette long after each sip. Uniquely enjoyable and alternately nearly sweetly cloying, walks the line like Mr. Cash himself.

Sleek, chewy, slightly syrupy. Drinks better than 11 %, but that doesn't always translate into wanting to do so.

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Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a thin white head.

S - Floral, citrusy (lemon & oranges) hops with a sweet malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and canned mandarin oranges with some sweet toffee malts. Bit of bitterness in the finish, but nothing unpleasant. Nice and juicy!

M - Very smooth and creamy with a medium+ body. Carbonation is soft and prickly.

D - A very good DIPA, as expected from 3 Floyds. Not quite as amazing as Dreadnaught, but a smooth and juicy brew nonetheless, I could sip on this all day.

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber golden color with little bit of white head.

s - Smells of citrus and floral hops, as well as fruity malts.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrus in the smell, would try again.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip a cloudy orange that appears to glow. The head is thinner and tan but produces plenty of lace.

Immense amount of citrus fills the nose. Fresh squeezed orange juice and tangerine. Some pineapple and a floral hop scent similar to lavender.

The hops are plump, juicy and sweet. Loads of tangerine, orange and grapefruit, but not overly bitter. The malt has wheat like characteristics. The lactose is a nice sweet compliment to the hop profile. Minor noticeable alcohol.

Between medium and full bodied, this gem has q velvety smooth feel all the way through. Soft and supple.

Drinks like an IPA. Tough to set the glass down. A top notch DIPA. Highly recommend this even with the higher pricetag.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Iowa. Split with my beer bud. 22oz bottle...

A: Interesting golden, murky, reddish honey color with a small off-white head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Super citrus earthy hop with some sugary oranges. Some bitter lemon peel in the middle with Some grapefruit on the backend. Not getting much of the milky scent. Good.

T: Citrus grapefruit hops unfront followed by creamy orange and some sweet fruit on the backend. I get some booziness on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body that leaves some nice citrus liquor flavors on the palate. Very good.

D: This brew drinks surprisingly easy despite the ABV. Once you get past the unique flavors it goes down good.

All in all, this is a solid brew that I'm glad I got to try. If you like IPA's, then definitely hunt this brew down and give it a try if you want to try an interesting take on the IPA. I recommend this brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to thanks my friend Matt for a sharing a bottle he brought back from Munster. It was certainly an interesting DIPA. The lactose made the beer come off with an aged malt character - smooth bready caramel with a hint of toffee. The hops, however, were fresh as ever with a big fruity and floral bouquet that ended with a little rind and spice. Certainly worth checking out if you're into the style and/or love hoppy barleywines, it has a bit of the same feel.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with 2 fingers of white foam that fades slowly, leaving tons of sticky lacing everywhere. Wow.

S: Floral, citrusy hops.

T: Floral, citrusy hops. Pine, too. Mild toffee backbone. And cream.

M: Wow. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Bitterness is very nice too.

D: Would drink tons of it if it were more available. I might have to brew my own :)

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Three Floyds shared by the other Matt. Very cool, thanks Matt.

First thing is first, this beer has just about the best label art of any beer I've ever seen. Beer served in a tulip glass. Beer is amber to yellow and hazy. Small bubbles forms a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass but the overall carbonation levels of the beer are moderate to low.

The aroma of the this beer leads off with the hops and finishes with the malt backbone. That's the correct aroma. Its mostly piny and earthy hops with a hint of sulfur. There is some sweetness, almost sugary but I suspect I'm just smelling the malt.

Beer is big bodied but not heavy interestingly. Its a good DIPA. Moderate malty back bone to prop up the body. Strong earthiness and creamy mouthfeel. Some sulfur in the body which is a danger with certain hops but its not too distracting. Bitterness is growing and nice. Its not distracting. Beer is a little spicy with the hops as well. The carbonation in the palate doesn't really thin it out more but it brings the hop flavors forward. Its a good IPA. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased a few miles from the brewery, I can find no dating on the bottle. Pours fully clouded medium apricot, under a long lasting and tightly knit head, sheeting, quality lace, you get the idea. Super fruity nose, with melon, mangoes shining through. Better then well hopped brew, citrus, resin, its all in there. Nice to have the opportunity to try more new and fresh high quality brew from FFF. highly recommended

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll be opening a bomber that was released in June 2009. I purchased the bottle in April 2010 from a store where it was kept between 38 and 45 degrees. I have no record of how it was kept prior to its delivery to the store. I've kept it between 45 and 50 degrees since April '10. I'm calling this a "1 year cellared brew*"...(with an asterics). Let's see what its got.

A - Thick and fluid pour of a nice hazy orange and a head of slightly off-white. The head is sticky and cligs with all its might to the glass leaving a whispy lacing and ahumucky top.

S - The aroma of peach and mango fills the air even with the pour a good two feet away from me. This is a very impressive scent from a distance! When held close there is a very slight pine and a robust citrus hop.

T - Well, this is a most unique DIPA. The alcohol flavor is certainly present and accented by sweet, sugary malt. This is a livewire of flavor. I would say the year has likely taken the hops and toned them down considerably allowing the maltiness to shine through. My guess is that another year or two cellared would have allowed for the sweetness to subside a bit as the hops did.

M - Soft, and thick, and actually rather velvety. There is no abbrassive action anywhere throughout each pull. It goes down well and sits well in the finish.

~ I was a bit skeptical on cellaring this as most IPAs don't turn out that great in the cellar. They seem to lose alot of the hop quality. In this case, while the hops are not in any way overwhelming I would say the cellar was not a bad place for it. This is a lovely brew and I wish I had another one stowed away so I could test it on the two year plan.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulips.

Really underwhelmed by this one compared to my experience with Dreadnaught. Not sure if it was the 'lacto sugars' or what, but this was too sweet with a thick, sticky, frothy mouthfeel that really turned me off. Some citrus and herbal tones, but not much complexity or drinkability.

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

Thanks to Kels for splitting the bottle.

22oz. Brown bomber poured into a pint.

A: Poured a very hazy orangish rust. Good head on the pour with some retention and lots of lacing.

S: Some citrus and lots of fruit. Strong pineapple aroma. Some sweet malts that aren't thick or chewy.

T/M: Decent bitterness, very clean and not harsh at all. More citrus and still lots of great fruitiness. Pineapple. Pleasant sweetness. Body is medium or so with nice carbonation.

D: Drinks very easy.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paradiso in Dupont last night.

Pouring a hazy orange/mango in color, this beer has a nice off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is quite good. While sweeter than I like my IPAs, this is still good with plenty of tropical fruit with mango in particular, with some citrus (orange) and a definite malt character, this is solid. The lactose is an interesting accent here. The palate opens with a juicy hop character with tropical fruit, citrus and a moderate malt sweetness. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has some sweetness on the finish with the lactose character being noticeable. Hop character is moderate and mostly flavor with low bitterness. Solid stuff, I enjoyed my 12oz glass, but wouldn't drink too much

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what 'Apocalypse Cow' means, but I know what one tastes like. Turns out quite bitter... with with the wholesome goodness of hoppy citrus and tropical fruits.

Juicy aromas of tropical appricots, pinapple, and mangos are mixed with sharp grapefruit and tangerines. A soft, very soft, caramel scent rides just underneath the showcase of hop aromas.

Deep orange and with a murky haze, the beer is much more opaque than expected even for a big IPA. Light carbonation fuels a stubborn, froathy, but low lying head of ivory foam. A veyr sturdy and masculine look.

Flavors return once again to the massive hop profile. Grapefruit, oranges, mangos, pineapples, and appricots all swirl together in a zesty and mouthwatering taste. Complex and powerful with a bold bitterness that works hard not to interfere with the hop flavor. Light caramels, light breads/dough, and a yeasty quality may be a result of the added lactose- not as sweet as expected but with a non-descript malty flavor that avoids syrup or cloying taste.

Very creamy and full early on but when the combined dryness of the hops and alcohol rise at mid palate, the beer turns more crisp, clean, and refreshing despite the gravities and sugars involved.

It turns out that the lactose adds more body and simplistic malt character in place of extra caramel flavors and sweetness, making the beer creamier and cleaner- I didn't really see that comming. Still, the beer cleans up well going into the finish for that refreshing finish of citrus and tropical fruits.

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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 generalnotsew
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very milky medium coloring with a fat creamy head. Smell is very potent. Tangy, grassy, grapefruit with a touch of sweetness. The odor is very pleasant. Wowzer! That is the thickest and creamiest mouthfeel I have ever had. Taste is kind of a piney very citrusy and great bitter hoppiness. Much more hoppy bitter than a lot of people are saying. This isn't anywhere near a malt bomb DIPA like Great Lakes Monster was. Hop heads won't be let down. The lactose is slightly present in the nose and on the tongue. But it isn't off putting or overpowering. The mouthfeel is out of this world though! Unlike anything I had before. This is a must try.

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Photo of JoePat
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very hazy pale almost orange color with thin white head.

Very pronounce grapefruit, citrus aroma at first and barely there but detectable as it warms. Not much else in this beer. Very hop forward in the aroma.

It taste like 3F worked very hard to get the perfect balance between malt and hops in a 10% ABV beer. Once they found that perfect balance they added a mountain of hops to that beer and Apocalypse Cow was born. A hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel has the usual 3F smoothness. I don't know how else to discribe it. It is so smooth it goes down effertlessly.

This is a double IPA I feel I could drink all day.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick hazy golden hue that produced a good off-white fluffy head with good retention behind it.

(S)- A dry piney resin blast of lemon, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus.

(T)- A dry piney wonderland full of creamy citrus notes very similar to the smell. A light bitter/dry finish with more citrus pine.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great hop citrus presence that meshes well with the creamy sweetness this puts off. A light bitterness at the end. Overall, rather smooth, a great citrus profile, and great ABV integration. Where is the 10%?

(D)- A great DIPA that I daresay might rival their Dreadnaught when fresh like this. Incredible smoothness and citrus fruits. Seek this out if you can; a great summer brew from a solid brewery, who sure puts out alot of different DIPAs!

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Photo of regspeir
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with wnoble
22 oz bottle into a snifter. Poured a lemony, hazy gold with a large head which settled into a coating. Lacing was a thin map but prevailed throughout. Nose revealed citrus, pine and some floral notes but also sweetness was there - sugar and caramel. Taste was wonderfully unique. Like any DIPA there were hop notes of citrus and pine but it played with sweetness, likely a product of the lactose. There were evidence of malts as well - caramel, roasted flavors and some melon-like flavors. The finish was an awesome interplay between bitter and sweet, hops and lactose. Mouthfeel was very creamy and incredibly smooth. This was a fascinating brew! I am sorry this is so hard to come by because this was an excellent and unique offering. If you can, try it for sure!

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

Pours hazy burnt orange with a dense off-white head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with plenty of apricot citrus and resinous pine character.

Taste is very balance biscuit malt and orange peel bitterness. The citrus fruit from the nose is more pronounced - apricot, tangerine, and melon stand out. Finishes with earthy, and slightly floral hop and vague lingering yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-full.

Very smooth and flavorful, with excellent citrus notes. Hops are interesting and not at harsh. There is no indication of the high ABV. A winner.

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Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep cloudy orange with lots of carbonation and a long lasting sticky white head.

The smell was slightly lemony and a touch of juniper along with a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a sweet creamy malt body and a decent yet not overpowering dose of citrusy hops and bitterness. Evens out quite well.

The Lactose really shows off here giving it a silky smoothness and creamy body.

This could be dangerously drinkable and is hard to believe its 10percent, as usual very well done by 3 Floyds.

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Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold/amber color. Nice head retention, good lacing.

S: Smells very sweet for an IIPA. There are hops, but a definite sweet smell is also present.

T: Tastes like it smells. Malt backbone, sweet (lactose), then hops on the finish. Sweetness holds as aftertaste.

M: Very creamy and nice.

D: At the end of 22 oz, I was wishing for less sweetness.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tapped at yogis for Indiana beer week.

from the tap a hazy honey orange to a 12oz snifter with a 1/2 finger long lasting head leaving nice lace.

strong aroma of tropical fruit followed by pine and citrus.

fairly thick and syrupy to the tongue on the first few sips, tasting of pine and citrus hops. sweet forward followed by a medium bitter.

smooth, but bitter.

drinkable ? I suppose, but I'll stop with one -- will be popping a bottle in a few days.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip at 3F brewpub. Light orange, with some haziness but definitely looks substantial in the glass. Nice 1 inch off-white head and incredible lacing, very sticky.

Smell was everything you'd want from a double, loads of citruis and pine, but not a grapefruit bomb either.

Taste was out of this world. Tons going on with the hops and malt but I never tasted any alocohol, likely a product of the lactose, which greatly smoothed out ths taste and frankly enabled me to taste more of what's in there. .

I have a new favorite from 3F. I only wished they sold in growlers, this is incredible.

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