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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 554
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
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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Tiburon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-13-2013 23:34:55 | More by Tiburon
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-13-2013 19:09:19 | More by BullBearHawk
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mpayne5

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-13-2013 18:09:44 | More by mpayne5
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myuncle

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-13-2013 13:06:55 | More by myuncle
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jman005

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-13-2013 04:48:17 | More by jman005
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Pando

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-13-2013 03:27:30 | More by Pando
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huddyball

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2013 21:06:51 | More by huddyball
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-12-2013 20:55:14 | More by dedbeer
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-12-2013 20:52:57 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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DavidRose

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2013 23:58:55 | More by DavidRose
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Rope

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
Cloudy orange, with a hint towards redness. Thin white head.

Smell-
Strong, not overbearing, hop presence that comes across as refreshing (like smelling lemon juice). The hop smell is a mixture of floral, citrus, and fruit. A very demure malt smell.

Taste-
Starts with citrus hops, moves to the sweet, then before the bitter hop bit comes in it is almost a tea quality. This nebulous tea taste does seem to come from the shift of flavors to the bitter, and it is fantastic. It ends like a bitter IPA, like all Stone beers.

Mouthfeel-
The hoppiness can coat your mouth pretty well, but the bitter makes it feel clean. Very refreshing on a warm day.

Overall-
This kind of strikes me as a fraternal twin to Permanent Funeral, which has more sweet malt IIPA quality, where this one has a hop citrus bitter IIPA quality. Both fantastic, and excellent entry from FFF.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:54:38 | More by Rope
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-11-2013 22:47:09 | More by FullObs
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22oz Bottle, No bottle on date.
Received in a trade, thank you jampics2.

A: Burnt orange, lots of cascading bubbles. Tight, slightly off white head.
S: Slightly yeasty, sweet a little bit of citrus. Very muted smell on this one.
T: Malty sweetness up front finished off with some pine resin. Not what I would consider a juicy DIPA. The alcohol was completely hidden.
M: The carbonation helps to coat your mouth in bitter, sticky, resinous glory. Full bodied that finished very dry.
O: My first thought was this tasted like a bigger, fuller version of Bell's Two Hearted. I had this at slightly below cellar temp. Next time I'll start it off a bit colder and see where the flavors go from there as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:31:31 | More by Davepoolesque
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sbxx

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep, hazy tangerine color. 2 fingers of thick foam head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, bread, slight herbal note

Taste - Weird. Probably the first FFF brew I can say right off the bat that I don't care too much for. Citrus and pine hop note up front is quickly overwhelmed by the malt and lactose. Odd aftertaste. Slight alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, acidic, high carbonation, wet sticky finish.

Overall - Probably the most overrated FFF brew I've tried to date. Not bad, but not great either. Disappointed at what I spent on this bomber. So many great brews available for much less, even from FFF! Zombie or Alpha King 6 pack >>>>>>> Apocalypse Cow bomber, all the same price. Will pass on this next time. On the bright side, at 10-11% ABV, it gives you a nice buzz very quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:01:53 | More by sbxx
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geekrot

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2013 17:32:36 | More by geekrot
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sdonegan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2013 16:48:14 | More by sdonegan
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2013 14:09:27 | More by justforrazors
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.6%

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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-11-2013 05:38:57 | More by Arsenal0328
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JackieAnton

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-11-2013 03:32:16 | More by JackieAnton
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Mersh

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-11-2013 00:41:56 | More by Mersh
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JoshBrews

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-10-2013 19:50:36 | More by JoshBrews
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-10-2013 18:33:49 | More by thampel09
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magictacosinus

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton, Todd! Poured into a tulip glass out of a 22oz bottle. For anticipated issues involving inebriation, this was split. No freshness date on the bottle, but on the bright side, this is probably one of the coolest beer labels I've ever seen!

Pours a golden, yet firmly deep amber color complete with a humongous frothy, thick white head that's about 5 fingers tall (when poured aggressively). Super viscous, possibly owing to the notable maltiness and booze that makes up this beer. Pretty resinous - in the same sense as ZD - to the point where the beer appears to glimmer and shine. Lots of lacing gets spattered around this thing - although, I honestly expected more. Nice little floaties at the bottom. Big alcohol legs. This is a big FFF beer here, and let's hope it doesn't pound me flat like DL did or anything.

The aroma is actually quite mellow, considering what makes up this recipe. Fresh grassy, slightly floral hoppy phenols make up the initial profile, only to follow with fruitiness along the lines of passion fruit, peaches, apricots, tangerines, and oranges. However, this is all really mellow, and there's a sweetened touch from the extra booze and malts that makes this feel juicy and relatively bready. The alcohol does get a little bit more noticeable as this warms up, as does the sugar, but it never ranges on becoming syrupy, which is nothing but miraculous by FFF standards. The sweetness from the milk sugar is really subtle here, although the lactic finish is duly noted. Quite exquisite stuff.

The flavor takes things up a notch, but again, while I expected a huge booze/malt/sugar/hop bomb, it turns out to be really satisfying - perhaps the second most satisfying beer I've had from them since ZD. There's an initial rush of fruity flavors, ranging from peaches, nectarines, and oranges, and then the finish is slightly honey-like, with notable grassy hops that almost resemble dried pellets on the tongue. Super sticky and resinous, but actually not that astringent at all. The milk sugar is far more noticeable here, and while is only slightly lactic in bitterness, it provides a creaminess that is lightly sweet, and melds with the toffee malt flavor to create a semi-sweet butterscotch finish that is really tasty. Really silky overall, and this owes a lot to the milk sugar, malts, and highish ABV at hand, all which make this pretty succulent and resinous to the point of being highly drinkable. This is definitely a sipper (indeed, the ABV is barely noticeable unless you take a deep breath), and the whole face warms up in the first sips - but the scariest part is that this could easily be downed with all of the refreshing citrus flavors and creamy sugar above.

This is an excellent effort by FFF, and is most recommended to be consumed fresh! Wouldn't age too well, in my opinion - the hops provide balance to the otherwise highly sugary, malty profile. The concept of a "milk DIPA" sounded weird at first, but it pleasantly surprisingly and easy to drink. I wish this were available year-round. I'd definitely request more bombers to have whenever the mood struck!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:48:07 | More by magictacosinus
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dctriman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-09-2013 16:32:14 | More by dctriman
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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