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Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 475
Hads: 2,024
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 625
Gots: 308 | FT: 11
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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Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange with a thin white head that dissipates into a white ring.

S: Pine hops (Christmas Tree?), orange zest, floral hops, sweet aroma.

T: Orange/citrus flavor, hoppy (again pine hops/floral), very bitter.

M: Oily and bubbly. Very thick when it comes to the spectrum of DIPAs.

D: Alcohol sneaks up on you, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of manahansf
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright and glowing hazy orange topped with a thin and creamy white head with an orange tint. The head is thick and dissipates very slowly as it leaves a phenomenal lacy decoration on the glass, sip after sip, which resembles a stained glass window of a church. An aroma of sweet citrus and floral hops flow strong and boldly from this spectacular beer. The drink is smooth and velvety. A nice and gracious malt backbone provides a wonderfully thick canvas for the smooth and sweet citrus hop bitterness. Its sweet with a thick IPA body and moderate, semi-visible carbonation. The smooth drink finishes with just a gentle hint of warming alcohol, and the citrus hoppyness fades gently from the palate as it leaves a clean crisp ending with only the longing for another sip remaining. Fragrant, beautiful, and romantically delicious, this brew is thus far my all time favorite.
Overall Score: 4.98*/5 -Sean
*There is no such thing as "the perfect beer". It scored fives across the board besides drinkablility (4.9) because it is so strong I physically cannot drink a lot.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light orange amber color with a nice big foamy head and lacing. The smell isn't over the top aggressive, but full of pineapple and grapefruit notes with a balance sweet malty underpinning. The mouth feel is unique creamy smooth and really adds to the drinkability. My guests pick up on the lactose component immediately...blew right by my uneducated palate. The flavors match up to the nose nicely but were more subtle than expected...this may be fatigue from coming off a series of roasty stouts. Really very drinkable, I wouldn't hesitate to go to this again if it was available to me.

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Photo of drink1121
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bright golden orange with a little haze. No retention, but good lacing.

S-I think this bottle may be a little old because the hops arent what they should be. I smell mostly malt, little pine hops.

T-Similiar to the smell,malty and slight pine hops. Little disapointing from the other reviews. Slight lactose flavor.

M-Love the mouthfeel, the lactose creates almost a "base" feel, very slippery. Its fun and I like it.

D-Dissapointing, as the bottle is old. If they brew this again, I will try and get a fresh one and review again. However, I still liked it, so I can only imagine what it was fresh.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a bright golden orange. Slightly cloudy with a huge stark white head that looks like a dollop of meringue on top of the beer. A long wait leaves me with thick rings of lace that you could eat with a spoon.

The aroma is pure pine sap and grapefruit. A boquet hops simply evelopes your senses. Sweet pineapple and oranges are present as well. Good old FFF DIPA.

The flavor is hop bombalicious. Piney grapefruit bitterness that won't give your tongue a break. Some sweetness can be found after warming.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Chewy and robust.

Overall another great beer from Three Floyds. These guys rarely dissapoint. Can't wait for the next one.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this one up in Milwaukee of all places. Never saw it around IL! Pours into my glass a brilliant deep hazy orange with a solid inch of creamy bubbling white head that leaves sticky lacing everywhere! Aromas kick off with a melange of citrus, floral and pine sap hops. A sugary sweet undertone featuring caramel and wisps of cotton candy as well. The bold hops make you envision a field of fresh green cones sparkling in the sun. Tropical accents. Hoptastic!!

First sip brings smooth, crisp malts upfront with notes of caramel that quickly give in to a wall of oily, bitter hop power. Citric and floral flavors battle it out along with herbal pine accents. Pithy earthy green bitterness attacks the palate. Flows down smooth and slightly creamy from the lactose. Hops linger on in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. I enjoy what the lactose does for the body here and I'll enjoy the rest of this bomber this afternoon! Overall, it's another bold and flavor packed double IPA from Three Floyds. Glad I got to try this one and I would say it rivals Dreadnaught. Will look forward to when they bottle it again!

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from stubbone, cheers Allen! I love the artwork for this one!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/orange with 1 finger of fluffed up cream colored head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, peppery hops & orchard fruit, a touch muted as this warms

T: Orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple & oaky dryness up front, along with leafy hops. Boozeyness & biscuitty malt mix with the citrus & herbal hops as this warms; along with much dryness. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, a bit of caramel

MF: Chewy, creamy & grainy all at the same time with a fairly good carbonation level, alright balance, just not completely in love with the hops mix in play here..

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, but doesn't over impress (like most FFF offerings have) me. An experiment that didn't quite pan out IMO. There still tons of hops there for people digging hop forward/heavy offerings

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

Going off memory, as I tried a few brews with a couple friends yesterday, but had no notes handy. Biggest thing that struck me about this beer was how it seemed to get sweeter as it warmed, the lactic sugar really starting to shine about halfway through the glass. As with a lot of DIPAs, it hides the ABV% rather well, and the bitter hoppiness seemed well balanced with the malts and the sugar. Out of the FFF brews I have now tried, I think this may be my favorite.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a translucent copper color. A 1/3 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma includes a nice combination citrus hops and malty sweetness, that started weak but became more prominent with warmth.

The taste is very good with an upfront caramel malt sweetness and then a punch of citrus hops that makes it well balanced. There is a bready component, as well as a good touch of alcohol and some milkiness, complex and good.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a solid level of carbonation. There is a good level of heat from the alcohol and an initial stickiness that ends up leaving a significant dryness.

Overall, this is an easy beer to drink but the alcohol level and intensity of the flavor keeps it from being something that I could have multiple of and may impair my tasting for the rest of the night. Very well balanced.

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

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus hop and malt aroma. Medium body with slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with a thin and wet white head. Lacing on the the lighter side.

Big pineapple aroma with resinous piney hops, tropical fruit, and sweet caramel malts.

Definitely has the grapefruit and piney punch of a big, hoppy IIPA along with caramel, vanilla, and honey. It may or may not be there...but I do catch a bit of milk in this one. The 10% alcohol is also present and a touch hot.

Medium bodied, rich and sticky, and moderately carbonated.

A really enjoyable IIPA from Three Floyds. Rich and full of flavor.

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Photo of bound4er
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bomber.

Pours hazy with a golden orange color producing about a finger width of white head with spotty lacing. This beer's aroma is strong - I can smell it from the table it is sitting on next to me. Lots of complexity here - licorice, resinous hops, biscuit and some alcohol. It really invites you in for a sip. Unfortunately, the taste is a let down. Some booze, funk and a building, taught hop bitterness all work against this beer. A smooth, full bodied feel makes up for some of the taste letdown. Not the most drinkable or likable beer in the world. I guess I was expecting more from FFF. I need to get my hands on some Dreadnaught - I have a feeling it will be more to my liking.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Woodmans (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Poured a light caramel color with an inch of frothy head sitting at the top. The slight effervescence is keeping the head visible on top as the amount of beer slowly slips away. The lacing is quite good as I have scattered sheets of stickiness from top to bottom on my tulip glass.

Smell: Smells like a well put together IPA. A nice blend of citrus hops including notes of grapefruit and orange peel and then some earthiness including pine. It's listed as being an Imperial IPA on the bottle, but I'm not sure that I'd stretch it out that far. Perhaps my palate will point me in a different direction.

Reviewers Note: Let this beer warm up! We all know that beer shouldn't be sitting at near freezing, but with this bottle especially I think the warmness really rounds out the flavor. I initially thought this beer was far too milky and creamy, but as it's been warming up it's gotten much more rounded and the creaminess (literally, creaminess like someone poured cream into the beer) has been suppressed (which is good in my opinion, as I'm not a fan of milk)

Taste: Interesting. The hops are there, maybe not on an IIPA level, but there is a nice hop character to this. Onto the layers! First up, sweet caramel malt that quickly changes into a blend of not only caramel malt, but malt with a little dab of cream. It's an interesting combination. I think the milk sugar really raises the anti on the mouth feel, but it hurts the tasting on the palate. Not dramatically (like I originally thought, until it warmed up), but I am not an enormous fan of the creamy milkiness. I suppose this isn't a surprise, I've always hated milk (cow's milk, not soy). Following the mixture of creamy caramel malt comes the hops. A nice blend of grapefruit, orange peel and pine.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel of this is great! A very, as it says on the bottle, velvety and creamy blend. Well carbonated, medium body with a little chewiness to it.

Drinkability: Sitting at 10% ABV, it'd be a tough beer to have in one of my short evenings. This is a great beer though. I was a little disappointed at first, but once this warmed up, it's a beer I want in my crate again.

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, big thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way in the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear light golden amber, some light orange highlights, very thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, sheets of lace stick all over, pretty great retention, looks real nice.

Smell is really cool, lots of caramel and milky sweetness, biscuit, corn syrup, pine, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, some floral and a bit of fruit, more pine, a bit of spicy hops, slightly herbal, really neat character.

Taste is interesting, a lot of citrus, big tangerine and orange peel, a bit of pineapple, caramel, quite sweet through the middle, lactose, milky, tons of grapefruit, nice sweet malty base, quite bitter in the finish, the lactose lends a pretty need character with the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, a real nice sugary sweetness. Still has a nice balance though, alcohol is superbly hidden. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled oct 15/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small very dense white head. the head drops quickly but leaves a solid sheet of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is good. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. bit of lactic character hiding behind it. caramel. bit of toffee.

taste is good. sweet orange and tangerine. grapefruit and pine. caramel. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. medium-high bitterness level. warming alcohol. lingering sweetness from the lactose, but it's not overbearing and tends to come across mostly as citrusy sweetness when combined with the hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. there's an alcoholic warmth that flashes through at points, but it manages to be mostly balanced by the strong hopping and fruity sweetness. it doesn't benefit from the drying hop character that you'll often find in a dipa, but manages to work pretty well anyway.

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Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Three Floyds made a very sudden reappearance in Hudson Wisconsin, just across the border, so I made a quick foray to pick up a bottle of this. Love a good DIPA & need something to nurse after my Twins just absorbed a first game beating from the m*ther*** Yankess.

Anyways. Pours reddish, clear, filtered, no bunk on the bottom of the bottle or in the glass. Smells like a solid DIPA, nice waves of citrus, pine, & spring flowers. Also a dangerous amount of sweet malts.

The Cow...too much malts. The sweetness of the malts (& possibly lactose, though I detect little of it) swerve in front of hops & get all tangled up, resulting in a brew that's sweet up front with a nice bitter twang on the donkey's end. But for a DIPA, this is too gentle, too kind, too willing to hand out money to the poor. I expect a DIPA to kick the poverty-stricken. And the rich, too.

The lactose adverised on the label - which I dig, 3F can always turn itself into an art company if the beer thing doesn't work out - is felt more in the mouthfeel, in a creamy, soft, silky kind of way. One bomber split with the wife is good for me.

Pretty good beer, but wouldn't make it anywhere near my list of favorite DIPAs. More hops, less malt. This plays right into the "middle coast" stereotype of a DIPA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a big creamy off white head. Thick foamy rings of lace left on the glass. Head fades to a quarter inch cap.

S - Candied tropical fruits with hints of alcohol. Some pineapple and mango. Also citrus hints. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

T - Strong fruity bitterness wth lots of citrus and tropical notes. A noticeable alcohol burn is present as well. Some pineapple and grapefruit are the most noticeable fruits. Strong backing of caramel malt.

M/D - Medium bodied and somewhat resinous. Surprisingly easy drinking for 10% abv. Very crisp feel.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into Nonic

A: Creamy off-white head with strong lacing, a slightly orange-ish color. this beer is remarkably clear.

S: Orange blossom hops, honey, and the alcohol shows up

T: Sweet is the first word that comes to mind. you get the orange blossom and the honey from the nose coming together. There is a very interesting hint of grape skin, the alcohol is present but does not detract from the experience

M: Very creamy and sweet but the carbonation does a reasonable job of cleaning up the palate. Still, I think i'll be a bit overwhelmed by the end of the bottle.

D: the flavor is awesome, the mouthfeel is a bit overpowering, for the style it is on the mark.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A million hails to kels for this bottle...there is no better gift than a beer from the land of Floyd, Floyd and his other brother Floyd. Thanks Kelley!

Pours out a remarkably hazy rust-orange color...I'd even call it foggy. The head is modest but retains very well, all creamy and fluffy, with a lot of lace left on the glass as the head diminishes and the liquid slowly, repeatedly visits my tongue.

A humongous aroma goes to the place where the lines between candy-like malt sweetness and super-citric hoppiness blur. Orange-y, resiny, cake frosting-y, hard candy-y...I think the confection-like vibe of the nose is pointing to the lactose milk sugar that was used in this beer.

The flavor impression that came to mind upon the first sip was a push-up; you know, the ice cream deal, big with the kids, sold by the ice cream man, etc. I guess that falls under the category of "creamsicle." So, a push-up, but a really intense adult push-up. Big bursts of orange/citrus, both tangy and juicy sweet, with the lactose milk sugar bringing in a milky sweetness (that's easy math to do, but it's definitely here). There's also an unrefined grassy element, especially once into the finish. Really hoppy, quite bitter, and for sure a hophead's nirvana. The alcohol is probably there full-on in the flavor, yet the taste buds can do nothing but cower and submit to the hops. Yet, having said all this, it's got incredible poise. It's totally balanced. I can't rate the flavor highly enough, there's really nothing more one could want from a double IPA in terms of flavor. Except for maybe one more bottle.

Feels about as creamy as I'd expect, although not as thick, round and sticky as others of its type. Curiously buoyant in the mouth, which is a welcome change of pace. And thanks to the astringent grass/citrus rind/resin attack, my tongue's feeling pretty fuzzy just about now...

Enough malt is present to keep Apocalypse Cow from being a 100% tongue-ripper, but it teeters close to that ledge, while the lactose milk sugar addition adds a whole lot of "wild thing" to this beer, which would have been wild enough without it. So, 3 Floyds does it again: 1) great name, 2) great label, 3) utterly superb beer!

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden bronze with a fat and healthy offwhite head that shows solid retention and even better lacing.
Pink grapefruit nose, drizzled with pine tar, and accompanied by caramelized apricots and honey. Lactose is noted throughout in a heavy cream sense of milky sweetness.
The taste follows the nose quite closely. It issues toasted grain, caramelly, honey-laden malts first. Milky cream wells up and adds to the sweetness, then it usurped by the grapefruity, apricoty, pineapple hops. For a moment, its all peaches and cream with some undercurrents of vanilla, and that's where it's at its most enjoyable. It doesn't stay long though, the semi-astringent, minerally, quinine bitterness erases it all at the close.
Pushing towards full bodied with a trickling, tickling carbonation that rejuvenates itself each sip. Alcohol is frighteningly absent.
This is better as it warms, as the rawer hops notes fade partially and the fruitier elements take their place next to the lactose.
It took the better part of the bomber to seduce me, as I didn't peg this for a winner off the bat. It has officially won me over.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My best man and his wife stopped at Three Floyds on their way from Chicago the day before our wedding and brought us a bottle of this.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice white head. The smell reveals the style, with plenty of citrus and floral hops coming through. The lactose sugar definitely comes through in taste, and is an interesting complement to the hop bill. Not my favorite DIPA in terms of taste, but certainly quite interesting. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation, and drinkability is good, although somewhat hampered by the strangeness of the lactose.

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

Many thanks to Autumnaldave for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The DIPA is a golden orange ale, hazy but still translucent. A 3 finger head slowed my pouring but didn't, as it dissapated, leave any lace behind.

S: The nose is fresh, dripping with piney, floral hops. The aroma is big, loaded with hops but the lactose smooths out the harsh edges. A ripe orange rind peaks out at the end of each sniff.

T: Citrus peel really jumps out of the ale, driving a delicious floral presence that, admittedly, gets a little heavy at times. Hot booze is evident behind each blast of hops. The caramel malts are restrained, though they are aided by a smooth creaminess from the lactose. Pineapple and mango leave a vibrant hop presence after the sip is gone. Despite the heat, the hops really sing.

M: The hop profile is inspired, loaded with citrus, pine and floral elements that are harmonious together. The lactose adds a smoothness that cuts into the hops and provides a much-needed lift to the malts.

D: The ale is a bit heavy but the hop profile is worth the hangover. I'll be slowly sipping on this ale for the next few hours.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear tangerine/amber (actually more like a rose color), with a stiff finger of eggshell white colored head. Really frothy look to the retention, which just coats the sides of the glassware with a TON of rich and creamy lacing. The aroma is very floral and piney, along with grains and sugary smelling lactic notes, which mix with some hugely robust tropical citrus character to impart quite the big, yet silky, sweet tang in the nose.

The taste is full-on hops, with a nice biting bitterness to the flavor, that is chock full of spice and sticky resins. This is well balanced though, by an equally big backbone of sugared milky sweetness and lush citrus. Malts aren't absent either, with a secondary (yet still prominent) presence, which lends the sweetness a grainy texture to it. The finish is sticky at first, before settling into a steady spicy bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big bubbly creaminess to the carbonation. A much sleeker feel rides underneath, which is where a lot of the heavier sweet qualities of this sits. Pretty well hidden 10% ABV on this as well, with the full flavors of this really doing a nice job of masking the alcohol, especially as this warmed.

I really enjoyed this a bit more than I initially though that I was going to. The lactose sugar element took a bit getting used to at first, but once this hit room temp, and the hops and alcohol came out to play, it actually ended up really being needed for balance and to help cover the warmth up. Really interesting "extreme beer" offering from FFF that, for the most part, I think they really pulled off nicely.

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

The nose of the beer has a citrus/spice to it. Some aspects of it remind tangerines. The whole character is just great, but I wish it was more prominent. I could smell this beer all day long, I think. When I pour the beer it has an off white head and light copper colour. Looks good.

When I took a sip of the beer I wasn't blown away by the hops or the malts, but it's just incredibly tasty. A nice firm malt sweetness with a great citrus/resin flavour behind it. The malt sweetness is caramelly with a bit of breadiness. The hop character starts to come through more at the end, but it's just an odd hop character. I'm curious to know what hops they use because I can't pick up any distinct flavours, just a great mesh. I really like the flavours of this beer, but I wish the hops would punch me in the face more!

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, which reminds me more of an IPA than a IIPA. However, this makes it way easier to drink. Probably the easiest drinking IIPA I've ever had.

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