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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 Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't get the world's response to Three Floyds beers. The ones everyone loves often leave me cold and the ones I like are often considered lesser. Take this beer for example. Yeah, it looks beautiful, decent lacing, and the smell conveys sweet citrus and some honey tones.The flavor delivers on that, some bitterness on the backend but mostly citrus and sweet malts. Unlike many Three Floyds IIPAs, though, there is no alcohol at all. Insanely smooth. And the creamy mouthfeel is bonkers, fully cappacino like.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost perfect, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, lychee, and Curacao orange zest that is backed by subtler notes of grass, some touches of pine, and perhaps a hint of danker herbal notes. A second, deep, take of the aroma has me noticing a really bright fruit character that approaches juicy-fruit bubble gum, some children’s aspirin like fruitiness (without the medicinal quality), and other, candy / fake fruity notes; all of this is actually positive and quite interesting, and contributed by the hop character.

Sweet tasting with ample fruitiness to it, this is cut / balanced just a bit by a bitterness that slowly grows in strength through to the lingering finish. There is an herbal character that lingers with the bitterness in the finish, it adds a sort of greenness and perhaps a touch of astringency. The fruit character is quite bright, and quite ample as well, it contributes big flavors of peach / apricot nectar, lychee, clean tangelo zest notes, sweet tropical fruit and lots of candied citrus character, as well as a Juicy-Fruit bubble gum character. The malt character shows just a hint of oxidation, which at this point seems to play up the crystal malt character a bit, but the malt character plays such a supporting role here that only touches of biscuit like malt and pale cracker like notes peak there way through the hop-onslaught. While sweet, this is not overly sweet, and there is just enough to accentuate the fruit character in the hops, also, this is actually fairly quaffable for a Double IPA; it might not be the lightest, good example of the style, but the viscous heft and texture that it does have, does not keep it from being dangerously drinkable.

Considering this is a beer I lost in the back of my back-up beer fridge for two years, I am quite impressed at how well this has held up. This beer is still amply hoppy and is most definitely a vibrant, and even fresh, hop-forward Double IPA. I am enjoying this beer that much more because it has survived so well; I would love to get a fresh sample someday (and actually drink it soon after I receive it :-), and I can’t imagine how intensely hoppy it must be. This has far exceeded my expectations and it makes me wonder if the lactose has somehow helped keep this beer tasting fresher than it otherwise should be. I am still quite astounded that this beer is over two years old, but is still so vibrantly hoppy, and only has a touch of oxidation noticeable.

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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 yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split 3 ways.

Pours a dark, cloudy rusty copper with a frothy off white head. Slightly darker than Arctic Panzer and with better retention and more lacing. Aroma and flavor are both a little too sweet for me, caramel and bubblegummy with light tropical fruits. Finish and mouthfeel are slightly syrupy and thick. A more malt forward and sweet DIPA, I didn't enjoy this as much as Dreadnaught or Arctic.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2009.

Imperial pint glass. Appears honey orange with a whispy beige head.

The aroma is sweet and bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and a significant bready/caramel malt backbone. It's pretty well balanced, almost tilting in favor of the malt. Not too bitter and not too sweet. That's a clever little saying I have here in my notes. It sounds pretty stupid now that I've typed it, but I'm going to let it ride.

The flavor is bitter up front with notes of sugary grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The malt is pretty damn sweet. This beer has quite the imposing malt profile. The finish displays the highest level of bitterness yet, but the malt ultimately has its way with the hops.

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

Thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this bottle.

A - Medium orange with a yellow glow and half a finger of white head.

S - Big sweetness up front with plenty of caramel notes. The hops add pine and citrus

T - A huge bitterness up front. Pine, citrus, lighter floral flavours come through from the hops. The sweetness shows up in the middle and adds some caramel. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some good hop oils are present throughout.

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very nice touch of citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice malt note, citrus and some pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a head! Amazing staying power on the white head with great lacing. Pours a murky cloudy light orange.

S- Citrus and pine nose jump out.

T- Seems like a pretty tame DIPA with a sweetness (lactose?) at the end, reminiscent of a Dubbel for some reason. 11% comes pretty easy with this one. The hop factor is muted (for a DIPA) but this doesn't take away from my experience with this one.

M- Medium to thin mouthfeel. Sooo smooth and creamy though.

D/O- Wow, this beer is awesome. I split this one with a fellow BA, PTMcB, and we both loved it. An 11% bomber that you could drink to yourself and crave more...a good sign of drinkability in my book. Yes its sweet, but not overly cloying.

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

My neighbor had a friday night hot dawg fest and a buddie brought a bottle. I was very excited to try this brew. It poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellowish gold color with a foamy looking head on top that leave to scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, sweet and hoppy. The taste is clean and refreshing with a sharp hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel is light, extremely easy to drink this brew. Overall a great IPA, I would love to have it again one day.

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

A: Poured a cloudy orangish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Maily pine cones and flowers with some sugary sweetness and light booze

T: A sweet malt note with pine resin and floral bouquet with a nice, somewhat oily and resiny finsh, nice hop bite

M: Stick sweet, medium body

O: A good, tasty IIPA

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a creamy beige head of foam supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- This big green musty earthy aroma of citrus hops has a sweet juicy aroma followed by a slight rubber band note.

T- There is a soft malty sweetness that is overtaken by a big green earthy hop finish followed by a slight hop bitterness that stains the tongue after each sip. The hops have a grapefruit pith flavor with some watermelon characteristics that grow as the beer warms. As the beer warms the aftertaste grows in pungency and an alcohol flavor comes though.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

D- Nice IPA with some good depth but wouldn't really think of this as a DIPA. The hops are nice but not huge and the alcohol is pretty hidden. I didn't really notice any qualities of the lactose sugar but it could have been supporting the hops.

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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 aasher
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks wicked sexy. It pours a muddied apricot in color with a one finger, off white head. Speaking of apricot, it strangely enough smells like apricots too with the combination of sweetness and slight bitterness. At this point, the hops and malts have somewhat blended together and it smells very, very sweet. The flavors aren't quite as stellar but aren't too shabby. It has a dry, piny hoppyness that ends in a sweet malt flavor, then a lot of alcohol. The alcohol really surprised me. I don't remember that from the first time I tried this. It drinks thicker than it looks. I'd call it medium bodied, especially for any type of IPA. It's smoother than it is crisp, probably from this bottle not being as fresh as it's supposed to be. I really like this. I definitely prefer it over the Panzer Wolf and possibly more than Dreadnaught. If not for the overly present alcohol this would be much more drinkable. Great beer by Three Floyds.

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

Big thanks to JLindros for pouring me a snifter of this while at a little meetup at the Abbey.

A - Pours a nice DIPA hazy orange with a light white, sticky one finger head. Big cling factor on this one.

S - Pretty nice aromas here. Good tropical citrus notes of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. There is an overall sweetness here though from malts and presumably the lactose.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of sweetness from malts and lactose, which is definately present on the flavor profile. Some nice citrus hops but for some reason, that end I'm getting alot of tea notes. An awful lot of tea notes.

M - Typical low carbonation for a DIPA with a nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and dry finish.

O - Overall, glad I got to try this beer. If it was readily available I would like to try it again as the sweetness and hop bitterness was in pretty good balance.

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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 Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange body. Slightly hazed. Thick and dense white head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is awesome. Lemon and grapefruit. Pine resin and cannabis. A little mint. The first thing I notice is that this is way too easy to drink for a 10% beer. Mouthfeel is so creamy and velvety. Just a titch of sweetness lingers after sipping, but there is also a clean bitterness in the mix too. Hop flavors are very enjoyable, as usual with 3F. Great citrus and floral hop flavors. I particularly enjoy the mix of orange and lemon flavor notes. Alcohol is barely detectable. This is quite, quite good.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a cloudy orange, darker than I was expecting with a thick cream colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Surprized how muted the citrus and malt scents were, but they were balanced.

T - Sweet malts followed by some citrus tones that rol across your tongue.

D - Medium to high carbonation, no bitterness.

O - Creamy and smooth, wish the flavors were a bit more bold.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a little bit of a dullish dark orange, with a little bit of thin, almost beige head surprisingly. Aroma was very fruity, slightly tropical, orange, pineapple etc. . .

Taste, I immediately thought of this as the 3F version of Oracle from Bells. You know, DIPA, huge tropical pineapple feel with the mellow bitterness and yummy hop mouthfeel. Lacks any wood or thick heft characteristic to the malt, but is substantial enough to relatively balance out this massive beer. Another hop sticky beer without weighing you down, ample sweetness to it without at all qualifying as a "sweet" or "fruity" beer.

Hides the alcohol well. Whatever the lactose addition does, I dunno, I would suspect it is what makes this bitterness subdued, but appreciable as well as the melding with sweetness in a tropical way. A little pricey though, like pretty much the entire FFF bomber lineup.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This just showed up at my local beer store recently, so I assume it's the newest batch of this brew. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit), and also some lactose and bready malt. There's definitely some sweet flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $10.99 a bottle.

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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 TurdFurgison
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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).

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my Rochefort glass...Pours dark peach with an off white head, ok retention, great thick lacing...Super sweet from start to finish in taste and aroma on this. Sweet citrus, super malty caramel, tons of caramel on the back...Taste is resin but muted by a chalkyness, maybe that's the lactose sugar. interesting feel, a little tough to drink.

nothing good or bad, just not very exciting or easy to drink.

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Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a dense, frothy 2 inch cream head lingers indefinitely.

Resin, pine, citrus, and pineapple are evident immediately in the aroma. Lime zest and soft, bready caramel malt form the backbone. Fresh cut grass emerges.

Pineapple, resin, and grapefruit begin the flavor profile. The finish is a bit bitter and dry. Floral notes weave throughout. Complex tropical fruit flavors of mango and papaya add intrigue.

Body is moderate and creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Complex fruity hop character with balanced bready malt and resin. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Not overly sweet or bitter.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white soapy head, nice lacing,

smell: pine, citrus, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: citrus, hops, sweet, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice DiPA a little on the sweet side but good non the less. Glad I got to try it.

the CPJ

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