Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 592
Gots: 208 | FT: 8
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 Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one of the 3F beers I've been waiting to try for a while, and I finally got the chance thanks to Solomon420.

A: Pours a lighter 1/2 finger pasty white head in my oversized snifter over a hazy tangerine orange color.

N: I could smell the hops on the pour, just the way I like it. Lots of fresh citrus, some musty hop oil resin, earthy chewy hops, a little pine and nectarine, and even some spicy hops. The hops do have a slight aged aroma, but I can't find a date on it. Underneath that is quite a bit if a malty base, with some sweet malts, chewy malts, and that strong DIPA heavy pale malt base.

T: Starts somewhat sweet and candy bar like. The hops are there again with more citrus, a little pine, a little earthy and spicy hops, but mostly that slight nougat aged hop taste. The bitterness is not what I expected either, which is there but not super heavy. The malts are def there too with more thick sweet pale malts and chewy malts. A touch of warming booze and tingly feel with that.

M: Medium to heavier body with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes a little more bitter with more bitterness hammering down now. It gets accentuated thanks to some dryness coming forth, but there is still some residual sweetness. More tangerine and citrus hops with some spicy hop flavors as well lingering. A little piny residual hop flavors lingering too. A very slight hint of warming booze, but with the hops and sweetness it hides the booze very well.

It's an interesting DIPA, but def tastes like it has some age on it and I would love to try it fresh. From all the awesome beers I've had from 3F I can only imagine this one is a lot better fresh too, so I'll have to revisit it if I can get it fresh again. If only they shipped to MA... PLEASE 3F SHIP TO MA!!!!

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times, but I always seem to miss out on fresh bottles. Not this time! Picked up at Three Floyds almost immediately after it was bottled. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that slowly recede to a thin cap, leaving behind creamy glass-coating lace. Body is a largely transparent dark golden color, with only faint haziness to it.

S - Massive tropical fruit hop aromas mingle with lactose sugar. A light dash of pine, faint brown sugar, and hint of alcohol round things out. Doesn't pop quite like Dreadnaught does, but otherwise it's quite pleasant.

T - The flavor doesn't entirely work for me - the lactose and citrus hops clash in a sort of milk and orange juice kind of way, instead of forming a Voltron-esque creamsicle. Not to say this is totally unsuccessful, as each flavor component is quite nice on its own. Bitterness is moderate and there isn't any alcohol to taste.

M - Body is medium-full, smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation zest. Finish is stickier than most DIPAs - I'm guessing it's due to the adding sugar?

D - Not a bad beer, but I largely prefer Dreadnaught and would even take Arctic Panzer Wolf over this one. A bomber would be to much for me, so I recommend you have someone else on hand to share with. Still, the alcohol is reasonably well-hidden and the bitterness is largely kept in check.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden/amber hue, fresh froth atop, white as whipped cream, and looking's lovely.

Aroma: Invigorating. An blending of citrus and tropical fruit esters, with a side order of pine needles.

Taste: Good dose of bitterness hits us at the start, plenty of hoppy flavors riding the palate. And then I'm picking up the milk. An imperial milk IPA? What the??? It's truly creamy, truly hoppy, and totally tasty! Yum. Never too anything, not feeling too strong, just enough everything, and not too much of nothing. A creamy IPA, if there ever was one, and I'm not sure if there was. We get orange, tangerine, mango maybe, and then this layer of light, sweet, creamy goodness.

I wonder what the label tells us? "This complex double India Pale Ale has an inns 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!

That just about says it. Mmm. Good stuff.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is juicy oranges and papayas. This beer smells great. The flavor is oranges and papayas with some resiny and piney hops. The bitterness is about medium. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great DIPA that reminds me a lot of Dreadnaught.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine resin, orange, bread, caramel, spices, light tropical fruit, and some malty sweetness. Some very nice and balanced aromas, and a bit different than most DIPAs I have had in the past. Taste of big lemon, orange, pine, bread, caramel, spices, and some tropical fruit. Big fruity sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit. Some great balance, but the sweetness is definitely more prominent thanks to the lactose. Lingering notes of pine, citrus, and spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice and creamy mouthfeel. For a beer of ~10%, the alcohol is hardly noticible other than a slight warming on the finish. Dangerously smooth and drinkable stuff. Overall this is an outstanding and interesting take on the style with the milk sugar. I would say they do a nice job with experimentation.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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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