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Apocalypse Cow - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 586
Gots: 209 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

plumcrazyfx, Dec 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jkball01, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of phishbone23
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

coldmeat23, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky Golden color with a small head with a little lacing.

S: Hops with the signiture FFF tropical fruit covered with a blanket of cream sweetness. I get some Kiwi in there too.

T: Beautiful hop and tropical fruit notes with an overlaying sweetness of lactose, very nice and interesting.

M: Creamy medium-heavy body, good.

D: An occasional beer, nice but not overly exciting compared to most FFF stuff IMO as a huge FFF fan.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Zuidman, May 10, 2013
Photo of Nolen12
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nolen12, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, picked up at Chuck's in Bowling Green, KY.

Pours a beautiful glowing apricot - sort of a bright copper with an orange tint to it. Very thin off-whit head on top settles into nothing but some scattered bubbles, with not much in the way of lacing or retention. Beautiful color, but the head could certainly use some work.

Nose is near perfect. Massive, sweet, rich, juicy tropical fruit (mainly pineapple, tangerine - almost candied, largely due to the alcohol), big, bold alcohol presence, bit of a citrus rind bite, and just enough pine to rein this one back in when you think the rich fruit notes are just going to run crazy - absolutely fantastic. Everything about it is massive and perfect.

Taste is excellent as well. Huge caramel notes provide a sweetness that's just enveloped by the waves of pineapple and orange, grapefruit rind, finishing with a lingering piny bitterness that sits firmly on the tongue. Intensely sweet, juicy-fruit wrapped in bitter pine, with a long, full finish that provides probably the only hint of lactose that I get from this one, and it's faint. Between this and Apocalypse Cow, I think 3F have absolutely mastered this style. My hat's off to them.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, big, sharp carbonation is still held in check by how chewy this one is. Maybe a bit sticky (could definitely feel it on my lips), but not so much as to be a real detriment, and less alcohol burn than expected. Finish is very long, lingering bitterness is fairly all things considered. Very well done.

Drinkability is good. Still, the alcohol is in full force in this one, and the hugeness of both the hops blast and the balancing sweetness means this score can only go so high. Still, given the style and how tasty it is, above average for me.

Very nice beer, and yet another in a long list of positive impressions from 3F. These guys really know their shit.

JohnQVegas, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong juicy hops, citrus and sweet lactose. Hops and lactose are a nice combination.

Taste of strong hops, and lactose. Very simple, and the flavors here don't work together as well as they did in the scent. An okay experiment, but I probably won't have it again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from Brentk56... looked forward to it. Thanks man.

- Fluffy white head.... leaves a huge ring and thin layer of fizz all over the top... Very cloudy orange and caramel color.. little rough and dirty specs of yeast can be seen.

- Citrus... zest.. pine... caramel malt... rather mild but balanced and good.

- Sweet candy malt, caramel, huge citrus mango grapefruit hops... orange creme... dixie cup hops... caramel, bready grain...

- Creamy, slightly drying and cloying... medium to heavy bodied... rather smooth and like a cream soda...

- Overall very drinkable, touch too sweet... but pleasant... huge on hops while being rather balanced at the same time. Big points for that.

Docer, Aug 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

crbnfbr, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A very vibrant, only slightly hazy tangerine and golden color. An modest ivory colored head forms in the glass - not a huge head, but the head lingers, especially considering the ABV, and nice lacing absolutely coats the glass.

Smell: Floral and juicy grapefruit hop aroma erupt out of the bottle as it opens. Wow, what a great primer that already has my mouth watering. Not much malt enters the nose, but the lactose provides an interesting sweetness that I really enjoy.

Taste: Very sweet from the lactose and some light maltiness to start. Slightly spicy floral hops enter the picture softly, as they are wont to do, with the full force of the tangerine, apricot, mango, and grapefruit hops storming in right after. The lactose seems to cause the sweetness to linger, so the finish is sweet, juicy, and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is deceptively full, given the color and the juicy hop flavor. The carbonation is creamy and does not allow for any crispness, but it is quite smooth.

Drinkability: I was absolutely blown away by this beer. Even with a bit of time since this was released, the hops still pop, and the alcohol has faded to obscurity in the taste.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From this day on, I promise to try every Three Floyd’s special monthly release whenever they come out. Now THAT’S a year-long resolution I can stick to. And what a way to start: Apocalypse Cow! This beer has been quite hyped in the forums since the start of the month, and many a liquor store attendant have told me that I wasn’t the first to ask about it come mid-June. Even without all that hysteria, I’ve got more than enough reason to have high expectations…one: lactose milk sugar; two: it’s a DIPA; three: it’s from Three Floyd’s. You pretty much can’t go wrong here! At least I don’t expect you can. I guess there’s only one way to find out…

A: Maybe I’m just imagining it, but the head looks “milkier” than normal for Three Floyd’s. It’s a creamy, eggshell-colored beauty with lots of epic lacing. I can dig it. One thing I’m definitely not imagining is the haze in the body. It’s a pale amber, with hints of straw yellow, but with a certain opaqueness you would associate with a homemade cider. I like a nice shine on a pale ale, especially an IPA, but this difference may just come with the milky territory.

S: Well, this is the most citrusy nose I’ve ever experience in an IPA. It almost reminds me of fruit juice at times. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit are first among the aromas, though there’s something odd about them. They come across in an unusual way, like they don’t mix with the hops. It’s almost as if they’re in realm separate from the bitter flowers, which gives this concoction independent senses of both lemonade and beer in the nose. Interesting. The hops that do come around, though, are mild and fresh. Honestly, I was expecting a much bigger hop kick, especially from Three Floyd’s; however, I’m totally ok with this nose. It’s enjoyable and distinct.

T: This is very, very unique. First are those citrus hints from the nose, but in a very different light: they’re bitter! They are sweet and contrasting to the hops in the nose, but bitter and complementary to the hops in the palate. Odd, indeed. Anyway, the fruits, being bitter, come off as rindy and a little unpleasant to me. The hops, though, jump in with a much-needed reminder of “bitter doesn’t have to be bad” after a few short moments. They are mostly citrusy, with a hint of pine resin fluttering about the back. In the finish, there’s a bit of an uncommon spiciness alongside a tongue-smacking sweetness; must be the lactose milk sugar, because it isn’t something I’ve had before. I like it, but, with the malt-heavy undertones that pervade the palate, it makes it a cloyingly sweet drink at times. Let’s just put it this way: it’s taking me a very, very long time to finish the bottle.

M: Thick and smooth, unlike most of the other offerings I’ve had from Three Floyd’s. I really wish it were more carbonated, though, because a palate this rich really needs some help when it comes to drinkability.

O: Apocalypse Cow is a completely different animal. As I have experienced with this beer, though, different isn’t necessarily good. In my opinion, the taste didn’t live up to the buzz that surrounded it, even though the palate had its moments. In the end, though, it was a unique beer, and it opened my eyes to what Three Floyd’s can create with flavor. Can’t wait for next month’s beer!

BarryMFBurton, Jun 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nunya, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of denver10
2.35/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a dark gold with full off white head. Aroma is nice with some fruity citrus hops, a touch of bread, and some sweetness from the lactose sugars. Not a fan of alcohol showing itself in IPA's and there is a ton present here, makes it hard for me to notice much else in the flavor like the citrus, florals, or sugars. A creamy mouthfeel. Overall, maybe a result of my personal preferences but the alcohol presence in this was a killer for me. I typically stay away from any (I)IPA that is 10% abv or greater because of the heat they can bring, but gave this a chance because of the inclusion of the lactose sugars had me curious. Bad choice on my part, not a fan at all and dumped most of my bottle.

denver10, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent by Will (thanks man!) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Bright, brilliant clear orange, with a small amount of bright white head, some decent lacing, and ample carbonation.

S: Very midwest hoppy...fruity, tropical...pineapple, mango, papaya, honey, a bit of malt backbone, caramel, sweetness. Nice and balanced.

T: Excellent hop profile kept in check with a solid malt backbone and lactose. Initially the hops arrive with flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, peaches, mango and sweet pine, but they never overwhelm the palate. There is a good amount of creamy caramel breadyness.

MF: Creamy, medium-full, good carbonation, moderate dryness on the finish.

O: Very nice offering. I like how the hops play with the lactose and malt body. FFF is good stuff. Recommended.

Thanks Will!

Scotchboy, Aug 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

thampel09, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

vrbulldog22, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev 0%

elkinbrown, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

HumanParaquat, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of bamadog
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with Kels that was picked up on a recent trip to Indy for other beer related activities -- clearly, this was one of the best surprises to come from the trip! An amazing beer! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden coppery/honey color with solid 2 finger off-white slightly peachy colored head that is sticky and chewy and fades toa thick and chewy, yet full and uneven skim; sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass and the body is a little cloudy and shows nice carbonation near the sides of the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), pungent and bitter overall; slightly caramel sweet malty backing rounds out a very pleasant nose.

Taste: Something special, no doubt! It tastes like orange peel cream candies (if there is such a thing, and if there isn't, there should be) drizzled with sweet caramel; a slightly earthy/flowery presence creates something of a tasty perfume in my mouth (creepy, right?); an amazing combination and I believe the lactose used in the brewing gives that creamy candy-like sweetness. Holy cow... Holy Apocalypse Cow.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth and creamy -- most unique DIPA I have ever tasted and felt; smoothness is amazing. A nice thick coating is left on the palate and it holds that amazing orange citrus and caramel flavor for me to savor.

Drinkability: For something that is 10% ABV, the drinkability is too high. It's an amazing drink with tremendously strong flavors and a pretty great balance considering everything that's going on. Hats off to the Three Floyds once again -- never a let down.

bamadog, Jul 07, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

mikepcarney, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

HollyHops, Aug 06, 2014
Apocalypse Cow from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.