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Apocalypse Cow - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,799
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 590
Gots: 213 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
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!

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bamadog
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a half inch off-white head. It goes down to a skim and stays that way but a head can be revived quickly with a good swirl. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is full of juicy citrus hops with some tropical fruit tones coming through as well. Some piney hops in there too and slight malt sweetness. A bit of spiciness mixed in there too with peppery alcohol.

Taste has some sweetness up front with lots of fresh and juicy hops. Again huge citrus component with nice complimenting tropical fruit. Slight piney and spicy hop flavor towards the finish. Some more sweetness in the back before bitterness takes over. A very slight warming sensation going down.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, very soft and creamy with perfect level of carbonation.

This beer is almost the same as Dreadnaught to me but with added sweetness and body. Which is an excellent thing to me since that's how I like my DIPAs. Great beer! Even better than when I first had it on tap months ago.

Photo of cfrances33
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Three Floyds pint glass on 8/4/12.

Pour: Completely hazy orange with two fingers of white fluffy head. This beer emits a beautiful glow. On par with the best Hill Farmstead beers in appearance. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Grapefruits explode from the glass. Like to the max. A light honey sweetness tries to balance but ultimately does not. This beer is very hop forward on the nose and I'm more than ok with that.

Taste: Amazing grapefruits and some nice pine, that does not bite in the common resinous fashion. Malt provides a nice sweetness. The beer got better warmer, and I think the lactose sweetness incorporates better after sitting in the glass for 15 or so minutes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, but the juiciness and creamy consistency beg you to drink more. Woah... this is 11%???

Overall: Even at a month old, this beer blew me away, and I've been a regular to Three Floyds hoppier offerings (Dreadnaught, Panzer Wolf, Zombie Dust). I was incredibly impressed, and this beer is in my top 5.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kels for splitting the bottle.

22oz. Brown bomber poured into a pint.

A: Poured a very hazy orangish rust. Good head on the pour with some retention and lots of lacing.

S: Some citrus and lots of fruit. Strong pineapple aroma. Some sweet malts that aren't thick or chewy.

T/M: Decent bitterness, very clean and not harsh at all. More citrus and still lots of great fruitiness. Pineapple. Pleasant sweetness. Body is medium or so with nice carbonation.

D: Drinks very easy.

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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