Apocalypse Cow | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

ABV varies by batch.

100 IBU

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Reviews: 501 | Ratings: 2,150
Photo of dukeandduke
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/27/18 (Chicago): $12 22 oz bomber purchased at 3 Floyds on July 21, multiple pours into pint glass. Bronze clear pour, generous carbonation, ample white puffy head left ample lacing. Pleasant and sweet aroma, citrus and floral. Interesting and well tasting blend, citrus fruit, slightly dry and bitter, offset by creamy milk taste, very nice IPA. Nice creamy mouth feel, carbonation holds, smooth easy drinking. Overall excellent IPA offering.

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Photo of CaptAwesome85
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malty body, laced with caramel, an upfront taste of citrus, lemon, pineapple, pines on the aftertaste, slight hops. The lactose sugar gives it a slightly milky taste as well. Really strange but a drinkable beer!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber picked up at 3 Floyds in Munster, returned to Edmonton amongst my clothing on Air Canada. Pours a very nice slightly hazy burnt golden orange with short lived 1/2 finger white head. Nose is quite malty with citrus and soft piney notes - hints of pineapple - caramel malt wins out.
Taste has that sweet malt up front with orange, some muted grapefruit, pineapple, and mild caramel notes. Definite subtle but pleasant piney bitterness on the finish. Leaves with a full bittersweetness that coats and lingers on the palate. Fantastic offering/version of a sweeter DIPA.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with a 6-21-18 date. Pours a slightly hazy apricot honey color. Thick pillow of an off white head that recedes slowly to leave great lacing. Aroma is a mix of tropical and citrus fruits. Flavor is sweet pineapple and mango in front, some orange with a mildly bitter bite in the finish. Feel is a bit heavy and lacking much carbonation. Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of pirateclem
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing is like having a hop bomb go off in your mouth if that hop bomb was combined with a sweet, citrusy, thick syrup. My god this is delicious.

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Photo of stortore
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 6/13/17, had 7/11/17.

Pours a hazy orange, with a one and a half inch foamy head and lots of foamy lacing. A really nice looking pour. Smells of citrus hops- orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Also pineapple, some lactose and cream, light yeast and malt, a bit of a floral aroma. The taste is also citrus hops at first- more grapefruit than the nose, orange, some tangerine, malt, pineapple, some caramel. A shot of lactose up front, then it fades. Some hop bitterness. A sweet note on the finish. Smooth, creamy- although maybe not as much as I expected, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

A very good DIPA, first and foremost, with really good flavor and a really nice hop/malt balance. The lactose is a solid addition, even if it ran away from the taste. Good price point, very enjoyable, well worth a purchase.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours out slightly hazy and a golden shade of orange with a thin white crown. The smell is filled with juicy notes. Oranges, grapefruit, stonefruit. It smells great. The taste sends you into a sharp bite and then just bursts with the juicy citrus flavors. Feels great. Coats the mouth with a wet and sticky feeling. Overall, a great brew from FFF.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Stamped bottling date appears to be 6-15-17.
Slightly hazy body is reddish, dark amber color. Creamy two finger white head settles to thick cap. Extensive lacing.
Combination of piney and citrus hop aroma, with biscuit malt. The sweetness in the taste also is in the aroma.
Taste is sweet from the lactose, Mango, pineapple floral, piney at the back end. A very slight hop bitterness at the very end, but very slight. ABV is well hidden.
Mouth feel is full and creamy, medium carbonation.
A different take on a DIPA. Very smooth and easy to drink. Sweeter than others of its ilk.
Seldom seen on the shelf in western Wisconsin. Got this at Casanova's in Hudson. Certainly a treat, and will be purchased again when available.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, papaya, and apricot along with pineapple. Earthy hop scent of pine and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. Sweet hints of lactose. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy taste with notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, tangerine, and papaya along with pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine and grass. Malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains with yeast. Some sweet notes of lactose sugar. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly creamy. 11% is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good Double IPA. Good juicy citrus flavor. The lactose adds a nice touch.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: A peach apricot color, slight off white lacing of head, not big or thick

S: Piney hops, smells thicker with a heaviness to it, hints of mango

T: Peppery, flowery, apricot, mellow taste not bursting, sweeter than your normal IPA with a rich sweet pine finish

F: A full bodied beer that has a thick protein feel to it

O: Overall this beer is above average. I got it as a gift and would have again if on tap not sure I'd buy a bottle of this though.

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Photo of strohme2
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/17/2017, poured into tulip glass.
Pours soft orange with red highlights. One finger head leaves good lacing. Clementines, honey, sweet grapefruit on the nose. Tropical fruit, mango, papaya, some bitter grapefruit pith, honey sweetness. Slick, velvety body. The light carbonation and mouthfeel work perfectly together. Overall, it's a little sweet, I'd prefer more bitterness. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange brown in color with minimal head. Taste is orange, mango, light lactose, and grapefruit. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, and slightly bitter. Nice and juicy. Makes for an excellent sipper. May be my favorite from the brewery.

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

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, bottled on 6/15/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lactose, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lactose, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.6%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lactose, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitter/drying finish. Very vibrant, juicy, and lightly dank hops; great malt balance, without being overly sweet or heavy feeling. Feels like a slightly sweeter Dreadnaught. Very similar on hop profile and bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Buck89
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

13 day old bottle poured into a snifter. A moderately hazy golden-amber color with a creamy white head. Bright aromas of grapefruit, orange pith, some pine resin, and faint alcohol. The taste followed fairly closely - mainly citrus, candied oranges, some dank resin on the back. There is a slight caramel sweetness with goes well with the huge ABV. The lactose is noticeable, adding to a silky, creamy feel with an almost full body. A slight warming on the end.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew. Pours a dark orange with a big white head. Smells of hoppy dankness and tropical fruits. The fruits really come through in the first few sips. The lactose sugar really keeps the hops at bay. Good stuff.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 6/25/15 on draft @ Fischman's.

Semi-opaque light orange appearance.

Off-white head; nice lace.

Pineapple & sweet orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet orange citrus & pineapple flavors up front; mildly bitter grapefruit bite on the finish. No booze heat. A nice DIPA.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber with a blurred date stamp, but it was bottled June 28.

It is cloudy orange gold with a frothy dark cream colored head. It disappeared quick, but leaves a nice film on top.

Smells fruity with some orange/tangerine, fermented pineapple, and maybe some peach. Really sweet and malty.

It tastes very sweet throughout. Probably a bit too much. Lots of sugar. There is mandarin oranges with a little rind, apricot, pineapple, bitter pine, and a bunch of floral hops that I didn't really notice in the aroma. Also, I swear there is a little banana.

The body has a very silky/velvet like feel. The advertised lactose sugar wasn't hidden in the flavor for me, but if you didn't notice it there, you will here. It feels like a milk stout. It finishes with a bit of spicy hop kick.

A very unique beer. While it is very good and I am glad I bought it, I doubt I would buy another one at $12

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet smell and even sweeter taste masks the bitterness of the labeled 100 IBUs and the higher Abv. I get a hint of peach preserves strangely enough. This beer, simply oh, works. Good IPA

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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a large, fluffy dense khaki meringue head, almost like it's on nitro.

Smell is herbal, green pine, with orange, lime, and apple.

Taste is a big bitter catty bite of musty rug, that thankfully fades to the background behind pine, toast, grapefruit and orange, which are bright but bitter as well. A crisp citrus tang almost gives a tart accent from time to time. The lactose does not seem to make a huge contribution to me.

Feel is dry, soft and frothy.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Opaque amber color. Decent pillowy head with a lot of lacing.

S- A little pineapple, though it's not that strong.

T- A lot maltier than I expected. Fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness.

F- Medium, fairly heavy for an IPA. Dry finish.

O- I wanted to like this beer given the awesome name. It's just alright though. A bit too sweet, and not nearly as hoppy as I would expect given the IBU's.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the smoothest IPAs I've ever had. Enjoyed it on draft and was not disappointed. A creamy mouth feel on the finish with a lot of solid citrus flavor at the star. I'm definitely going to pick up a bottle or two now.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dullard orange, comes with a mild 1/5" off white head on the top. Aroma dropped all those tropical and citrus fruit noise all over the place.

Taste was a big tropical ipa experience. Bitterness tamed, good fruity hop mouthfeel. The malt stayed real thin, didn't come across too heavy. Dry. Barely there sweetness providing some dry stuff.

Lactose isn't as noticeable as in milk stouts, might just help it dry out and convey pineapple. Bomber format isn't the friendliest price wise. Its a very good beer, but probably not enough to beat out a 6 pack of Zombie Dust if its available as well.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Hazy medium gold pour with thin white head, great retention. Sugary sweet aroma with alcohol presence. Taste is sugary sweetness with some powerful citrus bitterness. This brew has lots of flavor, drinks almost like a barleywine. Slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12/7...pours cloudy bronze, light to bottom, darker on top. Thick head of white foam. Oily grassy pine nose. Floral. Intense citrus bitter. Sharp tart from midpoint to close. Creamy smoothness. Bright and bitter. Not for the faint of heart, quite a bold finish. Unique.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to love this beer. Pours gorgeous, you can smell the hops, the citrus, and then your smacked in the face with the sweetness. It's too much, overpowers what should have been a very hoppy dank beer.

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