Apocalypse Cow
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #426
Ranked #2,132
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Aug 25, 2022
Nov 23, 2008
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The pint can has been emptied into a clear glass liter mug. It went fairly well. Although the head is stark white and somewhat foamy, it's not expanding like some aerosol insulation. There's some malt and hops to smell, but they're muted, maybe even cluttered. There's good and bad, or at least not so good about the taste. From the onset, there's a nicely sharp hop bite. But the added lactose, however mildly dosed, makes this a little too sweet, something only rectified during the finish. This is hard to believe it couldn't be better without the milk sugar. Surprisingly, the lactose doesn't add much to the body. Yet, for those that don't want a sticky IPA, that's not a problem. There's more taste of alcohol than there is glass lacing and the head is short-lived. Not bad for a milkshake beer, but a recommended pass.
Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by HollandTunnels from Pennsylvania

Nov 08, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by dazedman from Virginia

Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Aug 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 05, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Beer21 from Florida

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Undated (WTF) can into pint glass. Pours a quite hazy golden orange with a big blocky head. Great lacing. Initial impression is juicy citrus, with an overarching sweetness that quickly fades to a resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is sticky, fairly soft and smooth. Finish has a lingering spiciness that invites the next sip. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable DIPA. It's full of contradictions, but that's what makes it interesting.
Jul 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy orange color. A thumb length creamy head shows good retention and lacing.

Juicy aromas of tropical fruit, including mango, papaya, guava and passion fruit amidst a malt base that evokes honey and caramel. And then there is that lactose aroma, projecting its milky sweetness on the nose.

Loads of juicy and big fruity hops flavors evoking notes of mango, papaya, passion fruit and guava. Very sweet with milky lactose creaminess and sweet alcohol spices. Tempered somewhat by a resiny bitterness as well as grassy and piney flavors. Nevertheless, this doesn’t quite feel like enough to counteract the cloying lactose sweetness.

Full bodied with a frothy, soft and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation was moderate to easy going. Too sweet overall with a boozy finish that makes this a bit of a chore to drink.

I don’t like lactose in IPA and this one is my fault for not reading the info on the can before buying it. For what they were aiming for, I suppose they got it right, however, not for me.
Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed in a 16oz snifter on 7/28/21, canned on 1/15/2021.
A: Pours a golden orang color with roughly two fingers of white foam, nice lacing as the foam begins to dissipate. Translucent with some sediment floating at the bottom of the glass, but not completely opaque like some of the haze bombs.
S: Complex nose with notes of melon and tangerine. Other citrus notes of grapefruit and orange rind are present, but certainly more bitter than juicy and sweet. Definite dank smell along with some pine and resin that are present with the caramel hops. Nose is pleasant but nothing to write home about
T: Bitter hops flare up in the beginning and are a bit overwhelming with little to no support from everything else. Pine and resin are present with some grapefruit and orange, bitterness is fairly well balanced by the malty sweetness, but the malty sweetness is a bit overwhelming making me think this beer is less than fresh.
F: This IPA is almost chewy and is just very full and a bit too much for my liking. A bit too much carbonation as well. Ultimately its still fairly smooth and the 8.6% abv is well hidden but whether it’s the character of the beer or the fact that it has been in the fridge a little too long it has a feel I dislike.
Overall: Another good beer from 3 Floyd’s, but I have certainly had better from them. The hop character, is pleasant but the lactose and the heavier malt character combine to throw this beer off balance in my opinion. Glad I was able to try it, and if this was the first beer from 3 Floyd’s that I have had I would probably be all over it, but it’s a pretty average beer from them and wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again unless it was really fresh.
Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by GRhoads from Ohio

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by Bwag from New York

Jul 13, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by zotzot from Vermont

Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by boocie from New York

Jun 27, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in a teku glass from a 16oz can.

Appearance: light cloudy amber color with medium bubbles to the body. White head which is not super heavy rising maybe half of one fingers length off the body.

Smell: lemongrass with notes of light caramel. Earthy aroma which is light to the nostrils but still appetizing.

Taste: I will tell you this, I didn't know this beer had lactose sugar till I read it on the label...it's there but super subtle with a sweet bitterness.

Mouth: Sticky body with a soft carbonation. Sweet finish which will clean any palate in sight.

Overall: Good brew. Honestly regret not buying mlre but the taste alone has a simple yet memorizing complexity to it. Always in a glass, Salud!
Jun 23, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized bubbly head that ends as lots of lacing.

Smells of slightly dank piney hops with a bit of citrus. Tastes hop forward with tastes of sweet malt and citrus following. Has a sweet sour finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Soft syrupy mouthfeel.

This an excellent , mild mannered , complex and very drinkable brew !
Jun 23, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 5 by robebo44 from Virginia

Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by dpgrifs from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 18, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jun 17, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sunburst of yellow-orange hazy highlights the golden body. Head grows thick and tall, providing a bunch of lacing as it settles and I drink. Citrus and herbs, the nose is a little on the sweeter side, even for an 8.6% brew. A swirl and a mix of dank and over-ripe mango comes out.

Taste has that old school DIPA malty sweetness with a bite - likely some combination of that overripe hop fruit, alcohol, and yeast. Malt provides a grain-specific sweetness - almost like a breakfast bread. Of course the weed, pine, and citrus rind bitterness "ruins"that impression. It has a softer feel, like some NE IPAs, but not as thick as many of those. Finish is more piney to dank.

Just a little bit of a conflict between the sweet and bitter notes in the front-to-middle throws me off just a little, even though those aspects aren't out of whack for the style.
Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 4/13/21

Well, it's been quite some time since I've found any new 3 Floyds beers to review. Ever since they expanded their distro my local store has only been carrying the same 5 or so beers from them and not getting any new ones in even for a limited time. Oh well, I was happy to run into this one at Total Wine. Let's see how this stands up to the pack

Pours a hazy orange gold with 3 fingers of dense white head that very slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

I love when an imperial IPA is not just a straight up hop attack; you can detect the malt balance of this one from the first whiff. I'm picking up on aromas of caramel malt, pithy grapefruit, mango, spruce, earthy/woody hops, and sweet orange

Oh yeah, that balance continues well into the taste, but the heft behind it all drives it forward. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting honey, caramel malt, sweet orange, and peppery hops. The swallow brings notes of caramel malt, peppery hops, toasted grain, tangerine, sweet honey, and light pine

A full body pairs with light tingling carbonation, resulting in a very smooth and creamy beer. Finishes mostly dry with a lingering spiciness

This one is absolutely killer. 3 Floyds never disappoints, especially with these bigger beers
Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz can
another beer I [sadly] haven’t had in over a decade…
L: hazy apricot body, foamy ivory head
S: candied mango, tangerine & floral citrus, pine, lactose
T: mango, tangerine, apricot, peach, creamy lactose, bitter pine and orange zest
F: full body; creamy, smooth, & resinous; boozy but not overly hot; moderate carbonation; pungently bitter finish
O: I love how this starts sweet and finishes bitter. Awesome beer!
Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2021
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