Apocalypse Cow
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #162
Ranked #1,177
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Apocalypse CowApocalypse Cow
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
Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 2,231 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Gajo74 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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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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
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Help! Somebody melted an orange creamsicle in my dreadnaught. Wait a second. It still tastes pretty good. I guess I’ll drink it anyway.

Jokes aside, the reviews on here are pretty spot-on. Glowing, orange-colored, super flavorful DIPA. Whether the lactose is an improvement—news flash, it probably isn’t—at least they tried something different. And make no mistake, whether one loves it or hates it hangs entirely on one’s own subjective perspective on the added milk sugar. Otherwise, there isn’t much to argue about, because it is remarkably delicious smelling and tasting—about as pungent and intense as any beer out there. Bursting with aroma and flavor across the citrus fruit spectrum—mango, orange, lemon, clementine, apricot, pineapple, you name it. Big juice flavors combine with sweetness, high ABV resin, earthy grass, malts, and bitter hops to create a memorable experience. Overall an excellent beer.

Jun 07, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a milkshake pilsner glass. No date, but I'll assume this is a recent release - just bought it late last month.

Appearance: Opaque/translucent amber-orange color with a thin off-white heat. Thick sheets and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Strong orange and lemon citrus, with just a hint of floral underneath.

Taste: Citrus bitterness up front, very nice malt middle for balance, and I can detect a bit of the lactose as well. Citrus hop bitterness at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and approaching creamy, but with all the hop oil bite on the teeth you would expect. Good carbonation as well.

Overall / Drinkability: I know it's the lactose making this thick and cloudy, but it looks like a NEIPA with the hop flavors of a west coast DIPA. Quite tasty, smells great, and is dangerously drinkable. Great by itself, but I could easily see this pairing with a variety of food. Well done!.

Jun 06, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/15/21 (6 weeks ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at just above fridge temp 8.6% ABV. The beer pours hefe-hazy in a medium amber color with creamy off white head. The head recedes to tight half inch cap and leaves some lacing. The aroma is mild with sweet citrus and floral notes. The taste is sweet & bitter interplay with flavors of caramel, candied orange, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit and milk sugar. Strong final bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, good. Very different from 3F usual big DIPA's.

Jun 05, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a semi-dark orange color, mostly clear, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like resinous pine, sweet maltiness, some booze, lactose, caramel, and orange marmalade.

I'm a bit split on this. The hop character is definitely nice, with orange and a bit hit of resinous and bitter pine - it's classic West Coast style IPA. But the lactose kind of amplifies the sweetness of the malt character. Without the lactose, this might've been better. It's also a bit too noticeably boozy.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy from the lactose (that's at least a decent effect from the lactose), with a slightly lingering bitterness on the back end.

This is an intriguing concept that fell a bit short for me. I do dig the hop character, but the lactose and the heavier malt character combine to make this a touch imbalanced for me.

Jun 03, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mildly hazy amber with a good white head which persists. Tropical fruit especially mango on the nose with a dankness and hops. Tastes awesome. A mix of tropical fruit such as mango with citrus (orange and lemon) and caramel. The bitterness of resin lasts for a few seconds and disappears for a beautifully balanced finish. Brilliant, yet again for 3 Floyds.

Jun 02, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see a date listed on the can or the label.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium shade of amber with slightly dark hints of gold at the edges. It has very good clarity when considering just the beer, but there are a ton of suspended solids. Most of what is in suspension is very small. The head is large and rocky with an off-white eggshell appearance. It has very good head retention and nice thick clumps of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A big nose of alcohol comes through at first, followed by some pine resin. There is a light malty caramel-like scent to the beer.

Taste: Up front there is pine and a strong grain flavor. Towards the middle there is a strong alcohol flavor, some peach, and even more grain character. There is a woody aftertaste which tastes a bit like wet oak. The more the beer is consumed the more that woody aftertaste runs into the beginning of the next sip, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice strong bitterness. The strong alcohol flavor hampers drinkability but it never becomes as overwhelming as the bitterness. The body rests on the lower half of medium.

Overall: The beer has a very good bitterness with a focus on pine and woody flavors. There is a woody character that slinks in towards the rear of the sip which is enjoyable, and it lingers on the palate for the next sip if you don't use a palate cleanser. I would recommend not using a palate cleanser with this beer for the best flavor experience. The alcohol does show through numerous times while drinking the beer, so that should be considered before giving this one a try. The can states that this is "augmented with lactose milk sugar" but it doesn't seem to come through in any obvious manner. This is the kind of beer that starts out alright but then grows on you the more you consume it. The highlights for this beer are the strong bitterness and the pine-like flavor matched with a wet oak-like character. I could drink it again from time to time and enjoy it but I couldn't drink it regularly. I would recommend at least trying it, but only if you can at least get a full can, bottle, or pour. The qualities of this beer won't fully show in something like a sampler glass. This would be a great beer to sip on while reading a book or watching a long movie. It would pair well with smoked turkey.

May 31, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a two-finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- zesty grapefruit, orange pith, fresh mint and floral hops. Doughy malt undertones with a hint of creamy vanilla

T- zesty tangerine and orange up front are quickly complimented by a creamy milk sugar sweetness mid-palate. The finish brings out some floral hop notes, followed by some doughy malt to balance it out

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- well balanced and extremely drinkable, hides the abv well. These guys were using lactose in IPA's long before it was popular

May 28, 2021
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass
Looks hazy with a creamy head
Smell is hoppy and citrus
Taste is same
Feel is velvet
Overall is as advertised.

May 28, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So cool I finally got my hands on this I knew about this beer well before the milkshake IPA craze! In the pint glass I got some sediment chunks mixed within a rather orange colored beer with a rocking frothy head. Smells of a very balanced DIPA maybe a touch of sweetness from the milk sugars. Very smooth combination of super hoppy bitter acidic meets sweet vanilla milk sugar not overbearing but you can tell it's there. Body is very smooth you can tell your drinking a DIPA but it goes down easy.

Overall well worth the price and hype! Since Bombers got discontinued 3 Flyod's beers get me excited every time I find a new one at the Vintage Estate!

May 28, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heckuva beer from a heckuva brewer.
L: drinking from the can. Looks nice
S: sweet citrus , lemon. Very nice. Touch of resin.
T: nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness. I can see the critique that the sweetness is too much but it works for me.
F: smooth and creamy.
O: fine offering. Check it out!

May 21, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft, in 12 oz tulip glass

dark yellow in color, a bit murky looking, thick white head. nice well rounded hop aroma. hop flavor is balanced by just a touch of underlying sweetness. fuller bodied.

May 19, 2021
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MaineBrewing from Maine

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a slightly hazy, translucent orange color. Head was thin one finger and dissipated quickly. There was some sediment that got mixed up and is just sort of floating, makes it look thick.

S - Nose from the can was super dank and resinous, however upon pouring the juicy hops character took center stage. Smells like Sunny D. Just in your face sweet and sticky orangey citrus.

T - Flavor does not disappoint. Following through on the aroma with notes of orange as well as bitter orange peel. Along with the citrus flavor is a good amount of traditional hop flavors of pine, dank, resin etc. The malt character stacks up well with a sweet backbone to carry the hops on. The brew finishes with tons of bittering hop flavor, albeit a little sweet.

M - This is thick and syrupy, slow sipping. On the sweet side and the bittering hops are just barely enough to balance it. First I was thinking this is leaving a thick and syrupy aftertaste that's a little too much for me. Then I read the label and saw they added lactose, hence the name of the beer. So I think this is what they were going for.

O - Man the flavor on this is insane if you are looking for a orange juice bomb that's plenty bitter but also has a sweet and creamy mouthful. I'm certainly not! I'd prefer it without the lactose. But I can't fault them for me not reading the can! Pretty great beer all around.

May 18, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orange marmalade color,tight creamy head that last for a while. Bubbles cascading upward similar to Champagne. Smell: mild hint of mandarin orange, some earthy sweetness, almost like an orange creamsicle. Taste is orangeade and tea,with some pleasant hop notes. Feels: semi dry,semi viscous body, with a really juicy finish. Again clementine or mandarin orange comes to play. Feel is a bit weird. Overall a very orange creamsicle type IPA with adjuncts. The consistency does not make this a session beer by any means,as well as the ABV. Overall as Three Floyds says "this is not normal," Cheers!"

May 15, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has notes of both bright citrus and tropical fruits along with something earthy.

The flavor profile has sweet tropical fruits blended nicely with additional lactose sweetness. The sweetness gets a bit excessive and the booze shines through in a way that is more reminiscent of a double digit abv than something between 8 & 9. The mouth feel is nicely creamy.

May 15, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy amber color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Good head retention and leaves a nice crown of lacing at the top of the glass.

The aroma is very citrusy. Loads of grapefruit and clementine oranges and tangerines with just a hint of lemon drop candy. There's a touch of pineapple in there as well. Very grainy, with lots of caramel malts on the back. Excellent, well-balanced aroma.

The taste just assaults you with orange. A literal grenade of citrus. Some nice grapefruit notes as well. Maybe a hint of melon and pineapple. Like the aroma, very grainy with lots of caramel and lactose sweetness.

The feel is medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Soft and creamy, yet has a nice juicy quality to it. Like biting into an orange.

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've had from 3F. The citrus flavors are insane, and the malt adds a wonderful balance. The lactose sugar is present, but subtle. It's not a "milkshake" IPA by any means. Just a wonderful beer all around.

May 14, 2021
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 5/8/21

Golden orange, lightly hazy, pours with a medium white head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar
Big citrus, tangerine, orange, ruby red grapefruit, green and herbal hops, tropical notes, tropical fruit juice, pineapple, melon, mango, nicely subtle amount of lactose, touch of lactose sweetness, pale malts, caramel malts, caramel sweetness
Medium body, mostly smooth, low carbonation

I thought I had this beer before, but maybe not. If I really had, I would have remembered it more, as it is unique. Apocalypse Cow is like a proto-milkshake IPA. It has some of the lactose sweetness and creaminess, but in moderation. I wish more beers existed with this approach.

May 09, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden amber color, tall clotted head of dense foam, with slow and steady carbonation visible through the clear beer. Excellent head retention and drapes of lace remains above a creamy cap.
Aromas of steeped grain and caramelized sugar support perfumed citrus hop notes - tangerines, lemon zest and old lady ready for church. You can smell this one around the corner, though it reminds very much of DreadNaught just not as rich and malty.
The flavor also reminds me of DreadNaught though less so in every way, in a good way. The un-fermented milk sugar does not provide the body I expected and the lack malt heft is noticeable - but only in comparison to DN.
The finish is sharply bitter tempered slightly by the malt depth but only barely as it warms.
Good balance and mouth feel it is the lesser of 3F's Dbl IPA's but that's a high bar most breweries can only hope for.
Highly drinkable, satisfying and full of flavor and hop character it just lacks a bit of weight and malt complexity I take for granted from this brewery.

May 06, 2021
Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2231 ratings