Apocalypse Cow
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #144
Ranked #1,092
4.26 | pDev: 9.15%
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: 503 | Ratings: 2,153 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Dec 06, 2011
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Mainly orange with yellow tint. Thick, small bubbled, slightly off white head. Good lacing. The body is hazy.

Smell - There is that strong dankness. Vanilla. Caramel. Pine. Pineapple.

Taste - The only difference in the taste is the bitterness and alcohol. A little orange and extra citrus thrown in there too.

Feel - Creamy. Milky. Small burst of carbonation but not too much.

Overall - 4.5s across the board. I need this side by side with Cimmerian to see which is my favorite Floyds DIPA (so far). I really like this beer's balance.

Jun 10, 2015
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tlery from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.6%

A - Cloudy, deep orange hue with a retaining head that leaves lots of lace around the glass;
S - Citrus forward with a sweet, malty backbone;
T - Balanced hops with a malty finish, clean and no real alcohol heat, very drinkable for the style;
M - Crisp upfront, fades to that mouth coating reminiscent of milk stouts (it's the milk sugar, duh);
O - Subtly different expression of the same idea that's come to epitomize FFF Brewing: pale, hoppy, drinkable, and reliable, yet ultimately boring. I can't give too much credit to a brewery that fails to (ever) surprise me.

Sep 04, 2014
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nbree00 from California

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty low carbonation on this one but definitely not flat. Has a nice cloudiness that compliments the orangish-honey color well.

S: Nice nose on this one, notes of graham crackers, brown sugar, orange blossom, heavy cream and caramel. Really inviting for a double IPA which can sometimes be astringent on the nose.

T: Pleasantly surprised on the flavors here. The lactose integrates nicely giving a subtle creaminess. Flavors of orange cream soda, short bread, caramel, pie crust, lavender and a hint of pine.

M: Above average texture and mouthfeel for me. Could maybe use a little more carbonation but it's so lush it doesn't matter and glides over the palate with a certain silkiness.

O: Overall I am very pleasantly surprised with this. The lactose is a great addition and really rounds out the flavors. Balance is key for me on IPA's and this one certainly achieves that. Recommended!

Jul 28, 2011
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tewaris from Minnesota

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

11% ABV
100 IBUs
"...intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body which has been augmented with lactose milk sugar." 22 oz. bomber, sent by lurchingbeast, poured into a New Belgium globe. I am positive about its freshness given that it's a June release. Thanks Frank!

Falls in a hay golden stream and looks a beautiful hue of orange in the glass. A magnificent alabaster head with creamy texture. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is fruity, floral, and slightly leafy green too - but dominantly floral. Enough sweetness to tell that this will be a sweeter beer, and a hint of spicy (onion-garlic) hops.

As expected from the aroma, very sweet tasting but in a lush and fruity manner, rather than cloyingly so. Still, a harsher and more biting taste profile wouldn't have hurt! Although there's enough bitterness, the sweetness is definitely up there with barleywines. Body, carbonation, finish... everything is medium. You could call it balanced but I would like a crisper and drier beer with the sweetness dialed a few notches down. Otherwise, the hop profile is very delicious.

Edit: Good as it is, it's hard to justify the almost $12/bomber price (inclusive of tax)

Jun 26, 2011
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Momar42 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber bought at the brewery into a Duvel tulip.

A - HUGE, dense, white foamy head with large fluffy bubbles. Beer is hazy deep yellow in appearance. Great sticky lace clings to the side of the glass all the way down.

S - For a FFF brew, this nose is mild. I think the lactose mutes the powerful hops aroma a bit too much. They are still there for sure, but subdued. I give FFF credit for doing something different and out of the box tho.

T - And THERE are the hops. Even with the lactose, the hops announce themselves throughout the drink. Front, middle and end are steeped in hoppy twinge. The lactose does make this a creamier and smoother beer.

M - Creamy, frothy, creamy. For me, its just too much. I like the balancing attempt, but it goes to far for me. Not bad at all, just not my thing.

O - The sum of its parts make this a very interesting beer. While the hop presence is as strong as you would expect, the lactose sugar creates an interesting blend. For those that like a strong hop sensation but not the burn, this is for you. The alcohol is fairly noticeable though. For me, a tad less booze and lactose and this would be a true winner.

Jul 23, 2012
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Thedaver4220 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

Jan 22, 2013
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Sturmthis from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jul 03, 2013
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TubaDan from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12%

Aug 11, 2014
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Getalegup from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Jun 26, 2014
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Nurt20 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 26, 2015
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claaark13 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Jul 28, 2012
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/2/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing and great retention. The aromas have their signature hop profile, but in a very subtle way. Lots of malts with a good amount of citrus. Slightly floral as well. Some caramel. Some bread notes as well. The best way to describe the flavors is "bittersweet". Lots of caramel. The lactose obviously gives this beer a sweetness to it, but there's no shortage of hops going on. Lots of lemon and lime. Some hints of orange peel and grapefruit. There's even a very subtle spiciness to this one. There are some alcohol notes that are present. I'm not saying it's boozy, but there's a little heat. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. It has active carbonation, but still remains fluffy. This makes a nice sipper and a nice brew to relax with. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up.

The craftsmanship is very impressive, but it doesn't get me overly excited. It's not really worth the price of admission, in my humble opinion. I definitely enjoyed my time with Apocalypse Cow, but it's not something I'll be dreaming about.

Jul 28, 2014
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Soxfanmcgee from Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

Jan 09, 2012
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jul 11, 2012
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Tanger112 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Jun 17, 2014
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MarshallBirdhouse from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Jun 28, 2013
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Eric15 from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Apr 14, 2014
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SierraFlight from Virginia

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Nearly opaque hazy yellow-orange with tall off-white head that settles to one finger of foam. Bubbles rise throughout the drink. Aromas of pineapple, citrus rind, floral hops, and cotton candy. Flavors follow with orange and sugar forward then finishing with a dry, full-bodied, boozy, hop bitterness.

Updated summer 2019.

Mar 03, 2015
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enelson from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Aug 21, 2014
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MordorMongo from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jan 13, 2013
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jadler16 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

May 02, 2014
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Smurf2055 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12%

Aug 08, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It may not look like much, and although I consider myself a beer connoisseur I don't use flowery words/descriptions, this is a great beer. And that's coming from a guy that likes stouts. Unlike the mass produced wussy yellow beers, this has a unique flavor. I didn't notice the citrusy taste at first; but it's definitely there; in a good way. You have something in your mouth, and it isn't beer flavored water. I bought this as an evening beverage, but it could suffice as a heavy alternative to a hot afternoon drink, especially if super cold. Primarily because the flavor is so robust. Non-beer fanatics probably don't understand how a beer can be light and robust at the same time. Eating sour cream & habanero gourmet pretsels with it, so consider that. But I'd give it a 4.7-4.8 overall. I bought 3 beers tonight, and this is the one I looked forward to tasting. Tasty!

Jul 07, 2012
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shredder83 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Feb 21, 2013
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