Apocalypse Cow | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse CowApocalypse Cow

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of DaveHS
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Stupac2 for this one.

A-Pours hazy, rusty light orange with a small,creamy light orange head. Very appetizing.

S-Dry citrus skins, potpouri, lactic sweetness. Some bright, herbal notes I'm having trouble identifying.

T/M-This is really interesting. Bright citric hoppiness is the dominant flavor, with a lush, milky body and a dry, bitter finish. It's just so different. Like a hoppy orange cream soda. Thin, lactic sweetness is kept in balance by drying hops on the back end.

O-What a clever beer! A great twist on the IPA.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours lightly cloudy, and golden in color. Definitly doesn't reasemble most Double IPAs I've had. Light sense of citrus, malt sugars and flouralness. Very light carbonation and very complex hoppy aromas escape while drinking. But finishes with a very palet cleansing that sets it apart from the rest.

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Photo of Scout11
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the most unique imperial IPA's I've ever had. The sweetness of the milk sugar added some great malt flavors that balance nicely with some great citrus and piney hops. The aroma and taste match up perfectly, and the high ABV is hidden nicely. This isn't the best imperial I've ever had but it is definitely worth seeking out for it's uniqueness.

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Photo of daledeee
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting name. Big bottle of big beer. Here we go.

It poured a dark gold orange with a head that wasn't much and went away within the first sip or two.

Nose is citrus and hops with a hint of spice.

Taste is different than their other offerings. Some grapefruit and some malt. This is pretty smooth and balanced but is also pretty sweet and heavy tasting. That is the main issue with the beer, not a big issue. Drinkability is good considering the ABV. The hops and citrus are not as over the top as some other ones I have had.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from my local beer store having never heard of the brew before. Great presentation with a Picasso-esque picture on the front of the bottle. Poured into a 3F half litre glass and shared with a friend.

Appearance is quite nice with tones of opaque amber with very citrusy hues as well. Hues are reminiscent of peaches and the one inch head is an off-white/eggshell color. Viscosity is decent but not as clingy as I would like a DIPA to be.

Nose is a great citrus-based DIPA. Grapefruit and nectarines penetrate the nostrils. A little malt comes through but the thought of sugar-covered grapefruit for breakfast comes to mind when thinking of the aroma with just a hint of candy: perhaps the smell of grape nerds candy.

Taste hits heavy with sweets, warming alcohol, grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine and a sweet milk like taste. It's such a strong and different taste that I almost want to dislike it but I can't... Candy sugar taste but not so over-powering that the malts don't come through. The brew is a bit off-balanced for the style with it leaning towards the hops: Heavy, but super-sweet flavors, bring out the actual flavors and the aroma of the hops so much that I just don't want to mark down for it.

Mouthfeel is great and almost feels reminiscent of drinking apricot juice. Medium body and clean without deep or unpleasant hop bitterness.

I would definitely be up for trying this beer again. Sessionability is low due to high ABV and it's unique flavor. A good brew, all in all, but so different you'll be left wondering what exactly you were drinking... in a good way.

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Photo of injuredreserve
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with thin lacy head.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit, lemon zest.

T: Very hoppy bite with a bitterness linger. Definie booziness.

M: Medium body that starts sharp, and finishes mild.

D: Be hard to drink more than 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Indiana by my girlfriend. 22 oz. bomber poured into an Imperial pint glass. Beautiful hazy golden/amber body with a massive frothy off-white head that does not want to disappear. When the head finally sinks, massive rocky lacing throughout.

Grapefruit, pineapple dominate the aroma. Tangerine, pine, spruce, and the lightest bit of sugar and toffee malt in the background.

Flavor is massively citrus, of course, but with a surprisingly strong taste of sugar. Slight hints of pine. The 11% ABV is hidden pretty well, but there is a slight hint on the tail end of this thing.

Nice medium-full body with soft but firm carbonation and very creamy.

Overall, this thing looks and smells fantastic... but the sugar in here makes it way too sweet. Tone that down and this could be a fantastic DIPA...no Pliny, but still wonderful.

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Photo of Soneast
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold/orange-ish color with a 2 finger thick off-white head with above average retention.

The aroma reminds me of citrus, predominately grapefruits and oranges with a touch of floral earthiness and a sweet almost syrupy note underneath.

The flavor is heavy with fruitiness which I think the sweetness accentuates, mostly grapefruit, plus an underlying caramel flavor and a definite bitterness at the end that is very tamed by the sweet flavors. Very little alcohol detected, though it does warm ya up a bit.

This beer is very creamy on the mouthfeel, due to the residual sweetness and fine carbonation. A very nice combination of flavors although I tend to enjoy a dryer, less sweet DIPA overall.

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Photo of crossovert
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with unique label art.

It pours a hazy peach/amber color with a foamy white head.

The smell is pretty good here. There is some bright, floral hops, some tropical scent, and some citrus. It is really bright and fragrant.

The flavor is huge. There is a both a big hoppy bitterness and a sugary sweetness running right though this one. It tastes almost like a pale ale on steroids. It has some pine and citrus but it is sugary, yet bitter. It is interesting. There is a definite alcoholic bite, not the smoothest DIPA.

FFF comes through with another really good double IPA.

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Photo of bobhits
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with an off white eukra like head. A nice thick creamy head with some lacing. The body here is nearly void of any carbonation, looks nearly dead and the weight and body of this beer is very apparent.

The beer looks like something else, but the nose is extremely hoppy smelling. A huge citrus american hop storm simply dominates the malt. The only hints of malt I can't place but they generally come through and perhaps they are lactose, but the description has me a bit biased.

Citrus biting floral hops are over the top and just wonderfully out of balance. The odd part of this beer is the malt which clearly they are advertising with this beer. The malt doesn't have anything overt or apparent, it just comes off as a light sweet balance that mellows the bitterness. The thing is beers like dreadnaught, black hearted, and panzer from them all have powerful malt flavors that are intense in complexity and flavor. The malt here is just as strong flavored but not nearly as complex.

This beer drinks like milk. It is thick as hell, creamy, and while the carbonation is hidden when you look, microscopic bubbles excite the tongue when drinking.

I really don't want to know how many calories are in this beer. This thing is over the top, intense, and most likely the best weight gainer on the planet. That said this is a lovely beer. I expect the malt will take over a bit more with some age (and we're talking 2-3 months), but for now a hoppy bitter beer.

On a final note, guys what's up with the prices? 10 bucks for a double IPA and this is one of your cheaper double IPAs? That is a 22 dollar 4 pack. Get it down to 15 for a 4 pack and it might be a repeat buy.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apocalypse Cow is a big fat, sweet beer, from the addition of lactose, but its got citrus and orange hops bones to back up that heft. As the beer warms the alcohol content becomes apparent but otherwise the 11% disappears.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear tangerine/amber (actually more like a rose color), with a stiff finger of eggshell white colored head. Really frothy look to the retention, which just coats the sides of the glassware with a TON of rich and creamy lacing. The aroma is very floral and piney, along with grains and sugary smelling lactic notes, which mix with some hugely robust tropical citrus character to impart quite the big, yet silky, sweet tang in the nose.

The taste is full-on hops, with a nice biting bitterness to the flavor, that is chock full of spice and sticky resins. This is well balanced though, by an equally big backbone of sugared milky sweetness and lush citrus. Malts aren't absent either, with a secondary (yet still prominent) presence, which lends the sweetness a grainy texture to it. The finish is sticky at first, before settling into a steady spicy bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big bubbly creaminess to the carbonation. A much sleeker feel rides underneath, which is where a lot of the heavier sweet qualities of this sits. Pretty well hidden 10% ABV on this as well, with the full flavors of this really doing a nice job of masking the alcohol, especially as this warmed.

I really enjoyed this a bit more than I initially though that I was going to. The lactose sugar element took a bit getting used to at first, but once this hit room temp, and the hops and alcohol came out to play, it actually ended up really being needed for balance and to help cover the warmth up. Really interesting "extreme beer" offering from FFF that, for the most part, I think they really pulled off nicely.

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Photo of Yesac
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jwinship83 for the trade!

A- Great orange glow with a slight copper tint. Two finger white foamy head that quickly fades to a thin layer.

S- A unique creamy citrus aroma, ripe peach. The overall smell is weak.

T- Along with smell..sweet creamy citrus. Great malt balance. Slight hop bitterness in the back. To cirtrusy for my liking. The 10% ABV is very well hidden.

M- Unique, very smooth and excellent coating. Syrupy like character but the body is tricky thin and the palate is not very sticky. Excellent mouthfeel.

D- Easy drinker here.. so smooth and sweet.. great mouthfeel but weak aroma. Interesting brew.

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled oct 15/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small very dense white head. the head drops quickly but leaves a solid sheet of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is good. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. bit of lactic character hiding behind it. caramel. bit of toffee.

taste is good. sweet orange and tangerine. grapefruit and pine. caramel. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. medium-high bitterness level. warming alcohol. lingering sweetness from the lactose, but it's not overbearing and tends to come across mostly as citrusy sweetness when combined with the hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. there's an alcoholic warmth that flashes through at points, but it manages to be mostly balanced by the strong hopping and fruity sweetness. it doesn't benefit from the drying hop character that you'll often find in a dipa, but manages to work pretty well anyway.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a cloudy orange, darker than I was expecting with a thick cream colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Surprized how muted the citrus and malt scents were, but they were balanced.

T - Sweet malts followed by some citrus tones that rol across your tongue.

D - Medium to high carbonation, no bitterness.

O - Creamy and smooth, wish the flavors were a bit more bold.

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Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given by nlmartin in the Blind Beers BIF. This one’s a 22-ounce whose hoppy nose led me to pour into a tulip. Reviewed blind.

A gorgeous hue of hazy grapefruit sits in the glass below an equally stunning creamsicle-tinged head, an inch thick and indulgently dense and creamy. It collapses very slowly, leaving behind thick, frothy rings of lace as it goes.

Lots of booze and burnt sugar in the nose, somewhat balanced by herbal, citrusy hops. Notes of mint, orange peel and flowers.

A fairly sweet, malty flavor, represented by overripe orange, lightly toasted bread, sweet burnt sugar and caramel. Finishes fairly clean, though a mild bitterness and a bit of alcohol nudge in after the swallow.

Gentle carbonation massages the tongue as I move the dulcet medium body around. I dig the heavy creaminess in this mouthfeel. The booze is here as well, numbing the tongue and warming my chest.

What an interesting beer. It seems too malty sweet to be a DIPA, but not powerful enough to be a barleywine. It is, however, drinkable stuff. I’m generally a fan of sweet beers and bigger mouthfeels, and the added lactose enables this beer to deliver on both fronts.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to drpdaddy

Pours a hazed golden orange with a thin layering of white head on top. Filmy cloudy retention with patches and splotches of lacing on the glass.

Stiff scents of pine and grapefruit hops with pithy citrus. Some residual sweetness from bready malts and burnt sugar, notes of crust and caramel.

Bitter up front with a nice dose of biting grapefruit with rind and peel. Orange and citrus, light pine resin as well. Larger malty backbone with caramel and bread crust. Hints of creamy burnt sugar create a decent sweet character, but rests underneath the hops. Finishes bitter and slightly warm.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little creamy, fairly smooth on the tongue for the style. Another tasty DIPA from FFF, a nice little change from panzer wolf and dreadnaught with the addition of milk sugar.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kpruim01 for this one. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Adnams Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed honeyed amber color with a good inch of dense light ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of sweet pineapple, bitter white and red grapefruit juice, creamsicle, mango, tons of caramel malt. This DIPA is quite sweet, yet pleasantly bitter as well. As it warms, sweet candied grapefruit peel comes through with still a touch of alcohol heat. Smooth and nearly full bodied with ample carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable considering the high ABV, but one bomber is plenty. Thanks again Kyle!

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Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold, obviously unfiltered. Just a bit of lace on the glass and a fading head.
Smell is nicely sweet but a bit thin. Some sweet caramel and a bit of citrus hops.
Taste is very sweet, lots of caramel, pine and citrus. There's a lingering hop bite in the finish, slightly bitter as well. This is in stark contrast to the initial sweetness that hits up front. The alcohol is well hidden.
Feels rich and smooth with just a bit of carbonation to release the aromas.
I'd prefer this with some good sharp cheese to balance the sweetness. Overall a very pleasant beer to sip.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one of the 3F beers I've been waiting to try for a while, and I finally got the chance thanks to Solomon420.

A: Pours a lighter 1/2 finger pasty white head in my oversized snifter over a hazy tangerine orange color.

N: I could smell the hops on the pour, just the way I like it. Lots of fresh citrus, some musty hop oil resin, earthy chewy hops, a little pine and nectarine, and even some spicy hops. The hops do have a slight aged aroma, but I can't find a date on it. Underneath that is quite a bit if a malty base, with some sweet malts, chewy malts, and that strong DIPA heavy pale malt base.

T: Starts somewhat sweet and candy bar like. The hops are there again with more citrus, a little pine, a little earthy and spicy hops, but mostly that slight nougat aged hop taste. The bitterness is not what I expected either, which is there but not super heavy. The malts are def there too with more thick sweet pale malts and chewy malts. A touch of warming booze and tingly feel with that.

M: Medium to heavier body with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes a little more bitter with more bitterness hammering down now. It gets accentuated thanks to some dryness coming forth, but there is still some residual sweetness. More tangerine and citrus hops with some spicy hop flavors as well lingering. A little piny residual hop flavors lingering too. A very slight hint of warming booze, but with the hops and sweetness it hides the booze very well.

It's an interesting DIPA, but def tastes like it has some age on it and I would love to try it fresh. From all the awesome beers I've had from 3F I can only imagine this one is a lot better fresh too, so I'll have to revisit it if I can get it fresh again. If only they shipped to MA... PLEASE 3F SHIP TO MA!!!!

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Photo of mdvatab
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date, which is disappointing for a beer in this style.

Aroma: Sweet light malty goodness. Grapefruit, the tropical fruit. Freshly-cut pineapple. A little bit of yeasty spice.

Appearance: Very hazy golden-tan body. Thick, foamy, 1/2 finger off-white head. Decent lacing. After drinking most of the pint, there is still 1/2 finger of foam. Excellent retention!

Flavor: Sugary sweet tea (but not syrupy or cloying). Pineapple, apple juice, some good bitterness for balance. Apricot, plus a bit of white pepper. Bitterness is much more dialed-back compared to other DIPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, with a slightly crisp bite. Medium-full mouthfeel. Alcohol is slightly warming.

Overall: One of the most drinkable Double IPAs I've had. Very well-balanced, with some delicious hop aromas and flavors. My only complaint is not knowing how fresh my bottle was. I'm going to try to get a hold of a freshly released bottle next time, as I'm sure it's even that much more delicious!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2009.

Imperial pint glass. Appears honey orange with a whispy beige head.

The aroma is sweet and bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and a significant bready/caramel malt backbone. It's pretty well balanced, almost tilting in favor of the malt. Not too bitter and not too sweet. That's a clever little saying I have here in my notes. It sounds pretty stupid now that I've typed it, but I'm going to let it ride.

The flavor is bitter up front with notes of sugary grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The malt is pretty damn sweet. This beer has quite the imposing malt profile. The finish displays the highest level of bitterness yet, but the malt ultimately has its way with the hops.

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Photo of sliverX
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange tinged amber with a very slight head that was not much more than a film with a nice amount of lacing
Smell is pine and citrus hops with a bit of an orange-chocolate thing as well
Taste is huge pine resin with again the orange-chocolate type thing going on. Very resiny like pine tar almost
mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth
Drinkability if this didn't have a bit of a soap in the mouth tinge it would score higher but no real complaints you can only jam so many hops into something before it starts downhill...
Thanks to FrankenBrew for the bottle...

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Hazy deep gold with a big white head and lots of streams of visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, resinous pine, and floral hops, with a bit of underlying cracker malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, resin, grassy and floral hop flavors atop the biscuit malt backbone with just a touch of caramel flavors. Then right before the swallow (when you expect more bitter to take hold) there's a sweetness instead - here's the lactose presence. The hang is a light citrus rind bitter - probably the least bitter I've ever had in a DIPA.

M: Good carbonation, but still a somewhat creamy mouthfeel from the lactose. Fairly low alcohol presence for the listed ABV - although every so often, a sip will seem significantly more boozy.

O: This one is ok. I'm just not digging the lactose in a DIPA - the juxtaposition of the sweet creamy and the bitter citrus doesn't work for me as well as I thought it might. I enjoyed the beer, but I likely won't be having another.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A long time Want provided by thomashardy in the recent FFF hookup. Been wanting to try this one for a long time. Thanks for everything buddy!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium-thicker, fluffy, white head with decent retention. A hazy tangerine orange when held to the light, but more safety orange in color otherwise, and no carbonation at all. Head fades to a film and leaves some clingy lacing. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: I don't know about this one. Pale malts and some citrus hop notes. Orange peel with some faint lactose or milky notes. Kind of an odd combo. I know it's lactose driven, but it comes off more like warm milk, which doesn't quite work in combination with citrus aromas. Mild nose at least. Kind of worried.

TASTE: What a difference! Like night and day. Really nice. Pale malts and citrus hops. Some grapefruit and piney notes through the middle, as well as some sweet lactose sugars. Milky notes are there, but the hop profile is still the main act. Finishes with plenty of bitter hop and grapefruit notes along side some sweet lactose sugars. Aftertaste is bold and lingering, and the flavor profile is quite forceful right at first contact as well. Much more enjoyable than the nose had indicated. The hop and lactose combination works really, really well. Unique and tasty stuff.

PALATE: Great here as well. Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of a boozy scratch after the swallow, but it works really well in context. Somewhat oily on the palate and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Nice.

OVERALL: What a fight-back on this one. The nose left me a little concerned, but this brew really came through. Unique, enjoyable, and very drinkable brew with a wonderful, creamy, supportive feel to it. This one is definitely not normal, and I'm so glad it isn't. I'd been wanting to try this one for a long time, and I really had some lofty expectations for it, but it really lived up to them in the end. Was very glad to have been able to try this one, and would love to have it again sometime. Thanks again thomashardy!

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,093 ratings.
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