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 dbc5
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into Barely Creek wine glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a 1.5 finger head with a moderate pour. Head sticks around forever with nice lacing all the way down the glass. Excellent looking beer.

S: Smell is all hops up front. The malt backbone comes in a bit later, but you have to work to get past the intense hop aroma in this one. A huge citrus presence. Not picking up the creaminess from the lactose that others describe in the nose.

T: Hops are still big in this one, but not as dominant as I anticipated from the nose. This is where I am really picking up the lactose presence (it also contributes significantly to the mouthfeel). Light toast, lactose sweetness, and citrus hops.

M: A thicker body than your typical IPA. As mentioned above, the lactose is apparent here. Moderate carbonation. Surprised to pick up a bit of alcohol warmth from this one.

O: A solid beer, but not a great beer. I love Alpha King, Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Dreadnaught, and Artic Panzer Wolf, but this one doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of beertooth
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the beer engine at the Maproom.
$5 for a 14.75oz goblet.

This beer is a hazy, ruby orange with a thick and creamy two fingers of off white head.

I'm not getting a lot out of the nose. There's some candied orange, tropical hop sweetness.

The first sip kills half of the head and leave some cow spot like lacing(ha!). The sweetness of the lactose sugar really combats the bitter hops. I'm getting some acidic pineapple juice and maybe a little dreamsicle, quite interesting. It starts off really creamy and sweet and finishes a little boozy, bitter and dry, but not drying.. I can feel all of the alpha acids on my teeth and tounge.

I've had this glass for about 5 minutes and it's already half gone. This beer on cask is leaps and bounds better than on tap or bottled. I'm going to have to grab another glass before I leave. Seems to me like a beer of udder destruction would be harder to put down, go figure.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy orange. lacing clings to the glass

s: nothing comes outright. Floral, hops are most present scent.

t: Hops with strong booze presence. But the booze is not off-putting as it can be sometimes.

m: medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy consistency,

o: The booze presence is walking a fine line here. It's very noticeable without overwhelming the beer. I love Three Floyds and I'm glad I had a chance to try this out. I'd probably choose some of their other DIPAs over this one in the future though. Label artwork is outstanding as usual.

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Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from Brentk56... looked forward to it. Thanks man.

- Fluffy white head.... leaves a huge ring and thin layer of fizz all over the top... Very cloudy orange and caramel color.. little rough and dirty specs of yeast can be seen.

- Citrus... zest.. pine... caramel malt... rather mild but balanced and good.

- Sweet candy malt, caramel, huge citrus mango grapefruit hops... orange creme... dixie cup hops... caramel, bready grain...

- Creamy, slightly drying and cloying... medium to heavy bodied... rather smooth and like a cream soda...

- Overall very drinkable, touch too sweet... but pleasant... huge on hops while being rather balanced at the same time. Big points for that.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paradiso in Dupont last night.

Pouring a hazy orange/mango in color, this beer has a nice off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is quite good. While sweeter than I like my IPAs, this is still good with plenty of tropical fruit with mango in particular, with some citrus (orange) and a definite malt character, this is solid. The lactose is an interesting accent here. The palate opens with a juicy hop character with tropical fruit, citrus and a moderate malt sweetness. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has some sweetness on the finish with the lactose character being noticeable. Hop character is moderate and mostly flavor with low bitterness. Solid stuff, I enjoyed my 12oz glass, but wouldn't drink too much

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Photo of tripelhops
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from BarryMFBurton-thanks!
poured into a tulip glass, color is a hazy copper gold, thick creamy off white head drops quickly leaving soem laving, but a swirl of the glass foams it up again. A combination of floral, pine and citrus notes rise out of the glass. The taste is sweet and bitter all at once, but the sweetness tast from seat. The lactose gives it a full, silky, creamy mouthfeel, sort of toning down the bitternes from the hops. Intersting brew, for sure, kind of like a light Dreadnaught, sweetened up.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, pillowy white head.

S: Much gentler on the nose than many American DIPAs. Scents reminiscent of cream, caramel, pine, navel orange, lemon, and grapefruit are readily apparent.

T: Citrusy and herbal with notes of cream, biscuits, caramel, honey, navel orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine, spruce, sage, and peppermint. The finish is bitter and complex with notes of citrus, mint, and pine.

M: Medium bodied, velvety, and smooth. Carbonation is very discreet and unobtrusive. Unbelievably drinkable for the style.

O: As much as I like this beer, I do find it necessary to restrain from giving it anything higher than a B+. I simply do not feel this compares favorably to Three Floyds' other DIPAs, though that does not mean that this is a bad beer. As a matter of fact, if it were produced by any other brewery, it would be an outstanding effort. So, after all is said and done, Apocalypse Cow is a near outstanding DIPA that is a half-step below Three Floyds' other takes on the style.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Apricot/gold in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Citrus and floral hop notes
Taste-Sugary sweet citrus hops, like a ruby red grapefruit with tons of sugar piled on. The lactose milk sugar cuts the hop bitterness down, and lends a drinkability, but leaves things a bit too sweet in my opinion. No strong hop flavor to be had. Certainly a different take on an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one, been wanting to try this one for a while now. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a murky orange/amber color with a thin white head covering the top. The head clung to the sides of the glass where it left very good lacing.

Aroma is floral with a good amount of lemon zest, grapefruit and pine to it. It also has a sweet, malty background with a little caramel and sugar coming through.

The taste is on the sweeter side with some caramel malt coming through along with a sugary sweet finish. It's also moderately hoppy with some citrus and pine flavors, but it isn't very bitter as all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, I usually enjoy sweet IPA's and this one was no exception. I could see the sweetness to it being a turn off for some people on drinkability though.

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Photo of bkrueger
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way. This was my first experience with any Three Floyds, but probably not the last.

Served from a bomber into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

First off the art work on this beer is very colorful and attention grabbing and awesome and the logo of the brewery is also unique.

This bottle states that this IPA has been augmented with lactose milk sugar which is a different take on the traditional IPA.

Appearance - This pours a rich golden orange with a one finger head of creamy off white foam that sticks around in the glass for many minutes before slowly starting to fade.

Smell - The smell is very complex showing the many different aspects that this beer possesses. Sweet malt and crisp hops interchange, while many floral crisp characters also show through. The malts are very apparent and edge out the other characteristics in the glass.

Taste - Rich and chewy malts, velvet creaminess, and citrus grapefruit all assault the tongue for the first few sips. There is ample carbonation to bring all of the complexity of the smells into the reality of the taste.

Mouthfeel - After a few sips more malts come through with caramel chewiness. The hops are here but are less pronounced and don't scorch the tongue, mellowing out with each sip. The high alcohol doesn't really come through and is very well hidden.

Overall - This beer is interesting for integrating lactose milk sugar into the fold and is evaluated differently from the normal IPAs I usually find myself drinking. The complexity of the smells don't quite find the same level of complexity in the taste where extremely creamy, milky, and malty flavors dominate. This beer doesn't have the normal pine crispness I am used to and has a mellow malty feel on the tongue that brings a new perspective on what IPAs can taste like. I'm glad to have the opportunity to try this but I probably wouldn't seek it out again with all of the IPAs out there I haven't tried.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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 decadance
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip.

This might be a little old, hops seem to have faded a bit. The smell is excellent, with floral and grapefruit hops, but the taste lets it down. The taste is so-so, muddled hops with sweet malt tones. Too sweet for a DIPA really. Mouthfeel gets kinda heavy, almost syrupy.

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Photo of mikey711
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kmurray8621 for this one.

A: Golden with a touch of orange frothy head, very good lacing.

S: citrus orange followed by some biscuit malt sweetness.

T: very tangy grapefruit flavors to start with other citrus and a pine note as well. Alot of sweetness comes in the finish.

M: Very creamy and slightly boozy.

D: Enjoyable and a beer I would go back to but one that I am content with enjoy only one in a sitting.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Auracom
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I should probably do a better job of keeping up-to-date on my reviews. Celebrated accepting a job offer by opening a fresh bomber of Apoc-Cow over a month ago, on June 28th. Used my C&B tulip.

The one-eyed cow from hell pours a semi-clear golden. Nice finger-and-a-half's worth of white foamy head, with lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom and good legs/lacing. Also, do take notice that this is the best fucking artwork I've ever seen on a bottle.

Similar to an actual cow, this beast has quite a nose. Contrary to an actual cow, that nose doesn't consist of barley n' shit (literally). Rather, I'm getting strong pine and citrus up front with sugar and sweet malt playing backup. It's not complex but it is robust. The taste offers more depth. Front of the tongue is banana and lemon among citrus varieties. Middle highlights the lactic addition along with sugar and spices. Backend brings in DIPA elements of pine and a little floral that end in a bitter finish.

This is a creamy cow. Her utters must be productive. The body is heavier than your run of the mill DIPA and drinks very smoothly. Carbonation is appropriate. Really no abv heat, hard to imagine that I'd have guessed this brew ran more than 6-7%.

It's not as delectable as Dreadnaught, but I like it quite a bit and wish I'd have had the chance to try it on tap in Munster.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bought at Westlake Liquors in Chicago.

A-- Poured a hazy orange yellow color. Much lighter than dreadnaught. A few carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Good half a finger of bright white head. Retains it's shape very well. No lacing on sides of the glass but good looking on swirling.

S-- Pineapple, fresh cut grass and bubble gum. Far more tropical fruit driven than dreadnaught. Slightly sweet smelling.

T-- Orange, pineapple, and bubble gum. Much more candied tastes in the mouth. Very smooth and low bitterness.

M-- Creamy and silky smooth. Get bitter grapefruit and orange peel in the back of the mouth. Good long lasting bitterness that is mostly orange and grapefruit.

O-- Well hidden alcohol and very smooth due to the lactose added to this. Bitterness is much more in the back than in the front. Not nearly as good as dreadnaught is but good in its own way.

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Photo of BigMike
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typical DIPA color. Light orange. Very hazy with an off white 1/2 fingers worth of head.

S: Lot's of tropical fruit. Some orange citrus and ton's of pine and pineapple. Some light roasted caramel and alcohol.

T: Juicy tropical fruits on the fruit on the tongue. Verynice until the astringentancy comes in on the back part of the tongue. Very piney with a rubbing alcohol quality.

M: Definitely smooth as hell. The added lactose seems to have really mellowed things out making this a real soft of the pallet.

Overall: Not bad. Using lactose is a different idea for sure. Flavors are a little harsh on the finish but overall a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold/amber color. Nice head retention, good lacing.

S: Smells very sweet for an IIPA. There are hops, but a definite sweet smell is also present.

T: Tastes like it smells. Malt backbone, sweet (lactose), then hops on the finish. Sweetness holds as aftertaste.

M: Very creamy and nice.

D: At the end of 22 oz, I was wishing for less sweetness.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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 MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times, but I always seem to miss out on fresh bottles. Not this time! Picked up at Three Floyds almost immediately after it was bottled. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that slowly recede to a thin cap, leaving behind creamy glass-coating lace. Body is a largely transparent dark golden color, with only faint haziness to it.

S - Massive tropical fruit hop aromas mingle with lactose sugar. A light dash of pine, faint brown sugar, and hint of alcohol round things out. Doesn't pop quite like Dreadnaught does, but otherwise it's quite pleasant.

T - The flavor doesn't entirely work for me - the lactose and citrus hops clash in a sort of milk and orange juice kind of way, instead of forming a Voltron-esque creamsicle. Not to say this is totally unsuccessful, as each flavor component is quite nice on its own. Bitterness is moderate and there isn't any alcohol to taste.

M - Body is medium-full, smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation zest. Finish is stickier than most DIPAs - I'm guessing it's due to the adding sugar?

D - Not a bad beer, but I largely prefer Dreadnaught and would even take Arctic Panzer Wolf over this one. A bomber would be to much for me, so I recommend you have someone else on hand to share with. Still, the alcohol is reasonably well-hidden and the bitterness is largely kept in check.

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Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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)

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Photo of jcpaulun
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a nice deep amber. A small head appeared, but quickly receded into a thin ring. Only a small amount of lacing.

S: A very floral hoppiness to start. There is a bit I pine resin here as well. Some citrus fruits and a bit of apricot.

T: a whole lot like the Dreadnaught, but with some definate differences. There is a lot of nice hoppy bitterness, but the beer finishes very sweet. I felt it to be a little much, maybe even a little cloying.

M: A nice amount of carbonation. The beer felt a little sryupy and slick. A full bodied beer.

D: Because of the sweetness I don't think I could have more than one I these at a time. That said, I felt the alcohol was well hidden.

I really wanted to like this as much as Dreadnaught. The sweetness was just a little to pronounced for my tastes. I did love the artwork on the label.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of grassy hops, sweet citrus, bitter orange rind, and tropical fruits. Flavor initially of sweet hop resin, citrus, and light fruits. Rather sweet from the lactose and definitely very smooth in the palate. I quite liked the addition of lactose actually. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brackh
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow (watch for the sediment). Has a floral smell. Taste is a bit odd. Almost like hops and malt are fighting it out. Mouthfeel is a bit waxy. Not a bad beer. Just odd.

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,091 ratings.
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