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.

Added by mdm46410 on 11-23-2008

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew. Pours a dark orange with a big white head. Smells of hoppy dankness and tropical fruits. The fruits really come through in the first few sips. The lactose sugar really keeps the hops at bay. Good stuff.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 6/25/15 on draft @ Fischman's.

Semi-opaque light orange appearance.

Off-white head; nice lace.

Pineapple & sweet orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet orange citrus & pineapple flavors up front; mildly bitter grapefruit bite on the finish. No booze heat. A nice DIPA.

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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 Korbynlehr
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet smell and even sweeter taste masks the bitterness of the labeled 100 IBUs and the higher Abv. I get a hint of peach preserves strangely enough. This beer, simply oh, works. Good IPA

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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a large, dense khaki head, almost like it's on nitro.

Smell is herbal, green pine, with orange, lime, and apple.

Taste is a big bitter catty bite of musty rug, that thankfully fades to the background behind pine, toast and grapefruit.

Feel is dry, soft and frothy.

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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 pezhead_79
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the smoothest IPAs I've ever had. Enjoyed it on draft and was not disappointed. A creamy mouth feel on the finish with a lot of solid citrus flavor at the star. I'm definitely going to pick up a bottle or two now.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dullard orange, comes with a mild 1/5" off white head on the top. Aroma dropped all those tropical and citrus fruit noise all over the place.

Taste was a big tropical ipa experience. Bitterness tamed, good fruity hop mouthfeel. The malt stayed real thin, didn't come across too heavy. Dry. Barely there sweetness providing some dry stuff.

Lactose isn't as noticeable as in milk stouts, might just help it dry out and convey pineapple. Bomber format isn't the friendliest price wise. Its a very good beer, but probably not enough to beat out a 6 pack of Zombie Dust if its available as well.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Hazy medium gold pour with thin white head, great retention. Sugary sweet aroma with alcohol presence. Taste is sugary sweetness with some powerful citrus bitterness. This brew has lots of flavor, drinks almost like a barleywine. Slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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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 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 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Copper slightly hazy body, lots of swirls of carbonation, but also some sediment on the bottom. Fluffy mountain of white head.

S & T: Smells of tropical fruit, milk sweetness, faint sting of alcohol. Taste is similar, heavy on the fruit (orange, mango, tangerine), virtually no pine, some lactose sweetness, and a disappointing kick of booze. To be expected, I suppose, for only moderately powerful flavors and double-digit ABV. Finish tastes just like the milk after a bowl of Froot Loops- just like it. No guessing it's 100 IBU- most of that bitterness is not only balanced, but somehow hidden.

M: Sticky body, lively carbonation but nothing harsh. Smooth, almost.

O: Awesome concept, well executed. I love the tropical notes of the hops over the pine, and the lactose sugar was well balanced and provided a unique character. Only bummer was the alcohol note- this is one beer I wish was lower ABV.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't get the world's response to Three Floyds beers. The ones everyone loves often leave me cold and the ones I like are often considered lesser. Take this beer for example. Yeah, it looks beautiful, decent lacing, and the smell conveys sweet citrus and some honey tones.The flavor delivers on that, some bitterness on the backend but mostly citrus and sweet malts. Unlike many Three Floyds IIPAs, though, there is no alcohol at all. Insanely smooth. And the creamy mouthfeel is bonkers, fully cappacino like.

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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 Stevem68
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a nice golden amber color. Has a hoppy aroma and you can definitely pick up a sweetness from the milk sugars. This translates directly to the flavor as it has a nice mouth feel of hops that are well balanced with a subtle malty finish. Definitely get the milk sugars but leaves a pleasant after taste. Really enjoyed this

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice. Deep copper color, nice head. Citrus on the noise and tongue. A little sweet next, followed by the hop bitterness. Very smooth feel, maybe from the lactose?

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Mid-golden color with a thick, perfect white head. Piney hop nose with a tiny bit of a sweet scent. Taste is powerful hops with a balance of strong malt. Smooth and surprisingly creamy. This a dynamite example of the style!

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Photo of 98green
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally, I'm not a fan of the extra sugary mouthfeel from the lactose. I like the unique effort, and it is still a tasty brew. Just not one gat will bring me back again

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Photo of Kasabear
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty in glass with good head.
Complex citra smell.
Taste is very good . As soon as you swallow you want to do it again.
Smooth feel .
It's one you will remember in a great way.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy orange with a 2 finger frothy, creamy head that looks like it would belong on a stout. That lactose is already introducing itself. Smell is slightly sweet. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit... Very citrusy. Taste is also really citrusy with some added mango and guava. Kind of on the sweet malty side and I'm not sure how old the bottle is, but in any case it's tasting great. Not very bitter at all. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I'm not sure of the ABV but if it's 9.5-11 I really can't tell. Mouthfeel is just super super creamy. Medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. This one's a special treat. I don't think I've ever had an IPA with lactose in it and this one is pulled off really well. It adds this really great mouthfeel and slight sweetness. Very nice.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy golden appearance. Nice strong tropical and citrus aroma. Similar flavor with strong fruit but also a big milky sweetness. High bitterness early and in the middle, which fades quickly but then comes back a little at the end. The aftertaste fades a lot by the end of the pint. Really smooth and good mouthful, alcohol is covered well.

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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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Photo of SomethingClever
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint no date

A: very light orange with just a fuzz of haze and a creamy fluffy head

S: a little bit of a copper smell malty pure orange smell

T: sweet, malty, a little citrusy a good deal of booze

M: heavy for an IPA

O: A boozy overly sweet mess of a beer this beer is actually hard to drink the booze is overwhelming

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Photo of BIN29
2.64/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Creamy, very sweet, yet boring dipa. It's interesting and unique nevertheless. I would call this beer disappointing. Doesn't deserve the high rating but everything 3 floyds make is highly rated. I had way better dipas than this one. I think the only reason people like this one is because it's easy to drink for such a high alcohol content beer. But for me this one lacks the complexity of hops that this beer should offer. It doesn't taste, feel or smell like dipa.

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Photo of vic21234
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Not bottled on date listed, but has to be fairly new, as 3F bombers fly off the shelves where I bought it.

A- Pours a cloudy light orange with a nice amount of off-white head which sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of citrus hops on the aroma.

T- Starts with a nice citrus kick along with some resiny pine notes. Sweet malts are prevalent throughout the taste too.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy, easy drinking, dry finish.

Worth picking up if you can find it.

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