Apocalypse Cow | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,098
Reviews:
486
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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626
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good DIPA. Cloudy wheat coloured body with a good head, and good lace left. Very good hops in aroma. Tastes like a fresh hop. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. I think the lactose does little to nothing to influence a bang on style, that presents complexity and softens rather than assaults the palate.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and malty finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My family was planning a trip out that way so I asked them to get me bottles of everything they could while they were there. I managed to get the last bottle of this for the 2010 batch. I was very excited to try this brew.

It poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellowish gold color with a foamy looking head on top that leave to scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, sweet and hoppy. The taste is clean and refreshing with a sharp hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel is light, extremely easy to drink this brew. Overall a great IPA, I would love to have it again one day.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what 'Apocalypse Cow' means, but I know what one tastes like. Turns out quite bitter... with with the wholesome goodness of hoppy citrus and tropical fruits.

Juicy aromas of tropical appricots, pinapple, and mangos are mixed with sharp grapefruit and tangerines. A soft, very soft, caramel scent rides just underneath the showcase of hop aromas.

Deep orange and with a murky haze, the beer is much more opaque than expected even for a big IPA. Light carbonation fuels a stubborn, froathy, but low lying head of ivory foam. A veyr sturdy and masculine look.

Flavors return once again to the massive hop profile. Grapefruit, oranges, mangos, pineapples, and appricots all swirl together in a zesty and mouthwatering taste. Complex and powerful with a bold bitterness that works hard not to interfere with the hop flavor. Light caramels, light breads/dough, and a yeasty quality may be a result of the added lactose- not as sweet as expected but with a non-descript malty flavor that avoids syrup or cloying taste.

Very creamy and full early on but when the combined dryness of the hops and alcohol rise at mid palate, the beer turns more crisp, clean, and refreshing despite the gravities and sugars involved.

It turns out that the lactose adds more body and simplistic malt character in place of extra caramel flavors and sweetness, making the beer creamier and cleaner- I didn't really see that comming. Still, the beer cleans up well going into the finish for that refreshing finish of citrus and tropical fruits.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a hazy honey color and a bountiful head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: The expected pine and grapefruit pith dominate, but there are also subtle elements of pineapple, mango and apricot as well as a hint of vanilla

Taste: The sweet malt makes an initial appearance and prepares for a greater presence, but the piney and pithy hops quickly jump forward to provide a bitter, but citrusy assault on the tastebuds that, but mid-palate add some mango and pineapple elements; after swallow, the tropical fruit sweetness emerges to challange and blend with the bitterness; on the finish, the vanilla and lactose seems to make its presence felt, adding a new dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice brew that adds an unusual twist to the DIPA style

Thanks, mreusch (from the other site), for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour, into a small flute at Brixies in Brookfield.

A small glass was the perfect size, honestly I don't think I could finish a bomber. Dreadnaught on the other hand...

The color was golden leaning slightly towards orange. It's clarity was high. The foam was amazing, both in texture and visually. It was super creamy and soft, a nice compliment to each sip. The sides of the glass were literally coated, it was a very dense and sticky foam.

Aroma was off the charts tropical, dried papaya, mango, citrus and dank green hop vegetation. This aspect was where Apocalypse Cow mooed heartily.

Feel was moderately slick and resinous, palate coating and dense. The vegetal hop element was dominant, and ebbed with a moderate leafy bitterness. The lactose sugar sweetness was also dominant, giving the impression of hop candy. There was some of the fruit present from the aroma, but there could have been more. Alcohol felt like 10%, a little hot, limiting the drinkability side of things.

For now I prefer Dreadnaught, but this was fun to try. The art by Dan Grzeca is pretty awesome too.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and tropical hops is quite present with some sweet notes being also easily perceptible. Taste is also dominated by huge citrus notes with some tropical notes also noticeable. Sweet notes are easily perceptible and maybe a tad too much for my own taste. Body is about average with somewhat of an oily texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Interesting but too sweet for my taste buds and therefore a bit of a disappointment considering the brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of bubble gum with loads of citrus, mostly grapefruit. There was a sweet caramel aroma.

T - This had a great grapefruit and bubble gum flavor with a sweet caramel flavor. The lactose sugar came through in a creamy taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial IPA. I loved the twist of using lactose sugar. It added a unique creamy sweetness that reminded me of a milk stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine resin, orange, bread, caramel, spices, light tropical fruit, and some malty sweetness. Some very nice and balanced aromas, and a bit different than most DIPAs I have had in the past. Taste of big lemon, orange, pine, bread, caramel, spices, and some tropical fruit. Big fruity sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit. Some great balance, but the sweetness is definitely more prominent thanks to the lactose. Lingering notes of pine, citrus, and spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice and creamy mouthfeel. For a beer of ~10%, the alcohol is hardly noticible other than a slight warming on the finish. Dangerously smooth and drinkable stuff. Overall this is an outstanding and interesting take on the style with the milk sugar. I would say they do a nice job with experimentation.

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