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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 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 Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a head! Amazing staying power on the white head with great lacing. Pours a murky cloudy light orange.

S- Citrus and pine nose jump out.

T- Seems like a pretty tame DIPA with a sweetness (lactose?) at the end, reminiscent of a Dubbel for some reason. 11% comes pretty easy with this one. The hop factor is muted (for a DIPA) but this doesn't take away from my experience with this one.

M- Medium to thin mouthfeel. Sooo smooth and creamy though.

D/O- Wow, this beer is awesome. I split this one with a fellow BA, PTMcB, and we both loved it. An 11% bomber that you could drink to yourself and crave more...a good sign of drinkability in my book. Yes its sweet, but not overly cloying.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Three Floyds shared by the other Matt. Very cool, thanks Matt.

First thing is first, this beer has just about the best label art of any beer I've ever seen. Beer served in a tulip glass. Beer is amber to yellow and hazy. Small bubbles forms a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass but the overall carbonation levels of the beer are moderate to low.

The aroma of the this beer leads off with the hops and finishes with the malt backbone. That's the correct aroma. Its mostly piny and earthy hops with a hint of sulfur. There is some sweetness, almost sugary but I suspect I'm just smelling the malt.

Beer is big bodied but not heavy interestingly. Its a good DIPA. Moderate malty back bone to prop up the body. Strong earthiness and creamy mouthfeel. Some sulfur in the body which is a danger with certain hops but its not too distracting. Bitterness is growing and nice. Its not distracting. Beer is a little spicy with the hops as well. The carbonation in the palate doesn't really thin it out more but it brings the hop flavors forward. Its a good IPA. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks wicked sexy. It pours a muddied apricot in color with a one finger, off white head. Speaking of apricot, it strangely enough smells like apricots too with the combination of sweetness and slight bitterness. At this point, the hops and malts have somewhat blended together and it smells very, very sweet. The flavors aren't quite as stellar but aren't too shabby. It has a dry, piny hoppyness that ends in a sweet malt flavor, then a lot of alcohol. The alcohol really surprised me. I don't remember that from the first time I tried this. It drinks thicker than it looks. I'd call it medium bodied, especially for any type of IPA. It's smoother than it is crisp, probably from this bottle not being as fresh as it's supposed to be. I really like this. I definitely prefer it over the Panzer Wolf and possibly more than Dreadnaught. If not for the overly present alcohol this would be much more drinkable. Great beer by Three Floyds.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very nice touch of citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice malt note, citrus and some pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to thanks my friend Matt for a sharing a bottle he brought back from Munster. It was certainly an interesting DIPA. The lactose made the beer come off with an aged malt character - smooth bready caramel with a hint of toffee. The hops, however, were fresh as ever with a big fruity and floral bouquet that ended with a little rind and spice. Certainly worth checking out if you're into the style and/or love hoppy barleywines, it has a bit of the same feel.

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

Thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this bottle.

A - Medium orange with a yellow glow and half a finger of white head.

S - Big sweetness up front with plenty of caramel notes. The hops add pine and citrus

T - A huge bitterness up front. Pine, citrus, lighter floral flavours come through from the hops. The sweetness shows up in the middle and adds some caramel. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some good hop oils are present throughout.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is juicy oranges and papayas. This beer smells great. The flavor is oranges and papayas with some resiny and piney hops. The bitterness is about medium. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great DIPA that reminds me a lot of Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost perfect, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, lychee, and Curacao orange zest that is backed by subtler notes of grass, some touches of pine, and perhaps a hint of danker herbal notes. A second, deep, take of the aroma has me noticing a really bright fruit character that approaches juicy-fruit bubble gum, some children’s aspirin like fruitiness (without the medicinal quality), and other, candy / fake fruity notes; all of this is actually positive and quite interesting, and contributed by the hop character.

Sweet tasting with ample fruitiness to it, this is cut / balanced just a bit by a bitterness that slowly grows in strength through to the lingering finish. There is an herbal character that lingers with the bitterness in the finish, it adds a sort of greenness and perhaps a touch of astringency. The fruit character is quite bright, and quite ample as well, it contributes big flavors of peach / apricot nectar, lychee, clean tangelo zest notes, sweet tropical fruit and lots of candied citrus character, as well as a Juicy-Fruit bubble gum character. The malt character shows just a hint of oxidation, which at this point seems to play up the crystal malt character a bit, but the malt character plays such a supporting role here that only touches of biscuit like malt and pale cracker like notes peak there way through the hop-onslaught. While sweet, this is not overly sweet, and there is just enough to accentuate the fruit character in the hops, also, this is actually fairly quaffable for a Double IPA; it might not be the lightest, good example of the style, but the viscous heft and texture that it does have, does not keep it from being dangerously drinkable.

Considering this is a beer I lost in the back of my back-up beer fridge for two years, I am quite impressed at how well this has held up. This beer is still amply hoppy and is most definitely a vibrant, and even fresh, hop-forward Double IPA. I am enjoying this beer that much more because it has survived so well; I would love to get a fresh sample someday (and actually drink it soon after I receive it :-), and I can’t imagine how intensely hoppy it must be. This has far exceeded my expectations and it makes me wonder if the lactose has somehow helped keep this beer tasting fresher than it otherwise should be. I am still quite astounded that this beer is over two years old, but is still so vibrantly hoppy, and only has a touch of oxidation noticeable.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split 3 ways.

Pours a dark, cloudy rusty copper with a frothy off white head. Slightly darker than Arctic Panzer and with better retention and more lacing. Aroma and flavor are both a little too sweet for me, caramel and bubblegummy with light tropical fruits. Finish and mouthfeel are slightly syrupy and thick. A more malt forward and sweet DIPA, I didn't enjoy this as much as Dreadnaught or Arctic.

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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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JLindros for pouring me a snifter of this while at a little meetup at the Abbey.

A - Pours a nice DIPA hazy orange with a light white, sticky one finger head. Big cling factor on this one.

S - Pretty nice aromas here. Good tropical citrus notes of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. There is an overall sweetness here though from malts and presumably the lactose.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of sweetness from malts and lactose, which is definately present on the flavor profile. Some nice citrus hops but for some reason, that end I'm getting alot of tea notes. An awful lot of tea notes.

M - Typical low carbonation for a DIPA with a nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and dry finish.

O - Overall, glad I got to try this beer. If it was readily available I would like to try it again as the sweetness and hop bitterness was in pretty good balance.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22oz Bottle, No bottle on date.
Received in a trade, thank you jampics2.

A: Burnt orange, lots of cascading bubbles. Tight, slightly off white head.
S: Slightly yeasty, sweet a little bit of citrus. Very muted smell on this one.
T: Malty sweetness up front finished off with some pine resin. Not what I would consider a juicy DIPA. The alcohol was completely hidden.
M: The carbonation helps to coat your mouth in bitter, sticky, resinous glory. Full bodied that finished very dry.
O: My first thought was this tasted like a bigger, fuller version of Bell's Two Hearted. I had this at slightly below cellar temp. Next time I'll start it off a bit colder and see where the flavors go from there as it warms.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review updated on 7/3/14 - Thanks to bstyle for this bottle - bottle date of 6/27/14.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange color with a light layer of thick and creamy foam. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like syrup glue.

S - Fairly pungent with some spicy fruit rinds consisting of oranges and grapefruit, floral bouquet, and a lightly sweet caramel, doughy malt.

T - Spicy tropical fruit zest: oranges, pineapple, mangos, ruby red grapefruit and some light floral hop character and ends with tropical bitterness. There is some alcohol presence but it doesn't detract from the flavor...too busy savoring all the fruity spiciness.

M - Thick medium body, slick, and viscous. Coats the mouth with spicy tropical rind.

O - I finally had the opportunity to try a fresh one since my original review was based on a (5) month old bottle - this is a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick hazy golden hue that produced a good off-white fluffy head with good retention behind it.

(S)- A dry piney resin blast of lemon, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus.

(T)- A dry piney wonderland full of creamy citrus notes very similar to the smell. A light bitter/dry finish with more citrus pine.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great hop citrus presence that meshes well with the creamy sweetness this puts off. A light bitterness at the end. Overall, rather smooth, a great citrus profile, and great ABV integration. Where is the 10%?

(D)- A great DIPA that I daresay might rival their Dreadnaught when fresh like this. Incredible smoothness and citrus fruits. Seek this out if you can; a great summer brew from a solid brewery, who sure puts out alot of different DIPAs!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orangish gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Maily pine cones and flowers with some sugary sweetness and light booze

T: A sweet malt note with pine resin and floral bouquet with a nice, somewhat oily and resiny finsh, nice hop bite

M: Stick sweet, medium body

O: A good, tasty IIPA

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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 rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a creamy beige head of foam supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- This big green musty earthy aroma of citrus hops has a sweet juicy aroma followed by a slight rubber band note.

T- There is a soft malty sweetness that is overtaken by a big green earthy hop finish followed by a slight hop bitterness that stains the tongue after each sip. The hops have a grapefruit pith flavor with some watermelon characteristics that grow as the beer warms. As the beer warms the aftertaste grows in pungency and an alcohol flavor comes though.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

D- Nice IPA with some good depth but wouldn't really think of this as a DIPA. The hops are nice but not huge and the alcohol is pretty hidden. I didn't really notice any qualities of the lactose sugar but it could have been supporting the hops.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Autumnaldave for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The DIPA is a golden orange ale, hazy but still translucent. A 3 finger head slowed my pouring but didn't, as it dissapated, leave any lace behind.

S: The nose is fresh, dripping with piney, floral hops. The aroma is big, loaded with hops but the lactose smooths out the harsh edges. A ripe orange rind peaks out at the end of each sniff.

T: Citrus peel really jumps out of the ale, driving a delicious floral presence that, admittedly, gets a little heavy at times. Hot booze is evident behind each blast of hops. The caramel malts are restrained, though they are aided by a smooth creaminess from the lactose. Pineapple and mango leave a vibrant hop presence after the sip is gone. Despite the heat, the hops really sing.

M: The hop profile is inspired, loaded with citrus, pine and floral elements that are harmonious together. The lactose adds a smoothness that cuts into the hops and provides a much-needed lift to the malts.

D: The ale is a bit heavy but the hop profile is worth the hangover. I'll be slowly sipping on this ale for the next few hours.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber shared with Benish today 8/2/2013. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

This beer pours a standard caramel brownish-blonde body with a nice 2cm white head that dissipates a bit over time. The lacing is very sticky and prominent in this beer.. otherwise it looks like a nice DIPA, nothing special.

Sniffing this beer- smells very citrusy. Tangerine and orange straight up. There is a little bit of an underlying toffee and bready sweetness but it is otherwise straight up citrus. Not complex but very pungent and satisfying.

As I drink this, the sweetness really comes out. Its hoppy as hell which brings out the citrus and some floral notes in terms of the aromatic hoppiness, and a nice bitterness on the back end. In the middle there is a nice, pleasant sweetness which I attribute to the lactose. It makes for a very nice, rather unique combination of flavours that makes it sweet and bitter but not bittersweet.

The backend of this beer is a nice floral bitterness that is barely balanced out by the sweetness of the lactose. It is a well-carbonated beer with a nice medium body that is very drinkable. I really enjoyed this and it went down very quickly. No heat at all.

Very interesting and a rather unique beer, which is what I have come to expect from Three Floyds. Worth trying at least once, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs even a little bit. Its a nice adaptation from the good milk stouts.

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Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a dense, frothy 2 inch cream head lingers indefinitely.

Resin, pine, citrus, and pineapple are evident immediately in the aroma. Lime zest and soft, bready caramel malt form the backbone. Fresh cut grass emerges.

Pineapple, resin, and grapefruit begin the flavor profile. The finish is a bit bitter and dry. Floral notes weave throughout. Complex tropical fruit flavors of mango and papaya add intrigue.

Body is moderate and creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Complex fruity hop character with balanced bready malt and resin. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Not overly sweet or bitter.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This just showed up at my local beer store recently, so I assume it's the newest batch of this brew. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit), and also some lactose and bready malt. There's definitely some sweet flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, but attractive glowing orange amber color with small cap of dense creamy off-white bubbles, good retention and sticky lacing. Scent is a fantastic rush of tropical and citrus - grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, peach, some floral notes and candy like sweetness in the back. First sip brings the wonderful fruit mentioned above, at first its fruity with a powedered sugar like sweetness at the finnish, but as it gets warmer, the fruit notes are covered up by big, sometimes overwhelming bitterness that is a mix of pine and citrus rind, alcohol begins to present itself as well. Faint, faint notes of toasted grain. Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth, good carbonation levels, not dry and not sweet - good balance. Was well on its way to being in the 4.5 range in many categories, but unfortunately the change in charachter as it warms and overwhelming bitterness prevented that.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer that is both translucent and glowing; with a white head. Decent lacing noted on the side of the glass from this Double IPA.

Smell: Lots of pine and citris notes from the hops. Mild malty smell of bready biscuits.

Taste: Mild to moderate bitterness. Pine right away and it dominates the flavors imparted by the hops. Hints of grapefruit, grass, orange, lemon, and pineapple. Malts are more of a biscuity taste and the lactose really enhances the malts without being overly sweet. The hops remain the star of this beer with a mild yet lingering piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer is different that the other fantastic DIPA's. The lactose really makes this DIPA really creamy and smooth. Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a solid offering from FFF. Not as good as Pliney or Hopslam, but it is chasing really close. Delicous 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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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,093 ratings.
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