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 bassmantin
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very glowing orange with moderate clingy head.

The initial flavor is orange and some grapefruit. Very strong hop taste that dominates the aftertaste. I still can't identify hops, but these remind me of other 3 Floyds beers. This one has a great hop flavor up front, but the dominant bitterness in the aftertaste is a little too much.

Still a very good effort, though, with lots of high wuality ingredients. And reasonably cheap, too. I will have it again.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass, it pours bright coppery color with a bit of haziness and a nice soapy white head. Nice lacing ring around the top after dissipation.

Smells like ripe tropical and farm fruits. Mango, banana, navel oranges, peaches, and some unidentified floral notes. Sweet maltiness after the fruit notes with light hints of yeast.

Immediate sweet sensation like candied fruit, quickly followed by a mild bitterness. Almost like plums, raisins, and candied orange slices. Sweet on the lips too. The maltiness shines right through the middle giving this outstanding balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, quite resiny, with wonderful carbonation.

This is very very tasty and all around a great beer. I love the sweetness factor of it. Not overly bitter and just a ton of flavors left and right. Get this now!

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

Decants a ripe peach liquid, cloudy yet letting light through. Dense cream colored head, with bubbles that appear hesitant to pop. As the head slowly drops, it is already leaving some solid looking lacing, thick indeed.

I can smell tropical fruit coming out of my glass from a distance of 2 feet. Upon closer inhalation, I'm getting some pineapple, dried mango, and some peach and nectarine. Smells bitterly hoppy.

Different than I expected. I didn't think the lactose would work too well, but it actually does. All the fruit salad from the aroma is here, and the lactose balances it a bit. Not as bitter as I expected either. Bitterness is there, yet it's more floral, almost honey sweet bitterness, if that makes any sense. Herbal notes also come out. Good pale malt flavor, could have been stronger here, but still a very nice beer, and well within realm of balance. Very tasty, and interesting.

Slick, oily, medium bodied, with a long luxurious bitter and sweet finish.

Highly drinkable. No real perception of the alcohol, and it all works very well together. Almost like a English IIPA. Super floral and herbal notes, with the expected citrus and tropical fruit flavors works well. Really quite good.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A:Pours a murky orange color with a small eggshell head that dies quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass

S:A lot of awesomeness going on here. Strong grapefruits, citrus, and floral. Can tell there was a ton of hops thrown into this one

T:Just as smell detects (but not as strong as you would think) Nice citrus and grapefruit flavor but not as much bite as you would expect, assuming that the malts must have balanced things out a little bit. Smooth going down with almost no alcohol kick, which is awesome for being over 9% ABV

M:Medium body with solid carbonation

D:Good tasting DIPA. Was a little disappointed after the taste from what the smells was telling me, thinking its was gonna be a little more intense on the hop level then what it was. Regardless still a tasty and easy to drink offering from FFF, I do wish that they would start throwing the special releases into 4 packs thou or at least lower the price slightly on the bombers but then again it is not a perfect world either.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apocalypse Cow

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours slightly hazy pale amber with gigantic fluffy head. Good retention and leaves behind impressive Brussels lacing. Poor effervescence. 

S: Smells like upside pineapple cake: pineapple rings and vanilla cake. Additional aromas include light brown sugar or caramel and pungent tropical/citrus fruits. 

T: Lactose sugar and malty sweetness lead off. Next, pineapple and tropical/citrus fruits, but these are almost candied.  High bitterness steps in, offsetting sweetness nicely. Finish is weedy/green/hoppy. 

M: Big, sticky body that is a handful for medium carbonation. Sticky, mouthcoating mouthfeel. 

O: I think Apocalypse Cow is the quintissential East Coast DIPA: big hoppiness that is balanced by a huge malt backbone. Of course, Three Floyds does it one better and adds milk sugar, turning this beer into a sipper along the lines of an English Barleywine. Goes down surprisingly well, to boot. 

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Photo of sbxx
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep, hazy tangerine color. 2 fingers of thick foam head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, bread, slight herbal note

Taste - Weird. Probably the first FFF brew I can say right off the bat that I don't care too much for. Citrus and pine hop note up front is quickly overwhelmed by the malt and lactose. Odd aftertaste. Slight alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, acidic, high carbonation, wet sticky finish.

Overall - Probably the most overrated FFF brew I've tried to date. Not bad, but not great either. Disappointed at what I spent on this bomber. So many great brews available for much less, even from FFF! Zombie or Alpha King 6 pack >>>>>>> Apocalypse Cow bomber, all the same price. Will pass on this next time. On the bright side, at 10-11% ABV, it gives you a nice buzz very quickly.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds and served in a snifter. This beer poured a lightly hazed amber/orange hue with a thin head of beige foam that quickly receded, leaving behind minimal lacing. The aroma was made up of sugar coated oranges, grapefruit, and just a bit of caramel. Floral and sweet. The taste was also sweet and citrusy. Not overly bitter for the style. The lactose sugar really kept the hops in check. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and just a touch sticky. The alcohol was very well masked. Another solid and interesting brew from Three Floyds.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an orangeish-golden color from a 22 oz bomber into the ol' trusty shaker glass. Aromas of citrus, pine, and some caramel. Taste was sweet malt, citrus, pine, and still quite a bit of hop bitterness for a brew that's probably two years old (yes, Dan. I found another aged IPA!!). I would love to try this one fresh at some point, especially since I've come to love a good IPA/DIPA on ocassion.

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Photo of don1481
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got the very last 22oz bomber at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI! Poured into glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, almost milky, orange with a few bubbles that lazily float up to the top. Has an off-white head that rapidly diminishes with little-to-no lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Vibrant citrusy smell with pine. Very bright smell.

Taste: Tastes like your really well executed IIPA with a little bit of a twist. Strong pine notes, some good grapefruit, some dank, and a pinch of milk sugar sweetness that really sets it apart from others in the genre.

Mouthfeel: Much creamier compared to the run of the mill IIPA. Slightly sweet aftertaste, which is definitely different.

Overall: I'd love to get another bottle of this next year when it comes out. Definitely worth my while.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with 2 fingers of white foam that fades slowly, leaving tons of sticky lacing everywhere. Wow.

S: Floral, citrusy hops.

T: Floral, citrusy hops. Pine, too. Mild toffee backbone. And cream.

M: Wow. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Bitterness is very nice too.

D: Would drink tons of it if it were more available. I might have to brew my own :)

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

Courtesy of gibb, thanks man.

Appearance - cloudy orange creamy fluffy looking white head that sticks around quite a while

Smell - Tropical fruit, citrus rind, light pine

Taste - This certainly is interesting, its a sweet slightly creamy DIPA, WTF... The sweetness brings a candied fruit flavor to the party, maybe marmalade as well. Pine is muted moreso than other DIPA's but is still present. There is also a floral character to this as well that kind of adds a candied flower petal taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, chewy and a bit sticky

Drinkability - This is nice to have a bomber of but I cant see sessioning something with these characteristics. I will definitely seek this out again.

Thanks again gibb.

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Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a burnt golden orange with a hazy consistancy and a thin foam head.

S: sweet hop aromas tease the nostrils.

T: an explosion of sweet malts with the faintest bitter/citrus aftertaste.

MF/D: a cool buzz of light malts leads to a well-bodied, smooth finish.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is a nice deep copper color with a nice finew white head. Leaves stick lacig around the edges. The nose is very citrus and earthy with some nice malt character. The taste at first is sweet with some slight fruitiness then giving way to a bitter earthy hop taste with a nice caramel sweetness. It got and almost syrupy milky consistency from the lactose additives to it. It gives the beer a nice creaminess as opposed to a crisp refreshment flavor. It's a very different take that comes off well. Overall this is a very interesting and tasty beer. If you can get to within range of 3 Floyds give it a whirl for sure.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden-orange color, reminiscent of honey. A big, fluffy, almond-colored head forms, leaving very nice lacing down the glass.

S- Definately sweet smelling. Citrusy, but not the typical citrus profile found in an IPA. Candied grapefruit rind, oranges, and meyer lemons come through in the nose. Mild alcohol presence with sweet, resiny pine notes in the background.

T- Candied oranges, citron, and grapefruit with a sturdy malt backbone. Caramelized sugar. More pine in the taste than in the nose, but certainly not overwhelming. I didn't get any distinct cream notes from the lactose, but there's definately a big sweetness that works very well with the hops.

M- The head that first formed was softer than any head I've ever noticed on a beer. Medium body, but leaning towards the full-bodied side with a clean, dry finish.

D- Pleasant and extremely well balanced. Not too bitter and not too sweet with a good hop profile.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip at 3F brewpub. Light orange, with some haziness but definitely looks substantial in the glass. Nice 1 inch off-white head and incredible lacing, very sticky.

Smell was everything you'd want from a double, loads of citruis and pine, but not a grapefruit bomb either.

Taste was out of this world. Tons going on with the hops and malt but I never tasted any alocohol, likely a product of the lactose, which greatly smoothed out ths taste and frankly enabled me to taste more of what's in there. .

I have a new favorite from 3F. I only wished they sold in growlers, this is incredible.

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

Light orange, bright yellow color. Very little head on the poor. Very strong malty smell to the beer. Small citrus flavor to the smell. Quite malty flavor just like the smell made you believe. Bitter flavor from the hops finishes the beer. Glad I was able to try this malty hop beer.

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Photo of JoePat
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very hazy pale almost orange color with thin white head.

Very pronounce grapefruit, citrus aroma at first and barely there but detectable as it warms. Not much else in this beer. Very hop forward in the aroma.

It taste like 3F worked very hard to get the perfect balance between malt and hops in a 10% ABV beer. Once they found that perfect balance they added a mountain of hops to that beer and Apocalypse Cow was born. A hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel has the usual 3F smoothness. I don't know how else to discribe it. It is so smooth it goes down effertlessly.

This is a double IPA I feel I could drink all day.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very milky medium coloring with a fat creamy head. Smell is very potent. Tangy, grassy, grapefruit with a touch of sweetness. The odor is very pleasant. Wowzer! That is the thickest and creamiest mouthfeel I have ever had. Taste is kind of a piney very citrusy and great bitter hoppiness. Much more hoppy bitter than a lot of people are saying. This isn't anywhere near a malt bomb DIPA like Great Lakes Monster was. Hop heads won't be let down. The lactose is slightly present in the nose and on the tongue. But it isn't off putting or overpowering. The mouthfeel is out of this world though! Unlike anything I had before. This is a must try.

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

Had this out of the bottle from a bottle trade.

This poured a super bright, clear tangerine orange.

It smelled of sweet, candied malts, mild hops, light apricot and sweet Gewurztraminer.

It tasted of bright hops, pine, apricot, with a good malt backbone, some light vanilla and a deep grapefruit skin bitter aftertaste.

Good carbonation, good drinkability. Glad I tried it.

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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 321jeff
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly hazy amber with some golden edges with a finger of white head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is filled with hops, but I get some fresh cut grass or bubblegum that I'm finding kind of off putting. Also a good dose of caramel in the background that is saving the day and evening things out.

The taste is focused on sweet caramel and that same hop profile pops up again, kind of killing the party for me.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down fairly easy for a big DIPA, but some of the flavors are off-putting to me and I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of mikul93
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pours a nice clear amber with a 1 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

S Grapefruit, Pineapple, sweet malt and figs.

T The malt hits the tongue coming out the gate followed by grapefruit and hops. A little boozy.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

O Excellent beer. Well balanced with the malt, the grapefruit and the hops. Alcohol is a bit strong, but no worries. I still enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to CWBlues for this trade.

A - A cloudy, orange/gold color with an excellent froth and great lacing.

S - Pine, floral hops with some sugar malts as well. Very small citrus scents.

T - Really feel those malt sugars with a hint of pine. A little creamy as well which is different and sets it apart from other IPAs in my opinion. interestingly tasty!

M - Nice and sticky with good carbonation.

O - A great DIPA. highly recommend this one. Cheers!

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Photo of DearthVader
1.95/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bomber courtesy of iadler. Thanks for hitting this want Isaac!

Poured to my Portsmouth tulip.

As always with my DIPAs, I poured rather aggressively and was pretty disappointed by the reaction. Only a tiny 1/4" inch loose head of bubbles was produced and it faded really quickly. Very thin lacing was left after the first sip but that was all for the whole beer. The body was an extremely translucent orange with very few visible carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is mostly of booze and sweet caramel malt. There is some peach? melon? not much citrus characteristics at all.

Taste does actually have some unexpected hops present. Still not as much as I'd like in my DIPA's, but I'll take any I can get. Still almost no citrus present, but there comes the booze again. Heavy alcohol notes and the sweet malt backbone are by far the most noticeable characteristics in the taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied. Quite creamy with little bite of carbonation and alcohol heat.

Definitely not impressed much by this. It's possible this wasn't a fresh bottle. I will be sure to try and get one as fresh as possible whenever it's brewed again and hopefully be able to change my review in a positive way.

Regardless of whether I liked it or not, I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks Isaac!

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Photo of snowmaggedon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick, bubbly head with a light amber color.

The nose is sweet; grapefruit comes to mind. Some herbal notes as well.

Tastes creamy, fruity, delicious. The finish is fruity with a sweet pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. They dont try to blow you away with hops, like some IPAs.

I would readily drink this again.

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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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