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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nat1975
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep cloudy orange with lots of carbonation and a long lasting sticky white head.

The smell was slightly lemony and a touch of juniper along with a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a sweet creamy malt body and a decent yet not overpowering dose of citrusy hops and bitterness. Evens out quite well.

The Lactose really shows off here giving it a silky smoothness and creamy body.

This could be dangerously drinkable and is hard to believe its 10percent, as usual very well done by 3 Floyds.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a straight sided English pint glass.

A= At around 55 degrees, this ale poured a hazy orange color with a 3/4" yellow-cream head. The head dropped to a solid cap and stayed there all the way through. Big sheets of foamy, sticky lace left on my glass.

S= Packed with juicy fresh aromas, including citrucy hops and lots of fruitiness (peach, mango, and grapefruit). I also could smell the rich malt base underneath it all. Alcohol was present but it blended well with the other aroma characteristics.

T= Very much like the smell, with a big malt and fruity sweetness balanced by a ton of citrusy hops...it was huge on the citrus and weak on the pine notes, just how I like it. I wouldn't say this beer had a lot of base bitterness, but it certainly has lots of fresh hop flavor. Some honey-like notes in there too. The finish started sweet but then some spiciness from the hops and alcohol kicked in and everything dried out nicely.

MF= I'd call this just a bit heavier than medium bodied with a nice tongue-coating feel and moderately soft carbonation.

D= A tasty DIPA for sure and dangerously drinkable. Sort of makes me think this is FFF's answer to Bell's Hopslam. This just might be my new favorite FFF hop bomb.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. No bottle date, but this is a seasonal (summer) beer so I assume from 2011 batch. Thanks to exitmusic for this one.

A: Really nice light orange color. Some hop haze from being cold I think, right out of fridge. One finger white head, with tight tiny bubbles. Nice crisp lacing on glass with the swirl. Really nice carbonation rolling off bottom of glass. Edit: hop haze clears and it's clear light orange color.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple sweetness on the nose. A little bit of breadiness, but it's a good balance point

T: Wow. Really interestingly smooth DIPA. You get the hop bite on the front of the tongue but it really mellows in the center of the mouth. Nice easy finish too. Lactose sugar help with this creamy finish maybe? It's different then any other DIPA I have tried. Definitely different from Arctice Panzer Wolf which was a palate killer (in a good way)

M: Medium bodied with a smooth mouth coating.

O: One of a kind DIPA. Love the hop blend and balance of malt and the amazing finish. Yet another 3 Floyd's gem.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous oily hazy golden color with great orange hints and a nice thin white head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

S - Aromas of peach and tangerines and plenty of oranges. Great citrus and earthy notes with some nice grassy notes. Slight grapefruit sweetness and some boozy esters that really pack a punch. Nice citrus and tropical fruit aroma.

T & M - Very delicious tropical fruit start slight tangerine sweetness and slight peach notes as well. It starts off more sweet and a bit milder than the nose would indicate. Nice fruit juice up front. Then a bitter and citrus and dry hop flavor kicks in that coats the mouth but doesn't overwhelm. Nice boozy sweetness rounds this beer out. Clean flavors and a lower carbonation make this very enjoyable for sipping. Nice medium-light body with less oily mouthfeel than the pour indicated. As the beer warms so more grainy sweet and bready notes come up at the last second and are well complimented by an awesome dry bitter finish.

D - Good but not too high because of ABV. Delicious DIPA though.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of crossovert
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with unique label art.

It pours a hazy peach/amber color with a foamy white head.

The smell is pretty good here. There is some bright, floral hops, some tropical scent, and some citrus. It is really bright and fragrant.

The flavor is huge. There is a both a big hoppy bitterness and a sugary sweetness running right though this one. It tastes almost like a pale ale on steroids. It has some pine and citrus but it is sugary, yet bitter. It is interesting. There is a definite alcoholic bite, not the smoothest DIPA.

FFF comes through with another really good double IPA.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-opaque deep orange in color with a single finger white head, no lacing, and quite thick and creamy in texture. Very heavy scent of apricots and tangerines sweltering in a sauna with a caramel glaze basting applied liberally. Taste follows the nose but with a boosting injection of sweet creaminess given by the lactose. The only thing I can manage to nitpick with this beer is that the boozey hotness of the high ABV is not entirely well hidden. Also, you have to be in a mood for an IPA that falls on the sweeter side of the sweet/bitter balance scale. Dreadnaught may fall smack exactly on the middle point of that scale and have a headier scent of mangoes, but it doesn't have the thicker creamy body and sweeter emphasis that this brew does. So, I suppose that the existence of both brews can be justified because they do fill slightly different niches, but only *just* so.

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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