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

Appears a deep orange golden cloudy tinted body with a big off white cream colored head forming thick and billowing well above the rim of my chalice. Lacing is intricate and well spread with each and every sip, excellent offering from 3Floyd's.

Aroma has a persistent air of grapefruit citrus and creamy with a nice overriding acidity going on amongst the juicy fruit pale malts, big beer at it's best these guys are working their mojo in the brewing realm. Even though the hops are here there's a restrained element going on.

Flavor wise it's hard to describe I've never had a lactose sugar infused DIPA, but it's super creamy and airy at and between each sip of bitter citric rinds. Even the foam has a creamy milkshake texture to it this is an intense experience to even taste something like a DIPA with creamy milkshake texture. Loads of floral herbal hops and big juicy citrus notes pound it out in a battle versus malt/milk sugar. The lactose definitely sweetens up the experience but it still lands somewhere between bitter and balanced.

Mouthfeel makes you want to mix milk and fresh hops in a blender with a bit of ice cream and see if you can invent a new dessert. Overall creaminess is pretty awesome fuller bodied, oily hop textures swarm the palate with a really lively carbonation level. The only way to get this experience is through this beer there's nothing out there like this.

Overall creativity stupidity I don't care what you call it I like the beer. That's what matters at the end of the day, I'm crazy I just want to throw a bunch of shit into this beer, my question is does it taste good? Do you want more? Within this hybrid lactose infused DIPA, I say yes to both of those questions. So in short, it works for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

My neighbor had a friday night hot dawg fest and a buddie brought a bottle. 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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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Bottle purchased a few miles from the brewery, I can find no dating on the bottle. Pours fully clouded medium apricot, under a long lasting and tightly knit head, sheeting, quality lace, you get the idea. Super fruity nose, with melon, mangoes shining through. Better then well hopped brew, citrus, resin, its all in there. Nice to have the opportunity to try more new and fresh high quality brew from FFF. highly recommended

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden/amber hue, fresh froth atop, white as whipped cream, and looking's lovely.

Aroma: Invigorating. An blending of citrus and tropical fruit esters, with a side order of pine needles.

Taste: Good dose of bitterness hits us at the start, plenty of hoppy flavors riding the palate. And then I'm picking up the milk. An imperial milk IPA? What the??? It's truly creamy, truly hoppy, and totally tasty! Yum. Never too anything, not feeling too strong, just enough everything, and not too much of nothing. A creamy IPA, if there ever was one, and I'm not sure if there was. We get orange, tangerine, mango maybe, and then this layer of light, sweet, creamy goodness.

I wonder what the label tells us? "This complex double India Pale Ale has an inns 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!

That just about says it. Mmm. Good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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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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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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