Apocalypse Cow | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Apocalypse CowApocalypse Cow

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

ABV varies by batch.

100 IBU

Added by mdm46410 on 11-23-2008

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Photo of jcpaulun
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a nice deep amber. A small head appeared, but quickly receded into a thin ring. Only a small amount of lacing.

S: A very floral hoppiness to start. There is a bit I pine resin here as well. Some citrus fruits and a bit of apricot.

T: a whole lot like the Dreadnaught, but with some definate differences. There is a lot of nice hoppy bitterness, but the beer finishes very sweet. I felt it to be a little much, maybe even a little cloying.

M: A nice amount of carbonation. The beer felt a little sryupy and slick. A full bodied beer.

D: Because of the sweetness I don't think I could have more than one I these at a time. That said, I felt the alcohol was well hidden.

I really wanted to like this as much as Dreadnaught. The sweetness was just a little to pronounced for my tastes. I did love the artwork on the label.

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Photo of JamesS
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great deep copper color with some very nice lacing and head. Horribly deep hop scent, mostly pine, with hints of floral, and a tiny bit of malt underneath it all. Excellent taste, a wonderful pale ale; deep bitterness, good use of American pine hops (I'm guessing); it's a lot like their Alpha King, but there is a nice slight sweetness from the sugars added that make it slightly different. Goes down way too easy for a 10% beer. If you're looking for a great pale ale, 3F's Alpha King is cheaper, but this one is a great try as well.

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Photo of everetends
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I received as an extra thanks to TPatuto. This beer really excited me when I heard of its release. Just sounded like an interesting twist on the style and something I could get behind. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very vibrant, bright and golden orange in color. Held to the light, this beer displays a very nice haze in the body. The light only brightens the orange a touch with a bit more yellow coming out. The head is a good finger if some nice and foamy, slightly off white head. This head has a very nice stick to it and coats incredibly well. Just a very nice sheet on the glass. Pretty light on the carbonaton activity, maybe a little less than medium in that department. Overall, more than I expected for sure.

S: Smell is a bit weak to me, falling more into your standard DIPA in my opinion. You have a good amount of citrus hops aroma, with a good bit of grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Malts are light, mostly pale malts with just a touch of caramel. The lactose doesn't really come out as much as I expected, just a light sugary sweetness on the back end. Overall, the nose is standard fare.

T: I would have to say that this is what I was expecting and is very much in my alley. The citric hops are amazingly complimented by all this lactic sugary goodness. I was not expecting the grapefruit to work so well with a lactose sugar goodness, but it does. I remains bitter up front, but is cut easily by the sweetness. Malts are light and pale just like in the nose, but the slight caramel works well with the lactose and there is just a touch of a bitter chocolate flavor as well. There is also a touch of some grassy and earthy hops going down in here. It works far too well.

M: Medium in feel and has a nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is light and helps that creaminess for sure. The wierd part comes in with all that bitterness. It works well together but kind of confuses the palate at times. It is interesting to say the least. Not as dry as your typical DIPA but this works well. Aftertaste is that nice intermingling of grapefruit and lactose sugar.

D: Well it sure as hell didn't disappoint. The aroma was a bit to be desired since nothing really wows in that department. Besides that, the flavors and look are awesome, has a good feel and all works in the end. The beer drinks very well and I am probably going to have killed this beer in record time. Its just how that bitterness in the flavor and feel are easily cooled and creamy. It works in personal epic fashion. Can't wait to get another bottle or two of this. This may not be the DIPA for everyone because it doesn't have that crazy bitterness. Still, have an open mind because it works.

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Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dug, poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, hazy golden amber with a large creamy white head that settles in as a small soapy cap and leaves spotty lacing along the sides.

The aroma is more citrus than floral and has lots of lighter citrus fruits with mangos and tangerines coming to mind. The caramel malts come through with a nice sweetness to balance the citrus zest.

The taste starts out with a slightly abrasive bitterness that is definitely citrus, but more on the astringent side of things, for better or worse. There is a solid sweetness from the malt backbone and the lactose sugars to balance things out and the finish has a citrus and grassy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but sticky from the hop oils and citrus and sits a little heavier on the palate than I was expecting - due in part to the lactose I imagine.

This is a very good DIPA with a solid citrus-forward flavor that stays very balanced with plenty of malts thrown in. I think the lactose twist is a good one and really evens out the 100 IBUs.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a clear peach color. Head is very creamy and frothy and light-orange in color. Lots of sticky ropey lace was left behind.

S: Sweet mango, peach, apricot, grass clippings, and caramel. Heather smelled sweet cream and apricot.

T: Sweet over-ripe tropical fruit, mango, peach, and apricot. I noticed a bunch of peppery alcohol flavor, but Heather said she thought it was pretty well hidden. Sweet creamy caramel. Slightly minty.

M: Big creamy sweetness that's tempered by the boozy alcohol. Alcohol takes on a minty quality.

D: We both really liked this beer. Drinks like a much sweeter and creamier Dreadnaught with less hop presence but a lot more boozy burn.

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Photo of malcontent
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange body capped with only a thin layer of head. Lacing is well-represented, however.

I can smell this from a full two feet away. Yes, the hops are there with loads of juicy citrus, earth and leaves with a good spicy kick at the back end. What impresses me the most, though, is the major malt-presence in this nose. Sweet, bready and buiscuity all together, this shows a real balance that 3F's sometimes eschews in favor of beating you up.

Ha, ha! I forgot about the lactose while I was grading the first two components of the beer. Can anyone say "creamsicle"? Big, pine-y Northwest hops land on my tongue only to be supplanted by the hefty malt betraying a bit of cinnamon and a whole lot of bread. Tropical fruit comes up next. But what leaves the longest impression is the bitter citrus finish delivered with a throat-coating creaminess. It works waaay better than I could have imagined. Alcohol does make this a bit hot.

Sorry, but this isn't a double/imperial IPA because it is completely unique. The lactose demands a seperate category. You invent the style, you get the highest score! Alcohol limits the drinkability a bit but I love it. The best daIry PA I've ever had...

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber from Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a pale yellowish shade of orange-amber and a couple fingers of white head that settles down but leaves good lacing.

S: Smells similar to the usual 3Floyds hop profile...citrusy, grapefruity, sweet hoppy...only a faint presence of malt

T: This is one of the most bitter beers I've ever had. Lots of intense hop flavor (citrus, grapefruit, pine) with a smooth sweetness likely from the lactose I'm guessing. A little bit of malt hiding in there too, but the hop bitterness definitely win out in prominence.

M: Super creamy, probably the thickest DIPA I've had too. Well carbonated and goes down smooth.

D: The intense bitterness slows me down when drinking this although it has a great flavor.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big orange color with a 2 finger white head. Head retains all the way through, soapy and smooth.

Lots of hops in the sniffer. Citrus, floral, pine.

Not extremely hoppy at all. Not what I was expecting from a FFF brew. Honey, malty, sweet flavors round it out.

A very creamy mouthfeel and on this hot day, very drinkable. Don't pass up buying a Dreadnaught for this. It's a fine beer, but nothing I need again.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

finally got a hold of one of these - steve's on university

opened during game 1 of the cubs-cards doubleheader

appearance: killer artwork on the bottle - served in my hopleaf tulip, very slow forming bubbly beige head with dissapointing lacing, hazy apricot body...2nd half of the bottle produced a fluffy white cap with creamier lacing

smell: hopped like you would expect from 3F - pungent and piney...not as explosive as dreadnaught but steady

taste: highly bitter - sour grapefruit, lots of pine, candy sugars provide an interesting element, bitter orange peel, delicious stuff here but definitely an IPA stinger compared to dreadnaught

mouthfeel: probably the highlight of the beer - the smooth and creamy body really doesnt have any peers in the DIPA world that i have seen...prickly hops hit first but a creamy, almost warming, finish it off. innovative

drinkability: not that great for me - bitterness wears on

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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 LordAdmNelson
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Peachy-orange in color with about an inch of frothy white foam. Great retention and lacing. A little bit lighter than Dreadnaught.

S- A great floral/citrus hoppy aroma. Sweet malt lingers in the background too. In comparison to Dreadnaught, this has more malt character and less leafy hops in the nose. Smells wonderful.

T- I was expecting a little more bitterness here. Strong on the sweetness, with some big malty notes up front--molasses with some caramel. Moves into a complex hop profile with notes of citrus fruit and leaves or herbs. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol kick. Leaves a lingering piney bitterness. Definitely a good IIPA, but the sweetness holds this one back a bit.

M- Very smooth and creamy, similar to Dreadnaught. Great stuff here.

D- Sweetness holds it back, but this is a damn fine IIPA. Not sure it's equal to its cousin, Dreadnaught, however.

PS, Love the bottle.

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Photo of portia99
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in trade with hansgruber. Thanks for this great extra!

A - Beautiful, bright, translucent orange with a 1 finger white head. Head dies rather quickly but leaves a skim coat of bubbles and a ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass and decent soap-like lacing.

S - Floral and citrusy hops, some spiciness and a light honey aroma. Not detecting any malt - honey is the balancing element here. Interesting since there is not supposed to be honey used in making this beer (must be the lactose). As it warms I'm detecting more piney aromas.

T - Somewhat subdued hop bitterness, pineyness to start, up front honey-like flavor and sweetness too. Tropical fruit flavors ending with some citrusy hops.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and full...might even say creamy.Carbonation is adequate, but not strong. The sweetness in this overpowers the hops a little bit and really coats the sides of the mouth.

D - A little bit too sweet and heavy feeling to be really drinkable for me. I'm not regretting drinking this 22oz by myself, but I won't be looking for another tonight when I'm done with it. One is enough in a sitting for me.

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Photo of bamadog
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with Kels that was picked up on a recent trip to Indy for other beer related activities -- clearly, this was one of the best surprises to come from the trip! An amazing beer! Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden coppery/honey color with solid 2 finger off-white slightly peachy colored head that is sticky and chewy and fades toa thick and chewy, yet full and uneven skim; sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass and the body is a little cloudy and shows nice carbonation near the sides of the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), pungent and bitter overall; slightly caramel sweet malty backing rounds out a very pleasant nose.

Taste: Something special, no doubt! It tastes like orange peel cream candies (if there is such a thing, and if there isn't, there should be) drizzled with sweet caramel; a slightly earthy/flowery presence creates something of a tasty perfume in my mouth (creepy, right?); an amazing combination and I believe the lactose used in the brewing gives that creamy candy-like sweetness. Holy cow... Holy Apocalypse Cow.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth and creamy -- most unique DIPA I have ever tasted and felt; smoothness is amazing. A nice thick coating is left on the palate and it holds that amazing orange citrus and caramel flavor for me to savor.

Drinkability: For something that is 10% ABV, the drinkability is too high. It's an amazing drink with tremendously strong flavors and a pretty great balance considering everything that's going on. Hats off to the Three Floyds once again -- never a let down.

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Photo of mjl21
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly fresh bottle sent from Josh...thanks again! 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. No abv info listed.

A-The color is very reminsicent of an apricot. This one really shines in the light. It is cloudy when poured and has a small off white head that turns into a tiny ring. After settling for a minute there is a nice layer of film that reminds me of a frothy egg white. Lots of lace is left on the glass.

S-Sweet citrus hops dominate. Pick up on lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Caramel malt is present, but the citrus is bigger. Piney hops are also present. The lactose sugar pops about 20 minutes after it has been in the glass.

T-The citrus hops, particularly lemon, hit first. The pine comes through mid-sip. It finishes with an orange peel flavor. The caramel malt and lactose sugar give it a level of lingering sweetness, but it is not cloying.

M-Fuller bodied and extremely creamy from the sugar. It has a comfortable level of carbonation and the hops leave the mouth with a nice oily feel.

D-The abv is well hidden. It drinks well, but the higher abv coupled with the sugar would limit this to one in a sitting.

A really interesting take on an IPA. The lactose sugar gives it a very unique mouthfeel. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of kels
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bamadog was kind enough to split this bomber with me my last night in Cincy before moving. This was a seriously great way to celebrate!

Appearance: Pours a really nice honey burnt-orange with some hazy cloudiness throughout. Looks very reflective and holds a 1/2 finger well-retained super sticky white, frothy head.

Smell: Mmmm - smells delicious, juicy and mouthwatering. Light, sweetly bitter citrus, chewy grains and slightly floral honey. There's something else in here that I recognize but can't get...wait for it...pineapple! The pineapple juice comes through loud and clear in the aroma and smells amazing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is very full, soft and filling. The hops come through a little more bitter in the taste than in the smell and are balanced really well with a toasted caramelly malt and grain. It is sweet, bitter and toasted all at once. Alcohol is incredibly well-masked and only eeks out in the vapors at the end.

Drinkability: Amazingly high. The taste is so delicious and well-balanced, paired with a surprisingly full, light and refreshing feel.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden with a 1/2 finger white head that has better things to do than hang out at the top of my beer.

S - Bright citrus hops and what I suspect is the lactose sugar. Pretty damn good smelling beer for as little complexity as it has.

T - Wow. That is different. The sweetness hits you up front. And I mean hits you. Then on it's run from the assault charges, goes through some grassy, citrus hops and bitterness. Then the sweetness comes back to hit you again along with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Thick for an DIPA but I'm ok with that. Could use some more carbonation.

D - As the temperature goes up, so goes the drinkability. I wouldn't want to spend a night with this bovine but I will enjoy the time we share.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours light copper with a thick white head that slowly disappears. great lacing and great retention.

light sweet citrus hops and sweet malt notes, fairly faint overall. scent compliments the fact this is a sweet DIPA.

sweet citrus orange up front followed by a sweet bitter finish. a slightly floral flavor through out. this beer is crazy sweet and the sweetness really never leaves. the malts and alcohol are fairly hidden.

pretty full body and VERY light carbonation. this is insanely smooth.

although the ABV is high, this is too easy to drink. i honestly just want to chug it but i know that would be a bad idea. this is crazy sweet, like REALLY sweet but that smooths this double IPA out drastically but the hops are still very much there.

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Photo of fbomb13
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very aromatic, tasty and fullbodied. This is definitely a must have for IPA and beer lovers, alike. The color and aroma suuplement the taste of this beer tremendously. I recommend
enjoying this beer in a pint class or less, seeing as it is a slow dri ker and the alcohol content is plenty for any beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold, obviously unfiltered. Just a bit of lace on the glass and a fading head.
Smell is nicely sweet but a bit thin. Some sweet caramel and a bit of citrus hops.
Taste is very sweet, lots of caramel, pine and citrus. There's a lingering hop bite in the finish, slightly bitter as well. This is in stark contrast to the initial sweetness that hits up front. The alcohol is well hidden.
Feels rich and smooth with just a bit of carbonation to release the aromas.
I'd prefer this with some good sharp cheese to balance the sweetness. Overall a very pleasant beer to sip.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber (sweet ass artwork, with no freshness) poured into the appropriate SN pint glass...not sure why the cow on the bottle only has one eye...maybe I should read a bit more into the apocalypse. I digress...

3 fingers of frothy off white head with great lacing-very sticky. Great head retention...hazy orange (almost amber) body.

Whoa! Pineapple and grapefruit assault the senses here. Massive hits of spicy and peppery hops with an underlying smell of sweet citrus. My kind of DIPA...very floral!

Sweet citrus notes up front...sweet, sweet, sweet! There is a subtle bitter finish with a small bit of vanilla, but mostly just sweet hops and spicy goodness. Complex yet simple...

Slick, oily, creamy, and smooth=perfection!

I can quaff this from this cow all day long!

I wanted to make this a complex review, but this is just a brew that you have to have for yourself. FFF has outdone themselves this time...it's almost like a mixture of Dreadnaught and Gumballhead...but what can I say, because FFF knows their hops!

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Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper in color. Two fingers of rocky head leave copious amounts of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma is intense and very enticing. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and even some floral accents. A little bit of alcohol as well. FFF just has a knack to developing the most beautifully aromatic IPA's and this one is not lacking.

T: A little sweet malt quickly followed by a very brief, but pungent, burst of sugary sweetness (which I will assume is the lactose). Develops into a wonderful array of hoppy goodness with floral flavors and a moderate grapefruit bitterness. Candy sweetness lingers on the tongue.

M: Moderate weight. Decent carbonation. A little creaminess, thought the sweetness can be a little cloying at times.

D: This is an interesting DIPA variant. Yet another great beer from FFF, though, IMO, Dreadnaught is superior as the sugar sweetness of this beer tastes almost artificial. I'm glad to have tried it, and certainly enjoyed it, but I'm unsure if I could handle that sweet, one-dimensional, burst on a regular basis.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured into my Bell's snifter. Nice dark hazy orange color. Good off white one finger head that stays around leaving good lacing around the sides of the glass. This beer looks good.

S- Sweet citrus hops come crashing through a light malt backbone. It smells a little sweet which might be from the lacotse in this. Mostly all I smell is hops though.

T- This is good tasting. Not my favorite DIPA but this right there fighing for middle ground and up toward the upper half. The hops kick in with this beer right off the get go which is expected. A nice citrus blast right from the get go. It seems a little more thick or creamy maybe than what I remembered when I had it on tap when they had it the first time. The lactose throws a little off flavor that I don't care for but over all decent tasting for sure.

M- Nice mouthfeel altogether. Good carbonation with this has the beer gliding gently over the palate without to much being lost. The hops resin sticks to the tounge and I think there is a unique aftertaste of hops and a slight creamy taste to it.

D- I would drink this on a normal basis but sadly that is not going to happen. I think this is a good sipper with the flavors changing when the beer warms a little. Overall not my favorite DIPA but it's from FFF and well just plain good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased from Armanetti's for about $11. This beer is crystal clear and copper colored with a full froth that laces into small islands on the glass. The smell is all hops, resin and citrus. On second sniff that's not quite true, there are a lot of sweet aromas there too, this smells like it might ride the barleywine line. While the taste is definitely not barleywine this is much sweeter than I'd prefer for a DIPA. I appreciate the hops but the sweetness becomes cloying and gives me pause. I can taste the lactose in the aftertaste, which is pretty unique for an IPA. But it seems heterogeneous, almost a two-to-three phase system (hops, lactose, ethanol) where the individual parts contradict rather than compliment each other. Thick bodied and sticky (at least this complements the hop resin aroma) but hard to drink very fast. Just too much evident alcohol and clashing flavors. Worth a try but I won't get it again (and I almost had it on cask last night at the Map Room, wonder how that turned out).

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong juicy hops, citrus and sweet lactose. Hops and lactose are a nice combination.

Taste of strong hops, and lactose. Very simple, and the flavors here don't work together as well as they did in the scent. An okay experiment, but I probably won't have it again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,144 ratings