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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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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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with great artwork.
Pours a dark gold in color. There's about a half inch of head that is created with a pretty vigorous pour. Smell is all hops. This is going to be a treat.
Some very serious citrus and piney hops in the nose. Not a bomb, but they're there. Taste is more of the hops, but also just a bit of light malt as well. This is a very creamy and smooth beer. So much so, that it kind of takes away from the hop assault on your mouth and tongue. Way too drinkable and way too smooth. Very enjoyable and delicious. Good beer.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rather hazy orange color with a fingers worth of head that left good spotty lacing on my snifter. The citrus takes full force on the nose with plenty of orange, citrus, mango, and passion fruit. This is almost a dead ringer for dreadnaught on the nose. I can keep my nose all day in a pint of dreadnaught, so I am alright with this. The flavor profile is full again of all those citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a sizeable sweetness from the caramel malt. The mouthfeel is main difference between this and dreadnaught. The mouthfeel is thick and full, and I would say one of the biggest mouthfeels in a DIPA that I've personally encountered.

You can tell this beer has most of the qualities of dreadnaught, but it has some other differences that I actually liked better than dreadnaught. The mouthfeel was something I've never encountered in a DIPA before and it was most welcomed.

Awesome beer, and I hope this beer makes more than just one appearance a year.

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Photo of beertooth
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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 koopa
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy tangelo with a nice 1 finger slightly off white crown. Some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Citrus hops, floral hops, and lactose milk sugar. Kind of like a slightly hoppy orange creamsicle!

Taste: Fairly pale malt coupled with orange like hops up front. Some lactose in the middle and a dry slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: On the extremely thin side of meedium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well hidden and the body is thin enough to score well.

Not a home run but a welcome edition to the beer scene.

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Photo of Maction
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden brown (and delicious?) semi-opaque beer, with big mobile bubbles moving up to a frothy two inch head, which leaves a good amount of lace, but dies quickly after the pour.

S: I smell oranges, roses, creamy candy, and notes of hay.

T: The taste is sweet and acidic at first, like orange or peach bitters, followed by a smoother grain flavor, with more intense citrus notes on the finish.

M: This is a chewy beer, but ashy. The finish is both coating and drying to the inside of my mouth.

D: This is and intense and almost perfumey beer, but the cottony feeling in my mouth afterwards kept it from being outstanding.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that just arrived on the shelf at my local bottle shop. i love the artwork! poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip Glass.

A- this one pours a golden orange colored body with a finger of lasting brilliant white head. the head leaves rings of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass as it recedes.

S- lots and lots of citrus hops. mostly grapefruit, but theres some orange and possible pineapple in here too. not much on the malt front. not that i mind...

T- some caramel malt comes through up front. after that its a full forced hop assault. grapefruit is the most noticeable, as in the nose. theres definitely some pineapple in here as well. maybe some other tropical fruits as well. nice and bitter. not a trace of the booze.

M- this has an incredibly thick body for an IIPA. thickest ive ever encountered. nice level of carbonation. very smooth.

D- very easy to finish, but im not sure how much of this i could drink. the thick, heavy mouthfeel wore on me after a while. the taste is great. very dreadnaught like which isnt a bad thing at all. check this one out before its all gone. hopefully it comes out yearly.

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,138 ratings