Apocalypse Cow | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 2,147 |  Reviews: 499
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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Photo of bgreg3
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright first review

I just got lucky enough to pick this one up tonight along with a another bomber from fff.Three floyds has changed my perspective on beer forever and I will be reviewing alot of their brews because they're 5 minutes away from my house!
Lucky me!
Alright on to the cow...

App.- Hazy amber great look the head was about an inch and lasted for a good 10 minutes.

Smell- Smell is fantastic ! you can smell the citrus kick right off the bat along with the sweetness of the lactose milk sugar.

taste- First it starts tangy and citrusly , and very quickly you taste the sweetness of malt and milk sugar , it's mind blowing. Dreadnaughts cousin , but i think better.

mouthfeel- pretty average for a double IPA a little thick, I'd say about medium or a little above that

Drinkability- GREAT! for something this strong wow it drinks so well. a bomber of it will make your blood flow thats for sure.

Overall- If your a fan of dreadnaught its a must try.

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

Another Three Floyd's IPA! pours a copper color with a decent head and good lacing. Smells like a wallup of pine and citrus with a little bit of sweetness rounding it out. The taste is pretty standard IPA stuff with some added spiciness. I can just barely taste the lactose, it seems to leave a slight tang on your tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with better than average carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, I might want to counter it with something less hoppy. The hops leave a little bitter aftertaste. All in all, quite good but I would like if FFF bottled a little more Dark Lord and scaled back the multiple IPA's

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Photo of youngblood
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber. Two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

Smells so yummy. Juicy citrus hops all around here. Some nice sweetness as well. Small bit of pine and florals coming through too.

Man this is a juicy DIPA. Leaves the mouth watering from the moment it enters and keeps it going when its gone. Nice grapefruit and some pepper, caramel at the back end.

Nice drinkability for a 10%. I had to idea it was so high.

Fantastic effort by Three Floyds. I agree with the others though, this isn't hugely different from Dreadnaught, maybe a twinge sweeter.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2009.

Imperial pint glass. Appears honey orange with a whispy beige head.

The aroma is sweet and bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and a significant bready/caramel malt backbone. It's pretty well balanced, almost tilting in favor of the malt. Not too bitter and not too sweet. That's a clever little saying I have here in my notes. It sounds pretty stupid now that I've typed it, but I'm going to let it ride.

The flavor is bitter up front with notes of sugary grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The malt is pretty damn sweet. This beer has quite the imposing malt profile. The finish displays the highest level of bitterness yet, but the malt ultimately has its way with the hops.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a half inch off-white head. It goes down to a skim and stays that way but a head can be revived quickly with a good swirl. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is full of juicy citrus hops with some tropical fruit tones coming through as well. Some piney hops in there too and slight malt sweetness. A bit of spiciness mixed in there too with peppery alcohol.

Taste has some sweetness up front with lots of fresh and juicy hops. Again huge citrus component with nice complimenting tropical fruit. Slight piney and spicy hop flavor towards the finish. Some more sweetness in the back before bitterness takes over. A very slight warming sensation going down.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, very soft and creamy with perfect level of carbonation.

This beer is almost the same as Dreadnaught to me but with added sweetness and body. Which is an excellent thing to me since that's how I like my DIPAs. Great beer! Even better than when I first had it on tap months ago.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly cloudy orange/gold with an off-white head in the Comfort Inn plastic cup. The nose was mostly citric and floral hops with a little hint of biscuit malt, it was more floral than citric. The taste was fantastic, a little sweet orange, a little pine, a little cut grass (more smell then taste), it started sweet and ended bitter. All the flavors were distinct and not on top of each other. I was really impressed with the mouthfeel, it was like a cask beer in a bottle, low carbonation, and creamy.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As a big Three Floyds fan I was excited to try this version of an IPA and was hoping to have another Dreadnaught type experience. I am sad to report that didn't happen. Overall, too cloying and sweet. Certainly some fun stuff happening, but just too goopy..

Nice creamy white head forms atop a bright copper beer with excellent clarity. The color is startling and very nice. Some lacing forms and the head does fade rather quickly.

Aroma is bright and a true balance between the citrus hops and floral notes and the bold sweetness. It's right here that you get your first sense of what is to come.

Flavor just grabs you with the bold sweetness. Some deep tropical fruits, citrus hops and certainly fresh, but the bitterness almost takes a back seat to the sweetness. There is a slight touch of alcohol, but again the sweetness takes over and masks this.

Body was a bit too thick and not creamy, but almost syrupy.

I didn't find this extremely drinkable, and was a touch disappointed. If you love overly sweet DPA's then this is your beer. It's just not mine.

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Photo of gorby10826
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am glad they bottled this one. It's a lot like dreadnaught...with an extra kick in a few areas. It is a little sweeter....I don't know why people said it is over the top or gritty sweetness. I would challenge them to do a side by side with dreadnaught.

It is a tad bit more boozy and thicker as well.
A delicious brew, once again FFF does another wonderfully done NOT NORMAL brew. I tried finding a few more bottles of this the next day but they seem to be gone. Let's hope they bottle more.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass. Pours hazy amber with a two finger head. Mouthfeel is at first remarkably round and smooth for an IPA. Only later does the carbonated tang kick in. The lactose takes the lead; the sweet note has a bit of lavender and tangerine that seemlessly blend into intense floral and citrus hops. As in life sometimes, after the sweetness fades, the bitterness lingers ... after half a glass, the hops dominate the more subtle flavors. I'd suggest taking the occasional break to pick up the full range. Despite the bells and whistles, this is at its heart a killer DIPA. I view this as Dreadnaught's smoother and more sophisticated cousin: a fun beer that will challenge your palate.

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Photo of beerhobo22
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very intense hop aroma. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas (Mango and peach) hit you right away. A light golden color with a good white head. Head retention is very good. The beer is served in a tulip glass which helps with aroma and head retention. A medium malt sweetness is well balanced with the hops. The beer is listed at 100 IBUs, but it is not overly astringent. A good mouthfeel (med body), but not overly sweet as to be cloying. This is a very drinkable beer even with such a high ABV.

From the tasting sheet:
"This complex double IPA has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balance 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". 100IBU, 9.5%ABV."

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very, very similar to a dreadnaught with the main difference being the addition of lactose. looks like a dreadnaught, smells almost like a dreadnaught, tastes almost like a dreadnaught. the lactose (i hate milk so was dubious about trying this) just gives it more residual sweetness and a fuller body as compared to a dreadnaught. glad i tried it. some haze via bomber.

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Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

A: Pours a golden hue with a nice fluffy one finger cream colored head. Great retention and some nice chunky lace.

S: Wonderful hoppy aromas with notes of citrus and grass. There is a real nice underlying buttery sweetness as well.

T: Wonderful bold citrus flavors from the start. Bitter grapefruit clashes with sweet orange. Hints of green grass and a bit of sugary sweetness.

M: Rather full in body for the style. Thick, smooth, with a good mix of bitter and sweet.

D: Very good, its a different take on one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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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