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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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of piney and floral hops. The aroma is big, loaded with hops but the lactose smooths out the harsh edges. A ripe orange and lemon rind peaks out at the end of each sniff.

T- Man, this one is sweet for sure. A ton of citrus in about every form jump out at me. The alcohol is hidden very nicely. This brew is well balanced.

M- Medium in body and right on the carbonation.

D- This brew is very solid and very easy to drink. I hope it comes around again. A big thanks to my little bro for picking me up 3 bottles of this one.

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Photo of errantnight
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winner from FFF. Say what you will, but these guys make some great hoppy brews.

Pours a brilliant, only lightly hazed, freshly polished copper penny. Nice finger and almost two of head into a Spiegalau tulip. Creamy wide solid retention and moderate lacing.

Big musty grapefruit and passionfruit notes backed by a bit of pineapple pale malt sweetness.

On the palate this is creamy and medium bodied, a great texture imparted by the lactose, but I'm not entirely wild about the distinctive milk-y lactose sweetness. While they've balanced the bitterness and alcohol notes to a very pleasant sweetness, this also leaves a touch of filmy sweetness behind.

Thanks, GbVDave, extremely happy to finally get a chance to try this one, and it lived up to expectations.

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Photo of backfat
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i tweeted about this beer. sad i know, but when you do that, you know you've got something special on your hands, or in your glass. brilliant. an IPA of udder destruction! moo-ve over IPA's! this beer is no cow-ward! you've probably stopped reading at this point, and for that i apologize. (you thought i was going to mess with apologize/apocalypse. well i tried but it seems i am not clever enough.) Seriously, this is a beast. this ipa has BODY. good lord that is refreshing. abundant citrus hops...yes please. i hope this phenomenal creature comes back because it's one of the best beers i have ever had. 3 Floyds, i salute yee. I like drinking it a little on the warmer side. It's seriously like hoppy milk in the best way possible. mango, citrus, and the pineapple that is signature with dreadnaught, with a viscous and inviting body. I've had this beer many times. sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's perfect. serve warmer, cheers!

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Photo of mikereaser
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 10/30/09.

A - Pours an orange copper color with a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - lots of piney and citurs hops, lemon, orange, just a totally amazing aroma

T - grapefruit & orange upfront, sweet malt & a slightly bitter hop finish, a really flavorful hopbomb

M/D - medium body with good carbonation, just a really drinkable beer, somehow its 10% which you really have no way of knowing

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Photo of sliverX
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange tinged amber with a very slight head that was not much more than a film with a nice amount of lacing
Smell is pine and citrus hops with a bit of an orange-chocolate thing as well
Taste is huge pine resin with again the orange-chocolate type thing going on. Very resiny like pine tar almost
mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth
Drinkability if this didn't have a bit of a soap in the mouth tinge it would score higher but no real complaints you can only jam so many hops into something before it starts downhill...
Thanks to FrankenBrew for the bottle...

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Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange with a thin white head that dissipates into a white ring.

S: Pine hops (Christmas Tree?), orange zest, floral hops, sweet aroma.

T: Orange/citrus flavor, hoppy (again pine hops/floral), very bitter.

M: Oily and bubbly. Very thick when it comes to the spectrum of DIPAs.

D: Alcohol sneaks up on you, but still very drinkable.

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

Pours a beautiful bright and glowing hazy orange topped with a thin and creamy white head with an orange tint. The head is thick and dissipates very slowly as it leaves a phenomenal lacy decoration on the glass, sip after sip, which resembles a stained glass window of a church. An aroma of sweet citrus and floral hops flow strong and boldly from this spectacular beer. The drink is smooth and velvety. A nice and gracious malt backbone provides a wonderfully thick canvas for the smooth and sweet citrus hop bitterness. Its sweet with a thick IPA body and moderate, semi-visible carbonation. The smooth drink finishes with just a gentle hint of warming alcohol, and the citrus hoppyness fades gently from the palate as it leaves a clean crisp ending with only the longing for another sip remaining. Fragrant, beautiful, and romantically delicious, this brew is thus far my all time favorite.
Overall Score: 4.98*/5 -Sean
*There is no such thing as "the perfect beer". It scored fives across the board besides drinkablility (4.9) because it is so strong I physically cannot drink a lot.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light orange amber color with a nice big foamy head and lacing. The smell isn't over the top aggressive, but full of pineapple and grapefruit notes with a balance sweet malty underpinning. The mouth feel is unique creamy smooth and really adds to the drinkability. My guests pick up on the lactose component immediately...blew right by my uneducated palate. The flavors match up to the nose nicely but were more subtle than expected...this may be fatigue from coming off a series of roasty stouts. Really very drinkable, I wouldn't hesitate to go to this again if it was available to me.

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Photo of drink1121
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bright golden orange with a little haze. No retention, but good lacing.

S-I think this bottle may be a little old because the hops arent what they should be. I smell mostly malt, little pine hops.

T-Similiar to the smell,malty and slight pine hops. Little disapointing from the other reviews. Slight lactose flavor.

M-Love the mouthfeel, the lactose creates almost a "base" feel, very slippery. Its fun and I like it.

D-Dissapointing, as the bottle is old. If they brew this again, I will try and get a fresh one and review again. However, I still liked it, so I can only imagine what it was fresh.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a bright golden orange. Slightly cloudy with a huge stark white head that looks like a dollop of meringue on top of the beer. A long wait leaves me with thick rings of lace that you could eat with a spoon.

The aroma is pure pine sap and grapefruit. A boquet hops simply evelopes your senses. Sweet pineapple and oranges are present as well. Good old FFF DIPA.

The flavor is hop bombalicious. Piney grapefruit bitterness that won't give your tongue a break. Some sweetness can be found after warming.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Chewy and robust.

Overall another great beer from Three Floyds. These guys rarely dissapoint. Can't wait for the next one.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this one up in Milwaukee of all places. Never saw it around IL! Pours into my glass a brilliant deep hazy orange with a solid inch of creamy bubbling white head that leaves sticky lacing everywhere! Aromas kick off with a melange of citrus, floral and pine sap hops. A sugary sweet undertone featuring caramel and wisps of cotton candy as well. The bold hops make you envision a field of fresh green cones sparkling in the sun. Tropical accents. Hoptastic!!

First sip brings smooth, crisp malts upfront with notes of caramel that quickly give in to a wall of oily, bitter hop power. Citric and floral flavors battle it out along with herbal pine accents. Pithy earthy green bitterness attacks the palate. Flows down smooth and slightly creamy from the lactose. Hops linger on in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. I enjoy what the lactose does for the body here and I'll enjoy the rest of this bomber this afternoon! Overall, it's another bold and flavor packed double IPA from Three Floyds. Glad I got to try this one and I would say it rivals Dreadnaught. Will look forward to when they bottle it again!

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from stubbone, cheers Allen! I love the artwork for this one!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/orange with 1 finger of fluffed up cream colored head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, peppery hops & orchard fruit, a touch muted as this warms

T: Orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple & oaky dryness up front, along with leafy hops. Boozeyness & biscuitty malt mix with the citrus & herbal hops as this warms; along with much dryness. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, a bit of caramel

MF: Chewy, creamy & grainy all at the same time with a fairly good carbonation level, alright balance, just not completely in love with the hops mix in play here..

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, but doesn't over impress (like most FFF offerings have) me. An experiment that didn't quite pan out IMO. There still tons of hops there for people digging hop forward/heavy offerings

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Photo of sevopie
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Going off memory, as I tried a few brews with a couple friends yesterday, but had no notes handy. Biggest thing that struck me about this beer was how it seemed to get sweeter as it warmed, the lactic sugar really starting to shine about halfway through the glass. As with a lot of DIPAs, it hides the ABV% rather well, and the bitter hoppiness seemed well balanced with the malts and the sugar. Out of the FFF brews I have now tried, I think this may be my favorite.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a translucent copper color. A 1/3 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma includes a nice combination citrus hops and malty sweetness, that started weak but became more prominent with warmth.

The taste is very good with an upfront caramel malt sweetness and then a punch of citrus hops that makes it well balanced. There is a bready component, as well as a good touch of alcohol and some milkiness, complex and good.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a solid level of carbonation. There is a good level of heat from the alcohol and an initial stickiness that ends up leaving a significant dryness.

Overall, this is an easy beer to drink but the alcohol level and intensity of the flavor keeps it from being something that I could have multiple of and may impair my tasting for the rest of the night. Very well balanced.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus hop and malt aroma. Medium body with slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with a thin and wet white head. Lacing on the the lighter side.

Big pineapple aroma with resinous piney hops, tropical fruit, and sweet caramel malts.

Definitely has the grapefruit and piney punch of a big, hoppy IIPA along with caramel, vanilla, and honey. It may or may not be there...but I do catch a bit of milk in this one. The 10% alcohol is also present and a touch hot.

Medium bodied, rich and sticky, and moderately carbonated.

A really enjoyable IIPA from Three Floyds. Rich and full of flavor.

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Photo of bound4er
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bomber.

Pours hazy with a golden orange color producing about a finger width of white head with spotty lacing. This beer's aroma is strong - I can smell it from the table it is sitting on next to me. Lots of complexity here - licorice, resinous hops, biscuit and some alcohol. It really invites you in for a sip. Unfortunately, the taste is a let down. Some booze, funk and a building, taught hop bitterness all work against this beer. A smooth, full bodied feel makes up for some of the taste letdown. Not the most drinkable or likable beer in the world. I guess I was expecting more from FFF. I need to get my hands on some Dreadnaught - I have a feeling it will be more to my liking.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Woodmans (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Poured a light caramel color with an inch of frothy head sitting at the top. The slight effervescence is keeping the head visible on top as the amount of beer slowly slips away. The lacing is quite good as I have scattered sheets of stickiness from top to bottom on my tulip glass.

Smell: Smells like a well put together IPA. A nice blend of citrus hops including notes of grapefruit and orange peel and then some earthiness including pine. It's listed as being an Imperial IPA on the bottle, but I'm not sure that I'd stretch it out that far. Perhaps my palate will point me in a different direction.

Reviewers Note: Let this beer warm up! We all know that beer shouldn't be sitting at near freezing, but with this bottle especially I think the warmness really rounds out the flavor. I initially thought this beer was far too milky and creamy, but as it's been warming up it's gotten much more rounded and the creaminess (literally, creaminess like someone poured cream into the beer) has been suppressed (which is good in my opinion, as I'm not a fan of milk)

Taste: Interesting. The hops are there, maybe not on an IIPA level, but there is a nice hop character to this. Onto the layers! First up, sweet caramel malt that quickly changes into a blend of not only caramel malt, but malt with a little dab of cream. It's an interesting combination. I think the milk sugar really raises the anti on the mouth feel, but it hurts the tasting on the palate. Not dramatically (like I originally thought, until it warmed up), but I am not an enormous fan of the creamy milkiness. I suppose this isn't a surprise, I've always hated milk (cow's milk, not soy). Following the mixture of creamy caramel malt comes the hops. A nice blend of grapefruit, orange peel and pine.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel of this is great! A very, as it says on the bottle, velvety and creamy blend. Well carbonated, medium body with a little chewiness to it.

Drinkability: Sitting at 10% ABV, it'd be a tough beer to have in one of my short evenings. This is a great beer though. I was a little disappointed at first, but once this warmed up, it's a beer I want in my crate again.

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, big thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way in the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear light golden amber, some light orange highlights, very thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, sheets of lace stick all over, pretty great retention, looks real nice.

Smell is really cool, lots of caramel and milky sweetness, biscuit, corn syrup, pine, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, some floral and a bit of fruit, more pine, a bit of spicy hops, slightly herbal, really neat character.

Taste is interesting, a lot of citrus, big tangerine and orange peel, a bit of pineapple, caramel, quite sweet through the middle, lactose, milky, tons of grapefruit, nice sweet malty base, quite bitter in the finish, the lactose lends a pretty need character with the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, a real nice sugary sweetness. Still has a nice balance though, alcohol is superbly hidden. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled oct 15/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small very dense white head. the head drops quickly but leaves a solid sheet of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is good. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. bit of lactic character hiding behind it. caramel. bit of toffee.

taste is good. sweet orange and tangerine. grapefruit and pine. caramel. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. medium-high bitterness level. warming alcohol. lingering sweetness from the lactose, but it's not overbearing and tends to come across mostly as citrusy sweetness when combined with the hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. there's an alcoholic warmth that flashes through at points, but it manages to be mostly balanced by the strong hopping and fruity sweetness. it doesn't benefit from the drying hop character that you'll often find in a dipa, but manages to work pretty well anyway.

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Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Three Floyds made a very sudden reappearance in Hudson Wisconsin, just across the border, so I made a quick foray to pick up a bottle of this. Love a good DIPA & need something to nurse after my Twins just absorbed a first game beating from the m*ther*** Yankess.

Anyways. Pours reddish, clear, filtered, no bunk on the bottom of the bottle or in the glass. Smells like a solid DIPA, nice waves of citrus, pine, & spring flowers. Also a dangerous amount of sweet malts.

The Cow...too much malts. The sweetness of the malts (& possibly lactose, though I detect little of it) swerve in front of hops & get all tangled up, resulting in a brew that's sweet up front with a nice bitter twang on the donkey's end. But for a DIPA, this is too gentle, too kind, too willing to hand out money to the poor. I expect a DIPA to kick the poverty-stricken. And the rich, too.

The lactose adverised on the label - which I dig, 3F can always turn itself into an art company if the beer thing doesn't work out - is felt more in the mouthfeel, in a creamy, soft, silky kind of way. One bomber split with the wife is good for me.

Pretty good beer, but wouldn't make it anywhere near my list of favorite DIPAs. More hops, less malt. This plays right into the "middle coast" stereotype of a DIPA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a big creamy off white head. Thick foamy rings of lace left on the glass. Head fades to a quarter inch cap.

S - Candied tropical fruits with hints of alcohol. Some pineapple and mango. Also citrus hints. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

T - Strong fruity bitterness wth lots of citrus and tropical notes. A noticeable alcohol burn is present as well. Some pineapple and grapefruit are the most noticeable fruits. Strong backing of caramel malt.

M/D - Medium bodied and somewhat resinous. Surprisingly easy drinking for 10% abv. Very crisp feel.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into Nonic

A: Creamy off-white head with strong lacing, a slightly orange-ish color. this beer is remarkably clear.

S: Orange blossom hops, honey, and the alcohol shows up

T: Sweet is the first word that comes to mind. you get the orange blossom and the honey from the nose coming together. There is a very interesting hint of grape skin, the alcohol is present but does not detract from the experience

M: Very creamy and sweet but the carbonation does a reasonable job of cleaning up the palate. Still, I think i'll be a bit overwhelmed by the end of the bottle.

D: the flavor is awesome, the mouthfeel is a bit overpowering, for the style it is on the mark.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A million hails to kels for this bottle...there is no better gift than a beer from the land of Floyd, Floyd and his other brother Floyd. Thanks Kelley!

Pours out a remarkably hazy rust-orange color...I'd even call it foggy. The head is modest but retains very well, all creamy and fluffy, with a lot of lace left on the glass as the head diminishes and the liquid slowly, repeatedly visits my tongue.

A humongous aroma goes to the place where the lines between candy-like malt sweetness and super-citric hoppiness blur. Orange-y, resiny, cake frosting-y, hard candy-y...I think the confection-like vibe of the nose is pointing to the lactose milk sugar that was used in this beer.

The flavor impression that came to mind upon the first sip was a push-up; you know, the ice cream deal, big with the kids, sold by the ice cream man, etc. I guess that falls under the category of "creamsicle." So, a push-up, but a really intense adult push-up. Big bursts of orange/citrus, both tangy and juicy sweet, with the lactose milk sugar bringing in a milky sweetness (that's easy math to do, but it's definitely here). There's also an unrefined grassy element, especially once into the finish. Really hoppy, quite bitter, and for sure a hophead's nirvana. The alcohol is probably there full-on in the flavor, yet the taste buds can do nothing but cower and submit to the hops. Yet, having said all this, it's got incredible poise. It's totally balanced. I can't rate the flavor highly enough, there's really nothing more one could want from a double IPA in terms of flavor. Except for maybe one more bottle.

Feels about as creamy as I'd expect, although not as thick, round and sticky as others of its type. Curiously buoyant in the mouth, which is a welcome change of pace. And thanks to the astringent grass/citrus rind/resin attack, my tongue's feeling pretty fuzzy just about now...

Enough malt is present to keep Apocalypse Cow from being a 100% tongue-ripper, but it teeters close to that ledge, while the lactose milk sugar addition adds a whole lot of "wild thing" to this beer, which would have been wild enough without it. So, 3 Floyds does it again: 1) great name, 2) great label, 3) utterly superb beer!

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden bronze with a fat and healthy offwhite head that shows solid retention and even better lacing.
Pink grapefruit nose, drizzled with pine tar, and accompanied by caramelized apricots and honey. Lactose is noted throughout in a heavy cream sense of milky sweetness.
The taste follows the nose quite closely. It issues toasted grain, caramelly, honey-laden malts first. Milky cream wells up and adds to the sweetness, then it usurped by the grapefruity, apricoty, pineapple hops. For a moment, its all peaches and cream with some undercurrents of vanilla, and that's where it's at its most enjoyable. It doesn't stay long though, the semi-astringent, minerally, quinine bitterness erases it all at the close.
Pushing towards full bodied with a trickling, tickling carbonation that rejuvenates itself each sip. Alcohol is frighteningly absent.
This is better as it warms, as the rawer hops notes fade partially and the fruitier elements take their place next to the lactose.
It took the better part of the bomber to seduce me, as I didn't peg this for a winner off the bat. It has officially won me over.

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,086 ratings.
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