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

Pours a hazy orange with one finger of off white head. Excellent lacing clinging to the glass. Aroma is initially very fruity and sweet, but seems to dissipate quickly. Taste is initially sweet, moving to citrus and finally piney hops. Medium bodied, well-carbonated, and creamy. Very drinkable and little note of alcohol.

Very well done overall, but a doesn't top Pliny the Elder in my book.

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Photo of mikey711
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kmurray8621 for this one.

A: Golden with a touch of orange frothy head, very good lacing.

S: citrus orange followed by some biscuit malt sweetness.

T: very tangy grapefruit flavors to start with other citrus and a pine note as well. Alot of sweetness comes in the finish.

M: Very creamy and slightly boozy.

D: Enjoyable and a beer I would go back to but one that I am content with enjoy only one in a sitting.

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Photo of daledeee
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting name. Big bottle of big beer. Here we go.

It poured a dark gold orange with a head that wasn't much and went away within the first sip or two.

Nose is citrus and hops with a hint of spice.

Taste is different than their other offerings. Some grapefruit and some malt. This is pretty smooth and balanced but is also pretty sweet and heavy tasting. That is the main issue with the beer, not a big issue. Drinkability is good considering the ABV. The hops and citrus are not as over the top as some other ones I have had.

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Photo of Overlord
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Immediately thought of "The Tick" when I opened this brew. Thanks bitterpachyderm!

Pours a bright resplendent orange gold. Huge off-white head. Really quite fetching.

Smells like overpowering grapefruit and floral notes. And an almost ... sweet nectar like aroma I can't place.

Taste is, whoa, oh so sweet. Wow. Tangy pink grapefruit, sweet tangerine/orange, and ... damn, more sweetness. Mango? Pineapple? Whatever might be sweet, it's in here.

This is the rare DIPA where the bittering grapefruit and a splash of pine balance the sweet malt and fruit base, rather than the other way around. Different. I like it, but not quite as much Dreadnaught. The unending sweetness gets a bit overpowering towards the end of the bottle.

Excellent mouthfeel. 3Floyds knows their s***.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Find it hard to have many complaints about this one, except for it maybe being a touch too sweet. It's a nice dark golden orange color on par with most double ipa's. Smell is hoppy and sweet with some caramel malt and honey present. Wonderfully bitter and smooth with a plush crispness. Sweet malt plays more of a role than I would like, but after awhile becomes pleasent and begins to grow on me. One of the better beers by three floyds, and I think it deserves to be right up there with Dreadnaught in their arsenal.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is a nice deep copper color with a nice finew white head. Leaves stick lacig around the edges. The nose is very citrus and earthy with some nice malt character. The taste at first is sweet with some slight fruitiness then giving way to a bitter earthy hop taste with a nice caramel sweetness. It got and almost syrupy milky consistency from the lactose additives to it. It gives the beer a nice creaminess as opposed to a crisp refreshment flavor. It's a very different take that comes off well. Overall this is a very interesting and tasty beer. If you can get to within range of 3 Floyds give it a whirl for sure.

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

A: pours a beautiful golden orange with a thin white head.

S: smells of heavy citrus. A interesting mixture of peach/apricot/grapefruit mixed with something sweet.

T: Yummy. Pretty bitter but balanced nice with the malts and lactose.

M: Smooth and creamy. A little syrupy with tingly carbonation.

D: Very drinkable given it's 10% abv. Bitter yet smooth.

A very interesting beer. Plenty bitter but still very drinkable. Would for sure buy again and would recommend to any hop lover.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a creamy beige head of foam supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the surface.

S- This big green musty earthy aroma of citrus hops has a sweet juicy aroma followed by a slight rubber band note.

T- There is a soft malty sweetness that is overtaken by a big green earthy hop finish followed by a slight hop bitterness that stains the tongue after each sip. The hops have a grapefruit pith flavor with some watermelon characteristics that grow as the beer warms. As the beer warms the aftertaste grows in pungency and an alcohol flavor comes though.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat in the mouthfeel.

D- Nice IPA with some good depth but wouldn't really think of this as a DIPA. The hops are nice but not huge and the alcohol is pretty hidden. I didn't really notice any qualities of the lactose sugar but it could have been supporting the hops.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden-orange color, reminiscent of honey. A big, fluffy, almond-colored head forms, leaving very nice lacing down the glass.

S- Definately sweet smelling. Citrusy, but not the typical citrus profile found in an IPA. Candied grapefruit rind, oranges, and meyer lemons come through in the nose. Mild alcohol presence with sweet, resiny pine notes in the background.

T- Candied oranges, citron, and grapefruit with a sturdy malt backbone. Caramelized sugar. More pine in the taste than in the nose, but certainly not overwhelming. I didn't get any distinct cream notes from the lactose, but there's definately a big sweetness that works very well with the hops.

M- The head that first formed was softer than any head I've ever noticed on a beer. Medium body, but leaning towards the full-bodied side with a clean, dry finish.

D- Pleasant and extremely well balanced. Not too bitter and not too sweet with a good hop profile.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice amber color with a little less than a finger of head even with a fairly hard pour. Smell is very "bright" (if bright was a scent!), not much in the way of hops really. A bit milky and light. The taste is similar...very sweet hop profile with a milkiness that is distracting. On the full side of medium bodied and fairly sticky, this one is really just not that appealing. I won't be buying this again.

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

this dipa pours a peach orange color with a nice slow dissipating head that settles with some nice sticky lacing..this one smells great the hops pine and grapefruit smells are present along with a sweet malt smell..the taste is is 3f all the way its hits you with hops fills the mouth with grapefruit ,mango spices and trademark 3f malts..its a 3f ale for sure this is an outstanding dipa but a little to sweet from the lactose addition and not as bitter/hoppy as dreadnaught but still outstanding and highly recommended will buy again

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale yellow color, moving towards orange, very nice and clear, with a dense white head. It kind of lingers, leaves a bit of lacing. Very nice, but a little lighter than some of the best. The smell is quite delicious. Pungent hops, leafy, grassy, kind of herbal, a tiny bit of citrus zest thrown in at the end. This one really does not have the tropical fruitiness of dreadnaught. It had plenty of resins though. The malt complexity is a little less than you'd expect from, but I suppose they had to try and get a bit less sweetness if they were going to add lactose in the end. I get some powdery malts, maybe a tiny bit of bread in there. This one is very, very interesting. The hops are nice and floral, a bit resinous, a little piney, again low on the citrus but nice nonetheless. The bitterness isn't over the top, very nice, but maybe it's some of the extra sweetness that helps to balance it well. The added sweetness may not seem immediately detectable, this one is still fairly dry. But the difference is more in the feeling. The malt complexity is very little more than sliced white bread or something, maybe a hint of a yeasty flavor, but the lactose makes this very interesting. At points, when the hops are first bursting and the sweetness first hits your tongue, its like eating floral hop candies, maybe some like sweet grapefruit candies, then the herbal, spicy hops come in, leafy and grassy. It finishes nice and clean, no soapiness or chalkiness. The lactose really helps I think, to hide some of the off things about hops. The body is amazing. I mean, it's not syrupy, but it has the same kind of sweetness that makes the syrupy DIPAs interesting. I found the carbonation to be pleasant, a little tickle on the tongue. And the drinkability was great. I really enjoyed it, which I think is the best measure in the DIPA class, maybe some extra points if I can drink it fast. But I would definitely be interested in trying this again.

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

Large capped bottle poured into a pint glass.
In a very difficult month, finally a nice break, so I had to go for a treat. A new FFF seemed to fit the bill.

Dark golde, light tan head with good retention and some lacing.
Aroma is mostly hops, more floral than herbal or fruity. Caramel has a role in there to pretend there is a balance.
Medium to full bodied, hoppy, fruity with a slight caramel present.
A quite nice DIPA from Three Floyds, but not as good as Dreadnaught, in my opinion. Definitely worthwhile like everything they do, regardless.

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Photo of miketd
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonus from Stfun thanks Josh! Pours a gold/orange with a creamy off white head. Aroma is tons of citrus and pine with some other tropical fruit. Hmm, I was expecting the flavor to be very bitter, but it's very subtle. Smooth and creamy... like a fruit cocktail. Good, but different. Full mouth and easy to drink.

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Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fiery orange color with a damn nice yellowish head that holds amazing retention considering the abv. Thick and pillowy with a thicker lacing of molten bubbles around the glass.

Thick malt and grapefruit, citrus, hints of grassy hops, some earthy esters and more caramel and malty goodness.

Awesome beer with the lactose adding a wonderful mouthfeel to the equation. Thick malts creamy middle, citrus, pineapple, mint, good carbonation, more fruits and malty flavors and very complex. Nice.

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

Thanks jwinship83 for the trade!

A- Great orange glow with a slight copper tint. Two finger white foamy head that quickly fades to a thin layer.

S- A unique creamy citrus aroma, ripe peach. The overall smell is weak.

T- Along with smell..sweet creamy citrus. Great malt balance. Slight hop bitterness in the back. To cirtrusy for my liking. The 10% ABV is very well hidden.

M- Unique, very smooth and excellent coating. Syrupy like character but the body is tricky thin and the palate is not very sticky. Excellent mouthfeel.

D- Easy drinker here.. so smooth and sweet.. great mouthfeel but weak aroma. Interesting brew.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy peach, orange color with a thin off white head that retreats to big, frothy bubbles that form a ring around the glass giving away to sticky lacing.

S - Peach, apricot, citrus and grapefruit with some sweet cream mixed in. Some grass clippings as it warms.

T - Very ripe tropical fruits, mango, peach, grapefruit, papaya, slightly bitter but quickly gives way to sweet caramel, slightly sugary. I am thinking the milk sugar creates a little more lingering sweetness than I normally find in hoppy 3F beers. Alcohol is noticeable.

M - Very creamy, almost a whipped type mouthfeel, slick and mouth coating, slightly sticky with good carbonation. Slight alcohol kick but sweet enough that the dryness doesn't linger too long.

D - The glass had a slight syrupy coating on it after I finished. The lactose milk sugar makes this one interesting but it feels likes a meal in a glass with all the hops, sweetness and slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of jcpaulun
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +8.1%
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 +0.7%
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 -3.8%
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 +5.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.4%
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 -9.1%
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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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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