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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 STEG
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of gibb, thanks man.

Appearance - cloudy orange creamy fluffy looking white head that sticks around quite a while

Smell - Tropical fruit, citrus rind, light pine

Taste - This certainly is interesting, its a sweet slightly creamy DIPA, WTF... The sweetness brings a candied fruit flavor to the party, maybe marmalade as well. Pine is muted moreso than other DIPA's but is still present. There is also a floral character to this as well that kind of adds a candied flower petal taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, chewy and a bit sticky

Drinkability - This is nice to have a bomber of but I cant see sessioning something with these characteristics. I will definitely seek this out again.

Thanks again gibb.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the pint room. Outstanding. Very light color belied a strong flavor. Excellent lacing down the side of the glass. Big fruity citrus flavor. Very crisp. Easy mouthfeel. Exactly what youre looking for in an imperial.

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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 dc55110
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iconoklaztor for the awesome trade.
Poured into a snifter, nice large frothy head that fairly quickly dissipates, leaving a fair amount of lacing. The color is a perfect burnt orange.
The aromas coming from this beer are amazing; citrus, pine, dank weed. Wonderful! I got a nostril full while inhaling too deeply.
The flavors follow the nose. Big citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. A nice piney resin finish. I don't get much if any of the lactose, other than a nice sweet balance to the hops bitterness and bite.
Clean and crisp with just enough lingering residue to remind you of the wonderful elixir that has recently passed through your lips.
If this was available to me it would be a regular purchase. This is up there with some of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, and was pleased to find a couple fresh bottles on the shelf. Not very bitter, almost creamy, maybe a result of the lactose milk sugar. Very drinkable in spite of the ABV. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of snowmaggedon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick, bubbly head with a light amber color.

The nose is sweet; grapefruit comes to mind. Some herbal notes as well.

Tastes creamy, fruity, delicious. The finish is fruity with a sweet pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. They dont try to blow you away with hops, like some IPAs.

I would readily drink this again.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was a June release and the store manager, whom I trust, said it was pretty fresh. It was a very hazy orange color with lots of carb streams. It had a good sized off-white head that settled into a thick collar and film. Good amounts of slow sliding lace with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Grapefruit, pine, mango, pineapple and some floral representing the hop team with good sweet malt and lactose on the malt side. Really liked the hoppy/sweet mix on this one. That's a hard balance to get but it did it. The taste followed the aroma and again had great hoppy/sweet balance. Starts out a bit sweet then the hop kick in and take over and then they drop just a little at the end as the sweet comes back a little. Really good aftertaste. Could be a little less sweet but not bad as is. Full body and chewy with great carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a really good DIPA and another winner from 3F. I still think Dreadnaught is near perfection but this is a good one to get as well. Glad I finally got to try it after seeing the early reviews on it. Highly recommend. Not available here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - if avail near me this would make the regular DIPA rotation for sure. Must try on tap. For now, this will be in the care package shipments that I get from my dad for sure. [R;Y;ship]

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

poured from 22oz bottle into teku.

A - A delightful peach/apricot orange with a bright 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Nice ring around my glass with good lacing.

S - Big floral hops, with orange and ripe pineapple. Some good sweet honey and more floral sweetness continue in the aroma. Some light herbal leafy and earthy scents.

T - Nice citrus and blood orange up front followed by honey and sweet bread. More ripe pineapple honey that finishes into a sharp bitterness. I really enjoy IIPAs that are flavored like this.

M - Smooth and rich for a IIPA. Carbonation is medium and there is a nice slick oily feel with bitterness left on my tongue.

O - This is well balanced with big juicy bitter hops and a wonderful sweetness. Wish I could find this easily in WI as it is well worth it. Reminds me of Toppling Goliath Sosus.

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Photo of bamadog
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 latackbeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing I just reviewed a Great Helles Lager and Jumped to Double IPA but I'm always a Hop Head just need something else one and a while!

3 Floyd's is there one beer that is just awful!?!

Poured into a snifter glass. Big WHITE head fell to a finger left. With great lacing sticking to the side of the glass. TONs of carbonation!! Smells of citrus and caramel base competing. Taste is sweet, a little malt bitterness finishes. Highly drinkable definitely could enjoy a few of these!!

Glad I grabbed this when I did, I almost didn't but a customer of mine almost cleaned me out and I asked him to save some for myself and others!

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Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 MbpBugeye
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another blind sent to me by AleWatcher. He was generous enough to send me a second round of blind beers.

This was reviewed completely blind, not knowing the style or brewery (kinda). The cap wasnt blacked out good enough so I could tell that this was a Three Floyds right off the bat.

A- A pretty hazy orangy copper colored beer with a nice, sticky white head.

S- Very hoppy and citrusy. Its loaded with bright oranges. The beautiful hoppiness doesnt take over totally though. Im getting some malts that resonate. They are a doughy, lighter smell. Still thinking Alpha King.

T- Yeah very citrusy. Its not very bitter, its got tons of sweet oranges, pineapple (actually LOTS and LOTS of pineapple). Those malts peak out just before the finish. The finish is delicious and fruity. So far every hoppy beer that Ive had from Three Floyds has left me foaming at the mouth.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied. Dry but juicy. Tame carbonation.

D- One word. Hyperdrinkable.


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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy burnt orange with a dense off-white head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with plenty of apricot citrus and resinous pine character.

Taste is very balance biscuit malt and orange peel bitterness. The citrus fruit from the nose is more pronounced - apricot, tangerine, and melon stand out. Finishes with earthy, and slightly floral hop and vague lingering yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-full.

Very smooth and flavorful, with excellent citrus notes. Hops are interesting and not at harsh. There is no indication of the high ABV. A winner.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rick for hooking me up (again). Bottle purchased from the brewery and consumed fresh.

Apocalypse Cow is a slightly hazy beer with a light yellow-orange hue. There is an averaged sized white head that fades somewhat quickly, leaving spotty traces of lacing throughout the glass.

The scent is very similar to Dreadnaught, with hops at the forefront. I'm not sure if I could identify lactose in the aroma if this was a blind tasting. However, I can perceive it in the nose, knowing that it's there.

This is really a delicious beer and very well done. Again, I see many similarities to Dreadnaught. Apocalypse Cow has a slightly different feel and is noticeably different in the aftertaste, given the lactic aspect of this beer.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with the high alcohol percentage hidden very well. There is a slightly warming sensation in the finish, but the beer does not come across as too hot.

I plan on drinking this bomber by myself and don't foresee any issues with that. This is another terrific beer by FFF. They truly made a beer that is "not normal" with Apocalypse Cow. With many avant garde beers, the idea is fun and exciting, but the overall taste and drinkability of the beer can suffer. This is a unique beer that tastes great and is a lot of fun to drink. Cheers!

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip a cloudy orange that appears to glow. The head is thinner and tan but produces plenty of lace.

Immense amount of citrus fills the nose. Fresh squeezed orange juice and tangerine. Some pineapple and a floral hop scent similar to lavender.

The hops are plump, juicy and sweet. Loads of tangerine, orange and grapefruit, but not overly bitter. The malt has wheat like characteristics. The lactose is a nice sweet compliment to the hop profile. Minor noticeable alcohol.

Between medium and full bodied, this gem has q velvety smooth feel all the way through. Soft and supple.

Drinks like an IPA. Tough to set the glass down. A top notch DIPA. Highly recommend this even with the higher pricetag.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Mainly orange with yellow tint. Thick, small bubbled, slightly off white head. Good lacing. The body is hazy.

Smell - There is that strong dankness. Vanilla. Caramel. Pine. Pineapple.

Taste - The only difference in the taste is the bitterness and alcohol. A little orange and extra citrus thrown in there too.

Feel - Creamy. Milky. Small burst of carbonation but not too much.

Overall - 4.5s across the board. I need this side by side with Cimmerian to see which is my favorite Floyds DIPA (so far). I really like this beer's balance.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a nice golden amber color. Has a hoppy aroma and you can definitely pick up a sweetness from the milk sugars. This translates directly to the flavor as it has a nice mouth feel of hops that are well balanced with a subtle malty finish. Definitely get the milk sugars but leaves a pleasant after taste. Really enjoyed this

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very milky medium coloring with a fat creamy head. Smell is very potent. Tangy, grassy, grapefruit with a touch of sweetness. The odor is very pleasant. Wowzer! That is the thickest and creamiest mouthfeel I have ever had. Taste is kind of a piney very citrusy and great bitter hoppiness. Much more hoppy bitter than a lot of people are saying. This isn't anywhere near a malt bomb DIPA like Great Lakes Monster was. Hop heads won't be let down. The lactose is slightly present in the nose and on the tongue. But it isn't off putting or overpowering. The mouthfeel is out of this world though! Unlike anything I had before. This is a must try.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Brewing Co. is the bomb.

A: Great looking, dark yellow body with more lacing than you can imagine from a 22oz bottle into a bar glass. Two fingers on the first glass of pure white head.

S: Very smooth hop scent, not overwhelming with bitter notes, just smoother, like a cascade-kind of dry hopping effect might have. Lots of floral which I got just before smelling the hops.

T: Great IPA, very sweet, high recommend fresh. This beer didn't need a single day more of conditioning. Pretty different as far as DIPA's go. I haven't had one that I'd compare this to. This is a great one to include in a tasting for novices, because its very easy to breakdown and the taste is wonderful and sweet.

M: Sticky! This is a ultra heavy lacing sticky beer with a small amount of sediment. Very different but enjoyable!

O: Buy this for any occasion from high gravity tastings to summer day drinking. Kind of expensive, bout $13 plus shipping, but a great surprise! Worth the cash.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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 sleuthdog
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into FFF Teku glass

Appearance: Cow poured a light copper-orange color with two fingers worth of head. Head is fluffy and a great brilliant white color with very tight small bubbles. It settles quickly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Up front there is a definite tropical fruit presence with mango, melon, pineapple, some honey. Not at all resiney in the nose to me and to be honest smells "smooth" to me. It's as if the lactose milk sugar has thrown in a very unique twist here even in the nose.

Taste: Oh WOW I think I just found my favorite DIPA to date! I am getting the orange-tangerine, grapefruit, peach, melon, and mango. Just a ton of citrus and tropical notes but this is followed up by an awesome caramel and honey sweetness in the backbone that smoothes everything and makes this highly drinkable in a dangerous way! Alcohol is so well hidden I can't believe this is 11%.

Mouthfeel: Like I've said a couple times before this is one smooth DIPA and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! Hops are most definitely there but not in an in your face way. Carbonation is moderate and adds a slight prick on the tongue.

Overall: Well what more can I say? Simply amazingly well done FFF! Everything works in this beer and I really can not find anything wrong with it. Just plain stellar!

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A fairly vigorous pour yields a light tan head of one finger which dissipates quickly to form a small circle of foam around the glass. There is light lacing and some small visible bubbles.

S: Smells strongly of tropical fruits. Pineapple and orange blossoms. There is also a notable undertone of grass cuttings and some light malt.

T: Tastes strongly of tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus are key again as they are in the smell. There are also herbal notes from the hops and well as the taste of grass cuttings. As I savor, the bitterness from the herbal notes grows but the fruit flavors don’t fade. It peaks as a fantastically bitter and fruity combination which fades into a relatively short aftertaste which finishes cleanly.

M: Absolutely fantastic. Unlike many other strong IPAs and DIPAs, there is no oily sensation at all. It is clean, smooth and creamy with the perfect level of carbonation.

O: A great offering by FFF. Aside from being a very solid DIPA, the mouthfeel is outstanding. Also, the alcohol is hardly discernable making this brew incredibly drinkable. The lactose milk sugar not only makes the mouthfeel creamy, but it imparts a distinct sweetness to the brew.

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Photo of Jammies
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden amber with two inches of foam. Phenomenal retention.

S- some grassy notes but a little sweet and citrusy

T- incredibly smooth. Terrific balance of hops. Sweet.

M- very smooth definitely hoppy, leaves the mouth dry.

O- Absolutely great beer. 3F rarely disappoints.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with 2 fingers of white foam that fades slowly, leaving tons of sticky lacing everywhere. Wow.

S: Floral, citrusy hops.

T: Floral, citrusy hops. Pine, too. Mild toffee backbone. And cream.

M: Wow. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Bitterness is very nice too.

D: Would drink tons of it if it were more available. I might have to brew my own :)

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,084 ratings.
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