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 jmich24
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Double IPA brewed with lactose milk sugar?!?!

A: Cloudy orange color, looks a lot like a hefe. One finger head that ever goes away. Sticky lacing.
S: Sweet citrus, lots of pine. A touch of herbal spiciness.
T: Big malt backbone that bodes well with the very hoppy finish. More herbal spicy than citrus for me. A bit disappointing taste wise.
M: Big creamy mouth feel, nice lingering bitterness.
O: Big creamy DIPA. Lots of bitterness. More herbal spicy than citrusy. Huge malt backbone. Overall a little on the heavy/malty side for my liking. Not really sure what the lactose does, body im assuming. No bottle date, but I have to assume it is fairly fresh bought in Indiana.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

An interesting take here on the double IPA...adding lactose milk sugar? We shall see.

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with very little head...though there is some decent carbonation flowing up from the bottom and along the sides of the glass.

The aroma here is fruity, giving hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. There seems to be some good hoppy bitterness in the nose, as well. A bit of caramel comes across, too, giving some nice malty notes in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is very creamy...milky, for sure. By milky I mean that there are some sweet notes along the top of this ale, and the feel on the tongue is actually creamy.

There are lots of floral and citrus notes in the flavor, balanced by a sugary sweet caramel in the middle. It's a malty IPA, with some of Three Floyds signature hoppiness in the balance. Also in there are some notes of cinnamon, clove, sage, and pepper.

Overall, this is a good beer...and interesting take on the imperial IPA that seems to be running rampant...adding lactose sugar is something I've only seen in stouts...so this is unique, and it adds some depth and complexity to the beer.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I feel like this was a below Three-Floyds effort for Three-Floyds. To be fair, they make some of my favorite beers so this was still quality brew. Maybe it was the lactose involved which turned me off. It was too sweet or didn't have enough hops bite for me, not quite sure. I would drink it again, just wouldn't rush back to it.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Nearly opaque hazy yellow-orange with tall off-white head that settles to one finger of foam. Bubbles rise throughout the drink. Aromas of pineapple, citrus rind, floral hops, and cotton candy. Flavors follow with orange and sugar forward then finishing with a dry, full-bodied, boozy, hop bitterness.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22oz Bottle, No bottle on date.
Received in a trade, thank you jampics2.

A: Burnt orange, lots of cascading bubbles. Tight, slightly off white head.
S: Slightly yeasty, sweet a little bit of citrus. Very muted smell on this one.
T: Malty sweetness up front finished off with some pine resin. Not what I would consider a juicy DIPA. The alcohol was completely hidden.
M: The carbonation helps to coat your mouth in bitter, sticky, resinous glory. Full bodied that finished very dry.
O: My first thought was this tasted like a bigger, fuller version of Bell's Two Hearted. I had this at slightly below cellar temp. Next time I'll start it off a bit colder and see where the flavors go from there as it warms.

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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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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in Michigan last week with my brother-in-law.
Appearance - Pours into a pint glass with a hazy straw color. Over two fingers of white fluffy head are achieved that slowly dissipates leaving decent looking lacing on the glass.

Smell - Citrus (unripe grapefruit), floral hops, malt and caramel.

Taste - Similar to the nose but with a heavier malt/caramel backbone than expected. My brother-in-law and I had this right after Dreadnaught and the difference was remarkable. To be honest, I was somewhat underwhelmed with this beer when having it side by side with Dreadnaught. In my opinion they were two very different beers, despite being the same style. Beer finishes with a cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - For such a high ABV, yes it is drinkable. For me personally, I did not like it. Instead of getting two Dreadnaughts I picked this up instead. I will not in the future. Dreadnaught is just so damn good and while I didn't expect this beer to be exactly the same, I didn't expect it to be so different. As I say with many beers, glad I was able to try it but I will not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of TJBurgess
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


22oz into perfect pint.

A: almost like watered down orange juice in a glass. The 2 inch aggressively poured head maintains a half inch for quite some time.

S: Nice citrus orange with a little hoppiness. Not overwhelming, but more subtle and understated than expected.

T: Wow. Didn't see that malt rush out to punch so hard! The strong bitterness is there, but lacks balance from hops. The malts are very caramely and overly dominant.

M/D: The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. There is just something so thick that is atypical that I just can't get past. Once again, 3F changes the way we look at styles, but this is a near miss for me.


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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber golden color with little bit of white head.

s - Smells of citrus and floral hops, as well as fruity malts.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrus in the smell, would try again.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy amber colored orange. Nice 1 finger head that forms a nice collar around the side of the glass as it settles. Very citrus hop forward aroma with a sweet malt touch, slight grassy smell as well. The taste is pretty sweet up front and then bitter citrus, sort of like if you ate an orange and got some rind with it. Bitter ending. Very malty backbone. Medium mouthfeel. I realize double IPA's are a touch sweeter than normal, but this one goes just a little too far in my opinion, might be the lactose that is throwing me off. Not bad by any means but just a little too sweet IMO.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my Rochefort glass...Pours dark peach with an off white head, ok retention, great thick lacing...Super sweet from start to finish in taste and aroma on this. Sweet citrus, super malty caramel, tons of caramel on the back...Taste is resin but muted by a chalkyness, maybe that's the lactose sugar. interesting feel, a little tough to drink.

nothing good or bad, just not very exciting or easy to drink.

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Photo of Brackh
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow (watch for the sediment). Has a floral smell. Taste is a bit odd. Almost like hops and malt are fighting it out. Mouthfeel is a bit waxy. Not a bad beer. Just odd.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of grassy hops, sweet citrus, bitter orange rind, and tropical fruits. Flavor initially of sweet hop resin, citrus, and light fruits. Rather sweet from the lactose and definitely very smooth in the palate. I quite liked the addition of lactose actually. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12/7...pours cloudy bronze, light to bottom, darker on top. Thick head of white foam. Oily grassy pine nose. Floral. Intense citrus bitter. Sharp tart from midpoint to close. Creamy smoothness. Bright and bitter. Not for the faint of heart, quite a bold finish. Unique.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times, but I always seem to miss out on fresh bottles. Not this time! Picked up at Three Floyds almost immediately after it was bottled. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that slowly recede to a thin cap, leaving behind creamy glass-coating lace. Body is a largely transparent dark golden color, with only faint haziness to it.

S - Massive tropical fruit hop aromas mingle with lactose sugar. A light dash of pine, faint brown sugar, and hint of alcohol round things out. Doesn't pop quite like Dreadnaught does, but otherwise it's quite pleasant.

T - The flavor doesn't entirely work for me - the lactose and citrus hops clash in a sort of milk and orange juice kind of way, instead of forming a Voltron-esque creamsicle. Not to say this is totally unsuccessful, as each flavor component is quite nice on its own. Bitterness is moderate and there isn't any alcohol to taste.

M - Body is medium-full, smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation zest. Finish is stickier than most DIPAs - I'm guessing it's due to the adding sugar?

D - Not a bad beer, but I largely prefer Dreadnaught and would even take Arctic Panzer Wolf over this one. A bomber would be to much for me, so I recommend you have someone else on hand to share with. Still, the alcohol is reasonably well-hidden and the bitterness is largely kept in check.

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Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11% ABV
100 IBUs
"...intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body which has been augmented with lactose milk sugar." 22 oz. bomber, sent by lurchingbeast, poured into a New Belgium globe. I am positive about its freshness given that it's a June release. Thanks Frank!

Falls in a hay golden stream and looks a beautiful hue of orange in the glass. A magnificent alabaster head with creamy texture. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is fruity, floral, and slightly leafy green too - but dominantly floral. Enough sweetness to tell that this will be a sweeter beer, and a hint of spicy (onion-garlic) hops.

As expected from the aroma, very sweet tasting but in a lush and fruity manner, rather than cloyingly so. Still, a harsher and more biting taste profile wouldn't have hurt! Although there's enough bitterness, the sweetness is definitely up there with barleywines. Body, carbonation, finish... everything is medium. You could call it balanced but I would like a crisper and drier beer with the sweetness dialed a few notches down. Otherwise, the hop profile is very delicious.

Edit: Good as it is, it's hard to justify the almost $12/bomber price (inclusive of tax)

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Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bought at Westlake Liquors in Chicago.

A-- Poured a hazy orange yellow color. Much lighter than dreadnaught. A few carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Good half a finger of bright white head. Retains it's shape very well. No lacing on sides of the glass but good looking on swirling.

S-- Pineapple, fresh cut grass and bubble gum. Far more tropical fruit driven than dreadnaught. Slightly sweet smelling.

T-- Orange, pineapple, and bubble gum. Much more candied tastes in the mouth. Very smooth and low bitterness.

M-- Creamy and silky smooth. Get bitter grapefruit and orange peel in the back of the mouth. Good long lasting bitterness that is mostly orange and grapefruit.

O-- Well hidden alcohol and very smooth due to the lactose added to this. Bitterness is much more in the back than in the front. Not nearly as good as dreadnaught is but good in its own way.

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Photo of BigMike
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typical DIPA color. Light orange. Very hazy with an off white 1/2 fingers worth of head.

S: Lot's of tropical fruit. Some orange citrus and ton's of pine and pineapple. Some light roasted caramel and alcohol.

T: Juicy tropical fruits on the fruit on the tongue. Verynice until the astringentancy comes in on the back part of the tongue. Very piney with a rubbing alcohol quality.

M: Definitely smooth as hell. The added lactose seems to have really mellowed things out making this a real soft of the pallet.

Overall: Not bad. Using lactose is a different idea for sure. Flavors are a little harsh on the finish but overall a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold/amber color. Nice head retention, good lacing.

S: Smells very sweet for an IIPA. There are hops, but a definite sweet smell is also present.

T: Tastes like it smells. Malt backbone, sweet (lactose), then hops on the finish. Sweetness holds as aftertaste.

M: Very creamy and nice.

D: At the end of 22 oz, I was wishing for less sweetness.

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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 Zoomslowik
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Opaque amber color. Decent pillowy head with a lot of lacing.

S- A little pineapple, though it's not that strong.

T- A lot maltier than I expected. Fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness.

F- Medium, fairly heavy for an IPA. Dry finish.

O- I wanted to like this beer given the awesome name. It's just alright though. A bit too sweet, and not nearly as hoppy as I would expect given the IBU's.

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

I should probably do a better job of keeping up-to-date on my reviews. Celebrated accepting a job offer by opening a fresh bomber of Apoc-Cow over a month ago, on June 28th. Used my C&B tulip.

The one-eyed cow from hell pours a semi-clear golden. Nice finger-and-a-half's worth of white foamy head, with lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom and good legs/lacing. Also, do take notice that this is the best fucking artwork I've ever seen on a bottle.

Similar to an actual cow, this beast has quite a nose. Contrary to an actual cow, that nose doesn't consist of barley n' shit (literally). Rather, I'm getting strong pine and citrus up front with sugar and sweet malt playing backup. It's not complex but it is robust. The taste offers more depth. Front of the tongue is banana and lemon among citrus varieties. Middle highlights the lactic addition along with sugar and spices. Backend brings in DIPA elements of pine and a little floral that end in a bitter finish.

This is a creamy cow. Her utters must be productive. The body is heavier than your run of the mill DIPA and drinks very smoothly. Carbonation is appropriate. Really no abv heat, hard to imagine that I'd have guessed this brew ran more than 6-7%.

It's not as delectable as Dreadnaught, but I like it quite a bit and wish I'd have had the chance to try it on tap in Munster.

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Photo of bkrueger
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way. This was my first experience with any Three Floyds, but probably not the last.

Served from a bomber into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

First off the art work on this beer is very colorful and attention grabbing and awesome and the logo of the brewery is also unique.

This bottle states that this IPA has been augmented with lactose milk sugar which is a different take on the traditional IPA.

Appearance - This pours a rich golden orange with a one finger head of creamy off white foam that sticks around in the glass for many minutes before slowly starting to fade.

Smell - The smell is very complex showing the many different aspects that this beer possesses. Sweet malt and crisp hops interchange, while many floral crisp characters also show through. The malts are very apparent and edge out the other characteristics in the glass.

Taste - Rich and chewy malts, velvet creaminess, and citrus grapefruit all assault the tongue for the first few sips. There is ample carbonation to bring all of the complexity of the smells into the reality of the taste.

Mouthfeel - After a few sips more malts come through with caramel chewiness. The hops are here but are less pronounced and don't scorch the tongue, mellowing out with each sip. The high alcohol doesn't really come through and is very well hidden.

Overall - This beer is interesting for integrating lactose milk sugar into the fold and is evaluated differently from the normal IPAs I usually find myself drinking. The complexity of the smells don't quite find the same level of complexity in the taste where extremely creamy, milky, and malty flavors dominate. This beer doesn't have the normal pine crispness I am used to and has a mellow malty feel on the tongue that brings a new perspective on what IPAs can taste like. I'm glad to have the opportunity to try this but I probably wouldn't seek it out again with all of the IPAs out there I haven't tried.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber with a blurred date stamp, but it was bottled June 28.

It is cloudy orange gold with a frothy dark cream colored head. It disappeared quick, but leaves a nice film on top.

Smells fruity with some orange/tangerine, fermented pineapple, and maybe some peach. Really sweet and malty.

It tastes very sweet throughout. Probably a bit too much. Lots of sugar. There is mandarin oranges with a little rind, apricot, pineapple, bitter pine, and a bunch of floral hops that I didn't really notice in the aroma. Also, I swear there is a little banana.

The body has a very silky/velvet like feel. The advertised lactose sugar wasn't hidden in the flavor for me, but if you didn't notice it there, you will here. It feels like a milk stout. It finishes with a bit of spicy hop kick.

A very unique beer. While it is very good and I am glad I bought it, I doubt I would buy another one at $12

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,092 ratings.
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