Apocalypse Cow | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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.

Added by mdm46410 on 11-23-2008

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486
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2,093
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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628
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327
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Photo of tavernjef
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very hazen golden peach, nearly opaque in body. Large whitish foam laps to the top quickly fading to a thick skim and lots of thin lacing spread across the galss in lengthy torn sheeting.

Aroma is fuzzy and dulled of all sorts of citrusy tropical things, peach, mango, orange, but a white grapefruit seems to make the most of its pop in the smell. Slightly sugary with a wonder bready backing, but that's not much as the hops really grab the nose and grab it well.

Well Mooo me over, this is quite tasty and heavy with hops, and malt body too. A near apocalypse of hops sweeps in and destroys the shores of the palate but a huge malt body steadys the flow to a managable girth and bitterness and balanced flavor. Tasting yummy with dulled peachyness is fuzzed in with smaller waves of citrusy notes to some blood orange and a spritz of lemon nearer the end to pepper it up. The malt is there but not so much is any flavors really. Other then a very noticeable balanced in portion of sugary breadyness that makes a bold hold and toned backing; soothing out those hops, but allowing a nice firm grip of the tropical hops to do their thing. Nicey nice.

Body is quite big, and more so impressive is the balance in tone and flavors that doesn't get to whacked out on hops or malt or any noticeable warmth. 11%? Where is it? There's an insane amount of hops to it, no doubt, but they are well in control within its massive malt body. The texture is unique as well, fuzzy, zippy, tangy, and eventually the warming settles in.
The warmth gets in late and makes you slow down and enjoy it even more as you get thru the bomber. Mooof-da, Wow! Holy cow, what a super solid Dbl IPA! No surprise really from 3F. Yum!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this as part of my first trade. This is the first beer I have ever had from Three Floyds so I'm pretty excited. 22 oz bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright orange color. I wouldn't call this hazy but not much light is making it through this glass. Not much of a head overall. Leaves a nice white lacing.

Aroma: Big fruity hop notes throughout. Pineapple, grapefruit and even some pine. Nice sweetness from the hops. Some caramel from the malt backing, but not a ton.

Taste: Big fruity and sweet hops upfront. The aforementioned pineapple and grapefriut as well as some nice floral, herbal notes make up an impressive hop flavor. Some nice caramel in the background too. The finish is a bit soapy and the beer loses a lot of points here for me. I am not a fan of this aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied, but with a dry, puckering finish. Some carbonation, but not really that crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV really is masked well. Other than the finish, I find this to be way easy to drink.

Overall, a really nice DIPA with some really nice, sweet hop notes but it suffers from an underwhleming aftertaste. The hop profile is really top notch and I can see this being a love it or hate it beer and count me among those who really enjoy it.

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Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks of bauermj for the trade. 22oz bomber into a Hopus glass pours a slightly murky orange with a nice frothy khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops with a bit of sweet malts present as well. The taste is a very interesting balance of citrus and pine hops dancing nicely with sweet malts and an intriguing touch of lactose that adds an interesting vanilla flavor to the mix, this one is pretty compex! The taste gives way to a nice bitter citrus hop finish. The beer is medium bodied with its 11% abv quite well hidden. This is certainly a one-of-a-kind beer, I have wanted to try this one for a while, and it certainly does not disappoint.

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

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to HosP for this one!

A: Pours a rich honey-amber with a thick cream colored head that quickly faded into a thin collar around the glass that laid down very nice thick lace.
S: Big citrus and pine hop aroma with notes of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and pine. There is a touch of candied sweetness mixed in with some faint caramel malt as well.
T: Taste is all hops with a touch of creamy sweetness. Grapefruit and tangerine dominate with floral and pine notes intermingling. The only way you can tell this beer is brewed with some extra ingredient (lactose sugar) is by the sweet creamy finish. It reminds me of the sweetness condensed milk has. It's not all that obvious, but it adds a nice finish to the brew.
M: Substantial near-full body with a honey like slick mouthfeel and soft nonintrusive carbonation. For a beer that's 11% ABV there is not a trace of alcohol warmth or flavor.
D: One of the better DIPAs out there, but not the best. If no one told me this was brewed with sugar I wouldn't be able to tell there was anything special going on, and even knowing there is lactose in this as I drink it really doesn't bring anything special to the table. Still a top-notch beer.

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Photo of nova009
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a dark cloudy orange, nice one finger white head appears and slowly dissipates, very nice lacing

S- great smell, bitter citrus particularly grapefruit, hops, some sweet caramel like notes are also present

T- fantastic balance of flavors, piney hops mixed with citrus, a nice smooth sweet caramel flavor is intertwined, nothing is overly powerful

M- medium body, smooth and super creamy, perfect balance of carbonation

D- this was a great sipper, for the ABV it was pretty easy to drink, this was a fantastic DIPA, it got better with every sip

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

Pours out a very cloudy burnt amber yellow with 1/2 finger of white small suds that quickly dissapate. As far as lacing,this one has legs.
Smell is mango and grapefruit but no alcohol? hmm
Taste is sweet and bitter then a grapefruit rind finish followed by the alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a high abv.
Drinkability is good because this tastes like you need another drink to soothe the alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

I just wish this had a little more complexity in the flavor dept.

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Photo of plinythethirsty
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lacing head. Fruity (citrus) aroma.
To my palate, the taste doesn't deviate vastly from Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Lots of hops. Very fruity. Mango and pineapple. Some pine. A hint of peach.
It seemed "creamier" than a Dreadnaught, but maybe my judgment's been compromised by reading the label.
I doubt American IPA fans will be disappointed. (But, if you like it too much, it could get you into trouble at its abv.)

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

A: cloudy orange with a 2 finger head that dissipates to pretty much nothing with some decent laciing

S: smells great. killer citrus in the nose and just that lovely hops smell that is expected in a double IPA. has a good sweet smell in there too

T: A little bit more of a pine hop comes through along with the citrus notes. The body is real nice and creamy and different. the hops dont attack my tongue like usual and it allows for some easier drinking but still get that huge flavor somehow

M: Nice and creamy on the mouth. Carb is pretty much perfect the the style.

D: 11% is awesome for the drinkability. I would not of guessed that by the way its going down so easily.Like i said before the lactose is kind of getting a coating on my mouth so the hops arent affecting my speed of drink.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a very light-for-the-style color somewhere between straw yellow and lemon peel. There was a finger or so of white foam with no real lacing to speak of. Pretty 'meh' looking.

Interesting stuff coming out of the aroma. The hops dominate, of course. Pine and orange peel mostly. Some floral smells are in abundance. I feel like the aromas are muted, that this beer is past its prime, but the hops are still plenty strong. Some bready malt in informed by the unique cream cheese/buttermilk thing going on as a result of the lactose. It is strange but sort of works.

The taste of Apocalypse Cow takes the strangeness of the aroma and amplifies it. There is an initial floral & pine bite from the hops but it quickly cedes to sweetness. Bizarre, creamy, candy sweetness. The finish has some fresh flowers that linger but also a lot of residual sweet dairy flavor. Crazy stuff, this. I'm scoring it a 4.0 because of how fun it is.

The mouthfeel has a certain creaminess to it, as you'd expect from what is essentially a milk/sweet IIPA. If you've read my reviews then you know that I dislike thick bodies in my hoppy beers, and Apocalypse Cow suffers from that same problem for me. It is mitigated however by the fact that the beer's unique flavors wouldn't be as fully realized without such a large body. Drinkability has to be average for the style. The only thing compelling you to drink more is the novelty of it all.

This is a very innovative offering from Three Floyds. It is absolutely worth a try; it is a fun, original beer that the brewery should be commended for making. I actually like this a lot more than my scoring would indicate.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle shared with JP and the wife

Pours like pulp free unfiltered orange juice with a sparse collar like some sad mongrel yearning for a happy home. I'm officially depressed.

Sniffs like funky, milky, grainy, hopped up oj

Bizarre Floydsosity here. Mild citric quality, half and half, smooth, somewhat boozy. Flavor lingers on the palette long after each sip. Uniquely enjoyable and alternately nearly sweetly cloying, walks the line like Mr. Cash himself.

Sleek, chewy, slightly syrupy. Drinks better than 11 %, but that doesn't always translate into wanting to do so.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a thin white head.

S - Floral, citrusy (lemon & oranges) hops with a sweet malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and canned mandarin oranges with some sweet toffee malts. Bit of bitterness in the finish, but nothing unpleasant. Nice and juicy!

M - Very smooth and creamy with a medium+ body. Carbonation is soft and prickly.

D - A very good DIPA, as expected from 3 Floyds. Not quite as amazing as Dreadnaught, but a smooth and juicy brew nonetheless, I could sip on this all day.

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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 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 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 steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Iowa. Split with my beer bud. 22oz bottle...

A: Interesting golden, murky, reddish honey color with a small off-white head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Super citrus earthy hop with some sugary oranges. Some bitter lemon peel in the middle with Some grapefruit on the backend. Not getting much of the milky scent. Good.

T: Citrus grapefruit hops unfront followed by creamy orange and some sweet fruit on the backend. I get some booziness on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body that leaves some nice citrus liquor flavors on the palate. Very good.

D: This brew drinks surprisingly easy despite the ABV. Once you get past the unique flavors it goes down good.

All in all, this is a solid brew that I'm glad I got to try. If you like IPA's, then definitely hunt this brew down and give it a try if you want to try an interesting take on the IPA. I recommend this brew.

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

I have to thanks my friend Matt for a sharing a bottle he brought back from Munster. It was certainly an interesting DIPA. The lactose made the beer come off with an aged malt character - smooth bready caramel with a hint of toffee. The hops, however, were fresh as ever with a big fruity and floral bouquet that ended with a little rind and spice. Certainly worth checking out if you're into the style and/or love hoppy barleywines, it has a bit of the same feel.

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

Fresh bottle from Three Floyds shared by the other Matt. Very cool, thanks Matt.

First thing is first, this beer has just about the best label art of any beer I've ever seen. Beer served in a tulip glass. Beer is amber to yellow and hazy. Small bubbles forms a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass but the overall carbonation levels of the beer are moderate to low.

The aroma of the this beer leads off with the hops and finishes with the malt backbone. That's the correct aroma. Its mostly piny and earthy hops with a hint of sulfur. There is some sweetness, almost sugary but I suspect I'm just smelling the malt.

Beer is big bodied but not heavy interestingly. Its a good DIPA. Moderate malty back bone to prop up the body. Strong earthiness and creamy mouthfeel. Some sulfur in the body which is a danger with certain hops but its not too distracting. Bitterness is growing and nice. Its not distracting. Beer is a little spicy with the hops as well. The carbonation in the palate doesn't really thin it out more but it brings the hop flavors forward. Its a good IPA. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased a few miles from the brewery, I can find no dating on the bottle. Pours fully clouded medium apricot, under a long lasting and tightly knit head, sheeting, quality lace, you get the idea. Super fruity nose, with melon, mangoes shining through. Better then well hopped brew, citrus, resin, its all in there. Nice to have the opportunity to try more new and fresh high quality brew from FFF. highly recommended

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

I'll be opening a bomber that was released in June 2009. I purchased the bottle in April 2010 from a store where it was kept between 38 and 45 degrees. I have no record of how it was kept prior to its delivery to the store. I've kept it between 45 and 50 degrees since April '10. I'm calling this a "1 year cellared brew*"...(with an asterics). Let's see what its got.

A - Thick and fluid pour of a nice hazy orange and a head of slightly off-white. The head is sticky and cligs with all its might to the glass leaving a whispy lacing and ahumucky top.

S - The aroma of peach and mango fills the air even with the pour a good two feet away from me. This is a very impressive scent from a distance! When held close there is a very slight pine and a robust citrus hop.

T - Well, this is a most unique DIPA. The alcohol flavor is certainly present and accented by sweet, sugary malt. This is a livewire of flavor. I would say the year has likely taken the hops and toned them down considerably allowing the maltiness to shine through. My guess is that another year or two cellared would have allowed for the sweetness to subside a bit as the hops did.

M - Soft, and thick, and actually rather velvety. There is no abbrassive action anywhere throughout each pull. It goes down well and sits well in the finish.

~ I was a bit skeptical on cellaring this as most IPAs don't turn out that great in the cellar. They seem to lose alot of the hop quality. In this case, while the hops are not in any way overwhelming I would say the cellar was not a bad place for it. This is a lovely brew and I wish I had another one stowed away so I could test it on the two year plan.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulips.

Really underwhelmed by this one compared to my experience with Dreadnaught. Not sure if it was the 'lacto sugars' or what, but this was too sweet with a thick, sticky, frothy mouthfeel that really turned me off. Some citrus and herbal tones, but not much complexity or drinkability.

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

Thanks to Kels for splitting the bottle.

22oz. Brown bomber poured into a pint.

A: Poured a very hazy orangish rust. Good head on the pour with some retention and lots of lacing.

S: Some citrus and lots of fruit. Strong pineapple aroma. Some sweet malts that aren't thick or chewy.

T/M: Decent bitterness, very clean and not harsh at all. More citrus and still lots of great fruitiness. Pineapple. Pleasant sweetness. Body is medium or so with nice carbonation.

D: Drinks very easy.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paradiso in Dupont last night.

Pouring a hazy orange/mango in color, this beer has a nice off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is quite good. While sweeter than I like my IPAs, this is still good with plenty of tropical fruit with mango in particular, with some citrus (orange) and a definite malt character, this is solid. The lactose is an interesting accent here. The palate opens with a juicy hop character with tropical fruit, citrus and a moderate malt sweetness. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has some sweetness on the finish with the lactose character being noticeable. Hop character is moderate and mostly flavor with low bitterness. Solid stuff, I enjoyed my 12oz glass, but wouldn't drink too much

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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,093 ratings.
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