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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2,096
Reviews:
486
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My best man and his wife stopped at Three Floyds on their way from Chicago the day before our wedding and brought us a bottle of this.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice white head. The smell reveals the style, with plenty of citrus and floral hops coming through. The lactose sugar definitely comes through in taste, and is an interesting complement to the hop bill. Not my favorite DIPA in terms of taste, but certainly quite interesting. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation, and drinkability is good, although somewhat hampered by the strangeness of the lactose.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one of the 3F beers I've been waiting to try for a while, and I finally got the chance thanks to Solomon420.

A: Pours a lighter 1/2 finger pasty white head in my oversized snifter over a hazy tangerine orange color.

N: I could smell the hops on the pour, just the way I like it. Lots of fresh citrus, some musty hop oil resin, earthy chewy hops, a little pine and nectarine, and even some spicy hops. The hops do have a slight aged aroma, but I can't find a date on it. Underneath that is quite a bit if a malty base, with some sweet malts, chewy malts, and that strong DIPA heavy pale malt base.

T: Starts somewhat sweet and candy bar like. The hops are there again with more citrus, a little pine, a little earthy and spicy hops, but mostly that slight nougat aged hop taste. The bitterness is not what I expected either, which is there but not super heavy. The malts are def there too with more thick sweet pale malts and chewy malts. A touch of warming booze and tingly feel with that.

M: Medium to heavier body with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes a little more bitter with more bitterness hammering down now. It gets accentuated thanks to some dryness coming forth, but there is still some residual sweetness. More tangerine and citrus hops with some spicy hop flavors as well lingering. A little piny residual hop flavors lingering too. A very slight hint of warming booze, but with the hops and sweetness it hides the booze very well.

It's an interesting DIPA, but def tastes like it has some age on it and I would love to try it fresh. From all the awesome beers I've had from 3F I can only imagine this one is a lot better fresh too, so I'll have to revisit it if I can get it fresh again. If only they shipped to MA... PLEASE 3F SHIP TO MA!!!!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't get the world's response to Three Floyds beers. The ones everyone loves often leave me cold and the ones I like are often considered lesser. Take this beer for example. Yeah, it looks beautiful, decent lacing, and the smell conveys sweet citrus and some honey tones.The flavor delivers on that, some bitterness on the backend but mostly citrus and sweet malts. Unlike many Three Floyds IIPAs, though, there is no alcohol at all. Insanely smooth. And the creamy mouthfeel is bonkers, fully cappacino like.

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear tangerine/amber (actually more like a rose color), with a stiff finger of eggshell white colored head. Really frothy look to the retention, which just coats the sides of the glassware with a TON of rich and creamy lacing. The aroma is very floral and piney, along with grains and sugary smelling lactic notes, which mix with some hugely robust tropical citrus character to impart quite the big, yet silky, sweet tang in the nose.

The taste is full-on hops, with a nice biting bitterness to the flavor, that is chock full of spice and sticky resins. This is well balanced though, by an equally big backbone of sugared milky sweetness and lush citrus. Malts aren't absent either, with a secondary (yet still prominent) presence, which lends the sweetness a grainy texture to it. The finish is sticky at first, before settling into a steady spicy bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big bubbly creaminess to the carbonation. A much sleeker feel rides underneath, which is where a lot of the heavier sweet qualities of this sits. Pretty well hidden 10% ABV on this as well, with the full flavors of this really doing a nice job of masking the alcohol, especially as this warmed.

I really enjoyed this a bit more than I initially though that I was going to. The lactose sugar element took a bit getting used to at first, but once this hit room temp, and the hops and alcohol came out to play, it actually ended up really being needed for balance and to help cover the warmth up. Really interesting "extreme beer" offering from FFF that, for the most part, I think they really pulled off nicely.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one, been wanting to try this one for a while now. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a murky orange/amber color with a thin white head covering the top. The head clung to the sides of the glass where it left very good lacing.

Aroma is floral with a good amount of lemon zest, grapefruit and pine to it. It also has a sweet, malty background with a little caramel and sugar coming through.

The taste is on the sweeter side with some caramel malt coming through along with a sugary sweet finish. It's also moderately hoppy with some citrus and pine flavors, but it isn't very bitter as all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, I usually enjoy sweet IPA's and this one was no exception. I could see the sweetness to it being a turn off for some people on drinkability though.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tangerine peel orange with lemon peel edges. The creamy crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru. Despite very few visible bubbles, the foam hangs on forever, festooning the glass with lovely looking lace when it eventually begins to slouch.

The nose is an American C-hop extravaganza, Three Floyds-style! It looks like the brewery is keeping the specifics of the hop bill under wraps (as usual), but Centennial almost has to be present. There's a boatload of bright grapefruit peel, an assist from sweet orange, and a smidgen of spruce. No malt is appreciated.

Apocalypse Cow is no Dreadnaught killer (a very short list, by the way), but it's a damn fine DIPA that will satisfy even the most discriminating hophead. Floyd, Floyd and Floyd claim a whopping 100 IBUs and I'm not about to contradict them after having my tongue mauled by the first few mouthfuls. This stuff is hopped to the hilt.

First of all, malt flavor stays the hell out of the way. The beer's color would suggest that something slightly toasted is present... which ends up being barely noted on the palate. The amount of malt is generous, which is noted in an underlying sugary sweetness and a fairly sizable body.

The focus is clearly on the hops... which are intensely floral, as well as being considerably citrusy. Thanks to a withering blast of bitterness, the tanginess of the lactose (milk sugar) doesn't add much. To be fair, it doesn't subtract much either. In the end, it's an odd design choice that smacks of gimmickry. So what, we got an awesome name and a very cool label out of it.

There's no trace of alcohol. On second thought, a hint of hotness is present on the tail end of the finish. No matter, it should be completely gone in another month. The mouthfeel is American big beer big. It still has a certain grace and a suppleness that most double-digit ABV ales lack. Outstanding job here as well. Thanks to wadsey for the bottle.

If you love hops and Three Floyds as much as I do, then do whatever it takes to secure a bottle of Apocalypse Cow. Milk sugar notwithstanding, Apocalypse Rottweiler would be a more appropriate name, because this beast has bite. Highly recommended.

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

Thanks to James for this bottle, been wanting to try it for a while.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head on top. Extremely thick and foamy with great retention and thick lacing.

S: The pine hits right away with lots of orange and orange peel, some grapefruit, and other citrus. A good bit of biscuity malt and some caramelized malt, overall on the sugary side.

T: Very sweet. Lots of pine and citrus, again with orange and orange peel being the dominate citrus flavors. Very sugary, but smooth. There is a sizable malt component, with some caramel and biscuit. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation level. Slightly dry and bitter finish, but overall on the sweet side.

O: Another solid beer from FFF. A little on the sweet side and not as good as Dreadnaught, but still a very nice DIPA.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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 millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Jeff.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: A lot of sweet citrus aroma to this, mostly oranges and tangerine. A touch of pineapple, some grapefruit, too. Sweet malt and toffee aroma, maybe a bit of sugar and pine.

T: The flavor is definitely on the sweet side, too. Lots of sweet citrus and malt. There is a nice citrus component to it, but there is a bit too much sweet malt/sugar flavor. A moderate bitterness and pine, but it's still too sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While it has Some nice citrus notes, this was just way too sweet.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Michael Shea's shaker pint glass.

We cracked this guy open as part of DocumentaryFest. It pours a hazy auburn orange topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, caramel, and a light hint of pearl onions. The taste follows this usual DIPA arrangement, though the onion is thankfully absent. (There is a possibility that I simply had Gubna on the brain while sniffing this, but the jury has been out for some time. They are presumed dead.) The hops are neither overt nor subtle, making for a pleasant drink. The body is a nice medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a stickily smooth feel. Overall, a very nice DIPA, one that thankfully does not o'erwhelm with the hops. A good drinker.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,096 ratings.
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