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.

Added by mdm46410 on 11-23-2008

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Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NateMac13
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbrown
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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 hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light amber, with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Very nice.

The taste is just like aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango flavors. A nice combination of sweetness from the malt, and bitterness.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, creamy, smooth, and easy to drink. Another great beer from 3 Floyds. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Slightly hazy burnt-orange with a solid two-fingered head that settles fairly quickly but has a nice steady stream of carbonation
S: Very nice with citrus, roasted malt, a hint of pine and florals
T: Malty, some grapefruit peel, a bit of pine resin and some slightly sweet toffee
M: Medium to full bodied, slightly viscous but not cloying, the alcohol is well hidden
O: FFF has mastered the full-throttled IPA style and this is another good addition to the lineup

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bstyle for this
22 oz bottle, dated 6/27/14, poured into a snifter.

A- A hazy orange/copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, tropical fruits, floral hops, nice sweet malt backbone.

T- Cotrus, tropical fruits, earthy floral hops, piney hops in the finish, some sweet caramel malts, hints of the lactose sugar, nice balance.

M- Smooth, fully body, creamy.

O- Another great beer from 3 Floyds. Very happy I got to try this.

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Photo of SebD
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of pine, citrus, pineapple, sweet caramel, lactose and bubble gum.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrus/pineapple/tropical hop character to it with lots of pine, some spices and a sweet caramel and bready malt balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice creamy overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Not as hoppy as I usually like my DIPA's but still very good considering the different approach.

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Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Hazy medium gold pour with thin white head, great retention. Sugary sweet aroma with alcohol presence. Taste is sugary sweetness with some powerful citrus bitterness. This brew has lots of flavor, drinks almost like a barleywine. Slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of lanciloti
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

pours light copper with a thick white head that slowly disappears. great lacing and great retention.

light sweet citrus hops and sweet malt notes, fairly faint overall. scent compliments the fact this is a sweet DIPA.

sweet citrus orange up front followed by a sweet bitter finish. a slightly floral flavor through out. this beer is crazy sweet and the sweetness really never leaves. the malts and alcohol are fairly hidden.

pretty full body and VERY light carbonation. this is insanely smooth.

although the ABV is high, this is too easy to drink. i honestly just want to chug it but i know that would be a bad idea. this is crazy sweet, like REALLY sweet but that smooths this double IPA out drastically but the hops are still very much there.

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Photo of CSO
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monster looking IPA, tan and almost clear with a godzillian head and great lace.

Smell is super pungent oil hops. Malt bomb on the side, with a generous helping of pine.

Taste is super oily hops, dripping with piney goodness. The citrus is bitter and pretty dry.

Body is heavy and oily, with smooth carbonation and a sweet, slick oily bitter aftertaste.

Overall I like it a lot, and love the bottle and artwork tremendously!

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

Acquired this from Dunt via Support Your Local Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice deep, hazy honey color with a one finger of sudsy khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving spots of ringlet lacing.

S: Nose is of citrus and piney hops with a good deal of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with grapefruit citrus hops mingled with a touch of pineapple. Pineapple lends in to a dominant but not overpowering caramel and toffee malt flavoring. Finish is of light piney, earthy hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy, oily that lingers on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, good kick, good representation of style, this is one to enjoy a few pints of - ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, huge thanks to Vega406 for getting me this. Should be less then a week old from the brewery. Poured into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours a hazy translucent orange golden with about a half-quarter finger of white frothy head that dissipates to leave a thin layer of head. About average carbonation.

S- Smells of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, etc.) hops with a slightly floral profile and some malts in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Grapefruit hops, tangerines, lemons, definitely maltier then your average DIPA, can taste the lactose malts but blends in well with the hop profile. A tiny bit bitter, but not too much. Finishes with a lightly sweet tangerine taste.

M- Medium bodied, abv very well hidden especially at 11%- can still tell it's there a little bit in the taste though, finishes very smooth and well balanced.

O- This was a quality DIPA, however I've been spoiled with very good DIPAs and I don't know if I'd consider this one of the best one's I've had. It was a little bit hot, the abv could have been turned down a little bit, the maltiness dominated the hops a little bit too much in the taste however it was fairly well balanced. I recommend DIPA fans trying this, but I wouldn't put it on my must try list. I just had the Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary last night, they were both very similar (abv, maltiness, etc.) and it's hard to say which one I liked better (maybe the Stone one a little bit more).

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Slightly hazy light copper color with a generous amount of head. The lacing on it is amazing and cascades all the way down to the last drop.

It's fantastically aromatic, loaded with grapefruit and pineapple and floral notes. There's a pleasant sweetness about it.

The taste is aggressively bitter with a sweetness to it like artificial sweetener. Tropical fruit, pine, and floral hops dominate.

The mouthfeel is soft and moderately carbonated. It's very clean.

Another spectacular IPA that's unmistakably Three Floyds.

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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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Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,094 ratings.
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