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 knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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 seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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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 Farnswurth
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint no date

A: very light orange with just a fuzz of haze and a creamy fluffy head

S: a little bit of a copper smell malty pure orange smell

T: sweet, malty, a little citrusy a good deal of booze

M: heavy for an IPA

O: A boozy overly sweet mess of a beer this beer is actually hard to drink the booze is overwhelming

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Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep cloudy orange with lots of carbonation and a long lasting sticky white head.

The smell was slightly lemony and a touch of juniper along with a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a sweet creamy malt body and a decent yet not overpowering dose of citrusy hops and bitterness. Evens out quite well.

The Lactose really shows off here giving it a silky smoothness and creamy body.

This could be dangerously drinkable and is hard to believe its 10percent, as usual very well done by 3 Floyds.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of dataylor21
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of thufflife
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,119 ratings.
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