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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Ratings: 2,124 |  Reviews: 492
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor had a friday night hot dawg fest and a buddie brought a bottle. I was very excited to try this brew. It poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellowish gold color with a foamy looking head on top that leave to scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is floral, sweet and hoppy. The taste is clean and refreshing with a sharp hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel is light, extremely easy to drink this brew. Overall a great IPA, I would love to have it again one day.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep orange golden cloudy tinted body with a big off white cream colored head forming thick and billowing well above the rim of my chalice. Lacing is intricate and well spread with each and every sip, excellent offering from 3Floyd's.

Aroma has a persistent air of grapefruit citrus and creamy with a nice overriding acidity going on amongst the juicy fruit pale malts, big beer at it's best these guys are working their mojo in the brewing realm. Even though the hops are here there's a restrained element going on.

Flavor wise it's hard to describe I've never had a lactose sugar infused DIPA, but it's super creamy and airy at and between each sip of bitter citric rinds. Even the foam has a creamy milkshake texture to it this is an intense experience to even taste something like a DIPA with creamy milkshake texture. Loads of floral herbal hops and big juicy citrus notes pound it out in a battle versus malt/milk sugar. The lactose definitely sweetens up the experience but it still lands somewhere between bitter and balanced.

Mouthfeel makes you want to mix milk and fresh hops in a blender with a bit of ice cream and see if you can invent a new dessert. Overall creaminess is pretty awesome fuller bodied, oily hop textures swarm the palate with a really lively carbonation level. The only way to get this experience is through this beer there's nothing out there like this.

Overall creativity stupidity I don't care what you call it I like the beer. That's what matters at the end of the day, I'm crazy I just want to throw a bunch of shit into this beer, my question is does it taste good? Do you want more? Within this hybrid lactose infused DIPA, I say yes to both of those questions. So in short, it works for me.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a head! Amazing staying power on the white head with great lacing. Pours a murky cloudy light orange.

S- Citrus and pine nose jump out.

T- Seems like a pretty tame DIPA with a sweetness (lactose?) at the end, reminiscent of a Dubbel for some reason. 11% comes pretty easy with this one. The hop factor is muted (for a DIPA) but this doesn't take away from my experience with this one.

M- Medium to thin mouthfeel. Sooo smooth and creamy though.

D/O- Wow, this beer is awesome. I split this one with a fellow BA, PTMcB, and we both loved it. An 11% bomber that you could drink to yourself and crave more...a good sign of drinkability in my book. Yes its sweet, but not overly cloying.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apocalypse Cow from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 2,124 ratings
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