Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
Apocalypse Cow – 1pt, 6oz – $11.99
www.3floyds.com/ (verified, but currently unavailable?)
“This complex double IPA has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body which has been augmented with lactose milk sugar.”
Apocalypse Cow pours very hazy with a golden color resembling a Belgian Blonde. The creamy head was thin and faded fast, leaving thin foam on top.
The aroma is nice and mellow. There are citrus hops in there, along with an interesting tang that may be from the lactose sugar. The aroma reminds me of fresh pineapple – Yum! There is also a hint of mandarin oranges and possibly some apricots. All very interesting fruits for the aroma profile, and not what I normally find in IPAs.
The flavor is very intense. The bottle doesn’t have the ABV, but I’m guessing it’s a bit high because there’s a boozy flavor which is very noticeable at the very beginning of each sip. (confirmed at 11% – Holy Crap!) I expect that boozy flavor to be less of an issue as I consume more of this bottle.
The flavor is so very pineapple! One really needs to like pineapple to enjoy this. I’ve had other IPAs that had some pineapple notes, but this is the first where it was the feature hop flavor as prominent as this. After the pineapple hops flavors pass, there is a sweet malty backbone that enhances and complements the citrus. Chefs say sweet and sour go very well together, and here I have to agree.
The mouth feel is creamy and full-bodied, also enhancing the flavors. As I drink this, the lacing rests thickly on the sides of the glass.
Three Floyds produces another beer that is big and bold and not for the faint-of-heart. A really delicious variation on double IPAs. The only disappointment with this beer is that it’s not available in Pennsylvania… Curse you Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board… Curse You!
Cue Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries… I love the smell of IPAs in the morning!
Apocalypse Cow gets an A-