Apocalypse CowNovember 1, 2013
Three Floyds Brewing Co.
The three Floyds of the name are brothers Nick and Simon and their father, Mike Floyd, who founded the brewery in 1996. Apocalypse Cow is a double India pale ale made with lactose.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1086
AVAILABLE: IL, IN
A double IPA made with the addition of lactose or milk sugar. The beer has a deep burnished bronze color with a massive hit of citrus fruit on the nose along with raspberries, nougat and a touch of fresh tobacco. Velvety-smooth and creamy malt dominates the palate and is complemented by spicy hops and tart tangerine fruit. The finish has smooth malt, a returning hint of nougat and gentle, spicy hops. It ends bittersweet. A fascinating and refreshing interpretation of India pale ale.
- Roger Protz
The label is fearsome, but the beer looks normal, a lucid pale honey-colored stream pouring thickly into the glass. The aroma is intense—bowls of oranges, pine needles and candy canes, not unlike Christmas morning. The sweet-bitter attack comes as a shock, but an interesting one. The oily, round beer drops plenty of sugar and a boatload of bitterness on the tongue at the same time, feigning sweetness at the finish, but finally flicking a cutting tail. This beer has personality to spare. It might get cloying in a pint glass, but it’ll be the bomb with a lamb vindaloo.
- Garrett Oliver
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.