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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,238 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5238
Reviews: 1049
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.79%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale will be one's only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry. Art by Tim Seeley.

60 IBU

Formerly known as Cenotaph: A medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops from the Yakima Valley, USA.

(Beer added by: hansgruber on 12-09-2010)
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TheBishop

Montana

3.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't get the hype around this beer. Well I do actually and it has to do with a catchy name and limited distribution. The rarer it is to get the higher the rating. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer no question. But top 250 in the world I doubt it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 22:08:35 | More by TheBishop
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Kramerwtmf

California

3.89/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For me this beer didn't live up to the hype at all. It was a solid brew but hardly the sixth best beer on BA. I still enjoyed it and would like to try it again but for my money there are several other FFF beers that I've had that I would much rather get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:56:00 | More by Kramerwtmf
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister-in-law was nice enough to bring me a few of these (fresh) from Chicago. I've always been a fan of Three Floyds, and I was happy to finally try this- it did not disappoint. Beautiful beer, with a burnished gold color contrasted with a stark white head that leaves some decent lacing. Citrus and herbal aromas with a touch of grain. Clean and fresh smelling. The taste is where it's at. Clean citrus and a touch of clean sweet malt. Candied grapefruit peel followed by a long spicy hop finish. All very pleasant and quaffable. I'd drink this all the time if I had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 20:42:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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SnOwRiDe1080

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm lucky enough to live within an hours drive of the FFF brewery and can find Zombie Dust on the shelves at a # of different local liquor stores.

A - Pours a med amber/orange with a bit of a haze that increases with the age of the beer. About one finger of head that doesn't dissipate too quickly with decent lacing.

S - You can detect the citrus coming from the hops immediately. A little bit of pine & some bready malts

T - Crazy hopped up ale. Great citrus and pine up front and finishes with a great sweet malt

M - Smooth w/ great carbonation. Medium body.

O - It's not as good as you may have heard, it's better! Not you're usual APA with some of the best hop flavors and smells you'll ever come across. My favorite part is how drinkable this APA is. Most beers with this much flavor aren't nearly as smooth. Well worth the time and effort it takes to find... "It's Not Normal"

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:16:59 | More by SnOwRiDe1080
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ajcuster89

Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the most popular year-round offering from FFF. Had this on tap at The Tap craft beer bar in Bloomington, IN. Had it in bottles many other times, but nothing compares to fresh from the tap. A hazy golden color with a surprisingly creamy head for a pale ale. Smell is fantastic; pine, citrus, flowers. Taste was smooth and biting all at once, a true masterpiece of a pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 23:26:13 | More by ajcuster89
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pale golden, hazy. Small white head. Decent lacing
Nose:
Sugary, sweet, tart, notes of candy, citrus, grapefruit, pine, spruce,
Palate:
Mild and smooth palate with bitterness coming on strong in the long, crisp finish. Pine and malt come through strongly, mouth feel is light and clean
Overall:
I really like this beer, it seems to get overshadowed by the gumball head, but I submit that this is the superior brew. Its easily drinkable, not too over the top and very well balanced

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 14:13:31 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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FFreak

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I finally got to try the real ZD after drinking half a batch of my cloned version...Thanks Brennan! This is a nice APA that I could drink over and over. Pours a hazy dirty-orange with an off-white head. It has an amazing tropical fruit aroma, which carries over to the taste, combined with a perfect balance of bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but maybe that's what makes it so drinkable. Overall, a very approachable APA that I wish they sold in my neighborhood.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 14:32:32 | More by FFreak
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an amber/orange hue. Body is lightly hazy. Head is a thin chunk of white frothy foam. Strings of lacing are left behind.

S-This legendary, Citra-induced tropical fruity hop bomb lives up to it's reputation in the nose. An amplitude of citrus, mango, nectarine and bright green grass.

T-Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, moss, grass and on and on and on. A superabundance of Citra! It also has a soft maltiness that reminds me of biscuits. When done right, this hop brings forth the most pleasurable aromas and flavors...and it was clearly done right here.

M-Medium bodied. Somewhat resinous. High, lingering bitterness. Still maintains an exceptional level of drinkability. Lasting aftertaste.

O-Holds its own with any IPA...because it is an IPA . Was probably my most beer up until finally trying it. It most certainly lives up to the hype. Elite.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 23:13:30 | More by VelvetExtract
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BurdockBoy

Oregon

4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pored from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Bottled about a month and a half ago.

A: golden amber color with about 2" of head with some lacing.
A: a pleasant blend of hops and citrus.
T: very nice hoppy flavor with not much bitter aftertaste. More of a sweet aftertaste, but not overly so.
M: moderate carbonation, very refreshing.
O: A very good pale ale. Definitely worth the hype on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:47:28 | More by BurdockBoy
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers in the world. May make my top 5 so far. Fanatic smell. Great hoppy taste with no bitter nice. Nice sweet aftertaste but it is never too sweet. This the perfect beer to sip or to drink 3 or 4. Not overpowering at all. This beer will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:35:21 | More by peacemakers48
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notchucknorris

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this one. Thanks, Tyler!

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange color with a one finger foamy cream colored head. Nice retention and some good lace spackled down the glass with each sip.

S: This smells really really good. Ripe tropical fruit notes mix with a spicy pine base. Mango, peach and pineapple with some musty pine in the background. A bit of caramel malt in the back as well.

T: Opens with some pine and just a trace of overripe mango. Middle brings a touch of grapefruit, tangerine and grapefruit pith, which dries things out pretty nicely. Finish shows a little caramel, lingering pink grapefruit pith and some nice pine resin without becoming overly bitter. Fantastically hoppy without sacrificing balance. And drinkable for days. This is awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 00:47:52 | More by notchucknorris
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dar482

New York

4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a golden amber/light orange color. Super clear.

The aroma is freaking huge. It’s wonderful how the aroma is so great being a single hop Citra. Tons of sweet citrus with orange, lemon zest, peach, pineapple juice. There's a bit of a malt backbone. A zesty, spritzy aroma. An incredibly addictive smell.

The flavor is different as the fruits only really hit in the front of pineapple, orange, papaya with a hint of sweetness. However, that cuts off with a big note of pink grapefruit throughout with a combination of bitterness and drying throughout. The beer is extremely dry. The finish has light pine, herbacious, grapefruit peel, which is spot on for Citra hops.

The mouthfeel is medium minus.

A very clean drinking beer. It reminds me of white wine or saison with how dry the beer is. It is different because it has this light malt body, and simply injects hop juice onto the palate and then leaves the mouth extremely empty and dry for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:54:53 | More by dar482
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pkalix

California

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is a very pretty dark golden brew when poured.
awesome feel on the tongue. without being influenced by the scores (although those are the reason for me mail-ordering it), I have to say this is an AWESOME brew. being in California, i'm not totally into the huge bitter DIPAs although i'm accustoming myself to them.... but this stuff is AWESOME!!! totally up my alley. Bell's Hopslam, Three Floyds.... this stuff is GREAT. if you want the breakdown and the review, everyone else is writing them. sorry, but this review is just a praise with supporting document....

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:43:26 | More by pkalix
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very crisp looking golden/amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates to a sudsy top with sudsy lasting.
S: Very citrusy, orange, mango pineapple, with a slight floral finish.
T: Citrus. Grapefruit, and orange. Pretty much the same as the smell just a little more mellow.
M: Medium light on the palate, with a dry puckering finish.
O: Glad I was able to finally try some fresh. Would be perfect on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:56:31 | More by N_Schleret
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kgncfl

Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this as a part of a tasting, it was rated in the top 3 by everyone involved. Myself included.

A-Great amber color, poured to a nice head and held it for about 1/2 the glass.

S-I got a caramel smell, and maybe a hint of honey. Not a big smeller, by any means

T-First a nice push of hops, and then a big shot of mango followed by a shot of malt. This held the flavor right through. Hoppiness without the heavy bitterness. This was my favorite part for sure.

M-Good carbonation, and extremely smooth.

This is one of my favorites from 3 Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 05:33:11 | More by kgncfl
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting this for me.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 01/31/14.

Pours a peachy orange with decent head and some lacing. Aroma is very citrusy and in the flavor, fresh peaches jumps out as well as green hops. Full bodied, carbonation high but not overly so. This was good but overall left me a bit wanting. Still very happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:45:36 | More by papat444
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass.
bottled 3/06/14 - super fresh
Big thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one.

A - Pours a clear golden amber color with a tall fluffy head that throws some pretty lacing and great retention.

S - An onslaught of pungent hops, bright citrus, ruby red grapefruit, orange oil, lemon, lime, mango, sweet pale malts,

T - Big burst of candied citrus right off the top with some tropical and pine coming in right after. Very juicy with wonderful sweet balance from the malts. Bitterness is soft but the citrus permeates the palate leaving behind grapefruit zest after snappy and crisp finish.

M - Smooth feel, medium soft carbonation, medium weight.

This was a very fresh bottle. A citra wonderland. Very juicy and bursting with flavor. The balance of everything in this beer is pretty remarkable. It was worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:36:59 | More by StaveHooks
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

15 day old bottle.

Pours out with a orange body and a white head. Leaves plenty of lacing around the glass and has good retention.

As soon as the cap let out air from the bottle fruity hop aroma erupted out. That is what I like see(smell). There is some caramel maltiness to it. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, peach.

Grapefruit comes out a lot in the flavor. The bitterness washes away pretty quickly leaving the mouth dry and able to pull bready malt and apricot like hop flavor off the palate. It drinks smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:26:35 | More by MattSweatshirt
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larryi86

Delaware

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this!
12 oz bottle, 8 days old, poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Pungent, I could smell the second I opened it, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, some pine, some bready malts.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit rinds, piney finish, some bready and caramel malts, great balance.

M- Smooth, dry finish, medium body.

O- Tastes more like a great IPA than a Pale Ale. Lives up to the hype. If I could buy this all the time I would.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:44:28 | More by larryi86
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3 week old bottle poured into a tulip shaped glass. No head to speak of, no lacing either. Nice hazy, light copper color. Smells great for a pale, citrus and melon, kind-of-a muted Sculpin. Taste is near perfect, the only other pale at this level is "Mo". Good carbonation, very smooth finishes nicely. Overall, this is everything I hoped it would be, and rarely can i make such a statement.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:23:17 | More by mjstacker
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timc100

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of a nice pale ale - bright golden orange, bright white foamy head with some tinges of yellow. Aroma of big citrus, pine, and some resin. This particular batch has a cannabis dankness of pine and grapefruit, which is very nice. Some biscuit, bready malt comes through more than anticipated. Taste is vibrant and well balanced - orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, some malt.

About as good a pale ale can be - tons of flavor for the size of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:46:11 | More by timc100
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RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, a shout out to Leiting for the two sixes I received in trades.

One of my favorite beers. A nice citrus nose, very pleasant. Citrus hops, grapefruit and maybe a little melon or mango, with a bit of maltiness, and not overly bitter aftertaste. A well balanced ale. Bonus points for the sweet artwork. Deserving of the ratings it receives, and not ridiculously priced for such a great beer. This APA presents as an IPA. Glad I was lucky enough to get some to New England.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:08:31 | More by RobbDogg
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy burnt orange, solid velvety-looking head with great retention. Lacing is pretty good. The body has all kinds of particulates in it (made with real zombie dust??), but they add to the appearance- they look like glitter. A solid stream of bubbles wafts up from the center of the glass, with a few other individual bubbles around the periphery. In short, immaculate.

S: A wide array of fruits, from orange to mango to pineapple, with some softer sweetness to tame it. I want to say there's something biscuity as well. Clear as heck, but the aroma fades a little too quickly.

T: Again, wide array of fruits with moderate pine, good bitterness that is balanced beautifully with mild sweetness. The balance between the two really is phenomenal; they know they have the hop bitterness, they don't need to prove anything by not taming it with malts. Finish is nice, the pine comes through more, and it is lasting; I can taste it on my breath minutes after my last sip.

M: Creamy, but crisp and lively with carbonation. Somewhere between medium and full-bodied.

O: OK, fine, this beer really is that good. Everything about it is a step above the rest- fantastic and unique appearance, exceptional balance between bitterness and sweetness AND showing the true potential that hops have besides 'citrus and pine' (other breweries take note), and somehow making a non-abrasive but refreshing mouthfeel. Congrats, Three Floyds, you've won me over. Now up your distribution, because I don't want to drive an hour out of the way for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 18:48:32 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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MeanMotaScootah

California

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off - I had to order this online cuz it ain't available her on the Left Coast.

Aroma: out of this world - strong citrus, pineapple - akin to a hopped fruit salad (all Citra)
Mouth feel: creamy, light very easy drinking, perfect carbonation for the style
Taste: Sweet hop forward, malty in the middle, nice clean dry citrus bitter finish - nothing offensive to the taste buds (this might actually be a good beer for those who are afraid to try hoppy beers). A very unique pale ale to say the least, very balanced. Alcohol is almost non existent
Overall: an excellent pale ale - worth the extra effort to buy online
(Note: I am brewing a ZD recipe I found online so I am hoping to replicate this in the comforts of my own home)

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:25:51 | More by MeanMotaScootah
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mayor55

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to a tulip glass. 1/2 inch of off white head. Beautiful copper orange, just slightly cloudy. Smell not very dominate. Very California with citrus piney flavor, Mouthfeel just right. Slight carbonation. Long, hoppy aftertaste. As good as it gets. 3 Floyds rules. I am having a hard time lately drinking beer from any other brewery.

Just scored 2 cases. Re-review same as before. Worth the hoopla. One thing I notice with this batch is long dry aftertaste/finish. One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 14:57:57 | More by mayor55
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Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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