Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.9/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz. bottle purchased at Three Floyds brewpub, Munster, IN, served into a hotel stemless wine glass.
Pours out the color of honey. 1.5 fingers of eggshell head form but fairly quickly dissipate. Dots of lacing get left behind. A good-looking beer, but nothing extraordinary.
Thankfully, you need only go as far as smelling this beer to find extraordinary. The aroma is fantastic in every sense of the word. If you smelled this blind you'd say that it was a very fresh IPA. Maybe more; this basically smells as good as HopSlam. But it is, ostensibly, an American Pale Ale. My mind is blown here. As soon as I opened the bottle there was pineapple and tangerine and passionfruit everywhere. It's very tropical. There's some green, bitter hop notes too; like grass clippings with some lemon zest tossed in. There's some caramel malt too, but only as much as I'd expect in an APA. It's an amount that bolsters the tropical fruits rather than takes away from them. I realize that a lot of beer probably fit the description I just gave. I'm not sure how to convey how great Zombie Dust smells. It's the intensity of the tropical aromas but also the level of balance. This is the finest smelling pale ale I've ever had.
It's also the best tasting pale ale I've ever had, or if it is not then only Alpha King ranks ahead. I'm going to give it to Zombie Dust. Alpha King is all about the grapefruit, while Zombie Dust is pineapple and lychee. If you prefer more tropical flavors, then this beer is going to blow your mind. Imagine all the best parts of a double IPA but take away the malt and alcohol. That sounds awesome, right? This is so packed full of hop flavor. But it doesn't get too bitter because there is a healthy malt presence here. In the way that I wish more IPAs or IIPAs would be: enough malt for structure and support, but not at all ""balanced" in the traditional sense of being as strong as the hops. This beer is a revelation.
The mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Great carbonation level -- it's there but it isn't too prickly. The body is super-thin. Well, no, it's very appropriate for the pale ale style. It'd be thin in a good way if this were an IPA. Regardless, the mouthfeel does everything that it can to highlight those hops. My only fault is that it thickens up a bit during the swallow.
Overall? Wow. If I have a better beer in 2012 then I will be a lucky man. This is the pinnacle of the pale ale style for me. I'd rather drink this than ANY India Pale Ale. The only hoppy beer that I would reach for before this (that I've had), honestly, is Pliny the Elder. Zombie Dust absolutely brings IIPA flavor into the best malt package possible _for my palate._ This is a dream beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2012 21:12:13 | More by Reaper16
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4.04/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
(on tap at Three Floyds, this past Monday - served in a 20oz pint)
A: light amber liquid, clear... creamy head, killer silken lace
S: first impression: b.o.... then: wildflowers, citrus zest and oily mist... fairly fragrant, earthy, but not explosive (the glass)
T: aggressively citrus-bitter... smooth malt... mostly spicy, resiny hops... fair amount of fruity-sweet resins... delicate grainy toast (NOT toasty grain) in the aftertaste
M: lightly gritty but clean, smooth flow, compact body... bit of a numbing sensation from the alcohol and bitterness in tandem
O: basically an IPA - the fact that they're calling it a pale ale, while it may be true relative to their hoppy beers, is a bit silly... it's an IPA... nothing out of the ordinary, flavor-wise, but it has a nice crisp attack and is undeniably, notably, solidly made
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 17:25:31 | More by Bouleboubier
4.61/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed at the brewery in Munster. It was served with a light yellow color and a medium head that had fair retention. The smell was largely fruit, and especially tropical fruit. The taste, as others have said, more resembles that of an IPA as there isn't a whole lot of malt to balance it, but the fruit flavors are great, and it starts off sweet (but not too sweet) and does finish with some bitterness. It's moderately carbonated and goes down very easy. It's very, very similar to White Rajah (which is an IPA) in both smell and taste, but the mouthfeel and color are slightly different. Overall, this is excellent. Yes, it is definitely overhyped as it is not by any means earth shattering, but it is worth seeking.
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 02:54:34 | More by DeFaz
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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