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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,681 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,681
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 3,291
Gots: 1,254 | FT: 50
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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Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Chicago - South Loop, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Zombie Dust is one beer that I feel lives up to the hype. There's an incredible amount of hoppiness compacted in this pale ale base, making this "extra pale ale" quite special if you like the taste of hops (and, in particular, Citra hops). The price is also quite decent at $12 per six-pack. After tasting this beer, I've realized that the concept of rating is worthless. While this is an excellent result of artistry, inspiration, and brewery production management science, it's not an APA that I'd want to drink all the time: Daisy Cutter, Burning River, St. Lupulin, and SN Pale Ale are all other staples I enjoy for other reasons (flavors, aromas, densities). I also need to thank the beer staff at Binny's South Loop for connecting me with their last six-pack from their personal stash, it was really much appreciated.

Pours a tall, 2.5cm head of off-white to beige foam that consists of small and medium-sized bubbles, with above average retention, lasting over two minutes. Head eventually falls to a thick ring around the glass and a large island of wispy residuum atop the beer's body. Lacing left is moderate: a few large random splashes of foam along the glass' perimeter. Body is a deep copper orange, mostly transparent, with mildly active carbonation. Light brings out the body's orange tints and brightens them substantially.

This beer is intensely aromatic, Three Floyds has likely taken the idea of pre-boil, post-boil, and dry hopping to new levels with this beer. The beer smells remarkably similar to an open packet of Citra hop pellets (with all that grapefruit, pineapple juice, mango, and hints of peach) mixed with fresh pale malt wort. In general, the smells tell you, "this is really deep and dank stuff."

Zombie Dust is a pale ale for someone who has a taste for citrus-inspired hops. The flavors are huge and sweet, full of citrus fruit salad that's been lightly touched with malt extract. Tasting opens with sweet pale malt base and hints of sweetened pineapple and grapefruit juice. Mid-palate is where the hop flavors truly shine, bringing out sweetened grapefruit juice, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and hints of peach, all with a medium-intensity bitterness. Back of palate picks up grapefruit, Meyer lemon rind, pineapple juice, and mango with modest bitterness. Aftertaste is quite bitter, with grapefruit and mildly sweet pineapple juice being the major flavors.

Beer is medium-light in body, with superbly gentle carbonation that never feels fizzy, but still manages to foam the beer up on the palate. The result is a smooth, foamy mouthfeel that's as enjoyable as the aromas and flavors. Closes quite dry, with little residual stickiness across the palate, which invites taking another sip.

falloutsnow, Dec 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a large fluffy white crown that settled very slowly into a frothy mass.A big shot of grapefruit hops hits ya in the nose along with some overripe tangerine,a sweetish biscuit malt is noticable as well.A healthy dose of citric hops over top of sweet biscuit on the palate,more fruity hops than bitter.A great pale ale,it has a huge dose of hops but it's actually a pretty rounded palate.

oberon, May 06, 2012
Photo of infinitebruner
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

September 8, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Pours orange to light amber. Thick finger of head that sticks around for a long time. Mild haze, probably from being poured cold, mostly good clarity otherwise. (4.00)

S – Lots of lemon and other citrus, a bit of fresh cut grass, grapefruit. A hop bomb. Some malty sweetness on the nose but balanced hard towards the hops. Some malt thickness. (4.75)

T – Very malty and then the hops take over. Citrus and grapefruit melts into a perfectly bitter finish. A ton of hop bitterness but really well balanced with the malt. (4.50)

M – Very malty, relatively full body, just a bit of acidity leading into the finish. Bitterness coats the tongue, balanced with malt sweetness. Not a palate wrecker despite smelling like it could be one. (4.50)

O – Having had this before without evaluating properly, I was pleasantly surprised to remember how well balanced it is. There is a ton of hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness, but does not destroy your taste buds. The malt has a great presence as well and really works together with the hops to create a remarkable beer. Great example of the American Pale Ale style. (4.50)

infinitebruner, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of don1481
4/5  rDev -13.4%

don1481, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

DanGeo, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Smokesnotes
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Smokesnotes, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Hook up from Sir_Win in Indiana - thanks, man! Pours a hazy, copper, deep-amber color. Humongous off-white head starts boiling immediately, even with a delicate pour; lots of staying power and a ton of nice lacing.

The aroma of this beer, for lack of a better term, is fucking amazing. As soon as you open the bottle, a surge of fruit and hops jumps out at you. You dip your nose to the glass and it bum-rushes your nostrils like no other. JAM PACKED with all kinds of fruits; tangerines, oranges, grapefruits, papaya, pineapple. The description of the beer on the bottle is very accurate - this beer's aroma is GUSHING with citrus. It's incredible. The citrus is outlined with an incredible hop portrait; resinous, piney, oily, slightly floral and dank. Perfect aroma for a pale ale.

At this point, I'm just hoping that the smell doesn't get my hopes up so high only to be let down by the taste. It doesn't - this beer delivers, HARD. The hops are more up front in the taste than they were in the aroma, and it works perfectly. You're still getting the incredible citrus on the nose and the extra hops on the tongue - perfect harmony and synthesis of the senses. Bitter spikes and oily and resinous hops take over for a bit, mellowed out by the grapefruits, tangerines, pineapples, and mangoes in the background.

The hops round out a bit as the beer warms up, and the citrus flavors evolve even more. This beer is seriously insane, one of the best things I've ever tasted. Little malt and yeast on the very tail end. Not much, but really, when your hop profile is this amazing, it doesn't leave much of one to be desired. Just a phenomenal flavor and aroma profile that synthesize extraordinarily well. Medium body, medium-high carbonation, ever so slightly sticky.

Good lord. After I had a Pliny the Elder, I thought I'd never have another hop-forward beer better than it. I take that back. Pliny is damn good, but Zombie Dust is goddamn incredible. Literally, a PERFECT combo of bitter and sweet, hops and citrus, every sip blows my mind all over again. And that nose... my GOD that nose. Unbelievable. Whether you consider this a PA or an IPA doesn't matter - just know that it's an amazing beer. If I could get my hands on this easily, I would drink it all day, until the day I died. All hail the Citra hop, all hail motherfuckin' Zombie Dust.

EDIT: 4/3/2013

Finally received some more of this after putting it off for so long (thanks MCain04). I was afraid this time around that it wouldn't be as good. I was worried that maybe I had hyped it up to myself before and that I was overrating it big-time. I was scared that my palate had changed and Zombie Dust would no longer be the same sweet nectar I fell in love with the first time around. Luckily all of my worries were wiped away the second I cracked open the bottle, took a nice whiff and had another sip. This stuff is simply amazing. So perfectly balanced and so insanely drinkable. All things considered, this is still one of THE best beers out there, in my opinion.

tectactoe, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

MadScientist, Jul 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

jono0101, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of MaxT
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Dsparks85
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dsparks85, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of JJH79
5/5  rDev +8.2%

JJH79, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Schlais, Dec 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

xVERITAS, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of weatherdog
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Dan with friends, poured into a Cigar City snifter

It pours a a pretty standard APA looking light orange, slightly hazy and a medium bone colored head. Minimal lace coats the side of the glass.

The hop presence is big and beautiful. Huge orange, grapefruit and pineapple fill my nose. It's just a tropical party of hop aromas, geared exactly to my preference. I am absolutely in love Citra hops and don't mind at all the surging popularity of them.

The flavor keeps almost the same hop intensity and adds just a touch of a malt sweetness at the end to counteract the hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty light making this APA very approachable and drinkable.

weatherdog, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

tbryan5, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Dabeel
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Dabeel, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of DanHarper
5/5  rDev +8.2%

DanHarper, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of poibag808
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice thick white 2 finger head. Good lacing. Beautiful golden honey/orange body with good carbonization.

S: Really pungent floral hoppyness.

T: Malty sweetness upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Each sip has a nice dry finish. Delicious.

Great pale ale that seems more along the lines of a IPA.

poibag808, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of SanFranJake
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been lucky enough to get a few of these by way of trades from PHKrames and keithstone.
I know that Hopslam gets a lot of attention but this is incredible!
Poured into a Deschutes snifter.
More head than a high school prom. Better smelling than any IPA I've had, and I live down the road from Russian River.
Without all the BS, this is an amazing beer! It have everything that you want in an IPA.
If I was able to get this as easily as I can Pliny, it'd be Zombie all day!

SanFranJake, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
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Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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