Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

60 IBU

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

Added by hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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Photo of tillmac62
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/30/16. Clear light amber (dark gold) pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of citra hops - orange, pineapple, mango - over a pale malt base with a touch of biscuit and caramel.

Light medium body that is smooth in texture with a oily slickness. Very good carbonation / body balance with a mildly effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding when rather cold, but becomes world class nearer room temperature. Being single hop, it is not complex but it is reasonable in intensity and very well balanced. It begins with a blended flavor that separates, to a degree, from the middle on. First is a general citrus flavor that hints at zest then flows to a mildly bittered middle. Bitterness is balanced by a subtle sweetness underneath that never really takes center stage when very cold, but shines near room temperature. From here the tropicals arrive...mango, pineapple and finally orange. Throughout the taste experience is a subtle earthy dank current that makes its strongest showing just before and through the finish. The finish lingers with a light dryness and zest.

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Photo of HopHunter19
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice dark orange amber color white head sticks nice lacing
S - nice big orange zest, grapefruit, lemon lime
T - pops even more so.than the smell, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon lime, nice and bitter
M - light-medium mouthfeel, bitter, alcohol covere, aftertaste is orange zest
O - straight up Citra bomb, best Citra pale ale to date. Tastes like orange juice.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: golden colored, 3 inches of white head, and very nice lacing.
smell: tons of citrus in the smell.
taste: pine resin, citrus, very bitter.
feel: smooth with a bitter end, medium bodied.
overall: delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell:orange lemon lots of citrus fruits
Taste:orange lemon zest lime tangerine slight malt grapefruit some juiciness a quick flash of banana and pine bitterness
Feel: medium body a slight carbonation feel In the mouth leaves your mouth watering for a second but then goes dry.
Overall: for a pale ale it's pretty hoppy but i love that. Not a super balanced beer more hoppy than malty but again it's a good thing. Lots of citrus fruit flavores. This is the standard for APA!

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Been had that-- and seek it out whenever it rears its ugly label. Worth the ride to the Indiana if you can't find it in Chicago-- hell, they may have it on tap in their ghoulish tasting room... place is like CBGB's in the 80s.

Nevertheless, Zombie Dust demonstrates that Citra is so damn good when it hits the lips, and memorable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with epic columns of lace going down the glass. Aroma is hoppy with plenty of tropical fruits, grapefruit, melon and pine. Similar in the taste big time citrus and west coast flavor making for a great drinking pale. It may really be closer to an IPA. Just a touch of honeyed malt flavor, really a nice drinking pale with plenty of flavor behind it. Hype plays a role in many beers, this one lives up to all of it.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fresh into snifter, no longer than 3 weeks old. Received in a trade as an extra. Great extra at that! Been always wanting to see what the hypes about.

Pour is a copper, dark orange semi opaque. Tight white bubbles, half finger head. Decent lacing and stickiness to it.

Smell is initially citra bitterness. Getting lemon zest and orange peel. Definitely some sweet oranges and grapes as well. Very slight hop resin in the nose, not much malt either.

Citra hop foward with the taste. Some say you wouldn't know it's a APA by just trying it, but I disagree. Definitely tastes like an APA. Straight foward citra taste, nice sweet malty backbone. Very subtle pine. Not much tropical fruit going on at all.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and medium bodied. Very crisp and clean.

Overall straight foward APA. Very one dimensional (citrus dominates, slight pine and sweet malt) but one dimensional isn't always a bad thing. Smooth, easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of diddy4l
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a super fresh bottle,just 1-2 days after it was bottle,...got bottles that were just released hrs after the brew oub stocmed it and updated there page...so awesomeness in aa al ost day fresh beer

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Photo of ShawnoftheD3ad
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the first beers that started me on my craft journey a couple years ago. The beer has changed since back in its hay day becoming a bit more on the malty side. Still a very overhyped beer but I blame the name. Sue IMO is still a way better citra pale but this has a soft spot in my heart.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty rediculous this is the first time I'm trying this beer. It's a solid pale ale that was likely a standout five years ago, but a lot has changed in five years. This was added two weeks before I joined this site and it was a whale back the.

It's a juicy easy drinker with a nice light bitterness. Can't go wrong with this, but there are many other breweries that were likely inspired by this and have since taken the style to the next level.

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Photo of AdamAlway
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Initially poured a clear amber, but became cloudy once everything settled. Good sized off-white head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Vibrant, juicy, dominated by citrus, pineapple and mango. Slight muted (in a good way) by pine, malt and hops.

T: Initial gentle bitterness with hops and malt upfront. Finishes more with pine and hops with a long last bitterness. The citrus and mango pops in and out subtly throughout the whole experience.

F: Smooth, medium body that really helps the flavors develop and improving complexity. Carbonation is present, but not overpowering.

O: Very good, but there wasn't anything for me that made it jump out compared to its reputation. I prefer IPAs so that may explain my opinion. Regardless, this was a great and unexpected extra.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Looks like a slightly hazy yellow pale ale with a decent head and nice lacing.

Smells like a citrus forward beer with hints of hops/pine.

Tastes amazing. Enough punch that you can't tell it's an APA, rivals great IPAs. Citrus forward piney pale, with enough malts to feel like you are drinking something bigger than it is. Incredibly balanced.

Feels like a crisp beer with a nice finish. You can taste the fruit and hops long after.

Overall this is still my favorite beer and I consider myself an IPA drinker. That's how great this beer is. I wish everyone could get this, or at least me, because the beer is amazing, the name is dope, and the artwork is sick. Love zombie dust.

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Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass, from the bottle. Color is a light copper/orange, with great lacing throughout. Head was a thick inch of off-white that faded away after a few minutes time. Aroma of tropical fruits paired with citrusy hops. Taste is juicy, and pleasantly non-bitter until the very end. Solid beer, always a pleasure to have one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Tony!

Served in : Tulip/chalice

Pours a beautiful mango-apricot glow, with just enough light penetrating the mostly opaque body to light up the sides in a glorious display. The head starts out thick and solid at 2 fingers, and recedes to about 1/2 finger (or a pinky) within a couple minutes' time. Lace is sparse, not as thick as I'd like APA's or IPA's to be, but still not a bad display.

Aromas of succulent fruits such grapefruit, mandarin orange, pineapple, mango, vinous grape, as well as white raisin and a touch of garlic. Minimal off notes in the nose.

Flavor is thick, juicy, robust, and the bitterness is kept in check and reserved for the very last taste at the back. Flavors include bread crust, white grapefruit, orange pith and juicy flesh, banana bread, and onion skin towards the finish.

Feel coats the palate but not too thickly. It stays for a small visit and then clears off the tongue to invite another sip or three. Carbonation is spot on, there's a nice creaminess to it.

Overall, this is indeed a world class Pale Ale. I highly recommend Zombie Dust if you are not too sensitive to bitter beers and especially if you are fond of pales.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very floral in smell and taste. Smooth finish. 3/3/16 bottle date so it was super-fresh. Not quite the hop bomb I was expecting but I understand when so many people mention how easy to drink and smooth this brew is. It has virtually no aftertaste or bitterness. Highly recommend. Thanks to @Ercksne from Iowa for the awesome trade!

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L- Hazy amber color. Good lacing.

S- Sharp piny hoppy smell with a hint of lemon.

T- Delicious and refreshing. Well balanced. Slightly dank and piny with hints of citrus. A little bitterness and just enough malt for balance.

F- Light body, dry finish with lingering citrus.

O- One of my favorite beers. I wish I could find it more often.

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the largesse of @Ri0. My first from 3F, and from the state of Indiana. My second Citra-hopped Midwest pale ale of the day.

This beer was a hazy, orangey amber color, with a big, off-white head that dropped after a few minutes, but left a whole lotta lace on the sides of a Boundary Bay pint glass.

Grapefruity hop nose to this, but not as “juicy” as the PseudoSue I had earlier.

Tasty, grapefruity hops lead the assault on the tastebuds. There’s a little more of a leafy, tea-like bitterness than PseudoSue, and it’s not quite as bright and mango-y, but still very tasty. The finish is a little softer, a little less dry.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation seems a tad bit lower than PseudoSue, and the mouthfeel is a little less resiny.

I didn’t plan it this way, but what I’ve wound up doing is a near side-by-side comparison of this beer and PseudoSue. Since there’s no freshness date, it’s possible this is a little older than it’s Iowan rival, but I feel like the latter was brighter, more fruity, and maybe a little more hoppy tasting. This is still a great beer, but based on my experience, I’d pick PseudoSue over this if confronted with the choice. Thanks, Ri0!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopleaf.

Clear copper with plenty of lacing throughout the glass. Dank and tropical nose. Medium bodied at best. Tropical citrus and dank weed on the palate. Grapefruit follows and low bitterness. Crisp and crushable. They should make a lot of it and expand distribution. Good stuff but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color was nice, lighter copperish- orange. Flavor was a little lighter than I expected, citrus hops with a short bitter malt aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall maybe a bit overrated.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, with some cloudiness, and a nice head. The smell is hops. The taste is a very nice, hoppy, malty blend that is pleasant and satisfying. The aftertaste is very pleasant. Overall, one of a handful of great APA's (PseudoSue, Todd The Axeman, Abrasive, Pompeii, Lightspeed)

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Photo of mgwagman
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Zombie Dust is the beer to have in the Chicago area. Binny's the largest liquor store hear gets it on a certain day and it is gone within a few hours People wait in line ten fold for it the day it comes in. Some of the Binny's locations only allow you to get one beer, but most let you get only a six pack.

The lacing is rather nice. Smells of citrus hops, lemon, lime, orange. Not bitter for a IPA and well balanced. Pours a orange and smells of and tastes of citrus. I am not IPA fan but I find myself always wanting to have this beer on hand despite it being hard to get. Now have over a case as we went to the brewery yesterday and they were selling it like hotcakes out the door and gone in 1 day. Despite not loving IPA I think that this beer is one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. An incredible beer! A very complex flavor, nice color, and very nice aroma. This is my favorite beer from 3 Floyds. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GregBinder7
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Very nice hazy orangish color with a thin head atop. Lots of citrusy aromas and light on the hoppiness. Such a great beer to drink during warm occasions! Probably the most refreshing beer I've tried.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony, citrus, herbal, pale, toasted, and biscuity malts.

Taste: Would have liked more hop flavor, but content with the way it tastes. Light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, light light bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice APA. Good enough to grab another bottle out of the fridge.

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Photo of Danny206
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden amber with streams of bubble ribbons rising to a thick lingering white foam. Cloud-like nebulas float around. It smells of tropical fruit: pineapples and oranges. There's also a fresh-cut grass smell that reminds me of spring, a bit flowery. The taste is refreshing, bursts of juicy citrus along with a creamy sensation reminiscent of piña colada with a piney aftertaste. I try to always have a 6 pack in my Chicago fridge.

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