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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Zombie DustZombie Dust

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Ratings: 5240
Reviews: 1049
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.78%


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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ajcuster89

Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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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JayCheG

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a two finger head that fills the
glass. Lacing hangs around for the duration of drinking and coats the sides.
S: Piney resin, grapefruit and other fruits.
T: Can you get a better blended beer? Pine, grapefruit, citrus that blends deliciously with the malts
M: Nice carbonation that goes down smooth. Feels like a perfect beer.
O: I could drink this beer all day, every day. Deliciously well rounded and a pleasure to drink. It is worth all the hype and more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 07:34:16 | More by JayCheG
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Orange amber in color. One finger of head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam. Nice lacing.

S. Bready malt and orange zest.

T. Follows the nose. Bready malts and orange zest. Some Citrus flavor as well though not as pronounced as I was expecting.

M. High carbonation and thin body. Dry finish.

O. While good, This one doesn't live up to the hype for me. Given that it is hopped with Citra, I expected more Citrus flavor. Additionally the mouthfeel is quite thin.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 03:40:30 | More by shadetree67
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kevdemers

Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Pearl Street Pizzeria, Indianapolis on 2/7/14.

Appearance:
Dark golden, very little head.

Smell:
Wow. Pine trees, just amazing. They should make an air freshener scent from this beer.

Taste:
Piney hops, lingering bitterness but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel:
Big carbonation which suits the bitterness perfectly.

Overall:
Not overrated in my opinion. First pale ale that I have found which compares favorably to Hill Farmstead Edward which is my gold standard. Lucky to have Osiris and ZD back to back while in Indy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 05:27:37 | More by kevdemers
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DerekJC

Illinois

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

Until recently with some of Half Acres new brews, this one stood at the top of my list of local Chicago area beer. It's unique flavor and strong hop characteristics make it one of the few beers I immediately recognize upon tasting. The only complaint I have regarding the beer is the consistency of the product can be a bit sketchy depending on what pub you go to. At the brewery it's amazing in both bottles and on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 23:13:31 | More by DerekJC
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Beric

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz snifter
Served: 20 Jan 2014

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange color with a pearly white head that collapses pretty quick. Marvelous lacing on the sides of the snifter as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Marvelously clean, with citrusy hop notes. Some sweetness can be smelled.

Taste: Wow, I now understand the hype about this beer- though it is definitely really hoppy, the beer has a great, sweet maltiness to it too, allowing for the beer to be hoppy but not oppressively bitter. Grapefruit and pine notes overlaying a sweet malt backbone. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation makes this one extraordinarily refreshing.

Overall: The only problem with this beer was that it was in 12oz. I could drink pints on pints of this stuff without thinking twice. Definitely in a grey area between an APA and IPA though. I don't like this one in the APA category because of its hoppiness, but it doesn't belong in the IPA category because of its maltiness. Must try. An incredible beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 01:03:43 | More by Beric
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dahray02

Texas

4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very nice color and clarity, a little more amber in color than expected

S: OMG, the citrus hits you right in the face and its a true blessing to your nose not to mention the nice dankness

T: Grapefruit is the most prominent but such a good hop bomb of citra

M: Standing APA, didn't notice anything that stood out in the mouthfeel but by no means does that mean it was bad

O: Hands down my favorite IPA/APA whatever you want to call it , i could drink zombie dust all day everyday

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 05:06:06 | More by dahray02
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redman84

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Wow. Wow.

On tap at Sergio's in Louisville. Had two in a tulip. Quite special.

As soon as it's poured the room smells like fresh hay and grapefruit - amazing!

Easily the best pale ale I've consumed. Fresh, crisp, bitter, and fantastic. Completely wrecks your palate though. I tasted a dopplebock after having one and it barely registered.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2013 22:25:00 | More by redman84
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer. I think it should be called a IPA but it is one of the best beers out there. I honestly would rather drink this beer over Heady Topper. It is a beer you can have a couple of without being trashed. However this beer more then any other beer I have ever had has to be fresh. It falls off quicker then anything in the world. But when fresh the nose is second to none. The flavor as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 03:55:20 | More by vinny21bal
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AaronRodgersMVP12

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance-a deep orange, pretty see through not as hazy as i'd like in an ipa but then I remember they do call it a pale ale.-4.50

smell- citrus, lemon, grapefruit very slight onion was served very cold and in a pint glass-4.25

taste- lemon, grapefruit, a little grassy very slight malt sweetness but this is a delicious hoppy beer. slight onion sweetness in after taste but in a pleasant way combined with the hop bitterness. one of the best pale ales I've had. 5.00

mouth-creamy for an pale ale very good.4.75

worth the hype, gonna go back tonight to get another pint or too.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 01:24:43 | More by AaronRodgersMVP12
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Hammer35

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Beautiful hazy golden/light amber color. Very nice head with extremely small bubbles. Carbonation is very nice. Not much in the way of head retention.

Smell: Amazing. Simply amazing. A blast of fresh, ripe grapefruit followed by tropical fruit notes. Someone make a cologne out of this!

Taste: I am always hesitant to say a beer is perfect in ANY category, but this earns the distinction. Citrusy grapefruit, sweet tropical fruits and a crisp, bitter finish to refresh the palate. I could drink this forever.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and full bodied, but not so much as to become thick or ruin the refreshing quality.

Overall: An amazing beer. One of, if not THE best I've ever had. Full of flavor, spectacular aroma, this has everything a human could want. Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to the takeout room to procure several 6 packs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 03:59:36 | More by Hammer35
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

@ Three Floyds, Munster IN

Zombies and hops, oh god yes.

Orange with a tight white head. Smells and tastes like a beery tangerine Orange Julius, a Tangerine Julius if you will. Or super concentrated freshly squeezed Citra juice. Mildly sweet caramel support.

All 5's you say? Really? Yes really.

Even the bottle art is a 5.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 18:56:28 | More by donkeyrunner
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jbru1971

Indiana

4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I am local and frequent the triple f. Although zombie is definitely the creamiest PA I've had, its not the best. Viva la session beer...but that's for conversation over some fff at the brewpub.

You've all heard about the glorious zombie so I'll touch on the positive
s according to my palate. Clean, crisp citra bite, its really like its own fruit upon first nose and taste, then just before you are overwhelmed, it goes all savoy truffle.

Personally, I think it gets high marks not b/c of excellence in the genre, but rather great amongst all beer, standing alone. That said, I prefer Perm Fun and SSMF.

Happy Ales...

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 07:02:17 | More by jbru1971
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coolkatz321

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't even do the whole M-T-A-O rundown.

I will keep this simple: This is the best beer in America...of any style, period. I've had the Plinys, the RR sours (which are my favorite!), Heady Topper, Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, the rest of the FFF lineup...

Nothing comes close to Zombie Dust. Nothing. I lucked out and got a case last year as I was heading East, but this time I was stuck only having it on tap.

It's a nearly-flawless beer, and nothing comes close. 5/5, every single time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 11:53:35 | More by coolkatz321
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MattLatuchie

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Hopleaf. Super fresh, this is one of those, "hard to beat" beers. Incredibly complex, floral aromas meld together seamlessly with lots and lots of citrus. Tons of grapefruit tones come through with a touch of sweetness.

I'm always thankful that I live 2 blocks from Hopleaf and can get this on tap whenever the mood calls for it!

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 16:20:28 | More by MattLatuchie
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aMILESupreme

Florida

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found it on-tap a few times around Chicago.

A: Looks like the way the perfect hoppy ale should. Orange with a finger of foam.

S: Fresh with beautiful aroma of citrus and floral hops.

T: It's taste like the worlds greatest IPA, the low alch makes it pale ale, but the theres is defiantly an IPA vibe here. beautiful balance, honestly perfect.

O: The hype is right on. Its unbelievable beer that should be obtained at any chance you have. Honestly the perfect Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 22:32:40 | More by aMILESupreme
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lindsaylandeen

Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First of all Three Floyd's does it right! Yes, you might have to wait to get into the brew pub but trust me it's well worth the wait. I love the name and love the art work. Three Floyd's have nailed it once again. It's such a flavorful pale ale. I am a stout girl but my goodness this is great!

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 18:59:49 | More by lindsaylandeen
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BucBasil

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into an imperial pint at the brewpub in Munster.

A: Very orange, very cloudy with 2 fingers of offwhite head. Looks great.

S: This is one you can smell from a distance - very very fresh, extremely citrusy, juicy, and somewhat floral.

T: Almost IPA, but with a bit more of a sweetness to it. Honey and citrus running together over a bit of bread. The taste is solid and strong but not at all overwhelming. When it hits your palate it explodes with flavor and then washes away clean. Super drinakable.

Overall a great beer as its reputation shows. Definitely not overrated. Huge huge flavor and character from an American Pale Ale. Not too in your face but with huge flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 08:14:04 | More by BucBasil
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davet100

Virginia

4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Recently sampled on a trip to Chicago. What can I say, definitely lived up to the hype! Extremely drinkable, and wonderfully well-balanced hop forward pale ale. The citra hops are profiled with expert precision with those tropical notes on exhibition from the smell through every sip. This beer is a real work of art, very much worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 20:10:35 | More by davet100
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Idiot in Lexington.
Pour is clear, orange-amber in color, and topped by a small head that hs decent retention and rather limited lacing.
Hoppy aroma aloows only a hint of malt to show through.
This is a weedy tasting, very hoppy, APA, with enough sweet hops to give a momentary sweet taste at the start and to limit the overall bitterness to a moderate level.
Medium body with a touch of harshness from the alcohol. Seems like the ABV is higher than 6.4%. Overall, seems more like an IPA than an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 01:54:22 | More by chinchill
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ScottSwim

Indiana

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: Tap

A: Dark orange with a slight haze. Big, strong head with a thing layer that stays throughout the beer.

S: Strong, dank smell that stays with you. Along with FFF's Dreadnaught, strongest nose on a beer that I've ever had.

T: This is a beer that gets all the press it receives. Strong hop flavors that mix perfectly. Sweet upfront, with a fruity flavor. The sweet/bittersweet mix is perfect.

M: The carbonation on this one is perfect. Strong hop flavor upfront that stays with you throughout, finishing in a carmel malt flavor that stays with you.

O: Having this on tap for the first time today at Three Floyd's Brewpub exceeded all expectations. Couldn't not have been happier with this beer... was even happier when I found out that they had cases available!

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 22:22:11 | More by ScottSwim
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A: Golden color with some haze. Nice head and retention with some excellent lacing as I drink more.

S: Citra bomb. Tropical fruits exploding in the glass.

T: This is it for me. Hoppy as hell, but incredibly balanced. A superb example of a single hop beer that I would love to drink everyday

M: Light-medium bodied with nice levels of carbonation. Some stickiness from the hops.

O: This is up there for me. A damned near perfect beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 17:28:54 | More by hoppytobehere
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Rhanson11

Indiana

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. I guess I am lucky that one of the first good beers I tried is so high on the best beers list. Fantastic beer. It is very smooth when drinking even though it has an IBU score of 60. I will always purchase when it is available, but it is hard to find even though I live in Indiana.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 02:49:36 | More by Rhanson11
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a moderate to deep, golden orange. Fairly hazy with a 2.5 finger head by the time it got to the table. Head retention is tremendous on a mostly frothy head. Lacing is a larger latticework down the glass and very consistent.

S- Huge, big, colossal amounts of piney hops bitterness. Slight floral notes intermingle towards the middle of the scent, but almost the entire hops presence is pine flavors. No malt scents escape the domination of the hops.

T- Once again, the hops bitterness begins and proceeds to dominate the flavor of the beer throughout. More bitter, pine hops flavors that are moderate to strong. Tastes like an IPA for the first half of the beer, before letting up a little for the tiniest hint of malts. At the end of the drink, it's right back to the piney and floral hop flavors. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

M- High in carbonation, yet thick feeling for a pale ale. Big hops are harsh on the tongue, but their deliciousness begs to be drank. Sessionable if savored, yet quaffable if thirsty.

Overall, it lives up to the hype. Not quite as smooth and balanced as a Pliny, but Three Floyds isn't going to smooth; they're looking to crush you with undead hops....and they are victorious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 01:35:10 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 5,240 ratings.