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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,341
Hads: 8,731
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 4,325
Gots: 2,434 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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.
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Photo of govlady
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark, amber, finger of foam
smell mainly floral, a little bit of pine, fruit
taste the floral, fruit up front, with a bit of a kick.
very smooth, but the hops and floral taste distract from the feel
overall, there isn't a better APA out there. its amazing. very drinkable and delicious. always feels like more of an IPA to me. (332 characters)

Photo of agreenman19
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - deep and dark. You sure this is a pale ale? Looks more like a DIPA. Creamy head that has lasting power, but eventually dies down like all good beers. Entrancing.

S - wonderfully rich and complex. I can smell the artful hop balance from here, peppered with malty spicy notes. Probably the best part about this beer.

T - the true definition of perfect balance. Nothing is particularly overwhelming, but isn't that the point? These guys went with a pale ale and knocked it out of the park. More impressive than a lot of DIPAs that have this beat in all categories simply because it accomplishes what 3 Floyds set out to do so well. Strong malt backbone. Editing this because after I let it sit, I'm getting a potent mango-centric punch up front. Nice. +.25

F - I had a lot of trouble rating the mouthfeel simply because every time I took a sip with mouthfeel in mind, I kept getting distracted by the flavor. So rich, lightly floral, yet aggressive tingly hops all with a smooth malt bill in full force from beginning to end. Godammit, there I go again! Right, the mouthfeel! Creamy and saturating. Coats the entire mouth, seeping into every pore (do mouths have pores?)

O - nothing more to say other than this is art. Beautifully crafted beer that doesn't try to be the biggest, baddest beer of them all. So many big beers in the top 250; it's refreshing to see such a well-deserved beer stick to its roots and perfect a relatively bland style. (1,452 characters)

Photo of memory_machine
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing particularly stands out as its best overall quality but I just straight up like drinking this beer. It drinks smoothly, tastes great and finishes without too much fuss. Always excited when I find it on tap. 2nd only to the superb Gumball Head in 3 Floyd's regular rotation. (282 characters)

Photo of nonpo
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden with 1-2 finger foam head.... Aromas make you forget this is an APA... Nice blend of sweet citrus and pine.... distinct aroma tilt from yeast and malt? Flavor that matches the aroma and finished clean with a sweet note.... Bitterness does not overstay it's welcome and leaves a refreshing finish.... Nicely carbed mouthfeel that is not overly acidic.... Overall a very balanced beer... If you are big in the flavor and aromas of hops without being overly bitter, this is a beer for you!!!! (503 characters)

Photo of maniacal
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Perfect cloudy amber, half a finger soft foam.
S: Sweet, fruity notes,
M: Smooth feel,not too light/crisp but not too heavy.
T: For as strong as the hops come through, you're left with virtually no backend bitterness. Just a smooth sip start to finish, leaving you wanting another.

Have had access to Zombie Dust off and on for awhile, and loved it. It wasn't until I also got to drink PtE that I realized how great this beer really is. Hands down my go-to when I want to celebrate something with an amazing beer. (518 characters)

Photo of khmel
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy gold. Low retention, creamy ring.

S: Pine, floral and citrus hops all had sex and made a perfect zombie baby. Astounding! I never give 5s, but this nose deserves one!

T: Sweet yet hoppy, smooth, lots of pine hops in the finish. Sooo good!

M: Smooth with medium body. (286 characters)

Photo of ABhatia
2.99/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

seems overrated..did not enjoy much. little flat, no particular characteristics. If you like hops this is not the beer for you. cool looking bottle though (154 characters)

Photo of MikeCooke
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where to begin on this one. This being one of my first adventure into beer reviewing I will try to avoid butchering it. This APA pours a radiant hazy orange color with a finger head that leaves nice tracing the way down. The smell (my favorite part) hits you with an a one two with sweet malts and tropical fruit. The taste matches the smell very well but is followed up with a hint of bitterness. It has a superb mouth feel that balances a full body flavor and retains its refreshing qualities. My overall opinion on this beer is obviously 3 floyds has knocked it out of the park again. This is one of the best APAs in the business. There may be some that are better out there but this is definitely top 3. (707 characters)

Photo of Sorphus
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hazy with a fluffy white head. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, and malts burst out of your glass! Lgithly carbonated with a slick smooth texture and a full body yet very refreshing. Some sugary malt impressions up front with a well pronounced hop forward bitterness which is well kept by its malt profile. Turns out rather dry yet refreshing! Lovely stuff! (369 characters)

Photo of Ssilvers
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely dry as the name would imply. I've had a number of bitter IPA's and had never felt one could be too bitter until zombie dust. I like it but could not drink more than 2 in a sitting. (190 characters)

Photo of lochraneg
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing American Pale Ale. You almost forget that you are drinking an APA. Darker than you would think upon pouring. A creme colored head that pours thick. One of my favorites by far. (190 characters)

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

The taste, look, feel and craftsmanship of this beer is of the charts. By far my favorite APA. The best and most sure fire way to acquire Zombie Dust is to watch the 3 Floyds websites "Beers To Go" page (http://www.3floyds.com/beers-to-go/) and making a trip to the brewery or by stalking your local liquor store (If you live the Chicago / Northwestern Indiana area), making friend s with it's employees, and learning what day and time the distributor makes his delivery. Some what pathetic behavior I know but what can I say....it's a damn good beer. (554 characters)

Photo of BSiegs
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber-ish in color, amazingly clear. Thick white foam that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Monster nose with loads of citrus. Great taste, citrus, pine. Phenomenal mouthfeel, medium bodied and incredibly smooth. Leaves a nice bitterness, but certainly is balanced out. What else is there to be said? A really great beer. (328 characters)

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall, very drinkable beer. Definitely feel like this one is a bit overhyped, but I'm glad I secured some through a trade. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other quality pale ales out there. (193 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A:pours a hazy amber, nice, foamy one finger head
S:lots of melon on the nose with a crisp bite to it, smells like candy
T:decent malt backbone up front, touch of honey sweet citrus and a final quiet whisp of bitterness in the finish
M:mouthfeel is a little juicy and syrupy (for the style not in general)
O: better than any pale ale has the right to be, it is like candy, very juicy and though it tastes like beer it doesn't feel like I'm drinking beer, it feels like i'm biting into a piece of fresh fruit after walking through a desert, my first three floyds non-collabo beer, kudos floyds keep it up (604 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.86/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12oz bottle
I really wanted to love this beer because of the hype. While this beer was extremely tasty and well made, it did not live up to the hype for me. (171 characters)

Photo of JNPIII127
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Very smooth on the palate. Finishes clean with very little hop bitterness. One of the best Pale Ale's that i've had. Finally a beer that earned its score. (193 characters)

Photo of Maxwell5
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a sucker for citra hops...with that being said, this is about as perfect as a pale as you can get.
A: hazy orange...not much visible carbonation and really small retention
S: citrusy / tropical fruit
T: follows the smell -- fruity with a nice hop bitterness left on the tongue
MF: smooth...little bitterness left on your tongue. not much carbonation. (354 characters)

Photo of MCCarrigan
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance and bouquet are both nice and promising. In taste, it has all the hallmarks of a top tier APA, but is too tightly wound IMO. It does open up a bit as it warms, but the bitter bite overrights many of the appealing, subtler notes, which ultimately detract for my taste. That said, it has amazing personality for a single hop APA and is a tribute to it brewers. If it was in my distro I'd keep a ready supply on hand. (425 characters)

Photo of ragnar3
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap. Smooth, light, citrusy with minimal carbonation and a clean finish. Nice example of a single-hop citra APA but pales in comparison to Pseudo Sue in my opinion. (174 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice bright deep orange color. The nose is full of citra invoking some fruity lemony citrus and some tropical fruits. I think the bottle was only a week old at most. There is a nice balance between the bitter and fruitness of the beer; I'd say citrus more in the line of orange and grapefruit. Overall a really good IPA. (329 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What can be said about this beer that already hasn't been said. It sets the gold standard for its style.

It's taste has so much character without been heavy handed. There's some citrus, lemon, orange, and just a touch of grapefruit but it's so refreshing and has such a clean finish. (284 characters)

Photo of Kelz87
3.78/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pub pint glass. Marked 7/23/15, not sure if that's the brewed on or drink by date. Big thanks to Charlie for throwing in this extra in our trade!

L- pours a hazy orange with about a finger of white head that quickly fades leaving some lacing

A- reeks of Citra hops! Strong tropical smell (mango I think is what I'm mostly picking up)

T- no really strong particular flavors here, just some mild tropical fruit and bitterness

M- good mouth feel, average carbonation

O- it's a good decent beer, I love a beer that reminds me of a bag of hops, but the flavor was lacking. It may just be an older bottle. I will definitely revisit this one in the future and see if it lives up to the hype. Definitely prefer pseudosue over this. (759 characters)

Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very happy to have gotten this in a trade recently. A beer I've wanted to for a long time...It lived up to the hype, completely. Amazing all around job with this beer. Thank you FFF. (182 characters)

Photo of MWM777
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright orange with slight haze. Decent lace with lots of head.

S- Citrus, pineapple and grapefruit rind. Slight mandarin orange.

T- The Citra hops here provide a clear citrusy grapefruit profile. Flavor is fantastic, and the hop bitterness is balanced perfectly to finish with the malt. Pineapple, orange rind and slight, slight pine.

M- Feels fairly dry, with a little carbonation keeping the beer bright. No residual bitterness or hop resin on aftertaste.

O- Best single-hop beer I've ever had. Just a fantastic, well-rounded beer from 3F. (551 characters)

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.