Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,358
Hads: 8,831
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 4,368
Gots: 2,498 | FT: 85
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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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Reviews: 1,358 | Hads: 8,831
Photo of aleigator
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed sunyellow color, with a big, stable head.

Smells of sublime bitter, fruity lemon zest with balancing, white-bread malts to it. Citrus got a flowery, inviting note to it, enhancing the beers juicy, ripe lime pulp impression.

Drinks outstandingly easy, with a medium, soft carbonation to it, resulting into a very pleasant, citrus forward pale ale.

Tastes of citrus peel from the very beginning, while the malts provide a fantastic soft mouthfeel, exhibiting a hint of honey, as well as juicy lime. Also yields a soft minerality, creating a very clean and crisp hop profile, showcasing the pungent exotic fruit perfectly. Finishes with biscuity malts among an aqueous softness and pleasantly metallic carbonation, together with a well weaved in citrus hoppiness, which shines during the very end of tasting the beer.

While its hoppiness provides a pleasant assault on the tongue it is perfectly integrated and balanced by all other ingredients of the beer. This creates a great softness on the palate, resulting in an outstandingly easy drinking beer, for which you don't necessary need to be a hophead, more of a beer which convinces you to be one.

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Photo of srletend
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: heavy, thick, golden
S: nice strong citrus and floral
T: top notch IPA; they say 50 IBU, but much more feel than that
O: the hype is true: world class IPA

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Photo of anteatr23
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and carbonated, one finger head. Smells of pine and sticky citrus. Pineapple? Taste is bitter and dry with fruity notes. Clean and balanced. Very refreshing. Aftertaste has some bready malts. Mouthfeel and finish are simple and pleasant. Not over peppery or intense. Really really tasty pale ale.

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

3 Floyds comes out with some extraordinary beers, but this one seems to be the hardest common one to find of theirs, with good reason. Everything about Zombie Dust is great and the taste makes it one of the best Apa's around! Its hard to find, but you will be happy if you do find it!

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Photo of Vultr_of_cultr
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with a slight haze. Strong citrus taste (grapefruit especially) with a smooth, clean finish and a surprisingly mild bitterness. A great clean, smooth ale. Highly recommended.

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

Can't believe I haven't rated this before! Grabbed a fresh couple bottles(7/9/15) and treated it as my first taste. I don't drink this on the reg, but really enjoy it whenever I pick it up.

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Pours straw color with a white head, head is barely off-white and full. Little lacing on the glass.

S=Some citrus and resin, light malt aroma.

T=Citrus hops with a touch of bitter bite. Orange peel and grapefruit.

M=Light body, moderate carbonation, easy to drink, crisp, refreshing.

O=Pretty good overall, taste is crisp and clean.

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

One of the best beers I have ever had, this beer is hard to get ahold of and the hype is real. My only complaint is the slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of bobtopich
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally scored Zombie Dust last month on a trip to the area. Totally lucky to hit it on the day of release AND walked in and scored a table for lunch for the first time!

The beer is a wonderfully delicious pale ale that deserves it's high marks. I'm not a reviewer that can tell you all the hops and smells and flavors. I can tell you that I'm a picky beer drinker and don't like them all. This one is a beer I'll try to score again on my next trip to Munster!

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Photo of deebo
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I thought I rated this before...haven't had for a couple years but it originally was the citra pale ale I judged all others against. I ran into a place (Wise Owl) that has this beer 2 days after bottling. It's everything I remember and more. The citra pops in every way. You can smell this beer all day. Only defect is there is a hint of bitterness in the back end.

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

12 oz. bottle (2015-06-12) poured into a tall FSB highball glass.

A - Pours a glistening pale straw. A three-finger head of very tight, pillowy foam that's eggshell white very slowly collapses, leaving generous rings of foam around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich yellow-gold that moves toward orange in the middle and quite hazy, making it rather opaque.

S - Solid nose of fresh ruby red grapefruit hops. A hint of resin in support. Into the glass, softer citrus notes emerge with floral hops in the background. Malt is bready - moist whole wheat with just a touch of very light caramel candy.

T - Delicious lightly toasted malt topped by orange/grapefruit jam and garnished by fresh floral notes. Just a hint of Jolly Rancher candy surrounded by somewhat bitter herbal notes in the rather soft finish.

M - Somewhat fizzy with a nice crispness that slides easily across the tongue. Well-balanced carbonation. Medium-light body complements the nicely integrated, quality components. Clean, short finish.

O - Now this is my idea of a pale ale - a perfectly matched malt foundation balanced against an outstanding combination of hops. It delivers both an enjoyable, sensuous experience for the taste buds while also being clean and refreshing. More - lots more - please. This one 12 oz. bottle was just a tease.

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I want in an IPA, simple as that. Great tropical pungent aroma, tasted: mangoes, pineapple, and citrus. Easy mouth feel and almost no malty Finish. My my.

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Photo of justinp444
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with a gorgeous 2 inch thick foamy white head (sticks to your skin). Smell of tropical fruit, grass, orange, citrus, and floral notes with a nice bready malt backbone. Taste is crisp drinkable and smooth with a nice moderate mouth feel and body. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes with a not overly sweet malty taste.

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Photo of rjmc64
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, darker color than expected for a pale ale, medium gold with thick creamy white head. Nose was powerful citrus, melon, pineapple. Mouthfeel was right where it should be. Flavor was nicely balanced between make and hops with both caramel sweetness and citrusy hop flavors coming through, even in the finish. More like IPA than APA I think but still a great beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Plenty of good to say about this beer. I'm content to just say that the lace and head form perfection. Only one other time have I give a 5.0 for look. For a straight pale, there is no overhype about this.

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Photo of shangwang
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed while about 3 weeks old, so nice and fresh. Drank more like an IPA than what I've come to expect from pale ales; bold citrusy hops and a robust malt backbone with lots of character. Darker amber color than I expected, and the sweet biscuity malt profile compliments the citra hops well. Bursting with flavor throughout, with a delicate dry/sweet finish. Left me wanting to take another sip immediately after the last one.

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Photo of Mikus
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed fresh. My bottle was 2 weeks old. Zombie Dust has just set the bar for American Pale Ales. Balanced, juicy, clean. Poured a clear, orange amber color with 2 fingers of loose white head. Just a giant orange/tangerine aroma, citrus madness, finished off by just a hint of a dank hop note in there as well. Big orange juice on the palate, sweet tangerine, a hint of pine, and a hint of sweetness moving back on the tongue. Excellent balance is the key to this flavor profile. An overall dry finish that carries the juicy hoppiness along, cut with that hint of sweetness just nicely. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Acquired through a trade and the bottle was older than I would have liked but still I enjoyed this beer. Definitely more citrusy but there were some pine notes that created a well balanced hop profile. Enough malt to exude its presence but not enough to overtake the hops, an excellent version of a pale ale.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft and well balanced but still ample pine and candied fruit. Not very bitter despite the abundant hops. In a word: crushable.

In general, ZD is milder than I expected but this bottle is also 2.5 months old. Still quite tasty and somehow addictive.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look pale orange good lacing.
Smell super citrusy slight pine.
Taste all citrus up front with a slight bitterness on the finish.
Feel thin but it's right for the style.
Overall great pale ale both pseudo sue and light speed from toppling golliath are better, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this while up to Wrigley for a Royals game a few weeks ago, brought it and a few of its friends back to KC.

An inch of soapy white head sits atop this sandy gold beer.

Big nose - lots of citrus and mango, hint of pine. Really great, distinctive.

With a name like "Zombie," you'd think this was going to be a monster, but it's much more delicate than that. Juicy citrus, a little bit dank, somewhat vegetative. Sits on the tongue like a leather flap, holding fast.

A good beer, but there's hype in the name.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with a nice white head. Amazingly big citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Flavor is similar with grapefruit, orange, mango, and just a little pine bitterness. Balanced perfectly with a malty sweetness and body. Very smooth and finishes clean with no aftertaste. I love this beer!

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Photo of do_ob
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to sblickem for sending me a few of these. Been wanting to try this one forever.

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a light gold and settles a clear amber in the glass. Excellent carbonation. A semi-aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of sticky, white foam. Very aromatic - one of those beers you can smell from a couple feet away. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and hops on the nose. Medium-light weight, and quite smooth on the mouthfeel. There's a slight hoppy bitterness up front with a strong malt backbone. Notes of tropical fruit are present, but are somewhat muted by the hops and malt. Fairly constant taste throughout. Finishes crisp and clean, and leaves a malty sweetness and a slight hop zest behind for the aftertaste.

Overall, a very good pale ale that's unquestionably drinkable and super tasty. While I don't quite understand all the hype surrounding this particular beer, it does offer a great balance and drinkability that a lot of other pale ales fail to achieve. Damn good.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark clear orange color with a good head and medium lacing.

Smell – Very hoppy; mostly pine with some floral notes.

Taste – Taste is hoppy. Similar to the smell, with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, lightly creamy, with a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Good, but a little bitter.

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Photo of danh53
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I see what the hype is about. This did not disappoint. Amazing fruity aroma with citrus, pineapple, and mango followed by a bitter after taste. Medium light body with good carbonation. Would definitely drink this again.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.