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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Zombie DustZombie Dust

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5,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 5270
Reviews: 1050
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.79%

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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Photo of MichPaul


4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is WOW! OK, I guess I can say a bit more. I am wondering how this can be considered a Pale Ale. This is a very hoppy beer for a Pale, which is SPECTACULAR for me. Very citrusy and the carbonation is high which I also like.
The look is very typical for a Pale, which you can't knock it for because a Pale looks like a Pale.
The smell hits the nose BEAUTIFULLY! Loads of citrus.
Wonderful beer, even though I'm not typically a Pale Ale person, this beer satisfies the Hop Head in me!
Love it!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 22:25:49 | More by MichPaul
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep golden-hued body with a full-sized, foamy, near white head.

Smell: A big burst of raw citrus peelings, resins, and snappy floral hop notes atop a modest layering of unsalted crackers and untoasted bread.

Taste: Crackery, bready malt base lightly brushed with a thin coating of sweet simple syrup. Fresh-cut lemon peel, resinous resins, and fresh, inviting floral hop tastes. Plenty bitter, though not heinously bitterness. Drying at the close with some lingering resinous traces.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A winsome hop character for a very nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 17:30:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of rodkin


4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great, slightly hazy reddish gold, with a smallish head. that reduces nicely, but doesn't dissipate. Some visible carbonation.

Wow. This beer really smell fantastic. Peach and mango are the strongest smells, but there's some pineapple and orange as well. This smells like perfect fruit juice. Sweet, but not unpleasantly so. It's Very pungent, and the smell just comes out in waves.

Taste is great, but doesn't quite live up to the nose for me. It's all the same flavors, but feels as though it's been watered down slightly. There's a nice grainy malt presence as well. Mild bitterness that makes you want to keep drinking. It's hugely drinkable and very tasty, but I wish it was just a bit bigger. This is pretty nitpicky though, as it's still delicious.

Mouth is exactly what I want. not too thick, with a really nice carbonation, it tickles the tongue on the way down.

This is easily my new favorite APA. The nose is definitely the high point for me, but it's really just all around great. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:52:15 | More by rodkin
Photo of Adrianized


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

As I'm pouring this, outdoors, at arms length... Amazing aromas slap me across the face. Pours a nice light orange in color with a creamy white head. Leaves behind great lacing. 4.5

Super fresh citrus aroma. Smells like I'm squeezing oranges and tangerines. Some lemon zest and a hint of pine. Really amazing. 5

Surprisingly, the first thing I get is light caramel malt. But, this is immediately overtaken by citrus hops... Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and some crisp green apple. As the alpha acids build, there's more and more earthy, resiny piney hops. Full spectrum of balanced flavor here. 4.5

Just the right amount of carbonation to keep the hops oils crisp. 5

Overall, what a nice surprise this was. Beers like this are why I don't need session beers.... Only 2% more ABV but busting at the seems with flavor. Another great offering from FFF! 5

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:57:22 | More by Adrianized
Photo of psychotia


4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of my bottles courtesy of Mista - thank you, kind sir.

a - pours a golden yellow with a nice, large 2-finger head. while it settles to a fine lace, it does so rather quickly - i would much like to stare at it longer...

s - holy hell. it's been quite some time since an aroma instantly pervaded the vicinity from the moment i opened the bottle. huge grapefruit, orange, pine tree aroma. massive. i want to smell this all day.

t - follows aroma. a perfect balance of nectar/bread sweetness, which when incorporated with the hops gives me the sensation of cold, juicy citrus fruit. it goes together so well.

m - thin enough to be quenching, yet thick enough to assert its substance.

o - i expected to be let down by this; after all, the hype surrounding this brew is massive. that being said, i believe this is the best beer i have EVER had - and i'm not saying this as some FFF fanboy, honestly i don't care much for their other beers. i want to drink this for the rest of my life (ok, not really, i do like my variety). i only hope i can enjoy other pale ales after having such an epic creation from FFF.

this is why i drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:55:09 | More by psychotia
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last bottle from a trade.

A - Slightly hazy apricot colored brew with a white foamy head and nice lacing.

S - Big grapefruit (followed by some other tropical fruit) and some bready malt.

T - Tropical and earthy in the beginning with a good hop bite in the finish. Very drinkable. This is really excellent because it hits all the high notes a beer can, it is: complex in flavor, light on the pallet (with a big flavor), and refreshing.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a slightly dry finish. Hop bite at the end helps add some body to this brew. It's interesting since it's creamy, yet quite crisp in the finish.

O - One of the best APAs I have ever had. Period.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:15:38 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of celticfutblclub


4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle no bottling date that i can see..
thanks to urbancaver for this one

A - ruby/orange body slightly hazed. cream white head half a finger thick settles to a ring. still puts up some good lacing.

S - big orange peel and grapefruit notes, blast of earthiness in there as well. tobacco, grass hops. very unique nosing and quite inviting.

T - earthiness is there again at the start. tobacco. orange peel pops in with big bitterness, grapefruit, grass.

M - light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. big hop pucker here. nice dry finish.

O - yeah this is a damn fine beer. i want more.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:48:44 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of travMI13


4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from a guy named Fritz at KBS release day. Thanks man.

2012 vintage. No bottle date, but picked up from Three Floyds approx. 2 weeks before consumption. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy goldenrod orange body with 2 inches of fluffy white head. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Huge orange and grapefruit hop notes. I would say the orange dominates, which makes sense. A nice earthiness comes through as well. This smells fantastic.

T: Orange, grapefruit, earth, and cannabis notes. A nice lingering hop bite. This is pretty complex. I think the earthy notes dominate the citrus notes at times. I like that, but I don't love it.

M: Creamy, yet crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation. There is some depth to the mouthfeel: not too thick, but not too thin. The bite on the finish that I mentioned earlier is a nice touch.

O: To have this amount of flavor and complexity in a standard APA/IPA is really outstanding. Would I trade my cellar for this stuff? Absolutely not. However, I would never turn one down. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:47:04 | More by travMI13
Photo of divineaudio


4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pint glass. thanks to paslaugh for the opportunity.

a - pours a crystal clear, golden color with a pinky of sudsy, pale yellow foam. head retention is good, calming slowly to a thin cap and leaves thin, leggy lacing in the glass.

s - tangerine, strawberry, grassy hops, toasted bread.

t - sweet, light citrus hop character over a toasty malt base. notes of honey, tangerine, berry, grass, faint piney bitterness. finishes crisp and clean. surprisingly complex, light and refreshing.

m - lighter side of medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

o - this is one of those few beers that disappears from the glass. delicious and very, very drinkable. FFF might have just redefined the style here. get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 05:02:51 | More by divineaudio
Photo of areich6


4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4. I've had this beer a few times but am finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Pours with about a centimeter of head and yeilds a gorgeous golden color. A little bit of lacing is left as th head recedes.

S: Fantastic. Hoppy/citrusy flavors dominate, which makes extremely excited to taste this...again. Also there is a slight hint of pear and/or apple in the scent.

T: Really hoppy for a pale ale and it is great. I assume citrus hops are used to brew this beer which explains the bitter and citrusy taste. Citrusy lemon, orange, and floral notes are also evident. It is everything anybody could want in a hoppy beer.

M: Very smooth not much carbonation, but just enough to keep it from being unpleasantly flat. I could drink this all night.

O: This is the best pale ale I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:46:28 | More by areich6
Photo of Scotchboy


4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 400

Review from notes. Zombie Dust, an extra from an awesome trader, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. No bottling date visible.

A: Pale gold, slight chill haze, good clarity, moderate effervescence, fluffy off white head, decent lace.

S: Sweeter tropical fruits, definite citrus presence, faint floral and grain, distant vegetable and astringent notes. It's good, but I'm a bit let down after everything I'd heard about this beer...

T: Sweet orange, citrus, peach, tropical fruit, juicy, light bitterness, light dryness, ghostlike biscuit malt.

MF: Tangy light-medium mouthfeel, a faint bitter dryness on finish.

O: Really nice and drinkable...enjoyable, and refreshing. Probably not my absolute favorite for an APA but right up there. Definitely a good Pale Ale, thanks Aaron!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 15:26:56 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of superspak


4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger off white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, light pine, floral, herbal spiciness, and apricot. Fantastic aromas here as expected from one of my favorite hops. Taste of big pine, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, and tropical fruit for a bit. Great malt balance makes this extremely drinkable. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall this is an mind blowing pale ale. Tons of great hop flavor and balance. You would think this was an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:34:47 | More by superspak
Photo of kscaldef


4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to claspada for the bottle.

A: Light copper, with clear evidence of carbonation, and a healthy head. Good lacing.

S: Wow! Intense juicy, citrus hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, melon, mango.

T: Again, juicy citrus hops, on top of cereal malts and a slightly sweet finish balanced by moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very well balanced in the mouth.

O: Really enjoying the heck out of this beer. Intense aroma and taste, but easily drinkable. If I had more than this one bottle, I'd happily pop open another.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:01:21 | More by kscaldef
Photo of BeRanger


4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Orangish color, about a half finer of white head that disappears rather quickly. Not as much lacing as Dreadnaught.

S: Hops, Citrus, Grapefruit and other tropical smells.

T: I had to take a couple sips of this to figure this out. It's certainly well balanced, the tropical fruits and hops go together perfect. However this particular type of hop I'm not as huge of a fan of. While they mesh well and finish clear, the flavors arent as promounced as I would have liked.

M: Light, good carbonation - very crisp.

O: It's definitely a good APA and for the price, I wouldnt disagree that it's the best in class. However I was hoping for a little more flavor-wise. Coming off KBS day perhaps my pallate has gotten a little spoiled. I'll come back to this review over the next four bottles I have.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 23:55:37 | More by BeRanger
Photo of SpottedZombie


5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a quickly dissipating white foam head.

Smells like tangerines, oranges, grapefruits, apricots, medium astringency. No alcohol detectable.

Tastes like it smells, juicy, citrusy, floral notes, clean finish. Medium bitterness, almost an IPA.

Overall this is the finest APA on the planet. No gripes here.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:05:55 | More by SpottedZombie
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - first of all, beautiful label art on this bottle. poured a thick cloudy copper color (almost looks like a belgian double) with a nice amount of fluffy white head. lots of lacing

S - very floral, citrusy, piney, grapefruit, honey, caramel

T - huge on the grapefruit taste!! excellent combination of hop bitterness and citrusy sweetness (if that even makes sense!). this is PERFECT right now (just walked about 3 miles with my 3 month old kid in 70 degree weather, came home drenched in sweat and this is taking care of the thirst )

M - crisp, sweet, bitter, refreshing with a sweet dry finish

O - the smell didn't win me over all that much, smelled like a standard ipa, and then i tasted the delightfulness that is zombie dust! this is a perfect beer for hot days like today. great flavor, great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:06:25 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.1/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy orange with a dense white head. The smell is sharp and tangy, with a lot of meyer lemon notes as well as something herbal, and something a little bready as well. The taste is again heavy on the citrus tang, with a sturdy malt backbone to keep things balanced. It's highly carbonated but very smooth. A very nice beer, one I'm glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 15:49:29 | More by gory4d
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a pint glass the appearance is a yellow-brown color, clear with a healthy white cover that settles to a stubborn thin blanket. Lacing is equally stalwart. The bouquet of citrus hops is instantly delivered upon opening the bottle. Floral biscuit, near cherry blossoms over delicate grain. Very nice and such a pleasure when risking the often too tame genre of pale ales. The flavor brings an interesting combination of floral grain with a grassy finish. After the tongue has a couple moments to contemplate this, you get more of the citrus back and it ultimately presents a fine, sweet but reasonably balanced hop refreshment. Body is medium-light with a near slick feel and fairly delicate carbonation that crescendos to a mild froth in your mouth. Very drinkable and a fine entry for the pale ale world! I knew there was a reason I was determined to bring home some Three Floyds with me from Chicago last week!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:35:46 | More by Durge
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head that leaves a couple of streaky patches of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a tropical fruit salad, with ruby red grapefruit and honeybell tangelos, with hints of lemon, pineapple and mango

Taste: The bready malts lay down the platform and the sugary tropical fruits detected in the aroma dance a tango from start to finish, lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Doesn't hurt that I picked up this bottle at the brewpub today so it is super fresh; just about the best thing I have ever tasted that has emerged from a fermenter

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:24:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of Mar02x


4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange golden look with a small foam layer on top. The beer looks appealing and the head has a good retention. The fluid appears to be pretty clear. The structure of the head and the color of the beer are the only remarks.

S - A strong pine enters my nose as do floral hops and citrus. Another look at the bottle because this smells like an IPA, the bottle mentions pale ale??

T - Again lots of pine, citrus and floral hops, incredibly tasty and easy to drink. The beer is full in body, dry and bitter, which make it an excellent thirst quencher.

M - The medium carbonation fits perfectly with the style. The finish is bitter and lingers around for quite some time.

O - A beautiful pale ale that is for sure and I wish that all my beers this summer would taste the same.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:41:16 | More by Mar02x
Photo of Kbogac


4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a pint glass. Clear orange amber with a 1/2 inch on foam. No visible carbonation. It this is a cask pour.

Smell is nice grapefruit and hops.

Taste is nice balanced hops up front. A little sweetness then malt with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is not overly light, nice. Cask pour has minimal carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer. Hops are very aromatic but not overwhelming in the taste. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2012 20:26:43 | More by Kbogac
Photo of spicelab


4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bstyle for surprising me with this extra! 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Just perceptibly hazed apricot with a voluptuous white head that drops reluctantly with spider web lacing.

Majorly ripe tropical melons, passionfruit and orange sherbet. Striking clarity.

Tropical fruit salad melange of honeydew, papaya, guava and rockmelon. Amazingly green and zingy flavours.

Light to medium body jazzed up by a lightly spritzy carbonation. Suitably short bitterness for a pale ale as oposed to an IPA.

As much flavour packed into a 6.2% drop as many IPAs pack into 9%. Massive drinkabilty. An impressive coup.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:06:36 | More by spicelab
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to auracom for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours medium gold, with brilliant clarity. Two and a half fingers of dense, fluffy white head. Leaves rings of lacing as the head slowly deflates. Beautiful.

S: Lots of juicy citrus hops, some grassyness, a bit of pine bite, all supported by moderate caramel malt.

T: Biscuit and some caramel malt in the forefront, some hops (orange) which impart a mild to moderate bitter finish. Needs a little more hop "pop" to really bring this together.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Really smooth.

O: Very good pale ale, really easy to drink, but could use more hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:05:00 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of bbeane


3.93/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a laser etched DFH chalice... starts with a light head that disappears quickly leaving some spotted lacing. Beer is amber in color

S- Not overly aromatic... some light hoppy notes with a hint of sweetness

T- Lives up to the hype in the taste department. Has a solid citrus hop taste from start to finish backed by some light bready notes

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

O- Forgot I had this in the fridge, so it definitely could have been drank fresher... none the less, one of my favorite APA's to date. Almost drinks more like an IPA


Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:34:27 | More by bbeane
Photo of Nugganooch


4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Allen the bee-sucker for hooking up this huge want of mine. Mid is good peeps!

Notes from 03/02/12
12oz bottle – pint glass

A: Zombie Dust pours a near perfect clear golden amber color with a half finger rim of off-white head. Leaves some wavey lacing upon the glass.

S: Smell is super skunky and in a good way. More like catty. Bright and sharp. Lemon peel, lychee fruits, and tropical florals. Some light sugary malts. Really great nose!

T: Tastes explodes with big bitters up front. Whoa - quite intense. Mangoes, orange flesh, pineapple, and evergreens. A bit of sweetened honey cracker maltiness really carries the brew throughout. Nar a trace of alcohol. Lingering pucker. Just juicy and resinous. Super hoppy. Great stuff.

M: Light to med body with a good creaminess to it. Upper levels of carbonation. Super sticky resinous mouthcoat and a puckering dry finish.

D: Not exactly sure the way this works… Is it a Zombie repellant? OR more like it turns you into a hop Zombie because I am already wanting more. These 2 bottles received in trade were just a teaser!

The hoppiest brew I have had out of FFF’s for sure. Intense yet nicely balanced with a decent amount of malty sweetness. Very crushable. Really solid stuff.

Moving to an ALWAYS WANT!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:07:53 | More by Nugganooch
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 5,270 ratings.