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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,374 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,374
Hads: 8,957
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 4,429
Gots: 2,586 | FT: 83
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 ypsifly
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Light orange to honey under a slight tan foam that settles after a few moments to a thin layer of bubbles. The head clings to the glass in a thick band that leaves a globby lace. The nose is deeply citric with pine resin on the background with an underlying sweetness that suggests brown sugar. Juicy citric hops upfront with a touch of malt sweetness that turns bitter turning to dry. Perfect carbonation with a dry mouth and a light, pleasant lingering hop fueled bitterness. Overall I can see why this one gets such high marks, this is a great beer! Big thanks to Abu for the bottle!

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Photo of soze47
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a tulip. Nice orange color with small amount of lacing. Nose is not that robust - I get the citra for sure, but it is a bit muted by the malt. Taste is much better - great play back and forth between hops and malt. Citra is a fickle hop - too much or not balanced and it gets pissy. This one hits that balance well. The finish is great - the body and yeast leave a pleasant, almost dry linger.

This is a very good beer. Maybe not living up to the hype in my opinion, but still a great, easy drinking, and unique pale ale.

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3.59/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This particular bottle was a few days over its two month bottling date. Id like to have a fresh one in the near future. That being said, here is what I thought:

A - Poured a cloudy orange with a very lackluster head, almost non existent. The head there died down almost immediately.
S - A nose full of citrus with mixed fruit, tropical pineapple?
T - Tons of citrus from the get go that mellows after a few seconds to maybe even a very little piney note.
M- There was a medium mouth feel, very smooth and pleasant.
O - Thankfully the flavors were there. This was a good beer, but I have a feeling the fresh one I have next time will really shine. To no fault of the breweries own.

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

Finally got my chance to try this. On tap at CCB 2 days after FFF tap takeover, i'm sure this keg will be spent by the end of the day. poured 16oz into IPA type glass. Looks just right 4.75, smells perfect 5.00, tastes world class 5.00, Feels even better then all the hype. 5.00, Overall this is the best Pale Ale I've had yet. 4.90

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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle marked ?0810W20115 0 (so maybe august 10th, maybe 201st day, end of July):
I have had a small sample of this before, and will balance that tasting with this review.

Appearance is more orange than gold, decent head on pour, receding to the edges, but quick to return with agitation. Beer is cloudy to being almost opaque initially, some clearing.

Nose is lightly dank on this pour, I recall it being stronger on my previous sample. Some amount of resiny pine still comes through with grapefruit and maybe some pineapple notes.

Taste is nice, not balanced but appears that way. Mostly sticking to the classic citrus notes, but backed up by the green grapefruit pith, almost dank, bitterness Citra can give off. The citrus comes through a little more in this pour than I recall from my tasting.

Nice carbonation, medium body, enjoyable feel overall.

A very well made APA that definitely bleeds into IPA territory. Will always welcome this beer when I get a chance.

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

6/21/15..I think it's fifteen, the date is a little smudged. I'm guessing that's the bottle on date and not the best by date. Still over 4 months old :c foggy gold with bubbly head that recedes quickly leaving sparse lacing. Decent amount of carb bubbles. Smell is biscuit, grass, bready malt, and some pine. Taste is very well balanced with the same flavors. Leaves slight dry stickyness on the palate and fades quickly but a decent aftertaste lurks. Great beer! Now I have to try fresh

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Photo of invertalon
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am a HUGE fan of Zombie Dust. This rating is based on having it dozens of times (at the brewery, from the bottle, on tap) and every single time I am really impressed with it.

The balance of this beer is what really makes it shine… Hop bitterness is medium, if not on the low side of the spectrum (at least the perceived bitterness). The citra hops deliver wonderful flavor and that tropical aroma.

It is just a very well made beer all around… It does drop off quick in the bottle, so be sure to drink as fresh as you can get it.

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Photo of Myotus
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 10Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that shrivels into a line after 20 seconds. Honey orange in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and very scarce in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of citrusy hops that entangle with mild aromas of sweet bready malts, floral hops, oranges, mangos, grapefruits, papayas, peaches, and apricots.
TASTE: Strong flavors of citrusy hops and mild flavors of sweet bready malts first strike my palate. Mild fruit flavors mentioned in the smell enter right after. As all malt and hop flavors persist, but fruit flavors grow slightly stronger, subtle bitter hop flavors finish off this incredible symphony of flavors.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: An incredible beer that smelled and tasted wonderful. The mouthfeel and appearance really brought down the overall rating, though.

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

Thank's to Capt. Wisconsin! This is has been on my "want" list for a while and now it's got...or rather a had :). Now for my two-bit review. Zombie Dust is an extraordinary Pale Ale, an well-hopped Pale, a so close to "India" Pale, that my palate is having a hard time acknowledging what the label says. Regardless, this lives up to all the hype! Smooth, well-balanced, and extremely drinkable, Three Floyds hit a walk-off home run with this one!

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

Thanks to Chris for this one.
Pours a brilliant burnt orange color with a thick head. My nose receives a heavy dose of citra- the odor is not mistakable. Heavy aroma from the head - Classic citra hints citrus, grapefruit, etc. very little earthiness to this beer. Hint of caramel as well. Taste is unbelievable. Tops PseudoSue in my mind. Perfect balance of malt roast to citra quality. Excellent beer. One of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with 1" white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention is really quite good, lacing is above-average.

S: Pungent citrus rind & a bit of a spice note, mainly black pepper. Grapefruit is present. Fresh-baked bread. Not bad, but not terribly deep.

T: Comes on with a burst of orange-rind & some bready sweetness to temper it. Mid palate features a mellow-but-noticeable bitterness punctuated by an undefined citrus quality. The finish is decidedly maltier, with more of a bready character & a touch of lemon zest at the end.

M: Moderate carb married to a somewhat heavy but very dry, almost chalky body. More than big enough to support the flavors here, maybe even a skootch too much.

O: Very, very good hopped-up Pale.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells awesome. Looks great. Leaves a large head on aggressive pour. Most importantly, tastes incredible. Juicy delicious hop taste. Overall- One of your fav pales/IPAs.

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

this is a very good American pale ale, but im not quite sure it stands up to all the hype. it seems to be more of an IPA than an APA, but either way it is delicious. maybe fresh this beer is even better, but it is def worth drinking.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9-16-2015 on the bottle.

A - Nice burnt orange colour. Hazy. One finger of white head on top. Mild carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Melon, pineapple, passionfruit. Smells like citra! A little grass. Sweet fruit.

T - Mild alcohol note, citra all over the place. More pineapple and passionfruit, earthy and grassy too. Citrusy zip. The bitterness is a really nice drying note that isn't always done so subtly, yet intensely.

M - Medium body, good sharp bitterness and a mild carbonation.

O/D - This isn't mind blowing. It's a pale ale with a ton of citra in it. It's damn good, but I'm not gonna blow a load over it like so many others. Tasty stuff and very sessionable, just not jaw dropping. Also, a pale ale shouldn't have 60 IBUs and I don't understand why this is recognized as such.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque golden orange. Smells like fresh citrus. Tastes similar to Deschutes fresh squeezed, but even better. The look and taste of this APA is perfect. Very smooth and easy to drink. It's so good, it's scary.

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

3floyds was so packed at GABF 2015. The line was 20+ deep to get this beer but I waited anyway and OMG worth every minute.

A: has a beautiful golden color with a full foamy head that disapates with time.

S: When i smelled my sample i was hit with a fragrane of citris. Pine needles and orange peels.

T: This beer is made with a single hop (citra hop). When it hits the lips so good.

M: Very fresh and light.

D: Refreshing pale ale could drink for hours on end. Light and smooth.

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

Bottle dated 9/9/15 into a Spieglau IPA glass. Quite a beer, that definitely rides the the line of pale/IPA. A delicious beer that I'd happily drink with frequency. No real holes, all attributes are good to great. Love the taste and finish, well done.

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Photo of Greasy
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm finally reviewing Zombie Dust! I've wanted to try this since I first tried 3 Floyds several years ago.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a big 2 finger head that simmered down nicely to a film atop the beverage. Lacing is very good all the way to the bottom.

S: As soon as I popped the cap off the fresh 12 oz bottle I was punched in the face by immense citrus notes. Very pungent.

T: Well, this is perfectly balanced. The hop flavor hits first; a blast of citrus and pine. A bit later, the malt backbone shows up and is perfect.

M: Goes down super smooth. This is super drinkable. Finish is crisp and putting this thing away is too easy a task. Superb.

O: This gets tons of hype, and legitimately lives up to it. The best APA I've had by a large margin.

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Photo of leec83
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft for first time today. Perfect coloration, a nice hazy amber color. Couldn't really pick out anything special from the smell. Taste was excellent, definitely smooth with strong notes of citra hops. Something I could definitely drink more of!

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained in a beer trade with a can date a week prior. Honestly, to say it is one of the finest pale ales in the country would be doing it a disservice. While being classified as a pale ale, I would think this is more of a super tasty IPA. You get lots of tropical fruit aromas from the Citra hops utilized in the brewing process. Taste is somewhat subtle but has an effective bite after your first sip. Overall, awesome beer and worth seeking out, cheers!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Happy 100th review for me, so I better pick a big beer to do it.

Pours clear with no haze and medium-amber with some nice lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, with a good dose of pine and some honey. Definitely got a West-coast style thing going on.

Taste reveals a lot more character, and is oddly a bit more East-coast style than the smell suggests. Bitter, dry, more pine, less fruit, and a fairly thin texture. Strange kind of metallic bitterness on the back end, which is what stays with you in the aftertaste.

It's a good IPA, no doubt about that. Interesting, tasty, worth trying. Unfortunately for me, I've been on such a high-rated IPA kick lately that by comparison to stuff like Pliny, Heady, Lagunitas Sucks, Stone's 19th, etc., this one doesn't hold my interest as much as I would have liked it to. If you're expecting a world class IPA as its reputation indicates, you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a damn good midwestern IPA that you will wholeheartedly enjoy, go for it. Just don't try toooo hard to find it.

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

Pours a deep gold. Aroma is of citrus and maybe a little mango. The taste is all floral hops with some citrus. The bitterness is up there for a pale ale but it doesn't sick around to long. Overall a solid beer but prefer Alpha King since it has a bigger malt presence if I'm going to get a pale ale from 3 Floyds.

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

On tap in a pint glass. Is this a pale ale or a strong IPA? Pours a deep straw/light honey color with an off white head. The nose is very hop-forward, and nearly as dry as it tastes. This beer is simply great to drink. The taste is dry, hoppy, and very refreshing. Very little malt-sweetness that I can detect. This is all dry, all hop, which is likely why it tastes so much more like an IPA than a pale ale. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp. Overall, and outstanding beer.

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Photo of MemphisMason
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft and bottle several times.
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: Strong hops flavor but you're left with virtually no backend bitterness. Just a smooth sip start to finish, leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of brewohio1
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best beer ive ever had. Definitely lives up to the hype. Really hard to find my wife found one last sixer in a Chicago bottle shop, shes the best.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.