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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,336
Hads: 8,703
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 3.08%
Wants: 4,324
Gots: 2,412 | FT: 81
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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: 1,336 | Hads: 8,703
Photo of joecast
3.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite cloudy though not sure if its bottle conditioned. White head settles to a thin lace fairly quickly.

Heavy hop aroma of floral and strong grapefruit notes. A good dose of sweet malt seems to detract from the hops though.

Lots of bitterness initially which fades to reveal some citrusy hop flavor and finishes with a sweet bready malt character.

Ok, not sure about this one. Can't see any date on the bottle so going to go with this. Would be happy to give it another shot but wasn't too impressed with this first try. (526 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! Unfortunately, it's 6 months old, but beggars can't be choosers...

12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours an intensely cloudy orange-copper color. The head is a one finger white color with some fantastic retention - it's been about a minute and the head is still there

S: There's no doubt this zombie is but a shadow of its former self, though it has held up well enough to be pretty good. This has a lot of papaya, mango, and honeydew melon, along with a piny brightness. I also detect a very subtle sweetness to it.

T: Extremely good for a six month old pale ale. Most of the bitterness is midpalate; the opening flavors are melony and sweet, while the finish is wonderfully neutral and bready. Nonetheless, this offers a decent melange of tropical fruits. If only it were fresh *sigh*...

M: This feels a LOT lighter than it looks, and goes down with amazing ease. Carbonation is perfect for what this beer is, perhaps a hair too light. The finish is surprisingly wet, likely due to the (un)dead hops.

O: I really like it - but it pains me to review it in this state, given the circumstances. On the plus side, I could really see this being one of my favorite beers EVER fresh, so needless to say, I'll be on the hunt for fresh bottles of this! (1,299 characters)

Photo of Thurgoft
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice white head. Smell is tropical - mango, papaya, maybe a touch of a fruit cocktail syrup. A bit of grapefruit as well. Taste follows the nose mostly with the grapefruit and a bit of the tropics. There's also a really nice caramelly malt note on the finish that wasn't too noticeable on the nose. Ends with some really pleasant bitterness that invites you to take another drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep it EXTREMELY refreshing. The beer absolutely lives up to the hype. Has enough complexity and intensity to keep it interesting while being refreshing enough to quaff. Can't get enough of this beer. (713 characters)

Photo of ClarkHimself
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft in Chicago's Local Option.

Given the pedestal my beer friends puts this beer upon, I was a initially underwhelmed when I finally had a full pint in front of me. The beer was surprisingly clear and lacking in the nice creamy head I was expecting. The first fruity, citrusy whiff put those fears to bed, however. Delicious hoppy goodness with bits of orange peel. The taste follows with a nice hop punch and tastes of grapefruit. Just awesome! This embodies the smooth, fruity IPA/AIPAs that I love. Really great stuff that is not to be missed if you have the opportunity. (580 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 fingers of big foamy head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is a hazy brownish shade of orange.

S. Massive hop smell for a pale ale. Nice crisp citrusy hop aroma. This is one of the hoppiest pale ales I have smelled. A bit of dry biscuity malt that I find in most of 3F's beers lies beneath all the hop aroma. To be honest there are a lot of IPAs that don't smell this good. Grapefruit, and another citrus fruit that I can't quite put my finger on dominate.

T. Taste is very hop forward as well with an almost mouth coating bitterness. Get that almost classic orange marmalade flavor that only a few of the best IPAs can pull off.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. A beer that crosses the boundaries between APA and IPA. Who really cares though as long as it tastes good. This beer definitely tastes good. Wish I had easy access to this as a year round staple in my fridge. 3 Floyds does excellent hoppy beers, and Zombie Dust is no exception. (1,035 characters)

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

Zombie Dust is a beautiful copper colored beer that is very clear. The many bubbles and one finger cottony white head also make it a beauty to look at. The head retention was amazing as there was some foam all the way to the end of the glass. Lastly, ZD left some very nice lacing down the glass. This is a very attractive beer.
From the aromas I could only detect hops. Grapefruit, pepper, and as the beer warmed grass are what it offered to my olfactory nerves. I really enjoyed this aspect all the way to the bottom of the glass as the aromas did not trail off at all.
The flavors are very much like the aromas, bitter grapefruit, pepper with not as much grass in the flavor profile as the aroma but it was present.
ZD is a medium bodied beer that offers quite a bitter and resinous hop punch right off the bat. It's the real sticky kind of feel that makes you want to pucker up and it is amazing. It finishes more dry and with the pepper notes and leaves a bit of a citrus aftertaste.
What a fantastic beer. I do not live in the distro are for ZD but if I did it would be a staple in my fridge. I will buy this beer whenever I have the opportunity. (1,153 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an HFS sniffer

A: Translucent golden honey color with a small white head that dissipates quickly but lingers in a ring for a while after. It is cloudy but not too cloudy with floaters or anything, great start.

S: Lots of tropical fruit melons peach and others it is almost overwhelming but I love it. I cannot smell much else but that is the only downside i can see.

T: The taste definitely follows the nose lots of melony and fruity flavors. The hops aren't as up front as I like but there is a subtile bitterness that lets you know they are still there. I am kind of surprised with the lack of balance, but I still really like it so its not all bad.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink, but pretty light for my liking especially in terms of a pale ale not bad by any stench of the imagination though.

O: I like it I really do, but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Definitely will get again, but I'm not going to make it a priority. Though one of the best pale ales I have ever had for sure. (1,031 characters)

Photo of gonzowestwood
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ 3 Floyd's brewery in a pint glass

A - nice clear light orange rust with white two finger head (4.5)
S- a tropical fruit punch, orange, mango, pineapple,guava but surprisingly light (4)
T- wow! A sweet malty cotton candy sweet. Kind of like guava juice. Also get mango, orange peel. Very very nice
M-finishes dry and a little bitter like an IPA. (4.5)
O- Is this the best pale ale on earth ? No question. This goes without saying but it's a lot better on tap. Had a few bottles after this and wasn't the same. (5) (522 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 finger of white sticky tight head with good retention. Hazy orange-gold liquid with green tint. Pretty, though greenish tint is a bit off-putting. Nice head.
S: Tropical fruit and honey. Man candy. Mango, grapefruit. I'd like a bit more diversity in the aroma.
T: Lots of grapefruit up front and in the finish. Quite a palate wrecker! Some loos esters in the finish rattle around and don't quite jive - a negative. Slight malt framework. West coast style all the way! :-)
M: Round start and bitter finish. Quite puckering. Very dry end.
O: An enjoyable APA that is firmly in the IPA or session IPA territory. If we call it a session IPA, it's the best I've had of the class to date (will have to check my rating on All Day IPA). Big thanks to warnerry for the bottle! I would love another and will buy 6 next time I see it. (853 characters)

Photo of Samichlaus82
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There’s really no denying that is an exceptional apa. It’s got 3Fs flair for sure, and nearly on par with Alpha King. Aroma is an A+. Tons of big, juicy, tropical citrus fruits, subtle pine, and vibrant florals. More tropical fruit here than usual 3Fs. It’s so hop fruity, but balanced with sweeter melon fruit, caramel, and cereal grains. The pour is decent, semi-translucent with a golden body, and fluffy creamy, starch white head. The body is light-medium (for a 3Fs product), big on flavor, though not quite perfectly balanced. Less of the great tropical fruit compared to the nose, but more lemon grass, strawberry, and melon starburst candy. Also, caramel and malted cereal with some light soapy qualities. Finish lingers very well with more florals and citrus. I definitely liked alot, but maybe not quite on par with Alpha King, though that is definitely debatable. (880 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said? FFF has worked some magic into this one. Had both on-tap, fresh at the Brewpub, on-tap in cold fall air-chilled kegs during Dark Lord Day, and ~50 bottles. Same story from all of them.
Appearance is a light bronze/honey color with plenty of carbonation and a creamy-looking head. The smell is of grapefruits and oranges, and the infamous Citra hop, the only hop this brew is made with, refreshing. Taste follows the nose. Absolutely refreshing, clean, crisp, citrus fruit taste, with more pineapple, orange, and an alcohol sweetness coming into play as it warms. Clean, smooth, almost milky mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation keeps it light and highly drinkable. The hype is real on this, and in my opinion, it truly is the best APA on the market. Just swung by the brewery again to pick up another case of 24. Too good to pass up. (875 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teiku glass. Very nice orange color with a soft white head. The nose is pretty outstanding all of the whiffs for what comes next...Citrus galore, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest and you get a bit of balance with some apricot and mango notes. The finish is nice and soft. Carbonation is medium. Fantastic beer there are some lucky folks who live near this brewery! (376 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had people say that this beer is better than Pliny and really talk this up quite a bit.

Well, the citra hops are clearly in play here. Strong hop presence. Good bitterness. I wish that the flavor profile would last a bit longer, honestly. It hits, and it's nice, but it definitely doesn't last as long as I'd like; or as long as it should, really.

In the grand scheme of things, it's a very nice beer. Brings some punch, but doesn't go overboard. I suppose that's what a pale ale is supposed to do.

I can't say that it's better than Pliny, off what I'm having here. (It's dipa vs. apa and apples vs. oranges). But it's a good beer. I'll have to try it on bottles one day. (681 characters)

Photo of argock
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear waisted glass at The Publican (Chicago, IL).

A: Medium-amber with soft 1/2-finger cap of foamy light beige head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Explosive nose of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit with big floral aromas as well. There is some resiny components as well. The maltiness plays second fiddle.

T: The flavor is very hoppy but not astringent and just moderately bitter which allows the big fruity pineapple, grapefruit, and mango notes be maximally enjoyed. The maltiness provide more crystal sweetness, although it is very light, like 20L, along with a fair dose of Munich to supply some light breadiness. I agree that this tastes more like an APA, but it is very aggressively hopped for aroma and flavor with a restrained bitterness.

M: Incredibly drinkable with a moderately dry finish along with light-to-medium body and soft carbonation to give a creamy and lighter than expected feel.

O: A wonderful beer that I was very glad to get a chance to try on-tap. It drinks right on the edge of APA-IPA styles but feels more like a hefty APA than a light IPA, although neither of those would be wrong. A superb beer and I was surprised to find out it was brewed exclusively with Citra -- need to try brewing one of those soon! (1,290 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky and cloudy. Thin head. Man I love murky!

S: Citrus. Orange and Orange ring. Tangerine. Lemon rind. Slight pineapple. Slight lime. Vanilla and butterscotch. Buttery.

T: Let down from the smell. Much maltier than expected. Tangerine rind.

M: Medium bodied. Slight chew. But a really nice coat on the tongue.

O: Maybe I'm just not an APA guy. Actually I'm not....much rather a big IIPA. Sorry guys. This review is weighted.

thanks redliner8!!! (455 characters)

Photo of GRWolverineFan
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear copper into my 3f Chalice with a 2 finger white head that quickly dissipates to an etched lace.

S- Citrus at first following by tropical fruits as it warms slightly. By far the best nose on a beer that I have ever experienced.

T- Citrus burst on the front end followed by tropical fruits just like the nose. Finishes extremely clean despite the huge hop wallop it packs. Again, this beer is spectacular and at the top of its class.

M- Thinner mouthfeel which can be a positive or negative depending on how you look at it. It is very approachable unlike some hop bombs. I appreciate it because it doesn't leave my tongue feeling abused, but I can see where some would rank it slightly lower for this.

I have yet to have a FFF that wasn't near or at the top of its class. I can't drive past Munster without stopping, it is an illness. (853 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Orange, excellent clarity and a finger of eggshell-colored foam sits atop.

S - Bright citrus dominates the nose, a hint of sweetness lingers as well. Smells great, but not quite as strong as maybe it could be.

T - Orange zest and rind, grapefruit zing, and a hint of lemon courtesy of the Citra hops. Just bursting with flavor, as advertised.

M - On the thinner side of medium, which is perfect for the sticky resin and oily, slightly creamy finish. Outstanding.

Believe in this beer. FFF has changed everything again. (531 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate, bleached-white lacing remains on the glass and sparse bubbles rise through the column in diffuse formations.

S: Mellow, with balanced green herbaceous plant stems and crystal grain.

T: Begins off-dry, with effusive orange citrus (turning toward peach nectar as it warms) and more nuanced spicy herbaceous hop aromatics. Malt is also present, pale and slightly bready, while citric acidity is under tight control into the middle. Aromatics turn to bitter grapefruit peel as malt retreats through the second act. The finish is moderately bitter but still lusciously affected by the dry hops, emanating green and citrusy qualities.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer shines through the effective application of Citra dry hopping, with qualities that are usually reserved for draft only releases that briefly see the light of day at the nation's better beer bars. If it were an IPA, the smell would be questionable; as an APA it is satisfactory. It's appeal is mighty because the brewer was not tempted to over-reach and strive for a high gravity monster. Like some other of the best hops delivery vehicles around, this beer is better for being a "mere" pale ale. (1,364 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After having this beer a couple times it is time to give it a proper review.
Appearance is a slightly dark orange with a good head that dimished somewhat quickly.
Odor is complex with citrus, plenty of hops and green.
Taste is excellent! Citrus is front and center with grapefruit very big and some pine and the hop bitterness lingers slightly. Very good would sum it up really.
Mouth feel is lightly carbonated and somewhat light.
Overall one of the best pale ales I have ever had(if not the best). (503 characters)

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

A- An orange-golden body with copious and evenly-spread carbonation, creating a pluming 1.5" paper-white head that fades to 1/4" and persists. Thick, even lacing.

S- Gushing with tangerine, orange, pineapple. So very citrus-tangy acidic. Potent enough to be smelled from a few feet away right after opening the bottle.

T- Sublimely unified citrus-pine burst, very very clean. The "clean"ness is the biggest takeaway from this beer- such pungency in bouquet and nose, such a big hop sting upon first sip, and then *poof*, it blows away like dust, leaving a dry tongue and very light spritzes of alpha.

M- Great bite from carbonation, quite a light body overall, more so than most APAs, even. It's refreshing and resinous at once. The clean leave is, again, amazing. (770 characters)

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

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, malt, pine, floral notes

T-delicious citrus flavor balanced with pine, malt, and some floral flavors and a nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-a delicious pale ae with great flavor, a great every day beer (328 characters)

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

Part of my problem is this style of beer. I cannot make a unbiased opinion without the conflict of complaining that it is simply way too hoppy. I tried the beer while helping a friend make some home brew during a slightly chilly day. The beer did hit the spot but it just isn't up my alley. If you have an insatiable craving for more hops this is a great beer for you. I prefer a much more malty beer with hops to help balance it out. (434 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.52/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer.

A Moderate light head over a "Miller Lite" body. Really, this is a translucent yellow body. 3.0

S Significant hops to the nose with some malt on repeated sniffs. 3.5

T Well crafted pale ale with significant hops presence and minimal malt buried deep in the background behind the hops. 3.5

M Moderate feel for the style. 3.0

D/O Very good drinkability. I could drink 5 of these. Overall this is a solidly made APA. 4.0 (810 characters)

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

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that goes down to lacy coating over the top of the beer.

S- Wonderful complex hop smell that just fills your nose. Slight...slight maltiness is present which is a wonderful thing to have in APA.

T- Out of this world taste of hops and malt. This is how APA should taste or strive for.

M- Medium body with a very carbonated tickle to it. I love how this beer has everything complimenting another part of it.

O- I give it a 5 over all because even if I have 4.5s in the judging scaled this beer works so well as a whole that it deserves a 5. FFF has really nailed the APA and I would consider this to be probably the best APA--IPA--Whatever hoppy beer out there. Pliny the Elder fans if you haven't tried this get ready for a contender. (786 characters)

Photo of Kiteman
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a light pale color, in contrast to 3F's much darker flagship pale ale alpha king. Crystal clear with an appropriate carbonation level. Somewhat surpringly light in color for the abv.

S- the wonderful smell that instantly screams citra hops. I originally tried this beer at a local beer house, Hopleaf, in Chicago in early 2011. A friend ordered it. I asked to smell it and ordered a pint solely on the aroma. Amazing.

T- if you like clean yet complex hop flavor with a nice bitterness, this is a special beer you. It does not forget malt, and unlike some stronger ales such as Pliny (which I also love), it hides the alcohol extremely well.

M- the mouthfeel is appropriate for a pale ale, although if this beer were to have a weakness, the mouthfeel is probably its weakest link...like if Michael Jordan were to have a weakness on the court.

O- I've been drinking 3F beers since 2006, but to me, this blows away any other beer they have made. It easily replaces hopslam as my favorite all around beer. The only problem is that as it moves up the charts, it is becoming nearly impossible to get, even at the brewery (except on draft). (1,150 characters)

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.