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Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

60 IBU

Formerly known as Cenotaph: A medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops from the Yakima Valley, USA.

Added by hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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Photo of Qwest_35
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my first Zombie Dust ever, huge thanks to my FFF hook-up mpayne5. Really not much to say about this beer that hasn't been said already, so I will skip to the good part. For an APA it sure as hell drinks like a world-class, well balanced IPA, amazing nose and complex citrus-fruity taste. Great beer overall, best APA I have ever tasted, worth the wait, get this stuff by any means necessary...

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

As soon as I poured this beer into my frosted glass I could smell the fantastic aroma of citra hops bursting forth like an aroma cannon. It makes you feel like you will die of thirst if you do not take a drink. I like the mouthfeel on this beer, but not as much as the taste. Perfectly bitter with an unbelievable flavor profile that is well put together. I unfortunately only was able to have one of these magnificent beers, but it was love at first sip. The best APA I have ever had the pleasure of drinking!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This brew was served from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, showing hues of solid golden yellow. It held a half finger tall head of soft and tight white bubbles, leaving drippy spots of lacing about the glass. A ring was noted to crown the beer, while a film was set across the lacing, looking like Earth’s clouds from orbit, for the entire tasting. A light chill haze was noted without sediment, while carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave massive citric and raw piney hop resin. This glory met pale malts, freshly juiced red apples, and sweeter lactic cleanliness. With warmth the hops became deeper and more herbal, adding wildly robust spice and sweetness simultaneously. Our first impression was “Wow…” in regards to the incredibly juicy and fruity hop dominance against the crisp malty dryness. As we sipped, pale malts that were a bit chalky and reminiscent of inky newspaper dryness mixed with explosively wet citric hops, green sappy woodiness, fresh tree bark sweetness, tinny metallics, and orange rind zest to start things off. Palpably syrupy and oily citric hop freshness brought us swiftly to the peak, where salty ocean air freshness, solid pale malts, and light caramel brush and toast met in full flavor. The finish came with fusel herbal hop air, riding over a bolstered grain bill of wet, earthy, and spicy pale malts, mild wheatiness, and a final yeasty muddle. The aftertaste breathed of bittered citric rind, fresh grapefruit flesh with appropriately toned bitterness, metallics, faint ale yeastiness, drying woody lick, herbal slickness, black pepper, and juicy nectarine tartness. BOOM!! The body was softly medium, with huge frothy carbonation, but without an intense prickle. Wet and oily coating was licked around the palate, with slow, slow, slow dryness to the tongue that seemed leafy and hoppy in origin. Each sip gave soft but beautiful slurp, sip, cream, froth, and smack. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was amazing drinkable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring and feel. The sip starts super fresh, clean, and crisp, developing with warmth into this outrageously complex and well-integrated drink. The malts gave a unique softness, but solid flavoring and boldness, while the hops got dirtier, more herbal, and more spicy throughout the tasting. The hops then play off the malts, sullying them and dragging them down to an equally as gritty level. The feel was soft and personally contributory to the wholeness of this experience, helping to keep drinkability just below the force of a fire hydrant. Despite the changes to this beer as the sipping progresses, it always remains welcome on the palate, definitely living up to the hype. If this is the dust of the zombie I’m almost afraid to see what meeting one face to face would be like…

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

I had this on tap at the brewery two years ago (before it was bottled) but never wrote a review. Shame on me. I finally got a six-pack, so poured a bottle into my 3F pint glass
A: Hazy golden orange color with a two-finger head that settles to a frothy lacing, with a steady stream of tons of tiny bubbles that for all the world looks like a glass of Champagne if it wasn't for the darker color. This alone is worth the price of admission
S: Pine sap and grapefruit rind initially, very bold, with a hint of butterscotch and malt underneath to a much lesser degree
T: Much more citrus-forward, with pine taking second stage here. Tropical fruit on the midpalate along with more prominent malt notes. Finishes out with caramel and butterscotch that are just a hint sweet
M: Perfect balance of bitter, malt and carbonation with a long finish. Medium-bodied and couldn't be any nicer
O: I've heard some say this isn't what it once was, but it's pretty damn close to what I remember from when I first had it, and that's pretty damn close to perfect.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy amber with about 1.5 fingers of eggshell head. Head doesn't really go anywhere. Just kind of sits around patiently as if it's saying, "take your time. I'll wait." Also, some of the best bottle art out there!

Smells potent and hop heavy. Nose reminds me of Two-Hearted, but sweeter--strange considering each use a different single-hop variety. Very fruity (I'm thinking the sweetness is pineapple and the bitterness is grapefruit). Very inviting. Let's enjoy...

Sweet, rich, well-rounded, and very deep brew. It hits all parts of my palate with different sensations. Sweet and juicy on the front; a little bitter, floral, and resinous on the middle; a sweet (candi sugar)/spicy (black pepper) kick on the back. What an interesting flavor. There is also a bitter-sweet aftertaste that is very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is light/medium and very crisp. Extremely drinkable. A little bit of resin rests on the tongue after each drink. It keeps you coming back for more.

Overall...Yeah, I understand the hype. Definitely one of the best APAs (or IPAs depending how you categorize it) I've had. However, it didn't blow my head off and completely change my perspective on beer. Honestly, I don't think any beer can match the high expectations set for ZD. Still, it's awesome. Simply fantastic. Superb. So. Fucking. Good.

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Photo of Dag87
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had my first taste of this tonight 4/15 and now I want more.

Pours a nice golden color with an ivory head.

Aroma of hops, citrus, and freshness.

Nice hoppy flavor smooth finish just a slight hint of bitterness after warming a bit.

I will be on the look out for more of this.

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Photo of mjc3151
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle purchased as part of a 24-pack case at Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana.

I know this might be a Pale Ale to hop-crazy FFF, but to most people this is a straight-up IPA so I reviewed it as such.

A - Looks like a typical IPA with that golden amber color. A slight head forms, but not too much, which is what beers should have. This implies a proper level of carbonation.

S - breathtaking smell of hops - this is why i love IPAs (and brewing beer)

T - citrus flavor, hops are detected but not overpowering, just a perfect blend of malts and hops to make a solidly balanced IPA.

M - Perfect carbonation level. I feel a slight tingle on my tongue as I detect the carbonation, but the beer is smooth and goes down easy.

O - How much do I like this beer? Let's just say that about once every two months my dad and I drive to Munster and purchase four 24-pack cases. This is one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Popped open a 3-week old Zombie Dust and poured it into a Three Floyds teku glass.. Obviously. The beer is a beautiful orange color with a wonderful floral, hoppy smell. It is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter hoppiness, with citrusy notes and a smooth finish. I could honestly drink this every night and not get sick of it. That's how good it is. Lives up to the hype. No doubt. Definitely one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Snudge4Ever
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden yellow. Not completely clear.

S: The best! Incredible citra hop smell. Can taste it when sniffed.

T: Superb. Punch in the face with hoppiness. Just incredible.

M: Thick on the tongue but not too much carbonation.

O: Nothing like it IPA. I love PTE but so different. Thank God I only live 27 minutes from Three Floyd's!!!

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

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present which is typical of Three Floyds. My local beer store guys make the pilgrimage to Three Floyds regularly to pick up fresh Zombie Dust, so I am overly confident that this is about as fresh as I am gonna get it.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields two and a half fingers of fluffy white head which disappears into a cap. Beautiful burnt sienna orange colored body, with a fair amount of small, light sediment floating around. Some nice thick, webbed white lacing coating the glass.

S - Smell showcases the Citra hops nicely. Smell is of fresh, juicy, bitter grapefruit rind, along with some blood orange and lemon, other citrus fruits. Slight cat piss acidity, but I mean that in a most positive manner. Smells very good and palatable, for what it's worth, but it definitely is not your typical APA smell. Somewhat soapy. Some bready, biscuit malts are to be had, as well.

T - Again, the bitter Citra hops dominate here. Fresh-squeezed, bitter grapefruit & blood orange / lemon zest abound. Tastes very fresh. Again, although I dislike the term, and I have never used it before to describe a beer, it definitely applies a bit here; the beer is some what soapy tasting.

M - Feel is full and juicy. Bitter, hoppy, and partially dry in the finish. Resinous hop-foward mouthfeel.

Overall, it is an extremely tasty, highly drinkable beer. Works better as a hoppy American IPA than it does as an American pale ale, though. Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA, tastes like an IPA. Bready / biscuit malts become more clear and prominent as the beer warms, but this is still a very hop-forward beer. A great beer; tasty & highly drinkable. Yet, I feel it is a bit overrated & over-hyped. I paid $16.99 for a 6 pack at my local beer store, and while I think this ranks as one of Three Floyds's best beers, I still don't think it is worth that much. Either way, this is one of the flagship Three Floyds beers, and I highly recommend you get your hands on some.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust ---4/5.

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

I have heard a ton of hype for this one, but is it justified?

Pours out a beautiful golden orange with a 2 finger, white head.

The aroma is intense! There is a ton of an orange, orange peel type of note right away followed by grapefruit, some pine and sweeter tropical fruits.

The taste is exactly like the aroma. There is a huge amount of sweeter orange, a decent amount of grapefruit, sweeter tropical fruits like mango and apricot, some pine and just a hint of some bready malt at the end.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp. It's a very easy drinking beer with a decent amount of bitterness for an APA. This drinks more like an IPA than a Pale Ale!

I can actually see what all the hype is about and I'm glad I got to try it. No, it's not a perfect beer, but it's the best Pale Ale I have ever tried! Believe the hype. Another winner from Three Floyds.

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Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 3F brewpub. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this was a pretty spectacular beer. Beautiful texture, balance and taste. Not at all the hopbomb i expected, like most 3 floyds stuff. So much so, that I brought a case home with me. I'll be having a couple this weekend.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Rainblows (awesome surprise package, thank you so much!). No bottling date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a near translucent orange hued gold with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. The head remains for quite a while and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of orange, citrus peel and piney hop goodnes.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of bitter sweet citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, mango, pine and a little pepper with a sweet malty cracker and faint caramel back. Good stuff.

Crisp but oily medium feel with a nice carbonated pop. Super easy to drink with those tasty citrus hops lingering in the finish.

I'm not typically a pale ale fan but I'd choose this hands down over any other pale ale I've ever tried and many IPAs too. This is a smooth, hoppy treat that is very easy to drink. A must try for sure and I will most certainly request a bottle or two from any traders that can get it for me.

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Photo of drrone
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A sexy golden orange color. One finger of white head that resolved and left little lacing. Not completely clear, but a light haze to it.

S - Very nice nose with beautiful hops, pine, grapefruit and i think mango and caramel. Balanced with light malt notes.

T- Great taste very similar to the smell, but packs a greater impact. The citrus and hops are the highlight, but it has a very nice balance to it, with no individual component being overpowering.

M - Nice crisp, smooth. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A pleasure to drink.

O - Really a great beer. It is just very well rounded. Probably the best APA I have drank, although it is close with Alpha King. That said, I don't know if it quite lives up to the hype, but it is close. I will seek out this beer time after time.

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Photo of bcm75
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at FFF brewpub. Pours a beautiful copper-orange color. Perfect head goes down relatively quickly. Smell - really nice citrus and hops. Taste - great balance of flavors. Appropriate amount of carbonation for the style. Overall - I bought a case to take home.

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Photo of blackie
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

hit the brewpub en-route to Pitchfork Fest, spent the night camping at Indiana Dunes

a: medium amber in color, sporting a well retained white head with heavy lace

s: initial hit of vivid, beautiful hops is all fff - lots of orange pulp and bright citrus, citra is a fucking great hop, dripping with resin but never harsh, pale and caramel malts give aromas of lightly toasted sugar, forming an aromatic base

m: carbonation moderate, lively, with a body hovering around light-medium

t: lovely citra hops - big orange flavor, citrus oil, light toasted sugars/caramel malt, sweetness nearing moderate, bitterness pulls through with perfect balance, hop flavors through the roof

o: no surprise, a top tier ipa, fff owns the style, citra ftw

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

I had known of Three Floyds for awhile, but one day an over-excited beer clerk gave me a six pack from his secret stash. I never looked back.

Sharp orange, and depending how served a surprisingly foamy head.

The standard to which citra hops should be held, a showcase of clean tropical fruits, citrus fruits, and a smidgeon of bubblegum.

Follows the smell, but the hops have a bitter back. Like a good pale ale, the malt is still present.

The hop oils give a good feel, but it remains refreshingly crisp.

The hype is factored into this rating, but the hype followed a fantastic beer. It is drinkable in all occasions.

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Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Mikkeller bar.
A: Clear golden / copper color with a small white head.
S: Smell is very hoppy, with mainly tropical fruits (mango, passion-fruit)
T: The taste follows the nose, very fruity, also resinous. Finishes quite bitter.
M: Medium bodied, with a good carbonation, very refreshing.
O: A very nice pale ale. I would have called it an IPA, very fruity and tasty given the ABV.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint mug.

Appearance- Pours a nice hazy orange with a big lacy head. Nice looking.

Smell- Big juicy, dank, wet, earthy, hop character. Strong spruce pine vibes. Hints of sour diesel or other high grade marijuana strains. Pungent ripe blood orange notes. Great smelling IPA.

Taste- Bitter dry hop bite, quickly fades into rock candy malts. Finishes dry and clean- almost too clean, like San Pellegrino mineral water. Really easy drinking, but a bit disappointed in the flavor considering the hype around this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and dense leaving a puckery, tangy coat on the tongue

Overall- I waited a long time to acquire one of these, and I am thankful I got to try it. Unfortunately I don't think it meets the hype associated with it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, but a little bit of a let down. All nose forward but a little lacking in taste. Easy drinkability and very sessionable. I will definitely drink this again if the opportunity presents itself.

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

Pours a nice orangy color, with a bit of haze and a pretty weak head that dissapears quickly.
The smell is nice and hoppy with tropical and citrus dominating. The taste follows suit. The hops are the focus, but this beer definitely has some malty flavors as well. It's a tasty beer! Mouthfeel was a bit resiny for my tastes, but still good. Overall, it's an impressive beer. Impressive that they could get that amount of hoppiness into a balanced beer and keep the alcohol under 7%. I would definitely drink this again. However, while I don't want to knock an excellent beer, temper your expectations a little, as # 7 on the BA list seems very high to me. I belongs on the list for sure, but not up that high.

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours just over a finger of shiny eggshell foam, body is a gorgeous hazy lighter orange amber with golden highlights at the edges. I'm getting gorgeous defined lace rings after each quaff.

Smell - What a great nose, lots of bright pungent citrus and pine, really smells like a nice ipa vs. an apa.

Taste - Really nice citrus hops and pine here. Flavors are very bright and sharp, with the slightest of malt breadiness in the background to balance. The flavors are so bright here, and so well balanced. There is just the slightest bit of dry bread and some grapefruit pith longer into the finish, really begs the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, so clean and crisp. Carb is almost medium but so very smooth. There is the slightest smooth scrub as the carb washes over the tongue and then leaves bright tingly edges along the sides and back of the tongue, nice mouthfeel.

Overall - This really lives up to the hype for me, mainly because this looks and drinks so much like a clean balanced ipa. I barely get the bready character, its very subtle, but balances out the bright hops nicely. Really a great beer and one that I highly recommend. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in an IP trade. Never thought I'd try it.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a half a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells really good. Citrus, tropical fruits, mango, peach, sweet hops, and a slight bready maltiness.

Taste -Taste is more subdued but it mirrors the nose. More tropical fruits and minimal bitterness and more of that bready backbone in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Thin to medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Overall didn't blow me away with all the hype but it's a pale ale. I think I prefer Alpha King but I had that fresh on tap and I think this bottle is 6 weeks old. Still my 2nd favorite pale ale and and amazing beer.

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Photo of HopChef44
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am coming back now to write a quick blurb on this beer. I have had it on tap at 3F's and it was amazing, but I hadnt had a chance to sit down at home, pour my own, and really think about it...

A great friend from IL just sent me a fresh 12 pack of these beauties and I sat down to properly enjoy one poured into my 3F's Teku. THIS BEER IS AMAZING! I thought maybe I had built it up in my head based on other reviews and the excitement I had to drink more, but that is NOT the case. This is the perfect beer. Litterally. If I could rated this at a 10 I would.

This beer is everything that I want from an IPA (I know, its an APA), you can sip it slowly, you can session it, you can live on it. I would drink this every day if it was possible. Seek out this beer and savor every sip.

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

Perfect would too strong of a word. So very good on every level. Look taste color and ....and ...and ... The one draw back was my local so cal vendor got it as a mistake and I have not seen a bottle on the west cost since then ( no I know what pliney fans are going throug)

Do your self a favor, you see this beer buy it all, buy everything on the shelf... Then call me so I can buy it from you

Just yummy

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy brown at top. Great tan foam and lacing.

Smell: Pine hops. Not as complex as I expected, but it hits this note superbly.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically and IPA. Pine, grapefruit, and one of the best bodies of any beer I've had. It's sorta the Halle Berry of beer's in that department if you catch my drift. I can definitely taste why they call this Zombie Dust...it's all in the feel. Very subtle, but it lingers for quite a while after it sneaks up on you like a flesh-eating zombie.

Overall Drinkability: Incredibly beers. Earns extra points for having a name that perfectly describes itself.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.