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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,227 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5227
Reviews: 1048
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.78%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big and bold hop citrus hop flavour, orange and grapefruit. Not quite a palate shredder, but definitely last beer for the night. A good showcase of citra hop which stands next to the Great Lakes Ontario use of citrus as a great citra showcase. Thanks Tim S. Big hop aromas.
Just as good on tap, 5 months later at the Maproom.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 23:43:46 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forrestbetts for sending me a bottle of this!

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is fantastic with huge tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is also very tropical and citrus fruit forward with a citrus zest finish. The bitterness on the palate is fairly mild and sticks around but that's not a bad thing at all. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is simply a fantastic beer that beautifully displays the Citra hops in aroma and flavor. I am very happy that I finally got to try this one. This is one of the few beers that I would consider buying again and again if it was distributed near me.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:28:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

shared between myself, calton, rich, scott, zack, and cameron at gbx while stocking shelves. great company and great beer.

pour was a nice light amber with a smooth capping of white foam on the top that went over quite nicely. reached around an inch in height before setting back down and leaving great streaking on the glass. aroma was one of the best i have ever come across. tons of grapefruit, so ripe and fresh with the perfect amount of sweetness to balance it, no lie i was in heaven here. sublime flavor. rich, sweet, mouth watering bitter and juicy hops dash across the tongue and just really open up as it starts to warm. just incredibly impressed here by the entire profile. light dryness and an effortless flavor. quite simply one of the best beers i have ever had by anyone, and possibly the best pale ever.

overall the opinion was shared by all, this was better then most anything i have had in a long, long time.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2011 02:18:59 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of Iain. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a huge off-white/khaki head and nice sticky lacing.

S: Great hop nose to this beer. Big pine and citrus peel. Tons of grapefruit with a little bit of bready malts and a hint of toast and caramel. Mildly grassy on the back end.

T: Mildly sweet malts of bread and toffee. Big citrus peel, pine, and grass hop flavor. A moderate level of bitterness to it and a hint of fruitiness. Nice solid flavors to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really easy to drink and a great flavor and aroma.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2011 04:12:36 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hoppy notes is quite sublime with some very limited bitterness notes. Taste is also totally dominated by the best fresh grapefruit hoppy notes I have ever taste. Some citrus notes are also present with bitterness being at a low level for that kind of hops attack. Body is average with good carbonation. I was sceptical about how good this beer could be but was I ever wrong.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 20:13:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The single-hop parade continues its march throughout the Three Floyds camp with, this time: Citra hops. As the name suggests, the citrus flavor and aroma proclaims a pungent, ripe (sweet) tropical character for smoothness and roundness unlike any that I've ever tasted!

This golden-amber Pale Ale carries a rich cloudy appearance that's a signature look for aggresively dry-hopped beers. A foathy lather of foam blankets the beer and doing so with stubborn retention, while medium lace leaves its imprint on the glass with each sip as the beer falls.

An overwhelming plethera of citrus and tropical fruit flavors dictate the nose with a unwaivering balance of light caramel, bready, sweet-scented malts. The ripe citurs/tropeial characer from the signature Citra hops are becomming of the very best hoppy American beers.

Citrus flavors of ruby red grapefruit pulp, tangerines, and a slight lemon acidity is accompanied with tropical flavors of fresh pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya in a musty and resiny taste. Complexity is defined as promoting a new flavor with each sip, so it's unusual to see this level of complexity with a beer that only employs one variety of hops. Lightly bready, slightly caramelly, and with a mild powdered sugar sweetness; the malt flavors fall timid to the smooth bitterness and supple support of rip citrusy hops that garner respect. The pronounce hop character questions whether the balance of this beer favors the proclaimed Pale Ale or the stronger IPAs...?

Smooth and with a delicate weight on the mouth, the beer starts with a semi-sweet and creamy malt complex but has an even fade to allow the malts to reduce and the hops to rise, creating an impression of smooth bitterness and a crisply dry finish.

Zombie Dust is a very smooth American Pale Ale with exquisite citrus and tropical fruit flavor. While some prefer the more intense pang of bitterness in the throat, this ale is much more delicate and soft than more conventional hop-forward beers- making a standout that has no competition!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 02:37:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in imperial pint glass.

Pours a nice orange color with a two-finger head. Quite bubbly at first and eventually falls down into a light cap. Slight lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose is nice with a bit of citrus as well as the usual tropical suspects that come with a Citra brew.

The flavor really takes off on what was present in the nose. There is quite. Bit of tropical fruit, some orange, and then quite a bit of nice bitterness. Really nice how the flavor and bitterness interact here. Feel is bitter.and a bit light with really nice cabontion. Thrilled that this was still here and am very glad I got to try it. Will be bringing a growler back for the DC folk to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 18:38:16 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
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
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a large fluffy white crown that settled very slowly into a frothy mass.A big shot of grapefruit hops hits ya in the nose along with some overripe tangerine,a sweetish biscuit malt is noticable as well.A healthy dose of citric hops over top of sweet biscuit on the palate,more fruity hops than bitter.A great pale ale,it has a huge dose of hops but it's actually a pretty rounded palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 23:47:22 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Missed this one before, but now I get to try it on cask. Second chances rock. It pours a clear, bright, lemony straw topped by a finger of cream-white froth and populated by some minor floaties. Were it not for that last bit, this would probably look damn near perfect. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, apricot, very light leek, and mild caramel. The taste holds notes of orange zest, orange rind, lemon peel, grapefruit (both red and white), light pine, mandarin orange, and some even milder caramel than before. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light carbonation and a rich, smooth feel. Overall, a very nice APA. I probably didn't think as highly of it as many, but it is a damn fine beer, let me tell you.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2011 23:25:08 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zombie Dust. Three Floyds pale ale with 100% Citra hops. 6.2% ABV.

Clear, amber/apricot/peach coloration. Generous heap of ample snowy white froth atop. with loads of lace-leaving. Looks great.

Aromatics: Big fresh and floral hoppitude, overflowing citrus notes. Some lemon, some lime, a hint of pineapple, a gesture towards mango. Loud, lively, and lovable.

Taste: boom, there it is, bouncing on the palate, swimming in the mouth, a flood of hoppy goodness. Medium malty mouthfeel, nothing too heavy, nothing too hard, just a ton of easy-drinking-ness. A flood of fruit hits the sense with each new sip, a blast of citrus greets the tongue and hits the roof, and slides down the throat. Very refreshing, and super-extra-consumable.

But is this the best thing ever brewed in the history of mankind? Don't think so. Come on, it's a pale ale. Get over it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 09:14:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an extremely fresh growler of this at Three Floyds. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a solid cap, leaving behind great intricate lacework. Transparent golden body, with a few stray bubbles.

S - Citra hops. Just pure unadulterated Citra hops - huge citrus zest, light cat pee and pine. Negligible malt character.

T - Bit citrus hop flavor, yeasty mid-palate, and a bitter finish. This is one of the few times I think a hoppy beer could use more malt character.

M - Light body, slightly gritty texture, lower carbonation. Finishes extremely dry. Was surprised to see this was 6.2% - thought it was a percent or two lower.

D - It'd be pretty easy to crush a growler of this while watching a football game, but the weak body and flavor has me reaching for Daisy Cutter instead.

Serving type: growler

12-14-2010 03:13:45 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Served in a tapered FFF glass.

High clarity orange, slowly rising trails of carbonation. Creamy cap of dense foam, about a half inch at first that recedes after awhile, leaving concentric rings of lace. Skim across the top eventually breaks, but lasts for a bit.

Pungent citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, rich with citrus-heavy Citra hops.

Fruity hops hit first, more tangerine, sweet orange and grapefruit notes upfront. Resiny sticky hops linger into the pale malt middle, clean and a little grainy. Dry leafy green bitterness in the finish, hints of aspirin. Feel is relatively light, creamy and soft at first, drying out into the bitter finish. Good malty balance to the hefty dose of hoppage, approaching IPA territory for sure. Can't wait for the bottles, this is basically FFF's 1-up to local classic Daisy Cutter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 23:33:31 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love growlers and side by sides and this was an awesome thing to do, served out of a growler side by side with Citra IPA from Hillfarmstead. Citra FIGHT!

Beer is hazy and dark yellow with a nice head of medium and large bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is a little weaker than I had hoped but I can totally smell the tropical fruit bomb that awaits me.

Beer is relatively light in body with a very mild sweetness lead off and an explosion of hop character in the midpalate. The finish of the beer is mildly bitter but it is a wonderfully rounded beer with so much hop flavor. It's lighter than I expected and not quite as bitter but I suppose this is an APA and not an IPA, I would have more of this anytime.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2011 21:15:40 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of pineapple and apricot notes, as well as some bread and biscuit malt. The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a ton of hop characteristics, including a lot of pine, orange and resin notes. There is also a good bit of bread and biscuit malt, and the bitterness level is low to medium. The beer is extremely drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:46:00 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - What a great grapefruit aroma with notes of bubblegum and sweet caramel! Absolutely amazing.

T - Good grapefruit flavor with a touch of tropical fruits. Light bitterness with sweet caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really great APA. Thanks to madarab55 for sharing this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:41:44 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to paco1029384756 for this gem.

Wow, just cracking the cap I can smell the awesome hops floating outwards into the world beyond the bottle. Pouring into the snifter just makes it even stronger. it does pour a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly and leaves a nice almost soapy spotty lacing that makes it look like a foam war just took place. The beer is a super hazy bright nectar orange color, barely any light getting through that fog.

Nose is just awesome before I even put my nose in the glass. It's like a wedding of Citra and Simcoe super fresh hops and they're spitting out babies into my nostrils. Going deeper brings so much fruit, tropical fruit mostly. A big citrus kick in the face with a slight orange zest, fresh squeezed grapefruit, waves of tropical fruit with some pineapple, guava, mango, and a big passion fruit kick. Damn! As I stuck my nose in deeper I get a bit of the beer on my nose and mustache, forcing me to lick it off, what a shame... back to the nose, a slight musty fresh wet hop resin comes through but lightly, and more of the tropical fruits with some nice tangerine and an overripe clementine. That's just the nose!

Taste also comes with fresh tropical fruit and deliciously delicious hops. The citrimcoe hop babies are having a party in my mouth and shedding hop oils everywhere. Awesome tropical fruits like I tried to say before my mind wandered. Anyways, tons of tropical fruits... and citrus. Nice orange rind, grapefruit, juicy tangerine, a really nice pineapple flavor. Then brings more of the guava, mango, and tons of passion fruit again. I can't tell if this beer is just ridiculously juicy or my mouth can't stop salivating, probably both. A light bitterness overall, which is nice so you can just enjoy the awesome tropical fruits of my labor. A slight fresh wet hop comes through bringing a slight musty resin but not much. Oh yeah, slight touch of malts as well, with a touch of sweetness and a nice backbone to prop up all the awesome hops so they can dig in deeper into the taste buds. I can't stop sipping this and I'll probably be done before this review is even finished. Finish comes with a bit more bitterness, a nice tropical fruit long finish, some light citrus and resin, such a long delicious finish as well that seems to last forever. Also drier on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall holy shit, I didn't think an APA could taste so awesome! So much fresh tropical fruit and awesome hops, like all the best parts of the hops got together and replicated until they couldn't anymore, and this is the byproduct. Bravo 3F, Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 22:56:21 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours out as an amberish orange color. Quite hazy too. Good lacing for a thin white head. Light citrusy aroma on the nose. Smells almost more like an ipa than a pale ale. Good hoppy taste with a little bit of a Malt aftertaste. Dry aftertaste as well nice citrus all around from start to finish with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 03:26:08 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 22:57:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Poured into a nonic pint glass, an apricot golden orange hue with a bright chunky head just barely off white in color. Fine even lacing lines the sides of the glass as the head dwindles down. Aroma has a super citrus grapefruit nose, hints of crushed aspirin, tropical fruit with a underlying biscuit malt character. Flavor is crazy with Citra hops bringing out tropical fruit marmalade it's pretty awesome, nothing else like this creates the same flavor. Bitter citrus peel, pineapple notes, and a mellow biscuit malt sweetness matches the bitterness. I keep getting a really green peppermint tone in both the nose and the flavor, crazy but it works with the beers flavor. The palate is coated with hop oils ample carbonation rolls everything perfectly across with each sip. Overall a classic pale ale that could be most breweries, IPA really unleashes the perfect wave of Citra hops equating into a easy drinking pale ale that we all wish was more readily available. Thanks to the great trader, Ryan aka Schlais, out of Minnesota for this early Christmas gift.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:50:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden orange color with a beautil off white cap leaving a lot of lacing and bubbles

S: Fresh. A bit of caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, light passion fruit

T: Orange peel, grapefruit, light pineapple, caramel. Has a very smooth taste which fades into a light dryness and hop bite

M: Nice smooth texture, loads of flavor. Light body and booze

O: Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:59:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is incredible. especially in the context of being reasonably available sixer, I would have this in my fridge everyday if it came to Colorado. as it stands, I owe a big thanks to claystation for sharing this with me. it pours a glowing clear candied orange color with an inch of lacy white head on top. the nose is indeed citra heavy, and not to brag, but it smells a lot like my citra homebrew, just saying... the malt is light and toasty, balancing but letting the hops do the talking. they call this an American pale, and I am on board with that I guess, although to me its just a bit more of an ipa. the taste is from heaven, light and juicy hops, bursting with lemon essence and tropical fruits. its refreshing and quenching and satisfying and dynamic and delicious and close to perfect. the feel is very light, which I like, but perhaps just a tad more body would make this stand out even more to me. carbonation is of course right on, and this is far and away the best beer ive had from the highly acclaimed three floyds. zombie dust was a whale for me, one of those tough to find top ten brews, and it is one of the few that has actually lived up to the expectations, even exceeded them. I wish I could have this everyday.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 20:08:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Had on tap at Dark Lord Day at the brewery.

a - Pours a light hazy orange color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, fruity malts, tropical fruits.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, tropical fruits, pine hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a great APA; up there with Alpha King. Glad they're going to start bottling it, would love to have it again.
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EDIT: 01/26/13

I've had this many times over the years, and every time it's been better since that DLD. Super easy to drink and one of my favorite APA's ever...bumping it up a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 00:48:30 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

4.04/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (and nice art, for that matter) served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its current ratings and the hype surrounding it. I believe this is my first purely Three Floyds review - though I did have the Boogoop collaboration. No visible bottled on date.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

Some foam ballooned out when I opened it, but there wasn't any upsurge of beer or anything. It might be a bit overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger luscious beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a hazy copper-gold. Vibrant and appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightful floral hops and some lemon citrus twang. Grapefruit. Lemongrass, lemon zest. Hints of pine. Pale clean malts. A good balance of floral and citrus hop notes. I'm excited to try it, but the aroma itself isn't blowing me away. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant and fresh one.

T: Delightful floral hops throughout, but with an underlying soapy hint (maybe a bit too long spent in primary?). It's a minor issue, but it does distract. Some pleasant grapefruit and lemon citrus esters introduce themselves mid-second act and hang around through the climax. Pale malts provide the clean, unobtrusive foundation - letting the hops take the forefront but also giving a bit of sweetness to hide the hop bitterness. I actually get a bit of alcohol warmth in the stomach - shocking at its mere 6.40%, but I'd consider this a pleasant warming sensation in the winter. Hints of a candi sugar like sweetness beneath the surface. It's very nicely balanced and rather refreshing. Delightfully built. I'm not blown away by its complexity, but it's well put together and succeeds within the style. I get no yeasty notes. A bit too much buttery character on the finish.

Maybe I expect a hoppy character on par with a good IPA, but I have to remember it's a pale ale. It's a masterfully brewed one at that, but I do think there's room for more complexity within the style.

Mf: Chewy, smooth, soft, wet. Carbonation and thickness are ideal. Good presence on the palate. Has enough body to present its flavours. Refreshing. Slightly oily. Even a touch buttery - too much so on the finish.

Dr: Probably its best attribute is its high drinkability. I could down this one all night. Dangerously drinkable. It's a great pale ale - amongst the best I've had - but I have to admit I expected more given the hype. It's not a perfect beer as its current 100 rating might suggest. It doesn't hide its relatively modest ABV all that well, and it doesn't bring the complexity I think a perfect beer in this style would. I'm glad I got to try it and I'd definitely have it again - preferably fresh on draught. I want another already. Wow. I can't wait to try more beers from Three Floyds.

Constructively, I will say that its main flaw is that it uses a buttery quality to hide the hop bitterness on the finish. It works here, but lacks the seamless subtlety of more masterful brews. A great example of the style would integrate its hop bitterness as a positive characteristic. It's tough to do here because this is a pale ale with the hoppiness of an IPA but not enough of a malty backbone. I appreciate the experimentation within the style, but with some work this could be truly amazing.

B+

Best consumed sans food, or perchance with some unsalted pretzels or bread.

Serve cold.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh.

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Taking some more notes on this having received a bottle from the gracious Duff27 in a trade.

A: Pours a soft appealing frothy head of good cream. Body colour is a vibrant pale copper. Appearance is good for the style, but not special or unique.

Sm: Hoppy and bready, with hop character of juicy citrus, light grassy character, grapefruit, lemon zest, light pine, and heavy floral character. It's a bit murky yet still fresh; maybe it's a bit too grassy. Pleasant. I don't get any yeast or alcohol.

T/Mf: Juicy bursts of refreshing citrus hop notes and nectary character. Ideal crisp pale malt foundation. Smooth and wet. Very refreshing and pleasant to drink - a highlight of the beer. Delightfully well balanced and built, with impressive subtlety for the style. Not as grassy as the aroma. Clean. Good carbonation. It's not biting or sharp. Hop-forward without being too assertive or overbearing; they packed a lot of flavour in here.

Dr: Extremely high. I could easily chug this. Very impressive. I could stick with this all night and never grow tired of it. Quite delightful. This was definitely more fresh than the first bottle I reviewed.

A-

Serving type: bottle

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