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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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6,681 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,681
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 3,291
Gots: 1,254 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale will be one's only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry. Art by Tim Seeley.

60 IBU

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

(Beer added by: hansgruber on 12-09-2010)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

BEERchitect, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +8.2%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

womencantsail, May 12, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +8.2%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger head, yellow with very light mustard and amber hues. clear. Lots of lacing.

S: Very aromatous. I could smell this one as it poured. The aroma is like a strong hoppy IPA with both oak, grapefruit and floral notes.

T: a very nice hop character with woody and floral notes. The aroma forbodes the taste which is right on for a pale ale.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth for a pale ale.

Overall: An excellent example of an aromatous pale ale which stays true to the pale ale genre in the taste.

kylehay2004, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

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

ChainGangGuy, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Knapp85, May 09, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

oberon, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

emerge077, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Beer Bistro in Chicago.

Pale golden-amber body capped by an inch of frothy, sticky head. Fantastic juicy ripe fruit aroma, melon coming to mind initially, followed by pineapple and guava. Not much malt character to speak of on the nose. Crispy, light, bready palate. Big hop flavor, pineapple and grapefruit up front, guava in the background - very juicy stuff. A very slight note of diacetyl that softens up the texture in a nice way. Mild, clean bitterness in the finish.

largadeer, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

zeff80, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

Jason, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - pungent, fruity hops with notes of mango and pineapple. Toffee and sweet, bready malt in the background.

T - lightly sweet, bready malt up front with pine hops. Some more soft malt in the middle and a hint of the fruity character of the aroma. Finishes with subtle malt, fresh hops, and moderate bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - very nice, it has the aroma of a full blown ipa, but the flavor profile is subtle and balanced as a pale ale should be.

nickfl, Nov 29, 2011
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 6,681 ratings.