Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 7,572
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 3,625
Gots: 1,600 | FT: 56
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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% 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.

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 mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Huge thanks go to Stakem for grabbing this for me on a recent trip out to the brewery for Dark Lord Day.

Pours a clear copper in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a soapy ½ finger, which drenches the sides of the glass with rich sticky lacing. The aroma pops in the nose, with a fresh and floral feel that carries a sticky mix of ripe tropical fruit, sweet grains, and more bitter smelling grapefruit notes which cut through the center of the nose. Maybe just a smidge of alcohol warmth hangs on the edges here but it mostly serves to give this some presence in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with a fresh and biting grapefruit character that controls this with a zesty bitterness that spreads out into the mouth. This is balanced along the back by a sticky sweet blend of tropical fruitiness and sweet malts. This finishes with lingering dry notes of pine and bitter pith, which while aggressive, still manages a fresh and bright feeling itself that hangs in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm prickly creaminess that blows up in the mouth but then gets slicker on the sides as this heads towards the swallow. That 6% ABV feels spot on in the mouth, giving this a touch of assertiveness on the palate but without any warming alcohol flavors to speak of.

This is a just another in a long line of awesome hoppy beers from Three Floyds, as this stands right up there along such other fantastic APAs from them as the Alpha King and Pride & Joy. There is a LOT of fruity sweetness to this from those Citra hops, which took me a bit to wrap my palate round, but once more of that balancing grapefruit bitterness came out to play, I was fully on board. I hope rumors of the eventual bottling of this come to fruition.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

Photo of Slatetank
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier VT, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is apricot shade of golden with hazed look and rings of lace cling with white head and fine bead. The smell is great strong citra scent with lots of pine and pineapple with mild zest of citrus with incredible amount of citrus hops in the aroma. The feel is great -just a touch of malt with plenty of hop bitterness and oils with med high bitterness in general and smooth oily dank resinous body with medium carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor starts with citrus zestiness and juicy tropical fruit -mild mango and pineapple flavors give way to juicy grapefruit and light pale malt with subtle herbal and almost grassy accents with pure hop goodness all the way through. Love the fact this has a balance of malt for the style yet not holding back any hop intensity at all with finesse in the flavor. Overall one of the best pales in existence if no THE best - very worth with the emphasis on Citra making for a enjoyable flavor from first sip to last with citra essence in each taste -incredibly drinkable.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of oline73
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head that fades quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with hints of tangerine and pineapple, nice and refreshing.

Taste: There is a lot of bitterness, but it doesn't completely kill your tongue. Mildly sweet malt and some nice hints of citrus fruit. This is a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: Another success from 3 Floyds. The balance is great with just the right amount of bitterness that dominates but doesn't crush the other flavors or your tongue.

Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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