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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,375
Hads: 8,966
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 21.81%
Wants: 4,438
Gots: 2,595 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
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: 1,375 | Hads: 8,966
Photo of TBoneJones
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle of this sent down from up north: 
Pours beautiful golden with thick one finger head into pint glass, steady stream of bubbles head to the top. 
Best aroma ever from a glass here with superb hop bouquet of perfection: aromatic nirvana for me. Sweet grapefruit and pine as well in there, and if somehow in a tropical way the taste follows suit. Nice, nice drinkability, finishes crisp and bitter with a very appealing lingering hop flavor. I guess I really favor citra hops!! I'm trying to pinpoint any slight shortcoming here but I'm already at the last sip and haven't come up with anything. Even though the malt backbone was nice it was backstage of the hop florality (new word) and I like it that way. I'm biased toward anything IPA/ DIPA, and AIPA is the least visited of the style for me. But of the ones I've tried, this does it. Superb. Easily in my Top 3 ever. I'm only sorry I can't purchase it in my state. 

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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 Rickythejeweler
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brystmar for this!

A - Slightly hazy golden orange, two finger fluffy white head, good lacing light at the top heavier towards the bottom, carbonation bubbles.

S - Tropical fruits, light hops.

T - Bitter piney hops, mango, citrus, candi sugar, pale malty finish.

M - Nice medium body, perfect carbonation.

O - Very nice, hoppy beer, more like an IPA, delicious though.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to try this because of all the very high recommendations and it's scarcity makes it that much more exciting.

A - Beautiful pale orange color with superior white head that sticks around. Good lacing for the most part. Very clear. Pours thick for an APA.

S - Great hoppy fragrance with a floral/citrus character that shines through. Has a dank hop character with some grassy notes. Very hop centered without much malt or alcohol in the nose.

T - Has all the hops from the aroma with all the hoppiness . The front also has a sweetness from the malt to compliment the hop bitterness. Nice smooth finish with a medium bitterness from the hops. The last flavors on the palate are some sweet and delicious hops.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Has a nice bitterness that lightly sits on the back of the tongue. Fine carbonation.

Overall, this is an IPA and the only reason it's called an APA is because of the shadow Permanent Funeral and APW put it under. It's a great beer that has all of the citra hops you can sink your teeth into. I love the citrus hops and the body make it very drinkable. Perfect if you don't like overly bitter IPA's but would like a more citrus/hoppy pale ale. I could drink these for ever.

Glass type: Tulip

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Photo of raynmoon
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells, looks and tastes incredible. Yeah it's probably an IPA. And a really good one. Hazy, big citrus and funk. Smooth body, a moderate bitterness but it is very balanced. It's a mini heady topper.

I got this as an extra and I can understand the hype. I'm gulping this down way too easily.

I hope I can get more.

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Photo of gradergator
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at the Brew pub in Munster. Pours a nice amber color with a two finger head. Nice lacing that seems to linger. Smells like a hop lovers dream. Taste is a fantastic hoppy flavor that finishes like no other. Mouthfeel is a medium balance of thickness. My first thought was wow, now I get it. A world class beer for a reason. Seek it out my beer loving friends.

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Photo of blakelive784
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Docrock!

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky golden orange color with two fingers of off-white, thin head. Retention is poor.

S - Pungent. Sweet citrus, bready yeast, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel and grapefruit. Amazingly well balanced. A fresh hoppy aroma while remaining incredibly well balanced. As well executed as I've come across for the style.

T - More woody and piney then I'd found in the nose. The freshness of the hops is amazing. A sturdy crystal malt backbone counters the hops nicely. Tangy citrus and resinous pine come through on the finish.

M - Crisp and light. A bit dry even. Oily.

D -Incredibly drinkable. I wish I had a year round supply. Great beer. My first beer from Three Floyds, and I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date.

Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head. Tons of head retention and plenty of sticky lacing. Great looking brew!

Aroma: In your face Citra hops! Wow! Bright aromas of ripe peach, mango, juicy tangerine, lemon zest and pine with a subtle, sweet maltiness underneath it all.

Taste: Loads of hops right up front, very similar to the aroma. Very tropical; peach, pineapple, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, and pine with a some what sweet, cracker-esque malt to round off this very hop-forward pale ale. Finishes dry and bitter, as any true pale ale should.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and robust, yet with just enough carbonation to be lively and refreshing.

Overall A pitch perfect example of a west coast styled pale ale. The delicate and well balanced malt backbone of this pale ale really allows the new Citra hop varietal to really take flight and really showcase its many nuances. This is an incredible pale ale that really lives up to it's well deserved hype. Highly recommended.

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Photo of guityler83
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A full two finger head poured into the 3F teku glass. Fine bubbles that slowly receeded over the course of 2mins, leaving behind chunky, spoty lacing on the edge and a quarter inch of thick foam on top that sticks with you most of the beer. The liquid is a hazy copper with some yellowish tints coming through the edge. Lots of tiny bubbles climbing up the side of the glass from the bottom.

S: Big and bright mango aroma that doesn't dull after the foam falls. Tropical melon and berries with a nice background of citrus and pine hop aroma, very candy like. A noticable but subdued breadcrust malt aroma that takes a backseat to all the hop aroma on this beast.

T: Firm tropical fruit, mango candy bitterness that carries you to a more flavorful resinous hop flavor of similar flavor. There are lots of layers from begining to end (to aroma) that carry the beer to a tropical nirvana in your mouth. The balance is strongly on the bitterness side but there is a malt backbone to carry it without being to over powering. toast and bread crust are the flavors im getting. Clean, neutral fermentation and no off flavors to speak off.

M: A creamy mouth texture with nice moderate carbonation and lower body. There is a lingering creamy reisinous hop oil texture that makes you feel like you should go for another sip before it fades.

O: I've had the beer at GABF, at the brew pub and out of a bottle all have lived up to the hype but I've got to say getting it from the brewpub is my preferense. An amazingly flavorful, aromatic, tropical punch in the face. You know what your getting here

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tangerine color, slight haze

Smell is citrus, pine and a little malt, orange and lemon really shine through

Taste is very citrus forward with lemon and orange, pine mingles in nice, malt is there but not as much as I like in my pales, highly bitter but does not over stay its welcome.

Mouthfeel is crisp and delicious, leaves you slightly dry and wanting more.

Is this the end all APA it is made out to be by some on this site??? No, is it a damn good one? Yes, While there are many Pales I enjoy more this is still a good beer if you are looking for more of a IPA type Pale (really a IPA is what this beer is)

Glad I had the chance to try it! Probably will not go out of my way for more.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

177th Review
Proper pint
On-draft in Munster at Three Floyd's Taproom!

From notes.

A: Hazy golden amber. Single (white) fingernail head.

S: Bold citra hops, pine, and blend of citrus and tropical fruits. WOW! Faint hint of malt sweetness and loads more hops as I continue to smell this very inviting beer.

T: Hops up-front and all throughout with smooth balance of pine, grapefruit, and orange zest. Hint of biscuit malt and lemon juice at the end balance bitterness of so nicely.

M: On the heavier side of light-medium bodied (slightly chewy) with moderate carbonation.

O: I first enjoyed this beer at DLD 2011 and was blown away. To-date, I continue to be amazed at how simply awesome it is. So crisp, clean, and refreshing. Not too overpowering in any aspects, but articulate all-around. Bravo Three Floyds on another great beer!

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Photo of Paincane
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper-amber color when poured into New Belgium globe glass. Off-white head leaves good lace and has good retention.
S: Floral, pine, malt, and bread aromas. Smells hoppy as can be.
T: Piney and floral hops make their citrusy/grapefruit presence known early. Slightly sweet malt middle followed by a clean, dry bitter finish.
M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced beer.
O: Very aromatic and flavorful brew that is very enjoyable and worth repeating.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz brown bottle with the Zombie Lord himself on the label ready for battle. Beautiful artwork on this label. The zombie dust written logo is top shelf creation in itself. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden with some slight haze. Orangish and yellow highlights depending on how you look at it. A massive white head with lots of fluff and huge stickiness on the walls of the glass.

S - Big burst of citra hops is the first thing I noticed. Juicy hop aroma of both citrus and floral with an earthiness in the background. A big mixture of hop aromas throughout with a hint of sweetness.

T - more citra hops with the flavor. Massive citrus notes with grapefruit, orange and mango. Gushing citrus hops followed by some neat grassy pine like notes that tage along for the ride. A bit dreanaughtish really. Somewhat sweetish orange paired with some light caramel and pale malt. Hop bitterness is 2nd to none in this. Brilliantly balanced and a hop profile that's to die for. Semi dry finish that sort of fades out leaving a clean finish.

M - smooth medium body that has a flavor much bigger than what it really is. Coats the mouth like a world class beer should do and leaves you thirsting for the next sip. Smooth and thick mouthfeel in typical FFF fashion.

O - Zombie Dust is one of the best beers I've ever had and it's for damn sure the best pale ale I've ever had. It has a massive flavor for its abv % and throws out notes you only get with the best double IPAs in the world. A remarkable feat if you ask me. It's as of a session Dreadnaught as you'll ever find. I just can't get over how stunning this ale is and the pure genius crafted into this. For me Dreadnaught is the World's best double ipa and this is of the same breed. I will buy this every single time I see it(I'm hoping it's often). It lives far beyond any hype you've read or heard. One of the brews with big expectations I've had and fulfilled all those expectations by blowing my mind.

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

Got this in a trade with IPAGeorge. Pours a clear orange color with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing. I smelled it from the bottle before pouring. Huge grapefruit and mango. Yup, this is Citra alright. A little earthiness in there as well. Taste is like biting into some sort of grapefruit/mango hybrid fruit. A nice malt backbone too to round things out. I'm getting just a hint of pine and maybe a bit of onion. Drinks incredibly smoothly. Many say this blurs the line between APA and IPA and I'd have to agree. It has that bitter edge and hop aroma of an IPA, but enough balance with the malts that brings it closer to an APA. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Clean, crisp, refreshing, very light and easy to drink. Overall, this is definitely worthy of the praise. Just a great all around beer. Huge hop presence, easy to drink, and a great ode to Citra hops. I want to compare it to the likes of Alpine's Hoppy Birthday, although that one uses more than just Citra. Really just a fantastic beer any way you look at it.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Zombie Dust, its about 2 months old.

A: Pours a deep amber golden color. About a 2 finger light khaki head.

S: Wow, cant believe this is a pale ale. Getting a ton of sweet citrus grapefruit with a smack of hops to finish. Really reminds me of some DIPAs on the nose. Blown away on the aroma with this being a pale ale.

T: Pretty bitter citrus with some tropical fruits coming in. Very sweet similar to Hopslam IMO. The hops have noticeably faded a bit.

M: Medium bodied, heavy carbonation with a bitter dry clean finish. Slight sweetness coats the mouth.

O: Fantastic world class beer. Lives up to the hype even if the clouds didn't part and the angels sing when I drank it.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My thanks to my good friend John Paradee for this delicious bottle!
Bottled on 1/22/14 enjoyed on 3/10/14.
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours nice medium amber with minimal head that rapidly disappears.
Smells fantastic. Citrus hoppiness, a touch of pine with good bready malts.
Tastes very balanced. Not overwhelming. This APA reminds me in profile very much of a traditional west coast IPA. It's very drinkable with really nice mouthfeel.
Overall, a very well made beer. Very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of jjdc
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's great to finally try this. Beautiful burnished gold color. The nose is absolutely phenomenal: pineapple and floral scents predominate. Really juicy, juicy hops on the tongue -- almost DIPA like. Super drinkable and well balanced. A top notch brew.

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Photo of macher0
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Copper. Translucent. Poured a finger head that retreats to a substantial rim that is frothy and a blotchy film. Superb layers of frothy laces that remain the entire beer.

S: Floral. A little citrus and a lot of hops at the end. This is a moderate to highly fragrant ale.

T: The taste is the reverse of the nose. Strong hops hit on the front that gives way to a floral finish. Very hoppy overall, but not very bitter. Slightly piney.

M: Full bodied. High carbonation. Moderately smooth. Leaves a very clean palette.

O: A top-notch pale ale. Very hoppy, but the clean finish makes it great for non-hop heads. The laces are amazing. This ale will open up, especially the smell and taste, so be patient.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Orangish color, about a half finer of white head that disappears rather quickly. Not as much lacing as Dreadnaught.

S: Hops, Citrus, Grapefruit and other tropical smells.

T: I had to take a couple sips of this to figure this out. It's certainly well balanced, the tropical fruits and hops go together perfect. However this particular type of hop I'm not as huge of a fan of. While they mesh well and finish clear, the flavors arent as promounced as I would have liked.

M: Light, good carbonation - very crisp.

O: It's definitely a good APA and for the price, I wouldnt disagree that it's the best in class. However I was hoping for a little more flavor-wise. Coming off KBS day perhaps my pallate has gotten a little spoiled. I'll come back to this review over the next four bottles I have.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

light orange cloudy pour
Great fruity hoppy nose, grapefruit
awesome flavors, light malt, bright. Then the hops dance on the tongue. medium carbonation. Great beer.

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4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very good American pale ale, but im not quite sure it stands up to all the hype. it seems to be more of an IPA than an APA, but either way it is delicious. maybe fresh this beer is even better, but it is def worth drinking.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a big white, fluffy head that lingers and laces.

Smells of citra hops, some sweetness, maybe honey, and slight astringency.

Taste is citra and amarillo hops up front that goes into a lighter fruit note with just a hint of grapefruit and pine and ends on a bitter and slightly astringent finish. A hint of malt breadiness lingers.

Light to medium body with medium to high carbonation works well.

This is a good, citra forward APA/IPA. Not much else to say.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap during a visit to Three Floyds.

Comes in an imperial pint glass looking cloudy and golden. Big head that leaves some nice lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell is all Citra--crazy pineapple/mango fruitness.

Taste is similar to the nose. No malt flavors here, just lots of tropical fruit tastes. A hint of a musty character I find in Citra beers. Not bitter at all, nor much of a citrus/pine/floral component.

Medium mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

Glad I got to try this. If you're a fan of Citra, you'll love this. It's a strange hop. If you've never had it, this is a great example.

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Photo of kingston2
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

FFF hit a home run with this beer. Picked up couple cases at DLD. Couldn't wait to get it home to crack a cold one open. Great hop presence on the nose. Citrus dominated nose with some tropical fruits layered in there. Nice carbonation and mouth feel. Great malt presence with fantastic levels of hop bitterness. Never makes your mouth feel abused by the hops. Just really well made beer.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wildcats10 for including this in a trade. Poured into a Crate and Barrel Snifter. The bottle date/numbers are smudged, so I cant tell how fresh this is.

A – Pours a hazy dark orange hue with a half finger, off-white head that dissipates very quickly as it settled to the edge of the glass and left no lacing.

S - I was expecting this to be an in-your face hop bomb and it was not that at all. They hype of this beer made me anticipate the strength of hop aromas I get from Abrasive, and Heady Topper, however this was way more muted. Comparing this to other Citra beers such as Citra from Kern, this too was a bit underwhelming. Very grassy, with slight hints of pine and not much else.

T – The taste, is thankfully much better than the aroma. A very well bended and smooth arrangement of hops and malts. I’m mostly picking up grapefruit and pine which leaves a nice citrus finish.

M - Medium body with lower than liked carbonation for the style. Dry. Worthy of a return from the dead.

O – This really is a nice beer, but perhaps it wasn’t as fresh as it could have been. I will seek this out again to make sure I give it a fair shot, but to me, Citra is a way better example of this hop.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.