Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 1/29/12, thanks to hurfer for sending!

Pours a chilled golden orange with a slow stream of carbonation supporting an initially thick cream head. Fades to a thin layer with extensive sheets of lacing. Aroma is green, fresh and raw. Citrus rind, grapefruit pulp, mild pine, and light caramel malt. Not quite as aromatic as some of the HF APAs, but very well balanced and nuanced. Medium thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly wet, thin finish. Strong biscuit malt and earthy body with resiny and pulpy citrus hops buttering the finish. An exceptional, citrusy APA, but a little too much alcohol presence for the style and not quite Hoppy Birthday or Edward. Regardless, I will seek this out every time it is released.

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

Thanks Dan! Pours a clear darker shade of gold/orange with a sparse head. Nose is juicy citrus pulp, grapefruit rind, light pine resin. Takes the really juicy hop qualities of Dreadnaught and Alpha King, dialed down a bit but still honed in. Mouth is sharply bitter throughout, super brightly hopped. Washes of grapefruit rind with some nice malt underneath. Dry and bitter, but complex with really pleasant citrus tones. Takes me back to the days when I could actually get Three Floyds IPAs. Need more of this.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thank you rfraga77 for the extra!

12 oz bottle into a grand bordeaux wine glass.

A: Orangey amber in color with a finger of bright white head on a gentle pour that recedes but sticks around the edges for the entire drink. Great lacing.

N: Great nose, very complex for a pale ale. Sweet malts up front with honey, tea, citrus, pretty great hop character behind the gentle sweetness.

T: Quite good. Very well balanced between hop and malt characteristics. Bitter citrus hops up front with a brief intensification of the bitterness mid palate, then some bready malts behind that, rounds itself out with a subtle refreshing bitter aftertaste.

M: Good. Appropriate carbonation, smooth. Refreshing. No alcohol heat.

O: Wow, this is probably the best pale ale I've had. I was expecting something à la Sierra Nevada (which I like) but this is so much better. Very well balanced between hop and malt, very approachable and not overly bitter. Would be a great intro to craft beer as well as a special treat for the seasoned BA. Highly recommend. This is my first experience with Three Floyds and damn, I'm impressed.

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

Much thanks to qwertyiop for this one.

A - Pours a blondish orange color with two finger white head.

S - Citrus, mango, pineapple, orange. This smells like a tropical heaven!

T - Citrus hops abound such as pineapple, mango, orange, balanced nicely with a slight malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Fantastic APA from FFF. This one lives up to the hype and may very well leave Alpha King in the dust with this one. Great pale ale that drinks very similar to an IPA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark shiny orange/yellow, finger white head,
wonderful lacing

S: INTOXICATING grapefruit, mango/peach, + pine

T: fresh grapefruit, lemon, big earthy pine,
long sticky/oily bitter finish

M: med body, big oily/slick mouth

O: Three Floyd's is one of my 3 favorite
breweries and this is outstanding. If
I was back in Chicago, would buy it
every time I saw it. HIGHLY recommend it.
Strong enough flavors for hop heads, but
refreshing enough for hot Summer day.

PHENOMENAL, TREAT YOURSELF!

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

cmsimeur is a fucking awesome guy. He hooked me up with a 6 pack, shipped so ridiculously fast that I'm drinking my first bottle less than a week after it was bottled. Thank you, Chad.

Pouring a clear orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer looks great. The nose is just a great expression of the Citra hops. Fresh, vibrant, citrus hop character with some tropical fruit, orange blossoms and pine. Mildly floral as well. Not much malt character is present, but as it warms up, there is a little bread, caramel and a touch of sugar.

Like the nose, the palate is quite the riot. Exceptional balance between bittering and flavor hops, there's a wonderful amalgamation of tropical fruit (mango, papaya), ripe oranges and just a touch of pine. Just enough resin too, to amplify the fruity hops. Mild malt character is present, with a little bit of caramel and bread. As it warms up, the malt character comes out a little bit more, with a little sugar. Medium light in body with moderate but creamy in carbonation, this beer has a wonderful long-lasting finish with excellent balance between a clean bitterness, plenty of fruity hop flavor and a mild resin character. However, there's just a touch of chalkiness on the palate, especially on the finish, that makes the finish not quite as clean as I'd like. I wonder if it's the water profile or hop grassiness, but it does stand out. Quite quenching, this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer, though the alcohol is a little bit higher than it needs to be.

Not quite as good as Hoppy Birthday or Parking Violation, but this is very, very close. Exceptional, especially when this fresh. Highly recommended.

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

A - Pours a brilliant orange amber that is complete see-through. Nice, puffy 2.5 finger head that dissipates so slowly and leaves a good amount of wavy lacing.

S - Full nose of grapefruit, orange, and even a touch of pine. Actually a little kick of zest in for good measure. Just so slightly some bready malt.

T - It's a very full taste, but not especially hoppy like an IPA. It's interesting they were able to pull this off so well. Very floral and grassy with a good bit of grapefruit and citrus before it finishes with a final kick of resiny bitterness. Again, the taste isn't "in your face" like an IPA or DIPA, it sets in the background, lets the malt play a role, and provides a good hop balance.

M - Leaves the mouth a bit dry from the hop kick, but actually very full and robust.

Overall - Superb. Among the very best, if not the best, APA out there. I was wondering if someone would be able to pull off such a bold APA, but Three Floyds did. Simply delicious.

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Photo of bsu2005
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After downing DIPA's the past few weeks, it was nice to switch styles to a APA. First time having this beer thanks to a trade with qwertyiop.

A: Nice hazy orange hue with an IPA appearance. A little more hazy than the last APA I drank. Two finger creamy white head.

S: Unbelievable! So much citrus and floral notes. Smells hoppy, yet balanced.

T: Once again, FFF hit a homerun with this beer. Hops at first, followed by citrus, pine with a nice finish. Very drinkable!

M: Smooth and medium mouthfeel. Goes down very easy with a wonderful finish. Extremely light finish.

Overall one of the best beers I've had the chance to drink. My new favorite FFF beer, taking Alpha King's spot. Reminded me of a single American IPA, but not overly hoppy. One of the best of all time!

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Photo of Trystero
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a hop glass. Extra from StoutFest, much appreciated indeed!

Appearance: Golden, amber hued with a small cream head after a moderate pour. Luminous and inviting. Certainly errs more towards the appearance of a DIPA over a APA.

Smell: Bouquet blossoms with citrus and hoppy grass notes. Slight hint of light malt but primarily citrus, pineapple, grapefruit.

Taste: Initial taste is bitter, astringent citrus, grapefruit juice followed by creamy grass and pine notes. Copious amounts of hops, and an evident balance of lighter malts. The citrus resounds in the forefront exceptionally. The finish bitter, yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full, astringent, no alcohol heat.

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Photo of Doodlesby
3.25/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a Tsauce2 who got a co-worker of mine a six pack from the 3floyds.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Pint glass

Zombie Dust has a glowing orange appearance. The head quickly dissipates and less than a millimeter of foam is left around the edge of the top of the beer.

The scents I've picked up from this beer include lots of citrus fruits, lemon, grapefruit, orange.

Taste is pretty good with only a slight touch of bitterness that doesn't linger long enough to throw off the overall taste of the brew. All the citrus components in the scent are there with the taste as well. The alcohol is hidden very well also.

Mouthfeel is easy going down, very smooth and velvety for an APA.

Overall- I enjoyed this brew but I didn't really find anything too incredibly special about it. I enjoy most of the beers this brewery puts out but all the hype I've heard about Zombie Dust just didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of rmcnealy
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one many months ago and didn't realize what it was at the time. Same buddy brought one last night to cards and surprising it may it home with me to review today!

Poured a dark amber gold that was fairly non-translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. A thin bone white lacey head faded to an inconsistent ring around the glass. First smells are amazing! A citrus punch with aromas of grapefruit, mango, tangerines and more! No malts in sight! The tastes reflect the smells with a nice citrusy bitterness. All hops! It's hard to believe this is only 6.2% abv. It seems a bit heavier... in a good way. It's crazy to think that this was even better when it was fresh because probably a year later it's nothing short of awesome! A must try.

Enjoy!

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Updated 3/16/2012

With a fresh bottle of this brew in hand (2012 bottling), I noticed it poured a light/medium amber color. The great citrus hop flavor is definitely intact! Amazing. Haven't have a PA yet that beats this one.

Cheers!

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

a - poured a two-fingers billowy and fluffy eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright copper-amber color.
s - big, sticky, resiny citrus hops.
t - citrus, pine, fruit with a nice caramel-toffee backbone. incredibly complex.
m - very slick and coating, almost silky mouthfeel.
o - top notch APA. loved it.

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Photo of normyk
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big review #10!

In a year dominated by a ton of absurd releases this is the 2011 beer that really stood out in my mind.

a: Sexy. Nice head, nice copper/orange color - looks like a killer IPA. Shocking, that.

s: I prefer citrus forward IPAs, but this has kind of a balance of citrus and flower and really stands out as a nice middle of the road (in a good way) IPA aroma. Orange peel, apricot, some sort of flowers... all good.

t: boom. So damn good. As a person who prefers other styles over IPA I'd drink this all day long. It delivers on the promise of the aroma in a big way with nice citrus and floral components . It's not the big bitter I expect from the west coast and it's not the big cirtus that I associate with Ohio, but it balances the two and makes a great all-around IPA taste that I just love. Little bit of pepper, just the right amount of sweetness to balance the bitter - the details just round out the package.

m: damn near perfect. An American IPA should excite the taste buds and tingle the tongue. This does both. It is easy drinking - I'd go as far as TOO easy drinking. I wouldn't think much of drinking four of these in a night though that is way more beer than I'm likely to consume in the average night. The mouthfeel is a huge piece of that. It tastes great, but if it doesn't feel good going down I'm not going more than one. And each night I've opened one I've gone for a second. Drinks so damn easy.

o: THE American IPA. Best of class. Done. Three Floyds strength seems to be in the IPA realm and this is yet another jewel in their crown as one of the Kings of midwest IPA power.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a 16 oz. Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A- this beer has a golden/ orange appearance with a small head

S- very citrusy; grapefruit, pineapple, and orange.

T- this is my favorite pale ale. I live in california and this beer is hard to get. I love it and I would trade anything for a sixer of this beer.

M- Medium bodied. It has a nice bitterness that lingers.

O- I f@$&ing love this beer. I wish 3 floyds was distributed on the west coast.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A. Pours a beautiful orange color, almost the same as the McDonalds orange soda from when you were a kid. Light foam head, about 1mm thick, settles to a light thin ring.

S. Smells of sweet citrus, fine northern pine, and lots of orange peel

T. Tastes of sweet orange peel, wonderful citrus and trangy fruit, with a hint of pine

M. Medium body, slightly water, a little bit coarse with a nice light finish.

O. This is a very good beer. Tangy and sweet, not as much like a normal IPA, but still very goo. I would suggest everyone try this at least once.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jisom123 for this one! poured from bottle into a tall, German style pint glass that i have not IDed.

a - deep yellow-orange color with a thin off-white head that left big arching bands of lacing on the glass

s - looks good, smells better; sweet, soft tropical fruit and melon, honeysuckle, peach?

t - booyah! floral and perfumey in the best way; mild mango, cantalope, honeydew melon, peach; finished with the slightest bitter bite, really more of a crispness

m - slippery, almost coating; medium carbonation with a very light mouthfeel overall

d - the sweet but delicate flavors combined with great smell and light mouthfeel make this one of my new favorite ipa's or pale ales; super drinkable and doesn't leave much room for improvement

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

12oz Bottle - big thanks to Puskinwow for this one

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemon, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit, lemon, and apricot flavour mixed with a touch of pine. It ends with a very hoppy citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - A delicious beer that has a fantastic balance of flavours. It really drinks more like an IPA than a APA. It reminded me a bit of better made Flying Monkeys Smashbomb IPA. Worth seeking out and I'd drink it again anytime.

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Photo of C2H5
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This American Pale Ale is Great in a bottle, but it is excellent on tap!
Pours golden, some haze but zero floaters, moderately thick white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass
Smells awesome, the way the citra hops are used in this beer make it great, floral hop and citrus are right up front.
Tastes amazing, a little bitter floral hop, citrus and malt work together balanced perfection
Crisp beginning and smooth all the way through, 6.2abv nearly undetectable drinkability of this is dangerous

Overall - an instant favorite! It's one of those beers that give you an involuntary/uncontrollable smile with the first taste. Its flavor is super complex for the super beer geek but subtle/delicate enough to be enjoyed by any beer drinker. I wish it was more readily available, because i would buy a keg. This beer leaves all others APA's in its dust..Dust, get it?

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

Thanks Heatwave33! Enjoyed while watching Dead Snow, only seems appropriate.

The pine aroma really kicks you right in the face; I got it when i first pulled off the cork. Aggressively dry hopped, this one is.

Pour is a nice orange color. Initial head was very fizzy and off white. Very nice carbonation.

The first thing that comes to mind is Boston Lager, but more assertive. Dried West Coast Hops are running rampant. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel come to mind. Subtle sweetness in the background. Very complex on the nose.

Its actually very balanced. A sticky honey malt is highlighted by a good bit of fruity hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and nice touch of orange peel. A nice bittering presence is actually a lot less than the nose leads you to believe, but thats actually a very good thing. Slightly metallic. Sits very light and all the flavors fade away leaving the hints of bitter and metal.

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Photo of tvv375ia
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-ochre colored with about a finger of head that fades leaving some nice lacing

S-lots of citrus hops grapefruit mostly with some orange and lemon with just a hint of malt

T-hops dominate again grapefruit is present throughout along with the orange hiding any malt that tries to come throgh

M-good carbonation with light to medium body

O-going according to style I find it to be much more hop centered than an APA but as an IPA I would rate higher

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan.

Appearance: Clear, amber. Pours 1 finger of thick off white head that fades slowly.

Smell: citrus, hops, orange peel, a hint of spice.

Taste: malty, caramel, hoppy, citrus, peppery, slightly bitter finish, malty and sweet up front and in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation, zesty, bitter finish, and slightly mouth puckering at the very end.

Overall: A very tasty pale ale. Well balanced, fairly complex. The citrus/hop notes are very fresh. Very high drinkability.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received in a trade. Many thanks!

A - Pours a clear, clean orange with a nice white head. Good carb and lacing on the glass.
S - Hops, hops and more hops. Citrus and grapefruit reign supreme in the nose. Delicious.
T - Hops, hops and more hops. The citra shines in this brew, as it's restrained and not overpowering. Nice malty backbone to hold up the hops ad well.
M - Medium to light body, holds up well with the hops, and isn't too carbonated.
O - Superb. No other way to describe it. A sublime example of citra hops that doesnt overpower the beer. Highly recommended, and and I wish I had access to this beer year round. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much love to cstromberg57 for providing me with my very first FFF offering. Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch of white head. Plenty of lacing as the head unwinds to a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam.

S- Sweet, fruity, yet pungently grassy hop aroma AND cereal grain sweetness in the tail-end. Also known as having your cake and eating it too.

T- Intensely grassy hops smack down on the palate and cause tingles of bitter to spread out across the tongue. Definitely a powerful taste but has that restrained quality that other stellar IPAs have in common (Two-hearted to name one). As sweet as it is hoppy with the just-right amount of malt presence holding everything in place. Notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

M- Prickly and active with medium carbonation. Also quite full in body and wetness.

O- Now I see what all the hype's about. One of my new Top 5 IPAs for sure. Definitely cannot improve anymore.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! FFF has made a true masterpiece here.

A: 2+ fingered khaki colored brew that has good retention dissipating to a thin soapy film atop this golden edged, orange cored brew.

S: Fresh pine a floral hops are at the forefront, but are followed by subtle tropical fruit notes and candied malts.

T: As the smell indicated pine and floral notes dominate the front. Biscuity malts and passion fruit follows and took me by surprise since I didn't detect them in the smell, truly remarkable combination. Bold bitterness rounds it all off and persists in your mouth long after each tasting.

M: Silky smooth and well carbonated medium bodied brew.

O: Fantastic, my favorite APA. Love it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle but my buddy bought at the brewery just after the release. Was a hazy, orange amber with moderate carb streams. It had a good sized white head that settled into a thick collar with covering film. Good sheeting but not much sticking.

The aroma was exceptional. Really loving the citra hop. Bold citrus aroma with grapefruit and tangerine leading. Can get a little of the malt backbone but this a marvelous hop show. The taste follows the aroma with big, bold citrus flavors with enough malt to keep it smooth. Could drink this all day. Medium mouthfeel with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of my favorite releases over the past several years. Lives up to the hype and beyond. Most highly recommend. Not avail here in TX so got from ummagum - many thanks! Rotation - if available near me it would be a constant presence in my fridge and probably would get a keg if available. [H;Y]

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.