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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,339
Hads: 8,724
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 3.08%
Wants: 4,322
Gots: 2,425 | FT: 81
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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: 1,339 | Hads: 8,724
Photo of tfratzke
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head and descent lacing. Intense smells of pine,citrus, grapefruit, grass. Taste is top notch with hops in the forefront and some malts. Great mouth feel and carbonation. This is really easy drinking. Amazing how great the balance is. This is the best APA i have ever had, hands down. (324 characters)

Photo of RHCP313
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Great Divide brewpub tulip.

Playing: Stevie Wonder–Songs In The Key of Life (yes, I see the irony...)

A: Pours a well-filtered, bright golden copper. About a finger and a half of off–white sticky, lacy head forms and sits a while.

S: Three Floyds really knows how to showcase Citra hops. This is a wonderful citrus bouquet–super peach and apricot forward. Some vanilla and sweet honey with a very light biscuity malt base.

T: Juicy, rich and quenching tropical fruits. Peach, mango, pineapple are at the forefront, with some piney, grassy bitterness balancing out the profile.

M: Light to Medium-bodied, smooth and consistent carbonation showcases many levels of the fruity flavors in this beer.

O: This was a very hyped-up beer from the beginning, and it didn't disappoint. The approachable nature of Zombie Dust warrants the fanfare. It's reception, drinkability and subsequent market availability is reminiscent of its FFF comrade, Gumballhead. In fact, while I was drinking this, I felt as if I was drinking the zombie offspring of Hopslam and Gumballhead. Dangerously enjoyable–I feel like I could definitely enjoy six of these in a session. (1,195 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

only 50 ibus, wouldve never guessed

appearance - a light orange with an eggshell head. pretty good size and great retention and lacing

smell - bitter/sour grapefruit, citrus, pine tar and bisquit malts.

taste - follows the nose to a tee. not my cup of tea.

mouthfeel - great body and great carbonation especially for the style

overall - pretty good for the style, though im not a hundred percent sure its a pa (414 characters)

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

Had to search far and wide for this one was finally able to get my hands on two. It was worth it.

A- a cloudy golden color slightly orangish. Nice head with some lacing.

S- the smell hits you from go, its amazing and powerful. Its a blend of fresh hops with tropical fruit that just errupts from the glass. 3 Floyds should make this aroma into an air freshner.

T- the hops and tropical fruit is back to play again along with some piney notes. Just a beautifully balanced taste.

M- Medium bodied beer with great carb

O- Overall this beer is Exceptional. The aroma is a thing of beauty that fills the room and gets you excited for your first sip. Then once that first sip is taken you wondering how they made the complex smells and flavors blend into a perfect balance. This beer is great example of an American pale. Three Floyds take a bow. (846 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Any for the great extra. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice orangish color with a silky beige head, lots of lace. Incredible nose a huge bouquet of fresh hops backed by a nice bready malt profile. Taste is well balanced with a nice bitter hoppy finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Another great beer from Three Floyds. (335 characters)

Photo of EseLocoSS
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a fresh bottle straight from the brewery.

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. (633 characters)

Photo of osusullins
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite beer. Very refreshing and a pure delight to drink. This is a balanced beer that does not disappoint. The look of the beer is golden in color with a nice white head. Smells of pine and grass. Tastes of pine and citris with subtle grapefruit. Well balanced. I could crush this beer all day. It is a nice bodied beer that has a strong hoppy finish and a nice lingering taste. Once again, this is my favorite beer... until my next favorite beer. lol. That said, Three Floyds does good work. (515 characters)

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

shared by whiterascal.

A: a hazy, golden straw color, with a fluffy white head. you can see bubbles running up the glass.

S: i get straw, grass, pine, and citrus. hints of tangerine and mango. nice mix of malt and hop, but definitely leans towards the hop side.

T: just like the aroma. i get light toasted malt, grass, and then the hops kick in. a good piney, citrusy taste. starts out with just a touch of sweetness, and then it finishes dry and bitter.

M: medium-thin, with medium carb.

O: this is definitely a solid offering. would get this regularly if i could. (574 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

straight from the mouth of the beast at FFF brew pub.

had 2 pints it was so refreshing. the uber extra pale ale. well hop and cloudy. very dry hopped and a bit nougat sweet fruit. english yeast. cloudy yellow. with a nice protein sticky head. a bit exotic and a bit power house resilient hops... mid west favorite...due to the fact that it avoids the usual core hoping of amarillo, centennial , or cascade there for differentiating it. a nice accent and unique local note but also a very solid national beer to seek out. have it on tap though. i imagine its not that gold in the bottle after about 1 month. (607 characters)

Photo of vespahulb
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a surprise 6-pack at my local corner store, to my surprise! I was so skeptical of this beer and it's notorious reputation and huge reviews. Lemme be the first to say it lived up to everything.

After pouring, the nose is absolutely gushing with aroma, ala signature FFF. Ton's of sharp pine, dank nuggets, mango skin...an amazing nose that I could smell all day.

In the mouth, the balance is shocking. I mean, as a homebrewer, I know that there has got to be a shitload of hops in this beer, but with such balance, i'd bet the malt-bill is a bigger than you'd think. Perfectly carbonated.

I don't think I need to say anything else. Just an amazing drinkin' beer from FFF. Ton's of complexity, yet something you could just kick back with. Highly recommended. (771 characters)

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

Went to West Lakeview Liquors for some Founders Breakfast Stout, was pleased to find a single sixer of Zombie Dust on the shelf, score.

A- Looks like a pale ale. 3/4 inch foamy head cloudy golden bronzish. Lace holds sides of glass I can imagine rings if it were on draft.

S- Hits you upon opening bottle. Awesome hops, the warm grassy, herbal (not oregano), hops that I love.

T- I could drink about a hundred of these in a row. Grapefruit, hay, pot, this thing tasted awesome, how can something this hoppy be so balanced.

M- Crisp, clean just a little left on the tongue to keep you going every sip is refreshing and awesome.

O- Take the best from Gumballhead and Daisy Cutter and you have Zombie Dust, the best APA I have ever had, it's RAD. (748 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to amber APA with a full head that falls to a rounded lace in an imperial pint glass. Menu says 50 IBUs, but it packs a much bigger punch. Grassy, earthy nose that sings of hops, light fruit, and bitterness up front on top of caramel sweetness. Not a big beer, but doesn't taste light or watery at all--just not heavy. Smallish beer that showcases the hop bite for those with a zombie like craving for hops. (412 characters)

Photo of leschkie
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Scrumtralecent. You rock Steven! Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly turbid orange-tinted amber accompanied with a nice thick creme fraiche-like head that refused to quit.

Smell & Taste: The perfect pheromone. Blast of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and pine accompanied by hints of malt. Slight hoppy bitterness in the finish, but in a very good way. Holy shit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and spot-on carbonation, something FFF has mastered in my opinion.

Overall: Hands down the best APA I've ever had. Rarely do I give out a 5.0 score, but this one deserves it. Try it and you'll agree with me. (637 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (2,634 characters)

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

I received this and another beer as extras from an Ebayer!

It pours a slightly hazy orange yellow with a 2 finger head of foam. Tilting my glass, I see some nice lacing; I *had* to do that right off the bat, without actually tasting it, as the foam is not shrinking one bit.

The smell, well...the brewer should be arrested for making an APA smell *this* good. lol. Loads of grapefruit with more than a hint of tropical fruits; not much of a malt profile in the aroma but I'm really not caring at this point.

The first sip is marvelous. As is the 2nd, and the 3rd. The flavour of grapefruit permeates my every taste bud but it does not come over as overly bitter. I can *just* sense a bit of the malt; a calming influence on that citrus blast, I reckon. Again, as in the smell, I get a hint or 2 of tropical fruity goodness. My oh my, I get it now..

Medium bodied with a light bit of carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick and quite nice. In the time it took me to type this, I now only have a couple of ounces left in my glass. Damn, this is good. (1,048 characters)

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

Honey gold with a big creamy head that recedes slowly and leaves copious lacing.

Smell is big and luscious tangerines, citrus, orange pith, mangos and pine.

Taste is nicely bitter, juicy and refreshing. Tangerines, papaya, mango and grapefruit, a very light malt presence is pleasing for balance.

Medium bodied and creamy with tongue tickling carbonation. Juicy, refreshing. Finishes clean.

Overall no surprise.. another great beer from 3Floyds and certainly one of the best APA's I've had. I would definitely seek this one out but would need restraint it's very very drinkable. (583 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

890th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Huge thanks to Kzoobrew for this awesome extra!!

App- A dark orange with some yellow running throughout. A bit clear with a 1/2 in pure white head that just stays put as the beer falls. Huge webbing and cling.

Smell- A nice soft but assertive aromatic profile. This has a large amount of tropical citrus but yet retains a good hop note with only a touch of bitter and a bit of malt backbone.

Taste- Taste the follows the nose but just tastes a little better. This is a bit more in line with a bigger "Hoppy Birthday" from Alpine. A good amount of flavors but just brewed a bit bigger. Floral, Citrus, a little bitter.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A very clean profile.

Drink- Just a very good beer. Three Floyds makes some great beer. DL excluded. I think I am biased being in So. Cal with BT. Anyway. Kevin! Thank you sir. Amazing beer. Super tasty, fresh and vibrant. (932 characters)

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. (478 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to funkyaudio for the bottles!

A: Pours a light gold with stubborn white head. Leaves plenty of lace, but it's hard not to reach in for a sip after every swirl when it unleashes an aroma like this...

S: This beer is bursting at the seams with fresh, sweet hop aromas. Pine, malt, and bready undertones are all there too, but the fresh hops exhibited here are unmatched by any APA.

T: I don't like most APAs. I dislike hoppy beer in general, but this is incredibly good. Taste is full of hops, bitterness is kept in check by the strong malt backbone. Slightly sweet through the middle, then fades mildly bitter to finish dry. Best of style; superb!

M: Thin and light; properly carbonated. Everyone knows Zombies crave a big, creamy body, though. C'mon guys!

D/O: A refreshing beer with high drinkability. Wide appeal on this one -- it's a fantastic introduction to the world of craft brewing for your non-beer-geek friends. Can't wait for the day when FFF starts shipping to NYC! (990 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer from adamb0719. Thanks Adam!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy copper color with a fluffy white head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - very nice tropical fruit aroma.

T - whoa, this beer is good! Tropical fruits upfront with a solid malty background finishing dry and slightly bitter.

F - medium bodied with smooth drinkability.

O - I'm going to say that this is the best APA I've ever had. (431 characters)

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

Cheers to czoch for this beer in a trade. Pours with a good head that settles down slowly. Nice lacing. Smells of citrus hops. Wow! This is extremely tasty! Smooth hops all around. Mouthfeel is really smooth. ABV is low so I could drink this all night. More of an IPA than Pale Ale but regardless of the classification, it is outstanding.

It's been a while since a beer blew me away but this one did. Seek it!
Cheers. (419 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Fantasyroach for kicking in a brace of these 12oz bottles as extras in a recent trade. Drunk as quick as possible. Great artwork, no bottled-on date that I can see.

A. Deep dull copper orange. Beauteous tight foamy head, big lacing... nothing wrong here.

S. Great mother of hop cones! Supremely "right on" nose... bold bright Citra hops, bucketloads, nay, TRUCKLOADS of tangerine, mandarin orange, peach candy, sweet sticky malt, a touch of kumquat, tropical! smooth, candy-like... and yet, you know there are real hops here.

T. Oh heavens... sweet, succulent, soft, creamy, marriage of hops & grain sugars, yet not syrupy or cloying. Everything here just blends so much into the other that the fruity hops and sugar-kissed malt are the same flavor. Citra delight. I don't know what magic FFF has worked here, but it goes together so well that it is immediately iconic. I hate sounding like a shill, but there it is.

M / D. Thick, creamy, soft. Powder-dry finish, but until then, this is simply so soft and silly to drink as to be delightful; it practically gallops down your throat. Could be a touch less dry, maybe? There is a (very) minor metallic note here that only bears mentioning because you have to find fault somewhere. You can drink Zombie Dust all day. I sure would... the finish is a minor mirror of the flavor, but isn't too bitter, or sweet, but just fades... away.

Dark Lord bless Three Floyds. Sometimes their schtick of huge, malt forward beer doesn't really work for me, but this thing... is... great. Is this the best American Pale Ale? Too soon to say, surely, but Zombie Dust makes a compelling case. Ugh, what am I going to do with my remaining one? (1,691 characters)

Photo of langm12
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer from the brewery. 12 ounce bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber. Cloudy with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head that recedes slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - Strong piney hopes. Earthy and floral tones. grapefruit and other tropical fruits (bit of pineapple, mango). Hops are on full display here and they smell delicious.

T - Wow. This is incredible. Orange and mango citrus compliment a huge hop bouquet. The hop profile is quite a bit more pronounced than a standard APA. The malt backbone really carries this for me. Just incredible Supremely balanced. Tastes like an IPA without the heat, and high ABV.

M - Medium bodied and oily. Carbonation adds a slight tinge.

If only every APA could be this good. This is phenomenal. Well done FFF. (831 characters)

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

Thanks to ehammond1 for this tasty morsel

Look: See through orange with a 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Citrus hops all over the place and of course the ever beautiful aroma of citra

Taste: To be honest based on the nose I really expected more from this beer. The flavor matches the nose just in a more muted form

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and goes down incredibly smooth

Overall: Really good beer with high drinkability glad I got to try this one. (488 characters)

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

pours a hazy orange color.

The citra hops and fruity nose are fantastic on this beer.

A really nice balance of of grapefruit and fruit taste with the hops being much more subtle than I expected. This is just a really well balanced and delicious beer.

FFF doing what they do best making great ale's. This is now one of my go to beers. (381 characters)

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.