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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,359
Hads: 8,837
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 4,370
Gots: 2,499 | FT: 85
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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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is mostly clear, but with just a little bit of haze. It's a reddish orange hue.

The smell is fresh, juicy, tropical fruit; mango, tangerine, and orange.

The taste is also juicy citrus hops. There's a little support from some bready malt but make no mistake, this is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Slightly dry on the palate.

This is a terrific pale ale, one of the best around.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Hazy orange with a white head.

Smell: Hops, oranges, grapefruit.

Taste: Orange, grapefruit and hops.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation with a medium dryness.

Overall: It's the ruby red tangerine of beers! Very tastey! Great crisp finish. Cheers!

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Photo of GBallHead
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazy orange with a decent head and sticky white foamy lacing all around the glass for most of the beer.

S: Aromas of grapefruit and pine, little bit caramel scent.

T: Kind of bitter with a citrus profile. Very pleasant aroma. At 6.4% its teetering on the edge of IPA, but whatever, just a classification anyway. Very well rounded with bitterness, aroma, hops, and caramel flavors.

M: Highly carbonated and stings the tongue with a medium body for an APA. Absolutely love it.

O: Overall this is a solid APA, strong and well flavored. After all the commotion this beer has caused in the forums for the past year or so Its definitely good, and I drink it all the time probably because of convenience but still it is one of my favorites.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the purchase of a case of this at the 15 Anniversary party.

Served chilled in my new 15 Annuversary glass.

A: Wonderful golden honey hue. Foamy white to finger head that is slow to dissipate.

S: Citra hops! Fruity pineapple and orange notes.

T: This beer really showcases the citra hops. Strong taste of pineapple on the nose that gives way to the perfect amount of bitterness to finish off the taste.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Sime oiliness from the hops. Well done to the style.

O: This stuff deserves the hype. Great beer!

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

Had this on cask at Clark Street Alehouse in my first ever trip to Chicago.

A: Golden yellow with about two to three fingers of head.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and a little pine in the background. Wonderful aroma.

T: The citra hops really shine in this beer. Strong citrus and grapefruit flavors, followed by some grassy pine notes.

M: Medium mouthfeel, almost creamy. Still went down exceptionally well.

O: This was my first try of a FFF offering and I am thouroughly impressed. I think I just found my favorite APA. A must try beer.

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Photo of barleyPops
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Woodchopper. pours a honey gold with a one finger head, fades to spotty lace. the nose on this one is off the charts, full of orange, mango and apricot. taste is sweet caramel malt with a nice balance of lingering yet mild bitterness. very nice and I’d love to sit down and have 2 or 3 of these, but if I had to choose between this and Alpha King, I’d go with with the King.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a 2 finger white head.

S - Pine, sweet, and very grassy. Reminds me of certain green teas in it's grassyness.

T - Grassy, pine, a slight bit of citrus. Good amount of bitterness.

M - Medium, good amount of carbonation.

O - A great "Pale ale". Drinks much more like an IPA, minus the honey.

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a recent trade with immobilisme poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a near perfectly clear pale amber gold color with a cap of fluffy white foam that stands a solid finger high with good staying power. Head falls slowly and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is dominated nearly completely by thick citrusy grapefruit - strongly reminiscient of that first whiff of fresh fruit as the fruit is peeled. Mild hint of pineapple, light earth, sugar. Very hop forward APA.

T - Sweaty and grapefruity, some peach and pineapple. Fairly bitter overall, especially for an APA. This really has a majority of its character fitting into the IPA category. Dirty, dank, full of hops - citrus mostly with some earthy hops underneath.

M - Pretty heavy feeling, full bodied, syrupy, sweaty bitterness, green hoppiness...tastes fresh. Carbonation is high and quite prickly on the tongue.

O - This is quite good overall. I think it is a bit heavy overall and (can't believe I'm saying this) maybe a bit over-saturated on the hop flavors - probably just a particular aspect which I associate with armpits. Glad to try this one - don't think it's really an APA...it's a good IPA for me, worth seeking out, but definitely not my favorite either.

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Photo of juhl31
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-pours a very opaque amber color with a tall white head. there is some great lacing and retention involved as well

-very citrus forward hop nose character. i am getting tangerine, orange and some pineapple. there is also sting type sensation in the back of the nose

-there is a real flavor blast right up front and then it really mellows through the middle and end. the initial blast is tangerine and cuties. right after that there is a bit of a bitter rind type taste which will linger through the finish. it is a real quick flip of flavors that seems weird on the palate, but not necessarily in a bad way

-i posted a bit on the feel in flavor with the flavor flip mouth sensation. there also seems to be some very tight carb bubbles here. there is a bit of oily feel towards the back of the mouth

-this is very good. i would even call it great in the sense that it seems like it is going to be one of those IPA's with the mislabeled PA on it based on the smell, but the flavor isn't too hop forward, just really nice and balanced

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gravity pour out of a fresh cask at Fountainhead in a pint glass.

Appearance: A beautiful cask pour; a lightly hazy, mostly clear golden tangerine color with a rocky off-white rocky froth casually resting on top, an obvious reminder of the serving type.

Smell: The aroma is a little bit muted compared to the bottle or tap versions, but it is still full of hoppy goodness. The pale malts give a soft sweet and bready back, with aromatic mango, pineapple, and grapefruit hops shining through.

Taste: Somehow, the flavor is even better than the regular tap version. Softly sweet bread and light grains cannot contain a sweet, juicy hop explosion that builds, peaks, and finishes without a single wasted IBU. The mango, pineapple, and papaya flavors work well with the sweetness, with a flash of tart and bitter grapefruit kick near the end. The most amazing thing is just how smooth this flavor is.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is obviously on the very light side, there is just enough to excite the taste buds. A hop bitterness leaves a bit of hop residue behind my lips, and the overall sensation is creamy and smooth.

Overall: As a hophead, I love any version of this beer. It is even better on cask, and I am slowly realizing I might be a cask IPA fanatic.

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Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles received via trade with beenity thanks amigo!

Appearance: Pours a nice golden with a 2 finger white (slightly buttery) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Nice citrus with a hint of melon citra profile. Very little malt profile other than minor bready notes. West Coast all the way.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: Sessionable great tasting hoppy brew.

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Photo of Agold
4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a sixer at the binnys accross the street from GI brewpub. Had it on tap ~6 mos ago, but I suspect the keg was not quite as fresh as it should have been. This is much more lively than I remember.

Bright golden color with a nice white head with good lacing and good duration. Aroma is very citrus hop forward kind of juicy. Grapefruit, clementine, tangerine. Very nice. Flavor is clean nice citrus hops with similar citrus notes as the aroma. Mouthfeel is ok. Could be a touch drier, and there is not enough carbonation for me. Overall its a damn good beer. Great offering by FFF.

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

Shout out to mtunnel and zimmerbloke for sending some of these my way. Thanks Matt's. Poured into a pair of New Belgium globes and shared with tulipsnifter.

A: Nice orange-caramel color in the glass with a fluffy three finger off-white head. Ridiculous sheets of lacing. 5/5

S: I don't have the strongest sense of smell, but I was met with a great orange zest aroma the moment the crown went "pfft". Upon closer examination I get more great citrus aromas and even a little pineapple. I don't typically get tropical hop character from citra so I'm wondering if there are some other hops in here as well. Make no doubt about it, the hops are on full display here and balance has gone out the window... Not that it's a bad thing. 5/5

T: I was promised citrus in the nose and wow, did I get it in the taste as well. Clean navel sweetness with a long bitter finish works just fine for my liking. Some pinesap helps wrap this thing ip nicely. Let it warm up, and you'll get some light biscuit. Some more balance with more of a malt backbone would bring this more to style, but the beer is really damn good regardless. 5/5

M: Full and creamy with a crisp finish. They simply don't get any better than this. 5/5

O: One of the best beers I've ever had regardless of style. I'm unsure if I've been so taken aback by any beers quite this much lately. Worth the accolades it gets, and then some. If this was available near me, I'd have a case tomorrow. 5/5

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

A ~ a solid golden pour with a soft looking layer of foam that quickly dissipates, yet leaves a nice layer of clingy lace along the glass

S ~ fresh, citrusy hops...piney quality presence, but just a pleasant hop aroma..

T ~ bittery back hand, hops up front... the way a good beer should be.. much like the nose, theres that tangy grapefruity hop note with a slightly sweet touch at the beginning, which leads to a bitter dry finish

M ~ somewhat creamy light to medium bodied beer...

O ~ pretty tasty... Crazed because its 3FFF.. Glad I got to try one! Thanks a lot Kyle :)

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Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a hazy, pale amber color with a frothy, white, half-inch head to it. Good head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is amazing. It has some huge, fresh, tropical fruit flavors that really jump out at you. Notes of pineapple, peach, mango and orange all come out and mix wonderfully. I'm a Citra lover, and this beer is pretty much as good as it gets for me personally on aroma.

The taste starts out showing more of a bitter, citrus rind, grapefruit like profile to it. As you progress more of the juicy, bright notes of pineapple, peach and mango all start coming out. The finish leaves some sweeter, juicy flavors lingering.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a fantastic beer. I love Citra hops, so this was right up my alley. It was so juicy and bright and so drinkable at the same time. I loved it overall and only wish I could buy it more easily.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Consumed 11/3/11

Appearance: A hazy, light golden orange - kind of a tangerine color, very pretty - little white head, fades to some good lacing

Smell: It's like I'm being punched in the face with tropical fruit - so, so good - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango - very ripe, very juicy, not harsh in any way - citra may not actually be a variety of hops but rather some kind of magical substance (seems to be the most likely explanation) - some pale, earthy malts underneath

Taste: Despite the absolutely ridiculous aroma, this does taste like an APA, not an IPA - hops are still remarkable, though - orange, grapefruit, pineapple, some pine, and perhaps some apricot - a nice malt base - earthy, bready, but not too dirty - mostly a nice pale, light biscuit flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, very crisp

Overall: If I'm ever turned into a zombie, I hope that I can be ground into dust that magically turns into this beer

This another beer that actually lives up to the hype. This is so ridiculously good. I would keep this in my fridge at all times if I could get more of it. Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending me two bottles.

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Photo of haywire77
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass
Initial pour was a nice muddy honey orange color with massive 3" frothy bone white head that hung around for a good 15 minutes before settling to a soapy ring. Lacing was very heavy.

Smell is probably the best aspect of this brew. Tons of ripe citrus just busting out of the glass. Citra hops and a touch of a malty undertone. Mostly smells of bitter hops and grapefruit.

Taste is good. Solid citrus tones, orange zest, mango, grapefruit that go along with the nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is also great. Slick with hop oils and bitter tingling on the tongue that lingers well into the next sip. Malt presence that leads to a dry finish. Good carbonation and excellent drinkability.

Overall I'm glad I was able to attain this brew because it is not easy for me to get in PA. Great offering from FFF and I hope to be able to try it again in the future. As good or better than the other APAs out there.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into Stone IPA glass produces a three finger frothy eggshell colored head. Retention is respectable, the head working its way back slowly leaving splotchy lacing clinging to the walls of the glass. A half finger cap remains atop for the duration. Body is a slight hazed pale orange color. If I wanted to nitpick I could complain about the clarity but this is a good looking beer and there is no reason to pick apart like that.

Citra may be the trendy hop but it does not take much thought to figure out why. There may not be anything on the planet that smells as good as Citra hops. Huge tropical fruit aroma oozes fromt he glass. Mango, Guava, Pineapple and Tangerines. There is a bit of resin lying underneath. Very soft malt can be noticed buried benath.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Huge hop flavor dominates the palate. Three Floyd delivers this massive hop explosion while keeping the bitterness quite low. Slight pine and resinous flavor provides a bit of contrast keeping the sweeter fruity hop flavor in check. The malt is slightly more noticeable on the tongue. Sweet bready malt provide a subtle, clean base that allows the hops to shine.

The mouthfeel is on point. Medium bodied pale ale, carbonation is moderate, keeps the beer light on the tongue. Soft, almost oily texture on the tongue. The finish is rather dry, very crisp.

Zombie Dust is easily one of my favorite beers of the year, certainly my favorite Pale Ale. The aroma and flavor is just explosive without being overwhelming. Dangerously drinkable, there would not be an issue putting down a fair amount in a night. Flat out awesome beer.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to troopscoop for this one in a trade at Darkness Day. Poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours a cloudy orange amber with a 1/2 finger beige head. A thin head and collar remain after initial dissipation. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Tropical fruit salad. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

T - There is a flash of honey sweetness and a hint of bready malt on the way in that is drenched by a tidal wave of citrus and tropical fruit sweetness. Loads of grapefruit and orange. Just a hint of pineapples. A mild piney hop bitterness that lingers long past the finish tops it all off.

M - Medium bodied with a finely bubbled carbonation that is aggressive for just a moment then fades pleasantly. No alchohol warmth.

O/D - This is the second time I've had this beer and I still can't find the words to express how good this is. Three Floyds is dead on with this one. Yeah, I just dropped that lame pun.

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

A - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-brown with just over a finger of light tan head.

S - Wonderful aroma, with citrus, both grapefruit and some orange pulp, tropical fruits, some nice florals, a bit of pine and some biscuit malt.

T - The Citra hops provide not only the nice bitter grapefruit, but give a very juicy citrus taste as well, which is very enjoyable. Taste is also quite floral, with a nice biscuit malt presence. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with a good amount of creaminess.

O - This is an excellent pale ale. The Citra hops aroma and taste profile are outstanding.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.