Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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8,457 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,457
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 4,228
Gots: 2,258 | FT: 80
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Nashvillain for the sweet extra.

Appearance: Shiny copper like new pennies. Head is creamy, bright white and clings. Carbonation is present, but not overwhelming. Head retention is insane. A nice cap lingers throughout the duration.

Smell: Tropical fruit laced with some pine and grapefruit. Nice malt compliment is slight bready with a good touch of caramel. Very delicate nose, but full at the same time. None of the aromas are overpowering. Big juicy tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, and some fresh orange. So much juicy hops, but the malts actually balance it.

Taste: So much tropical fruit. It's all there. Mango and pineapple in abundance. Some grapefruit flesh and juice mixes with orange. It's fruity and delicious. Slight floral edge. Malts are in perfect balance, adding some nice sweetness to the whole thing. Biscuits and tropical fruit. Slightly earthy and is that a touch of mint I encounter?

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate body with a smooth, crisp carbonation. A touch dry on the back. Drinks clean and clear with a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall: Yup, hype is on point. Tons of flavor, but nothing overbearing. Surprisingly balanced and incredibly drinkable. Also, Citra single-hop has to be once of the best ideas on the market. Bonus points.

Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best APAs I ever had. Thanks to woodchopper who sent them to me in a trade.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a big bubbly white head. Great head retention, surprisingly little lacing.

Aroma is great. Citrus and tropical fruit (mango etc). Very strong, very nice.

Tastes great as well. A full blast of citrus and tropical fruit flavors without a harsh or bitter "bite". This is an APA not an IPA and it shows. Just enough bitterness to satisfy a hop head. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is rich with a good balance between bitterness and drinkability. Goes down easy. No hint of alcohol.

Overall, an outstanding beer

Photo of braski
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- a light golden/orange straw with little white lacing.

smell- lots of citrus hops.

taste- hop bomb with hint of "pepper"?

mouthfeel- light body with medium carbonation and a slight dry bitter end.

overall- a great example of an IPA with a little extra kick of pepper or something. i will have to get some more to try to pin point the unigue taste of this beer that seperates it from the rest.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange and gold pour, a pretty decent appearance head wise despite the hoppiness. Aroma is luxurious. Massive citra hop aroma. Big big big, even before you pour it.

Taste, plenty of pineapple flavor to the beer, pale malt, moderate sweetness creeps into the mouthfeel, but this is just about the hoppiest pale ale out there. Reminiscient of the Jupiter XPA and Bruery Humulus xpa, but this is has a little bit more alcohol and sweetness noticeable, less sessionable.

Overall, a phenomenal display of what a pale ale can be like with the citra hop, a softer touch to it than the SN Torpedo citra or Kern river, much less in the malt department to let it stand out, it just has a more flowery and delicate aura to it here. Big points for keeping the bitterness down and the hop mouthfeel very high.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, an apricot golden orange hue with a bright chunky head just barely off white in color. Fine even lacing lines the sides of the glass as the head dwindles down. Aroma has a super citrus grapefruit nose, hints of crushed aspirin, tropical fruit with a underlying biscuit malt character. Flavor is crazy with Citra hops bringing out tropical fruit marmalade it's pretty awesome, nothing else like this creates the same flavor. Bitter citrus peel, pineapple notes, and a mellow biscuit malt sweetness matches the bitterness. I keep getting a really green peppermint tone in both the nose and the flavor, crazy but it works with the beers flavor. The palate is coated with hop oils ample carbonation rolls everything perfectly across with each sip. Overall a classic pale ale that could be most breweries, IPA really unleashes the perfect wave of Citra hops equating into a easy drinking pale ale that we all wish was more readily available. Thanks to the great trader, Ryan aka Schlais, out of Minnesota for this early Christmas gift.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Groppis.

Golden yellow, solid white head. Lots of tropical fruit. Very fragrant. Flavor is similar to the nose. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Carbonation is smooth. Solid easy drinking American pale. I had no problem putting away several pints.

Photo of bastu
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cazlo for this one!

Pours golden orange with a nice head that leaves some serious lacing as the glass is emptied.

Smells of straight up tropical fruits. Gotta love those citra hops!

Taste follows the nose, very little malt presence here, mild bitterness that fades faster than the juicy tropical fruit hopyness.

Mouthfeel is just fine for an APA.

More like an IPA than an APA, this is right up there with Dreadnaught in my favorite FFF beers.

Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but heavy in the grapefruit department. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, malt, fresh cut grass, wet grain. caramel. Flavor's the same along with carbonic tang that accents the hop. Finish is like flavor, has lots of length, and is satisfying. Good stuff.

Photo of jcartamdg
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger head, nice lacing, good looking beer. Aroma of citra hops, citrus fruits especially grapefruit. Taste follows nose malts present to back up hop bitterness but still allow the hops to shine. Smooth and easy to drink with little alcohol presence.

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kat for this one

Pours a clear reddish copper color with a fluffy whitish 1 1/4 finger head. The smell is amazing!! Nice floral hoppy smell that's very clean. I smell a slight grape in the background, very nice. Very nice mouth feel with some bitterness on the back end, but not overwhelming. Overall this is a great beer that would love to have in my fridge at all times!

Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy reddish amber pour, big fluffy offwhite head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pure citrus. Possibly a little pine?

T: More sweet, delicious citrus up front. Super smooth, creamy almost. Almost nothing past the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, smooth and clean as mentioned. Cannot be understated, feels amazing in the mouth.

O: Hard to describe this one. It's not a super hoppy DIPA or a big roasty RIS. It's just right. It has to be the most drinkable beer I've had. Just smooth, clean with some nice citrus and enough malt backbone to balance it out. I thought Alpha King was the best APA I've ever had but I think FFF has broken their own highwater mark.

Photo of siege06nd
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic pint:

A: A lazy, hazy orange gold color. A finger and a half of bubbly cream colored head quickly settles to a spotty quarter finger. Nice, thick gobs of lacing. Head dissipates rapidly, a little disappointing.

S: The hops are apparent from a foot away. Pine, grapefruit, and orange zest. Just a citrus bomb. Fan-freakin-tastic.

T: Grapefruit, pine, candied orange, pineapple, a slightly resiny bittering finish that lingers nicely. A bit of creamy malt provides a nice backbone for the drying hops. Super juicy APA here. Flavors just explode but it's not sticky or cloying in the least. Wow is this good.

M: Moderately carbonated, flavors are all there and very well-balanced. The finish is crisp and refreshing.

O: This would be a staple in my fridge were it readily available. Just an outstanding APA from start to finish. So packed with flavor at a relatively low 6.2%. The interplay between sweet citrus and bitter resin plays out very nicely. Just fantastic.

Photo of ahq514
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Had this 4 or 5 times on tap, but finally getting to review from the bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy orange. Nice solid one finger head or so. Tiny bubbles continue to rise to the surface, seems to being light to moderate carbonation. Nice lacing all around.

Aroma is how all hoppy beers should be. Great balance of hops and malt. A really vibrant citrus, grapefruit, and mango aroma is there at the front. While it stays there throughout, there is a touch of sweet caramel malt that creates the perfect balance.

Absolutely delicious. Very similar to aroma, but slightly subdued. I remember the citrus really bursting through in the flavor on draft, but it seems held in check here. Still excellent. No lingering bitterness. Hop flavors come through first, followed by a complementary malt.

Spot on mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, right between light and moderate. Medium body and absolutely drinkable. This stuff goes down very easy.

Awesome beer. All I can really say is if you get the chance to try this you really should. It is probably the best pale ale out there.

Photo of pmoore311
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic beer and a style that holds a special place in my craft beer journey as like many I was first introduced to craft beer through SN Pale Ale.

This beer has a wonderful hop aroma that continues into the overall taste. A very well made beer that has a citrusy, floral, and refreshing quality that suits a nice summer day.

The intensive hopping provides tremendous bitterness without overpowering the beautiful refreshing subtlety of this brew.

Overall, I prefer this to a SN Pale Ale as my favorite. The only drawback is it is not as widely available as the SN. I highly recommend seeking this out.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of mobius387
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to kalvarez for this one!

poured into a snifter

appearance: i got a huge white fluffy head with this pour, prolly 1-2". otherwise pours a dark translucent amber color

aroma: great nose on this beer. huge tones of pinneaple and pine, great hop forward scent!

palate: oh so smooth for a pale ale. i prefer pretty bitter brews, but man oh man can i appreciate how good this one feels in the mouth

taste: more smooth character, this one goes down easy. heavy on the pine flavors, and perfect on the citrus. the only thing keeping this from perfect is that i thought it could have had some more hop to it, but the thing is so darn smooth so its ok

overall: this one lived up to the hype. its nice to have a rare, top 50 beer that's reasonably priced too. very glad i got to try this, and thanks again to kalvarez for the trade! will be happily drinking this over the next 2 weeks!!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that displays great retention and lacing. Smells of citrus, pine and resin mostly with hints of green onion and garlic. If there is malt in here I can't find it. Taste is citrus, pine, resin, and green onion with maybe some bits of bready malt if I squint a bit. Long lingering onion hop bite in the finish. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation with a sharp resinous mouthfeel. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this brew, but to call this a pale ale is quite a stretch, we could safely call this an IPA. That being said, this is a great IPA.

Photo of matttttYCE
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to funhog for this one!

One finger high, slightly off-white, foamy head. Head sticks around for a bit, decent lacing too. The beer is slightly hazy with a burnt golden color.

The aroma is exploding with hoppy, fruity, and citrusy goodness. Plenty of sweet grapefruit, citrus, some mango or papaya, almost some light floral notes as well, and sweet light malt in the background.

Lots of juicy citrus and sweet grapefruit, other tropical fruits, piney notes, some lighter bitterness, caramel sweet malts and maybe a touch of bready malts. Great flavor profile, though not quite as strong as the aroma leads me to believe.

Consistency is smooth, carbonation is creamy, the body is light bordering on medium, and the finish is actually quite long and wet, leaving me with fruit, citrus and light bitterness. Really nice mouthfeel.

Overall this is one of the top APAs I've had. It walks the line between an APA and an IPA very well. And for as wonderfully hoppy as it smells and tastes, I don't know that it can be beat. Good reason why it's the number 1 rated APA at the moment. Had again recently and I had to up my score from 4.0 to 4.5. It's just that damn good. Though I think I prefer Alpha King just slightly to ZD, it's still wonderful.

Photo of beerhan
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on draft and several times from the bottle. I much prefer it on draft I might add.

A-Pretty standard pour for a pale ale. Dark orange body with a creamy 1 finger head that hangs around for a while.

S-Lots of lemon zest and pine up front and a floral mix of hops.

T-Bitter grape fruit with some pepper and orange peel almost. Quite the bite from the hops.

M-Pretty drinkable overall. A little too bitter to session but nonetheless a classy pale ale. Very creamy and carbonation is a little much for my taste.

O-Zombie Dust is an awesome beer. Great art, good price and tastes nice. It is probably one of the best pale ales out there but I found the bitterness to be overly accentuated.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big and bold hop citrus hop flavour, orange and grapefruit. Not quite a palate shredder, but definitely last beer for the night. A good showcase of citra hop which stands next to the Great Lakes Ontario use of citrus as a great citra showcase. Thanks Tim S. Big hop aromas.
Just as good on tap, 5 months later at the Maproom.

Photo of deapokid
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 12/2. Reviewed from notes.

Very clean, with an amber, almost red, body. Head is a crisp white and lacing is brownish and temporary. This is a shade darker in color than your usual IPA and it implies additional flavor and maltiness.

Scent is piney, floral and sweet. The fresh earthiness is evident, as is the acidic orange and malty caramel.

Flavor profile opens with a nice creaminess and citrus sweetness, ending with a grassy, slightly savory taste, which is appealing, since it's well balanced with that subtle opening. Hop profile is big and I can feel the dry bitterness linger on my tongue in a pleasant and non-confrontational fashion. There's also a spicy smokiness left behind, which is rather nice.

As for the mouth, it's a slow incline from soft and sweet to resiny and bitter and the progressive allows both sides of this coin to resonate.

An extraordinarily impressive effort from Three Floyds. I like it much better than Dreadnaught and it's really amazing to find a brew team that can manage to perfectly combine two different flavor profiles into one beer.

Is this really a pale ale? Well... I'm blown away. I initially reviewed this assuming that it was an IPA and the hop profile certainly reflects that. This is by far the hoppiest pale ale I've ever had and I'm sure it would be bombastic on tap. A must try.

Photo of HosP
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a very generous Evbowski on our way to a beer release. Couldn't wait to crack this open!

A- Pours murky brown in color. White fizzy head, doesn't stick around very long at all. What is left of the head clings to the edges of the glass.

S- Very hoppy aroma. Citrus and grapefruit jump out the most from it. Some pine, grassy hints mixed in. Fades at the end, but still the big aromas up front make up for it.

T- Tastes and drinks like it wants to be a dipa. Lots of hop flavors come through. Citrus, lemon, grapefruit hit first. Piney flavors there too. Doughy malts towards the end sweeten it a bit, but still lots of hop bitterness to it. Great mix of flavors.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Juicy, oily feel to it.

O- Very good beer to drink. I wish I could pick up a six pack of this anytime. The one bottle left me wanting more. Hope they start making more and distribute it. Thanks Evan for the beer!

Photo of Chaney
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Jschonert. No date or info as usual. Thanks for the info FFF... (sigh)

A: Poured a very murky, carrot orange color, with about a finger and a half sticky, icky, mildly off-white head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: Citra hop bomb, with FFF signature profile (I always describe it as pomegranate -esque). More orange than grapefruit, and with mild candy malt bill.

T: Imagine a west coast IPA such as Kern River Just Outstanding with FFF man-candy bill on it. Ta - Dah!... and Zombie Dust is born. Lots of orange husk, Citra hops, and a nice fruit component that lingers (much more than the hop bitterness).

M: There was a bit of splotchy lacing but not too much. I'm in awe of how the fruit lingers without being syrupy; the hops sting without being too bitter.

O: I really would like to try this one on tap or from a growler. Perhaps when I visit Chicago in a few days I'll get my chance. Nearly flawless!

Photo of eclipse54
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you very much Bill! Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass.

Pours much darker than anticipated for a pale ale, being a burnt orange, copper color with darker brown/gold hues. About an inch of fluffy, bubbly white head develops, but dissipates slightly faster than anticipated; minimal lacing, but nice legs in the surface of the liquid.

It smells of heaven, if heaven were laden with hops (which I believe it is). Pine, earth, grapefruit, lemon, orange, touches of coriander and spice, straw, various golden grains, and a bouquet of floral aromas all great the nose in the most appealing thing I've encountered in some time. I wish everything I owned smelled like this; I wish I smelled like this.

The taste does not dissapoint. A brief introduction to citrus precedes a near immediate blast of bittering hops, bringing forth the pine, earthen, and floral notes subsequently. Aftert the hops, the citrus reappears in front of the aforementioned grains. Notable traces of the spice from the hops are detectable throughout.

Mouthfeel is spot on; crisp and light on the tongue, a refreshing, invigorating swallow, and clean finish.

Overall, this is much more hopped than I would expect an APA to be (I think this is more aptly labled an IPA). Regardless of how it's labeled, however, this is a damn fine beer that deserves recognition. Make any and all efforts to acquire this one if you enjoy hops.

Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The amazing and increadibly rare Zombie Dust! Was hoping to to give this one a go without giving up an arm and a leg, and claaark13 came through in the clutch. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a fizzy, thin, loose off-white head with horrible retention. Very loose and fizzy head. Pathetic. Fizzes down to a bubbly ring and half wisp. Slightly hazy tenne orange with no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Color is nice, but the head is embarrassing.

SMELL: Very nice nose for sure. Pale malts, honeydew melon, lots of nice citrus and a touch of soapy notes. Lemon, light orange and grapefruit for sure. Bold and fruity, and the soapy notes don’t get in the way.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon and lots of citrus again. Lemon and grapefruit through the middle and lots of bitterness on the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste with lots of citrus, touches of soap, and a good dose of hop bitterness. Though a little empty at the beginning, the flavors really come out at the swallow and the soapy notes never detract from the experience.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light on the palate, but still creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A little too light, even for the style, but otherwise pretty solid.

OVERALL: Despite the pathetic excuse for a head, this is a pretty solid brew. Definitely not a huge fan of citra hops, but the malt base was strong enough to keep the soapy notes that citra hops are so well known for in check. Obviously not worth all the exaggerated press it gets on here, but one to check out if you get the chance. Would drink again. Definitely worth the 3F Zomer I traded for it. Thanks again Claaark13!

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,457 ratings.