Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,302
Hads: 8,571
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.71%
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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 padan7
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Holly and Miles for making this happen.
Drank a bottle within 36 hours of bottling. Drink as young as possible!

A. Dust looks nice. It has an orangeish pour with good carbonation and nice whiteish head.

S. The citra hops smell wonderful. The fruity nose is not unlike Hopslam but better.

T.Wow! My first thought was that this was the fresher lighter brother of Hopslam. I enjoyed the lower alcohol and the insnely fresh citra hop flavors.

M. the feel is bubbly and crisp.

If you can try this beer within 1 week of bottling you will not regret the effort. (570 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a finger of loose white head. Huge, fresh aroma with a nice mix of floral, citrus, and tropical fruit hops.

Moderate carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pineapple up front with a clean malt sweetness and some nice pine bitterness on the finish.

Extremely full flavors, excellent balance, and very easy-drinking. Wish I could get it more often! (392 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes.

A Pours a nice orange color with a decent white head.

S Lots of tropical fruit with grapefruit and pineapple being quite dominant.

T More grapefruit and pineapple with a nice bitter backbone. There is also a Very balanced between sweet and bitter.

M Light but not overly so. Excellent for the style.

Overall this is the best pale ale I've ever had and probably one of the best beers I've ever had. I wish this had distro in Washington so much. (468 characters)

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

Discovered at Chicago's Night of the living ales at Goose Island.

Pours a hazy orange with little head.

Smells like a 3 Floyds: Super Hoppy and spicey.

The taste is dry sweet citrus. Light bitterness on the front.

Was here and gone before the Chi even had a chance and the Burbs out here had no chance !
This is from the serving type: bottle (345 characters)

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

Thanks to woodchopper for two bottles of this!

Pours a hazy orange with nice fluffy head.

The smell is spicy pineapple and mandarin oranges.

The taste is an earthy sweet tropical fruit. Nice bitterness but not over the top by any means. Such a flavorful beer with a high drink ability.

Hopefully it starts hitting the market in force although I bet this one fades very quickly. Amazing pale ale! (400 characters)

Photo of Jefe73
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

A - Pours a burn orange with a pen width white head. Lots of carbonation and good lacing.

S - citrus hops and some piney resin, followed by some biscuitty malt character.

T - Very similar to the nose. Loads of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The pine notes that were on the nose are a little more subtle on the palate. The malt sweetness creeps in at the back end giving this a nice balance.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Resiny hops are left on the palate.

O - I'll definitely be seeking this one out again, it's crazy good. Really like the low ABV as I can see myself kicking back quite a few of these. A very nice APA. (689 characters)

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

It's hard to say anything bad about this beer. I think it's world class in almost every way. When I think about a beer I could drink everyday, this is it. It pours a golden, near orange color with delicate carbonation bubbles and a sufficient head. The aroma is intoxicating, due to grapefruit and other citrus notes rather than alcohol.

The taste has just the right amount of everything. It's hoppy enough to let you know care went into the hop profile yet sweet and slightly earthy at the same time. The citrus from the nose doesn't betray the palate. I wouldn't call it rich but rather drinkable. I could certainly make a six pack enjoyably last through a full sunday of football. I haven't had many APAs and maybe this is setting the bar high but the balance is exactly what I wish I found in more IPAs. (809 characters)

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

This is like the tenth time I've drank Zombie Dust but only the first time that my pallet/brain have been unfried enough to give it a proper evaluation.

I poured it and made a gross little noise, like a dude in gay porn. Then I smelled and made another gross noise, although it was less gross because it was louder and less nebbishy. Then I tasted it and flat out moaned, like a female porn star, and that shit's hot because it's something a woman would do.

There's nothing I can say, really, aside from that this is a damn near perfect APA. The hop profile is medium-strength citrus, the malt is of the perfect strength, and the aftertaste is a wonderful tang of alpha acids against the pleasant stultifaction of yeasty bread dough. It's one of those truly great sessionable beers, like Masala Mama or Red Racer, that exceeds the sum of its parts because it so perfectly balanced.

L-let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: if you're gonna review a beer, do it right. The first few times I had this I thought it was real good, but I was in no state to pass final judgment. (1,086 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deranma for bringing this one back from the brewery.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a nice foamy white head.

Smells of very floral and citrus hops with some wet grain in the middle with almost a skunky, burnt rubber aroma to it. Oddly pleasant from someone who loves a good burnout.

Canned pear, pineapple, floral and citrus notes, mild bitterness, and wet pale malts. The fruit notes come back in the finish.

Light to medium bodied with even carbonation.

I am looking forward to trying this on a different occasion with a clean palate. I would pick up Daisy Cutter before this if they were side by side but this is FFF, so its worth a grab as well. (668 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle but it's less than 3 weeks old via stickman1220. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Nice deep yellow to orange color. 1/4 finger bright white head.  Fades quickly.  Tons of carbonation running off the bottom of glass.  

S: Amazing citrus notes!  Over ripe peach for sure.  Orange.  Pineapple.  Maybe some mild bready malts behind everything.

T: Really nice little pale.  Definitely not as hop forward as the nose would say.  Some bitterness on the tip of tongue, but a solid malt backbone in the mid mouth.  Nice crisp dry finish.  Mild bitterness.  I get the peach and citrus notes.

M: Light easy drinking beer.  Maybe pushing medium...

O: Great pale ale.  Chalk up another great ale for FFF. (732 characters)

Photo of CuttDeez
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A nice full slightly burnt orange body. Slightly cloudy with good looking carbination. A full two finger white head that dies slowly and leaves some lace.

S - Tons and tons of hops. Citrus all over and some great pine notes and obvious grassy hope notes on the back end. Just pure awesome hop.

T & M & D - Once in a while a beer taste good enough were few words can describe how awesome it is. This is one of them. Great citrus flavors, tropical flavors, so smooth. Perfect bitterness. Mouth isn't too heavy and it screams for you to take another sip.

O - Plain and simple a wonderful beer. A perfect representation of the style.

-Cheers (680 characters)

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

Appearance: Golden Orange with a nice off-white head, good lacing

Smell: Wow delicious. Tons of citrus and pineapple hops, very fruity, juicy and loaded. Also pine and grapefruit with just enough malt.

Taste: Again, the citrus, pineapple and grapefruit are upfront and dominating. Perfect dose of malts to balance everything. Touch of papaya.

Mouthfeel - very full for an APA, I was shocked and glad to see it was 6.2%. Perhaps slightly boozy but otherwise amazing.

Overall - damn near perfect APA, I wish the ABV was slightly lower but otherwise the flavors are near perfect. (581 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this via growler and psyched to get this in bottle. this is one that i WISH i could get locally. LOVE this beer. thank you to kirk (florida9) for fueling the fire on this one. this is an always ISO.

a - opened the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. gorgeous orange with lots of visible carbonation and a generous frothy white head. really attractive. almost ipa looking.

s - citruc bomb. so nice, so delicious. this beer is a pale ale pretending to be an ipa. wonderfully balanced. lemon, orange peel, zest. candy. orange and tangerine.

t - tastes better than it smells. starts with tangerine and oranges. finishes with some citric hops. nice amount of bitterness, really just a solid brew. pale ale pretending to be an ipa.

m - medium bodied. bold and almost orange aid.

o - overall, this is one of my new favorites. really just a solid brew start to finish. pale ale with some balls. if i lived in IN or IL, i would probably drink this exclusively. just an amazing beer. seek it out and seek it out often. i always ISO. if you can get this regularly, will you please be a regular trading partner? BM me. can't get enough of this stuff.

---Edit --- 2011-11-09
had it again tonight, must be super fresh, I would give it a 5 on smell taste and overall. damn fine beer. (1,295 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
3.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle with no visible date to a tulip glass. Im pretty sure its a fairly recent release this year.

a- pours a slightly hazy tangerine color with a nice white fluffy head rising almost 2 fingers up leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

s- spicy pine resin, some sticky malt sweetness, a little lemon and other citrus

t- nice citrus hops as well as some piney bitterness. slight malty sweetness in the backbone, but not much. finishes bitter with some nice pine resin on the back of my throat

m- not a real heavy brew, but nice carbonation. flavors linger for quite a while. quite easy drinking and could be a great session beer.

overall, a very nice brew by three floyds. If it was more available to me, I would probably drink a heck of a lot more of it. (775 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Azurescens for sending this as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with moderately high carbonation. About 3/4" of off-white head forms that has nice retention and lacing.

Smell: A hoppy pale ale. Lots of citrus, orange rind, grapefruit. A nice amount of caramelly and biscuity malts to accompany. Very nice.

Taste: A nice malty, caramel sweetness up front, followed by excellent orange and grapefruit rind and other citrus notes. Extremely well balanced, but does lean towards the hops side. And the hop character in this beer is very tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between light and medium bodied, with nice fine carbonation. A bit fuller than many pale ales out there. Overall, the best example of this style I've tried. Really reminds me somewhat of Gumballhead as far as hop character, but unlike that beer, this has a nice malted barley presence to balance that wheat doesn't provide. Very impressed. (953 characters)

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

Pours a clear amber with whitish head.

Smells fantastic; fresh citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste follows the nose. Hoppy, citrus and tropical fruits. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on.

Overall another awesome effort from Three Floyds, what did you expect? (262 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a modest white head that leaves good lacing.

Pineapple and tangerine on the nose lead to a big citrus flavor. One of the biggest hop punches at a relatively low abv - the hops are on par with a dipa. Unlike other lighter hop monsters, this one is well balanced and seductively smooth.

There is a sweetness to the malt but it is well hidden - the malt provides an almost transparent foundation for the hops showcase. Good round mouthfeel with a dry finish that just seem to make this beer seem better and better and then, much too soon. it is gone.

Thanks to immobilisme for the bottle. (612 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Medium honey in color, nice single finger white head that recedes quickly but leaves strong lacing on the glass.

S - Very powerful, grapefruit, mango, maybe a bit of lemon, if you swirl the glass get a bit of pine.

T - Very similar profile to the smell, strong hops profile, grapefruit, lemon, pine, oily hops with kind of a earthy backbone, very nice.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Very nice APA, strong flavors but not over powering. (485 characters)

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

12oz bottle received in trade from Sean9689. Big thanks for waiting until fresh shipment arrived.

First had this on tap at FFF last November when it was rolled out as Cenotaph.

Honey-gold, clear elixir poured into SA glass. Thick one-finger white head, tightly grouped tiny bubbles, abundant lacing.

Wow those hops really stink up the room--in grand fashion.
Fresh grapefruit but more sweet mango, lemon and subtle pine backing. All you could hope for in an APA and really more like a finely tuned IPA.

The taste does not disappoint. Tingling hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue, smooth pine and citrus exploding everywhere else.
The classic experience that all devoted hopheads search for.

Nicely carbonated, medium body, sweet, hop lingering aftertaste. Love the relatively low ABV which allows for a few more "tastings". Really can't overstate this fact, as to me, having a "session" IPA/APA of this caliber shows the artistry of the brewers and their ability to create such a fine brew and not need to jack up the alcohol. Giving additional weight to the above facts tips this brew into the rarified air of Exceptional. (1,132 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlafly snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazy nice orange color with some nice copper hints. There is a nice 1 inch off-white head that is very dense and sticky. Very nice looking beer.

S - Wow. Sweet mango and tangerines and some nice citra notes. There is some slight pine notes and resiny notes. Aroma is soo attractive. There is some slight malty and bready notes. Very nice toasted grain notes are present.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some nice citric qualities. Very nice orange peel notes with some tangerine and slight mango sweetness. The beer is nice and refreshing. Very light yet flavorful. There is some nice toasty malt grain notes mixed in with the citrus notes. There is some nice slight pine notes in the flavor as well but its mostly a delicious citrus bomb. The finish is nice and bitter with some slight sticky sweetness and resin notes on the backend. Very good brew. Mouthfeel is nice and light with some crisp carbonation.

O - Very good brew. The Citra hops really shine. Good FFF brew. (1,030 characters)

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/20/11
*From notes

-- A BIG thanks goes out to both brydeen and Señor Lopez for hookin' a white boy up with some Three Floyds deliciousness. --

A: Unfiltered dark amber. Quite dark, in fact, for an APA which I really dig. A generous pour (split with ol' Johnny Boy) yields a killer two finger head and lacing so epic it's makin' Roland Emmerich jealous.

S: I'm goin' coo-coo for Zombie Dust. The nose here is wicked - there's a menthol, vapo-rub essense to it that's just incredible. Piney. Floral. Juicy. Wow.

T: Is this an IPA? Beacause it certainly drinks like it. The citra hops explode onto the palate, creating a tropical, juicy and scrumdiddlyumptious APA. And like the best in style, there's a well structured and solid, golden malt spine that keeps the beer perfectly unbalanced.

M: Hellaciously creamy. This monster is over the top frothy. The carbonation is spot-on, and the texture is like a Michael Jordan after party: off the chain. This APA is luxurious and insanely approachable.

O: Three Floyds Zombie Dust changes the APA game. Who knew you could have your hops and (reasonably) low ABV all wrapped into one majestic package? This is crazy good. Seek it out at any cost.

Oh, and the label is pure badass. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Masterski for providing this beer. Another nice beer from Three Floyds

Pours with a finger of fluffy thin head that falls to a thin cap of foam that stays for the duration. The lightest haze is present in this orange/gold colored beer. Some strands of carbonation escape. Just a splotch of lace.

Aroma is bright and fresh. A blast of citrus, but the more you enjoy the light toasted malt comes through. Smells a bit like a Grateful Dead concert.

Nice APA. Fresh flavor, bright. Toasted malt beneath the green grassy and citrus hops. While very hop forward, this is still definitely an APA vs. IPA. Some nice fruit mid palate.

Body is still fairly light and bright. Refreshing beer.

Really good. Not a Daisy Cutter classic, but very very good. (761 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours into my glass like a half an orange with a small white head. Nose is sweet, fruity, sweet, and very fresh.

Taste is citrus and sweet tropical fruit, very fresh and sweet with a lot of smooth sweet flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a nice crisp finish, really good. (322 characters)

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

12oz bottle received in a behemoth of a box from the ever excellent AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff! This has been a long time want.

A- Nice orange/amber color with two fingers of snow white foam. Head recedes slowly leaving a thick coaster and some very nice lacing.

S- Huge citrus presence in the nose. Pine and a bit of malt squeak through, but notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit overpower them. Smells great!

T- Opens with mild grapefruit, apricot and hemp. Signature Citra hop flavor. Nice bitterness mid-palate, followed by subtle, biscuity malt balancing things out momentarily. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Bittersweet aftertaste lingers a bit.

M- Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture.

O- I really enjoyed this. The nose combined with the citrus and hemp flavors are remeniscent of a good IPA. The nice biscuity malt bill smooths things out, and the creamy feel make this a refreshing, insanely drinkable brew. I'd have this regularly if it was available in Cali. Recommended. (1,014 characters)

Photo of PABeerDude
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, great golden color. The aroma showed citrus/grapefruit and the taste was a light malty background and fantastic hoppy taste. Easily one of the better 'pale ales' I've had as I'm a sucker for hops. Would love to see more pales go towards this style. (274 characters)

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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