Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,311
Hads: 8,590
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 3.08%
Wants: 4,276
Gots: 2,326 | FT: 79
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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 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)

Photo of DCon
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a 12 FL OZ bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & am unsure of the estimated price of this. Poured from the white/green labeled bottle w/ Zombie Dust in Green & a Zombie wearing a crown on the front into a Crown Royal Shaker Glass. No freshness date since its a FFF brew.

Aroma- A refreshing and strong grapefruit aroma starts out this APA. Malts are evident too in a medium fashion, and then citra hops evident.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that stays for appropriate time. Has a semi-hazy, golden body but then there is no lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Awesome FFF hop blend used! Citra and grapefruit are the biggest characteristics in here and the hop bitterness is medium. Very enjoyable all the way through as well as balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and leaves hop on the palate but not much else.

Overall Impression- Simply fantastic! This was tough to compare to Alpha King but have to say I enjoy this one more (from memory). Will be looking back @ my Alpha King review and seeing how it compares. This one definitely had some malt aroma/flavor that helped balance out the taste and make more characteristics happen. Will be getting this one again, and hopefully in a 6-pack or more! (1,232 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Zombie Dust is quality APA. My bottle may not have been fresh, since it wasn't super hoppy.

A: Slightly cloudy orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4

S: The smell is strongly hoppy but smooth. Citrus fruits and some maltiness. 4.5

T: Excellent malty base over milder hops. Perhaps they've faded a little. This is a quality APA that would have been a little better if it were fresh. I tasted it alongside alpha king which definitely had more hop kick. The zombie dust had a nicer malt flavour though, less bitterness and a better mouthfeel. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4 (596 characters)

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

A: Poured a nice golden orange color with a beautil off white cap leaving a lot of lacing and bubbles

S: Fresh. A bit of caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, light passion fruit

T: Orange peel, grapefruit, light pineapple, caramel. Has a very smooth taste which fades into a light dryness and hop bite

M: Nice smooth texture, loads of flavor. Light body and booze

O: Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Outstanding. (417 characters)

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

Huge thanks to Chris for this one.

Pours a finger of white head with decent retention leaving a bit of lace. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Fresh, dank, and fruity. Floral with grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some other citrus flavors mix in there.

Taste: Very fruity and very hoppy. Floral and piney. Grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon citrus. No malts show.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but clean. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky and hop resiny.

Overall, this was a great APA. Very drinkble and very fresh. I opened this up and knew I would enjoy it. This stuff is legit. Get some of this now. (647 characters)

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

Poured from bottle into The Bruery tulip. Picked up a case at the pub in Munster, IN. Definitely fresh; should be after standing in the carry out line for almost an hour as this had turned out to be most popular after its recent release.

A - Very nice amber color with moderate carbonation. Poured a one inch head with nice lacing.

S - Nice fruity aroma with grapefruit and floral coming through.

T - Excellent and smooth; tastes great, less filling. The grapefruit, orange, and citrus are up front. Very nice finish with some hoppiness but definitely not a tongue bruiser. IPA and pale ales are my favorite styles and this one is probably the leading contender for my new favorite. It seems smoother and more tasty than this brewer's very excellent Alpha King. Consistent with the style, the bitterness not as pronounced as an IPA.

M - Very clean with that very smooth citrus lingering at the finish.

Thanks to rjhami for the reminder to stop in Munster to pick up this excellent example of a pale ale. (1,011 characters)

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

Pours a nice golden color with a nice head. Looks cloudy and bubbly nice carbonation.
Smell- Very floral and fruity very nice. I am getting a strong a citrus smell. I can't stop smelling it, it smells great.
Taste – Smooth..very smooth..can taste a nice floral/citrus notes almost grapefruit like. This beer tastes great. One of the best apa I have had.
Mouth feel- light and smooth with a nice amount of carbonation for me it is a nice balance of carbonation and the light feeling of the beer.
Overall-Great citrus nose one of the best smelling beers I have had the pleasure to taste and the taste lives up to the smell. Great Beer! (635 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale golden in color with just a little haze in it. Slightly foamy white head but doesn't last too terribly long. Just a wee bit of carbonation as well.

S/T - Pretty much confirms why I love citra hops. Even from the very beginning of the pour the scent of citrus fruit fills the air and just intensifies when sniffed. The taste follows suit with a huge chewy hop flavor which is dominated by lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine. Leaves a nice resin aftertaste but not too drying or bitter.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Not too sticky on the palate and aftertaste lasts and lasts. Very easy to drink.

O - A pretty awesome APA, if not one of the best. Definitely worth seeking out and nothing bad to say about it. (736 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
Served in an imperial pint glass with 2 finges worth of creamy dense white head. Clear pale golden body, it was kind of dim in the pub to get a good color comparison. Great lacing and good head retention as I consume this hyped beer.

Smells very good and it does live up to the hype here. It smells like a citra and simcoe hopped beer. Citrus and mango, some pine, cat pee yet in a good way. This smells amazing!

Tastes some what similar in the big citrus and mango like fruit flavor. Some sweet and bready malts help keep it balanced. A fairly complex piney resinous undertone keep it interesting. A firm citrus, piney oily coating finish round out the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice carbonation to compliment the oily finish.

Overall this beer was worth the drive, even though we had a few others after this one, I liked this one the most. The smell and taste are very good in every. I may hunt some more of this down in a trade later on, after the hype dies down.
$5 a pint iirc (1,007 characters)

Photo of GabrielM
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An awesome extra from BA decadence. Thanks Todd!

A - golden body with an inch of bright white head resting above.

S - ultra-fresh cat piss, which means delicious simcoe hops! Also a ton of fresh grass, a bit of wheat, some maltiness in there. Wow!

T - damn... amazing hop bite, just the right amount of bitterness and a sort of creamy citrusness. This is a fresh, potent beer that is definitely waking up my tasting buds.

M - light but creamy, hoppy but smooth, bright and refreshing.

O - I never even had a desire to try this even though I saw thread after thread ISO it, but now that I have, I'm completely blown away! (629 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy beige head that had tons of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving a creamy layer on top and excellent lacing coating the sides. This beer was so murky that it looked like ocean water with bubbles racing up all over the place.

Smells of huge hops up front, with a wet hop aroma lead by citrus hops that had grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, piney hops/pine cones, floral hops, flowers, herbs, coriander, caramel, brown sugar, butter soaked toast, crackers and some faint spices the seem like the hops were wrung out and dripped citrus fruit and hop oils into this brew. This does not have an classic APA aroma, and is more like a DIPA, which was a very pleasant surprise. This smells like a wet hop cone is floating in the glass, with a whiff of buttery grainy biscuit before more fruit kicks in. One of the best smelling APA’s that I’ve ever encountered as this beer would fool most people into thinking that they were dinking a massive IPA.

Tastes like it smells, with huge hops up front including citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, mango, piney hops, pine cones, floral hops, flowers, herbs, fresh cut grass, hay, coriander, brown sugar, caramel, sweet malt, butter, crackers, biscuit and just enough grains to really neutralize any spice bite. This beer is all about the hops and the balance may be off a bit for an APA, but the grains and malts play just enough of a part to make this incredibly drinkable and succulent.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very light mild carbonation that borders on thin and watery; it has a medium chewy body and a slick oily feel as it slides across the tongue; the alcohol is very well covered up and there is only a little hop heat that goes well with the sweet fruity finish that’s on the bitter side. After the swallow my mouth was dry with a slight sour pucker and a lingering fruity hop sweetness.

Overall this was a great beer that went down real easy for me. The massive hop flavors and aroma may indicate that this beer could be classified as an IPA, but who really cares what the style is because it was delicious. Thanks to my friend Justin for hooking me up with some kick ass Three Floyds straight from the brewery. I highly recommend this beer and will be seeking it out again as it was ridiculously smooth and outstanding overall. An absolute session beer for me that I could drink anytime and all the time. (2,488 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds Pint glass. Thanks Doug for bringing this back for me.

A- Pours a two finger off white head, sticky lacing on the side, nice retention, pours a murky golden brown color.
S- Really nice hoppy aroma, big juicy fruity aroma coming out citrus, grapefruit, peach, mango, nice bready malts in the background really balanced.
T- Wow so smooth, so delicious, this beer is very easy drinking and there’s a lot going on, big fruity hoppy flavors, peach, mango, citrus, pineapple, some grapefruit, not too bitter, more of a balanced sweet bitterness, with a nice malt backbone.
M- Medium mouth feel, really smooth drinking, clean finish, well carbonated.
O- This is one of if not the best APA I’ve ever had, it’s more like an IPA, really fruity and hoppy, balanced and extremely easy drinking, this would be perfect for a hot summer day. Really impressed. (888 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy dark orange/copper color with a finger and a half of soapy and foamy off white head. Head recedes quickly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing, to a thin film over the surface and a collar of small bubbles. Very hazy beer, but you can still see a few shadows through the beer, with a good amount of small slow bubble carbonation near the edges of the glass.

Nose is pretty good, light grapefruit peel, dank pine needles, a little touch of floral like hops. A nice caramel malt presence comes through as well. As it warms, I get a little bit of stone fruit, and tropical fruit aromas, fairly muddled though.

Taking a sip, there were more tropical fruits on the tongue than in the nose, sweet stone fruit and lighter tropical fruits, grapefruit. A touch of pine and floral hop flavors as well. Mid tongue, a nice caramel and grain malt presence, continuing into a nice and dry finish with a balance of light hops and malt.

Light body with a crisp and refreshing carbonation that's perfect for the style. While not quite a light ABV beer, I wouldn't mind having a few of these. Very nice beer. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Jammies
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a light golden orange with a quarter of an inch of foam. Great retentions

S- very citrusy odor with a sweet grassy finish

T- citrusy taste with a slight hoppiness to it.

M- Light and smooth. Slightly watery. Hops are prevalent but don't coat the mouth or linger

O- If you could breed gumballhead and apocalypse cow this would be the offspring. (356 characters)

Photo of GoldenJet
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally having this again after drinking at Dark Lord Day, thanks to a trade with claaark13 - it was amazing then, so let's see how my memory holds up . . .

Yeah, it's still pretty amazing. Once you crack this bottle open, the room is instantly filled with that fresh hop aroma (someone should make candles out of Citra Hops), and the pour just brings out more fruity hop notes.

While the appearance is a little less than to be desired from a pale ale (looks more like a DIPA, honestly), the taste is so clean and crisp that you drink it so fast you can barely look at it. Loads and loads of clean hop characters - pineapple, lemon, peach - all the usual suspects are there, with just a touch of bitterness.

For pale ales, and IPA's and DIPA's for that matter, I prefer the clean fruit over bitterness - if you're looking for the opposite, this may not be for you. However, if you're looking for an almost perfect, unique, and super clean American Pale Ale, look no further.

Bravo, Three Floyds, Bravo! (1,006 characters)

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of funhog, into a perfect pint. I'd had a growler of this previously and enjoyed it immensely but was kicking myself for not having reviewed it.

A - Pours an almost perfectly clear yellow-amber, with a billowy three fingers of head. Outstanding retention and lacing. This looks as good as I imagine is possible.

S - Peachy, citrusy aromas come bounding out of the glass on the pour, along with a slight candy sweetness. Man I love Citra hops! The nose isn't overly complex, but what is there is outstanding and plentiful.

T - It reminds me a lot of fresh Blind Pig, with lots of fruit-forward hoppiness, but without the overwhelming bitterness in the finish. Peach, mango, and grapefruit in there, with a touch of pine. Very, very nice.

M - It's by no means a lightweight beer, but it's very crisp and also slightly dry. It would be great on a warm summer day (too bad summers here are oppressively hot).

O - I've been a little hard on FFF in the past -- their DIPAs just haven't really done it for me -- but this beer is the real deal. They've managed to pack a lot of the aspects that I enjoy in an IPA/DIPA into an APA. I love it, and I'll be trading for as much as I can manage in the future. (1,226 characters)

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

Served on tap at Lizardville

A- Poured a hazy dark golden color with a two and a half finger pillowy head that left some good lace

S- Very aromatic, big peach, mango, pineapple, and citrus

T- Big peach, pineapple, mango, and citrus flavors. Very nice sweet IPA (even if it is considered a pale ale, it tastes more like a DIPA than anything). Lots of sweetness up front, some tartness in the middle of the tongue, and finishes with some bitterness. Fantastic tasting beer.

M- Very high carbonation and some very nice acidity, finishes very dry, almost champagne like

O- This beer is outstanding and one of the best I have ever had. This beer tastes and smells like a tropical hop paradise. Kudos to Three Floyds, this is the first beer I have had from them and now I am so glad they are back in Ohio. (807 characters)

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.