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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,375 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,375
Hads: 8,960
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 4,432
Gots: 2,588 | FT: 83
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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Reviews: 1,375 | Hads: 8,960
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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Photo of EseLocoSS
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a fresh bottle straight from the brewery.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a huge off-white/khaki head and nice sticky lacing.

S: Great hop nose to this beer. Big pine and citrus peel. Tons of grapefruit with a little bit of bready malts and a hint of toast and caramel. Mildly grassy on the back end.

T: Mildly sweet malts of bread and toffee. Big citrus peel, pine, and grass hop flavor.

A moderate level of bitterness to it and a hint of fruitiness. Nice solid flavors to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really easy to drink and a great flavor and aroma.

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

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

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

shared by whiterascal.

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

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

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

M: medium-thin, with medium carb.

O: this is definitely a solid offering. would get this regularly if i could.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big thanks to paco1029384756 for this gem.

Wow, just cracking the cap I can smell the awesome hops floating outwards into the world beyond the bottle. Pouring into the snifter just makes it even stronger. it does pour a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly and leaves a nice almost soapy spotty lacing that makes it look like a foam war just took place. The beer is a super hazy bright nectar orange color, barely any light getting through that fog.

Nose is just awesome before I even put my nose in the glass. It's like a wedding of Citra and Simcoe super fresh hops and they're spitting out babies into my nostrils. Going deeper brings so much fruit, tropical fruit mostly. A big citrus kick in the face with a slight orange zest, fresh squeezed grapefruit, waves of tropical fruit with some pineapple, guava, mango, and a big passion fruit kick. Damn! As I stuck my nose in deeper I get a bit of the beer on my nose and mustache, forcing me to lick it off, what a shame... back to the nose, a slight musty fresh wet hop resin comes through but lightly, and more of the tropical fruits with some nice tangerine and an overripe clementine. That's just the nose!

Taste also comes with fresh tropical fruit and deliciously delicious hops. The citrimcoe hop babies are having a party in my mouth and shedding hop oils everywhere. Awesome tropical fruits like I tried to say before my mind wandered. Anyways, tons of tropical fruits... and citrus. Nice orange rind, grapefruit, juicy tangerine, a really nice pineapple flavor. Then brings more of the guava, mango, and tons of passion fruit again. I can't tell if this beer is just ridiculously juicy or my mouth can't stop salivating, probably both. A light bitterness overall, which is nice so you can just enjoy the awesome tropical fruits of my labor. A slight fresh wet hop comes through bringing a slight musty resin but not much. Oh yeah, slight touch of malts as well, with a touch of sweetness and a nice backbone to prop up all the awesome hops so they can dig in deeper into the taste buds. I can't stop sipping this and I'll probably be done before this review is even finished. Finish comes with a bit more bitterness, a nice tropical fruit long finish, some light citrus and resin, such a long delicious finish as well that seems to last forever. Also drier on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall holy shit, I didn't think an APA could taste so awesome! So much fresh tropical fruit and awesome hops, like all the best parts of the hops got together and replicated until they couldn't anymore, and this is the byproduct. Bravo 3F, Bravo!

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.