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Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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Photo of GPHarris
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers billowy and fluffy eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright copper-amber color.
s - big, sticky, resiny citrus hops.
t - citrus, pine, fruit with a nice caramel-toffee backbone. incredibly complex.
m - very slick and coating, almost silky mouthfeel.
o - top notch APA. loved it.

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

Big review #10!

In a year dominated by a ton of absurd releases this is the 2011 beer that really stood out in my mind.

a: Sexy. Nice head, nice copper/orange color - looks like a killer IPA. Shocking, that.

s: I prefer citrus forward IPAs, but this has kind of a balance of citrus and flower and really stands out as a nice middle of the road (in a good way) IPA aroma. Orange peel, apricot, some sort of flowers... all good.

t: boom. So damn good. As a person who prefers other styles over IPA I'd drink this all day long. It delivers on the promise of the aroma in a big way with nice citrus and floral components . It's not the big bitter I expect from the west coast and it's not the big cirtus that I associate with Ohio, but it balances the two and makes a great all-around IPA taste that I just love. Little bit of pepper, just the right amount of sweetness to balance the bitter - the details just round out the package.

m: damn near perfect. An American IPA should excite the taste buds and tingle the tongue. This does both. It is easy drinking - I'd go as far as TOO easy drinking. I wouldn't think much of drinking four of these in a night though that is way more beer than I'm likely to consume in the average night. The mouthfeel is a huge piece of that. It tastes great, but if it doesn't feel good going down I'm not going more than one. And each night I've opened one I've gone for a second. Drinks so damn easy.

o: THE American IPA. Best of class. Done. Three Floyds strength seems to be in the IPA realm and this is yet another jewel in their crown as one of the Kings of midwest IPA power.

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

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a 16 oz. Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A- this beer has a golden/ orange appearance with a small head

S- very citrusy; grapefruit, pineapple, and orange.

T- this is my favorite pale ale. I live in california and this beer is hard to get. I love it and I would trade anything for a sixer of this beer.

M- Medium bodied. It has a nice bitterness that lingers.

O- I f@$&ing love this beer. I wish 3 floyds was distributed on the west coast.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A. Pours a beautiful orange color, almost the same as the McDonalds orange soda from when you were a kid. Light foam head, about 1mm thick, settles to a light thin ring.

S. Smells of sweet citrus, fine northern pine, and lots of orange peel

T. Tastes of sweet orange peel, wonderful citrus and trangy fruit, with a hint of pine

M. Medium body, slightly water, a little bit coarse with a nice light finish.

O. This is a very good beer. Tangy and sweet, not as much like a normal IPA, but still very goo. I would suggest everyone try this at least once.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jisom123 for this one! poured from bottle into a tall, German style pint glass that i have not IDed.

a - deep yellow-orange color with a thin off-white head that left big arching bands of lacing on the glass

s - looks good, smells better; sweet, soft tropical fruit and melon, honeysuckle, peach?

t - booyah! floral and perfumey in the best way; mild mango, cantalope, honeydew melon, peach; finished with the slightest bitter bite, really more of a crispness

m - slippery, almost coating; medium carbonation with a very light mouthfeel overall

d - the sweet but delicate flavors combined with great smell and light mouthfeel make this one of my new favorite ipa's or pale ales; super drinkable and doesn't leave much room for improvement

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

12oz Bottle - big thanks to Puskinwow for this one

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemon, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit, lemon, and apricot flavour mixed with a touch of pine. It ends with a very hoppy citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - A delicious beer that has a fantastic balance of flavours. It really drinks more like an IPA than a APA. It reminded me a bit of better made Flying Monkeys Smashbomb IPA. Worth seeking out and I'd drink it again anytime.

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Photo of C2H5
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This American Pale Ale is Great in a bottle, but it is excellent on tap!
Pours golden, some haze but zero floaters, moderately thick white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass
Smells awesome, the way the citra hops are used in this beer make it great, floral hop and citrus are right up front.
Tastes amazing, a little bitter floral hop, citrus and malt work together balanced perfection
Crisp beginning and smooth all the way through, 6.2abv nearly undetectable drinkability of this is dangerous

Overall - an instant favorite! It's one of those beers that give you an involuntary/uncontrollable smile with the first taste. Its flavor is super complex for the super beer geek but subtle/delicate enough to be enjoyed by any beer drinker. I wish it was more readily available, because i would buy a keg. This beer leaves all others APA's in its dust..Dust, get it?

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

Thanks Heatwave33! Enjoyed while watching Dead Snow, only seems appropriate.

The pine aroma really kicks you right in the face; I got it when i first pulled off the cork. Aggressively dry hopped, this one is.

Pour is a nice orange color. Initial head was very fizzy and off white. Very nice carbonation.

The first thing that comes to mind is Boston Lager, but more assertive. Dried West Coast Hops are running rampant. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel come to mind. Subtle sweetness in the background. Very complex on the nose.

Its actually very balanced. A sticky honey malt is highlighted by a good bit of fruity hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and nice touch of orange peel. A nice bittering presence is actually a lot less than the nose leads you to believe, but thats actually a very good thing. Slightly metallic. Sits very light and all the flavors fade away leaving the hints of bitter and metal.

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Photo of zonker17
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into shaker from 12oz bottle dated 4/13/16 on 5/4/16. Clear amber color with dense head that slowly goes to a film, good lacing. Smells sweet, floral, citrusy, beautiful. Taste is mildly bitter and matches well with the nose. Some pine, malt, hops bringing fruity flavors of citrus and berries. Above medium body and average carbonation. This is the best of the best when fresh.

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Photo of tvv375ia
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-ochre colored with about a finger of head that fades leaving some nice lacing

S-lots of citrus hops grapefruit mostly with some orange and lemon with just a hint of malt

T-hops dominate again grapefruit is present throughout along with the orange hiding any malt that tries to come throgh

M-good carbonation with light to medium body

O-going according to style I find it to be much more hop centered than an APA but as an IPA I would rate higher

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan.

Appearance: Clear, amber. Pours 1 finger of thick off white head that fades slowly.

Smell: citrus, hops, orange peel, a hint of spice.

Taste: malty, caramel, hoppy, citrus, peppery, slightly bitter finish, malty and sweet up front and in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation, zesty, bitter finish, and slightly mouth puckering at the very end.

Overall: A very tasty pale ale. Well balanced, fairly complex. The citrus/hop notes are very fresh. Very high drinkability.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received in a trade. Many thanks!

A - Pours a clear, clean orange with a nice white head. Good carb and lacing on the glass.
S - Hops, hops and more hops. Citrus and grapefruit reign supreme in the nose. Delicious.
T - Hops, hops and more hops. The citra shines in this brew, as it's restrained and not overpowering. Nice malty backbone to hold up the hops ad well.
M - Medium to light body, holds up well with the hops, and isn't too carbonated.
O - Superb. No other way to describe it. A sublime example of citra hops that doesnt overpower the beer. Highly recommended, and and I wish I had access to this beer year round. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much love to cstromberg57 for providing me with my very first FFF offering. Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch of white head. Plenty of lacing as the head unwinds to a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam.

S- Sweet, fruity, yet pungently grassy hop aroma AND cereal grain sweetness in the tail-end. Also known as having your cake and eating it too.

T- Intensely grassy hops smack down on the palate and cause tingles of bitter to spread out across the tongue. Definitely a powerful taste but has that restrained quality that other stellar IPAs have in common (Two-hearted to name one). As sweet as it is hoppy with the just-right amount of malt presence holding everything in place. Notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

M- Prickly and active with medium carbonation. Also quite full in body and wetness.

O- Now I see what all the hype's about. One of my new Top 5 IPAs for sure. Definitely cannot improve anymore.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! FFF has made a true masterpiece here.

A: 2+ fingered khaki colored brew that has good retention dissipating to a thin soapy film atop this golden edged, orange cored brew.

S: Fresh pine a floral hops are at the forefront, but are followed by subtle tropical fruit notes and candied malts.

T: As the smell indicated pine and floral notes dominate the front. Biscuity malts and passion fruit follows and took me by surprise since I didn't detect them in the smell, truly remarkable combination. Bold bitterness rounds it all off and persists in your mouth long after each tasting.

M: Silky smooth and well carbonated medium bodied brew.

O: Fantastic, my favorite APA. Love it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle but my buddy bought at the brewery just after the release. Was a hazy, orange amber with moderate carb streams. It had a good sized white head that settled into a thick collar with covering film. Good sheeting but not much sticking.

The aroma was exceptional. Really loving the citra hop. Bold citrus aroma with grapefruit and tangerine leading. Can get a little of the malt backbone but this a marvelous hop show. The taste follows the aroma with big, bold citrus flavors with enough malt to keep it smooth. Could drink this all day. Medium mouthfeel with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of my favorite releases over the past several years. Lives up to the hype and beyond. Most highly recommend. Not avail here in TX so got from ummagum - many thanks! Rotation - if available near me it would be a constant presence in my fridge and probably would get a keg if available. [H;Y]

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

Got this in a beertrade. very excited! Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is a bit cloudy but otherwise golden. Vigorous pour yields good carbonation and a decent head which quickly fades to a thin ring.

The smell. Dear god the smell. It's dank. It smells of wet, piney, resiny hops. My mouth is watering. The taste is outstanding. This is a beer for hop lovers. I can't believe this is just a Pale Ale. It absolutely blows everything out of the water.

Mouthfeel is great. Easy drinking. I really wish this was distributed. Overall, this is simply outstanding. Believe the hype. This is a damn good beer.

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

New to the review thing so this won't be overwrought. Thanks to tsauce2 for the extra thrown in with a trade. Possibly the best pale ale I've ever had. Citra hops... very fruity nose and taste with almost no hop bitterness. Lovely fruity hop flavor. Didn't even know how much of a gem this one is until the first scent of the aroma. Phenomenal!

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

Thanks to IrishColonial for this one!
Poured into a Mother Earth Snifter
Pours darker than I was expecting for an APA
Smell is nice, citrus and pine fresh hops
Taste is very assertive and big for an APA
taste more like an IPA but not overpowering at all.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly full, almost chewy
Overall a great APA from a World Class Brewery!

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to inlimbo77 for this great extra, a true gentleman of beer trades...

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Mother Earth pint glass.

A ~ Orange/Hazel look with a 1 finger white head, no lacing.

S ~ Strong citrus scent, but really not overpowering. Pleasently greeted by pine, hop, orange notes.

T ~ Peppery burnt grapefruit start that fades into a citrus after taste. Carbination is good, but a little strong up front. Surprisingly piney with a hint of orange as well.

M ~ Thick and surprisingly creamy but I can't get past the carbonation. It's thicker than I expected, which catches you off guard since the look is more clear than a traditional American Pale Ale.

O ~ I love hoppy beers and to be an American Pale Ale, this one is hoppy! Reminds me of an IPA that isn't as overpowering with floral if that makes sense? Good overall beer that would be a go to if it were distributed to NC.


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

Thanks UncleJedi!

A- Body is a translucent orangish color. Pours with a 1-2 finger head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger or so. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is pretty bright and hoppy. Bright grapefruit and citrusy hops. In the background is a mild spiciness.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. Lots of citrus upfront with a hint of spicy hops underneath. The finish is suprisingly dry with a mild hint of spices.

M- Medium carbonation and a smooth dry body.

O- Overall this is a good beer. Lots of grapefruit and hops with little accompaning bitterness and a suprisingly dry finish. Very happy I tried this beer.

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

355ml bottle
No bottle info!
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this amazing extra from the top of my want list!

Appearance: Wow, quite a bit darker than I was expecting; this looks quite like an IPA. Lightly clouded apricot orange body topped by a good sized white head that displays reasonable retention and leaves good lace.

Smell: I have no experience with Citra hops so this should be interesting. Wow, from the second the cap was cracked I could tell that this is going to be a great beer! The nose is all hops - Orange, grapefruit, mango, peach, under ripe guava (wtf!!!), mild pine, grass and a leafy herbal quality basically sums it up. Closer inspection reveals a very light caramel note. I know this is my first experience of Citra, but it is already up on my list of favorite hops!

Taste: Hmmmm, this tastes quite like the single hop (Amarillo) IPA that I made last year... Maybe my true calling is as a brewer and not as a mathematician - well at least I hope it is!
The initial flavour is sweet malt, but this is quickly overrun by citrus, tropical fruit and strong grassy notes. Solid bitterness and lasting flavour.

Mouthfeel: Bang on for the style; medium body, lightly oily with moderate level of carbonation. Easy drinking and super refreshing.

Overall: Great beer, I would drink this throughout summer if I lived near FFF. One thing though; why do FFF bottle their huge IPA's like Apocalypse Cow in bombers and their refreshing pale ale in a 355ml?

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.72/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of braski
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.