Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 8,462
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 4,229
Gots: 2,260 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hansgruber on 12-09-2010

This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry.

60 IBU

Formerly known as Cenotaph: A medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops from the Yakima Valley, USA.
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Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

From a bottle into a snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12oz bottle courtesy of THE CPJ. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a fluffy white head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass. Quite nice.
S - Insanely pungent, Citra-forward aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, and mango with a very slight toasted malt profile. I love this, gimme more CITRA!
T - Pretty close to the nose, not as intensely flavored as the nose would suggest but still delicious. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and mango with just the right amount of bitterness in the finish. This walks the line between APA and IPA so closely, perfectly combining the drinkability of the former with the hop explosion of the latter.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and excellent carbonation. I only wish this was a touch lower in the ABV department so I could drink it all day!
O - Hands down the best Pale Ales I've ever had, I could go through cases of this stuff. Amazing!

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a translucent brassy color with a finger and a half of off white dense head. Great retention with great lacing!

S- monstrous pungent hop aromas scream from the glass with resin, juicy citrus and an over the top aromatic leafy eucalyptus characteristic. The slightest hint of biscuity malt barely comes put on the finish.

T- again hop nirvana arrives. Juicy citrus tones blend with notes of mango and tropical fruit. Floral touches in the middle with hop resin comes out in the middle. Finishes very dry with a solid hop bitterness and the slightest touch of pale malt.

MF- slick juicy mouthfeel with a medium body and soft fine carbonation.

D- drinks like aqua!

Overall a world class pale ale that brings any hop lover to tears! Amazing.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a wide flute

A: Pours a light orange color with three fingers of dense white head. Beautiful lacing and wonderful retention. A bit darker than what I'm used to for the style, but i won't fault it there.

S: Lots and lots of fresh citrus smells. Almost like smelling fresh lemon and orange peel. I get a bit of floral hops in the background, but this one is a dry smelling citrus bomb. Simply amazing.

T: Fairly significant bitterness starts off with faint floral and citrus hop flavor. Slight sweetness and bready malt flavors work in with the hops. While this flavor is by no means bad or even average, it is a huge disappointment from the aroma. Having subsequent bottles I find the taste a bit more intense.

M: Light, good carb - great for a APA.

O: Interesting. The aroma is very enticing but the citrus hop flavor just isn't strong enough for me. The bitterness is there, but I was hoping to taste those delicious citrus hop aromas I smelled. This is a solid APA for sure, but it's not world class IMO.

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

Just got this in a trade! Thanks whitemomba! The second I popped the cap on this beer, my nostrils got hit with a huge whiff of hops. Pours a slightly-hazy, golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very heavy with the Citra hops. Lovely citra aroma with a bit of pine and somewhat earthy notes. Taste just has so much hoppy goodness going on, it's ridiculous. I haven't had Alpha King in a long time, but I remember thinking the same thing: "How do they get such intense hop profile into a pale ale?" Great citra hop flavors with lovely citrus fruit and just the slightest hint of malt. Not sure if this is a fresh hop ale, but it sure tastes like one. An all-citra fresh hop ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat resiny, with a crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic pale ale. I would love to do a side by side with Alpha King and Daisy Cutter to see who gets crowned supreme pale ale.

Photo of david131
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a lightly hazed orange with a few streams of rising carbonation. The bone-white head is a combination of thin and bubbly with nice retention.

S- Mango, pineapple, peach, pine, fresh cut grass, and honey. Aromatic and very intriguing. Stellar.

T- Same as the aroma but a little less emphasis on the fruit and a little more on the pine. Still very nice and for the style is top-notch.

M- Abundant carbonation emphasizes the bitterness and flavors. A tad on the thin side. Clean and a bit dry on the finish.

O- A delicious take on the style that drinks really well. Flavorful and unique. Highly recommended.

Photo of Adamostella
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy yellow/orange color. Moderate amount of a fizzy white head on it.

The smell here is simply phenomenal! It is like walking into a flower shop, the hops here sing. Very fresh citrus scent with a bit of freshly cut grass mixed in there. Among the best smelling beers I can say I've ever encountered.

Taste on this is excellent as well, on the slight downside is that it comes extremely close to but doesn't quite match the impact of the smell however you still capture all of the hoppy goodness in it.

A beer you can drink all day long that is packed with wonderful flavor.

Simply Amazing!

Photo of output01x
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dan3279 for yet another amazing trade.

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that slowly settles to a thick dusting. The body is a hazy honey amber with a strong amount of energetic carbonation bubbles. Sheets of lacing cling to the edges of the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is so vibrant and complex, it may be simpler to list what is not noticed. Grapefruit, mango, orange rinds, pineapple, lemon, grass, and flowers are all easily discernible aromas. I'm sure there are more lying deep within but I can't just sit here smelling this beer all day.

Sweet honey and mild citrus fruit flavors start each sip with notes of mandarin oranges and grapefruit and a slight grassiness in the background. As the beer is swallowed, huge flavors of grass, flowers, and pine come out. A dry pine bitter aftertaste ends each sip.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is has a great mouthfeel for an American Pale Ale. The body is refreshing and easy-drinking without being sticky or coating. The carbonation is only barely noticeable and is probably doing more in the background than I can give it credit for.

Photo of poibag808
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice thick white 2 finger head. Good lacing. Beautiful golden honey/orange body with good carbonization.

S: Really pungent floral hoppyness.

T: Malty sweetness upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Each sip has a nice dry finish. Delicious.

Great pale ale that seems more along the lines of a IPA.

Photo of gford217
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jim for this bottle.

Pours clear bubbly amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes to a thin collar. not much lacing.

Whoa, this thing packs a serious punch in the nose with grapefruit, pine resin, lemongrass, pineapple. Some light biscuity malts as well. Without a doubt, the best nose I've come across in a pale ale.

Taste doesn't quite match the standard set by the nose but it's still great. The initial taste is juicy citrus with grapefruit and floral pine and grass - really showcases the Citra hops. There is a light bready malt in the background but the taste is all about the hops which leave a tangy bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and really crisp and clean.

This is probably the best APA I've tasted. The Citra hops are certainly the dominant player and it works really well. Excellent beer.

Photo of Finatic
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my Odell IPA pint glass. A special thanks goes out to fellow BA brother Urbencaver who provided me with this 3 FFF gem.

A: Pours a very orange, clear color with a 1/2 finger white head that dissipates quickly.

S: The smell of citrus overwhelms the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. Almost has the aroma of an IPA with it's floral scents. Reminds me of Flower Power a little.

T:The hops just scream out at you which I like. By far this is the best tasting APA I have had. I love how the mellow malty background offsets the tropical notes.

M: Medium carbonation and a perfect bitterness that leaves you wanting more and more.

O: Without a doubt the best APA I have ever had. Another thumbs up for 3 FFF.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This and hoppy birthday are easily my favorite APA's of all time. I love the drinkability of this beer and the great punch of flavor without the high ABV. Excellent.

A: The beer has a very pretty orange color, thats mostly clear (you can see through it more or less). Leaves some nice lacing and has only a ring of head once it settles. Solid look.

S: This is special. Some super amazing smells all packed into a tight, aromatic package. the citra hops appeal to me with the citrus and grassy aromas that play well with the dry biscuity malt that is not sweet at all, makes for a beautifully hoppy platform and smell that is just about dead on for what I enjoy in APA's/easy hoppy IPAs.

T: Taste follows suit, it's super juicy and amazingly hoppy, the sweetness and bitters and dryness are all just about just right. I also get some tropical fruits and some candy like tastes as well, this is quite complex and tasty. It's hard to believe how awesomely integrated the hops and malts are in this, it all just makes sense and drinks shockingly well.

M: Nice feel, great carbonation, easy over the palate and just overall slides right down the hatch. Right on FFF>

Overall, this and Dreadnaught and Bourbon/Vanilla Bean Dark lord could be the only 3 beers I take to a desert island and I'd be just fine. I just love FFF, I may be biased as they got me into craft beer, but they just know how to make beer. Right on.

Photo of codsmith
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very clear orange/golden color with a decent white foam head that dissipate rather quickly.

S: a very nice mixture of floral and citrus hop aroma. Nothing too over powering.

T: a nicely done malty backbone that is full of hop flavors that blend nicely and leave a very mild bitterness. Hops give off a great grapefruit and very subtle pine flavor.

M: medium-to-full body, but goes down very easily. Carbonation is just a tad light.

O: very good and true to style. Malts and hops are blended very well together and provide for an easy to drink beer with a lot of hops.

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

generous extra from MasterSki. poured into my stone vertical epic glass

a - pours a crystal clear golden brown with a constant stream of champagne bubbles rising to the finger-width white head. great lacing on the glass

s - great mix of floral and fruits. i'm picking up some apple juice, orange, grapefruit, and grapes.

t - floral hops give way to a subtle malt and some lingering bitterness. not overpowering as to be expected by a pale ale, but plenty of flavor from the hops

m - medium bodied with ample carbonation - a great mix for very easy drinking

o - probably the best pale ale i've ever had. definitely errs on the side of IPA but truly fantastic. i expected this to lose some of it's pizazz as i'm not sure how old this one was, at least a couple months, but it didn't. truly fantastic

Photo of regspeir
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium glass. A moderately aggressive pour yielded a dark, golden brew with a 2-inch white head which lasted. Lacing was spotty but lasted throughout. The nose was the resinous and the lemony, hop-centered smell you would expect from the citra. The taste was dry, lemon, orange and mango, grassiness, pine but there were tones of some nice malt notes and grain as well. I loved the healthy carbonation and some nice bitterness at the back end. The mouthfeel was medium to light. What a wonderful surprise this beer was. I just wish I could get more!

Photo of mulder1010
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Nicks6217 and Mr Kennedy for this puppy

A-- Poured a hazy orange mustard color. Good looking bright white head, two finger height. Good staying power to the head. Lots of spotty lacing as drank through this and great head retention.

S-- Just the nose of this was unreal. One of the best noses I have come across. Very IPA like nose. Candied pineapple, passion fruit, candied lemon and lime. Lots of fruit and a very good malt backbone.

T-- Excellent taste. Lots of grass, pineapple, pine, passion fruit and lemon and lime. Far more complex than other APA's around.

M-- Long lasting flavor and good touches of bitterness and backbone. Spot on carbonation for the style. Medium carbonation and feel. Very well balanced.

O-- I consider myself lucky to have some good APA's in this part of the world with LC and Stone and Wood Pacific Ale, but this beer blows the heck out of anything I have had in a long time. My bar has been Daisy Cutter and LC but this was mind numbing. Well balanced and put together. More taunting was the logo just staring at me and taunting me with those eyes. All this from a single hop APA?? Sick, just sick.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger head, yellow with very light mustard and amber hues. clear. Lots of lacing.

S: Very aromatous. I could smell this one as it poured. The aroma is like a strong hoppy IPA with both oak, grapefruit and floral notes.

T: a very nice hop character with woody and floral notes. The aroma forbodes the taste which is right on for a pale ale.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth for a pale ale.

Overall: An excellent example of an aromatous pale ale which stays true to the pale ale genre in the taste.

Photo of nickfl
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - pungent, fruity hops with notes of mango and pineapple. Toffee and sweet, bready malt in the background.

T - lightly sweet, bready malt up front with pine hops. Some more soft malt in the middle and a hint of the fruity character of the aroma. Finishes with subtle malt, fresh hops, and moderate bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - very nice, it has the aroma of a full blown ipa, but the flavor profile is subtle and balanced as a pale ale should be.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with huge thanks to nicks6217 and shared with mulder1010! Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Poured a hazy golden orange colour with a nice white head that retained well and dripped with lacing as it went down.

Smell was incredible. Candied grapefruit, candied citrus, candied passionfruit. All working in wonderfully well together. I was smelling this for minutes before even considering taking a sip.

Taste backed it up, as the grapefruit, citrus and passionfruit all melded in well together in a beautifully refreshing beer.

Delicious body, not too highly carbonated and a bitterness level that suited the style perfectly making it highly drinkable but with enough bitterness to keep you well entertained. ABV was super well hidden!

Hands down the best beer i have had this year. Amazing! First beer of the tasting and we were proclaiming this as beer of the night and beer of the year all in one.

Photo of jegross2
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden amber color that is between transparent and translucent. Pours one and a half fingers of soapy white head that sticks around quite some time. Average lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Very piney, floral-citrus hop bitterness. Grapefruits and lemons. Very fresh aroma, like a spring day. A little honey sweetness in the nose as well. Smells like an excellent single IPA. 5/5

Taste: Aggressive citrus hops bitterness. The main flavor that comes to mind is grapefruit. A little lemony as well. Some earthy pine and floral flavors. An underlying honey sweetness. A little tart and malty-sweet on the midpalate, but a very dry, bitter finish. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. The carbonation really makes the bitterness of the beer pop on the tongue. 5/5

Hard as it is to believe that there might be a better pale ale than Alpha King on the market, let alone one from the same brewery, Zombie Dust delivers against all the hype.

Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bavarian Lodge on November 26th, 2011. Served in a pint glass. Been anticipating coming across this one for months.

A - Attempting to overcome the Lodge here - the restaurant is dark as hell. Looks very much like a pilsner, with a transparent light yellow coloring and a nice two-finger eggshell white head. Okay retention and awesome lacing around the edges of the pint glass.

S - This is more west coast than any other IPA/DIPA offering I've had from FFF. Pine tree on top of mandarin orange-sweetness. Slightly nutty. Grapefruit seeds underneath. Very light malts.

T - Unadulterated (and awesome) Citra hop resin and oil. Honey-roasted peanuts. More pine and quite a bit more grapefruit than was present in the nose.

M - Excellent. Light-medium body, good carbonation for the style, and a really nice dry finish that leads into a lingering Citra hop, bitter aftertaste.

D - Best APA/IPA I've come across. Easily beats Daisy Cutter in aroma and the hop quality is better in the drink. Makes Alpha King seem pretty average. Can't wait to grab a six-pack.

Update - Returning to Zombie Land once more, finally was able to by a sixer straight from the brewpub. I love this beer, feel is perfect out of the 12 oz. bottle and the taste seems to have more complexity. Probably the most crush-worthy beer I've had since joining BA.

Update 2 - I'm not sure if this was me or FFF, but over the past year or so I've not really been happy with ZD. And I've had it a lot. The taste really went downhill, so I need to dock this a few points for inconsistency.

Photo of JayAre46
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shout out to RC0032 for some of these, first off the label art is sic! 12oz bottle poured into a very elequent and ravishing....pint glass, shows a trasparent active orange topped off with a soapy 1 inch head, my friends head looked much better than mine....anyway, immediately a rush of sweet fruits and hop greatness in the nose, pineapples, oranges, mango sweetness. CITRUS SON! fresh hops come through and are very pungent. pale biscut malt intertwined, the taste follows the nose of amazing citrus filled beer, fruity and limp wristed, oily hop feel leaves a fresh tracked bitterness. medium bodied on the palate smooth and not very prickly for the style. overall 3 floyds has been a rollercoaster ride for expectations and this one was on point. i love the citrus involved and complexity it brings to compliment the bitterness. well done 3 floyds, all the talk is justified in my eyes. this one sets itself apart from the field in APA's.

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright hazy gold... can't get much better that this color. Great 2 fingers of head that settles into a nice layer atop. Left nice lacing that stuck all the way up top.

S: The second you open this beer you get hit with this smell and WOW! Great fruity scents and Citra hops. Slight pine scent added in more an amazing aroma.

T: Just as it smells, a nice sweet start and great hoppy flavors

M: Nice medium body, Nice hoppy peppery spices and not too bitter.

O: Really a great beer. The worst part about this beer is I finished it way too quick and I want more and I cannot get it! Would love to try this one again!

Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - What a great grapefruit aroma with notes of bubblegum and sweet caramel! Absolutely amazing.

T - Good grapefruit flavor with a touch of tropical fruits. Light bitterness with sweet caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really great APA. Thanks to madarab55 for sharing this one.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two imperial pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Chris and Ivan for the samples!

A: Pours a lovely bright gold with just a hint of yeast haze. A thick and bubbly two finger layer of foam popped up on top before settling down to a thick collar that left a ton of lacey patterns behind.

S: Glorious, tropical Citra hops. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, and apricot with a bit of pine for good measure. Malt is pretty subdued but I was able to pull out a bit of marshmallow when it came up to temp.

T: See above. More pine in the taste than the smell.

M: Not terribly thick but coating. This thing plasters its' spicy hop oils everywhere in my mouth. Lovely peppery hop spiciness.

O: An absolutely wonderful beer. Heather and I were lucky enough to have tried this back in the Cenotaph days and have had it as Zombie Dust on draft and out of the bottle. Finally got around to reviewing it. This would totally be our "go to" if it wasn't so difficult to find right now.

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,462 ratings.