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

Poured into a nonic pint glass, an apricot golden orange hue with a bright chunky head just barely off white in color. Fine even lacing lines the sides of the glass as the head dwindles down. Aroma has a super citrus grapefruit nose, hints of crushed aspirin, tropical fruit with a underlying biscuit malt character. Flavor is crazy with Citra hops bringing out tropical fruit marmalade it's pretty awesome, nothing else like this creates the same flavor. Bitter citrus peel, pineapple notes, and a mellow biscuit malt sweetness matches the bitterness. I keep getting a really green peppermint tone in both the nose and the flavor, crazy but it works with the beers flavor. The palate is coated with hop oils ample carbonation rolls everything perfectly across with each sip. Overall a classic pale ale that could be most breweries, IPA really unleashes the perfect wave of Citra hops equating into a easy drinking pale ale that we all wish was more readily available. Thanks to the great trader, Ryan aka Schlais, out of Minnesota for this early Christmas gift.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Groppis.

Golden yellow, solid white head. Lots of tropical fruit. Very fragrant. Flavor is similar to the nose. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Carbonation is smooth. Solid easy drinking American pale. I had no problem putting away several pints.

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

Thanks to Cazlo for this one!

Pours golden orange with a nice head that leaves some serious lacing as the glass is emptied.

Smells of straight up tropical fruits. Gotta love those citra hops!

Taste follows the nose, very little malt presence here, mild bitterness that fades faster than the juicy tropical fruit hopyness.

Mouthfeel is just fine for an APA.

More like an IPA than an APA, this is right up there with Dreadnaught in my favorite FFF beers.

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Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but heavy in the grapefruit department. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, malt, fresh cut grass, wet grain. caramel. Flavor's the same along with carbonic tang that accents the hop. Finish is like flavor, has lots of length, and is satisfying. Good stuff.

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger head, nice lacing, good looking beer. Aroma of citra hops, citrus fruits especially grapefruit. Taste follows nose malts present to back up hop bitterness but still allow the hops to shine. Smooth and easy to drink with little alcohol presence.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kat for this one

Pours a clear reddish copper color with a fluffy whitish 1 1/4 finger head. The smell is amazing!! Nice floral hoppy smell that's very clean. I smell a slight grape in the background, very nice. Very nice mouth feel with some bitterness on the back end, but not overwhelming. Overall this is a great beer that would love to have in my fridge at all times!

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy reddish amber pour, big fluffy offwhite head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pure citrus. Possibly a little pine?

T: More sweet, delicious citrus up front. Super smooth, creamy almost. Almost nothing past the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, smooth and clean as mentioned. Cannot be understated, feels amazing in the mouth.

O: Hard to describe this one. It's not a super hoppy DIPA or a big roasty RIS. It's just right. It has to be the most drinkable beer I've had. Just smooth, clean with some nice citrus and enough malt backbone to balance it out. I thought Alpha King was the best APA I've ever had but I think FFF has broken their own highwater mark.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic pint:

A: A lazy, hazy orange gold color. A finger and a half of bubbly cream colored head quickly settles to a spotty quarter finger. Nice, thick gobs of lacing. Head dissipates rapidly, a little disappointing.

S: The hops are apparent from a foot away. Pine, grapefruit, and orange zest. Just a citrus bomb. Fan-freakin-tastic.

T: Grapefruit, pine, candied orange, pineapple, a slightly resiny bittering finish that lingers nicely. A bit of creamy malt provides a nice backbone for the drying hops. Super juicy APA here. Flavors just explode but it's not sticky or cloying in the least. Wow is this good.

M: Moderately carbonated, flavors are all there and very well-balanced. The finish is crisp and refreshing.

O: This would be a staple in my fridge were it readily available. Just an outstanding APA from start to finish. So packed with flavor at a relatively low 6.2%. The interplay between sweet citrus and bitter resin plays out very nicely. Just fantastic.

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Photo of ahq514
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Had this 4 or 5 times on tap, but finally getting to review from the bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy orange. Nice solid one finger head or so. Tiny bubbles continue to rise to the surface, seems to being light to moderate carbonation. Nice lacing all around.

Aroma is how all hoppy beers should be. Great balance of hops and malt. A really vibrant citrus, grapefruit, and mango aroma is there at the front. While it stays there throughout, there is a touch of sweet caramel malt that creates the perfect balance.

Absolutely delicious. Very similar to aroma, but slightly subdued. I remember the citrus really bursting through in the flavor on draft, but it seems held in check here. Still excellent. No lingering bitterness. Hop flavors come through first, followed by a complementary malt.

Spot on mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, right between light and moderate. Medium body and absolutely drinkable. This stuff goes down very easy.

Awesome beer. All I can really say is if you get the chance to try this you really should. It is probably the best pale ale out there.

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Photo of pmoore311
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic beer and a style that holds a special place in my craft beer journey as like many I was first introduced to craft beer through SN Pale Ale.

This beer has a wonderful hop aroma that continues into the overall taste. A very well made beer that has a citrusy, floral, and refreshing quality that suits a nice summer day.

The intensive hopping provides tremendous bitterness without overpowering the beautiful refreshing subtlety of this brew.

Overall, I prefer this to a SN Pale Ale as my favorite. The only drawback is it is not as widely available as the SN. I highly recommend seeking this out.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brystmar for this!

A - Slightly hazy golden orange, two finger fluffy white head, good lacing light at the top heavier towards the bottom, carbonation bubbles.

S - Tropical fruits, light hops.

T - Bitter piney hops, mango, citrus, candi sugar, pale malty finish.

M - Nice medium body, perfect carbonation.

O - Very nice, hoppy beer, more like an IPA, delicious though.

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Photo of mobius387
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to kalvarez for this one!

poured into a snifter

appearance: i got a huge white fluffy head with this pour, prolly 1-2". otherwise pours a dark translucent amber color

aroma: great nose on this beer. huge tones of pinneaple and pine, great hop forward scent!

palate: oh so smooth for a pale ale. i prefer pretty bitter brews, but man oh man can i appreciate how good this one feels in the mouth

taste: more smooth character, this one goes down easy. heavy on the pine flavors, and perfect on the citrus. the only thing keeping this from perfect is that i thought it could have had some more hop to it, but the thing is so darn smooth so its ok

overall: this one lived up to the hype. its nice to have a rare, top 50 beer that's reasonably priced too. very glad i got to try this, and thanks again to kalvarez for the trade! will be happily drinking this over the next 2 weeks!!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that displays great retention and lacing. Smells of citrus, pine and resin mostly with hints of green onion and garlic. If there is malt in here I can't find it. Taste is citrus, pine, resin, and green onion with maybe some bits of bready malt if I squint a bit. Long lingering onion hop bite in the finish. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation with a sharp resinous mouthfeel. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this brew, but to call this a pale ale is quite a stretch, we could safely call this an IPA. That being said, this is a great IPA.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to funhog for this one!

One finger high, slightly off-white, foamy head. Head sticks around for a bit, decent lacing too. The beer is slightly hazy with a burnt golden color.

The aroma is exploding with hoppy, fruity, and citrusy goodness. Plenty of sweet grapefruit, citrus, some mango or papaya, almost some light floral notes as well, and sweet light malt in the background.

Lots of juicy citrus and sweet grapefruit, other tropical fruits, piney notes, some lighter bitterness, caramel sweet malts and maybe a touch of bready malts. Great flavor profile, though not quite as strong as the aroma leads me to believe.

Consistency is smooth, carbonation is creamy, the body is light bordering on medium, and the finish is actually quite long and wet, leaving me with fruit, citrus and light bitterness. Really nice mouthfeel.

Overall this is one of the top APAs I've had. It walks the line between an APA and an IPA very well. And for as wonderfully hoppy as it smells and tastes, I don't know that it can be beat. Good reason why it's the number 1 rated APA at the moment. Had again recently and I had to up my score from 4.0 to 4.5. It's just that damn good. Though I think I prefer Alpha King just slightly to ZD, it's still wonderful.

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Photo of beerhan
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on draft and several times from the bottle. I much prefer it on draft I might add.

A-Pretty standard pour for a pale ale. Dark orange body with a creamy 1 finger head that hangs around for a while.

S-Lots of lemon zest and pine up front and a floral mix of hops.

T-Bitter grape fruit with some pepper and orange peel almost. Quite the bite from the hops.

M-Pretty drinkable overall. A little too bitter to session but nonetheless a classy pale ale. Very creamy and carbonation is a little much for my taste.

O-Zombie Dust is an awesome beer. Great art, good price and tastes nice. It is probably one of the best pale ales out there but I found the bitterness to be overly accentuated.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big and bold hop citrus hop flavour, orange and grapefruit. Not quite a palate shredder, but definitely last beer for the night. A good showcase of citra hop which stands next to the Great Lakes Ontario use of citrus as a great citra showcase. Thanks Tim S. Big hop aromas.
Just as good on tap, 5 months later at the Maproom.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.