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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,966 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,966
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 2,935
Gots: 937 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.40% ABV

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. Art by Tim Seeley.

60 IBU

Formerly known as Cenotaph: A medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops from the Yakima Valley, USA.

(Beer added by: hansgruber on 12-09-2010)
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thebeerprophet

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-08-2013 05:06:23 | More by thebeerprophet
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Orange in color with a thin white head

Smell - This is by far the best smelling beer I have ever had, hands down. There are so many fruit and hop smells going on it's hard to even pin them down. Massive amounts of grapefruit and pineapple are definitely present with mango as well. The hop smell is dank and wet and coats our nose. I could not be more pleased with this aroma

Taste - Unlike many single APA's or IPA's that have a fantastic aroma and then have none or few of those flavors in the actual beer (Founders All Day IPA comes to mind) this beer is far from that. Everything you smell in the beer is there on the first sip. The initial wave is amazing, just as the first smell is. A gush of mango and pineapple and grapefruit come over the tongue with a wet dank hop taste following. However the only 60 IBU's and 6.5% ABV start to show as the more the beer is drank the more watery the flavor becomes and results in this beer having almost no lingering flavor on the tongue and no aftertaste

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is very thin here, almost water like. It makes the beer very session-able and will leave you wanting to drink more, but not necessarily because of the flavor profile, which off the bat is fantastic

Overall - This is without a doubt the best APA I have ever had and also has the best aroma of any beer I have ever had. That being said I was a bit disappointed in the mouthfeel and the lack of a real flavor punch I would expect from a beer that is so highly rated. It is a fantastic beer and definitely worth trying, but is not quite to the pedestal that people put it on, especially compared to Hopslam or Heady Topper. I understand those are DIPA's versus an APA but just the fact that all three are rated in the top 20 for beers

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 04:59:10 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-08-2013 01:56:20 | More by AdamP
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

08-07-2013 23:55:57 | More by Jlang2012
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jacksonweite

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-07-2013 23:40:22 | More by jacksonweite
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M_Galen_Gibbs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8%

08-07-2013 23:08:27 | More by M_Galen_Gibbs
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Dabeel

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-07-2013 20:03:24 | More by Dabeel
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-07-2013 17:58:26 | More by gr8zehaman
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Socalfan21

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-07-2013 13:16:36 | More by Socalfan21
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gspeicher

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

08-07-2013 12:53:29 | More by gspeicher
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thestupidpunk

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8%

08-07-2013 11:54:45 | More by thestupidpunk
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johnny29er

California

4.25/5  rDev -8%

08-07-2013 03:09:12 | More by johnny29er
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SeanBond

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd do my first full review on a legend--3 Floyds Zombie Dust. I'm a HUGE hopehead, so I've been eager to try this one for quite a while, especially given its near messianic status on this site (as well as others).

Poured into a tulip glass, the first thing I took in was the smell--Awesome; fresh and fruity, with plenty of hop character, this one doesn't smell nearly as "stinky" as expected (I figured the 'Zombie Dust' would have to figure in somewhere). Got a good inch, maybe inch and a quarter of foam, and the beer pours a satisfying golden orange color (relatively opaque). Not bad so far.

Two things stood out on my first sip: 1) This isn't the taste revolution I was expecting (based on hype), and 2) it's an incredibly balanced beer. It's got a full hop flavor for a beer this light (and it IS relatively light), and everything feels very even. Starts out with lots of citrus and hops, finishes with a more wheaty, creamy taste.

Don't get me wrong, this is indeed a great beer, and I can certainly see why people like it so much--It combines the flavorful qualities of a DIPA with the lightness and drinkability of a session beer. With that being said, if I'm going just based on whether I'd choose this over my favorite hoppy beers (Navaja by Half Acre, IIPA by New Glarus, and RuinTen by Stone), the answer is no.

So I guess this is what I'll say in the end: As a pale ale, or just a hoppy session beer, this is easily one of the best. But if you're obsessed with hops, chances are you'll find other beers that satisfy your craving more.

Kudos to FFF though, for a great job brewing, and for the fantastic bottle art!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:40:33 | More by SeanBond
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EvilStar33

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8%

08-06-2013 23:10:37 | More by EvilStar33
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Randle8281

Michigan

4/5  rDev -13.4%

08-06-2013 22:59:15 | More by Randle8281
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topdown

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 20:47:31 | More by topdown
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 03:10:45 | More by LotsofLupulin
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cjs61679

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 02:44:35 | More by cjs61679
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pfcorsar

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 01:49:03 | More by pfcorsar
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justin_nj

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 01:38:23 | More by justin_nj
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SeanInDC

New York

5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-06-2013 00:06:47 | More by SeanInDC
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illinigirl

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-05-2013 23:21:57 | More by illinigirl
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vinnyg76

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-05-2013 22:15:31 | More by vinnyg76
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badb_rad

California

4.25/5  rDev -8%

08-05-2013 06:29:49 | More by badb_rad
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Weas

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

08-05-2013 05:51:07 | More by Weas
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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