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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,269 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5269
Reviews: 1050
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.79%


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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mayor55

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to a tulip glass. 1/2 inch of off white head. Beautiful copper orange, just slightly cloudy. Smell not very dominate. Very California with citrus piney flavor, Mouthfeel just right. Slight carbonation. Long, hoppy aftertaste. As good as it gets. 3 Floyds rules. I am having a hard time lately drinking beer from any other brewery.

Just scored 2 cases. Re-review same as before. Worth the hoopla. One thing I notice with this batch is long dry aftertaste/finish. One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 14:57:57 | More by mayor55
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Jay_Ulreich

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Zombie Dust. Reminds me of what Alpha King used to be like before (IMO) they changed it. This is a really great beer, but it still makes me scratch my head how it gets a 100, and is so high up on the top 250.
A-Looks just like any other pale ale, but its got this cloudy haze I enjoy, and the head is super fluffy like it came out the tap.
S- Straight pineapple peach graprfruit yumminess. Havent smelled a beer that smelled this good since Victory Hop Ranch(HR was better IMO) Definition of hop bomb.
T-Wow, this is tasty. Its got flavor enough to make me think its a DIPA, which it definitely isnt. Big pine and citrus flavor. Maybe a lil peach or mango, Its bitter, but I wish it was just a tad more. Very sweet. Zero malt flavor, but then again, Im pretty sure thats the idea.
M-The only place where Id say its lacking. Its appearance and explosion of flavor leave just a bit heavier mouthfeel to be expected.
Overall, its a solid offering, but just like every other 3F beer, it costs too much and is over hyped. Reminds me of Two Hearted, and thats at least 3 bucks cheaper and has more ABV.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:59:07 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My thanks to my good friend John Paradee for this delicious bottle!
Bottled on 1/22/14 enjoyed on 3/10/14.
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours nice medium amber with minimal head that rapidly disappears.
Smells fantastic. Citrus hoppiness, a touch of pine with good bready malts.
Tastes very balanced. Not overwhelming. This APA reminds me in profile very much of a traditional west coast IPA. It's very drinkable with really nice mouthfeel.
Overall, a very well made beer. Very tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 12:58:14 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/18/14 drank 3/10/14

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Thanks to Brewzma for this!

A- A very deep gold that has a reddish hue when held up to the light. the head is maybe a half inch which quickly dissipates into a then lacing.

S- a blast of citrus hops followed by a sweet malt that reminds me of honey. Definitely some lemon and orange and grapefruit in there. A piney resin swirls into the nose after the malt. a very very pleasant smell.

T - This is the bread and butter of the beer. It doesn't really taste like a pale ale but it's still delicious. it tastes very much like the smell with citrusy notes hitting the tongue first, followed by pine and then finishing with a sweet malt taste. The bitter hops rest on your tongue for serveral minutes after it goes down.

M - very smooth for such a hoppy beer. the carbonation doesn't bite and it goes down smooth albeit bitter.

O - a very delicious beer. I understand why some people don't count this as a pale ale but whatever it is, it is delicious and very well crafted. I definitely think it meets the hype. More please!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:05:41 | More by mlhyatt
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled on 02/11/14 so is just under a month "old".

Appearance: Pours a deep honey/amber and leaves a finger of white head that slowly fades to a rim around the glass.

Smell: Pine and mango, tropical fruits, a dash of resin, a nice level of "dank" to it as well. Really nice, hop-dominated aroma.

Taste: Pine, resin, big mango, grapefruit, blood orange, honey, malts. Really nice combination of hop flavors. Super hop dominant, which works well on this one. Delicious.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, slightly sticky body. Wonderful feel to it. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a wonderful, easy drinking, hop bomb. The flavor is really nice and not commonplace. I wish I could get more this, it would be my go-to for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:54:34 | More by Resuin
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Maurizio

California

4.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber. Not much nose that I can appreciate. Could be transport/winter weather. Taste is sharp piney hop profile that is reminiscent of Pliny. There is a mild and pleasant astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriate. Would drink this regularly if I could get it!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 16:02:45 | More by Maurizio
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

American pale ale
6.4% ABV 60 IBU

APPEARANCE: poured a hazy burnt amber with an off white pillowy head. Lots of sticky lacing.

AROMA: Very dank, herbal and hoppy. Bright fruits, grapefruit lots of lemon. Hints of wet grass, bready malts on the backend.

TASTE: Lots of grapefruit on the front. Very oily like a zombie stirred this with his finger. Citrus notes pop again in the middle with the hops before finishing with Carmel and pale malts.

MOUTHFEEL: medium body with medium carbonation. Slick and oily with snappy finish that leaves you wanting another sip.

OVERALL: I had to keep reminding myself this is a pale ale. It drinks wonderfully and has such a good hop presence that it could be a mellow ipa. Lived up to the hype that surrounds it. The art work is amazing!

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 10:04:56 | More by BeerZombies1
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Zeku Beer Glass. Bottled 1/22. enjoyed 3/5

A - Pours a dark orange. Minimal carbonation. 2 finger head with strong lacing. Mostly opaque but clean.

S - Citrus. Mostly orange. A little muted by comparison.

T - Hop forward by APA standards but not a hop bomb. A little malt in the background but nothing too potent. Citrusy hops. Good but nothing earth-shattering.

M - Pretty clean finish. Mild bitterness on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

O - It's a really good APA. It's not a the revelation that people want to think it is. Although it's not super fresh, I still think a 7 week old beer should not fall off this quickly. I would definitely order this if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:04:51 | More by PSU_Mike
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a deep yellow/orange. Very hazy and pretty much opaque. A two finger or white head that slowly fades to a small lacing.

Smell: clear fruity hop aroma. Ranges from citrus to tropical fruits. Not quite juicy but very flavorful. Sweet to grainy malt background.

Taste: opens up with citrus mixed with tropical fruit noted. Maybe some grapefruit, but not too bitter, mango, papaya. Low resiny hop character. Malt background comes through with a honey like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Too low of a bitterness. And not quite juicy enough.

Overall: this beer has a lot of good flavors but falls short in the mouthfeel. Needs a little bit of a bite to it or additional juicy hop characteristics. All in all it's nothing out of this world. Just a well done and good beer that is way to hard to find and sought after

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 14:30:12 | More by SportsandJorts
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CLEmark

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some beers deserve the reputation they get. This is one of them. I was lucky to get a fresh bottle and it did not disappoint.

Appearance- Perfect golden/amber color. Slight head, nice lacing. And I have to add the label is pretty cool.

Smell- Amazing. The small was outstanding. Citrus on a canvas of floral hops.

Taste- Crisp citrus start, well balanced with intense hop, and a nice finish that doesn't leave a bitter after taste. The closest think I can compare it to in my area is GL Chillwave, which is a double IPA, but has the citrus punch (I find chillwave to have maybe a bit to much lemon/lime flavor).

Mouthfeel- medium to light body.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 13:35:05 | More by CLEmark
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WreckedPalate

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Zombie Dust is VERY hyped, but it does an excellent job living up to its reputation, as long as it's fresh.

Appearance- Really good looking golden hazy color with a very very slight amber hue when poured into a proper IPA glass.

Smell- The smell is perfect in my opinion, fruit notes, mild earthy graininess to it. Just awesome aroma.

Taste- Damn near perfect. Fruit and slight earthiness like its aroma. It's rival Pseudo Sue is a just a tad better, but I've had Pseudo Sue on tap and fresh bottles recently, so it's hard to tell exactly.

Mouthfeel- Perfectly done. Velvety smooth, wouldn't change a thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:45:01 | More by WreckedPalate
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smmeier819

Illinois

3/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this beer was a college basketball team, it would be on the verge of getting upset by some lesser appreciated beer that you can get at any local store, with all the kids in the cheering section screaming "overrated." Seriously, I waited for this?

Maybe it was the first beer or one of the first to showcase citra hops, and to burst the crap out of it with flavor additions up the wazoo, but flash forward to 2014 and it's just a regular old pale ale that is as ubiquitous in flavor as it is pretentious in notoriety.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:38:56 | More by smmeier819
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Furlinator

California

4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy honey gold with 1/4 inch of off-white head that fades to a thin ring and a thin cap on top and leaves some spotty lace.

Smell is citrus up front. Mainly grapefruit with some nice pine accents. Very inviting.

Taste is grapefruit, sweet orange, bitter hops with hints of bready malt to balance it out nicely.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This one is certainly citrus and hop forward but, the flavors are balanced so well. No flavor overpowers any of the others. Wonderful aromas and silky mouthfeel. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:52:14 | More by Furlinator
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Tasmith5bsu

Indiana

4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Dark Gold

Smell: Crisp, citrus, sharp.

Taste: Great citrus notes, plenty of hops, clean.

Mouth: Sharp, light, clean finish.

Overall: One of the best beers out there, lives up to all the hype.

Living in Indiana, I have the joy of drinking this beer regularly and it never gets old! Dont pass on this beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:18:28 | More by Tasmith5bsu
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patpbr

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A lively deep gold with a strong two finger head with excellent retention.
S - hoppy,floral,citrus. Fantastic
T - Everything just works together, pine, grapefruit, papaya, citrus. Finished with just the right amount of malt balance.
M - Medium body and a smooth finish.
O - This is as good as the hype and very happy that I finally got my hands on two. Now I need to get more.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:51:15 | More by patpbr
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the most hyped brews there is. Notice that I did not say OVER-hyped, because it isn't - the hype is totally deserved. If you like hops an American style brews, this is about as good as it gets.

It pours a beautiful golden with partly cloudy and some head and lace. Very pretty in the glass. The aroma is perfect. It is strong and piney smelling. Complex and hoppy. Totally appealing.

The taste follows suit, with a cleanliness often missing from big ambitious brews. It finishes bitter and crisp. This is an awesome brew and I need to get me a bunch more. It would be cool to drink a few of these instead of just one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:08:44 | More by schoolboy
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JayCheG

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a two finger head that fills the
glass. Lacing hangs around for the duration of drinking and coats the sides.
S: Piney resin, grapefruit and other fruits.
T: Can you get a better blended beer? Pine, grapefruit, citrus that blends deliciously with the malts
M: Nice carbonation that goes down smooth. Feels like a perfect beer.
O: I could drink this beer all day, every day. Deliciously well rounded and a pleasure to drink. It is worth all the hype and more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 07:34:16 | More by JayCheG
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Circles413

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is an okay beer. It's definitely not worth the hype that TF has made. I've tried it a few times & I just wasn't blown away. I've had other APA's/IPA's that I can say are much better. It's not a bad beer, but I wouldn't put it within my top 10 beers of all time.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 07:50:09 | More by Circles413
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought the only way I'd ever be able to try this top-rated brew was to fly to Chicago. But my friend BigStein88 got some in a trade and thanks to his generosity, I had a bottle to open.

Bottled 1/7/14. Interesting comic-bookish label art in multi-metallic colors.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: An appealing clear dark gold with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing. Little other detectable carbonation.

s: Intense pine resin.

t; Intense pine up front over a medium malt base. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue, a little throat burn too. Soon all that softens and a pleasant floral aftertaste emerges, leaving the impression you've been drinking some sort of ambrosia rather than beer..

m: Moderate, good body, yet seems somehow lighter than it is. Probably the flavor makes it seem so.

o; A tasty and powerfully hoppy ale, well deserving its place among the top brews available. Great combination of appearance, aroma, flavors, hop bite, aftertaste, mouthfeel - this 'un has it all. Unfortunately I'm not expecting to get any more anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:39:34 | More by scotorum
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controlfate

Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip snifter.

A: A beautiful honey golden color. Minimal head with great retention and abundant lacing.
S: A flowery, fruity, citrusy aroma that is exceeded only by its taste.
T: Apricots, grape fruit, dragon fruit, mango, citrus and flowery hops.
M: A medium bodied, effervescent mouth-feel.
O: On draft and in bottles, Zombie Dust is one of my all time favorite beers. I did not succumb to the hype, I am just a sucker for citra hops. It's an IPA for APA lovers, and an APA for IPA lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:10:41 | More by controlfate
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clean, deep gold but not quite amber. 1 finger white head. Very clean looking. Just how a pale should look.

S- Citra hops explode out of the glass. I am a sucker for this hop and the ZD does an outstanding job of highlighting the aroma of it. Sweet caramel notes in the background.

T- Layers of flavors, especially at this low of an ABV. An elaborate hop profile balanced with a chewy, caramel candy smoothness. Bright flavors of pineapple, mango, and papaya. Some hoppy pales and IPAs fail to generate a true balance and continuity, but no such problem here.

M- Crisp, yet creamy. Mid body. Intense bitterness that lingers.

O- There are very few beers that can bring such an intense, aggressive, and tantalizing hop level cascading throughout each sip and still find a way to make it smooth. FFF is rare to disappoint. ZD is right there with Dreadnaught in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:04:45 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Tony_D

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 2/11/14.

Appearance: Pours the perfect color for a pale ale. An amber color with an orange hue. Thin white head dissipated, leaving both lacing and a small residual amount on the beer surface

Smell: Very hoppy smell. I get a floral bouquet and pine smell. Amazing.

Taste: Taste is damn near perfect. Get the same tastes as what I smell. A touch of breadiness and citrus.

Mouthfeel: matches the style completely. Perfect balance of malt and hops without being overly bitter.

Overall: I was worried that this beer wouldn't live up to the hype that people give it. It has lived up to my expectations and is the best pale ale that I have had. Love the floral taste and smell and would gladly trade for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:19:54 | More by Tony_D
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy golden orange with a thin off white head with some lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes fantastic. Citrus fruits come through along with a piney resinous aroma with a slight but present malt backbone. The taste is much of the same; tough to put this one down after each sip. Glad I was able to get a sizer in a trade. It will be missed until next time!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:14:16 | More by ChrisL24481
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Orange amber in color. One finger of head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam. Nice lacing.

S. Bready malt and orange zest.

T. Follows the nose. Bready malts and orange zest. Some Citrus flavor as well though not as pronounced as I was expecting.

M. High carbonation and thin body. Dry finish.

O. While good, This one doesn't live up to the hype for me. Given that it is hopped with Citra, I expected more Citrus flavor. Additionally the mouthfeel is quite thin.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 03:40:30 | More by shadetree67
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WettNutz

Indiana

1/5  rDev -78.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was so very disappointed with this beer, given all the hype associated with it. My friends are all like, "Oh, try this beer, you'll love it!" But this is the United States of America, and just because everyone else treats a beer like a heroin addiction, does not mean I do too. I've seen people refuse to drink anything but this and Gumball Head, and you know what? They don't drink very often. Well, I happen to like beer, but for as hard as it is to get this one, plus, the watery body and flavor of it, I happen to think this one blows. But, to each their own. This is not the best beer in the world people. If you enjoy driving to 25 different liquor stores and wasting countless amounts of time and money just attempting to find a single six pack, which is usually the limit if you can if you do find any, then by all means America, go right ahead. The people responsible for the hype are the same people who made Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber famous. That being said...

A - Cloudy and grey
S - Slightly flowery with a hint of lavender
T - Like a rotten peach and juniper, but tart
M - Felt like I was drinking water

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:04:25 | More by WettNutz
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 5,269 ratings.