Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.61/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
The legendary Zombie Dust arrives, props to Thecherryman, who really knows how to pack a box with world class finds! With off the charts BA ratings for Zombie Dust, and my Vermont craft beer spoiled palate, I was ready to crack the top after finishing up a late night of work deadlines.
The second the top is popped, the hints are present that something special is about to happen.
Cloudy peach colored goodness pours into the Lawson's tulip with a half inch of soapy white head. Lacing was exceptional and the cap remained until the last sip. There is a dankness in the nose that draws you in immediately: the citrus tones including pineapple and mango are present but not overly assertive, and in the world of six pack beer this is rare.
Taste is a wonderful balance of citrus,piney resinous hops, and just the right amount of bitterness on the dry finish. Medium bodied and expertly carbonated, Zombie Dust dances gracefully over your palate, and the anticipation for every sip builds as you drink this fabulous Pale Ale. Completely worthy of the stellar ratings and all the hype surrounding it, Three Floyds really delivers a world class gem with Zombie Dust and it gets my highest recommendation for hitting all the right notes. Exploding with all citra hop goodness, Zombie Dust is a must have for serious hop hunters!
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 05:31:44 | More by Hendry
4.48/5 rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fresh. Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Copper. Translucent. Poured a finger head that retreats to a substantial rim that is frothy and a blotchy film. Superb layers of frothy laces that remain the entire beer.
S: Floral. A little citrus and a lot of hops at the end. This is a moderate to highly fragrant ale.
T: The taste is the reverse of the nose. Strong hops hit on the front that gives way to a floral finish. Very hoppy overall, but not very bitter. Slightly piney.
M: Full bodied. High carbonation. Moderately smooth. Leaves a very clean palette.
O: A top-notch pale ale. Very hoppy, but the clean finish makes it great for non-hop heads. The laces are amazing. This ale will open up, especially the smell and taste, so be patient.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 01:06:10 | More by macher0
4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I poured this beer into a glass, it has a great looking body the color it has a light amber color body with a very nice 2"head on top that hangs around for a little while and it leaves a very sticky lace on the glass.
The aroma has a very pungent aroma of citrus and pine. The taste is very hoped up, kinda sweet but not over powering. i get a hint of carmel on the back of the tonuge. The mouthfeel is very nice, a little thick but just rolls off the tongue really nice.
Overall, defently in the top 3 APA, i have had.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2013 20:05:45 | More by chefhatt
4.61/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
While it was impossible to find even a single bottle of this during DLD weekend in Chicago, I was glad that they were tapping this all day at the brewery. It definitely made waiting in line far more pleasant! Poured into a 16oz plastic pint cup.
Pours an orange-amber color complete with a strong dose of carbonation and a creamy, frothy looking head at the top. Despite its low ABV, it's surprisingly viscous and thickened with each swirl, almost to the point where the hop resin oils are revealing themselves already at this point. Lacing is enormous on this thing, and the fact that foam is sticking around the plastic so well as here is both amusing and pretty awesome. Not too many bubbles stick around, although each sip is definitely followed by a large geyser of them as they crawl to the top and maintain the head going. The head in particular never dies down. Honestly, I can't really find any flaws here. The appearance is nice and typical to these types of beers but the oily look is gnarly enough to give this a perfect passing.
The aroma is quite different too, especially in terms of APAs - although I admit I'm quite new to all of these Citra single hop focused beers in recent years. However, if any beer is at the forefront in displaying this hop, it's this one. Getting a breeze of orange grove notes, as well as limes, freshly mown grass, pungent yet vibrant earthiness, and tons of other flavors (although I think they're subtle). Pineapples, pine, maybe a little bit of other tropical fruits abound, but it's not explosive by any means. Nevertheless, it's phenomenally pleasant in the same way other world-class hoppy beers (Pliny, 2 Hearted, etc) are. The pungency of the fresh, oily hop character is quite fantastic here. I must mention, rather than ramble about hops for the next paragraph, that the malts provide an excellent backbone towards balance here, with light caramel that integrates the earthy, citrus notes very well. Very good stuff.
The flavor really opens up whatever was going on in the aroma, to successful results. The citrus character immediately gets at the tip of the tongue, combined with juicy, malty characteristics that envelop a full bodied fruit experience. There's a pungent, earthy backbone here that compliments the hoppy, floral, slightly grassy flavor, which is is more accentuated with the constant burst of bubbles that carry forward all of these nuances. Passion fruit, apricots, limes, and soured apples come and go, according to my notes (this changes throughout consumption). The finish contains a lingering astringency that is very much like an IPA, except far more mellow with the extra grainy and malty body, as well as less ABV. Strangely, this spicy, bittered sensation does not make the palate salivate, although it does make it crave the beer every time more. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is so easy to drink I think I finished all 16oz in 20 or so minutes.
Lives every bit up to the hype. This is a world class APA, but also one that sets new standards to the style, and perhaps all hop focused beers in general that are yet to be crafted. This beer is the opposite of most FFF beers, and the key difference is subtlety. The nuances change over time but never in a way that makes the beer more unpleasant to drink. It's pretty impressive what the Citra hops have to offer here, especially on their own. What appeals to me the most about this is how much it resembles a rustic, fresh homebrew of sorts. I had it the next day at a bar in town, and while it was substantially less fresh, with more muted characteristics, the oily, earthy flavor was still spot on. Great stuff - wish I could have brought some back with me to save up for the zombie apocalypse!
UPDATE (1/15/14): This is very inconsistent from batch to batch, but it's always GOOD even at its worse. I prefer it when the tropical, stone fruit dank flavor shines, but the malt profile is something that is superb in this beer and always shines as very tasty even when the hops are a bit iffy. It's pretty much the most extraordinarily balanced and hyper flavored pale ale that's easy to get overall in the country, no doubt.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2013 04:52:27 | More by magictacosinus
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 6,213 ratings.