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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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5,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 5236
Reviews: 1049
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.78%

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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Photo of lanciloti


4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 3 Floyd's pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange sunset with a bright white head. About 1 finger, with decent carbonation.

Smell: Dank! Also, this is a Grapefruit, Citrus bomb (this is an all Citra hopped beer)

Taste: I get a lot of the citrus right away followed by a bitter dankness.

Mouthfeel: A little dry for me, nice carbonation. Has a bit of an aftertaste that hangs around for a while.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers. Super dank, taste almost like weed to be honest. If you like Citra hops this is your brew. I like a lot of Three Floyd's, but this is one my favorite from them. Definitely worth trying. I get it regularly and use whatever I don't drink as trade bait.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:50:10 | More by lanciloti
Photo of Moheban


4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a blind tasting of this, lived up to the rating without hype.

A: copper color, beautiful white head with nice lacing

S: I picked up the strongest tropical fruit aromas I've ever experienced in a beer. I picked up guava and passion fruit mainly. Some citrus. Very nice.

T: nice smooth bitterness, complex, tasty, delicious.

M: nice hop lacing along palate

O: lives up to the hype

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:40:00 | More by Moheban
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Re-review for another shipment fresh from IN

A: golden/lt orange with one to two finger head in pint glass

S: Bright, citrus up front. Great nose.

T: I continue to see why people rave over this one. Crisp, hop forward but the balance of hops is just right with bittering and flavoring. Orange citrus notes balance the bitterness. Not crushing but plenty for IPA fans. Easy to drink.

M: Not to thin--just right. Good carbonation.

O: What can I say that hasn't been said? Closer to a traditional American IPA but who cares what you call it? Wears out other pale ales like Dale's. Fantastic-exceeded expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:06:52 | More by surfcaster
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4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Using my review from www.cultureglaze.com. The review hits all areas.

3 Floyds Brewing – Zombie Dust

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV %: 6.4

Overview: 3 Floyds Brewing Company has been brewing artisanal craft beer or as they call them “abnormal ales” since 2000. Zombie Dust, the king of the American Pale Ale (APA), rated #1 for the APA style on both BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com. The availability is very limited due to the Citra hop variety used in this flavorful brew. In fact, until recently, this beer was only available locally at 3 Floyds Brewpub in Munster, IN as well as some local stores in the area from time to time. 3 Floyds distribution footprint is quite small, with their primary distribution in Indiana and limited distribution in IL, WI, OH, and KY.

Bottle is dated 2/18. At the time of this review the beer is only 3 days old. Poured into a 3 Floyds Teku glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, orange amber in color

Smell: Floral citrus, mango, grapefruit, orange rind, and a hint of tangerine

Taste: Grapefruit, floral hops, with a tropical fruits sweetness, and a slight malty finish

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, very smooth and crisp

Overall: This is one of the best APA’s I have ever had the privilege of enjoying. It is extremely smooth and quaffable for an APA, though this beer does lean more towards an IPA in both ABV and hoppiness. In my opinion the only APA’s that rival the flavor and complexity, while still maintaining an amazing drinkability are beers from Hill Farmstead out of Vermont.

My rating: 10/10

Beer Advocate Score: 100 (world-class)
Rate Beer Score: 100

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:10:28 | More by Synergy87
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4.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious! One of my all time favs! Good hop bite right up front with a smooth mellow finish. One of the most appropriate sipping beers. Slightly better on draft but pretty damn good in the bottle as well. A beautiful golden color, with aromas of blended hops and citrus notes. Other reviews have stated that it isnt as good since the discontinuation of the citra hops, but I disagree. Im not really sure what FFFs secret is, but they have nailed it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 14:25:39 | More by IrishMedic
Photo of Freemanclaypowell


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

Smells of Apricot citrus grapefruit.
Pours cloudy , no big head. Very aromatic
Tastes like juice
Could drink w bacon and eggs
Brew club loves the beer. We all say buy again
I think it live up to the hype
Hoppy to be a pale ale. I would say more toward IPA
I think it's fff best beer

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 20:38:35 | More by Freemanclaypowell
Photo of arthuro11


4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't say enough good things about this beer. Poured out a beautiful light amber color, with a just off white head that left great lacings. Smell was really fruity and made me salivate for it hitting my mouth, which it did shortly.

Things got even better from there. Great fruit flavor, lot of grapefruit, with just a tiny bit of malt to hold things steady. Enjoyed every last drop, shout out to Tim S for including it in a gift bundle.

Will definitely seek this out again. Maybe an excuse to make it down for dark lord day...as if any were needed !

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:46:40 | More by arthuro11
Photo of JohnParadee


4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint shaker glass. Orange amber color, but not as cloudy as I might have expected. Thin white head, which dissipated to thin collar and lots of tiny bubbles. Excellent sticky lacing throughout, all the way down. Beautiful nose of floral citrus and mango grapefruit. On the palate, the nose is replicated, but a dank piney hint emerges. Great malts, good balance. Big chewy mouthfeel. Nice long finish. Reminds me of cross b/t Sucks & Hopslam, which sounds like the definition of heaven to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:29:07 | More by JohnParadee
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Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Pearl Street Pizzeria, Indianapolis on 2/7/14.

Dark golden, very little head.

Wow. Pine trees, just amazing. They should make an air freshener scent from this beer.

Piney hops, lingering bitterness but very pleasant.

Big carbonation which suits the bitterness perfectly.

Not overrated in my opinion. First pale ale that I have found which compares favorably to Hill Farmstead Edward which is my gold standard. Lucky to have Osiris and ZD back to back while in Indy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 05:27:37 | More by kevdemers
Photo of jbone78


4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Buddy from Chicago brought this one down while he was visiting up in the area. He said he waited in line for like an hour to get it. I thought it had all the great qualities of a great IPA, but had a little harsh finish. I scored it a little lower on the mouthfeel because of this, but still great brew. Solid malt/hop balance, but went down a little rough.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:18:56 | More by jbone78
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District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's great to finally try this. Beautiful burnished gold color. The nose is absolutely phenomenal: pineapple and floral scents predominate. Really juicy, juicy hops on the tongue -- almost DIPA like. Super drinkable and well balanced. A top notch brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:35:17 | More by jjdc
Photo of USAF77


3.91/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first dust, a buddy gave me two bottles cause i cant find any. A nice medium pour with a pleasing cloudy golden color. Exceptional head, really a beaut with decent retention. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side.

I love the smell. Citrus and floral with some bread.

A very rich pleasing taste with excellent smoothness. Light on the after taste, which my pallet was begging for a longer experience.

I like it, no question about it. Most of all its smoothness, one can tell this is a brew brewed with loving care. But to be honest I dont know what the hublaa is about and why its worth its weight in Gold. Im not about to drive 60 miles to buy a case thats for sure but I would regular have it in my bag of tricks if it was easily available.

Its a very nice experience. I bet it would be a winner with food. Like some aged beef.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 21:12:24 | More by USAF77
Photo of DerekJC


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

Until recently with some of Half Acres new brews, this one stood at the top of my list of local Chicago area beer. It's unique flavor and strong hop characteristics make it one of the few beers I immediately recognize upon tasting. The only complaint I have regarding the beer is the consistency of the product can be a bit sketchy depending on what pub you go to. At the brewery it's amazing in both bottles and on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 23:13:31 | More by DerekJC
Photo of ricknelson


3.75/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Zombie Dust American Pale Ale from Three Floyds. Although
not a high alcohol beer, I had just bought it because it was rated number 6 on the BA site with
a BA score of 100. Sad to say this beer was a total disappointment finishing 10th with an average
rating of 3.75. It is possible that something was wrong with this bottle as it had no head to speak
of at all. I have another one to try, so hopefully it will live up to the reviews of other reviewers.

Well I tried the second bottle and still do not understand how Zombie Dust got the rave reviews. But this bottle did have a little more appeal than the first one, but not enough to change my rating.

I have been spoiled by two really outstanding IPA's here in Vermont; Alchemist's Heady Topper which is currently at number 1 on the BA site, and Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine, which
is currently at number 10 on the BA site. However I feel Double Sunshine should be number 1 and
Heady Topper number 2.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 19:25:53 | More by ricknelson
Photo of Cylinsier


4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange with a quarter inch of white head, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of honey, fresh piney grapefruit hops, and a bit of tangerine.

Tangerine and grapefruit citrus flavor, mildly hoppy, with some honey sweetness and a bit of pine and grassy malt underneath. Some mango and passionfruit in the aftertaste. The hops are exceptionally citrusy and fresh.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very good pale ale, nice body and aroma, with a truly exceptional flavor. This is maybe the best hop balance of flavor I've ever had in a beer. There is nothing else like it. This is a real treat and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 21:16:42 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Roguer


4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger snow white head with impressive retention. Brew is a cloudy, hazy orange. Nice lacing.

Citra hop aroma right off the bat, but it's not overpowering. Ruby red grapefruit and/or mandarin orange, with an earthy backbone of dank green hop aroma, as well. Lemon, straw, and maybe a tiny bit of caramel malt in the background.

Taste follows the nose: slightly dank, with citrus fruit. Balanced and complex. Mango and biscuit. Citrus peel aftertaste. Floral/honey notes try to sneak in every now and then before being washed away by citrus.

Very lively, with a pleasant sting. Very dry and effervescent finish.

ZD didn't blow my mind, but the hype is well-deserved - as is the APA designator. It's a bright, super hoppy beer that reminds me of Hill Farmstead with its balance and complexity. Flavor profile is reminiscent of some of the biggest DIPAs out there, but it's so much lighter and easy to drink.

Special thanks to JayORear for the gift!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:05:28 | More by Roguer
Photo of Kasabear


4.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So far,the best by a bunch. Appearance slight hazy. Good looking in a glass. Nice head retention. Perfect carbonation. Alcohol taste hidden well.Smell of citrus ,but not like a fruit bowl. More like nectar of the Gods. Taste will amaze you. Very smooth.The first one is always the best until you get hold of the second one and then it's the best.The third one works in the same manner.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 19:48:52 | More by Kasabear
Photo of raynmoon


4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells, looks and tastes incredible. Yeah it's probably an IPA. And a really good one. Hazy, big citrus and funk. Smooth body, a moderate bitterness but it is very balanced. It's a mini heady topper.

I got this as an extra and I can understand the hype. I'm gulping this down way too easily.

I hope I can get more.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 06:21:15 | More by raynmoon
Photo of DVoors


4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A -pours Golden yellow with decent head and nice lacing. However, there does seem to be some slight chill haze or sediment.

S- Smells fantastic. Oranges and citric juicy aromas burst out of this one.

T - some English tasting, bready malts are faintly evident, but the thing that really stands out is the huge citric, juicy, grapefruit flavor.

M - this is a really drinkable, refreshing APA.

O - Fantastic beer. One of the best in the world in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:36:17 | More by DVoors
Photo of Bartos


4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A- Warm, golden orange with a thick white foamy head

S- A very crisp, clean citrus hop smell. Soft, not overpowering

T- A wonderfully balanced citrus hoppy flavor (from the citra hops). Floral undertones and nice delicate sweetness. Almost no bitterness

M- Nicely carbonated yet a bit on the thin side. Would like it have a bit more body

O- An amazingly smooth and drinkable pale ale. While not as flavorful as some top tier IPAs or other Citra hop beers, Zombie Dust might be the most balanced and smoothest. The slight sweetness and lack of bitterness make this one of the few hoppy beers that I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:04:57 | More by Bartos
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4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz snifter
Served: 20 Jan 2014

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange color with a pearly white head that collapses pretty quick. Marvelous lacing on the sides of the snifter as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Marvelously clean, with citrusy hop notes. Some sweetness can be smelled.

Taste: Wow, I now understand the hype about this beer- though it is definitely really hoppy, the beer has a great, sweet maltiness to it too, allowing for the beer to be hoppy but not oppressively bitter. Grapefruit and pine notes overlaying a sweet malt backbone. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation makes this one extraordinarily refreshing.

Overall: The only problem with this beer was that it was in 12oz. I could drink pints on pints of this stuff without thinking twice. Definitely in a grey area between an APA and IPA though. I don't like this one in the APA category because of its hoppiness, but it doesn't belong in the IPA category because of its maltiness. Must try. An incredible beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 01:03:43 | More by Beric
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New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy amber. Huge 3 finger foamy head of big white bubbles. Clingy lace left after every sip.

Smells of honey, hop resins, and tropical fruits.

Highly complex flavors. Tropical fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit and lemon rinds, apricots, and a slight hint of honey. Perfectly balanced malt backbone. Not too sweet, and dangerously drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet crisp. Hop oils leave a bit of a slick on the tongue.

Overall a stunning beer. I could drink this all day and night. Leans more toward an IPA in my opinion, but who really cares about the classification. It's an amazing brew regardless of what you call it. wish I could get this stuff on a regular basis!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:12:21 | More by Ieatlambfries
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4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy dark golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is juicy citrus.

Taste starts malty, tangerine and citrus in the middle, and closes bitter yet somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is amazing. Will be on the lookout for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:22:31 | More by ppoitras
Photo of LANDRY


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

This beer will change your life, a perfect example of the eccentric awesomeness of 3F brewery. An APA for the IPA lover.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a two finger creamy white head

Smells of grapefruit and tangerines

Though not overly carbonated it is very effervescent as it spreads it hoppy joy across the pallet.

It almost hints at it being a dry hopped wheat ale but lacking that bready aftertaste, finishes clean but the hops hang on to your tongue for dear life.

Lacing is great as you can recall each sip by its mark on the glass.

A very creamy yet light mouthfeel.

I know this beer is hard to find outside of NW Indiana but if there were any reason to cross state lines for a beer this is it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:34:43 | More by LANDRY
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4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 94/100

Three Floyds Zombie Dust is a 60 IBU Pale Ale that pours a deep amber, also has a very hazy deep orange hue~ Aromas of Pine forest smack your nostril instantly... Like a citrus fruit stand in the middle of a Pine forest, Yeast and Hops present as well~ Mouthful is light, creamy and refreshing, much less sticky than anticipated for a 6.4% low carbination~ Taste is crisp and clean, Citrus right away... Orange Grapefruit, Mango, Passion Fruit, Lemon Zest and Pineapple... All of which are balanced to near perfection with Carmel malt, Honey and a Bready Backbone~ Zombie Dust is not complex, her strengthens are a ridiculously refreshing, well balanced sleek and smoothness that delivers on point and shines while doing so~ How Three Floyd's pulls off their brew being light, refreshing smooth and subtle WHILE also being Big, Hearty, Satisfying, Bold 'Meaty' and Tasty is beyond me! However, they rock each one seamlessly... Cheers to 3Floyds ! A bit of a dank yet funky (soapy) aftertaste is the only MINASCULE Drawback~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:58:23 | More by BrewUSA
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 5,236 ratings.