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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,412
Hads: 9,169
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 4,527
Gots: 2,730 | FT: 91
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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.
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Reviews: 1,412 | Hads: 9,169
Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells awesome. Looks great. Leaves a large head on aggressive pour. Most importantly, tastes incredible. Juicy delicious hop taste. Overall- One of your fav pales/IPAs.

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4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very good American pale ale, but im not quite sure it stands up to all the hype. it seems to be more of an IPA than an APA, but either way it is delicious. maybe fresh this beer is even better, but it is def worth drinking.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

9-16-2015 on the bottle.

A - Nice burnt orange colour. Hazy. One finger of white head on top. Mild carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Melon, pineapple, passionfruit. Smells like citra! A little grass. Sweet fruit.

T - Mild alcohol note, citra all over the place. More pineapple and passionfruit, earthy and grassy too. Citrusy zip. The bitterness is a really nice drying note that isn't always done so subtly, yet intensely.

M - Medium body, good sharp bitterness and a mild carbonation.

O/D - This isn't mind blowing. It's a pale ale with a ton of citra in it. It's damn good, but I'm not gonna blow a load over it like so many others. Tasty stuff and very sessionable, just not jaw dropping. Also, a pale ale shouldn't have 60 IBUs and I don't understand why this is recognized as such.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque golden orange. Smells like fresh citrus. Tastes similar to Deschutes fresh squeezed, but even better. The look and taste of this APA is perfect. Very smooth and easy to drink. It's so good, it's scary.

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Photo of Realbeerguy
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3floyds was so packed at GABF 2015. The line was 20+ deep to get this beer but I waited anyway and OMG worth every minute.

A: has a beautiful golden color with a full foamy head that disapates with time.

S: When i smelled my sample i was hit with a fragrane of citris. Pine needles and orange peels.

T: This beer is made with a single hop (citra hop). When it hits the lips so good.

M: Very fresh and light.

D: Refreshing pale ale could drink for hours on end. Light and smooth.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 9/9/15 into a Spieglau IPA glass. Quite a beer, that definitely rides the the line of pale/IPA. A delicious beer that I'd happily drink with frequency. No real holes, all attributes are good to great. Love the taste and finish, well done.

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Photo of Greasy
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm finally reviewing Zombie Dust! I've wanted to try this since I first tried 3 Floyds several years ago.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a big 2 finger head that simmered down nicely to a film atop the beverage. Lacing is very good all the way to the bottom.

S: As soon as I popped the cap off the fresh 12 oz bottle I was punched in the face by immense citrus notes. Very pungent.

T: Well, this is perfectly balanced. The hop flavor hits first; a blast of citrus and pine. A bit later, the malt backbone shows up and is perfect.

M: Goes down super smooth. This is super drinkable. Finish is crisp and putting this thing away is too easy a task. Superb.

O: This gets tons of hype, and legitimately lives up to it. The best APA I've had by a large margin.

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Photo of leec83
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft for first time today. Perfect coloration, a nice hazy amber color. Couldn't really pick out anything special from the smell. Taste was excellent, definitely smooth with strong notes of citra hops. Something I could definitely drink more of!

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained in a beer trade with a can date a week prior. Honestly, to say it is one of the finest pale ales in the country would be doing it a disservice. While being classified as a pale ale, I would think this is more of a super tasty IPA. You get lots of tropical fruit aromas from the Citra hops utilized in the brewing process. Taste is somewhat subtle but has an effective bite after your first sip. Overall, awesome beer and worth seeking out, cheers!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Happy 100th review for me, so I better pick a big beer to do it.

Pours clear with no haze and medium-amber with some nice lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, with a good dose of pine and some honey. Definitely got a West-coast style thing going on.

Taste reveals a lot more character, and is oddly a bit more East-coast style than the smell suggests. Bitter, dry, more pine, less fruit, and a fairly thin texture. Strange kind of metallic bitterness on the back end, which is what stays with you in the aftertaste.

It's a good IPA, no doubt about that. Interesting, tasty, worth trying. Unfortunately for me, I've been on such a high-rated IPA kick lately that by comparison to stuff like Pliny, Heady, Lagunitas Sucks, Stone's 19th, etc., this one doesn't hold my interest as much as I would have liked it to. If you're expecting a world class IPA as its reputation indicates, you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a damn good midwestern IPA that you will wholeheartedly enjoy, go for it. Just don't try toooo hard to find it.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold. Aroma is of citrus and maybe a little mango. The taste is all floral hops with some citrus. The bitterness is up there for a pale ale but it doesn't sick around to long. Overall a solid beer but prefer Alpha King since it has a bigger malt presence if I'm going to get a pale ale from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of LAp
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass. Is this a pale ale or a strong IPA? Pours a deep straw/light honey color with an off white head. The nose is very hop-forward, and nearly as dry as it tastes. This beer is simply great to drink. The taste is dry, hoppy, and very refreshing. Very little malt-sweetness that I can detect. This is all dry, all hop, which is likely why it tastes so much more like an IPA than a pale ale. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp. Overall, and outstanding beer.

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Photo of MemphisMason
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft and bottle several times.
A: Perfect cloudy amber, half a finger soft foam.
S: Sweet, fruity notes
M: Smooth feel,not too light/crisp but not too heavy.
T: Strong hops flavor but you're left with virtually no backend bitterness. Just a smooth sip start to finish, leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of brewohio1
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best beer ive ever had. Definitely lives up to the hype. Really hard to find my wife found one last sixer in a Chicago bottle shop, shes the best.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber color, medium white head and crazy lacing. Aroma is full of fruit and bread, floral too with some grass/pine, wow! The taste is equally floral and citrusy, hoppy but sweet, great balance. Mineral quality to it, exceptionally smooth and soft. This is one of my favorite pale ales, have had many times and will enjoy many more.

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Photo of govlady
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark, amber, finger of foam
smell mainly floral, a little bit of pine, fruit
taste the floral, fruit up front, with a bit of a kick.
very smooth, but the hops and floral taste distract from the feel
overall, there isn't a better APA out there. its amazing. very drinkable and delicious. always feels like more of an IPA to me.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - deep and dark. You sure this is a pale ale? Looks more like a DIPA. Creamy head that has lasting power, but eventually dies down like all good beers. Entrancing.

S - wonderfully rich and complex. I can smell the artful hop balance from here, peppered with malty spicy notes. Probably the best part about this beer.

T - the true definition of perfect balance. Nothing is particularly overwhelming, but isn't that the point? These guys went with a pale ale and knocked it out of the park. More impressive than a lot of DIPAs that have this beat in all categories simply because it accomplishes what 3 Floyds set out to do so well. Strong malt backbone. Editing this because after I let it sit, I'm getting a potent mango-centric punch up front. Nice. +.25

F - I had a lot of trouble rating the mouthfeel simply because every time I took a sip with mouthfeel in mind, I kept getting distracted by the flavor. So rich, lightly floral, yet aggressive tingly hops all with a smooth malt bill in full force from beginning to end. Godammit, there I go again! Right, the mouthfeel! Creamy and saturating. Coats the entire mouth, seeping into every pore (do mouths have pores?)

O - nothing more to say other than this is art. Beautifully crafted beer that doesn't try to be the biggest, baddest beer of them all. So many big beers in the top 250; it's refreshing to see such a well-deserved beer stick to its roots and perfect a relatively bland style.

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Photo of memory_machine
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing particularly stands out as its best overall quality but I just straight up like drinking this beer. It drinks smoothly, tastes great and finishes without too much fuss. Always excited when I find it on tap. 2nd only to the superb Gumball Head in 3 Floyd's regular rotation.

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Photo of nonpo
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden with 1-2 finger foam head.... Aromas make you forget this is an APA... Nice blend of sweet citrus and pine.... distinct aroma tilt from yeast and malt? Flavor that matches the aroma and finished clean with a sweet note.... Bitterness does not overstay it's welcome and leaves a refreshing finish.... Nicely carbed mouthfeel that is not overly acidic.... Overall a very balanced beer... If you are big in the flavor and aromas of hops without being overly bitter, this is a beer for you!!!!

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Photo of maniacal
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Perfect cloudy amber, half a finger soft foam.
S: Sweet, fruity notes,
M: Smooth feel,not too light/crisp but not too heavy.
T: For as strong as the hops come through, you're left with virtually no backend bitterness. Just a smooth sip start to finish, leaving you wanting another.

Have had access to Zombie Dust off and on for awhile, and loved it. It wasn't until I also got to drink PtE that I realized how great this beer really is. Hands down my go-to when I want to celebrate something with an amazing beer.

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Photo of khmel
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy gold. Low retention, creamy ring.

S: Pine, floral and citrus hops all had sex and made a perfect zombie baby. Astounding! I never give 5s, but this nose deserves one!

T: Sweet yet hoppy, smooth, lots of pine hops in the finish. Sooo good!

M: Smooth with medium body.

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Photo of ABhatia
2.99/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

seems overrated..did not enjoy much. little flat, no particular characteristics. If you like hops this is not the beer for you. cool looking bottle though

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Photo of MikeCooke
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where to begin on this one. This being one of my first adventure into beer reviewing I will try to avoid butchering it. This APA pours a radiant hazy orange color with a finger head that leaves nice tracing the way down. The smell (my favorite part) hits you with an a one two with sweet malts and tropical fruit. The taste matches the smell very well but is followed up with a hint of bitterness. It has a superb mouth feel that balances a full body flavor and retains its refreshing qualities. My overall opinion on this beer is obviously 3 floyds has knocked it out of the park again. This is one of the best APAs in the business. There may be some that are better out there but this is definitely top 3.

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Photo of Sorphus
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hazy with a fluffy white head. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, and malts burst out of your glass! Lgithly carbonated with a slick smooth texture and a full body yet very refreshing. Some sugary malt impressions up front with a well pronounced hop forward bitterness which is well kept by its malt profile. Turns out rather dry yet refreshing! Lovely stuff!

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Photo of Trevor11
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Truly a go to American India Pale Ale. There is a lot of hype surrounding ZD, but it is well deserved. Very well balanced at 50 IBUs, nuanced but very drinkable. If you can get your hands on it, enjoy.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.