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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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6,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 3,021
Gots: 1,000 | FT: 41
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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4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-07-2012 15:00:03 | More by laintringulis
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-07-2012 06:51:09 | More by jodan
Photo of machostacos


4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank-you to my friend @rickyleepotts for picking up a case for me while he and his girlfriend were up in Chicago this past weekend. I've had a ton of incredible, highly rated beer since the last review I wrote (including Pliny the Elder, Hopslam, Consecration & Supplication, Ten Fidy, etc.), but for some reason this beer inspired me to write another BeerAdvocate review.

Incredibly fresh bottle poured into my new fat-bottomed Bell's tulip.

Zombie Dust pours a beautiful, slightly pale golden color that's brilliantly clear with a mild effervescence and a small creamy eggshell-white head that dissipates to a thin film. Spotty, clingy lacing adorns the glass. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a freshly-opened hop bag. If you're not a homebrewer or have never sniffed fresh hop pellets, this beer is essentially exactly that same aroma. Huge, raw, green (both in vegetal quality and young-beer-freshness), citrus and pine and grass. A liquid monument to the Citra hop in a glass. The flavor is more mild than the nose would suggest, but is still a total hop bomb. Incredible hop flavors that mirror the nose, if not slightly more floral. Creamy, full mouthfeel that's just spectacular with the perfect amount of carbonation. Finish is a quick flash of earth, orange & grapefruit rind, grass, with a mild, biting bitterness throughout.

This is truly an epic beer, and it pairs with spicy food beautifully. But contrary to the normal mantra regarding hoppy beers, I honestly think the green hop characteristics will mellow out and improve with a few weeks of age and turn Zombie Dust into a much more balanced beer, instead of the I'm-Drinking-A-Raw-Hop-Cone that it is right now.

Ultimately, I think @yourefragile sums it up best:

"Aroma is green, fresh and raw. Citrus rind, grapefruit pulp, mild pine, and light caramel malt. Medium thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly wet, thin finish. Strong biscuit malt and earthy body with resiny and pulpy citrus hops buttering the finish. An exceptional, citrusy APA..."

The Cimmerian Sabertooth Berserker of the APA world. 3Floyds does things with hops that is just on a completely different level, and they've struck gold again with Zombie Dust.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:14:53 | More by machostacos
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-06-2012 22:44:51 | More by ctrevino
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-06-2012 21:03:07 | More by sneefcity
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 05:04:49 | More by BillHilly
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-05-2012 19:47:34 | More by mhenson42
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-05-2012 19:18:55 | More by dczernic
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-04-2012 23:23:07 | More by prender1482
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 1/29/12, thanks to hurfer for sending!

Pours a chilled golden orange with a slow stream of carbonation supporting an initially thick cream head. Fades to a thin layer with extensive sheets of lacing. Aroma is green, fresh and raw. Citrus rind, grapefruit pulp, mild pine, and light caramel malt. Not quite as aromatic as some of the HF APAs, but very well balanced and nuanced. Medium thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly wet, thin finish. Strong biscuit malt and earthy body with resiny and pulpy citrus hops buttering the finish. An exceptional, citrusy APA, but a little too much alcohol presence for the style and not quite Hoppy Birthday or Edward. Regardless, I will seek this out every time it is released.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 20:53:30 | More by yourefragile
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-04-2012 20:52:14 | More by newk340
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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dan! Pours a clear darker shade of gold/orange with a sparse head. Nose is juicy citrus pulp, grapefruit rind, light pine resin. Takes the really juicy hop qualities of Dreadnaught and Alpha King, dialed down a bit but still honed in. Mouth is sharply bitter throughout, super brightly hopped. Washes of grapefruit rind with some nice malt underneath. Dry and bitter, but complex with really pleasant citrus tones. Takes me back to the days when I could actually get Three Floyds IPAs. Need more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:53:07 | More by JAXSON
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-03-2012 17:46:08 | More by CLCardinal84
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4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thank you rfraga77 for the extra!

12 oz bottle into a grand bordeaux wine glass.

A: Orangey amber in color with a finger of bright white head on a gentle pour that recedes but sticks around the edges for the entire drink. Great lacing.

N: Great nose, very complex for a pale ale. Sweet malts up front with honey, tea, citrus, pretty great hop character behind the gentle sweetness.

T: Quite good. Very well balanced between hop and malt characteristics. Bitter citrus hops up front with a brief intensification of the bitterness mid palate, then some bready malts behind that, rounds itself out with a subtle refreshing bitter aftertaste.

M: Good. Appropriate carbonation, smooth. Refreshing. No alcohol heat.

O: Wow, this is probably the best pale ale I've had. I was expecting something à la Sierra Nevada (which I like) but this is so much better. Very well balanced between hop and malt, very approachable and not overly bitter. Would be a great intro to craft beer as well as a special treat for the seasoned BA. Highly recommend. This is my first experience with Three Floyds and damn, I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 13:41:09 | More by beerbiatchMD
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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to qwertyiop for this one.

A - Pours a blondish orange color with two finger white head.

S - Citrus, mango, pineapple, orange. This smells like a tropical heaven!

T - Citrus hops abound such as pineapple, mango, orange, balanced nicely with a slight malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Fantastic APA from FFF. This one lives up to the hype and may very well leave Alpha King in the dust with this one. Great pale ale that drinks very similar to an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:45:16 | More by pigc
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-03-2012 01:14:07 | More by wscaffe
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-03-2012 00:43:09 | More by recall1242
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-02-2012 22:37:27 | More by thetomG
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4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark shiny orange/yellow, finger white head,
wonderful lacing

S: INTOXICATING grapefruit, mango/peach, + pine

T: fresh grapefruit, lemon, big earthy pine,
long sticky/oily bitter finish

M: med body, big oily/slick mouth

O: Three Floyd's is one of my 3 favorite
breweries and this is outstanding. If
I was back in Chicago, would buy it
every time I saw it. HIGHLY recommend it.
Strong enough flavors for hop heads, but
refreshing enough for hot Summer day.


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 16:28:03 | More by BeerLover99
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-02-2012 05:29:11 | More by beermeX2
Photo of DefenCorps


4.22/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cmsimeur is a fucking awesome guy. He hooked me up with a 6 pack, shipped so ridiculously fast that I'm drinking my first bottle less than a week after it was bottled. Thank you, Chad.

Pouring a clear orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer looks great. The nose is just a great expression of the Citra hops. Fresh, vibrant, citrus hop character with some tropical fruit, orange blossoms and pine. Mildly floral as well. Not much malt character is present, but as it warms up, there is a little bread, caramel and a touch of sugar.

Like the nose, the palate is quite the riot. Exceptional balance between bittering and flavor hops, there's a wonderful amalgamation of tropical fruit (mango, papaya), ripe oranges and just a touch of pine. Just enough resin too, to amplify the fruity hops. Mild malt character is present, with a little bit of caramel and bread. As it warms up, the malt character comes out a little bit more, with a little sugar. Medium light in body with moderate but creamy in carbonation, this beer has a wonderful long-lasting finish with excellent balance between a clean bitterness, plenty of fruity hop flavor and a mild resin character. However, there's just a touch of chalkiness on the palate, especially on the finish, that makes the finish not quite as clean as I'd like. I wonder if it's the water profile or hop grassiness, but it does stand out. Quite quenching, this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer, though the alcohol is a little bit higher than it needs to be.

Not quite as good as Hoppy Birthday or Parking Violation, but this is very, very close. Exceptional, especially when this fresh. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:45:46 | More by DefenCorps
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4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant orange amber that is complete see-through. Nice, puffy 2.5 finger head that dissipates so slowly and leaves a good amount of wavy lacing.

S - Full nose of grapefruit, orange, and even a touch of pine. Actually a little kick of zest in for good measure. Just so slightly some bready malt.

T - It's a very full taste, but not especially hoppy like an IPA. It's interesting they were able to pull this off so well. Very floral and grassy with a good bit of grapefruit and citrus before it finishes with a final kick of resiny bitterness. Again, the taste isn't "in your face" like an IPA or DIPA, it sets in the background, lets the malt play a role, and provides a good hop balance.

M - Leaves the mouth a bit dry from the hop kick, but actually very full and robust.

Overall - Superb. Among the very best, if not the best, APA out there. I was wondering if someone would be able to pull off such a bold APA, but Three Floyds did. Simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:29:28 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After downing DIPA's the past few weeks, it was nice to switch styles to a APA. First time having this beer thanks to a trade with qwertyiop.

A: Nice hazy orange hue with an IPA appearance. A little more hazy than the last APA I drank. Two finger creamy white head.

S: Unbelievable! So much citrus and floral notes. Smells hoppy, yet balanced.

T: Once again, FFF hit a homerun with this beer. Hops at first, followed by citrus, pine with a nice finish. Very drinkable!

M: Smooth and medium mouthfeel. Goes down very easy with a wonderful finish. Extremely light finish.

Overall one of the best beers I've had the chance to drink. My new favorite FFF beer, taking Alpha King's spot. Reminded me of a single American IPA, but not overly hoppy. One of the best of all time!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:14:16 | More by bsu2005
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4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a hop glass. Extra from StoutFest, much appreciated indeed!

Appearance: Golden, amber hued with a small cream head after a moderate pour. Luminous and inviting. Certainly errs more towards the appearance of a DIPA over a APA.

Smell: Bouquet blossoms with citrus and hoppy grass notes. Slight hint of light malt but primarily citrus, pineapple, grapefruit.

Taste: Initial taste is bitter, astringent citrus, grapefruit juice followed by creamy grass and pine notes. Copious amounts of hops, and an evident balance of lighter malts. The citrus resounds in the forefront exceptionally. The finish bitter, yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full, astringent, no alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 23:13:33 | More by Trystero
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-01-2012 06:01:09 | More by DrWalterWhite
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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