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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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6,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,471
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 3,225
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 47
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%

Recent review: 17FEB12, 3/4.5/4/3.5/4 (4)
Okay, I'm gonna give this another fair and balanced review:
Bottled: recently I'm assured
Pours a golden ale with a finger of off white soapy foam that falls to a broken sheet of the same leaving some spotty lace. I am reserved about smelling....Alas, the smell I remember, lemony, citrusy zest and a hint of peach. So nice. Flavor follows suit with just a hint of alcoholic sharpness. Finish is sweet and juicy. Medium on thin with moderate carb and a watering finish. Much better this time around. Gotta say, this beer MUST BE FRESH, so far as I can tell.

Original Review: 11NOV11: 3/1.5/1/2/1 (1.3)
I’ve had this beer out of a growler, and it was one of the best APA’s I’d ever had. Too bad the transition here was flawed....heavily.
Bottled: unk
Pours a yellow straw with foam which falls rather quickly to a mirror of the same. Smells like: citra, grapefruit, citrus, more citrus?...NOT AT ALL!!! This smells like band aids and onions. Wow, god awful. Then the flavor is brutalized as well. Bitter, astringent, nasty. Body is fine beyond my clinching jaw. This beer is ruined for me. WTF happened to this bottle?!

02-18-2012 04:18:27 | More by harrymel
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-18-2012 02:50:56 | More by bertram
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-18-2012 02:28:30 | More by Saph001
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-18-2012 01:47:04 | More by NEDmiller
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-18-2012 01:41:04 | More by 2dogbrew
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-17-2012 22:14:26 | More by mz3frs
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-17-2012 21:44:28 | More by LittleLo
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-17-2012 17:57:46 | More by dwduncan2
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-17-2012 09:30:36 | More by quilty
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-17-2012 04:30:40 | More by bozodogbreath
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-17-2012 04:08:04 | More by Beezee
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4.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Not sure how to rate this beer and I'll explain why...

Let's call this a session IPA in my book and a very freaking good one at that! Good bready bubble gum malt backbone here which "I Guess" gives it credit for an American APA. :-/

A - Blood Orange, not much head to speak of or retention but active in the tulip and Guinness perfect pint I've poured these in.

S - Very unique hop profile here. Like nothing else I've encountered. Straight fresh squeezed Grapefruit Juice and Bubble gum. Nuff said.

T - Much of the same. Very unique flavor and the best word to descrie this beer is as juicy juicy juicy! Enough juicy hop grapefruit flavor here to satisfy the biggest of hopheads! And sessionable to boot! Enough bitterness to keep getting through about 24 oz before it becomes too sweet from the malts...

M - Good, juicy sweet but here is the problem: This beer is GREAT fresh. Within 2-3 months of bottling, I'd bank my next month's rent (I live in SF) that this will become repulsively malty.

O - Let's compare this to the benchmark of the style, SNPA. While having a TON more flavor, I wouldn't want another Zombie Dust after 24 oz. On the other hand, I could drink SNPA until I puke...why, because the of the finish the SNPA provides...dry. Zombie Dust becomes too sweet and sugary, almost overly-so after a few. I'd take a 6-month old SNPA very muchso over a 6-month old Zombie Dust. To Zombie's hype train credit, the only other fresh APA's I'd take over it are RRBC's Row 2/Hill 56 and Drake's 1500 on tap. Drake's is argueable.

Let's give ZD more credit, I need to revisit on tap. Very Very good beer!

Thanks rfraga77!! You, as always are the MAN.

02-17-2012 03:16:07 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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4.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Amber with a 3 finger foamy white head, with excellent retention and a lot lacing on the side of the glass. Smells like grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Smells like it should be both hoppy and sweet.

The taste has grapefruit, oranges, orange zest, pineapple, pine, and grassy hops. Not as sweet as the smell suggested. A good deal of bitterness, balanced by some sweetness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste, and this beer finishes dry. A very good Pale Ale, which I recommend trying if you get the chance.

02-17-2012 01:29:31 | More by hardy008
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-17-2012 01:26:23 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-17-2012 01:21:42 | More by oldvines
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-17-2012 01:04:14 | More by cinserrajr
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4.78/5  rDev +3.5%

Zombie Dust by Three Floyds is a truly remarkable American Pale Ale, perhaps the finest on the market. I was truly amazed by its aroma and taste. It is one beer that has lived up to all the hype that is surrounding it.

A - 4.5
S - 5.0
T - 5.0
M - 4.0
O - 4.5

02-16-2012 20:33:11 | More by falcon1
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2012 15:53:08 | More by JVan
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4.98/5  rDev +7.8%

Fresh bottle, 2 weeks from capping.

This beer has an amazing piney, citrus, skunk aroma. It smells like fresh hops.

The mouthfeel is medium and perfect.

The flavor is that of the quintessential pale ale. This beer is the new gold standard. A perfect citric bite mixes with a slightly sweet malt. The beer continues to coat your tongue and the hops literally dance on your tastebuds. The alcohol is invisible and it is dangerously refreshing.

I'm the first to admit that I am a three floyds junkie but this is without a doubt the best beer I have ever had. 10/10

02-16-2012 13:18:32 | More by thydarkprevails
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-16-2012 11:21:08 | More by bullywee
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-16-2012 00:39:54 | More by birdsellam
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-15-2012 02:07:13 | More by mando31
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

02-14-2012 23:46:00 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

177th Review
Proper pint
On-draft in Munster at Three Floyd's Taproom!

From notes.

A: Hazy golden amber. Single (white) fingernail head.

S: Bold citra hops, pine, and blend of citrus and tropical fruits. WOW! Faint hint of malt sweetness and loads more hops as I continue to smell this very inviting beer.

T: Hops up-front and all throughout with smooth balance of pine, grapefruit, and orange zest. Hint of biscuit malt and lemon juice at the end balance bitterness of so nicely.

M: On the heavier side of light-medium bodied (slightly chewy) with moderate carbonation.

O: I first enjoyed this beer at DLD 2011 and was blown away. To-date, I continue to be amazed at how simply awesome it is. So crisp, clean, and refreshing. Not too overpowering in any aspects, but articulate all-around. Bravo Three Floyds on another great beer!

02-14-2012 13:26:27 | More by spdyfire83
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4.93/5  rDev +6.7%

Zombie Dust

I have had this one multiple times on tap and absolutely loved it. Now it's the bottle's time to shine.

Pours a light, clear amber color with 2 fingers of white head. Sticky strings of lacing clings with durability.

The nose, my sweet Christ, the nose! Sweet citrus notes light up the party here. Lemon and clementine zest, pineapple & mango, along with that sharp, trademark fff fresh hop scent. Heavenly is an understatement here.

The taste is a sweet/bitter gush of juicy citrus fruit and a bit of sweet malt that is balanced nicely against the hoppy blasts. Citrus explosions that would make a rainforest jealous.

The mouthfeel has a nice crisp zest to it along with a light-medium body. Moderate carbontion that is perfect.

Overall, this is my "stranded on an island" beer for sure. I could drink this all day, every day. Nuff said

02-14-2012 06:18:48 | More by ChugginOil
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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