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Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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6,656 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,656
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 3,283
Gots: 1,242 | FT: 50
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 chicano4craft
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a big white head. Slighlt hazy. Head is pretty thick. Great lacing. Looks better than must Pale ale's.

Nose is amazing. Hugh whiffs of pine and resin. Than the grapefruit peeks through followed by some tropical fruit. How is this not an IPA?

Citrusy hops shock the taste buds right away. Big grapefruit and orange zest. A true hop showcase. Malt does enough to help the drinkability. Finish is dry and bitter with hops sticking to the taste buds.

Overall..the best pale ale around.

chicano4craft, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden orange with a one-finger sudsy white head. Visually, the carbonation is highly present.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple, citrus peel, and a muted pine aroma

T- Grapefruit, some orange and tropical fruits with remote pine at the finish

M- Light to medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is much more present in the appearance than it is during consumption, although it does seem to make it a little more creamy.

O- This is an awesome pale ale. The proportion of the flavors is amazing. It goes down so smoothly that I could see drinking a six pack with no problem.

Ungertaker, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of abrand
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into my 3F pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange color with a huge frothy head that lingers. Smell is full of grapefruit. Some pine aromas as well as hops are also present. A truly great smelling beer. Taste is spot on. Nice sweetness with fruits and a bitter backbone. I could drink so many of these. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, I loved this.

abrand, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Overlord
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masterski is really a great guy. Thanks, man. I've been getting a bit down on the beer scene lately (I don't have much time, I need to get some beers out to people, yada yada yada). I was hoping he'd send me a bottle, and unsolicited he sent me a whole package. Thanks dude.

Pours a slightly orange golden yellow. Surprisingly hazy. White foamy crust with some bubbling.

Smells like mandarin oranges, some grapefruit rind, some nice sweet grapefruit, and a bit of tropical pineapple/papaya. Basically, this is a medley of hops and smells fucking great.

Taste is surprisingly sweet-forward. This isn't your typical pale ale, I'd say the tropical/orange flavors take center stage and the grapefruit is as much sweet as bitter, and not much pine to be found. Wow. Just great.

I would buy this every day if available around me. I suppose could use a bit more carbonation for the abv, but a great brew.

Overlord, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks dannyfrost!

Deep orange and amber with an inch-high off-white head--spiderwebs of lace left down the glass. Gorgeous.

Wow! What an aroma! This is a tropical nose from the Gods. Heavenly aroma of smashed nectarine, apricot, mango, and guava. This is pure tropics! I'd, literally, wear this as a cologne (is that weird?).

More tropical fruit flavors dominate, more than I've had perhaps in any beer ever, and certainly more than in any other pale ale. Low to moderate bitterness makes this one incredibly drinkable. This is about as perfect as an APA that exists--it almost takes the crown from Alpine's Hoppy Birthday and The Bruery's Humulus Wet (but not quite!).

Medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation per the style.

This is one of those beers that makes you say silly things like "I'd trade for this beer just so I could dump it on my head."

ehammond1, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz provided by Oreo in the recent Light Whale 3 BIF. Thank you good sir!

Poured to Half Acre pint glass.

Pours slightly darker than mustard and glows beautifully. A nice egg shell white head forms that has really nice retention. I expected a map of lacing drawn out for me, but instead I was greeted by none. It doesn't change the fact that this is a beautiful beer.

Vivid tropical fruit notes that get muted by some sweet malt and beautiful Citra hops.

Taste follows the nose, but is amplified tremendously. Juicy, juicy pineapples and slight lemon come forth in the mouth. It has that nice malt that makes this an APA and the nice Citra hops.

Mouthfeel is spot on with a nice medium body and a slight creamy feeling. Very smooth and goes down nicely on a warm day.

The perfect beer for an afternoon spent watching football. I could session these things all day. I'm really glad I liked this one so much too, since a lot of FFF brews have been letting me down lately.

DearthVader, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of xfactor9600
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon a nice bar across from my potential new gig. Saw Three Floyds on Tap.

Mildly hazy creamy orange color. Good lacing

Nice tropical notes

Great flavor with a pleasant citrus taste somewhat bitter at the end.

Agree with others who have said carbonated but creamy

Great APA. Perhaps my favorite. Will try to find in bottle.

xfactor9600, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton to Ehammond1 for this Great beer.
Mildly hazy Caramel color with an Eggshell colored head with Good retention and lacing. 

Very nice fresh and pleasant nose with notes of Tropical fruit and Pineapple. Very nice clean Citra hops.  

Amazing flavor. Candy malt. Amazing citrus and pineapple. Perfect balance. Mildly bitter back end and aftertaste. But overall very nice balance.

High carbonation but a little creamy. Very nice and fitting for the beer.

Overall it is exceptional. The best Pale Ale I've ever had. Everything in great harmony and balance. Very easy to drink/crave.

MrVonzipper, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of gobucks1
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to try this little gem at the brewpub on a recent trip to Wisconsin.

A: A cloudy orange color with a bright white head. Lots of lacing throughout.

S: Grapefruit, mango, a splash of pineapple and wet, juicy hops.

T: Citra hops, candied pineapple, light caramel. Very little bitterness towards the end. After each sip I can't wait to take another. Something I could drink all day long.

M: Moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. Easy going down.

O: Wow, an overall great beer, that was well worth the drive. Kudos to my friend Kevin who suggested the detour. I can't wait to get my hands on this wonderful APA again.

gobucks1, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It pours nicely, a cloudy orange color with a very fluffy head. It smells floral and strong. This brew has an interesting taste. It is more like an IPA (those looking for a more mellow APA should stay away), but it is quite complex. The flavors accentuate flowers and grapefruit at first, and then finish with a strong IPA-like bitterness. It is a nice balance. The mouthfeel is also very unique. It is almost creamy, like warm milk with slight carbonation, and it somehow works pretty well. A nice job on this one.

mentaltraveller, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color; pinky-width head that fades fast; medium lacing

S: Sweet citrus fruits and perfume-like floral notes; pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and a bouquet of flowers

T: Sweet citrus/tropical fruits, lots of floral perfume-y notes; basically tastes just like it smells

M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation; crisp and refreshing

O: This is a fantastic beer, and probably the best IPA I've ever tried. Yes I know it's technically an APA, but semantics be damned, this tastes like one hell of a delicious IPA. If you see a fresh one, buy it immediately!

Jules11788, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of padan7
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Holly and Miles for making this happen.
Drank a bottle within 36 hours of bottling. Drink as young as possible!

A. Dust looks nice. It has an orangeish pour with good carbonation and nice whiteish head.

S. The citra hops smell wonderful. The fruity nose is not unlike Hopslam but better.

T.Wow! My first thought was that this was the fresher lighter brother of Hopslam. I enjoyed the lower alcohol and the insnely fresh citra hop flavors.

M. the feel is bubbly and crisp.

If you can try this beer within 1 week of bottling you will not regret the effort.

padan7, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a finger of loose white head. Huge, fresh aroma with a nice mix of floral, citrus, and tropical fruit hops.

Moderate carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pineapple up front with a clean malt sweetness and some nice pine bitterness on the finish.

Extremely full flavors, excellent balance, and very easy-drinking. Wish I could get it more often!

grittybrews, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes.

A Pours a nice orange color with a decent white head.

S Lots of tropical fruit with grapefruit and pineapple being quite dominant.

T More grapefruit and pineapple with a nice bitter backbone. There is also a Very balanced between sweet and bitter.

M Light but not overly so. Excellent for the style.

Overall this is the best pale ale I've ever had and probably one of the best beers I've ever had. I wish this had distro in Washington so much.

beerandcycling88, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of FATKIDREVOLUTION
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Discovered at Chicago's Night of the living ales at Goose Island.

Pours a hazy orange with little head.

Smells like a 3 Floyds: Super Hoppy and spicey.

The taste is dry sweet citrus. Light bitterness on the front.

Was here and gone before the Chi even had a chance and the Burbs out here had no chance !
This is from the serving type: bottle

FATKIDREVOLUTION, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to woodchopper for two bottles of this!

Pours a hazy orange with nice fluffy head.

The smell is spicy pineapple and mandarin oranges.

The taste is an earthy sweet tropical fruit. Nice bitterness but not over the top by any means. Such a flavorful beer with a high drink ability.

Hopefully it starts hitting the market in force although I bet this one fades very quickly. Amazing pale ale!

Eriktheipaman, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Jefe73
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

A - Pours a burn orange with a pen width white head. Lots of carbonation and good lacing.

S - citrus hops and some piney resin, followed by some biscuitty malt character.

T - Very similar to the nose. Loads of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The pine notes that were on the nose are a little more subtle on the palate. The malt sweetness creeps in at the back end giving this a nice balance.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Resiny hops are left on the palate.

O - I'll definitely be seeking this one out again, it's crazy good. Really like the low ABV as I can see myself kicking back quite a few of these. A very nice APA.

Jefe73, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of robboyd
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to say anything bad about this beer. I think it's world class in almost every way. When I think about a beer I could drink everyday, this is it. It pours a golden, near orange color with delicate carbonation bubbles and a sufficient head. The aroma is intoxicating, due to grapefruit and other citrus notes rather than alcohol.

The taste has just the right amount of everything. It's hoppy enough to let you know care went into the hop profile yet sweet and slightly earthy at the same time. The citrus from the nose doesn't betray the palate. I wouldn't call it rich but rather drinkable. I could certainly make a six pack enjoyably last through a full sunday of football. I haven't had many APAs and maybe this is setting the bar high but the balance is exactly what I wish I found in more IPAs.

robboyd, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is like the tenth time I've drank Zombie Dust but only the first time that my pallet/brain have been unfried enough to give it a proper evaluation.

I poured it and made a gross little noise, like a dude in gay porn. Then I smelled and made another gross noise, although it was less gross because it was louder and less nebbishy. Then I tasted it and flat out moaned, like a female porn star, and that shit's hot because it's something a woman would do.

There's nothing I can say, really, aside from that this is a damn near perfect APA. The hop profile is medium-strength citrus, the malt is of the perfect strength, and the aftertaste is a wonderful tang of alpha acids against the pleasant stultifaction of yeasty bread dough. It's one of those truly great sessionable beers, like Masala Mama or Red Racer, that exceeds the sum of its parts because it so perfectly balanced.

L-let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: if you're gonna review a beer, do it right. The first few times I had this I thought it was real good, but I was in no state to pass final judgment.

mynie, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4.03/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deranma for bringing this one back from the brewery.

Pours a bright, clear copper with a nice foamy white head.

Smells of very floral and citrus hops with some wet grain in the middle with almost a skunky, burnt rubber aroma to it. Oddly pleasant from someone who loves a good burnout.

Canned pear, pineapple, floral and citrus notes, mild bitterness, and wet pale malts. The fruit notes come back in the finish.

Light to medium bodied with even carbonation.

I am looking forward to trying this on a different occasion with a clean palate. I would pick up Daisy Cutter before this if they were side by side but this is FFF, so its worth a grab as well.

phiberoptik, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle but it's less than 3 weeks old via stickman1220. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Nice deep yellow to orange color. 1/4 finger bright white head.  Fades quickly.  Tons of carbonation running off the bottom of glass.  

S: Amazing citrus notes!  Over ripe peach for sure.  Orange.  Pineapple.  Maybe some mild bready malts behind everything.

T: Really nice little pale.  Definitely not as hop forward as the nose would say.  Some bitterness on the tip of tongue, but a solid malt backbone in the mid mouth.  Nice crisp dry finish.  Mild bitterness.  I get the peach and citrus notes.

M: Light easy drinking beer.  Maybe pushing medium...

O: Great pale ale.  Chalk up another great ale for FFF.

inlimbo77, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A nice full slightly burnt orange body. Slightly cloudy with good looking carbination. A full two finger white head that dies slowly and leaves some lace.

S - Tons and tons of hops. Citrus all over and some great pine notes and obvious grassy hope notes on the back end. Just pure awesome hop.

T & M & D - Once in a while a beer taste good enough were few words can describe how awesome it is. This is one of them. Great citrus flavors, tropical flavors, so smooth. Perfect bitterness. Mouth isn't too heavy and it screams for you to take another sip.

O - Plain and simple a wonderful beer. A perfect representation of the style.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden Orange with a nice off-white head, good lacing

Smell: Wow delicious. Tons of citrus and pineapple hops, very fruity, juicy and loaded. Also pine and grapefruit with just enough malt.

Taste: Again, the citrus, pineapple and grapefruit are upfront and dominating. Perfect dose of malts to balance everything. Touch of papaya.

Mouthfeel - very full for an APA, I was shocked and glad to see it was 6.2%. Perhaps slightly boozy but otherwise amazing.

Overall - damn near perfect APA, I wish the ABV was slightly lower but otherwise the flavors are near perfect.

craytonic, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this via growler and psyched to get this in bottle. this is one that i WISH i could get locally. LOVE this beer. thank you to kirk (florida9) for fueling the fire on this one. this is an always ISO.

a - opened the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. gorgeous orange with lots of visible carbonation and a generous frothy white head. really attractive. almost ipa looking.

s - citruc bomb. so nice, so delicious. this beer is a pale ale pretending to be an ipa. wonderfully balanced. lemon, orange peel, zest. candy. orange and tangerine.

t - tastes better than it smells. starts with tangerine and oranges. finishes with some citric hops. nice amount of bitterness, really just a solid brew. pale ale pretending to be an ipa.

m - medium bodied. bold and almost orange aid.

o - overall, this is one of my new favorites. really just a solid brew start to finish. pale ale with some balls. if i lived in IN or IL, i would probably drink this exclusively. just an amazing beer. seek it out and seek it out often. i always ISO. if you can get this regularly, will you please be a regular trading partner? BM me. can't get enough of this stuff.

---Edit --- 2011-11-09
had it again tonight, must be super fresh, I would give it a 5 on smell taste and overall. damn fine beer.

cosmicevan, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle with no visible date to a tulip glass. Im pretty sure its a fairly recent release this year.

a- pours a slightly hazy tangerine color with a nice white fluffy head rising almost 2 fingers up leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

s- spicy pine resin, some sticky malt sweetness, a little lemon and other citrus

t- nice citrus hops as well as some piney bitterness. slight malty sweetness in the backbone, but not much. finishes bitter with some nice pine resin on the back of my throat

m- not a real heavy brew, but nice carbonation. flavors linger for quite a while. quite easy drinking and could be a great session beer.

overall, a very nice brew by three floyds. If it was more available to me, I would probably drink a heck of a lot more of it.

crewfan16, Oct 09, 2011
Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 6,656 ratings.