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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,375 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,375
Hads: 8,972
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 21.81%
Wants: 4,438
Gots: 2,599 | FT: 83
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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: 1,375 | Hads: 8,972
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle (2015-06-12) poured into a tall FSB highball glass.

A - Pours a glistening pale straw. A three-finger head of very tight, pillowy foam that's eggshell white very slowly collapses, leaving generous rings of foam around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich yellow-gold that moves toward orange in the middle and quite hazy, making it rather opaque.

S - Solid nose of fresh ruby red grapefruit hops. A hint of resin in support. Into the glass, softer citrus notes emerge with floral hops in the background. Malt is bready - moist whole wheat with just a touch of very light caramel candy.

T - Delicious lightly toasted malt topped by orange/grapefruit jam and garnished by fresh floral notes. Just a hint of Jolly Rancher candy surrounded by somewhat bitter herbal notes in the rather soft finish.

M - Somewhat fizzy with a nice crispness that slides easily across the tongue. Well-balanced carbonation. Medium-light body complements the nicely integrated, quality components. Clean, short finish.

O - Now this is my idea of a pale ale - a perfectly matched malt foundation balanced against an outstanding combination of hops. It delivers both an enjoyable, sensuous experience for the taste buds while also being clean and refreshing. More - lots more - please. This one 12 oz. bottle was just a tease.

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I want in an IPA, simple as that. Great tropical pungent aroma, tasted: mangoes, pineapple, and citrus. Easy mouth feel and almost no malty Finish. My my.

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Photo of justinp444
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with a gorgeous 2 inch thick foamy white head (sticks to your skin). Smell of tropical fruit, grass, orange, citrus, and floral notes with a nice bready malt backbone. Taste is crisp drinkable and smooth with a nice moderate mouth feel and body. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes with a not overly sweet malty taste.

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Photo of rjmc64
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, darker color than expected for a pale ale, medium gold with thick creamy white head. Nose was powerful citrus, melon, pineapple. Mouthfeel was right where it should be. Flavor was nicely balanced between make and hops with both caramel sweetness and citrusy hop flavors coming through, even in the finish. More like IPA than APA I think but still a great beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Plenty of good to say about this beer. I'm content to just say that the lace and head form perfection. Only one other time have I give a 5.0 for look. For a straight pale, there is no overhype about this.

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

Enjoyed while about 3 weeks old, so nice and fresh. Drank more like an IPA than what I've come to expect from pale ales; bold citrusy hops and a robust malt backbone with lots of character. Darker amber color than I expected, and the sweet biscuity malt profile compliments the citra hops well. Bursting with flavor throughout, with a delicate dry/sweet finish. Left me wanting to take another sip immediately after the last one.

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Photo of Mikus
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed fresh. My bottle was 2 weeks old. Zombie Dust has just set the bar for American Pale Ales. Balanced, juicy, clean. Poured a clear, orange amber color with 2 fingers of loose white head. Just a giant orange/tangerine aroma, citrus madness, finished off by just a hint of a dank hop note in there as well. Big orange juice on the palate, sweet tangerine, a hint of pine, and a hint of sweetness moving back on the tongue. Excellent balance is the key to this flavor profile. An overall dry finish that carries the juicy hoppiness along, cut with that hint of sweetness just nicely. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Acquired through a trade and the bottle was older than I would have liked but still I enjoyed this beer. Definitely more citrusy but there were some pine notes that created a well balanced hop profile. Enough malt to exude its presence but not enough to overtake the hops, an excellent version of a pale ale.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft and well balanced but still ample pine and candied fruit. Not very bitter despite the abundant hops. In a word: crushable.

In general, ZD is milder than I expected but this bottle is also 2.5 months old. Still quite tasty and somehow addictive.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look pale orange good lacing.
Smell super citrusy slight pine.
Taste all citrus up front with a slight bitterness on the finish.
Feel thin but it's right for the style.
Overall great pale ale both pseudo sue and light speed from toppling golliath are better, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this while up to Wrigley for a Royals game a few weeks ago, brought it and a few of its friends back to KC.

An inch of soapy white head sits atop this sandy gold beer.

Big nose - lots of citrus and mango, hint of pine. Really great, distinctive.

With a name like "Zombie," you'd think this was going to be a monster, but it's much more delicate than that. Juicy citrus, a little bit dank, somewhat vegetative. Sits on the tongue like a leather flap, holding fast.

A good beer, but there's hype in the name.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with a nice white head. Amazingly big citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Flavor is similar with grapefruit, orange, mango, and just a little pine bitterness. Balanced perfectly with a malty sweetness and body. Very smooth and finishes clean with no aftertaste. I love this beer!

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Photo of do_ob
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to sblickem for sending me a few of these. Been wanting to try this one forever.

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a light gold and settles a clear amber in the glass. Excellent carbonation. A semi-aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of sticky, white foam. Very aromatic - one of those beers you can smell from a couple feet away. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and hops on the nose. Medium-light weight, and quite smooth on the mouthfeel. There's a slight hoppy bitterness up front with a strong malt backbone. Notes of tropical fruit are present, but are somewhat muted by the hops and malt. Fairly constant taste throughout. Finishes crisp and clean, and leaves a malty sweetness and a slight hop zest behind for the aftertaste.

Overall, a very good pale ale that's unquestionably drinkable and super tasty. While I don't quite understand all the hype surrounding this particular beer, it does offer a great balance and drinkability that a lot of other pale ales fail to achieve. Damn good.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark clear orange color with a good head and medium lacing.

Smell – Very hoppy; mostly pine with some floral notes.

Taste – Taste is hoppy. Similar to the smell, with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, lightly creamy, with a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Good, but a little bitter.

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Photo of danh53
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I see what the hype is about. This did not disappoint. Amazing fruity aroma with citrus, pineapple, and mango followed by a bitter after taste. Medium light body with good carbonation. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great nose of citrus tones especially the sweet smell of a large ripe Texas grapefruit. The taste brings back memories of breakfasts at my grandparents that started with serrated spoons and grapefruit. Passion fruit in the middle. Perfect balance of hop goodness! Love this beer.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had my first Zombie Dust a few afters after having my first Pliny and it's hard to say which one I like better since they are both such excellent beers. I think I would give the slight nod to Pliny, but I would take either or and be extremely happy. I realize Zombie Dust is a Pale Ale, but it seriously tastes like an IPA to me

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Photo of d3brewing
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I understand the hype it's a really good pale but.. isn't this an ipa?
A: citrus, mango, and a slight grainy sweetness behind all those flavoring hops.
A: Burnt orange with wispy off white head which dissapates quickly but keeps a wonderful carb. Very cloudy but that's to style.
F: Low hop bitterness @ 1st then mango sweetness, slight mild piney stickiness, and finished with a clean malty backbone. Aftertaste is bittering hops with some lingering mango flavor.
M: Light to medium light body, good carb, perfect to style.
O: Again, I understand the hype and recommend everyone to drink and rate this beer, hell I like it more than Pliny. But living in SD there are so many good pale ales and ipa's that are easily accessible I'll stick with them. An awesome beer but won't be actively searching this one out again.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 18 days from bottling date, served at ~40F. Served in a small snifter.

A: Pours a dark orange/gold color. Half a finger of head that fades somewhat quickly. Not a lot of apparent carbonation. Nice see through without any cloudiness.
S: Orange citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, malty sweetness. Some pine in the background. Faint herbal notes.
T: Grapefruit/orange upfront, not a lot of bitterness. Bready/malty sweetness takes over in the middle mouth and finishes with touches of pine and a faint bitterness.
M: Low to medium mouthfeel. Drinks very easily without much bite from the carbonation or the hops. Dry finish but a lingering aftertaste.
O: Very good to excellent American Pale Ale. I do not agree that this is in the weight class of the elite beers, but it is worth seeking out as a great take on the style. I like the appearance better than Pseudo Sue, but I prefer the juicy hop character you get with Sue a lot more. There's a bit of a disparity between user ratings and the Bros, and I think it's probably somewhere in between. Its awesome to have the luxury of comparing top tier beers from across the country.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a decent head of white perched atop. Retention is, at best, decent. Starts at nearly an inch but drops to a thickish film within a minute or so leaving very little lacing scattered around the glass.
Smell is a great balance of floral/herbal hops and malt and a hint of citrus. Not wide-ranging but balanced.
Taste is similar, strong hops (floral & herbal), good malt, some pepper and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Balance is good.
A bit too hoppy for a pale ale, but perfectly normal for a non-"West Coast" style IPA. Body is a bit over medium, effervescence is restrained but not muted. Some warming with a dry finish. Quite quaffable. Get some and enjoy.

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Photo of Dethmutt
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a miserable experience at Dark Lord Day, with the rain and the cold, and people barfing... I left without my Dark Lord because it was that miserable.... But i did drink a Zombie Dust while i was there.. before the rain polluted it, it was Incredible!!!!!!!! Fantastic Beer!!!!!!!! Horrible Festival. lol

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Photo of Kain05
3.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I'm going to get some hate for this, but here goes. Bottled 29 April, enjoyed 2 June.

Look: Hazy Straw. Nothing wrong here.

Smell: Very fresh, nice for the heat, but not really any fruit notes.

Taste: a bit bready. Good hop presence, but a bitter finish that lingers longer than I would expect for a pale.

Feel: clean and crisp.

This is a fine pale, but when you take in to consideration its rarity versus it's taste (not talking cost) it honestly isn't anything to write home about. If someone offered me one over a bud light, sure I'd take it. But there is a lot of good stuff being produced here in Ohio that I don't have to wait in line for to get that is on the same level. Another good beer from FFF, but definitely one that I would rather trade away than trade for.

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Photo of tjk135
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a different animal on tap than it is from the bottle. On tap and fresh at the brewery it's one of the best IPAs (APA) I've ever had. Bright, citrusy and a nice hop bitterness. In the bottle, it's just not nearly as good even when fresh.

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

Pure Citra. A perfect representation of the style on all fronts, and at same time one of the most refreshing, balanced and delicious beers I've had. I've been dusted.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: rust orange with a frothy white head

Smell: citrus fruit and bright hops

Taste: C hops are forefront, but bubblegum sweetness is a close second! Comparable to A Little Sumpin' Sumpin Ale regarding bubblegum notes. Unfortunately, orange and grapefruit hops overpower any malts, leaving little little balance between the two.

Feel: frothy, somewhat dry, and a little buttery

Overall: Glad to try such an esteemed beer! Wish there was more complexity to talk about, but that's unnecessary. This simple brew showcases 3 Floyd's capability to brew a great APA with simple ingredients. Check out their website for distribution info http://www.3floyds.com/distribution/?age_verification=0f5870eaaa

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.