Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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8,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,435
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 4,221
Gots: 2,245 | FT: 80
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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Photo of divineaudio
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pint glass. thanks to paslaugh for the opportunity.

a - pours a crystal clear, golden color with a pinky of sudsy, pale yellow foam. head retention is good, calming slowly to a thin cap and leaves thin, leggy lacing in the glass.

s - tangerine, strawberry, grassy hops, toasted bread.

t - sweet, light citrus hop character over a toasty malt base. notes of honey, tangerine, berry, grass, faint piney bitterness. finishes crisp and clean. surprisingly complex, light and refreshing.

m - lighter side of medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

o - this is one of those few beers that disappears from the glass. delicious and very, very drinkable. FFF might have just redefined the style here. get it if you can.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of creamy light tan head.

S- Huge hops, lots of bright citrus as well as sweeter tropical fruit, Some bready pale malt.

T- Loads of citrus, mango, grapefruit and bitter rind, piney and resiny hops with a fresh-cut grass finish , malt is light and bready and provides a bit of bready sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, creamy feel, long bitter, semi-dry finish.

O- An awesome beer, easily the best pale ale I've had, super drinkable, this is a hop head's perfect beer.

Photo of areich6
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4. I've had this beer a few times but am finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Pours with about a centimeter of head and yeilds a gorgeous golden color. A little bit of lacing is left as th head recedes.

S: Fantastic. Hoppy/citrusy flavors dominate, which makes extremely excited to taste this...again. Also there is a slight hint of pear and/or apple in the scent.

T: Really hoppy for a pale ale and it is great. I assume citrus hops are used to brew this beer which explains the bitter and citrusy taste. Citrusy lemon, orange, and floral notes are also evident. It is everything anybody could want in a hoppy beer.

M: Very smooth not much carbonation, but just enough to keep it from being unpleasantly flat. I could drink this all night.

O: This is the best pale ale I've ever had.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 400

Review from notes. Zombie Dust, an extra from an awesome trader, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. No bottling date visible.

A: Pale gold, slight chill haze, good clarity, moderate effervescence, fluffy off white head, decent lace.

S: Sweeter tropical fruits, definite citrus presence, faint floral and grain, distant vegetable and astringent notes. It's good, but I'm a bit let down after everything I'd heard about this beer...

T: Sweet orange, citrus, peach, tropical fruit, juicy, light bitterness, light dryness, ghostlike biscuit malt.

MF: Tangy light-medium mouthfeel, a faint bitter dryness on finish.

O: Really nice and drinkable...enjoyable, and refreshing. Probably not my absolute favorite for an APA but right up there. Definitely a good Pale Ale, thanks Aaron!

Photo of superspak
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger off white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, light pine, floral, herbal spiciness, and apricot. Fantastic aromas here as expected from one of my favorite hops. Taste of big pine, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, and tropical fruit for a bit. Great malt balance makes this extremely drinkable. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall this is an mind blowing pale ale. Tons of great hop flavor and balance. You would think this was an IPA.

Photo of kscaldef
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to claspada for the bottle.

A: Light copper, with clear evidence of carbonation, and a healthy head. Good lacing.

S: Wow! Intense juicy, citrus hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, melon, mango.

T: Again, juicy citrus hops, on top of cereal malts and a slightly sweet finish balanced by moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very well balanced in the mouth.

O: Really enjoying the heck out of this beer. Intense aroma and taste, but easily drinkable. If I had more than this one bottle, I'd happily pop open another.

Photo of BeRanger
4.17/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Orangish color, about a half finer of white head that disappears rather quickly. Not as much lacing as Dreadnaught.

S: Hops, Citrus, Grapefruit and other tropical smells.

T: I had to take a couple sips of this to figure this out. It's certainly well balanced, the tropical fruits and hops go together perfect. However this particular type of hop I'm not as huge of a fan of. While they mesh well and finish clear, the flavors arent as promounced as I would have liked.

M: Light, good carbonation - very crisp.

O: It's definitely a good APA and for the price, I wouldnt disagree that it's the best in class. However I was hoping for a little more flavor-wise. Coming off KBS day perhaps my pallate has gotten a little spoiled. I'll come back to this review over the next four bottles I have.

Photo of SpottedZombie
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a quickly dissipating white foam head.

Smells like tangerines, oranges, grapefruits, apricots, medium astringency. No alcohol detectable.

Tastes like it smells, juicy, citrusy, floral notes, clean finish. Medium bitterness, almost an IPA.

Overall this is the finest APA on the planet. No gripes here.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - first of all, beautiful label art on this bottle. poured a thick cloudy copper color (almost looks like a belgian double) with a nice amount of fluffy white head. lots of lacing

S - very floral, citrusy, piney, grapefruit, honey, caramel

T - huge on the grapefruit taste!! excellent combination of hop bitterness and citrusy sweetness (if that even makes sense!). this is PERFECT right now (just walked about 3 miles with my 3 month old kid in 70 degree weather, came home drenched in sweat and this is taking care of the thirst )

M - crisp, sweet, bitter, refreshing with a sweet dry finish

O - the smell didn't win me over all that much, smelled like a standard ipa, and then i tasted the delightfulness that is zombie dust! this is a perfect beer for hot days like today. great flavor, great mouthfeel.

Photo of gory4d
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy orange with a dense white head. The smell is sharp and tangy, with a lot of meyer lemon notes as well as something herbal, and something a little bready as well. The taste is again heavy on the citrus tang, with a sturdy malt backbone to keep things balanced. It's highly carbonated but very smooth. A very nice beer, one I'm glad to have tried.

Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Totally blown away by this beer. Fantastic clarity with a golden orange glow. Outstanding balance of sweetness and dryness, with a pungent and puckering grapefruit hops kick that is assertive yet not overpowering. Some malt sweetness creeps in toward the finish, very clean. Drinks much, much bigger than 6.2 abv. This ranks in my top favorite beers.

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a pint glass the appearance is a yellow-brown color, clear with a healthy white cover that settles to a stubborn thin blanket. Lacing is equally stalwart. The bouquet of citrus hops is instantly delivered upon opening the bottle. Floral biscuit, near cherry blossoms over delicate grain. Very nice and such a pleasure when risking the often too tame genre of pale ales. The flavor brings an interesting combination of floral grain with a grassy finish. After the tongue has a couple moments to contemplate this, you get more of the citrus back and it ultimately presents a fine, sweet but reasonably balanced hop refreshment. Body is medium-light with a near slick feel and fairly delicate carbonation that crescendos to a mild froth in your mouth. Very drinkable and a fine entry for the pale ale world! I knew there was a reason I was determined to bring home some Three Floyds with me from Chicago last week!

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

It pours a clear golden with a foamy white head.

Smell is well-hopped with some tropical fruit and citrus and only a small backing of malt.

The flavor continues the citrus and tropical combo. There isn't a huge amount of bitterness as the malts accentuate the hops.

I had 2 to make sure it was up to the hype... it wasn't. The second glass definitely was tastier though for what it is worth.

A great beer, but voraciously overhyped.

Photo of brentk56
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head that leaves a couple of streaky patches of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a tropical fruit salad, with ruby red grapefruit and honeybell tangelos, with hints of lemon, pineapple and mango

Taste: The bready malts lay down the platform and the sugary tropical fruits detected in the aroma dance a tango from start to finish, lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Doesn't hurt that I picked up this bottle at the brewpub today so it is super fresh; just about the best thing I have ever tasted that has emerged from a fermenter

Photo of Mar02x
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange golden look with a small foam layer on top. The beer looks appealing and the head has a good retention. The fluid appears to be pretty clear. The structure of the head and the color of the beer are the only remarks.

S - A strong pine enters my nose as do floral hops and citrus. Another look at the bottle because this smells like an IPA, the bottle mentions pale ale??

T - Again lots of pine, citrus and floral hops, incredibly tasty and easy to drink. The beer is full in body, dry and bitter, which make it an excellent thirst quencher.

M - The medium carbonation fits perfectly with the style. The finish is bitter and lingers around for quite some time.

O - A beautiful pale ale that is for sure and I wish that all my beers this summer would taste the same.

Photo of Kbogac
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a pint glass. Clear orange amber with a 1/2 inch on foam. No visible carbonation. It this is a cask pour.

Smell is nice grapefruit and hops.

Taste is nice balanced hops up front. A little sweetness then malt with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is not overly light, nice. Cask pour has minimal carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer. Hops are very aromatic but not overwhelming in the taste. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bstyle for surprising me with this extra! 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Just perceptibly hazed apricot with a voluptuous white head that drops reluctantly with spider web lacing.

Majorly ripe tropical melons, passionfruit and orange sherbet. Striking clarity.

Tropical fruit salad melange of honeydew, papaya, guava and rockmelon. Amazingly green and zingy flavours.

Light to medium body jazzed up by a lightly spritzy carbonation. Suitably short bitterness for a pale ale as oposed to an IPA.

As much flavour packed into a 6.2% drop as many IPAs pack into 9%. Massive drinkabilty. An impressive coup.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to auracom for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours medium gold, with brilliant clarity. Two and a half fingers of dense, fluffy white head. Leaves rings of lacing as the head slowly deflates. Beautiful.

S: Lots of juicy citrus hops, some grassyness, a bit of pine bite, all supported by moderate caramel malt.

T: Biscuit and some caramel malt in the forefront, some hops (orange) which impart a mild to moderate bitter finish. Needs a little more hop "pop" to really bring this together.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Really smooth.

O: Very good pale ale, really easy to drink, but could use more hop flavor.

Photo of bbeane
3.92/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a laser etched DFH chalice... starts with a light head that disappears quickly leaving some spotted lacing. Beer is amber in color

S- Not overly aromatic... some light hoppy notes with a hint of sweetness

T- Lives up to the hype in the taste department. Has a solid citrus hop taste from start to finish backed by some light bready notes

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

O- Forgot I had this in the fridge, so it definitely could have been drank fresher... none the less, one of my favorite APA's to date. Almost drinks more like an IPA


Photo of Nugganooch
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Allen the bee-sucker for hooking up this huge want of mine. Mid is good peeps!

Notes from 03/02/12
12oz bottle – pint glass

A: Zombie Dust pours a near perfect clear golden amber color with a half finger rim of off-white head. Leaves some wavey lacing upon the glass.

S: Smell is super skunky and in a good way. More like catty. Bright and sharp. Lemon peel, lychee fruits, and tropical florals. Some light sugary malts. Really great nose!

T: Tastes explodes with big bitters up front. Whoa - quite intense. Mangoes, orange flesh, pineapple, and evergreens. A bit of sweetened honey cracker maltiness really carries the brew throughout. Nar a trace of alcohol. Lingering pucker. Just juicy and resinous. Super hoppy. Great stuff.

M: Light to med body with a good creaminess to it. Upper levels of carbonation. Super sticky resinous mouthcoat and a puckering dry finish.

D: Not exactly sure the way this works… Is it a Zombie repellant? OR more like it turns you into a hop Zombie because I am already wanting more. These 2 bottles received in trade were just a teaser!

The hoppiest brew I have had out of FFF’s for sure. Intense yet nicely balanced with a decent amount of malty sweetness. Very crushable. Really solid stuff.

Moving to an ALWAYS WANT!

Photo of Thingus
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into Delirium tulip, bottle thanks to Peacehammer (see ya Thursday!)

Appearance; pours a lovely slightly hazy light orange/amber color with a finger of slightly bubbly pale straw colored head. Retention is good, and the head falls after a few minutes. Lacing is great with a ton of lace clinging in sheets to the sides of the glass.

Smell; holy grapefruit Batman!!! Zombie Dust features grapefruit by the ton, notes of pineapple and hints of resinous pine weave in and out.

Taste; wave upon wave of grapefruit upon grapefruit washes over my tongue. As with the smell, pineapple and resins are beautifully interwoven with the grapefruit. Slight notes of orange and lemon rinds also appear.

Mouthfeel; a medium bodied beer, with just enough carbonation to compliment the feel of the brew. Might be a tad on the lighter side for this style but I'm sure not gonna complain about that.

Overall; WOW. An outstanding pale (PALE?!?!) ale that I would definitely stack up against any standard IPA, and quite a few DIPA's. There really isn't anything pale about this brew. Bravo FFF, this beer is incredible, drinkable every day without getting boring, but awesome enough to be a special occasion brew. I will absolutely seek this beer out again, and highly recommend that you do as well.

Photo of wildweim18
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep golden, burnt yellow with some orange hue. Thin white head with some lace. It a bit hazy.

S-Awesome grapefruit with some sweet orange peach

T-The session beer of my choice from now on. (But its hard to get, thats a problem) Some intense grapefruit with layers of tropical fruit. Mango, peach, apricot, all in the background. A smooth bitter finish with a bit of sweet maltiness all balancing the perfect hop display.

D- Very drinkable. All day.

M- medium body with nice carbonation.

This is a very special beer.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was overjoyed to see that Party Town had a small keg of this, which they sampled as part of their Friday Night Flights. Unfortunately, it came after 2 Barleywines and 3 IPAs, so when I tried it I could hardly taste it at all. Luckily, they sold pre-filled quart-sized growlers you could take home. Once my tastebuds had been given a chance to recover, I poured it from the growler into a New Belgium tulip. It was a slightly hazy, bright, apricot orange color with a nice, tight, 2-finger head that left huge lacings on the sides of the glass. The beer had a wonderful aroma with notes of sweet oranges, grapefruit, and cedar. Awesome!

The flavor is just wonderful. I get toast and sweet marmalade flavors first, then a perfectly balanced blast of hops comes in, providing tangy orange, peach, and lemon flavors. The beer has a medium body and the finish is wonderfully dry and lip-smacking.

This is easily the best example of an American Pale Ale I have ever had. It could easily hold its own against some outstanding IPAs as well. It is hoppy and complex enough for a seasoned craft beer drinker (which I still aspire to be), yet easy-drinking and accessible enough for a more casual drinker. I think it's a nearly perfect APA and an absolute masterpiece of a beer. I wish we could buy it here.

Photo of Aethien
4.11/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as I opened the bottle there was already a very clear hop smell, very much like an IPA which scared me a little as IPA's are the one type of beer so far that I don't like.
Once poured into a glass the beer has a really pretty dark honey colour with a small white head.
The smell still has loads of hop but I can also smell lots of tropical fruit and citrus in there with some hints of pine.
The taste is a little less hoppy than the smell although the hop bitterness is still there, especially at the start. The fruitiness is also more present now than it is in the taste, strong citrus and tropical fruit flavours once the initial hop bitterness fades. It ends dry and bitter with a bit of a pine flavour coming through.
Medium bodied and I would have liked a little stronger carbonation but it's not a big problem.

Overall I went from anxious when I opened the bottle to being very pleased with the complexity of the taste once I got used to hops.
It's not going to be one of my favourites as I'm much more of a fan of malts than hops but it's a really good beer.

Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super special thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this special beer.
Poured into tulip.

A- Slightly hazy rich orange pour. Finger width soapy white head that recedes to a thin ring leaving glued on the glass rings of lacing.

S- Massive amounts of citrus; Grapefruit, mandarin oranges with a slight peel aroma. Citra gives off somewhat of a soapy aroma this is present in this beauty. There is a real astringent pine presence that is just magnificent.

T- Wow.. There is a wallop of citra blasting at you. Grapefruit, mango, mandarin oranges, lemon peel and a definite "soap" I honestly don't know how you can consider this a pale ale. It has the illusion of an over hopped IPA.

M- Slightly thin bodied which is par for the course. It is slight oily from the hops. Just wonderful feeling.

O- This really is remarkable. It never ceases to amaze me the limits brewers will push. I've been assaulted by citra yet my palate is fried for the night.

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,435 ratings.