Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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8,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,464
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 4,229
Gots: 2,259 | FT: 77
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 mfanch8578
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zombie Dust. Recommended to me by a fellow beerfreak. By the way, I claim coin to the word beerfreak since I haven't seen it used. This is a good one. Quite pricey at 20 a six, but well worth it. Okay, the citrus is there as it is with all hopsy beers, but it stays constant. The same peppery, citrusy flavor throughout. Its obvious since there is only one variety of hops used. Okay, hops aside, this is a carefully crafted brew that the owners of the recipe want to get right. I think they did it. The hops crafting is the feature of this brew, but there is no skimping on the brewing. Body, taste, head, and mouthfeel. I like it. Not an everyday drinker, but a special occasion one. Good job Floyd, Floyd and Floyd.

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

Oh, I seriously love Zombie Dust. It became my new favorite addiction in the short window of time where I was able to enjoy it.

I had it on tap, cask and in the bottle.

I was able to do a side-by-side tap vs. cask comparison. Below are my findings of this highly scientific research:

Zombie dust on bottle

While I couldn’t get a growler of Zombie Dust to go I did score a sixer of this wonderful elixir.
It pours with a golden amber color and great foam. There’s a big bouquet on it of tropical fruit, pineapple and a lemony citrusy hop. The flavor is hoppy without being overpoweringly bitter with a crisp orange-lemony and pineapple floral notes coming across. Lightly bodied, this is all about the flavorful and aromatic hops. Loved it.

Zombie Dust on tap and in cask: a side-by-side comparison.

Tap: This has tight foam atop a clear golden tan color brew. The aroma is intensely hoppy and crisp with an amazing tropical citrusy hop aroma and a light note of toasted straw on the finish. There’s an upfront bitterness with some resin on it. Floral and citrusy with a hint of caramel sweetness and a dry finish.

Cask: It pours an amber-golden color with gloppy, sloppy bubbly foam. The aroma and flavor are both smooth, mellow, even. Warms well with citrusy notes prevalent with a great rounded smoothness. There’s an orange citrusy aroma, more mellow than tap but equally enjoyable. The flavor is likewise rounded and softened, with a smooth resiny/orange/orange peel and marmalade character to it.

Whether on tap or from the cask it is dangerously good and lives up to everything I’ve heard.

Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden yellow with a minimal ivory head. There is some haze present.

S: Citra sums it up nicely. There are some caramel notes present as well.

T: More hoppy then malty by a long way. Citrus is the only dimension to the hops. There are some pleasant caramel notes from the malts as well.

M: What I would expect a great pale ale to be. High carbonation as well.

O: Great beer. Worth trading for but don't give up too much.

Photo of KTCamm
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy hazy amber with a picturesque head of 1/4 inch thick foam. Grassy pine nose! Like a meadowy forest. There but subdued. Taste is a delicious malty open followed by a low riding pine hop. The bitter lurks below the surface and creates a flavorful blend.This is how a hop should be blended in a beer. Absolutely fantastic.

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery yesterday for the first time and picked up two cases, might be a little bit better on tap,but these bottles are amazing. I guess its a pale ale, but an amazing smooth citra hopped beer none the less. Amazing, Dust doesn't disappoint

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

Its without a doubt one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking! I stop by the The Floyds Brewery every time I get a chance. If your lucky they might have some for sale. They limit how much you can buy so I'll usually get as much as they'll let me. Its great out of a bottle but its even better on tap.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange into my tulip with a nice big frothy head. The smell is amazing, as expected. Floral citrus hops that waft up at you like candy. Piney grapefruit flavor, hits right on. Not as bitter as I had expected. Less carbonation than I was hoping for, and the finish comes off slightly syrupy. I guess I was expecting all hops. Strong malt profile here. That's a nitpick though, as the taste is all there and I love the citra hop aroma. All in all, a great pale ale. But given the (unfair) excitement over this one, it is a disappointment without a 5 rating. Very yummy stuff.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz brown bottle with the Zombie Lord himself on the label ready for battle. Beautiful artwork on this label. The zombie dust written logo is top shelf creation in itself. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden with some slight haze. Orangish and yellow highlights depending on how you look at it. A massive white head with lots of fluff and huge stickiness on the walls of the glass.

S - Big burst of citra hops is the first thing I noticed. Juicy hop aroma of both citrus and floral with an earthiness in the background. A big mixture of hop aromas throughout with a hint of sweetness.

T - more citra hops with the flavor. Massive citrus notes with grapefruit, orange and mango. Gushing citrus hops followed by some neat grassy pine like notes that tage along for the ride. A bit dreanaughtish really. Somewhat sweetish orange paired with some light caramel and pale malt. Hop bitterness is 2nd to none in this. Brilliantly balanced and a hop profile that's to die for. Semi dry finish that sort of fades out leaving a clean finish.

M - smooth medium body that has a flavor much bigger than what it really is. Coats the mouth like a world class beer should do and leaves you thirsting for the next sip. Smooth and thick mouthfeel in typical FFF fashion.

O - Zombie Dust is one of the best beers I've ever had and it's for damn sure the best pale ale I've ever had. It has a massive flavor for its abv % and throws out notes you only get with the best double IPAs in the world. A remarkable feat if you ask me. It's as of a session Dreadnaught as you'll ever find. I just can't get over how stunning this ale is and the pure genius crafted into this. For me Dreadnaught is the World's best double ipa and this is of the same breed. I will buy this every single time I see it(I'm hoping it's often). It lives far beyond any hype you've read or heard. One of the brews with big expectations I've had and fulfilled all those expectations by blowing my mind.

Photo of Malty_Matty
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- straw colored with a barely noticeable white head and just the slightest haze.

Smell- immediately you're smacked by the aroma of freshly peeled grape fruit backed up slightly by the presence of pale malts, which combines to make it smell like that perfectly sweet grapefruit you're psyched to find at the supermarket.

Taste- citra hops are definitely the star of this show. A simple grain bill balances the hops perfectly and does nothing to stand in the way of the beautiful citra flavor. Sometimes less is more and the minimalist grain bill is a shining example of how successful this philosophy can be.

Mouthfeel- no problems gulping it down. What more do you want in a pale ale?

This is a great beer and will be even better enjoyed in the summer heat. Glad I live so close to munster.

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

I was in Chicago last spring with a friend for a conference and this was far and away our go-to beer for the weekend. Had a great flavor, looked fantastic and finished like a dream. I'm in North Carolina now and, unfortunately, Three Floyds doesn't distribute here, otherwise I'd have a bottle in front of me right now. Good stuff. Highly recommended.

Photo of dfernandez77
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice golden amber color with good carbonation and a nice head, and a little dusty sediment at the end.

Crazy fresh citrus aromas like tangerine and blood orange, plus a little sage/resin, and a balanced malt sweetness.

Flavors carry the same characters from the hops as the aroma. Malt backbone is a clean pale malt body plus a touch of something richer, maybe Munich or a gentle blend of light crystal malts. Great balance for all the hops.

Mouthfeel seems a little light, until I remind myself it's an IPA, not a DIPA. Carbonation plays well on the palate. Halfway through the bottle some hop oil stickiness starts around the edge of the tongue.

Altogether an astonishingly delicious beer. The intensity of the hops reminds me of Pliny the Younger. The malt character is superbly crafted to balance the hops, with a touch of richness. Really well crafted.

Photo of bound4er
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Dark straw to golden colored with a nice white head. Laces well.

S. Citrus hops dominate - from the smell of things one gets a sense that the taste will be phenomenal. Pineapple, orange, mango, etc.

T. A quaffable, great tasting beer that does everything well. Very tropical upon entry with just enough malt to add balance without sweetness. Finishes long and crisp. Damn near perfect.

M. Low to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O. For such a drinkable beer it is amazing how much flavor is packed into this stuff. I wish this was available in bottles around here - it would be a staple in my fridge. Well done, highly recommended.

Photo of Rifugium
4.11/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle, extra courtesy of pdeepak, amid the great Mikkeller glasswale debacle. Thanks!

Decanted into a Three Floyds teku glass, of course, yo, light copper-colored liquid, pale and slightly hazy, capped off with a foamy white head that seemed to last forever, and that left waves of soapy lacing on the glass. Juicy citra hops greet the nose, and pretty much take control of the aroma, though there are hints of a pale malt sweetness in the background. In the taste, again, hops are the dominant factor, as I would have expected, lots of orange zest and some pithy bitterness, biscuity malts taking the edge off slightly, keeping this on the fine line that separates IPA from APA. Body on the lighter side of medium, crisp and clean, and a tasty, drinkable treat. Nothing here that I haven't had before, and nothing really that screams "greatest APA in the world," but it's still a solid and tasty brew, will always be welcome in my fridge.

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

Zombie Dust is an attractive gold color. It looks a little hazy. Backlighting brightens it up a bit and reveals some orange highlights. Good lookin’ stuff. It’s topped with an off-white head that rises to about two fingers in height. It’s very slow to recede. I’m not sure it will completely. Lacing is very sticky and thick. Leaves a really nice web of lace behind.

Wow! This stuff smells delicious! Strong citric hop notes are apparent on the first whiff. I like that…a lot. Smells mostly like grapefruit and orange. There are some lighter notes of mango and pine that follow. While I’m pleased to report that there isn’t much caramel here, there is a good bit of toasted malt. It’s largely overshadowed by the strong hops. Alcohol is buried pretty well. I’m not getting much at all. This is one really aromatic American Pale Ale! Wow!

The flavor is equally as good as the nose. This stuff is delicious. The malt base tastes mostly like toasted malt. There might be a little caramel sweetness, but it’s extremely subtle. Hops are very strong and are easily the focal point. Classic Three Floyds. They have a strong citric flavor. Grapefruit, orange, and mango are all noted. There is a bit of pine, but it’s secondary. The malts do their best to provide some balance, but it still has a nice bitter kick. Excellent. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. Finishes toasty with a blast of citric hops.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed back nicely. This stuff is soft and smooth. It goes down like a dream. I could handle quite a few of these over the course of an evening.

Zombie Dust is undoubtedly excellent beer. I’m honestly shocked at how much flavor it has. The hop flavor really drives it into a class of its own. This really is the best American Pale Ale I’ve ever had. Wow! Find some.

Photo of omniscientcause
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12.21.2012

Bottle Served into FFF Teku Glass. Finally I get to put the proper Beer in this glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head that leaves a couple of streaky patches of lacing behind but nothing too substantial.

Smell: Faint smells of tropical fruit , with grapefruit, hints of lemon and mango

Taste: The bready malts up front and tropical fruits detected on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Great APA/IPA with huge drinkability. I could see a six of this is easily being done in one night, but I would like to drink one a night through the holidays. Great first beer to any night.

Photo of SerialHiker
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a golden orange…luscious, thick head….fairly transparent, I can see some bubble action in the middle…(4.5/5)

Smell: Citra hops dominant…sweet smells of orange and grapefruit...heavy pineapple, sweet luscious pineapple…it’s alive and crisp and mouthwatering…pale and sweet malts help shape and round out the aroma, but this is sweet orange citrus through and through…(5/5)

Taste: Citrus (orange, lemon and grapefruit tasting) hops blending sweetly with pale malts from beginning to end…pineapple...for as citrusy as it is, the pale malts do a great job of balancing everything out…there is a degree of bitterness and floral hops lingering in the background…some floral after taste…(5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light, sweet and crisp…medium carbonation that fluffs a bit…mouthwatering…(4.5/5)

Overall: A fantastic ale…I hate hearing about how good a beer is before I try it, as the case here, but this brew lives up to the hype…the potent citrus flavor is balanced superbly by pale malts that could exist on their own and create a fantastic taste…it’s vibrant and light making it ultra drinkable…I could easily kill a sixer while playing poker or hanging out with friends…highly recommended, this will be an ale you’ll remember…(5/5)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy glowing golden orange with three fingers of rocky cream colored foam.

Smell: Big juicy tropical fruit comes wafting out of the bottle. A pungent medley of pineapple, guava, mango, tangerine, and orange marmalade. There's also a touch of honey, a hint of peppery spice, some light floral notes and faint strawberry. I could smell this perfectly fine standing a good two feet from the glass. Easily one of the top 3 best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste: Pulpy grapefruit, tangerine, sticky pine sap, and raw honey with a lightly toasted, nutty finish. Incredibly smooth with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and well carbonated with a slick mouthfeel from the abundant hop oils. Crisp and tingly on the tongue with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, its easy to see why this wicked pale ale is always in such high demand. Currently at #7 in Beeradvocate's Top 250 Beers, this is truly a marvel. A big, bold, flavorful pale ale gushing with pungent fruity hops. It manages to be complex yet extremely smooth and well-balanced. There's really nothing I would change about this beer. It may technically be labeled an American pale ale, but for me it is the quintessential IPA. It also has one of the best names and label art of any craft beer out there. A beauty to behold.

Photo of Seanniek91
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy copper/orange color. Light white head with moderate lacing.

Smell- Incredible. Sweet fruits, floral hops, and light earthy/herbaceous notes.

Taste- Supremely well balanced. The malt character plays with the hop bitterness perfectly. Grapefruit, orange rind flavors.

Mouthfeel- So smooth and not overly carbonated at all. Slightly resinous, but pretty light in body

Overall- I could drink this all day.

Photo of RoninTK3
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Transparent gold with quite a bit of head that subsided and left some nice lacing.

S - Very fruity and very hoppy. Grapefruit and tangerine.

T - Awesome. Not as hoppy as it smells. Fruity hops with a strong tangerine flavor and hints of other citrus fruits. Hops and ABV are very well balanced with malts. This is a complex beer.

M - Smooth, medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. Almost too drinkable.

This is one of the most balanced, complex pale ales I've ever had. The hop presence is certainly there, but it's well balanced with the citrus flavors and malt.

Photo of AlexFields
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to MegDuf32 for sending a couple of these as extras! Love this beer but I've never bothered to write a review til now.

Pours a fairly dark but clear amber, large tan head with a rounded even cap. Looks great.

The nose is epic, huge grapefruit and orange citrus, bitter pine, a bouquet of other fruits and flowers. Incredibly juicy hop aroma.

Taste is equally amazing. The citrus hop in this is enormous, so much grapefruit and tangerine and mandarin orange, and just the right amount of piney bitterness. Not a lot of malt to speak of, just a light sweetness from the citrus to balance it out.

Drinkability is super good, lots of carb, big full body.

What an amazing beer!


Photo of KYGunner
4.07/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zombie Dust starts it off right with a bright white fluffy head and a coppery/orange hue. There's an iridescent cloudiness that really impresses.

The most fragrant Pale Ale I've ever experienced, there is a fruity hoppiness but its far more complex than just that. There's citrus scents; orange, mango, tangerine, lemon and melon. There's also some unusual aromas like flowers or perfumes and a touch of pine. The scent is absolutely incredible!

Zombie Dust is very piney on the tongue, like an IPA. There's a hint of honey, which is nice, and onion, which is off-putting. There's an earthy tone, must be the hops, but very little fruit. I can appreciate this for the complex nature in taste but the tastes are not my favorite complexities.

The mouth is smooth and light but a bit metallic in the end.

I like this a lot but hoped the taste mimicked the smell and it never fulfilled that for me.

Photo of kbrinson
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally have tried this.

A-beautiful clear copper. Looks great in my New Belgium globe.

S-citrus, piney, but not overly pronounced like some APA/IPA's. Smells great.

T-complex has been used to describe. I believe this an understatement. The citrus is evident but with a nice malt backbone. Very drinkable. At 6+% almost too drinkable. You can get in trouble with this if not careful.

M-smooth and coating, but not oily.

O-this is a fantastic beer. I've lived 45 minutes from the brewery for 10 years and have just now found this. Picked up a case tonight after having it on tap last weekend. If you don't have it, trade for it. If you have it, relish it. If you can trade it, share.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle; no freshness dating found. The ale poured a cloudy, deep golden with a sustained fluffy white-head.

Perhaps the best characteristic of this ale: pungent and fresh grapefruit aroma explodes from the bottle and also the glass.

Given the aroma, one would expect a hop bomb in the mouth. This is not the case - the flavor does begin aggresively with the bittersweet, citrusy hop punch, but the ale also shows some sweet and spicy malt in the aftertaste. The flavor is very clean and refreshing if not very complex.

The ale has a medium body with a sleek, clean mouthfeel with a little too much carbonation. The lingering citra hop flavors coat the palate.

This is a very good American pale ale that I am pleased to finally try. Is it worth all the hype? I certainly enjoyed it, but it surprises me that its availability is so limited because of the high demand. The folks at Three Floyds certainly know how to market a beer.

An additional note on availability: if you live in the southern Indiana/Louisville, KY area, you can find some bottles at Bridge Liquors in New Albany, IN. They limit you to two bottles but at least they have it. Their major competitor in Clarksville, IN has this ale listed as "in stock" (even as I write this), but at 3 pm today they were sold out.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to benjaminahudson for trading this one to me.

A- Almost looks like a honey/amber color with a huge, frothy off-white head and a lot of lacing.

S- Big juicy, citrusy hops with grapefruit coming through the most. Orange, pine, sweet malt.

T- Really big on the citrus as well. Grapefruit, citrus, resin, some sweet malt and a tiny alcohol presence. Huge flavor. I have had IIPAs that had less flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, extremely drinkable.

O- Pale ale with great feel, drinkability and the flavor of a IPA/IIPA...really good stuff.

Photo of kpanter
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Color is a darker orange, with a 1-finger head. Very inviting aroma, smells citrusy, getting some grapefruit, orange, and pineapple tones. Tastes stellar! Starts off juicy and hoppy, Citra flavor without a doubt. Finishes with a bit of maltiness you would expect from a PA. mouthfeel is spot on, medium-bodied, carbonation is smooth maybe a touch above average. I could drink this for days, very sessionable beer.

Lives up to the hype for sure. Great brew!

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,464 ratings.