Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,305
Hads: 8,579
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 4,268
Gots: 2,316 | FT: 78
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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: 1,305 | Hads: 8,579
Photo of gkunkle
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod color with a 1/2 inch talk head in my tulip pint. Head is cream colored and rather dense, pretty decent retention. Wow! Aroma is fantastic. Citra hops come through strong and sharp in my nose. I could smell this all day. Bit of pine, lotta citrus. Taste is mellowed and more appropriate for an APA (though you won't hear me complaining) I taste citrus sweetes in the middle of the palate and get a resonant pine bitterness aftertaste. The mouthfeel is spot on for an APA, medium/light body with carbonation enough to liven the beer. This is a great beer, it's unfortunate this isn't sold out here in Oregon/Washington. (650 characters)

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip

This beer pours like a sunset. A combination of golden, orange and yellow. It has two inches of pillow white head. Thick and sticky gobs of head cling to the sides of the glass.

Citra hop explosion in the nostrils. Orange, mango and pineapple aromas at the forefront. Lemon zest and a bit of earthiness compliment the beautiful citra hops. As tropical as a beer can get. Bitterness is pleasant and moderate.

The taste offers more of the same aromatic bouquet of citra hops. Lots of tropical fruitiness. Pineapple and mango are dominant followed by orange and lemon. Moderate and perfectly placed bitterness lingers at the end. Truly superb.

Soft and creamy mouthfeel that yields medium carbonation. It bursts with creaminess. One of the most drinkable APAs I've had. No alcohol detected.

Zombie Dust has set the bar for APAs. The citra hop aroma and flavor profile is unmatched. Tropical, fruity, bitter and balanced to near perfection. World class stuff and a must try. (1,007 characters)

Photo of queens1130
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Wadsey for the bottles!

Appearance: head retains throughout the drink. Nice orange golden haze.

Nose: very aromatic! Had a great citrus fruit type of aroma, can't quite place it

Taste: very reminiscent of an IPA given the hop character. You get that slight hop bittering too & I dig it, who knew APA?

Mouthfeel: coats the tongue very well, some of that tingly abrasive character that I usu get from IPAs I get from this beer

Overall: world class is exactly what this beer is. Don't know if APA is the best label for it, but FFF delivers on all levels with Zombie Dust, will definitely seek again (607 characters)

Photo of hansgruber
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer the day it was released on draft and was blown away by its taste. Still love this one and it's always a treat.

Very hoppy nose full of fruit flavors. Tastes just as nose would lead you to believe. Not much malt here but just enough.
Excellent beer all around and worthy of the praise. (301 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice orange golden color with a nice slightly off-white head with decent lacing.

S: Nice smell of grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit aroma as well.

T: Slight sweetness at first taste, nice hop bitterness on the finish. Nice Caramel malt and slight citrus/lemon zest at tip of tongue.

M: Mouthfeel surprised me a bit, heavier bodied than anticipated, nice carbonation, creamy feeling throughout.

O: A very strong Pale Ale, fits style well, a little hoppier than expected, but I'm learning 3Floyds tend to roll that way. Glad I got a six pack at the brewpub. Will definetly enjoy a few more of these. (610 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Hazy golden-orange color. A few large sediment particles hang in suspension before settling to the bottom of the glass. Creamy, bone-white head has great retention and leaves behind a thick collar of lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, and other vibrant tropical scents in the foreground. Pithy, green, and weed-like scents underneath. Melon, strawberry, and passion fruit. Malt base smells sweet and sugary, but indistinct otherwise. This smells more like an IPA than any other American Pale I've ever had.

T: Bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin on the attack. Green, oily bitterness rides up shortly after. Pithy and weed-like tastes register briefly too.Tropical and strawberry/passion fruit flavors are there, at first stuck in the background, but eventually they break through. Bitterness remains constant throughout. Tangerine, mandarin orange, and honeydew melon start to run away with the show. Malt base is slightly sweet at first, but dries into a nice biscuity flavor by the end. Slight yeast character, maybe a touch nutty. Finishes with tropical fruits and a nice rind and resin bitterness that sits atop drying biscuity flavors.

M: Medium to light in body. Very creamy and silky. Oily too. Finely-bubbled carbonation lifts and scrubs. Great mouthfeel.

O: Many American Pale Ales straddle the thin line between APA/IPA. To me this beer has crossed over and sits pretty firmly in IPA territory. Not that I'm complaining though. They can call it whatever they want, as long as it's still a damn good beer. Very high marks for this one. It lives up to the hype. Seek it out and drink it. (1,656 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Treebs for this excellent beer!

A: nice head retention after an initially large head on a dark golden or orangish body.

S: huge aroma of citrus, mostly grapefruit and some orange. some malt, sweet and grainy.

T: fantastically well rounded flavor (for me) of citrus, bitterness, and malt.

M: medium-light body and medium-heavy carbonation on this give a crisp feeling.

O: after trying a 3 month old version, this less than a month old version is beautiful, though the taste could still be improved. (522 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden orange color with a touch of copper, medium cap of bubbly white froth, good sticky lacing, bright but lightly hazed. Scent brings big whiffs of pungent grapefruit, some pine resin and a good blend of tropical fruit and citrus, mouthwatering, lightly sugary sweet and modest detection of light caramelized malts. Taste is not as bold or as devastating as the scent had me fearing, but this is a pale ale... strong bitter grapefruit notes, followed by more citrus and tropical notes, fruits come across as more rind than juice. Sweet in a juicy way with a touch of lightly caramelized malts. Bitter, lightly drying on the palate, good body. Overall, a very enjoyable APA with strong flavor and scent notes. (726 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pour golden orange with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has beautiful aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits, This smells like Dreadnaught which is impressive from a 6.2% beer.

T: The taste is sweet at first with caramel malt and tropical fruits , lemon zest , but there is a nice hop bitterness on the mid-palate and finish. Great tasting Pale Ale!

M: The feel is actually heavier than I was expecting. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess.

O: One of the better Pale Ales I've had but not the best. (611 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer purchase on ebay and man was it worth it. A dark gold pour with a medium sized white head. Resinious, citrus hop smell hits you immediately. Flavor is grapefruit, mango, and lemons. Very tasty brew with the enough malt to round it out. Would love to have at my disposal. (284 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden apricot color with a fairly solid one finger cream head that dissipates into a thin pool of foam.

Aroma is dominated by dank resiny hops, onion, grapefruit pith, and a cornucopia of citrus fruit. Pineapple, apricot, and mango ar supported by a hint of caramel malt.

Flavor is incredibly complex. Initially, bready malt leads the profile, with a hint of bitterness that gives way to an onslaught of citrusy hop. Makes my mouth water. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot explode onto the palate, eventually subsiding to a resiny bitter finish that is slightly peppery, making me crave more.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, best apa I've had. If the bitterness were a bit more dominant, there's enough hop flavor to push the ipa envelope. (832 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of pineapple and apricot notes, as well as some bread and biscuit malt. The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a ton of hop characteristics, including a lot of pine, orange and resin notes. There is also a good bit of bread and biscuit malt, and the bitterness level is low to medium. The beer is extremely drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (499 characters)

Photo of animortician
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass thanks to my beer buddy rinkor16.

A: Light golden with a hint of orange in color. Light head that lingered for most of the time leaving ok lacing.

S: Tart bright citrus

T: Extremely fresh tasting, Tasted Wet, whatever that means, very fruity and light. Extremely drinkable with great flavor. Just enough tart hop flavor to give it that extra kick I like from an APA.

M: Very light and easy on the palate

O: Great beer, wish it was distributed locally! (493 characters)

Photo of Hophead717
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle, poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: Clear, golden brown, with a one-finger foamy head that hangs around. Lots of lacing.

S: Sweet citrus fruits, with hints of light grass. Nice hoppiness coming through in the nose.

T: Light, grassy hops up front, yielding to orangey citrus flavors. The finish is lightly bitter, but refreshing. Supremely drinkable, and the flavors are well-layered, but it's just a touch too grassy upfront for my taste.

M: Light body with full, but not overwhelming, carbonation.

O: Very good pale ale, but just a touch too grassy upfront for me. (592 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cpolking comes through big time, sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish /orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, hops. Taste is the same, lots of fruits, citrisy, hoppy, some bitterness, a good malt balance. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a top notch beer worth seeking out. (343 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 13/4/12

A hazy orange liquid with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere even creating a tornado of bubbles from the bottom for the first minuet its in the glass, well retained off white foam leaves a few rings of lace followed by some random patches

S big nose of tropical citrus, mango, passion-fruit, guava, and a little pineapple, just a little pine and toffee but its pretty much all within the tropics here

T some malt balance I didn't smell with a little cracker and there's a little more rind then the fruity flesh on the nose but still a pretty tropical brew going one here and that works well for me

M those tiny bubbles are paying off in a medium body with a lovely bitter bite and lingering earthy rind finish

O my glass is empty at this point and I was typing fairly fast, what can I say? call it a APA, IPA whatever its a winner in my books

this stuff is great right down the line, I wish I had this sort of brew to put in my regular rotation around here, for now I'm going to thank the most awesome Rutager for sending me a bottle (1,088 characters)

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

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - an aggressive pour yields a 2 finger white head. Color is a copper orange

S - loads of citrus up front, a bit of malt to follow

T - sweet and citrus initially, followed by a burst of bitter hops that seems to dominate, but then finishes with a heck of a malt backbone with the hops still lingering through to the end

M - Smooth, not too carbonated, no alcohol to speak of, medium feel

O - So glad I finally got a hold of some of this one. Very complex pale ale, I wish this was available locally (536 characters)

Photo of rtaps
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden with and amber like hint to it, with a nice 1.5 finger off white frothy head with great retention

really enjoy this aroma it's more of an IPA to me due to all the hops in here, some carmel, and pale malts

very hoppy up front that leads to that dry pale caramel malts

light bodied highly carbonated, leaves the mouth dry

overall really enjoyable love the hops (383 characters)

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

This is the most wonderful glass of beer I have ever enjoyed. Everything thing about it is perfect. Nice smell of hops and citrus but nothing too over-powering. Hops are very flowery and crisp with notes of grass and caramel. Completely well-balanced. Here in Chicago it is hard to find six-packs (even at top-notch bars). (322 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. BRAINZZZ!! THIS OH YEAH! Fresh bottles from a recent shipment.

Wonderful uniform pinhead bubbles in the head, quite foamy but surprisingly settles very slowly for it's fist-full tall size. Off white picking up some of this real nice body color. Body color is just a slight haze but otherwise a real gorgeous clear orange tangerine color. Nothing sticking as bubbles to the side of the glass, some faint slow rising carbs in the middle the odd bubble. Slight hanging light clumps of icicles and glass lace. If it wasn't for this slight cloudiness in the body it would be perfect. Truly splitting hairs here.

Wonderful soft and chewy fruit citrus hop. Orange, grapefruit, pulpy rich but just a hint of subdued character. Faint green pine in the back, with a clean sense coming and hint of light character maybe as well. Feels big, but not in IPA territory. Melon comes out more after repeated quaffs.

Incredible feeling of fresh squeezed orange juice, with a light bodied palate. Malt and white sugar hits on the swallow with a great malt backbone that disappears in a flash, letting the hops character linger more and more. Hints of juice but controlled down, no fizzy character or gas, repeat tastes bring more citrus fruit basket quality. Orange, tangerine, cantaloupe melon character, so much going on.

It's full of hop character but light and not boozy. It's big but it's true to a pale ale root. Even at 6.2 it has a light session-able very low sensing abv quality. It is STUPIDLY drinkable, I could go through this six pack I swear with joy in under an hour... but I must control myself. Just flat out amazing. (1,667 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. There is a foamy white head with just the right amount of retention for a pale ale. Lacing is lightly spotty on the side I am drinking from, and nice curtains on the opposite side.

S: Just some of the best smelling hops I've ever experienced. Waves of citrus and orange just leap out of the glass, with further notes of tropical fruits, grapefruit and pineapple. In addition to the fruit notes is a good dose of pine.

T: Just like the aroma, the taste is all hops. Still very heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. Pine is much more prominent and is accompanied by some grass cuttings and herbal flavors. There are some *very* mild notes of caramel malts, but this really is all hops. The finish is crisp and with some slight hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light round, almost foamy carbonation.

O: One of the best beers I have ever had. Most of the flavors come from hops, but somehow this is not overly hoppy. Just delicious. (1,017 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale golden orange color. Nice clarity. Good lacing. Decent head retention.

Smell: Perfect. The most pure Citra hop smell of any beer I've ever had. Big notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Smells like you're holding citra hops in your hands. Hops interact well with bready, slightly caramelly malty notes.

Taste: Not quite as awe inspiring as the nose, but damn tasty. Bready, caramelly malt flavors are a little more pronounced than I would have guessed from the nose. Very balanced. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors are big and linger in the mouth. Very smooth. Juicy but dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Really nice. Well carbed but not prickly. Insanely drinkable. Easy to see what all the fuzz is about. Would be a staple in my fridge if I could get it regularly. (781 characters)

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

Only had one bottle to try, great smell of hops and citrus, nice one finger head that lasted, taste like heaven in a bottle, Had a surly furious the other day, and this one ranks just as well. can't wait to get my hands on some more of this great tasting pale ale. (264 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zombie Dust! I like it a lot =)

Bottle, obtained through a great trade. Thank you Dave! Poured into a snifter, enjoying this on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Seattle.

A: Light orange color, one inch head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Smells great =) I had my sister-in-law take a sip of it (who doesn't know much about beer at all), she said it smells amazing haha (she also said it tasted good)

T: Grapefruit, citrus, not too bitter and not too sweet (perfect - oh, and not too oily).

M: Ligher in body than DIPAs. Very very drinkable. I can probably drink the whole sixer in a sitting.

O: I enjoyed this bottle very much. Not the greatest beer ever, but if I had to choose one beer that I would have everyday, this would be one of my top choices. (758 characters)

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

Finally getting around to review this. I had ZD before it was ZD </superbeernerd>. Thanks to Darryl for bringing a bunch back from his band trip. Poured into my Hill farmstead tulip.

A- Beautiful golden orange color with light head that sticks to the sides of the glass and laces perfectly.

S - Pure fruit nose. Probably the best smelling beer I've ever smelled. TONS of fruit (mango, pineapple, and the like).

T - Taste is more of the same. Infinite mango and pineapple without being overly bitter. This is the beer to showcase exactly what Citra hops can do. Slight malt backbone to round out an insanely drinkable beer.

M - Perfect carbonation and slightly lingering bitterness that makes you want, nay, need to drink more.

O - This is probably the best beer I have ever had. It deserves this incredible ranking. If I were stuck on a desert Island and had one beer to drink forever, this would be it. Period. (922 characters)

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.