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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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7,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,892
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 3,892
Gots: 1,875 | FT: 67
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 Boomer4ES
4.09/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bparker551
4.09/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear golden orange with an off-white 2-finger head. Good retention leads to a solid layer of microbubbles across the top. Fair lacing all-around the glass with good stick. I don't usually count bottle artwork into the appearance score, but this bottle is too baddass not to add another half point.

Smell - Moderate orange pith aroma. Generic malt sweetness; hard to pinpoint the driving character.

Taste - Mild orange character upfront and throughout. Juicy. Malt sweetness that doesn't quite hit caramel, nor is it quite bready either; somewhere in between, or a touch of both, however you'd word it. Flavors don't overwhelm, but hit their stride at the finish with harmony and that great balance. Lingers with a very mild orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth feel. Goes down with such amazing ease, it's basically chuggable.

Overall - Another well-balanced pale from 3 Floyds. This one didn't blow me away as the scores have suggested, but I found it rather enjoyable all the same. Definitely trade worthy, but don't overvalue on your end to get your hands on it.

Photo of J_launder
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fireman462
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at Dark lord day 2011

Appearance: Cloudy golden hue

Smell: Hoppy, but not like panzer wolf

Taste: Hoppy but mellow, It bites but not that bad.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue like a good pale ale and its lower IBU made it more drinkable out in the sun.

Overall: A very good pale ale with mild hoppiness and drinkability.

Photo of xcdarrel17
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tleaver33
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of luvtotri140
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alpha309
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 RAlmeida77
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%

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

Big thanks to enelson for this. Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed golden color. One and a half fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is about average and a good sized, full ring of lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: This APA has the hop aroma of a DIPA. Strong mango, followed by pineapple and orange. Grapefruit and pine after that. Sugary cake icing. No hints of any malt. Pretty clean overall.

4.0 T: The taste isn't as crazy citrusy as the nose. Still there's a good bit of pineapple, mango, and orange. More pine and grapefruit than the nose suggests and not even close to as sugary. Moderate bitterness. A bit of malt this time in the way of breadiness and a light yeastiness. A little less clean than the nose.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, especially for a growler. Reasonably creamy and smooth overall.

4.0 D: This is a pretty good beer. It reminds me a lot of Selin's Grove IPA that I just had a few days ago, but a less intense version of that. Still, I would have no problem drinking this to get a citrusy hop fix.

Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a recent trade with immobilisme poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a near perfectly clear pale amber gold color with a cap of fluffy white foam that stands a solid finger high with good staying power. Head falls slowly and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is dominated nearly completely by thick citrusy grapefruit - strongly reminiscient of that first whiff of fresh fruit as the fruit is peeled. Mild hint of pineapple, light earth, sugar. Very hop forward APA.

T - Sweaty and grapefruity, some peach and pineapple. Fairly bitter overall, especially for an APA. This really has a majority of its character fitting into the IPA category. Dirty, dank, full of hops - citrus mostly with some earthy hops underneath.

M - Pretty heavy feeling, full bodied, syrupy, sweaty bitterness, green hoppiness...tastes fresh. Carbonation is high and quite prickly on the tongue.

O - This is quite good overall. I think it is a bit heavy overall and (can't believe I'm saying this) maybe a bit over-saturated on the hop flavors - probably just a particular aspect which I associate with armpits. Glad to try this one - don't think it's really an APA...it's a good IPA for me, worth seeking out, but definitely not my favorite either.

Photo of Mrchill27282728
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of Lemke10
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a semi-cloudy, golden amber color with a slight head. The aroma is rich with bitter hops. The taste is smooth, clean, and crisp. There is a decent amount of hops for a pale ale. Well made, perhaps a little over-hyped but an all around well made pale ale.

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 AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a a 12 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: A finger and a half of head tops an plain-looking auburn beer. Clearish, orangeish, and full of effervescence. Not much to knock.

S: Dusty, musty, and strange. This could be just raw hop oil that smells almost like hash; it's vegetal, bitter, and pungent. Not entirely pleasant. I am unsure what to expect from the flavour.

T/M: Hmmm. Wow. Very hoppy, but very thin. I suppose this is what it would taste like to overhop a pale ale to its breaking point. The body is not substantial, but is full of carbonated pale malts, crisp and dry. It's very refreshing...or it would be, if the monumental hoppiness weren't distracting. It tastes great, don't get me wrong. It reeks of soft juiciness, blueberries and mango, pine needles, faint-sweet citrus. The hop bitterness is significant. The aftertaste is biscuits and bitter herbs.

O: I wonder if this bottle wasn't a little out of date, and I'd be keen to try it certainly fresh. As it stands, it's an interesting experiment that might be a little extreme. But I like it, maybe even love it. Recommended, but potentially overhyped.

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

I just tried this on tap at the brewpub.

Zombie Dust (The beer formerly known as Cenotaph) A medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops from the Yakima Valley, USA.

Zombie Dust hits you on the nose right away. Impressive aroma and pleasant enough on the palate. Clean mouthfeel with crisp finish.

No doubt, I would definitely order this one again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Medium honey in color, nice single finger white head that recedes quickly but leaves strong lacing on the glass.

S - Very powerful, grapefruit, mango, maybe a bit of lemon, if you swirl the glass get a bit of pine.

T - Very similar profile to the smell, strong hops profile, grapefruit, lemon, pine, oily hops with kind of a earthy backbone, very nice.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Very nice APA, strong flavors but not over powering.

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

Growler thanks to Captinredbeard, you da man Corey! Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Deep burnt orange color. The pour dropped a finger and a half of cream colored head that left great sticky lace.

A: Intense sticky hop nose. Notes of pine sap, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. There is a hefty malt backbone to balance out the hoppy nose. Also get some candi sugar for sweetness.

T: I obviously get the hops up front, the citrus and pine sap are prevalent. This is followed by a carmel malt backbone. It finishes dry, bitter, and creamy.

M: Rather thick for an APA. Creamy, but good carbonation.

O: Really nice. I don't think this is an APA, way more of an IPA, but nonetheless, very nice brew. I hope they bottle this. Skal.

Photo of Malone47
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%

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

12oz bottle into a tulip

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, and a slight onion aroma (not sure if it's onions but it's definitely dank). This smells like Dreadnaught mixed with Gubna which is impressive from a 6.2% beer.

T: The taste is sweet at first with caramel malt and tropical fruits 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. I'd like to try it fresh on tap before giving final judgement though as the aromas and flavors seem to indicate the possibility of greatness.

Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,892 ratings.