Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light haze level on a amber tinged golden body, nice super thick and fluffy head. Aroma is honeydew melon, light grapefruit, some notes of piney resin. Nice bitter bite up front, followed by silky smoothness and a crisp finish with some lingering bitterness. A delightful (I)PA!

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Photo of TheKlevin
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If there is a better pale ale, I haven't found it. Fresh zombie dust is the best pale ale I have ever had. closer to an IPA but so ligh that I consider it a session beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light orange, yellow color, great clarity. Full 2/5" head, amazing given the amount of citrus hop oils that are evident, this is a lot of citra going on. Amarillo too?

Just the right amount of minor pineapple like flavors and sweetness. Super hoppy and dry and light pale malts. Its a real soft beer without hefty bitterness but tons of hop flavor. Elite 1st tier world class pale ale right here.

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Photo of Wadetrain9
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This might be the best beer I've ever had. Nice golden brown color, citrus and hoppy aroma. But the taste is incredible. I'd almost describe this beer as "juicy." The more you sip it, the better it tastes and just keeps you come back for more.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As much as I wanted to be skeptical, this beer definitely lives up to the hype. Sometimes I wish people would just get all into a different beer so this would be easier to find. Like countless other reviews have said, this beer is hoppy but also super drinkable. The thing that sets this apart for me is the aftertaste, you get a really good initial flavor followed by the Three Floyds kind of earthy/resin aftertaste. Can't wait to go visit the brewery. One of the best out there. People in the Milwaukee area: I heard sour beers are cool, buy those and leave this on the shelf for me. Thanks in advance.

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Photo of codym1994
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took forever to get my hands on 2 bottles and i live in same state and only hour away from brewery. Amazing beer worthe the hunt. Its smells fruity and taste like it but not to much just the right amout with a good hops backbone. Get this beer dont pass it up

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

Reviewed this two years ago with a 4.75.
Last year with a 4.85.
This year a true 5.0.
Look and mouth feel are wonderful.
Smell and taste is....... Nectar of the gods.
Give it a taste after testing any other brew and
"welcome home" comes to mind.
It's very close to perfect.

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Photo of Revrynd
3.82/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A:Gold in color, hazy
Clean white foam tight bubbles with peaks when touched.
S: Rich citrus and orange/tangerine flavors slightly floral
T: Very hop forward but allows you to really taste the grain in the brew. Malty yum with amazing cirtrus hops with a decent bitterness.
M: Solid silky feeling, lingering bitterness
O: Beer was enjoyed in a Pint glass, and I must say it didn’t stick around long enough to get warm. Great mouth feel silky deliciousness that I don’t often find in a pale ale often.

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Photo of Zonk
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden to copper color medium head

Big nose of orange and mango, sweet fruit

This has really big juicy flavors again leaning to the sweet tropical side.

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

I have had this a few times and I am finally writing an official review from notes.

L- light golden, bronze.
S- Huge aromas of orange, grapefruit and tangerine.
T- Sweet orange and grapefruit citrus followed by bitterness on a light biscuity malt base, this is one of the best beer to showcase Citra I have ever had (on par with Pseudo Sue)
F- Juicy yet crisp at the same time. Not much residual sweetness left, yet the beer itself taste semi-sweet and juicy. So I guess starts sweet and ends semi-dry (my favorite)
O- This thing is a true gem fresh and the best on tap. This beer has taught me something I hadn't experienced called "anti-hype" it's when a beer that is hard to get gets pooped on by locals because it has hype. To me that is almost worse than hype. I have had people tell me all these other beers are "better" but objectively speaking this beer is one of the best APA's I have ever had and comes close to the best hoppy beer I have had period(.) Very good and worth the high ratings IMO.

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Photo of GregA135
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this beer in a trade, I wish I could get more! Couldn't really believe that this is a Pale Ale. Hop upfront with a nice sweet/bitter finish. Definitely will be looking to trade for some more Zombie Dust!

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Photo of CayseyW
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this beer, or really any beer, lives up to the hype, but it's definitely world class. Big juicy mango flavor with a tropical and floral nose. Glad I finally got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of stevoj
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle from Dale. Why hunt whales, when they wash up on the beach from time to time. Wasn't expecting this gem to turn up at my house tonight, but most certainly am very appreciative. Smooth, delicious, subtle, outstanding, too many other superlatives to mention. Just damned good...

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to make it out to brew pub to have this fresh. Definitely a great beer, but I can't say that it lives up to some of the other great beers like this - especially having to wait nearly 2 hours to get to have it. I think PtE has it beat in terms of balance and flavor profile. With that being said, Zombie Dust is still a contender. It's an easy drinker loaded with hops.

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle that was bottled 12/23/15 poured into a tulip glass….

Look: Pours an amazing golden/orangish color. Nice head retention with plenty of lacing present.

Smell: Citrusy, hoppy, fruity, grapefruity.

Taste: Citra hops galore really hop up this pale ale. This thing is dank and awesome. Citrusy and fruity tasting. Super crisp.

Feel: Medium bodied. Crisp and soo refreshing!

Overall: This is hands down the best pale ale that I have ever tasted. Lives up to the hype in my opinion. Alpha King not far behind though. So far have had 4 different brews from these guys and all have been great. Seems like these guys can't miss.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - nice golden color with a half inch head and a little lacing. S - citrusy and sweet, very nice nose. T - fantastic APA, nothing overpowers, and citra hop taste is followed by a nice, mild bitterness. M - very smooth

Love this brew, one of my favorites and one I will always pick up if available in my area.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with short lasting white head. Aroma of citrus and that tel-tale Citra fruitiness with malt and slight nutty bisquit thing going on. The flavors are the same with good balance and a touch of sweetness. The feel is on the higher end of light, with a slight creaminess on the finish. Carbonation is moderate. Overall a great beer, but honestly not living up to the hype for me. We have local APAs / IPAs (Richmond, VA) most of you have not heard of that crush this IMO. Great beer though, don't hesitate.

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Photo of Gear54
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is hazy gold in color with tints of orange

Smell is citrus and hops. Strong aromas for sure. Underneath maybe some herby earthy notes as well

Taste is full flavor hops and a plesent mixture of citrus fruit. I've never had a beer with this much hops and full body that was as smooth and easy drinking. This flavor profile is out of this world

Overall this beer lives up to its lofty reputation. I personally am very cautious about giving 5's in a review. If this beer doesn't get a few then no beer should.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers thus far. Hard to find where I live, so when I can get it, I don't pass it up. The ever famous citra hop shines through. Notes of orange also come through. Got this one when it was bottled 12 days ago. Great beer!
Have since had ZD the same day it was bottled and would give that an even higher score. Top 3 beer!

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Photo of WillDavis707
3.61/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from a friend who trades all the time. Didn't see a date on the bottle but i think it was old because this beer was nothing special. I can probably name 5 beers in my area that are better (Fresh!).
Hopefully i will be able to try a fresh one some day... but until then this gets an average rating.

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Photo of poypoyking
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another of my favorite Citra hopped beers. Beautiful golden hue, with plenty of lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of grapefruit, orange, and citrus coming off the pour. Juicy and smooth on the tongue without a lasting bitterness. I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

World class beer all the way. Hops are decimated there but not overpowering to the point of ruining it. Exceptional drink ability. The color of honey and smell of grapefruit...almost peach that comes out. The most difficult beer to find yet.

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

Appearance: Radiant Gold
Smell: Fruity
Taste: Strong grapefruit/citrus.
Feel: Drinks easy without being too light or heavy.
Over All: This has become my absolute favorite beer. Everything about it is heavenly.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, orangy yellow. Thick, snow white head.

S: Citrus, roasted nuts, allspice and herbs.

T: Easy drinking. Balance between citrus fruits and hoppy resins and warm savory nuttiness, even a hint of warm milk.

M: Not too thick or thin. Small, tight bubbles.

O: Very enjoyable APA. Agree with other reviewers that it's high quality, but maybe a little over promised and under delivered.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great, green hop tasting pale ale by 3Floyds. A light butter scotch malt profile followed by big
Grassy hop flavors, bitterness doesn't lingering making it very drinkable, beautiful golden color and thick white head.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.