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Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,375 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,375
Hads: 8,965
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 4,438
Gots: 2,595 | FT: 82
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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Reviews: 1,375 | Hads: 8,965
Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some things arrive in the darnest of places. In truth, I already knew that there were a few bottles of Zombie Dust at the apartment I was staying at in São Paulo, so I wasn't too shocked. A big thanks to Sergio (srbcurti) for sharing one of the bottles. On to the beer:

Brilliant orange color that lights up the room, topped by small puff of head. The nose is a beauty, no question. Bitter grapefruit starts off the show, then generous doses of mango and tangerine arrive with a thin coat of sugar coating.

Zombie Dust is like running water through hops. It's quite bitter for an APA. White grapefruit starts it off. Bitter citrus, pineapple, and a dose of resin compliment the profile. The bitterness does tail off some, while makes it slighty more "juicy". It's medium bodied, with avery pleasant "bubbly" sensation, NOT like a champagne however, a different type.

An intense hop experience. It is good, but not great as expectations led me to believe. I like my pale ales just a little more balanced than this. But it sure was fun to try!

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The depth of a DIPA in a 6.2% ale. Big, rich floral and citrus fruit, yet it's clean and clear. Get this when you want something to sip without a huge alcohol punch. Damn

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 1/29/12, thanks to hurfer for sending!

Pours a chilled golden orange with a slow stream of carbonation supporting an initially thick cream head. Fades to a thin layer with extensive sheets of lacing. Aroma is green, fresh and raw. Citrus rind, grapefruit pulp, mild pine, and light caramel malt. Not quite as aromatic as some of the HF APAs, but very well balanced and nuanced. Medium thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly wet, thin finish. Strong biscuit malt and earthy body with resiny and pulpy citrus hops buttering the finish. An exceptional, citrusy APA, but a little too much alcohol presence for the style and not quite Hoppy Birthday or Edward. Regardless, I will seek this out every time it is released.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 12oz into a tulip.

Hazy dark orange with a white head, modest head and good lacing. Nose is all citra, mango, peach, apricot and the 'pittiness' of these fruits really comes through. Sweet malt, and some pine on the back end. Fantastic consistency as soon as this touched my lips, more peach and mango pit, sweet malt with a hint of caramel. Brilliant mouthfeel - fairly full, with some consistency, and something that I think should really be the gold standard for the style. Moderate bitterness, and easily consumed. A top-tier APA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister-in-law was nice enough to bring me a few of these (fresh) from Chicago. I've always been a fan of Three Floyds, and I was happy to finally try this- it did not disappoint. Beautiful beer, with a burnished gold color contrasted with a stark white head that leaves some decent lacing. Citrus and herbal aromas with a touch of grain. Clean and fresh smelling. The taste is where it's at. Clean citrus and a touch of clean sweet malt. Candied grapefruit peel followed by a long spicy hop finish. All very pleasant and quaffable. I'd drink this all the time if I had access to it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice finger worth of fluffy head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of fruitiness upfront in the aroma consisting of peaches and pineapples, lots of earthy hoppy notes, citrus coming out too but did have some nice sweet maltiness.

T: great hop profile with woody, earthy, piney grassy qualities, lots of peachy pineapple fruits, good sweet malty backbone that had quite a nice balance alongside lemon citrus accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, earthy, hoppy, and slight bitter finish.

O: really solid pale ale from the mid west. digging it and I'm use to these west coast hop bombs.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Translucent light orange with a large and impressive creamy white head which shows remarkable retention. Nice color.

S: Light tangerine with some grassy and herbal notes. I get some peach and orange. Expressive citrus. No malt influence. Very nice.

T: Malt is slightly grainy but not real influential. Low bitterness with a lot of hop flavor: tangerine, orange, and a little grapefruit. All flesh, no rind. Exceptional flavor.

M: Upper light in body with nice upper low cask carbonation. Smooth, dry, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Outstanding stuff. So damn drinkable. I had 3 pours of this.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Light to medium orange with a huge golden glow. One finger of cream coloured head with moderate lacing.

S - A huge hop aroma is evident even before putting my nose to the glass. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple and a nice fresh, juicy hop aroma.

T - A sharp bitterness up front that really stands out while staying true to a pale ale style. Grapefruit, orange zest and lighter lemon and mango flavours. The malt base provides a hint of sweetness. The finish is bitter and dry.

M - Medium body; slightly creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours mid golden with a small white head. Decent head retentiona dn some lacing left.

S- Floral aroma.

T- Sweet at first the the hops hit you like a ton of bricks (you know, for a pale ale). Clean, crisp. Yum.

M- Crisp carbonation.

D/O- Bottom line, this is the best pale ale I've ever had. Drinkability is through the roof. Three Floyds nailed it once again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well Ladies & Gentlemen....we have a new favorite beer...replacing previuos fav....Two Bros Cane & Ebel. I had this beer at Moe Joes in Downtown Plainfield....excellent restaurant.

The beer's appearance was downgraded slightly because I would have like to see a bit more head than what was present. Even with the small head...it laced perfectly. The color was golden and clear.

The scent was perfect as far as I was concerned. Beutiful balnce of subtle pine and citrus neither were overbearings that included hints of spice/floral aromas. The taste was incredible a perfec t taste that was not puniched or bolstered by high abv, which made this beer unbelievably drinkable. The smooth taste starts with pine hints then converts to citrus prior to teh swallow and lastly it comes of the pallete clean. I could session this beer all day....all night....wonderful. No question this beer is worth a try!!!

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

Many thanks to Dyan for the opportunity to try this excellent beer.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just amazing in this beer, and I assume is the result of a "whole bunch of" citra hops. In any event, I get orange citrus, dank weed, light pine, and a hint of leather. This kind of nose would be impressive in an IPA, but in a pale ale, it's just astonishing. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I'm impressed by how dry and bitter this beer is on the finish. There's so much flavor in this beer, and yet at the same time it's light and refreshing, begging you to drink more, and more and more (except I only have the one bottle). There's just enough malt to keep all the hoppy goodness in check, and drinkability is just exceptional. For all that, this beer comes across as very well balanced, and alas my one bottle was gone all to swiftly. Just an all around delicious beer that I wish was available where I live.

Sampled on tap at the 3 Floyd's pub in 3/13. This beer was every bit as good on tap, and as with the bottled version, is a beer I would order all the time if it were only available where I live.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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!


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Photo of vfgccp
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle opened Oct 2013

A - Beautiful copper body with a chunky, towering, neon white cap of foam. Outstanding retention and lace.

S - Bright, fresh hop cone nose. Extraordinarily fresh and light. Thyme, hint of bitter rose water, wild flowers, touch of lemon zest, dried grass.

T - Outstandingly fresh herbal and mildly citrus hops load onto your palate and finish with a light bitter backend. Just a touch of clean malt sweetness helps frame the hop profile and does an great job of staying out of the way, letting the quality of the hop character really shine.

M - Medium-light frame is perfect for the style. Nice carbonation.

O - While not necessarily the best beer I've ever had, Zombie Dust is hands down the best pale ale I've had the pleasure of trying. This beer is a near perfect balance of fresh hop cone flavor, restrained malt sweetness, and balanced alpha oil bitterness that makes a pale ale a pale ale and not an IPA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden orange color with a beautil off white cap leaving a lot of lacing and bubbles

S: Fresh. A bit of caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, light passion fruit

T: Orange peel, grapefruit, light pineapple, caramel. Has a very smooth taste which fades into a light dryness and hop bite

M: Nice smooth texture, loads of flavor. Light body and booze

O: Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Outstanding.

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

(Served in a stemmed pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden yellow body with a thick creamy beige head that last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The full green hops have aromas of white grape juice and cat pee with a fruity pine finish.

T- The smooth full hop flavor changes as the beer opens up. It starts with tropical fruit flavors and blends into white grape juice and pine with a mellow pungent flavor at the finish and just a touch of bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a full flavored hop monster with a soft bitterness but even for this big beer it is very sessionable. The depth and character of the hops really work together wonderfully.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Zombie Dust, oh Zombie Dust. This beer is an infectious disease that spreads like the global plague that wipes out the rest of humanity except for a select few, only to be left to fight the hordes of brain flesh craved zombies. Once it touches your lips, there is no escaping it. You are uncontrollably turned into a zombie for Zombie Dust. Insert Dawn of the Dead references here.

This beer is ridiculous. It pours a light to medium bodied auburn in color with a slight white lacing around the snifter. The aromas are other worldly. The citra hops are both insane and perfect. This beer is so ridiculously aromatic that it haunts your dreams. The flavor too, citra overload with some orange zest, light pine, slight caramel malt, with a touch of alcohol. It's exceptional. The detection of alcohol is the only knock I have on this beer. This beer should be knighted, nominated for saint hood. It drinks light in body and is both kickass and sessionable at the same time. I drank two beers multiple times at Dark Lord Day, Pliny and Zombie Dust. I had four of these at Darkness Day. I drank six of these throughout the day at the FFF Anniversary party. This beer is just ridiculously awesome, I can't get enough. Three Floyds masters pale ales like no other.

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

Thanks to Foofaa for this 12 oz bottle (and its 5 sisters). In a tumbler.

A: The pale ale is an amber color, plentiful with orange and brown hues defining it. Transparent with a slight haze. The head is white and luxurious, coating the sides of the glass with lace.

S: The aromas are juicy but restrained, never losing sight of the pale ale base. That base is caramel and lightly toasted biscuit. The hops though, hold their own and then some. The citra drips with citrus and orange zest, ample bitterness running on par with the malts. Excellent smells here.

T: The balance is the great thing about this ale, neither hops nor malts get the upper hand. The malts are light - bready with caramel richness. The hops - and there is where I want to spend time, are delicious. The orange and citrus flavors are strong, intense even within the balanced confines of the ale. When cold, the malts are bigger. Only when the ale warms do the hops shine through - wait for that part of the ale. A top notch pale ale.

M: Clean and hoppy, with an emphasis on the hoppiness. Orange zest and bold citrus standing out against the surprising malt side. I'm afraid that I'll finish off this six pack one one fell swoop.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: the label says this beer is "gushing", and that was definitely my experience. Medium orange hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy, creamy ivory foam with great retention.

Smell: sweet, rich malt with a good citrusy, grapefruity character. There's some earthy pininess in the mix as well; I like it.

Taste: very citrusy all around, but with a very smooth bitterness characteristic of Citra. Bittering is also relatively low, consistent with the APA style. Extremely well balanced; this is not a hop bomb but stays within style while still being very hoppy and flavorful. I was really looking forward to this beer; I guess I was expecting something over-the-top, but I am even more impressed by its quality while still adhering to stylistic guidelines.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation for the style and a satisfying creaminess. Good stuff!

Overall: exceedingly well balanced and incredibly drinkable. I wish I could get this beer more easily in these parts. It would definitely have a regular place in my fridge.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a rich copper color with a half inch white head. The smell is big on citrusy hops, wow, impressive. The taste...just blows me away. This is so complex and such a rush of flavors. piney, citrusy, sweet, bitter, malty. everything combined into one. i can't describe them all. Every sip is something new, and i find myself taking continuous sips to try and pinpoint all that my mouth is experiencing. Great feel as well, medium bodied with medium carbonation. superbly easy to drink.

Overall this is a world class beer that lives up to the hype, and may even exceed it. I've never tasted another beer quite like this one. I wish i could have it all the time.

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

My favorite Three Floyds beer to date and one deserving of its high rating and lavish praise. Pours deep gold with good clarity and a small, cream colored head that settles fairly quickly. Clingy patches of lace stick to the sides of the glass.

Huge, hoppy citra aroma and flavor; very little sweetness; dry finish; lots of lingering bitterness. Fresh pine, citrus, pineapple, mild oniony, catty note beneath, super juicy. Minimal malt presence, just the slightest dry, bready backbone.

Medium body, medium, somewhat lively carbonation but retains a level of creamy smoothness as well. Terrific mouthfeel and simply terrific overall; does a lovely job of balancing intricate hoppy flavor with just the right amount of bitterness; the latter never overwhelms the tastiest aspects of the beer. Thanks to Mjmoser for a handful of ridiculously fresh bottles!

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/20/11
*From notes

-- A BIG thanks goes out to both brydeen and Señor Lopez for hookin' a white boy up with some Three Floyds deliciousness. --

A: Unfiltered dark amber. Quite dark, in fact, for an APA which I really dig. A generous pour (split with ol' Johnny Boy) yields a killer two finger head and lacing so epic it's makin' Roland Emmerich jealous.

S: I'm goin' coo-coo for Zombie Dust. The nose here is wicked - there's a menthol, vapo-rub essense to it that's just incredible. Piney. Floral. Juicy. Wow.

T: Is this an IPA? Beacause it certainly drinks like it. The citra hops explode onto the palate, creating a tropical, juicy and scrumdiddlyumptious APA. And like the best in style, there's a well structured and solid, golden malt spine that keeps the beer perfectly unbalanced.

M: Hellaciously creamy. This monster is over the top frothy. The carbonation is spot-on, and the texture is like a Michael Jordan after party: off the chain. This APA is luxurious and insanely approachable.

O: Three Floyds Zombie Dust changes the APA game. Who knew you could have your hops and (reasonably) low ABV all wrapped into one majestic package? This is crazy good. Seek it out at any cost.

Oh, and the label is pure badass.

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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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy dark golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is juicy citrus.

Taste starts malty, tangerine and citrus in the middle, and closes bitter yet somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is amazing. Will be on the lookout for again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.86/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Didn't see a bottle code. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with about 1/3 inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was very pine and citrus hop forward, without a noticeable malt presence. On the tongue though, there was a delicate malt taste, more earthy/grassy than sweet, and was a full on hop assault. Pine in the front and citrus across the middle and back.

The biggest complaint is the thinness of the body. There wasn't much substance across the tongue, but the beer was very clean and had a dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, my lone 12oz bottle was gone far too quickly, and I will seek out more for further exploration. Overall, a very fine brew. A bit more body and this beer would be nearly perfect. A must try if you ever get the chance.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.