Zombie Dust
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
100
Ranked #41
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
1,800
Ratings:
11,189
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
100
World-Class
Zombie DustZombie Dust
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 1,800 | Ratings: 11,189 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale orange, small white head leaves a moderately laced glassed. Lots going on for the nose, citrus, melon, tropical fruits even a bit of pine. Moderate sweetness, nice hoppy finish. Medium bodied, could use a bit more carbonation. Very good.

Tuesday at 12:23 AM
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mnrider from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can - 46 days Fresh

A: Pours a semi clear copper color with a large off white fluffy head. Moderate
carbonation is visible. Nice head retention and pretty good sticky lacing.

S: Sweet. Fruity. Sticky aroma. Peach. Tangy. Good but a little weak.

T/M: Bitter hops of pine and citrus at first leads to a sweetness of stone fruits.
More citrus comes in like lemon and grapefruit. Has a bit of a fermented taste.
Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Aftertaste is dank and a little funky.

O: Excellent hop forward Pale Ale. I can see how this was at one time world class.
Times change and this beer has been greatly surpassed in flavor and craftsmanship.
Zombie Dust just doesn't blow me away like it used to. However this beer is still nice
to have as a great alternative to the current stuff.

Cheers!!!

Monday at 10:13 PM
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can 07/01/2021 , poured into a pint glass, a golden orange with a slight haze. One finger head , good lace retention. I’ll have to say, I feel like I forgot what a pale ale is supposed to taste or smell like these last 5 or so years. This one has an aroma of pine, herbal tea notes, and some orange notes. The taste is right in line, balanced with a firm malt backbone. The feel is medium, carbonation is medium. Overall, one of the better pale ales I have had in a while that didn’t pretend to be a hazy IPA.

Sep 09, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty amber color, not red, not yellow but amber. Nice slightly off white head of dense foam with great retention and smears of clingy lace.
Aroma is rich and malty initially with floral and spruce hop aromatics blending into the sweet. Some fruity notes of melon and pears waft in and out.
Balanced nose leads to balanced flavors of caramel sweetness and malt depth stitched around a firm hop bite of lemongrass and conifer forest. Hops are a little sharp and take over mid swallow but not harshly and in harmony with the distinct malt character.
Body is a bit thin, but the finish is mildly dry with some nice grain nuttiness that lingers.
3F's baby. They just make damn fine beer.

Aug 28, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, glowing, orange color like an ember from a dying campfire. A tall slightly white head. SRM of 9.0. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dank tropical fruit and resinous orange citrus. Some tropical melon, berry, grapefruit, and pineapple. Resinous and tropical. Also some dank pine underneath with some caramel malt body. (4.25)

Flavor: Strong flavors of rich orange and tropical fruit. pine, and more resinous orange with a strong pine bitterness in the middle. Then a spicy caramel malt body with some more dank and resinous fruity notes before a bitter pine finish. (4.25)

Feel: Medium body, but a heavier mouthfeel. It captures the IPA level of hop flavor bitter astringency on the tongue, but follow with the perfect amount of malt sweetness to leave you wondering whether it's bitter, sweet, or both. (4.25)

Compared to PsuedoSue: This one has a darker amber color. It has more dank and earthy notes. Not as airy. Less piney. A stronger bitterness. Much heavier bodied and more resiny. Not quite as smooth. Leans more toward an IPA.

to Alpha King 8/15/21: Pours a much lighter color. More resinous and orange. More orange, pine, and bitterness. Less stonefruit and spiced caramelized malts. Lighter flavors and more citrus overall.

Overall: An top shelf beer. This one has strong orange, pine, bitterness with a sweet malt profile. I was initially blown away by the citrus hop flavors and pine bitterness, yet it has such a strong malt balance to counteract that. It's the perfect balanced pale ale here and I'm not sure whether it finishes bitter or sweet. I think that's what makes it finish so well and would rate this pale ale as a top not because of that. Lots of orange citrus and pine nonetheless. I think it pioneered the style for citrus IPAs. (Final Rating: 4.30)
*Compare next to King Sue or Super Cluster*

Aug 15, 2021
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Raime from Greenland

4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Howdy everybody! Good to be back! Man oh man I haven't done an actual review in a century. Hell I've barely done more than the occasional review over the past few years. Don't blame me! Blame the fact craft is dying where I'm at.

Saw this posted by a local liquor store and KNEW I had to have the legend I remember hearing so much about over the years. Here we go!

Look - Yellowish orange with a finger of white head. Fairly hazy though twinges of clarity. Low lace upon a finished glass.

Smell - Floral and seems to be loaded to the brim with Mosaic I remember so fondly before the juice bomb phase of beer decided to rear its head.

Taste - Straight floral with some grapefruit goodness.

Feel - Right here is where I feel this beer really shines through. This is probably the smoothest pale/ipa I have ever had in my near decade of drinking the crafts, Goes down silky smooth. Almost like water but the body isn't watery. Does that make sense? Probably not but you get it...maybe. No I'm serious. I've almost finished the glass and didn't even notice. LOW bitterness even if it sits. Seriously. How did FFF manage to achieve this smoothness? It doesn't even seem real.

Overall - While I do not feel the flavors live up to the legendary status, This is ABSOLUTELY the smoothest pale/ipa you are ever going to find anywhere. This will impress new craft drinkers and the seasoned veteran all the same. $13.99 in my opinion is a bit stiff for a sixer, But If you want something flavorful that you can throw back in a pinch without any of the cloying sweetness and or bitterness that some of these brews can eventually take on, This is your guy.

Aug 14, 2021
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erosier from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half clear orange color with a medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades. The smell is of sweet toasted malts and mix of floral and piney hops. The taste is slightly sweet up front with a mix of floral, some piney, and a hint of citrusy hops. Less of a palate smasher than expected. Medium bodied, lighter feeling than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation. Excellent Pale ale, almost to the IPA side but really well done.

Aug 07, 2021
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MikeCatl

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried Zombie Dust when a friend brought it to my house about 6 years ago. His daughter went to college in Indiana and brought it home for him. Wow. This beer really turned me onto IPAs. I was lucky enough to get another 6 pack of Zombie Dust last week and I am savoring every sip. Really really great.

Aug 04, 2021
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

4.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those "must try," beers to my knowledge, so I figured its worth reviewing.

Look: Pretty standard, but certainly hazier than I was expecting. Good lacing though.

Smell: This is where it starts to lose me a little. Now it smells fine and all, but for a Pale Ale, it's simply way too hoppy. I almost thought I had gotten the style wrong when I smelled it.

Taste: Again, this is not a Pale Ale. It's clearly an IPA with the level of hops going on here. There is almost no focus on bringing the malts up front, which is really what distinguishes the two styles for me. PAs can be hoppy, even very hoppy, but they need to also give attention to the forward malt flavor. This beer only has a semblance of that. I guess it's more present than a typical IPA, but hardly so, and I would bet any beer drinker would label it an IPA if you gave it to them blind. The taste isn't even bad, but to be honest it's a pretty standard fruity west coast style. Nothing special either; hops aren't particularly unique or interesting. As it starts to warm a bit the malt comes in, but right out of the can it's almost completely absent.

Feel: I find it has a bit more success here. It isn't quite as heavy as a typical IPA, likely thanks to the slightly lower ABV. On the other hand, it's still far too heavy for a PA.

Overall: I like this beer. However, it simply doesn't work as a Pale Ale for me. There are plenty of hoppy PA's I've had that find that still manage to keep the malt characteristic of a PA; this is not one of them. Again, it's too heavy as well. Either this beer should be labeled an IPA, or brought down to something like 5.5% and given more malt focus. I don't know why some breweries have these baffling mislabeled beers sometimes, it puts a huge stain on what would otherwise be a fine beer. The fact that this has the #1 spot for Pale Ales shows how biased some of the reviewers on this site are towards IPAs. It feels like it has that spot because it's an IPA competing with Pale Ales, almost like an 8th grader competing in the little leagues.

Regardless, even if this *were* just called an IPA, I still don't think it would be the 40th best beer in the world which is what this site seems to contend. Not sure where the obsession with this beer came from, maybe it's something before my time. Also, a 6 pack of this is like 14 bucks when there are plenty of $11 six packs I'd say are way better.

Jul 29, 2021
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Can Date: 4/8/21
Palate Contaminants: none

Here's hoping this hasn't been hanging around the store or on a truck too long.

Nice dark gold color, slightly opaque. Moderate amount of fine head, but not a lot of lacing.

On the nose, there's a really pleasant tropical thing going on with pineapple and guava, with light-moderate sweetness. Some pine needles are in there, but the balance of having it mostly fruit is favorable. Light orange, maybe shading a little toward lime.

Fruit up front, but that quickly gives way to earthiness in the back. I don't know that I could say pineapple is the fruit, so much as nondescript citrus. Moderate sweetness, moderate-heavy bitterness. Decidedly malty. Lots of cut grass, tree bark, and moss. It doesn't lean toward pine as much as some other brews.

Nice moderate weight. Very well integrated carbonation. Woodsy aftertaste. It's really smooth drinking, too. This first can is going fast.

So, overall it's pretty good, but I get the feeling I'm missing something by not finding a can that's less than 14 days old.

Jul 25, 2021
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PeteyR from Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a near-perfect beer. It has all the hops one could need but it's welcoming and balanced. It's a great beer that can be enjoyed year-round.

I can't think of many better beers that you can easily get. It's a little bit of a shame that it is 13 for a 6 pack (there are options that are close for 10 bucks).

Jul 21, 2021
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt, oranges and grapefruit in the background. Finish is long and dry. Delicious brew.

Jul 19, 2021
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magine from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had no idea what I was getting with this one. Loved the can, seen it was a pale ale and grabbed a six pack. Really love the comic book style artwork on the can.
Poured into a pint glass from can.
Pours an orange bronze slightly hazed appearance.
Tight white foamy head and lacing remains throughout the time drinking this one.
Smells like a hop bomb, lots going on with this one. Tropical fruits, citrus being prominent.
Peppery hops and mouthfeel upfront, smooth malts are the backbone. Hops pepper the tongue long after the sips.
Tremendous drinking beer. Tastes great, and has tons of flavor to keep you interested. Easily will crush a sixer of this without issue.
Next level pale ale here.

Jul 14, 2021
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip. Orangish amber in color, a solid finger of off white foam. Very nice pale ale. A bit on the hoppier side, with citrus notes - orange, mostly - just slightly over balanced on a nice malty backbone. Bright flavors. Very nice mouthfeel.

Jul 03, 2021
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This APA is IPA’ish. Upfront & mid mouth it’s citrusy. Hoppy on the backend; the hoppy taste lingers for several minutes. Overall, those who love IPA’s; would love this beer. It’s very well done; good job 3 floyds!

Jul 01, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $3.14 plus tax. Canned on 5/10/2021, so this is a bit over 7 weeks old.

Look: Pours a nice clear golden orange color. Copper colored perhaps? A thick one- to one and half-finger of off-white head upon the pour with a bit of rocky bubbles. The head has reduced to a quarter-finger with some evidence of good lacing.

Smell: Aromas of pine, orange peel, and spicy pepper. Apple juice sweetness, floral honey. Smells nice, albeit a bit closed. It may also be a bit cold, so the aromas are more closed.

Taste: This definitely packs more of a punch in the mouth than the nose. It's very full-flavored. Up front, a bit sweet and juicy, lots of orange peel aromatics and some bitterness. The beer finishes with full-on side-of-the tongue gripping bitterness, with a very dry and crisp finish. Very nice orange peel, pith, and pine flavors on the finish. That being said, it's incredibly well balanced and the high bitterness on the finish doesn't feel overpowering at all. It just feels bold and flavorful. It's refreshing and very drinkable.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Very crisp and clean for a pale ale.

Overall: I'm not sure if I had this beer many moons ago. It's OG for sure. I like this a lot. Unfortunately, it's not considered anything special in the beer landscape nowadays. But as a bit of a throwback "back to the future" nostalgia, it scores some points. Totally still relevant and there will always be a place in my heard for a West Coast-style Pale Ale like this one. I had the intention to drink part of this beer, review it, and then make myself some lunch. I've been enjoying this so much that the beer is almost gone now. I'll try to use some of whatever is left to incorporate in my fried tilapia batter.

Jun 30, 2021
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dannydetox from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About time to leave a review on this favorite. Draught pour in Columbus OH. Brassy gold color with a one finger head. Faded quickly, but left hints of lacy foam down the sides of the shaker pint. Orange, grapefruit, and something toasty on the nose. Little bit of hay as well. On the swallow i get more pink grapefruit, hint of blueberry, backed with clean, crisp malt body to provide medium mouth feel. Carbonation on this draught is properly regulated. Subtle caramel comes out as the glass warms in the 95° heat. Guess this is what we call hoppy pale ale these days; would have been (and satisfies my need for) ipa in the yesterdays

Jun 29, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Truly tasty IPA-ish pale ale. More hoppy than some IPAs I’ve had but really tasty.
Poured from a crowler the color of iced tea, with a sparse creamy white head that leaves good lacing.
The aroma is good, definitely Citra in there, leading to the flavor of citrus and hops bitter and just a little malt to level things out.
Quite good, and happy that they finally made it to West Michigan.

Jun 27, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium head that persists as lacing.

Smells of piney floral hops with some citrus. Tastes of malt, hops, citrus and pineapple with a lightly bitter finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth clean mouthfeel.

This is a very plesant, mild mannered, drinkable and well made brew.

Jun 15, 2021
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Kessel from New York

3.69/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

In a can, 6 weeks since being packaged. Some pine, maybe a hint of whiskey and leather, some citrus but not a juice bomb. The mouthfeel was pretty heavy. The overall flavor had a slight astringent note to the immediate finish. I’m not tasting the same world renowned brew that has been exalted here, but I would pay $12 for a six again, just not the $15 I originally paid.

Jun 08, 2021
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can packing date 3/24/21 regular pour into a tulip glass.
This can reads 6.5%ABV.
L: Pours a hazy amber/orange with a 1" pillowy, crunchy off-white head. Very good head retention. Good, fairly even lacing.
S: A mild complexity of ripe fruits, apricot, grapefruit, peach, light grass and a hint of bread. Not at all pungent.
T: Full-flavored citra hops, grapefruit, apricot, light pine, flowery then resin at the finish that continues with more pine, tea with lemon and grapefruit. It is fairly sweet but not dankishly intense. Hop resin lingers on.
F: It has a juicy, wet medium-bodied mouth feel, medium carbonation, lightly soft & creamy yet with a stern hop resin axis that spins hops a good distance out resulting in a long, dry finish. The hops go wide and long. It is a bit parching.
O: An excellent and flavorful DDH Pale Ale. It is a dynamic hop forward and resinous ale. Very juicy to dry.

Jun 06, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce can poured into a can glass.

Had 12 of these now and they don't dissapoint.

Orange amber, slightly hazy and almost 3 fingers of antique white foam that lessens to a perpetual cap. Very little lacing. Nose is light, citrus and clean doughy malt with a hint of pine. Taste is the same, hoppy citrus, clean malt, pine with a bit of spice. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium light in weight, crisp with underlying creaminess. Nice bitter hoppy finish. This drinks very easy. Not very juicy, more in line with early examples of the style. Well done.

May 30, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my tulip this beer is a cloudy golden amber with a tall creamy off white head. Great retention and tons of lace. Great looking beer.

Scent is pine needles, pineapple, spice, grapefruit and floral. Some stone fruit - peach, nectarine. Soething in the scent reminds me of rosemary.

Taste is surprisingly dry. Vinous white grape notes. There's a minor bitterness in the background. Green melon. Mint. Hints of orange. Light stone fruit.s

Mouth is lightly creamy with a brief finish.

Interesting profile and obviously well made but for my palate it doesn't hold up to the hype.

May 28, 2021
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an off white head.

Citrus, pine, bitter herb, sweet malt.

Pine, grapefruit, orange, floral notes, sweet candy. Finishes with a dry oaky flavor reminiscent of nuts,

May 25, 2021
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Piercan from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Intensely hoppy American Pale Ale with a well-rounded bitterness that appeals to the American IPA fan that I am.
Look: pale orangey amber.
Smell: although ''only'' 6%ABV a little alcohol in the nose.
Taste / Feel: smooth and fresh, with subdued malt.
Overall, an exceptional American Pale Ale. But why do they limit purchase to 2×12 ounces bottles in Milwaukee liquor stores? (as of Sep.2017).
◇ May 2020 update:
Draft at the D&V, Shorewood - WI.
I confirm my review. No whiff of alcohol in the smell. Taste is really "breathtaking". A bouquet of hoppy flavors... and dry, bitterness that carries me away. ♡♡♡

May 11, 2021
Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 11189 ratings