Zombie Dust
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
100
Ranked #34
Avg:
4.63 | pDev: 8.42%
Reviews:
1,671
Ratings:
10,742
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
100
World-Class
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.
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Photo of adab123
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An exceptionally good pale ale. Basically a low key IPA, but smoother than most. On the first taste, it reminds me of West Coast IPAs and Pale Ales and their often dry-hopped feel. Light pine notes. However, in the finish, the feel is transformed into the citrusy aftertaste of a hazy IPA. Remarkable.

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Photo of bret27
4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JohnnyHopps for fresh can.
Nice copper coloring. Thick head with some lace.
Mostly hop smells. Citrusy resiny.
Taste is great. Full bodied. Plenty of west coast style hop taste at beginning and finishing with a very dry almost soapy finish. Has a great malt base though that really masked it stand out as a balanced pale ale.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.36/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 09/30/19, so a month old. Beer #1500, APA #100, and it's Halloween, so what better drink for the occasion than Zombie Dust.

Looks great in the glass, golden yellow body with hints of amber. Generous white head dissipates to a solid covering, but retains thanks to fast streams of carbonation. Great lacing.

Hoppy aroma, a little on the dank side. Light touches of both citrus and non citrus fruit.

Bitter and hoppy, malt background barely detectable, no sweetness. This one lingers on the tongue, literally making the mouth water. Solid grapefruit hit. Comes off way higher than 6 2abv. Really liking this one.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish quite bitter.

Overall, an agressive APA, but even with the barely detectable malt, this is not a harsh drink at all. Happy to have 3 Floyd's in PA, and to have another 5 of these beauties in the fridge

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Photo of justintcoons
4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Golden blonde. Good clarity. Light carbonation. Short white cap.

Nose
Candied orange, lemon, grapefruit, and mango.

Taste
Candied orange and lemon. Sugar coated grapefruit and slight mango. Lightly dank. Balanced biscuity maltiness with a dollop of caramel.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, balanced, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Its quality lies in its simplicity. Superbly balanced for what the American Pale Ale should be.

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Photo of JoeyHinkebein
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Definitely the best APA I've ever had.
Very smooth, very good flavor profile.

If you ever come across it, buy as much as you can. It's very sought after & hard to find packaged.

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Photo of morimech
4.04/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Waited to try this beer for years and then kind of forgot about it. Suddenly it appears on local shelves. It is pretty good for only having the terrible Citra hop being used (I am sorry but Psuedo Sue is terrible). I would describe this as the original juicy pale ale before the haze craze came along. It also has the benefit of having bitterness and not being overly sweet. Would I drink this regularly? Probably not as I am more in the pine, herbal, earthy, dank spectrum with hoppy beers.

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Photo of rbarbercheck
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long time favorite. Once almost impossible to get. A well balanced pale /IPA. A bit hazy, juicy but balanced out with some righteous pale ale bitterness. The pendulum has swung too far to the Uber neipa side, while Zombie Dust has remained strongly perfect and has done nothing wrong.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
09/27/19

Bottle to snifter. Shared with DC.

Yellow orange, creamy white head, excellent retention.

Good mix of pine and citrus.

Creamy, smooth.


**

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Photo of That_Mohawk_Dude
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not much to say that hasn't been said. My personal favorite beer and the beer I personally chose to have at my wedding. The pinnacle of an IPA and a modern masterpiece.

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Photo of aficionado224
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There have been so many reviews about this that I probably can't add to the information about it but I can say it has been very high ranking for so many reasons that I agree it is superb, excellent, wonderful, and other superlatives. They use all Citra hops which happens to be one of my favorite varieties for just enough bitterness and explosive deliciousness. There is a fine line of too little and too much but this has the sweet spot of exactly the right quantity of hops to make this beer so thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap: Carmel in color with a small head and decent lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Pretty hoppy but good malt backbone. Pine, citrus and malt all come together to make a great beer that's flavorful without being bitter.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.88/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to try this for a long time and was lucky to find some fresh on a recent trip to the Midwest. Pours a much deeper color than I expected, a burnt orange with a smallish head and just a little lace. Nose is certainly muted for such a highly rated beer. Some orange and earthy/herbal notes along with caramel malts, but much more subdued than I hoped for. Hard to believe this is an all citra beer.
Flavor is bigger. Drinks like an 8% beer and is well balanced, although the flavors don't really pop. Orange rind and caramel malts again...a little grapefruit, but this isn't a super citrusy beer. Resiny too, which helps balance the malt. Overall, a good beer, but it did not live up to the score here.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/21. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Pungent hop aroma and not much else. Bitter and floral hop notes with caramel malt notes on the taste, hops mellow out and become more floral and grassy as it warms. Evolves more than a lot of pale ales, and more complex than the nose would lead you to believe. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of Stooven
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I used to get this for $35/case at the brewery, then I got tired of it and craft beer passed FFF by. Too many comparably good options for much less money. Now that ZD actually stays on the shelf, it's become difficult to find fresh bottles. (Bottle dated 6/12 being drank on 7/1) Does the nostalgia hold up? The balance of the beer is what's key. Too many FFF beers have the same flavor, but the bitterness, malt, carbonation are just right with this. It's still too expensive, and I don't consider overpaying for beer to be 'treating' myself. But if some are content to pay more than $100 to see an 80-year-old Stones cover band, I guess I won't be judged too harshly for this pit stop. But I'm done. Felt like a douche sleeping with an old flame when I bought it, and I still feel dirty having drank this.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice pale ale from a famous brewery that’s new to me. Tried this one on tap at 3 Floyds. Looks great, slightly darker golden-yellow-orange color with a little white head and nice rings of lingering lacing. Very nice aromas - lots of juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon and passion fruit fruity hops along with some floral and piney hops, nuttiness, caramel, vanilla and malt. Taste follows the nose, and there’s a great balance between the hoppy bitterness and smooth sweeter malt backbone. Good hit of bitter hoppiness at the finish. Smooth, mild, ever so slightly sticky mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. Really a great beer - not a 4.5 by any means, but truly very enjoyable.

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Photo of defunksta
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a glowing, but not bright,orange/amber color like an ember from a dying campfire.
Aroma: Strong citrus aroma of mandarin orange, ripe pineapple, grapefruit. A dank pine forest.
Flavor: Tons of nice mandarin orange, grapefruit, ripe pinapple with a dank and resiny pine flavor. A somewhat sweeter honey (maybe toffee?) bread malt body follows. A wave of bitterness finishes on the end.
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. Overall, though its dry on the tongue.

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.

Overall: An top shelf beer. I was initially blown away by the bitterness on the nose, yet when tasted 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. I think it pioneered the style of west-coast IPA,

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Photo of TH28
4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 4/30/19 bottle date. Appearance: Dark golden orange, cloudy, with a fluffy white foam head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Dank, super resinous, and grassy, with a touch of citrus rind
Taste: Moderate malt sweetness, mostly caramel but also with a touch of cracker. A sharp bitterness rises with only.a hint of citrus and resin
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with carbonation on the Light side
Finish: Dry and resinous in the tongue. Strong residual bitterness leads over malt, building intensity after the swallow.
Overall: Prototype for an original American Pale Ale/IPA. The bitterness and malt character seem on the strong end for an APA. Definitely has a stronger malt base reflective of the traditional style as opposed to the newer evolution of the style. Clean and crisp with a nice dank and resinous hop character

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Photo of 57md
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, let's dispense with the BS that this is an APA - it's an IPA - and a damn good one!

Pours a light copper with over a finger of head. The nose is piney with dank notes as well. The flavor profile has a strong malt backbone with hoppy bitterness that is amped up to a Spinal Tap 11. Nice and resiny too.

The real magic of this offering is that it is only 6.2% but it has the bold flavor of an 8-10% DIPA. I only wish that it were more readily available here in Eastern PA.

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Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear golden amber beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly to become a cap of foam and then a thin irregularly shaped island of foam and a ring round the glass while leaving a web, rings and sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of long small arches and lots of small patches and slender legs of lacing.

The aromas have a nice fruity character that includes lots of citrus such as grapefruit zest and lime along with lots of tropical fruits such as mango and lychee. In the background there’s just a bit of toasted bready malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the tropical fruits and citrus from the hops. The very light sweetness from the toasted malt softens the bitterness but otherwise doesn’t really play much of a role in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and crisp with the lightly prickly moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors start to fade allowing the bitterness to show in the lightly bitter dry ending includes a bit of zest and pine.

Overall this is definitely an enjoyable beer that is easy to drink and which I’ll be happy to have again in the future. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of stoumi
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale pours a dark, burnt amber color with modest finger and a half of soapy, rocky head that quick dissipates. The smell is a potpourri of floral notes, as well as citrus from tangerine and an orange juice quality to grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of papaya and mango. A touch of pine on the nose from the Citra hops, as well as a malty, cake batter or light vanilla sweetness to it. Up front, it’s earth and green with a mild hop dankness to it. The beer opens up with bready and caramel body with a slight tropical fruit note of pineapple and mango. Zombie Dust has a clean and crisp mouthfeel to it, with a resiny and bitter, but dry finish to it. Could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a blind taste test with really average IPAs we failed to pick this out of a lineup. It may have been king one day, but the hype is unmatched. Had a 2 week old six pack too. Either beers have come up a long way or this one has fallen. Not at all impressed.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a beer I would like to have regular access to, but alas, I snagged this bottle on a trip to Cincinnati.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden yellow color with a great head and nice lacing. Citrus and herbal smell and taste. Sort of a dank background flavor I cannot identify. A bit peppery. Great beer!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden amber color with a couple finger's worth of sudsy, off-white froth. The aroma is equal measures citrus and pine resin, with a bready underpinning. Wisps of yeast swirl and dance as gravity slowly overwhelms the rising carbonation, while rings of reticulated lacing adorn the glass.

The taste features a blast of astringent, resinous hops cradled by vigorous carbonation. Complexity, if I may be so generous, is afforded by notes of grapefruit pith and aspirin. Feeble, biscuity malt is mostly trampled by the hops. Medium body and high carbonation make for a zesty, slightly oily mouthfeel that thins out on the back end.

Overall, the hype for this beer is totally lost on me, even considering my usual biases. The bitterness is coarse and brutish, and there's next to nothing to speak of in the way of a malt profile. Honestly, I'd have a tough time distinguishing this from an anonymous IPA.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.62/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz btl pour into English pint glass.
Look: Light golden straw color. Yellowish golden smooth hue. Nice white head, good tight lacing throughout the beer.
Smell: Grapefruit, hoppy, pine, touch of vanilla.
Taste: Hop explosion on first taste, not overload bitter. Deep rich flavor. With tart slight dry finish. Wonderful!
Feel: Very smooth feel. Very drinkable refreshing feel.
Overall: Excellent. Not many beers I describe as food but his beer is delicious.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up in a trade with TimxOr. Have never had brew from these guys before (not distributed to MA). Bottled-on date of 1/29/19. Excellent APA, lived up to expectations.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 10742 ratings