Zombie Dust
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Zombie DustZombie Dust
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
100
Ranked #39
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
1,736
Ratings:
10,936
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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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.
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited (and somewhat nervous, considering all of the hype it has in the annals of my memory from having heard nothing but praise for it for almost the entire decade of my enjoyment of craft beer... shit, has it really been that long? Yikes) for my first can of Zombie Dust. This one needs no introductions whatsoever for 99% or more of the craft beer community, particularly those who love hops, so let's jump right in.

The pour is a mostly-clear (well, compared to most New England pale ales, anyway) medium-orange color with a soapy and thick, dense head of bone-white foam that leaves behind some soapy lace as it slowly fades to a retentive ring of rocky suds measuring almost a finger-and-a-half even after ten or so minutes in my glass. Very nice looking, for sure. Visible carbonation activity rising from the bottom of my glass, as well. Good first impression!

So, I am aware this is a 100% Citra pale ale (though the style has been hotly debated for a while, as it's certainly in "IPA" strength and has matching IBUs to boot, but that's neither here nor there), and the nose definitely brings that to light. To me, this smells a bit more "dank" than some fruitier Citra beers I've had, with a lot of pine, grassiness, and resin upfront with some sticky papaya, melon, mango, and grapefruit in there as well. I also detect a slight spice and herbal undertone that feels pungent and intriguing, plus a hint of biscuity and bready malt. Seems pretty well-rounded. Of course, it doesn't seem overly intense to me, either, but I kinda expected that given the effect hype can have (plus it has wider distribution now, so who knows if the recipe is any different?).

Palate is clean and semi-malty with flashes of cantaloupe, tangerine, grapefruit, biscuit, and mango hanging around in there, all punctuated by moderating carbonation and a hint of bitterness and ethanol in the finish. Definite pine flavors and some light resinous dankness as well as a more "passion fruit"-like note that lingers in the finish. Satisfying and quenching, yeah, but definitely not the best pale ale ever... glad to have given it a shot, and will buy more if I see it around, as it's definitely enjoyable and not expensive, but it's not all it's cracked up to be, in my opinion.

Tuesday at 11:20 PM
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/7/20

Oh my, look what we have here. Just a week after 3 Floyds started distributing to MA, we've ended up with this gem. The #1 American Pale Ale and #39 overall on this site. This should be a treat, I've been hearing about this one sinceI joined BA over 2 years ago

Pours a cloudy copper gold with 2 fingers of soapy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing

I feel like the aroma here leans more towards IPA than APA, but what's the difference really? Notes of orange, resiny hops, fresh pine, papaya, and caramel malt stick out the most with subtle notes of peach and grain

Very fresh in taste, up front I get tons of soft tropical fruit like peach and mango with very gentle hopping. The swallow brings a quick flash of piney hops that fade to the background, allowing a smooth pale malt to shine through, each supporting one another in the aftertaste

So damn drinkable, crushable even. A light medium body works with gentle carbonation for a very smooth beer. A mostly dry finish, but still brings exciting juiciness

#39 overall? Nahh. But incredible nonetheless. Very fresh and exciting, and probably the best price point for a highly rated beer, at just $2.50 for a single. The lowish abv definitely works in its favor, I could session these all day (and I think I just might have to do that)

Tuesday at 06:51 PM
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slow and steady pour from a 12-oz. can produced two fingers of off-white creamy foam that slowly became rocky as it sunk. Sticky lacing created rings and blotches. Chill haze quickly cleared to a light hop haze (I can read large print) with a golden-straw body plus a hint of orange.

Citra hops greets the nose; floral, herbal and a hint of piney hops in the background. Bread, toast and a general grainy smell from abundant malt. It smells like it could be citrus juicy.

Neutral on sweetness at first with average bitterness even though the hop flavor is very strong. Big citrus flavor (orange and lemon) without juiciness. The malt shines during the middle of the taste, more on the toasty side. Bitterness builds to above average as it becomes semi-dry. Some fresh cut grass and citrus rind arrives late. The finish is averagely speedy with pine and citrus lingering briefly.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation, soft on the palate yet I wouldn't call it smooth. Somewhat balanced, hop presents is a bit bigger than the malt. Is it a big Pale Ale or an IPA?, you be the judge.

Canned on 9/23/20, one month old to the day.

Oct 23, 2020
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clausthaler from Delaware

3.77/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 9/23/20 tasted in a teku
Honestly its fine but it's really not great or amazing-jaw dropping, just fine approaching disappointing given the hype and 4.62 rating on BA. Not sure if it's too old or quality dropped due to increased distribution range. Nice to see it available in new england but i don't really get the hype. it's fine but there are local brewerys that do better. However, it may just be the style that I don't appreciate-- I will probably try more from these folks but this one didn't do much for me. Passable and a decent price point (~$13 6 pk) for what it is but won't buy again. Just kinda lackluster, no haze not enough juice. Seems dumbed down, maybe centrifuged or sterile filtered for distro. better than a lotta mass market IPA's but that's not saying a whole lot when you live 45min from treehouse and trillium can deliver to your house. also can art is fuckin cheesy but that;s just me.

of course it's better than fuckin sierra nevada but when did that become the benchmark, fuckin boomers. In conclusion it's fine but not that great. Don't lose your mind tryna find it. Old Money heads might be more into it than hazebois.

Oct 22, 2020
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digitalflood from New York

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wider distribution, finally able to taste this one and it was worth the wait. Pours a deep hazy golden yellow with strong head from minor agitation at standard pour angle into pint glass. Retains strong lacing. Very active carbonation only noticeable from an angle into light fixture. Good mouthfeel. A bit of froth with a crisp clean finish. Smells of pine, citrus, and malt biscuit. Not overpowering but very present. On the front palette lots of pine and grape fruit cleanly blending to malt biscuit and bread notes. Very well balanced. Mid-palette and back palette notes are very similar but accentuate based on taste bud position creating a perceived complexity but maintaining excellent balance throughout transition. This gives a very clean and well balanced overall feel to the entire tasting note and provides you with a very good "full mouth" drinking experience as well as when sipped. Totally brilliant in that way because this makes the tasting note extremely consistent, reliable, and full flavored. Probably the best balanced Pale Ale I've ever had and I know people say "this is an IPA" but it's that very balance and the selecting flavor profile that it creates that makes this a very subtle and effective mix of flavors. There is not overwhelming pine or caramels like many IPAs, but a consistent flavor profile expressly only obtainable from the pale ale profile. Consistently we see pale ales preferred over IPAs because of this better balance and more subtle taste profile-- Zombie Dust simply perfects that and as a result reflects the possibility of having big taste in simple presentation. I had recently watched a pizza video (of all things) and it was noted by the pizzaiolo (who was an acclaimed master of the art of pizza making) that simple flavor profiles work best because it lets the consumer experience every piece of the taste profile both separately and then eventually as a whole creating balance with highlights of taste throughout. I think this reflects that same idea-- simple taste notes can be more pleasurable in their consistency and straight forward elements. So there you go-- very simple taste note, excellent taste experience. Finishes crisp and clean. Not too juicy. Not too bitter. Not too malty or sweet. Absolutely dead on right mix of all these things. Perfect balance. Lingering after taste of pine and malt. Again nothing overpowering. Truly a brilliant job and worth the wait.

Oct 22, 2020
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty excited to try this considering it was on my wish list for 10 years. Pours a beautiful clear copper, solid head retention/carbonation. It's damn delicious and the first thing that comes to mind as a comparison is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, though with amped up flavor/bitterness. It's got the piney west coast thing going on. Bitterness lingers which is what I love, which invites another sip.

I miss the classic American Pale Ale style, which is what this is. This is not for the hazy crowd at all.

Oct 21, 2020
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pdrvideo from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used to be one of my favorite Beers but they must have tweaked the recipe to mass produce. Now just like a run of the mill IPA. Not a pale at all but didn't mind when it used to taste awesome. :(

Oct 16, 2020
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mgraber from Kansas

1/5  rDev -78.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a great beer, but since it is called a pale ale and is most obviously an IPA with 60 IBU and 6.2 ABV it does NOT deserve its high status. I am beyond sick of brewers calling IPA's APA's and calling their stouts porters etc. just so the people who know absolutely nothing about beer can be impressed by the big flavors compared to their competitors who call their beers by their proper style. Cheating and being stupid should not be rewarded. It has gotten completely out of hand. End of rant.

Oct 12, 2020
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SLeffler27 from New York

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

This beer has a slight chill haze and is dark amber with light amber highlights (SRM 7-11). A big, two-inch, almond head starts foaming and gradually settles to become a pancake pillow. Sticky lace abounds on a PBGC Pub Pint.

The aroma opens with sweet caramel that stands out against pine resin and light, tropical citrus.

The balance tends toward bitterness over sweetness. The flavors closely follow the nose. Pine resin is quite nice, while caramel and biscuit malt follow quickly. The flavor has a zesty quality of light citrus, while the finish is modest and lingering.

Alcohol is as expected, with no astringency or abrasiveness. The beer has a medium body with modest carbonation and the texture of fine wool.

This beer was canned almost four weeks prior to my purchase and review. I suspect the hop profile has been diminished. It is, however, on tap locally and I just might grab a crowler for comparison. Regardless, this IPA was just right for an overcast, breezy late summer afternoon.

Oct 11, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy sunset in body with frothy white head. Aroma of grass, citrus rind, pine. Tastes of citrus, honey, grass, pine, sweet mint, a touch of kiwi with bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Oct 11, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Creamy, billowy tan head at three inches appears soft and cushy. Dark orange pour with a vibrant amount of carbonation. Head retention is good, the lacing is thick and sticky on the vessel walls. Very nice presentation, lace visual.

S: Fresh breakfast juice, green melon, cantaloupe and juicy peaches. Small watermelon grind, passion fruit and lemon peel. Soft citrusy pale grains.

T: Crisp flavor, pale malts provide a great backdrop to the orange-citrusy and mango-pineapple flair of hops. Soft flowery pine citrus, citronella, and a appreciable dry hopping, bready malts.

M: Mouthful was crisp, light dry with a flowery coating on the tongue.

O: Overall honestly this is a go to pale ale, and I'm sure back in the day it paved the way for the many great examples we have now but...I really wasn't wow'd after the years of build up and anticipation, and after the many newer whirlpool N.E. examples i have experience. With a rotating market of hazy juicy ipa's and pales flooding the market this is a great classic example for me, but hardly see a reason for repeat purchase with so many other great options at my finger tips. This has a great drinkability rate and as a pale and rating to style I did give it a bump of .25 overall. With all consideration this is a outstanding beer but hardly see what all the fuss is about, and a 100 seems a bit far fetched. 91 for me.

Oct 10, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

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

Pours a copper orange gold with a slightly tan head. Smells slightly sweet with notes of citrus coming forward as well as mango hoppy floral scents. Taste follows the nose. It's dominated by citrus with undertones of mango followed by just a hint of hop bitterness to cut the sweetness. As it warms up, floral notes become more apparent as a hibiscus like flavor. The beer is slightly less carbonated than average but has a thicker body than I expected which makes it more drinkable in my opinion. Overall this is an awesome pale ale that's easy to drink a few, but its not the best pale ale. it's a top ten maybe even top 5 for the style but I've had other APAs that I've enjoyed more.

Oct 03, 2020
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mpyle from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my friend Dave for providing the bottle.

Pale amber color, fairly clear. Pours a good sized white head, creamy and long lasting.

Big orange hop aroma that gets through the big head. A bit solventy with the hops.

Brief taste of caramel maltiness before the big hop flavors kick in. Lots of orange and pine flavor, and finishes with a nice, earthy bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency but the hops come close. A bit of a tongue coater.

An intensely hoppy pale ale. I like that it has some assertive bitterness on the back end. In some ways drinks more like an IPA. A bit too overpowering for my palate to drink many of these in one sitting.

Oct 02, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

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

-clear amber can pour with a thin , white foam cap and citrus aroma ( lemon and a bit of lime).
The flavor is an even balance of malt and hop flavors. Some orange and grapefruit zest show most prominently. The hop bitterness is moderate.
The finish is clean. I am thankful for the opportunity to try this brew.

Sep 26, 2020
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into pint glass. 3 weeks old.
A: Clear light orange,persistent half inch head. Leaves lacing on the glass.
S: Floral hops and malt
T: Follows the nose. Floral and citrus. Mild bitterness. Very balanced . Bitterness lingers on the tongue.
M: medium body
O: Very well made and balanced. Just enough of everything.

Sep 26, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK -- super clear and light gold color - 2 finger head - receded quickly though - stays at a nice level of carbonation and lacing
SMELL -- quite a bit of cattiness and pine tree - some malt and a touch of mango and citrus/orange
TASTE -- decent hop bitterness at first sip - rushes into strong pine hop flavor then some malt sweetness comes in - some nice hints of biscuit and cracker but is short lived - swirling around are hop flavors including: mango, pineapple, and grapefruit
FEEL -- medium bodied - carbonation at a decent level throughout - nice mouth feel
OVERALL -- this is a really good Pale - I think it is a bit overhyped though - I have had better Pales - not my favorite flavors in an IPA/Pale Ale either - but this is still a great brew

Sep 21, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Whole Foods on the UES NYC. Pours opaque bright amber orange, two fingers of fluffy off white head and nice lacing, smell is citrus/hop hard candy, orange zest, hints of mango and stone fruit, taste is pithy orange flesh, hints of caramel, finishes with citrusy pine bitterness that lingers, feel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A classic finally arrives in NYC and it does not disappoint, and excellent citrusy pale ale.

Sep 19, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Slightly hazy, orange/amber, with a finger of white foam that sticks around. Leaves a nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: The beer is about 2 weeks old. More malt than I was expecting, and a bit of astringency; so, just a slight bit harsh. I do get a get some nice citrus in the form of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. A little caramel, and biscuit, and even an herbal quality.
TASTE: Strong malt presence,
bready backbone, and the citrus is there, just a bit more behind the malt than I prefer. Pleasant building bitterness that fades after awhile. May be tasting a little alcohol.
FEEL: Medium body, quite dry, and we'll carbonated.
OA: Nice, but, not quite what I want in a PA. Needs some more love in the dry hopping process to balance against the malt and that slight, astringent bite.

Sep 13, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Finally, the #1 in my favorite #1 style _ APA _ arrives reasonably priced in cans at WFM.
a) A for appearance with a non-stop white blanketing head over a hazed copper apricot body.
s) Floral, like you just came in from the garden, citrus blossoms more than flesh,
t) Found taste bigger than aroma, ripe, juicy, round flavors of citrus, blossoms, flower store, brought home with a pungent, piney, hoppy, peppery finale that battles juicy sweet fruit vs cleansing pepper and pine.
f) Semi-sweet smooth bitterness sprouting a crisp dry finish.
o) Wins over the competition, bright and memorable, will return for many more 6's now that it's available in WFM.

Sep 11, 2020
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Kendo from New York

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Born on 8/19/20, consumed on 9/10/20. 3 Floyds has finally made it to upstate NY. . . .

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is mostly clear coppery-amber-golden with a 2-finger foamy head on top, which recedes to leave behind splotches of lace.

S: Light caramel malt foundation is followed by modest hops - some citrus and some earthy hops. Not a really strong nose at all, but a pleasant one.

T: Husky grain, crackery malt and a sweeter caramel malt foundation is followed by clean hops - a touch of citrus, but more of an earthy, herbal profile overall. Finishes with a hint of lemon.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, with soft & fine carbonation. A good feel for a traditional APA.

O: This beer will not blow you away with in-your-face hops or some other dramatic flavor profile, but it is a well done, clean APA that's tremendously easy to drink. A nice curveball from the usual NEIPAs I've been drinking lately - a throwback of sorts.

Sep 11, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Zombie Dusk pours a darker amber color, with a long lasting head. Rich aroma, noticeable floral hop notes. Flavor is full, floral hops, with a good solid rich malt base. Good body and feel. Overall, a bitter pale ale, with lots of floral flavors.

Sep 07, 2020
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craftaholic from New York

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty, crisp, a subtle bite and definitely the best pale ale I've had. Gets the job done and it did it well. Surprised to see this on tap in upstate NY!

Sep 03, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass.

Look is a hazy brown orange with a full white head.

Aroma is a great balance of malt and hops.

Taste matches aroma, clear malt backbone with herbal hops.

Sep 02, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden with almost two fingers of white soapy head. A beautiful looking brew. Good retention, nice strong lacing. Just stunning.

Nose is mild tropical notes, pretty much just pineapple, mild pine resin, dankness, and grape. All of these are strong, but not jumping out of the glass, NEIPA strong. Present, delicate, not one of them struggling for dominance. Balanced.

Taste is similar grape, pine, pineapple. The malt backbone is not very strong. A little cracker and caramel. Very subtle. The hops really are the star of the show. Not strong, but lingering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall a great APA. Comparing it to DDH-Psuedo Sue, its a close one. Not sure which one I like more. But this is a great summer beer. Very light, very drinkable, and highly enjoyable. I understand the cult-like following behind this brew.

Aug 31, 2020
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love that this is the #1 rated APA over those hazy beers from Trillium and Toppling Goliath. This is a more traditional APA in the sense that it has a nice malt presence and appropriate bitterness. Great balance in this beer with the hops leaning toward herbal and leafy, almost like wet hops. Cool can, great everyday beer, but honestly I think Alpha King is even better. yb

Aug 28, 2020
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 10936 ratings