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Zombie DustZombie Dust

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

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 LaCoursiere
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to troopscoop for this one in a trade at Darkness Day. Poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours a cloudy orange amber with a 1/2 finger beige head. A thin head and collar remain after initial dissipation. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Tropical fruit salad. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

T - There is a flash of honey sweetness and a hint of bready malt on the way in that is drenched by a tidal wave of citrus and tropical fruit sweetness. Loads of grapefruit and orange. Just a hint of pineapples. A mild piney hop bitterness that lingers long past the finish tops it all off.

M - Medium bodied with a finely bubbled carbonation that is aggressive for just a moment then fades pleasantly. No alchohol warmth.

O/D - This is the second time I've had this beer and I still can't find the words to express how good this is. Three Floyds is dead on with this one. Yeah, I just dropped that lame pun.

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Photo of nesarebad
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Bottle courtesy of bjohnston, thanks Brian!

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber, fluffy thick three finger head. Sticky lacing lingers throughout as I drink the beer.

S - Lots of tropical and citrus fruits, very strong nose. No apparent malts in the nose, definitely very unique for the style and trending towards IPA.

T - Oh wow, am I drinking fruit or am I drinking fruit. A lot of orange peel, mango, kiwi, and even orange juice itself. Definitely does not drink like a pale ale, where the typical biscuity malt backbone would be expected. To a fault, this throws it to the side of being unbalanced.

M - Heavier than a typical APA, but had no issues with drinking multiple in a night. Not too sticky or heavy on the tongue.

Overall, I would have to say this is the best APA I have ever had, but not to say that it is traditional in any sense. A wonderful explosion of juiciness I would love to have again in the future.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring-on the zombie apocalypse. This one definitly lived up to the hype for me. May be best Pale Ale I've had? Bottled 2/10, providing a beautiful pour into a snifter. Nose is not as pronounced as others but taste is fantastic. This Citra hopped gem is hitting my c-spot. Straight to the dome with my first ever. Too bad this stuff is so hard to come by.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this one. Thanks, Tyler!

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange color with a one finger foamy cream colored head. Nice retention and some good lace spackled down the glass with each sip.

S: This smells really really good. Ripe tropical fruit notes mix with a spicy pine base. Mango, peach and pineapple with some musty pine in the background. A bit of caramel malt in the back as well.

T: Opens with some pine and just a trace of overripe mango. Middle brings a touch of grapefruit, tangerine and grapefruit pith, which dries things out pretty nicely. Finish shows a little caramel, lingering pink grapefruit pith and some nice pine resin without becoming overly bitter. Fantastically hoppy without sacrificing balance. And drinkable for days. This is awesome stuff.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Andrew for sending this one my way.

12oz bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger fluffy off white head. There is a good amount of head retention, but lacing is minimal...

S - Lots of citrus fruits come through. Grapefruit, mango, orange, and a hint of pine. Scent is very inviting...

T - All the same culprits that came through on the nose. Mango, grapefruit, and orange. While the citrus hid the malt on the nose, it is evident here. Just enough to keep this from being a hop bomb. Finishes extremely smooth with light hop bitterenss. Again, the malt keeps the finish from being overly bitter. This one is delicious with a ton of citrusy hops and just enough malt to keep this balanced. Fantastic...

M - Very smooth. Medium body feel with a good amount of carbonation for the style...

O - Been wanting to try this one for a while, and glad I finally I got a chance. Definitely lived up to the hype for me. Would drink this all the time if this was available in my location. FFF knocked one out of the park here...


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Photo of taylor714914
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hello Citra! I love me some solid headwaters from victory, but this is one heck of an apa.

You want a solid example if what a brewery can do with a pale ale and some Citra. Chaching, here you go.

Hops so fresh and clean you wonder if it's just your imagination. 3 pints deep you realize that every sip is as delicious as the first.

3 floyds, way to kill it. Best apa hands down.

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Photo of KingSlayer
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle, poured into a multi purpose wine chalice.
Pours a deep amber semi translucent liquid with dark orange tints, a heavy 4-5 fingers tall and slight offwhite head formed, very frothy, the foam is thick and rocky in appeareance with strong persistance, small sized bubbles, heavy beautiful belgian laceing left behind.
Aroma is composed of a citric zest blend that tings my nose, green lemon rind, sweet orange, pinapple juice, lemongrass, and pale malty sweetness. the more i smell it the more i like it.
Taste- same as aroma, a very citrusy blend, green lemon rind amongst others, and a well rounded sweetness, bitterness is medium strenght with little persistance, mild aftertaste guava/pineapple like and a refreshing cold sensation is left in throat.
Mouthfeel- Intensely carbonated, medium-light body, alcohol well hidden.
Overall an intensely hopped pale ale, bitterness is not that prominent, but the aroma and taste is all about the citra hops. they are nicely showcased in this brew.

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Photo of orangesol
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for picking me up a growler of this one during his recent trip through the brewpub.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving

S - HUGE amounts of grapefruit throughout this one. Tons of oily citra hops dominate the nose with a bit of lightly toasted sweet caramel malt hiding in the shadows. The second we cracked this growler I could smell it from across the room.

T - Starts off with a huge, oily, citric hop bite quickly giving way to a mix of strong tropical fruits like grapefruits, pineapple, and oranges. Once the hop resins die down you get a bit of the chewy, lightly toasted, caramel malt but this one really is all about the hops. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, only coming through at the very end of each glass. The finish is a mix of citric hop oils and some light chewiness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lots of hop oils and some light chewiness in the feel, lingering through the finish. Even with all these hops it remains quite light.

O - Well that growler disappeared pretty damn quick. I could drink this one all day, every day, it is that good. The citra hops are the perfect choice for this beer and this is easily one of the best hop-forward pale ales I have ever had.

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Photo of zeppedled
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color is a perfect golden ale color, pleasant hoppy aroma with a good mouthfeel. The hops are very forward but we'll balanced out by a nice crisp malty body. The after taste comes slowly, but is very floral with notes of pine and fruit. Reminds me much of Founders Mosaic promise, with less fruity flavors.

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Photo of jthahn
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Pour

A, consistent with most all quality apas. Clear, golden, nice one finger head with light lacing in the glass.

S, one of the best parts of this beer. Amazing citrusy nose. If youre familiar with 3 floyds youll recognize this smell.

T, 3 floyds best apa yet. The hop flavor and bitterness are perfectly balanced and the malt takes shape at just the right moment. Almost a dreadnaught light.

M, very good. Suits the beer pefectly and lingers on your tongue just the right amount of time.

Get it as soon as you can. This is one outstanding apa.

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Photo of WKyle
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to defend this one to the end. I feel like the mark of a new beer critic is to criticize zombie dust, and a true beer geek realizes the beauty of zombie dust.
Look: Look is honestly kind of boring, golden red hue, good head retention, light and fluffy.
Smell: Is there a pale ale that smells better? Bread, fresh hops, Citrus. Citrus is general. Grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple. Perfection.
Taste: Hops, citrus, supported by a gentle background of malt.
Feel: Between foamy and bubbly. Perfect for a pale ale, tickles the tongue while allowing for awesome smells. Not too thick and definitely not too thin.
Overall: Perfect balance. FFF makes it look easy, you almost wonder why nobody else can make a beer quite like this. I challenge all of the critics of zombie dust to try on e next to any "Zombie killer". This makes IPAs much too sweet and syrupy and Pale ales much too weak.

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Photo of gford217
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jim for this bottle.

Pours clear bubbly amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes to a thin collar. not much lacing.

Whoa, this thing packs a serious punch in the nose with grapefruit, pine resin, lemongrass, pineapple. Some light biscuity malts as well. Without a doubt, the best nose I've come across in a pale ale.

Taste doesn't quite match the standard set by the nose but it's still great. The initial taste is juicy citrus with grapefruit and floral pine and grass - really showcases the Citra hops. There is a light bready malt in the background but the taste is all about the hops which leave a tangy bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and really crisp and clean.

This is probably the best APA I've tasted. The Citra hops are certainly the dominant player and it works really well. Excellent beer.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance wasn't anything mind blowing but I loved the smell, the grapefruit, the floral aroma, oh man, I could sit with my nose deep into a glass of this for awhile. The taste reminded me of Double Trouble from Founders which is a bit random, but it's what immediately came to mind. Maybe not as complex a taste but still really strong. Great hops presence, good sweetness but not to cloying. This is extremely drinkable and the growler flew by. I hope 3F's makes this a regular, I would love to have this to drink during the summer months. Just when you start to wonder if 3F's can bring something new to the party, they drop this delightful treasure.

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Photo of lsummers
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three finger creamy head. Very cloudy, amber orange.

Smells of very fresh grapefruit and some subtle lemon zest. A touch of nutty creaminess.

Taste is just fantastic. Highly balanced pine and citric grapefruit notes meld with the dulce de leche sweetness. It stays light somehow through out all the tastes. Definitely a hoppier pale ale, but very well balanced. It has a slightly thin character to the taste but suits its amped up sweet hop profile.

Mouthfeel is a moderately carbonated. Zingy and crisp, slightly viscous.

Overall, this is a fantastic pale ale. One of the best I've tasted and a definite try.

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Photo of coldriver
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, February 9 (looked like almost everyone in the bar was enjoying it as well!). Pours a deep amber with great head and lacing. Aroma is pine and intense citrus - grapefruit, mango, lemon are all there to overwhelm the olfactory. Taste is full of juicy fruity and piney hops, with a substantial malty backdrop. Mouthfeel is resinous and sticky with dry finish. As noted elsewhere, a beer of this description seems like it should be classified as an IPA. Whatever you call it though, it is magically delicious.

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. Review taken from notes.

A - Poured a crystal clear copper hue with a thin white head that faded to leave a nice thin sea foamesc blanket atop the pour.

S - Wow!! Malts, some light booze, but LOADS of tropical fruits (pineapples, citrus, and mango oh my!)

T - Nice malty sweetness and loads of tropical fruits. So, so much delicious mango in each sip. Delicious.

M - Nice carbonation here just feels great on the tongue.

O - Overall, this is a delicious beer. Really, really with Three Floyds would come to MA so I can drink this stuff weekly.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass. FInally get to try this stuff!

A - Pours amber with a slight ruby hue. Shows a slightly hazy straight up amber when shown to light. 1" head appeared which stuck around for a while. A fair amount of lacing stuck to the glass. Very small amount of carbonation visible. Possibly not the freshest batch.

S - Strong and unique. Lot's and LOT's of both fruity and bitter hops up front. Definitely a good amount of Citra and Cascade, as the the citrus is there, and to a higher extent, the grapefruit. Also a very faint hint of mango and strawberry. Some cat piss dankness in there too. Outstanding smelling beer.

T - Like the aroma, very unique. Certainly hoppy enough to be an IPA, but it's almost perfectly blended with the malts, which makes it outstandingly smooth. The fruitiness of the hops is there. Lot's of grapefruit and citrus. SNPA on steroids! The grapefruit is there is huge amounts, as is some floral bitterness. Slightly sweet malts can be noted in the aftertase, as can a bit of hoppy dankness. Great tasting beer.

F - Refreshing and easy on the stomach. Though I couldn't note much in it's appearance, there's a good amount of carbonation while on the tongue. No dryness or stickyness. This beer is easy to drink and is certainly sessionable.

O - An outstanding pale ale. The aroma is unreal, and the taste is almost as good. This could be an almost perfect beer, except there's something slightly sweet in the aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on, but I'm not a huge fan of. Still though, an outstanding pale ale, is sessionable, yet still has of great taste and feel. Every time I have one of these, I appreciate it more. That IMO, is a mark of a truly outstanding beer!

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Photo of Kshock
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- darker golden color, good white head with some good retention. A little lacing, not much.

S- Smells like a ton of hop flowers slots of sitting in my hand. tons of hop resins....amazing aroma. really blew me away.

T- Lots hop character, but still balanced. Really i get citrus, earthy, and a little hint of summit in there. Really digging this. Very clean finish, slightly dry.

M- Very soft and light bodied.

O- amazing pale ale, pushes the boundaries of the style for sure.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Founders tulip glass.

Jonathan the Zombie would take a sip of this and repeat, "Wow, I REALLY like turtles!!!" I like turtles, but I love Zombie Dust!

It toes the line between an IPA and a PA. Who cares. One of the best beers you can find for either class. Citrus nose, a bit of weediness, and an interesting funkiness in the finish (not a bad thing). Medium bitterness on the finish, but not lingering.

As advertised...awesome.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with one to two finger fizzy white head. Strong hops aroma right out of the bottle. Packed with notes of citrus fruit, pine and floral undertones. Flavor is citrusy and slightly sweet balanced by bitter finish. Light to medium body with great carbonation. Absolutely my favorite IPA "Pale Ale." Combines all the best things about east and west coast IPA's.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really an awesome and unique pale ale. Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of head, modest retention and decent rings of lacing.

Smell is delightful- some lemon, a little sticky resin but just the right amount and a nice clean grain scent.

Tastes fantastic; I would expect nothing less of a pale ale from three Floyd's. Still that lemon citrus hop characteristic and the same slightly resinous quality but also an unusual flavor that's really familiar but that I dont associate with beer. It's an umami flavor, rich, kinda buttery but not in a gross way at all. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is great too- medium light body, well carbonated but not prickly, not too sticky. Of course this is an awesome beer; wish I'd picked up a few more bottles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + bright orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fluffy cloudy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized half finger tall dense foamy cap with a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts underneath much more intense aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange, tropical/mango, and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts that impart a light to moderate amount of sweetness. The malt flavors are followed up by even more intense hop flavors than were present in the smell - there is a significant amount of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange followed by moderate amounts of tropical/mango and finally a light to moderate amount of pine. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp upfront and slightly dry in the finish.

O: This is an extremely enjoyable beer with wonderful flavors and aromas from the hops - I really enjoy the combination of the citrus and tropical hops with just a touch of pine. I found the beer to be quite easy to drink and extremely enjoyable. I would drink this beer all the time if only I had easy access to it.

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Photo of kristougher
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best Pale Ale I've ever had. Bottle has some badass artwork as do all three floyd bottles. A little Fruity definitely good hop taste and aroma. Very deserving of the high spot it holds on the list. Made a trade to get ahold of it definitely worth it.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my boy John Ross for snagging a bottle of this for me.

Pours a crisp golden orange with 2 fingers of frothy bright white head. Solid retention and sticky lacing.

Pungent, oily, citrusy hops. DANK!

Taste follows the nose.. sticky icky hops, juicy citrus. Clean and crisp.

Medium bodied, with a solid amount of carbonation. Drying hop aftertaste and some serious hop dragon breath.

Overall, I wanted this beer to not be good with all of the hype. This beer is like the Yankees or the Lakers. You want to hate them but all they do is win... Just like zombie dust. Amazing, simply amazing.

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Photo of GregA135
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,732 ratings.
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