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BEER INFO

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

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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4.53
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Photo of cmf
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz to becker. Somewhat clear with an amber color and a powerful aroma. Pine hops and fruit. Excellent flavor of pine (obviously) and nuts and with a little bitter kick. Lots of flavor. Cream mouthfeel. Overall excellent.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While it was impossible to find even a single bottle of this during DLD weekend in Chicago, I was glad that they were tapping this all day at the brewery. It definitely made waiting in line far more pleasant! Poured into a 16oz plastic pint cup.

Pours an orange-amber color complete with a strong dose of carbonation and a creamy, frothy looking head at the top. Despite its low ABV, it's surprisingly viscous and thickened with each swirl, almost to the point where the hop resin oils are revealing themselves already at this point. Lacing is enormous on this thing, and the fact that foam is sticking around the plastic so well as here is both amusing and pretty awesome. Not too many bubbles stick around, although each sip is definitely followed by a large geyser of them as they crawl to the top and maintain the head going. The head in particular never dies down. Honestly, I can't really find any flaws here. The appearance is nice and typical to these types of beers but the oily look is gnarly enough to give this a perfect passing.

The aroma is quite different too, especially in terms of APAs - although I admit I'm quite new to all of these Citra single hop focused beers in recent years. However, if any beer is at the forefront in displaying this hop, it's this one. Getting a breeze of orange grove notes, as well as limes, freshly mown grass, pungent yet vibrant earthiness, and tons of other flavors (although I think they're subtle). Pineapples, pine, maybe a little bit of other tropical fruits abound, but it's not explosive by any means. Nevertheless, it's phenomenally pleasant in the same way other world-class hoppy beers (Pliny, 2 Hearted, etc) are. The pungency of the fresh, oily hop character is quite fantastic here. I must mention, rather than ramble about hops for the next paragraph, that the malts provide an excellent backbone towards balance here, with light caramel that integrates the earthy, citrus notes very well. Very good stuff.

The flavor really opens up whatever was going on in the aroma, to successful results. The citrus character immediately gets at the tip of the tongue, combined with juicy, malty characteristics that envelop a full bodied fruit experience. There's a pungent, earthy backbone here that compliments the hoppy, floral, slightly grassy flavor, which is is more accentuated with the constant burst of bubbles that carry forward all of these nuances. Passion fruit, apricots, limes, and soured apples come and go, according to my notes (this changes throughout consumption). The finish contains a lingering astringency that is very much like an IPA, except far more mellow with the extra grainy and malty body, as well as less ABV. Strangely, this spicy, bittered sensation does not make the palate salivate, although it does make it crave the beer every time more. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is so easy to drink I think I finished all 16oz in 20 or so minutes.

Lives every bit up to the hype. This is a world class APA, but also one that sets new standards to the style, and perhaps all hop focused beers in general that are yet to be crafted. This beer is the opposite of most FFF beers, and the key difference is subtlety. The nuances change over time but never in a way that makes the beer more unpleasant to drink. It's pretty impressive what the Citra hops have to offer here, especially on their own. What appeals to me the most about this is how much it resembles a rustic, fresh homebrew of sorts. I had it the next day at a bar in town, and while it was substantially less fresh, with more muted characteristics, the oily, earthy flavor was still spot on. Great stuff - wish I could have brought some back with me to save up for the zombie apocalypse!

UPDATE (1/15/14): This is very inconsistent from batch to batch, but it's always GOOD even at its worse. I prefer it when the tropical, stone fruit dank flavor shines, but the malt profile is something that is superb in this beer and always shines as very tasty even when the hops are a bit iffy. It's pretty much the most extraordinarily balanced and hyper flavored pale ale that's easy to get overall in the country, no doubt.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

Golden amber color with a white head that settles to a steady cap and laces the glass all the way down. Big citrus and tropical notes combine with a bready, caramel like malt presence. Taste is of citrus fruits, grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Tropical flavors of mango, pineapple and guava. Underneath the blast of fruit flavors that ride the whole way through the palate is a great sweet bread malt presence. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel and semi dry finish. Overall a great APA. Is it worth the hype? It's a great APA which showcase the citra hop extremely well. It's a top APA for sure so the hype is at least partially warranted.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade from HopsMatt. Thanks!

The beer was a pale golden color. Big three finger and fluffy head and had an off-white color. The head lasted for days and left some decent sticky lacing along the glass. It deflated down in to some mounds of pillowy foam.

A nose full of citrus and tropical fruit. Orange peel, lemon grass, mango, pineapple. Some floral tones road underneath. Faint sweet malt backbone.

Tons of fruity and juicy hops, followed by some earthy and floral notes. There was a pretty consistant bitterness and a minor sweetness.

Very bubbly and medium-light bodied. Kind of oily with a mild acidity.

Another awesome beer by Three Floyds. I'll have to work out some more trades for this stuff.

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Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden Orange with a nice off-white head, good lacing

Smell: Wow delicious. Tons of citrus and pineapple hops, very fruity, juicy and loaded. Also pine and grapefruit with just enough malt.

Taste: Again, the citrus, pineapple and grapefruit are upfront and dominating. Perfect dose of malts to balance everything. Touch of papaya.

Mouthfeel - very full for an APA, I was shocked and glad to see it was 6.2%. Perhaps slightly boozy but otherwise amazing.

Overall - damn near perfect APA, I wish the ABV was slightly lower but otherwise the flavors are near perfect.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a fine deep gold with a nice medium clarity. Healthy fizzy head.

S: Citric hop notes leap out of the glass. The bouquet is uncluttered earthiness: forest greenery, lemon and mango, with the musty-sweet malt beneath.

T: Great balance between the caramel, honey-biscuit malt and the sharper hop notes on the front. Not fruity, just wonderfully bittersweet.

M: Light and drinkable. Not the slightest bit overbearing

O: This is a compulsively drinkable ale. Really nice to experience a balanced brew with a subtle but still robust flavor profile. Wish I could enjoy this with every meal; already plotting how to get more. Thanks to Matt for the bottle.

Full review at: http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/5/20/imbibliography-three-floyds-zombie-dust

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

Bottled 2/18/14 drank 3/10/14

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Thanks to Brewzma for this!

A- A very deep gold that has a reddish hue when held up to the light. the head is maybe a half inch which quickly dissipates into a then lacing.

S- a blast of citrus hops followed by a sweet malt that reminds me of honey. Definitely some lemon and orange and grapefruit in there. A piney resin swirls into the nose after the malt. a very very pleasant smell.

T - This is the bread and butter of the beer. It doesn't really taste like a pale ale but it's still delicious. it tastes very much like the smell with citrusy notes hitting the tongue first, followed by pine and then finishing with a sweet malt taste. The bitter hops rest on your tongue for serveral minutes after it goes down.

M - very smooth for such a hoppy beer. the carbonation doesn't bite and it goes down smooth albeit bitter.

O - a very delicious beer. I understand why some people don't count this as a pale ale but whatever it is, it is delicious and very well crafted. I definitely think it meets the hype. More please!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hoppy notes is quite sublime with some very limited bitterness notes. Taste is also totally dominated by the best fresh grapefruit hoppy notes I have ever taste. Some citrus notes are also present with bitterness being at a low level for that kind of hops attack. Body is average with good carbonation. I was sceptical about how good this beer could be but was I ever wrong.

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

First off let me say this is not your fathers beer. I have wanted to try this one since I saw it's name for the first time. It quintessential Three Floyds.

Beautiful orange amber in color. Two fingers of rocky off white head emerges from a standard force pour. Thick waves of lace stay on the glass as the foam slowly fades. Nose is exuberant with bursting pineapple and floral resinous notes. Pine and dandelion comes through as well. With first sip I am taken by how refreshing this beer is initially. The hop profile of this beer really builds with bitter bite. This brew really has nice malty balance while letting the hops shine. Very juicy as the citrus plays nicely. Gets piney and prickly on the back of the tongue as it finishes. Mouthfeel is not without the appropriate bitter bite and a really nice tingle that is unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I understand the hype it's a really good pale but.. isn't this an ipa?
A: citrus, mango, and a slight grainy sweetness behind all those flavoring hops.
A: Burnt orange with wispy off white head which dissapates quickly but keeps a wonderful carb. Very cloudy but that's to style.
F: Low hop bitterness @ 1st then mango sweetness, slight mild piney stickiness, and finished with a clean malty backbone. Aftertaste is bittering hops with some lingering mango flavor.
M: Light to medium light body, good carb, perfect to style.
O: Again, I understand the hype and recommend everyone to drink and rate this beer, hell I like it more than Pliny. But living in SD there are so many good pale ales and ipa's that are easily accessible I'll stick with them. An awesome beer but won't be actively searching this one out again.

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

12oz bottle from Rainblows (awesome surprise package, thank you so much!). No bottling date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a near translucent orange hued gold with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. The head remains for quite a while and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of orange, citrus peel and piney hop goodnes.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of bitter sweet citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, mango, pine and a little pepper with a sweet malty cracker and faint caramel back. Good stuff.

Crisp but oily medium feel with a nice carbonated pop. Super easy to drink with those tasty citrus hops lingering in the finish.

I'm not typically a pale ale fan but I'd choose this hands down over any other pale ale I've ever tried and many IPAs too. This is a smooth, hoppy treat that is very easy to drink. A must try for sure and I will most certainly request a bottle or two from any traders that can get it for me.

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

Got this in a trade with IPAGeorge. Pours a clear orange color with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing. I smelled it from the bottle before pouring. Huge grapefruit and mango. Yup, this is Citra alright. A little earthiness in there as well. Taste is like biting into some sort of grapefruit/mango hybrid fruit. A nice malt backbone too to round things out. I'm getting just a hint of pine and maybe a bit of onion. Drinks incredibly smoothly. Many say this blurs the line between APA and IPA and I'd have to agree. It has that bitter edge and hop aroma of an IPA, but enough balance with the malts that brings it closer to an APA. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Clean, crisp, refreshing, very light and easy to drink. Overall, this is definitely worthy of the praise. Just a great all around beer. Huge hop presence, easy to drink, and a great ode to Citra hops. I want to compare it to the likes of Alpine's Hoppy Birthday, although that one uses more than just Citra. Really just a fantastic beer any way you look at it.

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

Served from a 12oz bottle:

A-Glowing hazy orange with a nice dense white head and good lacing

S-The smell was the single best part of the beer for me. Super piney with sharp citrus and pineapple lots of sweet grapefruit too. Probably the single best smelling beer I have ever had

T-The smell is much stronger than the taste. Not to say the taste is not great, because it is. Tart (?) hop bitterness carries over with strong grapefruit notes, very little cereal grain malt sweetness. Subtle graham cracker in the back gets purged with a nice bitterness. Really nice.

M-Pretty lush, and soft. Nice amount of CO2 keeps it light and not too resiny from the dry hopping. Nice.

O-If there is a perfect session beer for hop heads this is it. Its strong, aggressive and multifaceted while still being easy to drink. Pretty awesome stuff. I only wish it was in Colorado...

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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...

Cheers...

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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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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,947 ratings.
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