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Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35
Reviews:
1,593
Ratings:
10,208
pDev:
8.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4,786
Gots:
3,390
Trade:
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Ratings: 10,208 |  Reviews: 1,593
Photo of rogacks
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprised with the light body. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Dalby790
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhende
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

pours a hazy orange color.

The citra hops and fruity nose are fantastic on this beer.

A really nice balance of of grapefruit and fruit taste with the hops being much more subtle than I expected. This is just a really well balanced and delicious beer.

FFF doing what they do best making great ale's. This is now one of my go to beers.

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Photo of hozersr
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light straw gold. Just a bit of foam and some sticky lacing.
Very sweet smell. Lots of fruity sweet hops, sugar, mild pine and cotton candy.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very sweet and fruity with hints of hay, pine and citrus. Balanced well toward sweet malts and hops, this one goes well with cheddar cheese. Feels light yet dense, nicely carbonated.

Wish I had better access to this brew.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SpdKilz for this extra that I've been wanting.
12oz bottle poured into Stone IPA glass.
A- The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white frothy/bubbly head that resides to a ring and clings to the glass.
S- I'm picking up major hops with citrus notes as well as a very faint crayon type smell that is very pleasant in this. My wife takes a big sniff and says "mmm smells like sweet georgia peaches"
T- Big hops, grapefruit, orange, fresh cut grass and once again my wife informs me she tastes sweet and sour peach candies.
M- Fairly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation.
0- This is a fantastic Pale Ale and my wife claims it is the best smelling beer she has experienced, which is actually saying a lot.
Thanks again Carleton.

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Photo of buking21
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stickydankhop
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Much better than alpha king. One of the best APA anywhere

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Photo of tyauch3
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zhanson88
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Azurescens for sending this as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with moderately high carbonation. About 3/4" of off-white head forms that has nice retention and lacing.

Smell: A hoppy pale ale. Lots of citrus, orange rind, grapefruit. A nice amount of caramelly and biscuity malts to accompany. Very nice.

Taste: A nice malty, caramel sweetness up front, followed by excellent orange and grapefruit rind and other citrus notes. Extremely well balanced, but does lean towards the hops side. And the hop character in this beer is very tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between light and medium bodied, with nice fine carbonation. A bit fuller than many pale ales out there. Overall, the best example of this style I've tried. Really reminds me somewhat of Gumballhead as far as hop character, but unlike that beer, this has a nice malted barley presence to balance that wheat doesn't provide. Very impressed.

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Photo of browner1971
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

For a hoppy beer it's a good one. Aftertaste lingers a bit but the smell and taste are on point.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I'm told this is the first time it's been bottled, and the first day it's been available. We just happened to be there for lunch. Lots of people were coming through and buying multiple cases. I only got a six pack.

Pours slightly cloudy golden yellow, small pale head. Smell is delicious, very citrusy, very floral, very appealing, very strong.

Taste has a lot of straw, a lot more of the citrus, honeysuckle sweetness, the hops are there but doesn't seem like it's super bitter. This is really nice.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, this is a really good beer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got this in a trade! Thanks whitemomba! The second I popped the cap on this beer, my nostrils got hit with a huge whiff of hops. Pours a slightly-hazy, golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very heavy with the Citra hops. Lovely citra aroma with a bit of pine and somewhat earthy notes. Taste just has so much hoppy goodness going on, it's ridiculous. I haven't had Alpha King in a long time, but I remember thinking the same thing: "How do they get such intense hop profile into a pale ale?" Great citra hop flavors with lovely citrus fruit and just the slightest hint of malt. Not sure if this is a fresh hop ale, but it sure tastes like one. An all-citra fresh hop ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat resiny, with a crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic pale ale. I would love to do a side by side with Alpha King and Daisy Cutter to see who gets crowned supreme pale ale.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trader dvelcich hooked me up with this beer in a recent trade. I'd tried this at GABF, loved it, but didn't get enough to do a full review. Big thanks out to Dan for coming through with a bottle!

Pouring into an Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. Hazy, medium golden with a slightly rocky off-white head that's holding firm and leaving lacing behind.

Big, juicy nectarine and peach fruit in the nose. Dried mango. Hops are first and foremost but a very subtle toasted malt lies in wait for a patient nose.

Large and in charge fruitiness, loaded up with hop flavor. Like biting into a yellow peach, perhaps a nectarine, very inviting. Mostly clean malt is in a strong, dual supporting role keeping order and making sure you come back for more. Dry finish with a lingering fruity hop.

Medium-light in body, moderate carbonation.

Overall this is one hell of an American Pale Ale. Aggressively hopped with a wonderful fruity hop character, super-drinkable.

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Photo of KSHunt
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200

Received this beer in a trade recently so I hope it is fresh...there is no indication of born on date.

Served in a balloon glass, this pale ale pours with a crystal clear orange-gold body and a 2-finger thick, off-white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass. The head dissipates to a fat island of foam that is continuously supported by little streams of bubbles. The beautiful color and clarity, plus the scars of lacing are good indications that this beer is going to be delicious.

The aroma is a veritable perfume of fresh tropical fruit and hops. Fermented pineapple juice garnished with oranges comes to mind. This is possibly the best example of an extremely hopped up beer with a cat piss aroma that I can remember. There is a faint medicinal, alcoholic aroma in the background. It is a powerful aroma that surely cannot be confused for a session beer. Any notes of malt seem to be absent from this beer.

The flavor is also geared heavily towards their hop addition, with a big, juicy hop bite up front and a gentle bitterness in the finish, which is a good differentiation from an IPA. So, along with some mild bitterness mid-palette, the beer shows off the citrus & tropical fruit notes towards the swallow. There, a light doughiness comes out in the exhale, giving the drinker some light malt flavor, but it certainly plays second fiddle to the intense flavors of lemons, oranges, pineapple, and pine needles.

Three Floyds keeps this beer out of IPA territory with how they treat this beers body in my opinion. It is medium bodied and it finishes kind of dry. There is an abundant amount of carbonation, though not overdone. There is only a light astringency from the hops. This is a very well-designed mouthfeel and very worthy of a 5.

Zombie Dust is an excellent beer! I am glad that I got to review this beer, and I certainly have a lot of respect for Three Floyds out-doing Alpha King. Pale Ales and IPAs are so abundant and while this isn't the best that I have ever had, it is definitely a world-class American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot Adamb!

A: Alive and glowing. Orange body, white head, not shocktop.

S: Citra.

Then some hop dry must/funk akin to simcoe (I know). Definitely at the Zenith of aroma for a pale ale. Wonderful smell, hoppier than the majority of IPAs.

T: Lots of citrus initially but further down the glass I get more lighter than water dryness from the hop profile--->M: I feel like I'm drinking air. However the lighter body and lower alcohol vs. a standard DIPA bill (which is the level the hops are playing, and dominating, on) makes this beer thee definition of drinkable. Carbonation spot on, residual negligible.

O: It's hard to look at you and say "You aren't perfect". I'm not entirely sure this is what an American Pale Ale is supposed to taste like either though

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Photo of Pahn
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness info, but I'm assuming it's fresh (review spoiler: if it's not, it may as well be, because there's loads of hop goodness here).

Huge thanks to BA cadaugherty for sending this as an extra in a recent trade; I've been on such a Citra hop kick recently that I was considering trying to trade for this beer anyway.

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Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving thick lacing. Pours a very hazy orange-y yellow (marigold) and leaves some streaks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Before putting my face to the glass I can smell the hops. Tropical fruit, some mild onion, pine. With time, tangerine-like citrus becomes a dominant aspect of the consistently strong aroma.

There's not much to write, but there's lots going on. This is everything I associate with Citra hops, potent, complex, inviting, and it doesn't let up. Maybe some malt background could help, but I love what's here.

Taste: Very similar to the nose: smooth, juicy tropical fruit up front, then some malt character and onion, with a really citrusy (orange and tangerine) finish. Note on the "onion," of course it's not onion, it's hops; it's the oniony, vegetal flavor that comes along with Citra hops, and with everything else going on, it is not jarring in the slightest.

The malt backbone here is characterless, which could be called a flaw, but works really well to highlight the hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Wonderfully attenuated; no unpleasant sugary sweetness, just refreshing, pungent hop flavors. Passion fruit and tangerine are dominant. Mango, orange, pine... this hop has a lot of depth, and the beer is brewed perfectly to showcase that.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Great bitterness and carbonation levels, the former just enough so you notice it, the latter moderate enough that you don't. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Competitive for the best American Pale Ale I've had, and at the moment I like APAs better than (D)IPAs. This is a single hop beer that justifies the simplicity of its recipe by proving the full depth of Citra hops. Great stuff.

As a hop vessel, this beer is all 5s. I'd love a nice, flavorful malt backbone (as exemplified in fresh NEBCO Gold Stock Ale) to push it over the top, but as is I'm pretty in love with this beer.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
Served in an imperial pint glass with 2 finges worth of creamy dense white head. Clear pale golden body, it was kind of dim in the pub to get a good color comparison. Great lacing and good head retention as I consume this hyped beer.

Smells very good and it does live up to the hype here. It smells like a citra and simcoe hopped beer. Citrus and mango, some pine, cat pee yet in a good way. This smells amazing!

Tastes some what similar in the big citrus and mango like fruit flavor. Some sweet and bready malts help keep it balanced. A fairly complex piney resinous undertone keep it interesting. A firm citrus, piney oily coating finish round out the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice carbonation to compliment the oily finish.

Overall this beer was worth the drive, even though we had a few others after this one, I liked this one the most. The smell and taste are very good in every. I may hunt some more of this down in a trade later on, after the hype dies down.
$5 a pint iirc

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Photo of ChiBri
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cfeezy
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy brown at top. Great tan foam and lacing.

Smell: Pine hops. Not as complex as I expected, but it hits this note superbly.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically and IPA. Pine, grapefruit, and one of the best bodies of any beer I've had. It's sorta the Halle Berry of beer's in that department if you catch my drift. I can definitely taste why they call this Zombie Dust...it's all in the feel. Very subtle, but it lingers for quite a while after it sneaks up on you like a flesh-eating zombie.

Overall Drinkability: Incredibly beers. Earns extra points for having a name that perfectly describes itself.

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Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mscudder
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Mshull for the fresh sixer. Served in a pint (11 days after bottling).

A - Slightly foggy caramel hue with nice off-white head. Retention and lacing were top notch.

S - Mix of pine and citrus hops, bready malts, crisp caramel and a touch of grass near the end.

T - Delicate bread base which holds citrus, lemon and a fine blend of hops. Nice oils yield a particular bitterness which pairs beautifully with caramel sweetness and hop profile.

M- Crisp and refreshing medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Superb APA that may damn well be the best out there. That said, there are a number that get close and this is by no means a runaway winner. I look forward to having more of these in the future.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 10,208 ratings
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