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Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 1,510 | Ratings: 9,742
Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Stone Tap in Hudson, Wisconsin. 12 oz. pour in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a bright amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus fruit scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon with a hint of peach. Earthy hop scent of ripe pine resin and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A really good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a really ripe and juicy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest along with some peach and pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin along with some grass. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A great juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A really great hoppy Pale Ale. Has the citrus hop flavor of the best West Coast IPA's. Glad to finally get to try this.

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Photo of jamphanatic
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the 3 Floyds brewpub, which is actually the only place I've found this beer. I was expecting a standard APA, pleasantly surprised by how balanced, and just really tasty this beer is. Seek this out.

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Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Fresh bottle . Pours a slight hazed golden/yellow color with a fresh white head and just beautiful lacing on the glass. Smell is peach , mango,tangerine and citrus. Taste follows nose a citra explosion here its very good, mouth feel has little bitterness with full flavor hops a slight malt finish. Hops are in charge here but so is hype, would and could always drink this but if it was on the shelf all the time would still buy just would not be so hyped.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super excited to finally try this one. Bottled 10 days ago. Look is hazy vibrant Orange with thin off white head. Smell is more muted than I expected, but candy sweetness and tangerines are the dominant notes. Flavor is citrus, and earthy bitterness. Well balanced but more malt than I anticipated. To me it's more IPA than APA. It's a very good beer but hype definitely plays a factor here.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

WOW is all I can say! I can see why this brew has a 100 rating, it's freaking tasty! If they weren't so hard to come by 700+ miles from the brewery this could be my daily drinker. Pours a mostly clear, orangish gold. Had to give it a good pour to get any head. Smells of piney citrus, lovely. Taste is the same, damn this is good! The only drawback is that I only have a sixer and it's not readily available here in GA.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pungent/dank/spicy hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit, grapefruit, malts, very slight sugar sweetness and a mix bitter and slight tartness in the finish.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly Hazy copper gold color with a white medium head. Very little lacing on the glass.

A: Lemon, orange, pine and some weeds. Aroma seems a little restrained. Some toasted Bready malt.

T: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, a strong pine bitterness, toasted bread. Some floral notes, reminds me more of an IPA than pale ale.

F: Medium body, and carbonation.

O: Good but is way overrated, there are much better much easier obtained pale ale.

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Photo of phillyfan9
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top notch pale ale featuring citra hops, which are some of the best. Orangy grapefruity taste to it, and plenty of hops but far from overwhelming. A little bit of sweetness comes through too. If you haven't tried it, you should. If you already have, you're sure to grab another whenever available.

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Photo of bwood06
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A good friend of mine was kind enough to gift me a couple 12 oz. bottles of this after he had recently visited the brewery. I had been wanting to try this one for a long time, but I had never been able to make it to the brewery or find it in stores. This beer features a white head that is frothy in appearance and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. The beer itself is clear and is an orangish amber color that has a nice glow to it. Light carbonation is easily visible. 4.5/5 The aroma is definitely hop forward but there is a nice sweetness that balances it out. Notes of cracker, biscuit, buttered white bread, and just a hint of light caramel showcase the malt while the hops really come out with pine resin and citrus peel. 4.25/5 The flavor features a brief intro of a very light caramel note as well as bit of buttered white bread before the hops quickly come in and take over. Pine resin and orange peel really stand out as well as just a bit of grapefruit. Surprisingly it is not overly bitter, but the bitterness is definitely present, as it should be. The bitterness lingers lightly for quite a while. 4.5/5 Light to medium body in statures with a light carbonation burn up front that fairly quickly goes away, leaving a moderate dryness that lingers light after swallowing. Very crisp and refreshing. 4.25/5 This is an excellent APA that really lives up to the hype. Not crazy bitter like I expected, but it is definitely hop forward. The sweetness helps tone things down just a bit without taking away from the hops. By far my favorite APA as of this review. 4.5/5

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One finger yellow-ish head, little hazy
Aroma: pine, orange, citrus
Taste: blood orange, little pine, good amount of hops and malt.
This rating is from a bottle a bit past it's prime but still a pleasure.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Happy to be able to have this on tap again. Yay Wisconsin! It would be hard for any beer to live up to the amount of hype this beer has but it definitely does.
The appearance is a really pretty amber gold with slight haze. Poured with a substantial white head with good lacing. Lively carbonation bubbles up the glass.
The aroma is a big and juicy citrus bomb along with tropical fruit, and some earthy dankness.
The taste is big with bitter grapefruit, orange, dank earthy zest and a resiny hop note.
The palate is light for a 6% hoppy pale with a lingering resiny hop bitterness along with a touch of malt sweetness.
Overall this is a great juicy pale ale featuring Citra, which is my favorite hop.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super balanced, no fruity hop flavors more of a perfect mesh of hop bitterness and quality malt flavor. West coast style for sure...by but still kind of a relic when compared to today's modern bangers coming out of MA.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this baby in a liquor store, inside a black windowless cooler in CA!!

A-Pours a golden orange, with a one finger cream head, that sticks around for the duration. Spotty lacing.

S-Smells of monster grapefruit and some piney earthy notes. Maybe some orange and sweet malt. Very inviting and pleasant.

T-Extremely balanced. Taste of grapefruit, rustic pine, with a dab of earth, orange and malt. Juicy and delicious. You can definetly kill a 6 pack of these and not get tired.

M-mild carbonation, with a perfect balanced, slightly bitter finish. Taste of grapefruit and pine.

O-extremely good beer, very drinkable and solid. Not sure if it deserves 100, but i Would definetly have it Again. Would prefer a Pliny any day over this one though.

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Photo of Hallmighty
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Medium poor gives a great swirling effect to stir up this delicious brew. medium head. wonderful mouthfeel with a complex taste yet unintrusive bitterness. The balance is quite remarkable. golden color. You can drink a few and not tire of it. Great beer.

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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 Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/11/16 and served in a sonic. Pours lovely burnt orange hue with a translucent claret and a dense, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head. Delicate citrus notes, a hint of something floral and a light biscuit malt presence. Taste follows nose; however, a bit more malt forward than anticipated, albeit not overly so for the style with a earthy/herbal bitterness that reveals itself at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, a delicious APA albeit perhaps not as bright as I remember it being. Very quaffable nonetheless.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional, dense, creamy head with a super fine texture and the consistency of meringue. Head retention is likewise outstanding. Seafoam crowned my beer through to the last sip.

Aromas are straight cuts hops. Citrusy, zesty, a bit spicey. Some tropical fruits in there too.

Flavors are citrusy, juicy, and smooth. Not super complex, but very balanced and with pristine focus. Biting bitterness, but not too much. Just enough malt to round things out while maintaining a dry, bittering, quenching finish. Nice.

Mouth feel is highly drinkable, quaffable even. Rare for such a happy brew. This one is like hop juice with some grain to give it body.

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Photo of CABeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the same mythic lore and scant availability as CA's Russian River beers, I knew this was a brew I had to track down. Sadly after several weeks of waiting and checking with my local liquor store I was left underwhelmed. The beer's piny, citrusy, and crisp intro led to a malty, sour finish. On the plus side, the wide variety of taste profiles created by this beer gave it an interesting and distinguishable character. Bottom line is that I had such high hopes for this beer and 3 Floyds was so close to a home run. It also seems they have taken a page out of the California craft brewer's handbook for the price. At $15 a 6 pack they are getting into hallowed ground that should only reserved for well known legends like Ballast Point and Stone. The west coast beer renaissance is slowing diffusing to the midwest and enlightenment is near with product like this. However, they aren't there yet.

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Photo of Mahern55
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

All day long. I went into this one a little skeptical as at times hype rises above flavor or quality - not in this case. It was really, really excellent, but with a balance that allowed you to have a few of them and never tire of it.

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Photo of Theworldiscrazy
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I stumbled upon this in a restaurant once in Bloomington, Indiana because they were out of the other IPA I had wanted to order....boy was I pleasantly surprised....the words out of my mouth to my fiance were "Wow, this is actually really good"...I actually had no idea at the time this was rated as one of the greatest beers, but after trying it, I can see why....my only regret is I did not take advantage of my time in Bloomington to drink more of this sweet nectar....I love IPAs that burst with flavor but that are also balanced and complex, and this one fit the bill....

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Photo of Marius
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Clear amber with a nice, white head. Notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel and honey. Nice smooth body, very drinkable.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Juicy. Citrus with lots of tropical fruits. Low bitter, mild malt, tips well toward hops. I have to say there are a lot of beers like this now but this was a leader for sure. And only a PA? Def add an I

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep gold (6) pour; thick white head with good cap retention; very good clarity under the the cap; moderately heavy clingy lace. Spicy fruit, and lemony hop nose with a touch of pine. Lemon zest flavor with caramel malt hiding under bright fruit flavors; slightly bitter. Well carbonated, medium lite mouthfeel with just a scosh of resin. Overall, fresh, crisp, lite and bright. I thought I got a little earthy hop/mango along with the citrus; nevertheless, an very well balanced beer with a lite bitter citrus linger.

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Photo of kinzo12
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's a reason this beer is so difficult to come by. Perfect amount of hops. The citrusy smell is an unforgettable aroma. Pretty hard to top this beer.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a good, not great beer for me. Quite drinkable for a beer over 6% ABV. I think that perhaps the "American Pale Ale" is just not a flashy style. I might be getting jaded. I would try this again, if I ever find it in NJ.

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