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.

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Reviews: 1,555 | Ratings: 9,978
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 SpauldingSmails
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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Photo of beerbelly_mike
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - A very nice deep golden hue with a 1 finger head that laces beautifully.
S - A pretty standard pale ale aroma. Lots of citrus on the front with a resiny pinish smell coming in at the end.
T - Excellent, super juicy with a burst of citrus throughout each drink.
F - Nice medium body and a perfectly clean finish
Overall - I love this beer!!! It definitely lives up to the hype. Are their pale ales that I have had that I prefer over this? Sure (maybe only 1) But this pale is outstanding.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zombie Dust brewed by 3 Floyds Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.20% This American Pale Ale pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice full white head. The smell of Zombie Dust is rich with hops bitterness grains and malts. The look and smell of this brew is really inviting, noting bad so far. Now for the taste it is bold with flavors. You pick up a nice amount of hop bitterness in the taste of this brew. There is also some nice notes of grains and malts in the taste of this brew. This one of the better American Pale Ale's I have had. It is really bold with flavors. I can't get over how smooth this brew is. Zombie Dust has a nice nice balance to it, there is overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Zombie Dust is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and refreshing. It is real hard to pick up on the 6.20% ABV in this brew , it is just that smooth. Overall I'm giving Zombie Dust Brewed 3 Floyds Brewing Co., a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. 3 Floyds Brewing Co., did a real nice job with this one.

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Photo of steveh
3.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was gifted a Zombie Dust by a co-worker. Not usually my type of beer, but I respect a well-made APA or IPA so it deserves a chance.

L -- Poured half-way into my imperial pint: lightly hazy deep gold, with a dense and sudsy white head that holds strong.

S -- Resiny Pine. Done. Okay, maybe some light citrus esters behind all the pine.

T -- Citrus flavors -- peach to grapefruit up front, with a well-balanced resiny pine character back. Ever so light biscuit malts perceived in the back taste and aftertaste, resiny finish into the aftertaste.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a dry, bitter finish and hot alcohol notes.

O -- I'd rate this higher if it was listed as an AIPA, but it's just too hop-heavy for me to think about slugging a few down like I would with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It just *might* scare the undead.

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Photo of willricewillsweep
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in the tasting room at the brewery. Rich golden, nice head. The bitter is strong with this one, but really clean malts backing it up and great flavors. Still, if you're into fruit IPAs or delicate aromatics this isn't the beer for you. It's a gut puncher for sure with the hops.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's time. The hype train has arrived in my neighborhood. Do I jump on or flip it off as it meanders on by?

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated the day this review is being written. I had hoped to score a case that hadn't been bottled yet but you know how it is.

Pours a lightly hazy orange golden color with a 2-finger off-white head. When the head dissipates it leaves a nice fluffy crown around the beer. Not much lacing to speak of.

The aroma has a ton of orange and some mild grapefruit. Par for the course for Citra hopped ales. Not a knock, that's just how it is.

The taste, like the nose, is all citrus. Orange and grapefruit, maybe some tangerine. Finishes lightly bitter and piney.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Just a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, a great pale ale that doesn't quite meet the hype but honestly, who cares? It's a great beer with a great flavor. If citra is your thing then so will this beer be.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, a special thanks to my new beer bud Brad who went above and beyond to get this beer in my hands. Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange with a one-finger head. Aromas of citrus and grapefruit rind/pith. OK, this beer has been so hyped to me, it will be hard for it to live up to expectations but here goes. Damn, that is tasty! Lots of tropical flavors with citrus dominating. Not a ton of caramel malt taste which is a definite plus for me. Not overly bitter, and also contributing to the nice mouthfeel, not over-carbonated. And this is only an APA. I have had many IPAs that can't match the fresh hop flavor. Believe what you've heard...this is a GREAT Pale Ale!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice floral aroma helps set the expectations for one of the best pale ales around. This is a great beer to enjoy on a nice warm Indiana summer day. Many will tell you the hype is not justified. Those individuals are the reason beer geeks get a bad rap. Just because everyone says something is good, does not mean it's overrated. If you have never enjoyed a ZD, try to find one. While it won't likely be your best beer of all time, it will still be a really good choice.

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Photo of Mrdiesel
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good APA, but extremely overrated IMO. I may be spoiled, as I have access to it almost whenever ( seasonal). It has very good drinkability, but doesn't knock my socks off. If anyone wants it to judge for themselves, let me know.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17 days old poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours golden amber color with minimal white head which quickly disappeared leaving minimal lacing. The smell is strong citrus (mostly orange) and hops, as would be expected from a citra-hopped APA. This borders the edge of an IPA, but it's done brilliantly. The mouthfeel is strong carbonation but smooth. The taste is all citrus, orange,and hops with almost no lasting bitterness but a good malt balance on the back end. This is an outstanding beer that would be a daily drinker for me if I had access to it.

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Photo of dcjones82
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big fan of pale ale's but, I saw this recently on tap at a growler bar and thought I would see what all the hype was about.

L- Poured into a 16 oz. Pint glass, looks like a typical pale ale. Hazy, light orange, with a foamy head and good lacing.
S- All of these pale ales smell similar to me, this one is no different. Hoppy, citrus, and grapefruit smell.
T- Taste follows the nose, hoppy with a very good balance. Not overly bitter, but it's there.
F- Pretty heavy, took me a while to finish.
O- Well, this was about what I expected for the style. I don't prefer this type, but I can see why it is popular. Thought this was an excellent pale ale, one of the better ones I've had. If you haven't had a chance to try it, check it out, it's worthy of the hype! Highly recommended!

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,978 ratings.
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