Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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: 1,654 | Ratings: 10,658
Photo of TH28
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 4/30/19 bottle date. Appearance: Dark golden orange, cloudy, with a fluffy white foam head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Dank, super resinous, and grassy, with a touch of citrus rind
Taste: Moderate malt sweetness, mostly caramel but also with a touch of cracker. A sharp bitterness rises with only.a hint of citrus and resin
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with carbonation on the Light side
Finish: Dry and resinous in the tongue. Strong residual bitterness leads over malt, building intensity after the swallow.
Overall: Prototype for an original American Pale Ale/IPA. The bitterness and malt character seem on the strong end for an APA. Definitely has a stronger malt base reflective of the traditional style as opposed to the newer evolution of the style. Clean and crisp with a nice dank and resinous hop character

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Photo of 57md
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, let's dispense with the BS that this is an APA - it's an IPA - and a damn good one!

Pours a light copper with over a finger of head. The nose is piney with dank notes as well. The flavor profile has a strong malt backbone with hoppy bitterness that is amped up to a Spinal Tap 11. Nice and resiny too.

The real magic of this offering is that it is only 6.2% but it has the bold flavor of an 8-10% DIPA. I only wish that it were more readily available here in Eastern PA.

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Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear golden amber beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly to become a cap of foam and then a thin irregularly shaped island of foam and a ring round the glass while leaving a web, rings and sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of long small arches and lots of small patches and slender legs of lacing.

The aromas have a nice fruity character that includes lots of citrus such as grapefruit zest and lime along with lots of tropical fruits such as mango and lychee. In the background there’s just a bit of toasted bready malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the tropical fruits and citrus from the hops. The very light sweetness from the toasted malt softens the bitterness but otherwise doesn’t really play much of a role in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and crisp with the lightly prickly moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors start to fade allowing the bitterness to show in the lightly bitter dry ending includes a bit of zest and pine.

Overall this is definitely an enjoyable beer that is easy to drink and which I’ll be happy to have again in the future. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of stoumi
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale pours a dark, burnt amber color with modest finger and a half of soapy, rocky head that quick dissipates. The smell is a potpourri of floral notes, as well as citrus from tangerine and an orange juice quality to grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of papaya and mango. A touch of pine on the nose from the Citra hops, as well as a malty, cake batter or light vanilla sweetness to it. Up front, it’s earth and green with a mild hop dankness to it. The beer opens up with bready and caramel body with a slight tropical fruit note of pineapple and mango. Zombie Dust has a clean and crisp mouthfeel to it, with a resiny and bitter, but dry finish to it. Could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a blind taste test with really average IPAs we failed to pick this out of a lineup. It may have been king one day, but the hype is unmatched. Had a 2 week old six pack too. Either beers have come up a long way or this one has fallen. Not at all impressed.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a beer I would like to have regular access to, but alas, I snagged this bottle on a trip to Cincinnati.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden yellow color with a great head and nice lacing. Citrus and herbal smell and taste. Sort of a dank background flavor I cannot identify. A bit peppery. Great beer!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.36/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden amber color with a couple finger's worth of sudsy, off-white froth. The aroma is equal measures citrus and pine resin, with a bready underpinning. Wisps of yeast swirl and dance as gravity slowly overwhelms the rising carbonation, while rings of reticulated lacing adorn the glass.

The taste features a blast of astringent, resinous hops cradled by vigorous carbonation. Complexity, if I may be so generous, is afforded by notes of grapefruit pith and aspirin. Feeble, biscuity malt is mostly trampled by the hops. Medium body and high carbonation make for a zesty, slightly oily mouthfeel that thins out on the back end.

Overall, the hype for this beer is totally lost on me, even considering my usual biases. The bitterness is coarse and brutish, and there's next to nothing to speak of in the way of a malt profile. Honestly, I'd have a tough time distinguishing this from an anonymous IPA.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz btl pour into English pint glass.
Look: Light golden straw color. Yellowish golden smooth hue. Nice white head, good tight lacing throughout the beer.
Smell: Grapefruit, hoppy, pine, touch of vanilla.
Taste: Hop explosion on first taste, not overload bitter. Deep rich flavor. With tart slight dry finish. Wonderful!
Feel: Very smooth feel. Very drinkable refreshing feel.
Overall: Excellent. Not many beers I describe as food but his beer is delicious.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up in a trade with TimxOr. Have never had brew from these guys before (not distributed to MA). Bottled-on date of 1/29/19. Excellent APA, lived up to expectations.

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Photo of Kymikev
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks- It looks like beer. Good lacing. Pretty head
Nose- It smells like a good beer. Not to danky. Just right

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Photo of JW_Esquire
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Deep gold with some cloudiness, 1-2 fingers of foamy white head and quite a bit of lacing
S- Pine and citrus with something sweeter underneath, almost a vanilla quality
T-Again the pine and citrus come through, definitely taste the hoppy bitters especially on the finish. I’m still getting that semi sweet almost vanilla character on the finish, underlying the bitter hop flavor

Overall this is one of my favorite APA’s I’ve had. I’m more into darker maltier ales but I am thoroughly enjoying this. It’s got a lot of flavor I think. Crisp and refreshing with just enough bite

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@nd tasting I picked a little orange, which I didn't on the first bottle, also less malty, bumped two scores up ( appearance & overall field, seemed more drinkable this time around, better lacing & head retention )

Bottled on date 12-18-18, less than a month old!

Pours an effervescent amber with one pinky of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Piney, cakey

T: Follows the nose, a little caramel & much dryness up front. Grassyness mixes with cakey dryness & pine, plus a little mineral & woody bitterness once warm. Finishes very dry, piney, with a little mango & some cakey sweetness

MF: Medium body, skews malty, but enough bitterness to balance things out

Thrilled for the chance to try this .

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Photo of Gajo74
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really grateful to FBarber for hooking me up with this highly acclaimed beer via trade. I had it once on tap as a nightcap. Let’s see what it tastes like on a fresh palate.
Pours an amber color with an orange hue. light haze and moderate head that displays good retention. It’s not the most special looking beer ever, but the appearance does hint at a solid body.
The aroma opens with a delicious burst of citrus and tropical fruit. Notes of tangerine, freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya and even a hint of banana. Aromas of caramel malt foresee a solid malt base to come. Amidst all of this, a wonderful pungent layer of herbal aromas, pine, grass and dank, delight the nose.
From the start, the taste opens up with earthy hops flavors, piny, resiny and dank. The palate opens dry with a significant yet clean bitterness. Flavors begin to open up, particularly the interplay between malts and hops. A firm bready and caramel malt backbone adds body, roundness and moderate sweetness. A juicy burst of citrus fruit, grapefruit rind, orange pith, and a touch of lemon fills the palate. Also, notes of tropical fruit, pineapple and mango compliment the malts and other hops flavors. Delightfully sublime taste overall, supremely balanced and dynamic.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth overall. Resiny, bitter and dry finish begs for more sips. I could crush multiple bottles.
This beer is a true work of art. Finely crafted and supremely balanced. I don’t buy into all of this nonsense that its time has come and that newer beer trends have surpassed it. This magical elixir is, simply put, a delicious classic that has the ability to stand the test of time and outlast passing fads. Well worth the hype!

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Photo of Beerjunky1776
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into craft tasting Awesome beer from 3 Floyd’s, like most of their beers, definite citrus flavor with a dry yet sweet finish. Overall a crisp refreshing beer.

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Photo of SouthernSips
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very smooth drinking with a nice persistent head. Hoppiness was probably considered more pronounced before the haze craze but the flavor is enjoyable and it's an easy beer to throw down. It is not my favorite APA, but it is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of npolachek
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a draft pour. Color light red. Good head. Similar to a New England IPA but much lighter with less hops. This beer grows on you and drinks smooth - not too bitter.

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Photo of TheDubs
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent balance, just the right amount of hoppiness for my taste buds. Not overly bitter, not overly sweet either. Nice mouth feel. Awesome bottle graphics too.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer is a little hyped. I didn't find it offensive but it is a weak rendition of a good New England IPA. It is not as intensely hopped as advertised which should be obvious with its 60 IBU's. I am used to double IPA's so that may explain why I find this wanting. I think it is very similar to Brewdogs Hazy Jane.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - massive yellow head atop a burnt orange body.

S - sweet caramel, oranges, honey, pine.

T - follows the nose. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - just like I remembered it.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 8/7/18.
L: Amberish color with some unfiltered aspects to the beer. Even while pouring slowly, about 3 fingers of head was formed, which was white and dense. Very foamy and appetizing. What is really catching my eye is the lacing left on the glass. It's ridiculous levels of lacing left, which is partly why I rated the look so high.
S: Citrus forward with some pleasant hop aspects. Orange and grapefruit primarily, with a touch of black pepper. Slight pine presence from the hops, along with some malt smells.
T: Follows the nose. Nice touch of citrus, consisting of orange, grapefruit, tangerine and lemon. Hop presence is noted, in a somewhat grassy fashion. Lingering citrus flavor resides in the mouth.
F: Thick and full, and somewhat heavy given its a pale ale. Carbonation is moderate and not overly done. Very nice feeling with slight fizz.
O: First time trying it, and it lives up to the hype. This is an outstanding pale ale, simply put. I very much am enjoying this brew, am grateful that I tried it, and would drink again. Cheers!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearane-The beer pours a nice orange-amber color that has a little bit of haze and a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fairly fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of citrus hops of tangerine and orange and has lots of tropical fruit aromas that blend with the citrus nicely. Along with these smells are other hop notes of earth and a light herb. Some bread and caramel are in there as well and produce a fruity and inviting aroma overall.
Taste- The taste begins sweet and malty with lots of dough and a ton of fruit, with tangerine, orange, pinapple, mango, and papya all there. The hop is mainly of a citrus nature upfront, which while initially somewhat light, grows stronger as the taste advances. Along with the increase in citrus hop, so to comes other more dank hop tastes of pine and earth. With a bit of a surge of sweet, as a modest candied sugar taste and more fruit come at the very end, one is left with a sweet and malty but nicely citrus and moderately dank hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is moderate. For the mix of sweet, hop, and fruity malt the feel is great and makes a great drinker.
Overall- A very tasty beer!! It has a great drinkability with tons of fruity flavor and a very enjoyable hop blend. I can see why this beer has a good reputation and is one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of Cdriver0414
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, one of the best beers in the world right now. Smell, taste, overall feel, everything about this beer is truly stellar. A must for all craft beer lovers

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Very murky and cloudy golden color with many floaters, fluffy eggshell-colored head that has decent retention and good lacing. Head is also very bubbly.

Incredible smell. Lemons and lemongrass upfront along with a myriad of citrusy and floral notes. Notes of oranges, pineapple, tropical aromas.

Lemon and lemongrass are upfront on the palette. Malty biscuit accompanies the floral and citrus notes. Smooth feel, each swallow completes the taste and character of this beer. No domineering composition or aftertaste, altogether very well balanced between the hops and malts.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

03/2014 - Amazingly fresh pale ale with floral, pineapple, lightly hopped aromas; more of similar flavors on the palate, which works great for me; juicy, clean, complex finish. Superb!

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Photo of RussPavlik
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Better than the sum of its parts. 3floyds is top notch. Zombie Dust and Alpha King stand at the top of their offerings. Nose, flavor, feel, great end, just about the perfect drinkable pale.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 10,658 ratings