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

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10,038
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1,564
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big and bold hop citrus hop flavour, orange and grapefruit. Not quite a palate shredder, but definitely last beer for the night. A good showcase of citra hop which stands next to the Great Lakes Ontario use of citrus as a great citra showcase. Thanks Tim S. Big hop aromas.
Just as good on tap, 5 months later at the Maproom.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger head, yellow with very light mustard and amber hues. clear. Lots of lacing.

S: Very aromatous. I could smell this one as it poured. The aroma is like a strong hoppy IPA with both oak, grapefruit and floral notes.

T: a very nice hop character with woody and floral notes. The aroma forbodes the taste which is right on for a pale ale.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth for a pale ale.

Overall: An excellent example of an aromatous pale ale which stays true to the pale ale genre in the taste.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to forrestbetts for sending me a bottle of this!

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is fantastic with huge tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is also very tropical and citrus fruit forward with a citrus zest finish. The bitterness on the palate is fairly mild and sticks around but that's not a bad thing at all. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is simply a fantastic beer that beautifully displays the Citra hops in aroma and flavor. I am very happy that I finally got to try this one. This is one of the few beers that I would consider buying again and again if it was distributed near me.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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

this is incredible. especially in the context of being reasonably available sixer, I would have this in my fridge everyday if it came to Colorado. as it stands, I owe a big thanks to claystation for sharing this with me. it pours a glowing clear candied orange color with an inch of lacy white head on top. the nose is indeed citra heavy, and not to brag, but it smells a lot like my citra homebrew, just saying... the malt is light and toasty, balancing but letting the hops do the talking. they call this an American pale, and I am on board with that I guess, although to me its just a bit more of an ipa. the taste is from heaven, light and juicy hops, bursting with lemon essence and tropical fruits. its refreshing and quenching and satisfying and dynamic and delicious and close to perfect. the feel is very light, which I like, but perhaps just a tad more body would make this stand out even more to me. carbonation is of course right on, and this is far and away the best beer ive had from the highly acclaimed three floyds. zombie dust was a whale for me, one of those tough to find top ten brews, and it is one of the few that has actually lived up to the expectations, even exceeded them. I wish I could have this everyday.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours out as an amberish orange color. Quite hazy too. Good lacing for a thin white head. Light citrusy aroma on the nose. Smells almost more like an ipa than a pale ale. Good hoppy taste with a little bit of a Malt aftertaste. Dry aftertaste as well nice citrus all around from start to finish with this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color with a light amount of visible carbonation and some hues of amber. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving wispy patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruits stand out in the nose—mangos, papayas and pineapples seem to stand out in particular. If you close your eyes, you can almost picture yourself smelling a blend of tropical fruit juices.
T: Following the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of tropical fruits from the hops, the latter of which contribute a light amount of bitterness. No malts are perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For an APA, this beer has strong tropical fruit aromas and flavors that surpass that from Double IPAs. It is also very easy to drink given the lighter body nature of the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The single-hop parade continues its march throughout the Three Floyds camp with, this time: Citra hops. As the name suggests, the citrus flavor and aroma proclaims a pungent, ripe (sweet) tropical character for smoothness and roundness unlike any that I've ever tasted!

This golden-amber Pale Ale carries a rich cloudy appearance that's a signature look for aggresively dry-hopped beers. A foathy lather of foam blankets the beer and doing so with stubborn retention, while medium lace leaves its imprint on the glass with each sip as the beer falls.

An overwhelming plethera of citrus and tropical fruit flavors dictate the nose with a unwaivering balance of light caramel, bready, sweet-scented malts. The ripe citurs/tropeial characer from the signature Citra hops are becomming of the very best hoppy American beers.

Citrus flavors of ruby red grapefruit pulp, tangerines, and a slight lemon acidity is accompanied with tropical flavors of fresh pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya in a musty and resiny taste. Complexity is defined as promoting a new flavor with each sip, so it's unusual to see this level of complexity with a beer that only employs one variety of hops. Lightly bready, slightly caramelly, and with a mild powdered sugar sweetness; the malt flavors fall timid to the smooth bitterness and supple support of rip citrusy hops that garner respect. The pronounce hop character questions whether the balance of this beer favors the proclaimed Pale Ale or the stronger IPAs...?

Smooth and with a delicate weight on the mouth, the beer starts with a semi-sweet and creamy malt complex but has an even fade to allow the malts to reduce and the hops to rise, creating an impression of smooth bitterness and a crisply dry finish.

Zombie Dust is a very smooth American Pale Ale with exquisite citrus and tropical fruit flavor. While some prefer the more intense pang of bitterness in the throat, this ale is much more delicate and soft than more conventional hop-forward beers- making a standout that has no competition!

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4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (and nice art, for that matter) served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its current ratings and the hype surrounding it. I believe this is my first purely Three Floyds review - though I did have the Boogoop collaboration. No visible bottled on date.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

Some foam ballooned out when I opened it, but there wasn't any upsurge of beer or anything. It might be a bit overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger luscious beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a hazy copper-gold. Vibrant and appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightful floral hops and some lemon citrus twang. Grapefruit. Lemongrass, lemon zest. Hints of pine. Pale clean malts. A good balance of floral and citrus hop notes. I'm excited to try it, but the aroma itself isn't blowing me away. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant and fresh one.

T: Delightful floral hops throughout, but with an underlying soapy hint (maybe a bit too long spent in primary?). It's a minor issue, but it does distract. Some pleasant grapefruit and lemon citrus esters introduce themselves mid-second act and hang around through the climax. Pale malts provide the clean, unobtrusive foundation - letting the hops take the forefront but also giving a bit of sweetness to hide the hop bitterness. I actually get a bit of alcohol warmth in the stomach - shocking at its mere 6.40%, but I'd consider this a pleasant warming sensation in the winter. Hints of a candi sugar like sweetness beneath the surface. It's very nicely balanced and rather refreshing. Delightfully built. I'm not blown away by its complexity, but it's well put together and succeeds within the style. I get no yeasty notes. A bit too much buttery character on the finish.

Maybe I expect a hoppy character on par with a good IPA, but I have to remember it's a pale ale. It's a masterfully brewed one at that, but I do think there's room for more complexity within the style.

Mf: Chewy, smooth, soft, wet. Carbonation and thickness are ideal. Good presence on the palate. Has enough body to present its flavours. Refreshing. Slightly oily. Even a touch buttery - too much so on the finish.

Dr: Probably its best attribute is its high drinkability. I could down this one all night. Dangerously drinkable. It's a great pale ale - amongst the best I've had - but I have to admit I expected more given the hype. It's not a perfect beer as its current 100 rating might suggest. It doesn't hide its relatively modest ABV all that well, and it doesn't bring the complexity I think a perfect beer in this style would. I'm glad I got to try it and I'd definitely have it again - preferably fresh on draught. I want another already. Wow. I can't wait to try more beers from Three Floyds.

Constructively, I will say that its main flaw is that it uses a buttery quality to hide the hop bitterness on the finish. It works here, but lacks the seamless subtlety of more masterful brews. A great example of the style would integrate its hop bitterness as a positive characteristic. It's tough to do here because this is a pale ale with the hoppiness of an IPA but not enough of a malty backbone. I appreciate the experimentation within the style, but with some work this could be truly amazing.

B+

Best consumed sans food, or perchance with some unsalted pretzels or bread.

Serve cold.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh.

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Taking some more notes on this having received a bottle from the gracious Duff27 in a trade.

A: Pours a soft appealing frothy head of good cream. Body colour is a vibrant pale copper. Appearance is good for the style, but not special or unique.

Sm: Hoppy and bready, with hop character of juicy citrus, light grassy character, grapefruit, lemon zest, light pine, and heavy floral character. It's a bit murky yet still fresh; maybe it's a bit too grassy. Pleasant. I don't get any yeast or alcohol.

T/Mf: Juicy bursts of refreshing citrus hop notes and nectary character. Ideal crisp pale malt foundation. Smooth and wet. Very refreshing and pleasant to drink - a highlight of the beer. Delightfully well balanced and built, with impressive subtlety for the style. Not as grassy as the aroma. Clean. Good carbonation. It's not biting or sharp. Hop-forward without being too assertive or overbearing; they packed a lot of flavour in here.

Dr: Extremely high. I could easily chug this. Very impressive. I could stick with this all night and never grow tired of it. Quite delightful. This was definitely more fresh than the first bottle I reviewed.

A-

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head that fades quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with hints of tangerine and pineapple, nice and refreshing.

Taste: There is a lot of bitterness, but it doesn't completely kill your tongue. Mildly sweet malt and some nice hints of citrus fruit. This is a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: Another success from 3 Floyds. The balance is great with just the right amount of bitterness that dominates but doesn't crush the other flavors or your tongue.

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Photo of brentk56
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head that leaves a couple of streaky patches of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a tropical fruit salad, with ruby red grapefruit and honeybell tangelos, with hints of lemon, pineapple and mango

Taste: The bready malts lay down the platform and the sugary tropical fruits detected in the aroma dance a tango from start to finish, lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Doesn't hurt that I picked up this bottle at the brewpub today so it is super fresh; just about the best thing I have ever tasted that has emerged from a fermenter

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tapered FFF glass.

High clarity orange, slowly rising trails of carbonation. Creamy cap of dense foam, about a half inch at first that recedes after awhile, leaving concentric rings of lace. Skim across the top eventually breaks, but lasts for a bit.

Pungent citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, rich with citrus-heavy Citra hops.

Fruity hops hit first, more tangerine, sweet orange and grapefruit notes upfront. Resiny sticky hops linger into the pale malt middle, clean and a little grainy. Dry leafy green bitterness in the finish, hints of aspirin. Feel is relatively light, creamy and soft at first, drying out into the bitter finish. Good malty balance to the hefty dose of hoppage, approaching IPA territory for sure. Can't wait for the bottles, this is basically FFF's 1-up to local classic Daisy Cutter.

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

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