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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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Photo of QuentinCall
3.64/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

People hella wig on Zombie Dust (and I mean, full disclosure, I do think about that aroma in my private moments), but to me it just don't taste like much. Emperor has no clothes. Still, definitely more Moët bellini than Popov martini and that's no shade, Moët bellini's are for reals tasty.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received a six pack from redsand22, thanks again, along with a bottle of Permanent Funeral. Between three of us, we polished off the sixer in a night, yet another good offering in a long line of pale ales that I've had recently.

ZD is an interesting beer and deceptively strong for its ABV. Normally, with a strong nose and citra hop profile like this, I'd see this kind of beer landing right between seven and eight percent by volume; though it's close, ZD has a little less than that, and ever fewer than expected IBUs. It drinks like a big malty IPA, like Sucks or Undercover Investigation Shut-Down, and honestly I found it difficult to discriminate between it and other west coast IPAs. This isn't to say that it's not delicious, of course, but it seems to me that the popular pale ales all fall on the bitter end of the malt spectrum. They're still sweet in their own right, but nothing like Hopslam, Union Jack, Sculpin, or Head Hunter, all of which I prefer to ZD. Of course, getting down and dirty with cross-style comparison is a no-no on Beer Advocate, I'm comparing them by way of taste. Like I said, I don't taste a huge difference between ZD and Lags IPAs and DIPAs, even though they're technically different styles.

Would I get ZD again? Of course. It's delicious, affordable, and brewed year-round, even if it's difficult to get off site. A fresh bottle of it would blow a stale bottle of any of the above listed beers out of the water, but that's not to say that it's better. The margin of difference between these top tier IPAs, DIPAs, and PAs is so slim that it's negligible.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yeah, this beer is worth the hype! This is the best Pale Ale I have ever had, so far...

Can you give a Pale Ale a 5 or 100 or whatever the scoring is? Possibly, but I want to reserve that until I try Heady Topper and Pliny. Just in case they truly are better beers. I would say at this point this is the best Pale Ale/IPA I have ever had.

Appearance: Straw yellow, hazy but with some redness going on. Its a very attractive beer.

Smell: Tropical fruits, mango, peach, some citrus aromas in there, maybe a hint of pineapple as well.

Taste: This is where they get ya. It is the most balanced IPA/Pale Ale I have ever had. Its very drinkable. So, drinkable in fact, that you could get into bad trouble with this one. It has the right amount of hop/malt ratio. You do get some bitterness, but not a palate wrecking hop
blast. Mango's, papaya, pineapple, lots of fruitiness in this beer, but there is a sharpness going on as well, that makes it explode in your mouth. This is a very nicely made beer.

Overall: Its well worth the hype, and I do appreciate this trade. I am fortunate to have 2 six packs of this and I plan on sharing these with some good friends, but thanks to Pluchar for this one! Cheers brother!

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Photo of winningwes91
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally getting to try it. Best extra I've ever received! Pours out a clear golden orange color. Smells of citrus, pine, and some malt sweetness. The taste is mostly hoppy, juicy goodness. Wow. Tastes like an ipa. Such a wonderful mouthfeel. Probably my favorite PA currently

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Photo of kingston2
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

FFF hit a home run with this beer. Picked up couple cases at DLD. Couldn't wait to get it home to crack a cold one open. Great hop presence on the nose. Citrus dominated nose with some tropical fruits layered in there. Nice carbonation and mouth feel. Great malt presence with fantastic levels of hop bitterness. Never makes your mouth feel abused by the hops. Just really well made beer.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant orange amber that is complete see-through. Nice, puffy 2.5 finger head that dissipates so slowly and leaves a good amount of wavy lacing.

S - Full nose of grapefruit, orange, and even a touch of pine. Actually a little kick of zest in for good measure. Just so slightly some bready malt.

T - It's a very full taste, but not especially hoppy like an IPA. It's interesting they were able to pull this off so well. Very floral and grassy with a good bit of grapefruit and citrus before it finishes with a final kick of resiny bitterness. Again, the taste isn't "in your face" like an IPA or DIPA, it sets in the background, lets the malt play a role, and provides a good hop balance.

M - Leaves the mouth a bit dry from the hop kick, but actually very full and robust.

Overall - Superb. Among the very best, if not the best, APA out there. I was wondering if someone would be able to pull off such a bold APA, but Three Floyds did. Simply delicious.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

12-oz bottle poured into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Looks very attractive in the glass. Fluffy, foamy head with pretty evenly sized bubbles. Gold in color, nice and mostly clear. Lacing is fair to good.

Nosing, I get hit by hops and soursop (the fruit) more than anything else. The soursop I smell is what most would call the grapefruit/citrus rind. Ends in deep hop aroma, showcasing citra's amazing aromatic and bittering qualities.

Taste just blows me away. Floral hoppiness, bitter, malt balance, and fruit all in that order. Tasting as I exhale reveals the fruits a little more, sweetened slightly by the malt.

Medium bodied to carry these crazy flavors and aromas to the mouth, but not hammer you. Extremely refreshing and drinkable. My mouth misses the feeling of this beer in it after every sip.

Overall, I need to stop writing and start posting ISO of some more. This is definitely going to be the first beer I clone once homebrewing commences. Absolutely a stellar beer, and I could not be more impressed.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had tried this with a destroyed palette so I gave it another shot.

Bottle that was 6 weeks old.

Unique Hop profile, pretty sweet with some citrus, slightly creamy, moves toward slightly bitter at the very end. Very impressive. If I could get it easily I would keep some in the fridge.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is of a 20 day old bottle

Pours a clear, bright orange body. Head is 3/4 of an inch and pearly white. Lacing was good and head retention was outstanding.

Smell is of floral hops, rye malt, and spice like cardamon or coriander. Fresh cut grass comes through as the beer warms. Not much alcohol is detected.

Taste is of earthy and floral hops. Getting some lemongrass, pine, rye, and maybe ginger or something a tad spicy. Malt is pretty light and alcohol is barely detected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied for an IPA, well carbonated. Nice head added to the body.

Overall good beer but I was expecting more because of the hype. I gravitate more towards the fruit forward pale ales, maybe thats why I didn't rate it higher. Solid beer though

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Cam!

A. Pours a somewhat murky yellow orange with a two finger creamy off-white head that dissipates leaving some residual lacing.

S. Lemon zest, subtle orange, lemongrass - a nice herbal lemony scent, and a nice subtle malty sweetness.

T. Grapefruit is the most apparent flavor on the tongue with some lemon and a biscuit malty sweetness.

M. Fairly thick and creamy for a brew like this.

D. I enjoyed this beer, but not quite as much as my another Chicago-area pale ale - the supreme reign of Daisy Cutter continues. (It's a shame too since I'll be able to pick this up locally.)

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Photo of bound4er
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Dark straw to golden colored with a nice white head. Laces well.

S. Citrus hops dominate - from the smell of things one gets a sense that the taste will be phenomenal. Pineapple, orange, mango, etc.

T. A quaffable, great tasting beer that does everything well. Very tropical upon entry with just enough malt to add balance without sweetness. Finishes long and crisp. Damn near perfect.

M. Low to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O. For such a drinkable beer it is amazing how much flavor is packed into this stuff. I wish this was available in bottles around here - it would be a staple in my fridge. Well done, highly recommended.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip.

Golden yellow with a nice white head.
Smells fantastic. Tropical fruit notes, a little dank resiny hop aroma, a hint of pineapple like sweetness. The description here for this says this beer showcases Citra hops and that is no lie.

Taste follows the aroma. Big tropical fruit flavors, pineapple, grassy hop notes but then at the finish is this nice pale malt backbone. Not really bitter but this is an APA not an IPA so it really works for the style. A really easy to drink beer. I could put away gallons of this if given the opportunity.

medium bodied, a light carbonation, probably would be better on tap than in a growler as far as mouthfeel goes but still is fine the way it is.

I really really like this beer. I can easily say this is the best pale ale I've ever had. The flavor is simply phenomenal. If you have a chance to try this then go for it you will not regret it.

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

A: Copper/Orange with two fingers of white head. Light, spotty lacing.

S: Pine, citrus and tropical fruit.

T: Citrus. Lots of grapefruit, some mango and pine. Bitter hops with very little maltiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation with dry finish.

O: One of the best pale ales around. ...Though it should really be classified as an IPA.

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

Soft and well balanced but still ample pine and candied fruit. Not very bitter despite the abundant hops. In a word: crushable.

In general, ZD is milder than I expected but this bottle is also 2.5 months old. Still quite tasty and somehow addictive.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A- Dark golden and copper color with a nice thin white head.

S- Heavy citrus with hints of tropical, floral, and pine aromas.

T- Great hop flavore followed by the bang of citrus, with a finish of malty tropical flavors.

M- Very Crisp with a medium body.

O- Finally got to try this beer and it did not dissapoint. It definately lived up to the hype.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with billowy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. It looks like a world class ale in the glass. The nose is all hops. Intense tropical fruit aromas with a whiff of grass and lemon. Bitterness at the front of the palate gives way to a malty middle that finishes with a floral, lemony hoppiness. Light bodied with great carbonation make this a very refreshing pale. Overall this a well crafted pale, complexity to rival the best DIPAs on BA with an ABV low enough to make it just about sessionable, a most impressive achievement. Thanks Xthul!

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Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.99/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first sip is phenomenal. After that, I felt like it was a pretty garden variety apa. It's good, but I've had it twice now and I do noses what the fuss is about. I love the smell, and the taste is very hop forward.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy for a bottle of this. Pours mostly a clear orange with a very slight haze to it with fluffy white head. Tastes of grapefruit and citrus hops. Nice crisp bitterness and it provides hop burps! Has to be one of the best pale ales out there.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque orange with a white head, with a good deal of lacing left behind. Tropical, citrus, peach, and apricot form a sweet, but well balanced aroma. Sweet tropical citrus opens up with peach and apricot notes falling in behind. Well balanced, with a little bit of a bitter, piney hop bite at the end. Mouth feel is smooth and mouth coating. Overall, a fantastic pale ale. Very well balanced, with good fruit aromas and flavors.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
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 SkeeterBoganski
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle to the tulipsnifter...b/c that's how I seem to roll often.

A - pours a slightly hazy copper-amber with bubbles rising; quarter-inch head; lacing present and consistent

S - the smell on this is ridiculous; citrus; mango; kiwi; apricot; melon; delicious piney hops; caramel malts; sweet fruit

T - the tropical fruits come through with all of the aforementioned smells present in flavor-form; mango; grapefruit; pineapple; sweet pine deliciousness

M - this is pretty carbonated and dry; medium finish; smooth and buttery; hotdamn it's silky and amazing

O - stands up to its reputation; I've recently had Dreadknaught and Apocalypse Cow and while both of those have significantly more heat, Zombie Dust takes the cake with balance, flavor, and pale ale (IPA) perfection. One of the best beers I've ever had to date and being a hophead, something I can honestly session...if only I had cases of this!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking damp pale amber with some orange tone. Half a finger of head, sticky lacing in my tulip. Aroma is plentiful citrus, tropical fruits, and some passion fruit. Just an amazing scent. The beer has a great pale base but man does the hop flavor pop. Crisp and citrus like hop flavor that carries through the beer. Tropical fruit flavors, mango, pinapple, passion fruit. The massive hop presence creates just a hint of cloyingness. Typical pale mouthfeel, medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. This really is one of the top pales I've had.

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Photo of wspscott
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle in pint glass
courtesy of Matt

A: Crystal clear copper color with a thick white head that leaves a thick coating of lace.
S: Massive citrus and tropical fruit nose, like Hawaiian punch
T: Juicy, fruity hops with a subtle bitterness at the end. Slight crystal malt sweetness adds to the fruit punch feeling.
M: On the high side of carbonation for the style helps to balance out some of the sweetness, comes across as a weird (in a good way) mix of sweet/fruity and dry.
O: Holy crap, this is a tasty beer, an amazing amount of "new" hop flavors without being a ridiculous bitter bomb. Almost too easy to drink, I could finish a six pack in one sitting, but the alcohol would eventually catch up and that is a shame :) I keep flashing back to my memory of Masala Mama last summer (also an amazingly good beer). Highly recommended.

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Photo of lstokes
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the U of Chicago pub, which seems to be getting better all the time. Nice amber pour with beautiful lacing and a soft but clearly tropical nose.

The taste was this sort of sublime soft citrus, with lots of lemon, apricot, and grapefruit, some tropical notes, lots of hop flavor, but a very silky mouthfeel and a very dry, pleasant ending with only a trace of bitterness. Excellent beer, and I'm very pleased I stopped by the Pub while it was around.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from Three Floyd's brewery.
Poured into tulip glass

Appearance: A murky dirty orange color that reminds me of apple juice in color. It produced a frothy good two fingers amount of head that settled quickly to a small ring around the edges of the glass. There is a high amount of lacing.

Smell: Well lets just say this is very aromatic because I smelled it before I even poured it and then when it got in the glass the aromas seemed to just billow from my glass. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon...a very citrusy smelling beer! Simply awesome! There is obvious hop presence in the form of pine and grass but I wouldn't call it resiney. It is more of a tropical fruit mixed with the hops. One of the best smelling beers ever.

Taste: Up first is some of the grapefruit and orange fruit taste at the front of the tongue. In the middle I am tasting some of the maltiness and sweetness like caramel and that leads directly to the hops at the tail end. A wonderful bitter but not too bitter aftertaste that stays around for quite a while. Exceptional!

Mouthfeel: This is such an easy drinking beer that I could easily drink this on a regular basis and never get tired of it. It has the perfect carbonation and it's not too thick or thin but just enough to perfectly coat my mouth with all it's glory and leave it's awesome bitter bite mixed with the tropical fruits.

Overall: Even though I only live about 30 minutes from Three Floyd's I for some reason did not make the trip out there to get me some of this sweet nectar until about 2 weeks ago. It is absolute perfection especially on a hot summer day. Oh who the hell am I kidding it's perfect any time!

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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