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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Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint mug.

Appearance- Pours a nice hazy orange with a big lacy head. Nice looking.

Smell- Big juicy, dank, wet, earthy, hop character. Strong spruce pine vibes. Hints of sour diesel or other high grade marijuana strains. Pungent ripe blood orange notes. Great smelling IPA.

Taste- Bitter dry hop bite, quickly fades into rock candy malts. Finishes dry and clean- almost too clean, like San Pellegrino mineral water. Really easy drinking, but a bit disappointed in the flavor considering the hype around this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and dense leaving a puckery, tangy coat on the tongue

Overall- I waited a long time to acquire one of these, and I am thankful I got to try it. Unfortunately I don't think it meets the hype associated with it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, but a little bit of a let down. All nose forward but a little lacking in taste. Easy drinkability and very sessionable. I will definitely drink this again if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of EB1
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of grover37
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. It was about $5 for a 12oz pour or so.

Appearance (4): Finger and a half of white head. Hazy orange-ish copper.

Aroma (4.5): Lemon, orange, pine, and strong bubblegum (in a good way).

Taste (4.5): Citrus, lemon and lime, sprite, and a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Slick and a bit thin but only because it tasted more like an IPA than an APA. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall (4): Very drinkable and very enjoyable. I was happy to have this one on tap as I don't get 3F more than a few times a year. This one had all the big citrus flavors you expect from Citra hops and was well constructed to highlight them without being too off-balance. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.....

Very rarely does a beer live up to the hype, but ZD truly does. Tones of pine and tropical notes in the nose. A very citra forward, well balanced beer. One the most enjoyable pale ales on the market.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of herman77
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 10/23/11. Bought a case at the brewery, split three ways.

A: Pale cloudy light orange. Smaller white head. Decent spotty lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruits with some nice carmel notes. Huge nose on this, seems like it should be a double IPA from the smell alone.

T: So much flavor, lots of juicy sweet hops, but not overly bitter at all. Amazing balance of malt and hops. Mainly tropical hops, with a bit of pine and citrus. Fairly crisp finish.

M: Medium to lighter body. Average carbonation. Really refreshing.

O: Amazing drinkability. Best pale ale I've had if you want to call it that, though it is borderline IPA to me.

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

Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of xtonytx
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel-amber in color, with a rich and foamy head of thick, extravagant lacing.

Nose is tropical fruit hops, simultaneously sweet and tangy. Marvelous!

Taste is lovely citrus-tangy and hoppy, with a firm and heavy malt foundation. Still, the taste is predominantly hops, and this premium pale ale is absolutely a winner in my book. I'd repeatedly purchase if I could find this anywhere!

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Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the largesse of @Ri0. My first from 3F, and from the state of Indiana. My second Citra-hopped Midwest pale ale of the day.

This beer was a hazy, orangey amber color, with a big, off-white head that dropped after a few minutes, but left a whole lotta lace on the sides of a Boundary Bay pint glass.

Grapefruity hop nose to this, but not as “juicy” as the PseudoSue I had earlier.

Tasty, grapefruity hops lead the assault on the tastebuds. There’s a little more of a leafy, tea-like bitterness than PseudoSue, and it’s not quite as bright and mango-y, but still very tasty. The finish is a little softer, a little less dry.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation seems a tad bit lower than PseudoSue, and the mouthfeel is a little less resiny.

I didn’t plan it this way, but what I’ve wound up doing is a near side-by-side comparison of this beer and PseudoSue. Since there’s no freshness date, it’s possible this is a little older than it’s Iowan rival, but I feel like the latter was brighter, more fruity, and maybe a little more hoppy tasting. This is still a great beer, but based on my experience, I’d pick PseudoSue over this if confronted with the choice. Thanks, Ri0!

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Photo of rangerred
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Black Sparrow, you ROCK! This little pub in downtown Lafayette, IN managed to get a keg of one of my most sought-after beers. Thank you guys!

Poured into a pint glass at The Black Sparrow pub in Lafayette, IN.

A: Rich copper-gold color, with a creamy beige head. Most of the head seems to have been poured off, but it still maintains some thick retention and smooth lacing. Looks great.

S: There’s that pungent aroma I’ve been waiting for! In true FFF fashion, it’s a grapefruit blast, with an underlying sweetness of strawberry, lemon, blackberry jam, and pineapple. The citrus is strong with this one. It’s not a pine-bomb, like many of FFF’s hoppy brews, but rather sweet and absolutely juicy. Pale malt aromas round it out throw some toasted bread and fresh grass aromas around, keeping the nose balanced at every whiff. Excellent, excellent nose.

T: Those hops are incredible! Some of the best whole cone tastes I’ve had in a while: flowery and resiny, with mild pine at the fore. After a light sharpness at the start, though, they absolutely gush with juicy fruit flavor: tart grape and pineapple, raspberry puree, persimmon, all-natural orange juice, and pulpy, rich grapefruit. It’s hop juice, but not abrasive in the slightest. Pure Citra glory! But that’s not all – the malts are here to balance it all out. Bready and full of thick, chewy flavor, these pale grains lay a bed of wheaty-smoothness: toast crusts, buttery crackers, and some light (very light) caramel malt. Aftertaste is so mild it’s almost unapparent; just a hint of fruit flavor, like I’ve been chewing on some Fruit Stripes for the last half-hour. It’s hardly dry, making it that much more drinkable.

M: Chewy, drinkable! One of the best parts of this brew. It feels full-bodied, but goes down with just a tingle of carb – bubbles that truly feel smaller and silkier than other pales I’ve had. This is truly one of the best examples of drinkable hop juice I’ve ever had. Unbelievably smooth.

O: Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of my new favorites. Every sip made me smile. It’s rare when a beer is everything you thought it would be, but FFF has done it before (cue Gumballhead, Rabbid Rabbit, etc.). Now I’m wondering if the Dark Lord in my fridge will live up to the hype…at any rate, I’m much more confident now that it will. I need to take a trip to Munster, ASAP.

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Photo of Damian
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

The beer poured a nearly crystal clear, golden-amber. A tight, creamy, one-finger crown of tan colored foam topped the liquid. Small patches of thick, drippy lacing coated the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was perhaps the most amazingly hoppy and fragrant I have experienced in a beer. A cornucopia of tropical fruit notes jumped out of the glass. Tons of mango, papaya and passion fruit. Loads of pineapple. Some peach and apricot as well. Super complex and exotic. Exceptionally smooth.

The flavor profile was just as stellar as the nose. Intense tropical fruit notes dominated the front end. Mango, pineapple and papaya came through strongest. Juicy tangerine and candied orange peel notes appeared mid palate. Touch of honey. Ruby red grapefruit rounded out the finish. Just slightly pithy and bitter. Hints of pine resin were noticeable as well. Overall, amazingly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was commendable. Medium bodied for the style with a fine, moderate effervescence. Slick and somewhat creamy on the palate.

Calling this beer a "pale ale" is a bit unfair, as I have tasted many double IPAs had less the hop intensity or complexity than this offering. The only indications of the style here are the lighter mouthfeel and the astonishing drinkability.

Super hoppy beers that have a moderate (or lower) alcohol presence seem to be gaining popularity, and this beer is the benchmark for that category. Zombie Dust is definitely worthy of the accolades that it receives. Thank you Daniel for the opportunity to try this amazing beer AND for donating the proceeds to a terrific cause.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CJNAPS
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Would love to get my hands on more of this, kind of hard to get here on the Best coast.
I had to get it in a trade. wonderful tasty. Couldn't believe its only a Pale Ale

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Hazy golden-orange color. A few large sediment particles hang in suspension before settling to the bottom of the glass. Creamy, bone-white head has great retention and leaves behind a thick collar of lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, and other vibrant tropical scents in the foreground. Pithy, green, and weed-like scents underneath. Melon, strawberry, and passion fruit. Malt base smells sweet and sugary, but indistinct otherwise. This smells more like an IPA than any other American Pale I've ever had.

T: Bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin on the attack. Green, oily bitterness rides up shortly after. Pithy and weed-like tastes register briefly too.Tropical and strawberry/passion fruit flavors are there, at first stuck in the background, but eventually they break through. Bitterness remains constant throughout. Tangerine, mandarin orange, and honeydew melon start to run away with the show. Malt base is slightly sweet at first, but dries into a nice biscuity flavor by the end. Slight yeast character, maybe a touch nutty. Finishes with tropical fruits and a nice rind and resin bitterness that sits atop drying biscuity flavors.

M: Medium to light in body. Very creamy and silky. Oily too. Finely-bubbled carbonation lifts and scrubs. Great mouthfeel.

O: Many American Pale Ales straddle the thin line between APA/IPA. To me this beer has crossed over and sits pretty firmly in IPA territory. Not that I'm complaining though. They can call it whatever they want, as long as it's still a damn good beer. Very high marks for this one. It lives up to the hype. Seek it out and drink it.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 10,098 ratings.
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