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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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

It's great to finally try this. Beautiful burnished gold color. The nose is absolutely phenomenal: pineapple and floral scents predominate. Really juicy, juicy hops on the tongue -- almost DIPA like. Super drinkable and well balanced. A top notch brew.

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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 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 ricknelson
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Zombie Dust American Pale Ale from Three Floyds. Although
not a high alcohol beer, I had just bought it because it was rated number 6 on the BA site with
a BA score of 100. Sad to say this beer was a total disappointment finishing 10th with an average
rating of 3.75. It is possible that something was wrong with this bottle as it had no head to speak
of at all. I have another one to try, so hopefully it will live up to the reviews of other reviewers.

Well I tried the second bottle and still do not understand how Zombie Dust got the rave reviews. But this bottle did have a little more appeal than the first one, but not enough to change my rating.

I have been spoiled by two really outstanding IPA's here in Vermont; Alchemist's Heady Topper which is currently at number 1 on the BA site, and Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine, which
is currently at number 10 on the BA site. However I feel Double Sunshine should be number 1 and
Heady Topper number 2.

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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 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 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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Photo of dlello2
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - In between Alpha King and Lagunitas Sucks in terms of color. no cloudiness like Alpha King. Lacing disappears surprisingly fast.

S - More citrus and less sweet than Lagunitas Sucks. So good. Smell is awesome. Minimal hops. Smells makes me want to drink it so badly.

T - I was thinking this as I finished smelling this beer: IT is not complex. It tastes somewhat one-dimensional. However, that one dimension is really quite near perfect. Maybe this is why people love it so much. Aftertaste has some bite, but it's pleasant... lingering but pleasant. Mouthfeel is great. Love the bitterness.

O - Really nice. This is my gfs favorite beer which maybe makes me love it too. It really is great.

EDIT: Had this alone tonight. Bottle was maybe 90 days old. I. loved. it. Definitely a 5 for taste. Changed my review to reflect my new feelings.

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of funhog, into a perfect pint. I'd had a growler of this previously and enjoyed it immensely but was kicking myself for not having reviewed it.

A - Pours an almost perfectly clear yellow-amber, with a billowy three fingers of head. Outstanding retention and lacing. This looks as good as I imagine is possible.

S - Peachy, citrusy aromas come bounding out of the glass on the pour, along with a slight candy sweetness. Man I love Citra hops! The nose isn't overly complex, but what is there is outstanding and plentiful.

T - It reminds me a lot of fresh Blind Pig, with lots of fruit-forward hoppiness, but without the overwhelming bitterness in the finish. Peach, mango, and grapefruit in there, with a touch of pine. Very, very nice.

M - It's by no means a lightweight beer, but it's very crisp and also slightly dry. It would be great on a warm summer day (too bad summers here are oppressively hot).

O - I've been a little hard on FFF in the past -- their DIPAs just haven't really done it for me -- but this beer is the real deal. They've managed to pack a lot of the aspects that I enjoy in an IPA/DIPA into an APA. I love it, and I'll be trading for as much as I can manage in the future.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - A light amber color, translucent; small amount of head

Smell - It's a good thing smell doesn't always correlate to taste in beers because the smell of this is a little underwhelming (read: mild)

Taste - In your mouth is where this beer shines, while the look and smell aren't anything special, this is one of the better American pale ale's and the taste is excellent. Very balanced and easy to drink. Citrusy with a light hop flavor to it. This one is not bitter at all, but believe me it will still grab your attention at first taste. Tastes are citrusy with hints of many sweet fruits, with a mild amount of hops and malts

Feel - So smooth - lightly carbonated. Goes down easily.

Overall - Smooth and complex without being overwhelming. Great balance and a great beer.

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

this brew was procured today during a road trip to indiana. the pour revealed a clean and clear amber colour with light and lazy carbonation. a large white head billowed out and remained a quarter of an inch thick throughout as well as coated the edges of the glass in thick layers of lacing. just a gorgeous puddle.

the nose is zesty with grapefruit lemon peal coming to mind. very citrus heavy with some light pie crust notes as well.

the taste is fantastic. the citrus character shines through big and it actually stings with acidity. a zinger for certain. the malt flavours are very subtle and this seems more like a deliciously bitter juice with just a hint of the aforementioned pie crust being the only notable malt descriptor. nary even a touch of caramel.

the body is perfect. for something so light on malt flavor and without any telltale caramel tones that give away the secret of bodybuilding, this somehow has a body and remains subtle and completely hop highlighting.

overall this beer is very nice. this style seems to fall by the wayside these days as IPA is quite similar to APA and also seems quite fashionable. this APA as well as the Floyd's flagship brew are both spectacular examples of how uniquely the style can be expressed to show contrast to the IPA and in quite delicious fashion. glad i had a chance to dance with this one.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 3Floyds nonic. Thanks, Tom, for including this as an extra. I have had this a few times, both on draft and bottled. This finally gives me a chance to sit down and review it. No bottling info.

A - Pours an attractive golden amber color with about a finger of marshmallow colored head. Some cloudiness to the body. Great lacing.

S - Fresh dank citrus is the prominent aroma in this beer. Some sweet caramel and buttered biscuit malts linger in the background. Tropical mango and papaya, along with white grapefruit, tangerine, and blood orange all contribute to the excellent odor. It smells alot like Heady Topper and that is an excellent quality.

T - No surprises here as the grapefruit dominates from the start, displaying both tart and bitter characteristics. Sweet malts hit briefly midpalate, but they are soon washed away by a nice bitter pine and spicy citrus bite. There is some balancing bready malt in there somewhere. Phenomenal citrus linger literally leaves my mouth watering for the next sip.

M - Tingly carbonation with a pretty light body. Crisp finish and impressive drinkability.

O - It goes without saying that this is one of the finest APA (or IPA, if you want to make that argument) in all the land. Powerful citrus aromas and a great grapefruit flavor, undoubtedly from all of those citrus hops. If this were available in my area, it would unquestionably be my go-to hop-fix mid-ABV beer (a place currently reserved for Perpetual IPA and Evo Lot No.3 IPA). You don't need me to recommend it to know you shoudl drink this if you can get it.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how this one ended up in beer fridge, but I'm happy it's there. FFF is one of my favs and I've never tried this.

Poured the 120z bottle into a standard pint glass to review.

Very loosely packed head of about an inch in height. Cloudy and golden yellow in color.

Smells very clean and hoppy with citrus and pine notes dominating.

Taste is certainly hop forward; citrus and pine again, as the nose predicted.

Medium body with a creamy smooth drinkability making it go down very quickly.

I wish I could get this more regularly, it is a great beer. I like it a lot more than Alpha King and this would work as a nice option to Sierra Nevada which is a staple for me.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

September 8, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Pours orange to light amber. Thick finger of head that sticks around for a long time. Mild haze, probably from being poured cold, mostly good clarity otherwise.

S – Lots of lemon and other citrus, a bit of fresh cut grass, grapefruit. A hop bomb. Some malty sweetness on the nose but balanced hard towards the hops. Some malt thickness.

T – Very malty and then the hops take over. Citrus and grapefruit melts into a perfectly bitter finish. A ton of hop bitterness but really well balanced with the malt.

M – Very malty, relatively full body, just a bit of acidity leading into the finish. Bitterness coats the tongue, balanced with malt sweetness. Not a palate wrecker despite smelling like it could be one.

O – Having had this before without evaluating properly, I was pleasantly surprised to remember how well balanced it is. There is a ton of hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness, but does not destroy your taste buds. The malt has a great presence as well and really works together with the hops to create a remarkable beer. Great example of the American Pale Ale style.

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

Poured a hazy amber. Huge 3 finger foamy head of big white bubbles. Clingy lace left after every sip.

Smells of honey, hop resins, and tropical fruits.

Highly complex flavors. Tropical fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit and lemon rinds, apricots, and a slight hint of honey. Perfectly balanced malt backbone. Not too sweet, and dangerously drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet crisp. Hop oils leave a bit of a slick on the tongue.

Overall a stunning beer. I could drink this all day and night. Leans more toward an IPA in my opinion, but who really cares about the classification. It's an amazing brew regardless of what you call it. wish I could get this stuff on a regular basis!

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Funhog

Super Fresh! So pumped!

A- Pours a beautiful light orange with less than a finger head but you wouldn't believe it due to the lacing it leaves. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Wow. Tons of resin and dankness, sweet orange, tropical fruits, tangerine, citrus, and a good combo of grassy notes. It's hard to get past the hops in this one but there is some sweetness from the caramel toffee of the malts. Smells like what 3 Floyds knows how to do best, overly super hop a beer! Amazing.

T- Super bitter hops up front with a nice bready sweet caramel background. Tons of flavors coming from the hops like mentioned in the aroma, that FFF standard flavor. Resin and Dank grass, oranges, pineapple, citrus, and other exotic tropical fruits. Sweet caramel malts come through quite a bit and create a nice body for the beer and base for the hops to mix with. Really awesome APA no doubt. Matters well be an IPA. Or DIPA with all these hops.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall this stuff is off the chain good. If you can get it, get it.


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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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