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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,555
Ratings:
9,978
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,555 | Ratings: 9,978
Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Hazy in appearance, golden in color
Smell - Lovely aroma of citrus, herbaceous notes, grapefruit, pine
Taste - Follows the nose. Huge herbaceous notes, grapefruit, pine, citrus, dank, pithy

Overall - Been waiting for this one for a while now. Its great but I've had better. And personally don't even think it's 3 Floyds best pale ale. I'd pick Space Station Middle Finger over this any day.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy reddish orange color with a nice 2" just off white head tons of lacing. The soft foam fills above the rim of the glass and leaves a small crater

S - Tropical fruits, grapefruit, just smells so juicy! Nice citra hop aroma

T - I like how they use the word "gushing" in the description of this beer, because that is exactly what I think of when trying to describe the taste. It is loaded with citra hop but its so well balanced it does not leave any unpleasantness at all.

M - Refreshing, but full of flavor, not too much alcohol, probably the perfect amount for an IPA / APA in my opinion.

Label art is probably the coolest out there. Like a page from a comic book, except shiny metallic! Since I live roughly an hour from the brewery, this is frequently stocked at my house. I just love this beer. I know perfect scores should be very hard to come by, but this beer is what changed my outlook on beer forever. I have read by some that this beer is overrated, but it is truly the best single IPA i have ever had, and what is even more amazing is that I can get it regularly. Thank you 3F!

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

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a two finger head that fills the
glass. Lacing hangs around for the duration of drinking and coats the sides.
S: Piney resin, grapefruit and other fruits.
T: Can you get a better blended beer? Pine, grapefruit, citrus that blends deliciously with the malts
M: Nice carbonation that goes down smooth. Feels like a perfect beer.
O: I could drink this beer all day, every day. Deliciously well rounded and a pleasure to drink. It is worth all the hype and more.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a fine deep gold with a nice medium clarity. Healthy fizzy head.

S: Citric hop notes leap out of the glass. The bouquet is uncluttered earthiness: forest greenery, lemon and mango, with the musty-sweet malt beneath.

T: Great balance between the caramel, honey-biscuit malt and the sharper hop notes on the front. Not fruity, just wonderfully bittersweet.

M: Light and drinkable. Not the slightest bit overbearing

O: This is a compulsively drinkable ale. Really nice to experience a balanced brew with a subtle but still robust flavor profile. Wish I could enjoy this with every meal; already plotting how to get more. Thanks to Matt for the bottle.

Full review at: http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/5/20/imbibliography-three-floyds-zombie-dust

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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 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 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 FightingEntropy
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to amber APA with a full head that falls to a rounded lace in an imperial pint glass. Menu says 50 IBUs, but it packs a much bigger punch. Grassy, earthy nose that sings of hops, light fruit, and bitterness up front on top of caramel sweetness. Not a big beer, but doesn't taste light or watery at all--just not heavy. Smallish beer that showcases the hop bite for those with a zombie like craving for hops.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Soonami for this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear dark golden with two fingers of fluffy white head that hung around for a couple of minutes.

Smell: Very nice aroma on this. A lot of musty hop aroma from the citra hops mixed with tropical fruit (mango, tangerine) and bitter tart grapefruit. Very in your face.

Taste: Getting the tropical fruits from the aroma in the taste of this, sweet without being overly sweet and the hops are not overpowering in the taste, with a bitter, somewhat earthy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Very, very smooth.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, much like most of what I've had from Three Floyds. I will be seeking this out again.

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Photo of lsummers
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three finger creamy head. Very cloudy, amber orange.

Smells of very fresh grapefruit and some subtle lemon zest. A touch of nutty creaminess.

Taste is just fantastic. Highly balanced pine and citric grapefruit notes meld with the dulce de leche sweetness. It stays light somehow through out all the tastes. Definitely a hoppier pale ale, but very well balanced. It has a slightly thin character to the taste but suits its amped up sweet hop profile.

Mouthfeel is a moderately carbonated. Zingy and crisp, slightly viscous.

Overall, this is a fantastic pale ale. One of the best I've tasted and a definite try.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a +1 brilliant white frothy foam head, heavy spotty lacing, carbonation, golden orange body with hints of caramel color
S: heavy citrus roars at you upon first sniff, sweet malt, orange
M: medium body with semi dry sticky resin on tongue
T: orange, tangerine, slight grapefruit rind leads to hop bitterness, biscuit line thickness in the middle, ever so slight earthy bitterness in the finish
O: the first time I had this brew was several years ago, 2011, and this brew was outstanding then. It still rocks.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A: Golden color with some haze. Nice head and retention with some excellent lacing as I drink more.

S: Citra bomb. Tropical fruits exploding in the glass.

T: This is it for me. Hoppy as hell, but incredibly balanced. A superb example of a single hop beer that I would love to drink everyday

M: Light-medium bodied with nice levels of carbonation. Some stickiness from the hops.

O: This is up there for me. A damned near perfect beer.

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

A- pours a translucent brassy color with a finger and a half of off white dense head. Great retention with great lacing!

S- monstrous pungent hop aromas scream from the glass with resin, juicy citrus and an over the top aromatic leafy eucalyptus characteristic. The slightest hint of biscuity malt barely comes put on the finish.

T- again hop nirvana arrives. Juicy citrus tones blend with notes of mango and tropical fruit. Floral touches in the middle with hop resin comes out in the middle. Finishes very dry with a solid hop bitterness and the slightest touch of pale malt.

MF- slick juicy mouthfeel with a medium body and soft fine carbonation.

D- drinks like aqua!

Overall a world class pale ale that brings any hop lover to tears! Amazing.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute classic and style changer. mouthfeel is always great. this beer is so consistent. citrus notes are great.. hops are always there... a standard

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Photo of Brdlist
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had never had a Zombie Dust before and was pretty psyched to try one for the first time last night. One of our local enthusiasts brought this to the bottle shop to share and man that smell smacked me right in the face the moment he opened it. I've always loved hops but this was an exception. Wish FFF made its way to NC but I guess it wouldn't be as special if it was common

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque golden orange. Smells like fresh citrus. Tastes similar to Deschutes fresh squeezed, but even better. The look and taste of this APA is perfect. Very smooth and easy to drink. It's so good, it's scary.

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Photo of justinp444
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with a gorgeous 2 inch thick foamy white head (sticks to your skin). Smell of tropical fruit, grass, orange, citrus, and floral notes with a nice bready malt backbone. Taste is crisp drinkable and smooth with a nice moderate mouth feel and body. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes with a not overly sweet malty taste.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - Poured a dark honey color, formed a finger of dense and creamy, slightly off-white head.
S - Amazing. Oranges, hops, grapefruit, apples, pineapple, mango, peach, persimmons. One of the most bright, vibrant and tropical aroma's I've ever smelled on a beer.
T - Very similar to the nose, but not as sweet, more like the savory side of these fruits. I would have preferred these tastes be just slightly sweeter, but the taste is amazing regardless.
O - This beer isn't just hype, it really is great. for me, the beer would be a perfect 100 had the taste matched the aroma's sweetness just a bit more, but as it stands it is still an A+ beer in my books. Definitely the best pale ale I've ever had and I highly recommend it.
V - The value is good because if you've got it in your hands, you probably had to work for it, thus you're probably willing to pay whatever price tag is on it. Seriously though, it is worth every penny.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had my first Zombie Dust a few afters after having my first Pliny and it's hard to say which one I like better since they are both such excellent beers. I think I would give the slight nod to Pliny, but I would take either or and be extremely happy. I realize Zombie Dust is a Pale Ale, but it seriously tastes like an IPA to me

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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 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 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 celticfutblclub
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle no bottling date that i can see..
thanks to urbancaver for this one

A - ruby/orange body slightly hazed. cream white head half a finger thick settles to a ring. still puts up some good lacing.

S - big orange peel and grapefruit notes, blast of earthiness in there as well. tobacco, grass hops. very unique nosing and quite inviting.

T - earthiness is there again at the start. tobacco. orange peel pops in with big bitterness, grapefruit, grass.

M - light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. big hop pucker here. nice dry finish.

O - yeah this is a damn fine beer. i want more.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle (2015-06-12) poured into a tall FSB highball glass.

A - Pours a glistening pale straw. A three-finger head of very tight, pillowy foam that's eggshell white very slowly collapses, leaving generous rings of foam around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich yellow-gold that moves toward orange in the middle and quite hazy, making it rather opaque.

S - Solid nose of fresh ruby red grapefruit hops. A hint of resin in support. Into the glass, softer citrus notes emerge with floral hops in the background. Malt is bready - moist whole wheat with just a touch of very light caramel candy.

T - Delicious lightly toasted malt topped by orange/grapefruit jam and garnished by fresh floral notes. Just a hint of Jolly Rancher candy surrounded by somewhat bitter herbal notes in the rather soft finish.

M - Somewhat fizzy with a nice crispness that slides easily across the tongue. Well-balanced carbonation. Medium-light body complements the nicely integrated, quality components. Clean, short finish.

O - Now this is my idea of a pale ale - a perfectly matched malt foundation balanced against an outstanding combination of hops. It delivers both an enjoyable, sensuous experience for the taste buds while also being clean and refreshing. More - lots more - please. This one 12 oz. bottle was just a tease.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color; pinky-width head that fades fast; medium lacing

S: Sweet citrus fruits and perfume-like floral notes; pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and a bouquet of flowers

T: Sweet citrus/tropical fruits, lots of floral perfume-y notes; basically tastes just like it smells

M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation; crisp and refreshing

O: This is a fantastic beer, and probably the best IPA I've ever tried. Yes I know it's technically an APA, but semantics be damned, this tastes like one hell of a delicious IPA. If you see a fresh one, buy it immediately!

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,978 ratings.
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