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 dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A full-bodied pale ale that is big on the hops but is distinctly different than an IPA. Not as heavy as the IIPAs that I normally like to drink, so this is a lighter alternative without giving up big flavor.

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Photo of thebeers
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with three fingers of long-lasting, white head that eventually leave heavy lacing.

Pleasant aroma of grapefruit, lemon, soap, yeast, white pepper.

Same character from the nose: lemon and grapefruit citrus and soap. A quick flash of honey-caramel malt sweetness. Soft pithy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Soft mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation.

The different pieces in the beer all come together exceptionally well. The kiss of malt in the taste and the great mouthfeel are just about perfect. Lives up the hype, IMO.

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Photo of Mute_Ant_Brew
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was at the store in the morning and went back for more of a new beer I had had just tried. While standing in line to pay I saw the empty case on the counter.
The nose isn't strong. It's hoppy and sweet.
Head recedes quickly but leaves a thin layer that didn't go away giving way to a fair amount of lacing.
The perfect amount of bitterness. No bite. There are sweet citrus notes hidden in the hops.
The mouth feel it's wonderful. Perfect carbonation for the flavor. Smooth with tiny prickles.
I understand the cult following and am now slave to the trend.
Bottled 4/03/17
Consumed 4/15/17

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Photo of NicholasL
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super Flavorful for a APA. Hoppy in smell and flavor. Juicy and slight bitter finish with citrus inbetween. Considering its a single hop beer, it is delicious.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to get my hands on such a highly rated beer. Bottle looks cool and hoping what's inside lives up to the hype. Bottled 3/17/17 so pouring this one fresh. Pours a "typical" APA color- medium amber and just a bit hazy. Decent one-finger head but lots of carbonation based on the bubbles streaming from the bottom of my glass. Leaves fantastic lacing as beer is consumed.

Smells hoppy of course, but not overly so. Somewhat light and floral. Obvious citrus tones-- grapefruit for sure-- and sweetness.

Taste is bitter from Citra hops with hints of citrus. Bitterness mostly comes at the end-seems higher than 60 IBU but I'm no expert. Very smooth and clean taste overall for this style.

Feel is light, carbonated, and dry.

Overall, I can't complain. A great beer, not world-class IMHO. Thankfully this is not the best pale ale I've ever had as it is hard to come by where I'm from. However, I would absolutely pick this up again if given the chance. Closest comparison I can think of is Deschutes freshly squeezed IPA or a less fruity DDH Pseudo Sue--probaly thanks to Citra hops.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up my limit of two 12 oz bottles at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma in Milwaukee. Bottling stamp states this one is about three months old. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a bright apricot, quite cloudy with particulate, with a dense half-inch cream-colored head that has some nice retention and leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Through the fine particulate, a healthy visible carbonation is present.

S: A fruity aroma is present as I open the bottle, even before pouring. Big ripe stone fruit, orange, grapefruit, melon, and pineapple are all represented in the bouquet--these notes play on top of cracker malts. Just a bit of funky hop notes--slightly grassy and herbal--complete the experience.

T: The taste is considerably more bitter at the front than what I was bracing for. The fruit notes are there, but they lack some of that fresh, ripe quality they had in the nose--I'm getting quite a bit of grapefruit and citrus rind at the front, mingling with some pine and grassy hop flavor above a cracker malt base. As the flavor moves to the middle, there's more of that funky/herbal hop flavor coming through, along with some deeper stone fruit flavors. There's just a hint of warming alcohol as the flavor transitions to the back end. The back brings more of the citrus rind/grapefruit and stone fruit character--certainly on the more bitter end of the spectrum--and the close brings assertive citrus rind and pine bitterness, with just a bit of tropical and stone fruit lingering above it all.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one never feels watery on the palate. Very nice level of carbonation, affording this one a bright, smooth, bitter, and dry feel in turns. While the finish brings the bitter, the dry close allows a lot of flavors to continue playing on the palate in the aftertaste.

O: I don't know that this beer ever could have lived up to my expectations and the hype surrounding it, but I will say that it's a very good beer well worth finding. It could be the date of the bottle, but I was hoping that more of the ripe, juicy fruit notes from the nose would be present in the taste. I will say that very few pale ales I've tried have anything close to the flavor depth of this one, and everything--from the look to the smell to the feel--is really on point.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a disappointment for me.
Been waiting a while to give it a try and finally scored one thanks to my buddy Jake in MN.
As I said to him - in my opinion, beers like this had their time, and I appreciate that I was able to give it a try but it was like Pliny for me - good, fun to check it off the list, but it falls way short compared to the east coast stuff I drink all the time. Trillium, Tree House etc etc....
Check it off the list if you get the chance. I wont be on the hunt for any more.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass. Bottling date is 3/7/17, 18 days ago.

Zombie Dust pours a hazy golden orange color, with a nice two finger off-white head that has good retention throughout. The beer leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass and is a very nice looking beer overall.

The aroma of the beer is a pleasant combination of hops, with notes of citrus - primarily grapefruit and citrus rind - as well as piney and resinous scents.

The taste of this one is hop forward, but the various flavors are balanced well. Strong piney flavors are mellowed by citrus before a slightly bitter finish.

The mouth feel is crisp, with a medium body and carbonation on the low end of medium.

Overall, this liberally hopped APA is near perfect and well deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of haoquanlin
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery Aroma: caramel, citrus Appearance: deep golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish Tasty

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

3 Floyds Brewing Co. - Zombie Dust. 6.2% ABV. 16oz pint glass ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Golden orange body, great clarity. Small, foamy off white head on top.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruits, with a lot of floral notes along with hops.

Feel: Medium bodied, extremely smooth.

Taste: Lots of citrus (orange, grapefruit), with a slight hop bitterness.

Overall: I can finally say I've had the renowned Zombie Dust! I can see why it has such a reputation, but also feel it was overrated. Great balance and great beer, but that's it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass

Honey amber in color , thin wire ring

Candied fruit, peach , orange aroma

Taste of citrus hops , good smooth hop presence

Good beer

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

Excited to have finally acquired a Zombie Dust! Pours a deep orange to amber with a smooth thick white head. Nose is of fresh, bold citrus. Taste of bright citrus fruits. Grapefruit and orange peel. A small bit of floral in there too but the citrus is the star. Getting a bit of sweet sticky caramel malts coming through too that I enjoy. It is very juicy, not as bitter or pungent as I thought it might be and because of that, it is a a very smooth and easy drinking beer. Medium body with a light creaminess to its body. Semi crisp and dry finish. I love Zombie Dust! This beer is as advertised IMO. Cheers

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Photo of Kdouble
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 oz bottle dated 1/25/2017 poured into a snifter.

Appearance- A deep golden color with about a finger of thick darker head. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Lacing down the entire glass.

Smell- Lots of tropical type fruits and just enough hops. Definitely stays true to the style.

Taste- More grapefruit and orange than the smell led me to believe. The dry hops come through as almost an aftertaste. The hoppy bitterness blends with the fruit notes for a fantastic brew.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with super clean carbonation. The dry finish seems to make the flavor last forever.

Overall- A phenomenal low ABV beer. You just keep drinking it and wanting more. The hoppy taste and carbonation mix for a very drinkable beer. Highly recommend getting some if you can find it.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was fortunate to be in Munster while 3 Floyds was open and purchased a cold 6-pack, bottled the previous day, for $10. (Only one because I was due to catch a plane :-( )

This is what I consider the ideal type of IPA. It is floral, "juicy" and not just a super-bitter hop bomb. It's not bitter.

I'm not into artsy descriptions of aroma, etc, so my closest comparison to other beers is that this is a little brother of Heady Topper (which is a DIPA).

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Photo of Blackop555
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold orange with light haze. Medium, thick, off white, lasting head. Good lacing.

Smells citrus, mostly sweet orange, tropical, bready malt, light pine.

Tastes juicy sweet Orange, citrus, mango and bready malt. Fades to a light dry finish of light lingering pine and citrus. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the fabled Zombie Dust. Surprisingly, I didn't realize that @LongTaco15 included this in my latest haul. Well, when one gets older, one gets a bit weirder...

Bottle date: BOTTLED ON 1-18-17 949

Mildly hazy, honey-hued body; dense, spongy, creamy head. Fruity aroma, pine sap aroma; mild biscuit aroma. Bready, bitter flavor abounds; juicy, pitted fruit taste; peach and apricot. Heavy body; gentle rasp on the palate; powdery, dry mouthfeel with sublime, low-key fruit sweetness throughout.

A well-balanced, nicely complex beer bringing a nice blend of sweetness and bitterness together into one fine tasting beverage. I'm somewhat surprised at the lack of strong hop aroma in this one (my expectation), and the appearance, although very fine, didn't strike me as exceptional. Yet the taste and mouthfeel are some of the best I've encountered for this style of beer. One can't go wrong with Zombie Dust. Yes, indeedy...

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My first taste of the legend. Bottled 1/13/17, bought a six pack at The Keg, Clarksville IN for $13.

A- Pours peachy gold, 1/2 inch head. Carbonation bubbling up nicely. As I drink it, nice lacing on the glass which lasted until the end.

S- Orange, tropical fruit , light hops. Backed by very mild earth and malt. More delicate than the bombs being made these days.

T: Orange and grapefruit, first a little sweet with the orange and something else tropical (can't put my finger on it, but it is there), then a light bitterness of orange zest and grapefruit, some pine, hints of malt, followed by dry hoppy finish. As it has warmed I am getting some pineapple, too. It is so balanced, this is no bomb, nothing slaps you, just very well-crafted.

M: Medium-light body, quite crisp, good carbonation, clean and dry finish with just a hint of oil.

O: The sum is even better than its parts. It's what a pale ale should be, before brewers started trying to one-up each other with a dump truck full of hops. Unlike those brews, you can drink a sixer of this and not overwhelm your taste buds to the point of exhaustion. Very refreshing. The ABV does not say "session" but I could drink this all day. World-class, makes me proud to be a Hoosier. I am looking forward to getting this fresh this summer on my trip to FFF.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12-20-16.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden-orange in color with a 1/2 inch, foamy, cream colored head with short retention. Thin, white lacing throughout.

S: Big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits consisting of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, melons, mango, and passion fruit. Milder hints of earthy and piney hops.

T: Starts off with big notes of grapefruit and orange rind followed by milder notes of pineapple, melons, guava, and hints of caramel malts. Tropical fruit elements become more present as the beer warms. Finishes with a nice lingering piney, resinous hop bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

O: Overall, this is a great APA. Very well balanced and drinkable. Showcases the Citra hops well, though it's not as fruity as a lot of other highly rated Citra APA's. Would really like to try a fresh bottle or fresh from the source to see how it compares.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a lot darker than most of the New England style IPAs I've grown accustomed to. The taste is a lot milder, not as juicy and the look is not hazy at all. Overall, it's balanced and quite good but I've had much better beers.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold, with a slight white head, and some carbonation rising up.

Smell: Orange is the big scent I get, as well as a general citrus aroma.

Taste: The citrus comes in with a big pop, largely the sweeter citrus i.e. oranges or clementines, and a bitterness of grapefruit.

Feel: medium bodied and easy to drink. There's a slight drying bitterness in the finish, but nothing unbearable.

Overall: A nice pale ale that was a precursor to the tropical fruit bombs. If this were available locally, I'd definitely pick up sixers from time to time.

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

One of my favorite beers of ALL TIME! I buy it whenever I see it and always try to drink it fresh. Even when it's been sitting in the fridge for awhile, though, it's still exceptional. So smooth and flavorful. LOVE THIS BEER

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Photo of berben30
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Living in Chicago I've had Zombie Dust often over the last 10 years. It had been passed up, but I feel like they may have changed the recipe based on Todd's arrival. The last two I've had, one bottle, one draft have been excellent.

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Photo of stephens101
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty as a peach, and that's the color too. One-finger of tan head sits stagnant. Slow waves of pine, resin and citrus to the nose. Tastes of citrus juice first and foremost, followed by faint notes of pine, a sclice of orange peel, some fine and spent grain, and a touch of caramel and a hint of spice. All is well-blended to near perfection and goes down crisp and easy.

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Photo of Michael14
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer. For how high the abv is, it's incredibly well balanced easpically for the high hop content. Notes of citrus on the nose, accompany a tart initial taste. A crisp, bitter finish that is surprisingly smooth. Great beer!

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Photo of JRick4
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised how much I actually liked this beer. I'm not a Hop fan but had to try it. It smelled sweet and had a nice bubbly feel. It wasn't as bitter as I was expecting. Good beer.

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