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.

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Reviews: 1,528 | Ratings: 9,863
Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17 days old poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours golden amber color with minimal white head which quickly disappeared leaving minimal lacing. The smell is strong citrus (mostly orange) and hops, as would be expected from a citra-hopped APA. This borders the edge of an IPA, but it's done brilliantly. The mouthfeel is strong carbonation but smooth. The taste is all citrus, orange,and hops with almost no lasting bitterness but a good malt balance on the back end. This is an outstanding beer that would be a daily drinker for me if I had access to it.

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Photo of dcjones82
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big fan of pale ale's but, I saw this recently on tap at a growler bar and thought I would see what all the hype was about.

L- Poured into a 16 oz. Pint glass, looks like a typical pale ale. Hazy, light orange, with a foamy head and good lacing.
S- All of these pale ales smell similar to me, this one is no different. Hoppy, citrus, and grapefruit smell.
T- Taste follows the nose, hoppy with a very good balance. Not overly bitter, but it's there.
F- Pretty heavy, took me a while to finish.
O- Well, this was about what I expected for the style. I don't prefer this type, but I can see why it is popular. Thought this was an excellent pale ale, one of the better ones I've had. If you haven't had a chance to try it, check it out, it's worthy of the hype! Highly recommended!

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

As is always the case, it is hard to approach a beer with a reputation like this one. If you go in expecting a life changing experience, you can only be disappointed - it's just a beer. But if you go in looking for a beer, it turns out it is really good! A big, juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavor, backed by a slight malty backbone. Mildly bitter. It's not complex, but it is very tasty and doesn't get tiring as you drink it.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appear : A little bit hazy orange-golden color with white foamy head. - 4/5
Aroma : Big nose of citrus from Citra hop. - 9/10
Mouthfeel : Medium-high carbonation, medium body. - 4/5
Taste : Like eating citrus, juicy flavor and citrus, piney hop flavors. Very dry. - 9/10
Overall : Great pale ale with citrus character. Prefer Pseudosue to this, but this is amazing too. 17/20

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Photo of fireazzi
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, my first craft beer I ever had before I knew even what I was drinking. Now that I have other pale ales to compare it too it is very good, probably the second best pale ale I've ever had after double dry hopped pale ale by Trillium. Smells great and tastes better.

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Photo of Afrech1
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I live in MA and had this mailed to me. So $42 for a six pack.... I love a good pale ale. This was fantastic to me. Nothing crazy going on, just a really nice solid beer. Great nose to it. If this was closer to me, it would be my "go-to"

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Photo of Dinizioj31
3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Expected more. Didn't blow me off my feet like a top 50 beer should. Very generic taste and mouth feel. Other Half superior IPAs to this. Probably getting by on its reputation at this point

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Photo of mkraut86
3.31/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a pale ale. There's not much more that can be said beyond that. Totally drinkable, but nothing special, if I'm honest. One might be better served by a proper IPA like Stone's or, if you're in the Midwest, a Two-Hearted.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with moderate haziness and a fingernail of off white resting on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is a blend of citrus hops and cracker like light malt. I taste plenty of light malt upfront and the citrus hops in the back of the palate. This is a very balanced and flavorful pale ale. The mouth provides a gentle but deep hop burn.

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Photo of RickW574
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hoppy for a Pale Ale but so smooth. Best beer from 3 Floyd's and best Pale Ale I've ever tasted. They can't keep this stuff in the bar or liquor store for more than a day or two. I buy it straight from the brewery about 60 Miles from my house.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, golden-copper coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a foamy, bubbly, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of tart and sweet grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange rind blending with dried grass and piney resinous notes. Flavors are very tartly sweet forward, heavy on citrus, but with some tropical notes here and there, as well. Pineapple and mango highlight the heavy notes of grapefruit and orange rind. All of this atop a bitter green backbone of pine resin, dried grass, and moss. Perfectly balanced, on effervesced, crisp, and dry body. The aftertaste is a solid, balanced blend of the bitter green notes and the citrus medley. Amazingly balanced from beginning to end. The finish is smooth, slightly dry, and effervesced from the carbonation that stays steady flowing the whole time you drink. Amazing beer!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to minipork for sending this! bottled 4.13.16. poured into a tulip, orange gold with a fluffy white head.

nose is pretty faint... earthy dankness, grassy, bit of pineapple and light citrus zest. nice on the nose but definitely not jumping out at you. taste is definitely better, good orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime peel. definite sweetness, in part from a nice caramel malt, creates a candied citrus like taste. really nice. very subtle piney bitterness on the finish. mouthfeel is good, light carbonation, slightly creamy.

overall really glad to try this one. top notch ale!!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/30/16. Clear light amber (dark gold) pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of citra hops - orange, pineapple, mango - over a pale malt base with a touch of biscuit and caramel.

Light medium body that is smooth in texture with a oily slickness. Very good carbonation / body balance with a mildly effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding when rather cold, but becomes world class nearer room temperature. Being single hop, it is not complex but it is reasonable in intensity and very well balanced. It begins with a blended flavor that separates, to a degree, from the middle on. First is a general citrus flavor that hints at zest then flows to a mildly bittered middle. Bitterness is balanced by a subtle sweetness underneath that never really takes center stage when very cold, but shines near room temperature. From here the tropicals arrive...mango, pineapple and finally orange. Throughout the taste experience is a subtle earthy dank current that makes its strongest showing just before and through the finish. The finish lingers with a light dryness and zest.

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Photo of HopHunter19
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice dark orange amber color white head sticks nice lacing
S - nice big orange zest, grapefruit, lemon lime
T - pops even more so.than the smell, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon lime, nice and bitter
M - light-medium mouthfeel, bitter, alcohol covere, aftertaste is orange zest
O - straight up Citra bomb, best Citra pale ale to date. Tastes like orange juice.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: golden colored, 3 inches of white head, and very nice lacing.
smell: tons of citrus in the smell.
taste: pine resin, citrus, very bitter.
feel: smooth with a bitter end, medium bodied.
overall: delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Were I ever a 3 Floyds devotee, my rating would earn me the label of apostate.
But never a true believer in the sanctity of piling-in-the-hops, I suggest that the mania around Zombie Dust should recede into history.
This beer smacks the buds with hops to the point that I cannot taste subtleties in the malts.
I do not need to drink this beer ever again. And why make the effort? It is too hard to find !

An American classic... or is it time to fade from fashion. I choose the latter. for Zombie Dust.

3 months later, I broke my vow above and had it again at 3 Floyds brewpub along with the cheese plate. It went well with a sharp cheese, so I bumped up the OA rating by .25. Had again four weeks later, also on tap. No rating change.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: big citra notes orange tangerine pineapple grapefruit bready malts hop resin

Taste: upfront sweet citrus fruit orange tangerine middle of the mouth you get a nice bready malt that really helps compliment the hops. Grapefruit pith orange peel in the finish you get zested lemon fresh cut grass and a big hoppy piney resin bitterness.

Feel: light Medium body pretty dry in the finish. Hop biterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall: this is the standard for a west coast american pale ale. A Big hop presence that's complimented with a touch of malt. sweet citrus fruits help add depth to the beer. An absolute treat!

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Been had that-- and seek it out whenever it rears its ugly label. Worth the ride to the Indiana if you can't find it in Chicago-- hell, they may have it on tap in their ghoulish tasting room... place is like CBGB's in the 80s.

Nevertheless, Zombie Dust demonstrates that Citra is so damn good when it hits the lips, and memorable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with epic columns of lace going down the glass. Aroma is hoppy with plenty of tropical fruits, grapefruit, melon and pine. Similar in the taste big time citrus and west coast flavor making for a great drinking pale. It may really be closer to an IPA. Just a touch of honeyed malt flavor, really a nice drinking pale with plenty of flavor behind it. Hype plays a role in many beers, this one lives up to all of it.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fresh into snifter, no longer than 3 weeks old. Received in a trade as an extra. Great extra at that! Been always wanting to see what the hypes about.

Pour is a copper, dark orange semi opaque. Tight white bubbles, half finger head. Decent lacing and stickiness to it.

Smell is initially citra bitterness. Getting lemon zest and orange peel. Definitely some sweet oranges and grapes as well. Very slight hop resin in the nose, not much malt either.

Citra hop foward with the taste. Some say you wouldn't know it's a APA by just trying it, but I disagree. Definitely tastes like an APA. Straight foward citra taste, nice sweet malty backbone. Very subtle pine. Not much tropical fruit going on at all.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and medium bodied. Very crisp and clean.

Overall straight foward APA. Very one dimensional (citrus dominates, slight pine and sweet malt) but one dimensional isn't always a bad thing. Smooth, easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of diddy4l
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a super fresh bottle,just 1-2 days after it was bottle,...got bottles that were just released hrs after the brew oub stocmed it and updated there page...so awesomeness in aa al ost day fresh beer

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Photo of ShawnoftheD3ad
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the first beers that started me on my craft journey a couple years ago. The beer has changed since back in its hay day becoming a bit more on the malty side. Still a very overhyped beer but I blame the name. Sue IMO is still a way better citra pale but this has a soft spot in my heart.

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

Pretty rediculous this is the first time I'm trying this beer. It's a solid pale ale that was likely a standout five years ago, but a lot has changed in five years. This was added two weeks before I joined this site and it was a whale back the.

It's a juicy easy drinker with a nice light bitterness. Can't go wrong with this, but there are many other breweries that were likely inspired by this and have since taken the style to the next level.

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Photo of AdamAlway
3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Initially poured a clear amber, but became cloudy once everything settled. Good sized off-white head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Vibrant, juicy, dominated by citrus, pineapple and mango. Slight muted (in a good way) by pine, malt and hops.

T: Initial gentle bitterness with hops and malt upfront. Finishes more with pine and hops with a long last bitterness. The citrus and mango pops in and out subtly throughout the whole experience.

F: Smooth, medium body that really helps the flavors develop and improving complexity. Carbonation is present, but not overpowering.

O: Very good, but there wasn't anything for me that made it jump out compared to its reputation. I prefer IPAs so that may explain my opinion. Regardless, this was a great and unexpected extra.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Looks like a slightly hazy yellow pale ale with a decent head and nice lacing.

Smells like a citrus forward beer with hints of hops/pine.

Tastes amazing. Enough punch that you can't tell it's an APA, rivals great IPAs. Citrus forward piney pale, with enough malts to feel like you are drinking something bigger than it is. Incredibly balanced.

Feels like a crisp beer with a nice finish. You can taste the fruit and hops long after.

Overall this is still my favorite beer and I consider myself an IPA drinker. That's how great this beer is. I wish everyone could get this, or at least me, because the beer is amazing, the name is dope, and the artwork is sick. Love zombie dust.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,863 ratings.
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