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Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
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 rappmann
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from a case that was purchased this past saturday at the brewpub.

A - light orange in colour with a finger of sticky white head, easily the most standard aspect of this beer.

S - as soon as i pry the cap off of this bottle, hops literally fill the room, grapefruit, juicy apricots, orange rind, it is beautiful.

T - this beer tastes like a party in my mouth, its so juicy and full of fresh hops. the second it hits your tongue it's just this perfect nectar of the gods. slightly sweet malty taste, it's absolutely perfect.

M - perfect level of carbonation, the hops stay on the palate for while.

O - I am very happy that I picked up a case of this on my way into Chicago. I wish I lived closer to the brewery, so I could spoil myself like this more often. Oh well makes it that much more special. I would def recommend this to anyone who can get it!

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 6-pack, poured into Jackie O's snifter. One of my favorite beer bottle labels.

No freshness date on the bottle that I noticed, but should be less then 2 weeks old.

A- Pours a very translucent golden with about a quarter finger of white head. About average carbonation.

S- Hops, sugary malts, slight floral smell.

T- Hops, light berry taste, sugary malts, light sugary and a tiny bit tart berries aftertaste.

M- A little bit on the lighter side, average carbonation, smooth, easy to drink.

O- This was a good beer however I don't think it lives up to it's hype. It tasted good, I just thought it had a little bit too much of a sugary taste and not a ton of flavor for a highly ranked beer. It was very easy to drink and one of the better pale ales I've had, but I definitely wouldn't say it's one of the best beers I've had (one of my least favorites on the top 100 list). That being said I enjoy drinking it, as a beer in a 6-pack it's definitely worth it, but I don't think it is necessarily a must try although I recommend trying it if you get the chance.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours golden yellow, nice carbonation. Fairly clear. Nothing unexpected.

Smells blast you with fresh hoppy goodness. That perfect melding of pine and citrus. Grapefruit probably the strongest. Very fresh and vibrant hop profile.

Taste is crisp, clean, and all about the hops. Grapefruit and orange rinds, pine complementing the citrus. Pithy bitterness bites perfectly. Fresh and bright. Sometimes crisper and lighter hop-heavy beers are perfumey or too floral, but Zombie Dust avoids that. Pale malts provide nothing more than support for the citra.

Some chewy resin on the mouthfeel, but I wanted more. Personal preference, I guess. I know it's supposed to be easy drinking and clean, but I want those hops to sink in and stick around longer. (about the only thing I would change)

Ultimately, this may be the best 5-7% ABV IPA I've had. A good batch of Furious has always been my standard, but I think ZD, overall, is better. (Although when I bring home some Furious, I know when it was canned.) Dating quibbles aside, great stuff here.

Putting it in 12oz bottles and charging 35 dollars for a case is awesome, FFF. Nice to see you price something reasonably on occasion.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So this is like my 20th bottle, and that tells you something, because i rarely drink 20 of something.

Visually this is about perfect, healthy head, lacing, translucent body, lively orange color.
The aroma slays me, tropical fruits unlike any other APA, huge amounts of mandarin orange, floral esters, wonderful.
The flavors are clean and refreshing, unhindered by malt inconveniences. Tropical, and papaya speaks out to me, clementines and mandarins, bitterness with a touch of fruity sweetness to keep it from being harsh.

Just got back from a quick 35 mile ride, and this is hitting every spot i have. Best APA there is. (daisy cutter is 2nd btw)

<3

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bluz4frank for hooking me up with a couple of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light, straw-colored golden with a massive, creamy white head. The head has great retention and holds an 1/8 inch head throughout the drink. It leaves behind cobwebs of lacing on the sides. It appears very lively and inviting with an ample amount of carbonation.

S: Very nice hop profile with a big citrus kick of orange and lemon. Tropical fruits of mango and pineapple make an appearance. A touch of toasted malts provide a solid backbone to the aroma.

T: The taste is slightly different than the aroma. The hoppy citrus aspect is still there as is the toasted malts, but I'm missing out on the tropical fruits here. Instead, the tropical fruits are replace with a bit of pine.

M: Medium bodied, with a perfect amount of carbonation. It has a subtle resiny feel to it, making it kind of oily and allowing the flavors to coat the palate throughout drinking. A slight bitter bite towards the end provides a nice crispness.

O: I certainly wasn't disappointed with this highly regarded brew. I would put this up against any of the highly rated IPA's out there. Superb.

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Photo of cradke
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfect Golden Amber Color. Nice fine head with convecting carbonation.

Nose: Well put together, some grapefruit but not too bitter. Good sweetness. Nice hop notes, pure and clean. A nice clean IPA caliber of hop presence.

Taste: A good amount of hops that are clean, simple and not overly bitter. A good amount of malt to balance this out. I get some grapefruit, but it's not a bitter bomb. The pine is there also and there is very little alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Some good carbonation, good thickness.

Overall: A really well pieced together APA/IPA. Pushes the APA to it's limit. How an IPA should be put together, thoughtfully. The amount of hops is restrained (instead of just cramming them in for no reason) and it's balanced well by the malt. The bitterness is spot on for me as well and with very little alcohol. Really enjoyed this.

From the bottle, poured into a Bells Tulip, perfect 50th review beer!

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Photo of gkunkle
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod color with a 1/2 inch talk head in my tulip pint. Head is cream colored and rather dense, pretty decent retention. Wow! Aroma is fantastic. Citra hops come through strong and sharp in my nose. I could smell this all day. Bit of pine, lotta citrus. Taste is mellowed and more appropriate for an APA (though you won't hear me complaining) I taste citrus sweetes in the middle of the palate and get a resonant pine bitterness aftertaste. The mouthfeel is spot on for an APA, medium/light body with carbonation enough to liven the beer. This is a great beer, it's unfortunate this isn't sold out here in Oregon/Washington.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip

This beer pours like a sunset. A combination of golden, orange and yellow. It has two inches of pillow white head. Thick and sticky gobs of head cling to the sides of the glass.

Citra hop explosion in the nostrils. Orange, mango and pineapple aromas at the forefront. Lemon zest and a bit of earthiness compliment the beautiful citra hops. As tropical as a beer can get. Bitterness is pleasant and moderate.

The taste offers more of the same aromatic bouquet of citra hops. Lots of tropical fruitiness. Pineapple and mango are dominant followed by orange and lemon. Moderate and perfectly placed bitterness lingers at the end. Truly superb.

Soft and creamy mouthfeel that yields medium carbonation. It bursts with creaminess. One of the most drinkable APAs I've had. No alcohol detected.

Zombie Dust has set the bar for APAs. The citra hop aroma and flavor profile is unmatched. Tropical, fruity, bitter and balanced to near perfection. World class stuff and a must try.

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Photo of queens1130
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Wadsey for the bottles!

Appearance: head retains throughout the drink. Nice orange golden haze.

Nose: very aromatic! Had a great citrus fruit type of aroma, can't quite place it

Taste: very reminiscent of an IPA given the hop character. You get that slight hop bittering too & I dig it, who knew APA?

Mouthfeel: coats the tongue very well, some of that tingly abrasive character that I usu get from IPAs I get from this beer

Overall: world class is exactly what this beer is. Don't know if APA is the best label for it, but FFF delivers on all levels with Zombie Dust, will definitely seek again

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Photo of hansgruber
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer the day it was released on draft and was blown away by its taste. Still love this one and it's always a treat.

Very hoppy nose full of fruit flavors. Tastes just as nose would lead you to believe. Not much malt here but just enough.
Excellent beer all around and worthy of the praise.

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

A: A nice orange golden color with a nice slightly off-white head with decent lacing.

S: Nice smell of grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit aroma as well.

T: Slight sweetness at first taste, nice hop bitterness on the finish. Nice Caramel malt and slight citrus/lemon zest at tip of tongue.

M: Mouthfeel surprised me a bit, heavier bodied than anticipated, nice carbonation, creamy feeling throughout.

O: A very strong Pale Ale, fits style well, a little hoppier than expected, but I'm learning 3Floyds tend to roll that way. Glad I got a six pack at the brewpub. Will definetly enjoy a few more of these.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Treebs for this excellent beer!

A: nice head retention after an initially large head on a dark golden or orangish body.

S: huge aroma of citrus, mostly grapefruit and some orange. some malt, sweet and grainy.

T: fantastically well rounded flavor (for me) of citrus, bitterness, and malt.

M: medium-light body and medium-heavy carbonation on this give a crisp feeling.

O: after trying a 3 month old version, this less than a month old version is beautiful, though the taste could still be improved.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden orange color with a touch of copper, medium cap of bubbly white froth, good sticky lacing, bright but lightly hazed. Scent brings big whiffs of pungent grapefruit, some pine resin and a good blend of tropical fruit and citrus, mouthwatering, lightly sugary sweet and modest detection of light caramelized malts. Taste is not as bold or as devastating as the scent had me fearing, but this is a pale ale... strong bitter grapefruit notes, followed by more citrus and tropical notes, fruits come across as more rind than juice. Sweet in a juicy way with a touch of lightly caramelized malts. Bitter, lightly drying on the palate, good body. Overall, a very enjoyable APA with strong flavor and scent notes.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pour golden orange with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has beautiful aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits, This smells like Dreadnaught which is impressive from a 6.2% beer.

T: The taste is sweet at first with caramel malt and tropical fruits , lemon zest , but there is a nice hop bitterness on the mid-palate and finish. Great tasting Pale Ale!

M: The feel is actually heavier than I was expecting. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess.

O: One of the better Pale Ales I've had but not the best.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer purchase on ebay and man was it worth it. A dark gold pour with a medium sized white head. Resinious, citrus hop smell hits you immediately. Flavor is grapefruit, mango, and lemons. Very tasty brew with the enough malt to round it out. Would love to have at my disposal.

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Photo of barczar
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden apricot color with a fairly solid one finger cream head that dissipates into a thin pool of foam.

Aroma is dominated by dank resiny hops, onion, grapefruit pith, and a cornucopia of citrus fruit. Pineapple, apricot, and mango ar supported by a hint of caramel malt.

Flavor is incredibly complex. Initially, bready malt leads the profile, with a hint of bitterness that gives way to an onslaught of citrusy hop. Makes my mouth water. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot explode onto the palate, eventually subsiding to a resiny bitter finish that is slightly peppery, making me crave more.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, best apa I've had. If the bitterness were a bit more dominant, there's enough hop flavor to push the ipa envelope.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of pineapple and apricot notes, as well as some bread and biscuit malt. The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a ton of hop characteristics, including a lot of pine, orange and resin notes. There is also a good bit of bread and biscuit malt, and the bitterness level is low to medium. The beer is extremely drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of animortician
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass thanks to my beer buddy rinkor16.

A: Light golden with a hint of orange in color. Light head that lingered for most of the time leaving ok lacing.

S: Tart bright citrus

T: Extremely fresh tasting, Tasted Wet, whatever that means, very fruity and light. Extremely drinkable with great flavor. Just enough tart hop flavor to give it that extra kick I like from an APA.

M: Very light and easy on the palate

O: Great beer, wish it was distributed locally!

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Photo of Hophead717
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle, poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: Clear, golden brown, with a one-finger foamy head that hangs around. Lots of lacing.

S: Sweet citrus fruits, with hints of light grass. Nice hoppiness coming through in the nose.

T: Light, grassy hops up front, yielding to orangey citrus flavors. The finish is lightly bitter, but refreshing. Supremely drinkable, and the flavors are well-layered, but it's just a touch too grassy upfront for my taste.

M: Light body with full, but not overwhelming, carbonation.

O: Very good pale ale, but just a touch too grassy upfront for me.

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Photo of tone77
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cpolking comes through big time, sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish /orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, hops. Taste is the same, lots of fruits, citrisy, hoppy, some bitterness, a good malt balance. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a top notch beer worth seeking out.

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

355ml bottle poured into tulip 13/4/12

A hazy orange liquid with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere even creating a tornado of bubbles from the bottom for the first minuet its in the glass, well retained off white foam leaves a few rings of lace followed by some random patches

S big nose of tropical citrus, mango, passion-fruit, guava, and a little pineapple, just a little pine and toffee but its pretty much all within the tropics here

T some malt balance I didn't smell with a little cracker and there's a little more rind then the fruity flesh on the nose but still a pretty tropical brew going one here and that works well for me

M those tiny bubbles are paying off in a medium body with a lovely bitter bite and lingering earthy rind finish

O my glass is empty at this point and I was typing fairly fast, what can I say? call it a APA, IPA whatever its a winner in my books

this stuff is great right down the line, I wish I had this sort of brew to put in my regular rotation around here, for now I'm going to thank the most awesome Rutager for sending me a bottle

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Photo of ncketchum
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - an aggressive pour yields a 2 finger white head. Color is a copper orange

S - loads of citrus up front, a bit of malt to follow

T - sweet and citrus initially, followed by a burst of bitter hops that seems to dominate, but then finishes with a heck of a malt backbone with the hops still lingering through to the end

M - Smooth, not too carbonated, no alcohol to speak of, medium feel

O - So glad I finally got a hold of some of this one. Very complex pale ale, I wish this was available locally

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

pours a clear golden with and amber like hint to it, with a nice 1.5 finger off white frothy head with great retention

really enjoy this aroma it's more of an IPA to me due to all the hops in here, some carmel, and pale malts

very hoppy up front that leads to that dry pale caramel malts

light bodied highly carbonated, leaves the mouth dry

overall really enjoyable love the hops

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.
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