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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.

Added by hansgruber on 12-09-2010

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Photo of Bisco42
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's good. It has all the familiar characteristics of an IPA but brought down and not losing any of the flavor. It's full, beautiful, and balanced to perfection. A wonder APA, a step above the Space Station or other APA offerings from FFF.

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Photo of david131
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a lightly hazed orange with a few streams of rising carbonation. The bone-white head is a combination of thin and bubbly with nice retention.

S- Mango, pineapple, peach, pine, fresh cut grass, and honey. Aromatic and very intriguing. Stellar.

T- Same as the aroma but a little less emphasis on the fruit and a little more on the pine. Still very nice and for the style is top-notch.

M- Abundant carbonation emphasizes the bitterness and flavors. A tad on the thin side. Clean and a bit dry on the finish.

O- A delicious take on the style that drinks really well. Flavorful and unique. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in an IP trade. Never thought I'd try it.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a half a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells really good. Citrus, tropical fruits, mango, peach, sweet hops, and a slight bready maltiness.

Taste -Taste is more subdued but it mirrors the nose. More tropical fruits and minimal bitterness and more of that bready backbone in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Thin to medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Overall didn't blow me away with all the hype but it's a pale ale. I think I prefer Alpha King but I had that fresh on tap and I think this bottle is 6 weeks old. Still my 2nd favorite pale ale and and amazing beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours mid golden with a small white head. Decent head retentiona dn some lacing left.

S- Floral aroma.

T- Sweet at first the the hops hit you like a ton of bricks (you know, for a pale ale). Clean, crisp. Yum.

M- Crisp carbonation.

D/O- Bottom line, this is the best pale ale I've ever had. Drinkability is through the roof. Three Floyds nailed it once again.

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Photo of mystikyle71
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, thanks be to a friend who was willing to part with a six pack from his case he picked up at the brewery! I have had this beer three time, this being my first bottle experience, and it has not disappointed once. This beer might not top my favorite list, but boy does it smell like my former favorite beer (Founders Harvest Ale pre-2010 batches).

A: Pretty much as expected here for an American Pale. No too much head. Orangy golden straw color.

S: Enough of the looks, this is where this beer flies off the charts. Gorgeous, explosive citrus. The nose alone makes me think I've just got my daily allotment of Vitamin C.

T: Not as phenomenal as the smell, but it's hard to compete. This is a pretty damn tasty beer. A little more malt is present than I was expecting. Not super bitter, but a little reminiscent of slightly backed off version of Alpha King.

M: Not heavy at all, but a good amount of body here for the style. Still finishes clean. So refreshing.

O: You want this beer.

Give me this, Oracle and 2009 Founders Harvest Ale every day, please.

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

A-Dark Golden, white/creamy head

S-piney citra hoop aroma, super heavy hop aroma, enough to make me salivate. I could sit around and smell this beer, for hours on end.

T: Sweet citrus hop profile is prominent. Malts are light but help in the sweetness. This is all about the hops as are many 3F beers. A fantastic and drinkable pale, not a session beer but close.

M-good body given the profile of the beer. Smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink.

O: very tasty, the hops are the main attraction. But are mellowed by the wheat and malt profile. One of my favorite beers.

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

I had this on tap at Three Floyds. It is a golden color with a strong floral and citrus aroma. Taste is loaded with floral and citrus hops with a nice orange flavor and without a strong alcohol presence. This is an extremely drinkable and delicious beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an amber/orange hue. Body is lightly hazy. Head is a thin chunk of white frothy foam. Strings of lacing are left behind.

S-This legendary, Citra-induced tropical fruity hop bomb lives up to it's reputation in the nose. An amplitude of citrus, mango, nectarine and bright green grass.

T-Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, moss, grass and on and on and on. A superabundance of Citra! It also has a soft maltiness that reminds me of biscuits. When done right, this hop brings forth the most pleasurable aromas and flavors...and it was clearly done right here.

M-Medium bodied. Somewhat resinous. High, lingering bitterness. Still maintains an exceptional level of drinkability. Lasting aftertaste.

O-Holds its own with any IPA...because it is an IPA . Was probably my most sought after beer up until finally trying it. It almost lives up to the hype.

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

Masterski is really a great guy. Thanks, man. I've been getting a bit down on the beer scene lately (I don't have much time, I need to get some beers out to people, yada yada yada). I was hoping he'd send me a bottle, and unsolicited he sent me a whole package. Thanks dude.

Pours a slightly orange golden yellow. Surprisingly hazy. White foamy crust with some bubbling.

Smells like mandarin oranges, some grapefruit rind, some nice sweet grapefruit, and a bit of tropical pineapple/papaya. Basically, this is a medley of hops and smells fucking great.

Taste is surprisingly sweet-forward. This isn't your typical pale ale, I'd say the tropical/orange flavors take center stage and the grapefruit is as much sweet as bitter, and not much pine to be found. Wow. Just great.

I would buy this every day if available around me. I suppose could use a bit more carbonation for the abv, but a great brew.

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Photo of LAp
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass. Is this a pale ale or a strong IPA? Pours a deep straw/light honey color with an off white head. The nose is very hop-forward, and nearly as dry as it tastes. This beer is simply great to drink. The taste is dry, hoppy, and very refreshing. Very little malt-sweetness that I can detect. This is all dry, all hop, which is likely why it tastes so much more like an IPA than a pale ale. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp. Overall, and outstanding beer.

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Photo of AltBock
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle with a sweet ass glossy label. This label was done by a comic artist and it shows it. On the label is a zombie king wearing a gold crown, a Spider-Man style spider on his chest, a Superman cape, and holding a Thor style hammer in his left hand. To the left of the zombie king in big bold lime green comic style lettering is the name of the beer. Flanking the good king is a brief description of the beer and all the mandatory US info. No best before or bottled date anywhere. Thanks!

When poured into a pint glass, this "supposedly" rotting blood thirsty corpse of a beer was actually a very beautiful semi hazy golden amber with some faint lemon yellow highlights. Not only was the color impressive, but the head of foam as well. The initial head of foam was a good 3/4 of an inch in height and almost as fluffy as a new pillow. As for the color, pure white. White as the driven snow. It had great retention that left behind a milky white film and streak after streak of white lace. The milky white film lasted until the last drop of beer was gone. Eye candy all the way! The beer's appearance is the complete opposite of a zombie.

Does it smell like a zombie? It certainly does not! Very potent, but not rotting flesh potent. The first aroma that came pouring out of the glass was the thick aroma of ripened to perfection grapefruit. Once my nose got its fill of grapefruit, my nose found the fresh scent of lemon zest, lemon grass, a dash of coriander, a splash of orange peel, more grapefruit, and a load of bitter citrus hops. I was able to detect a small whiff of toasted malt at the end. When I found that, the grapefruit and hops swept in and covered it up.

This beer did not let up and it wasn't going to anytime soon. Like the aroma, the first thing that came out was the perfectly ripened bitter and tart grapefruit. Waiting patiently behind the ripe grapefruit was the great taste of tart lemon, a pinch of lemon grass, a drop of orange peel, a small slice of pineapple, and a few pine needles. The taste is not done yet. After all that, in comes a thick powerful wave of bitter citrus hops. Unlike the aroma, the grapefruit and citrus hops let in a touch of malt at the end. They didn't cover it up like they did in the aroma. They let it out of the cage for a short time.

Despite clocking in at 6.4% ABV, this was a medium bodied beer. There was more than enough carbonation to keep your tongue entertained for hours. If that's not enough, there was also a full flavored aftertaste. The aftertaste was just as good as the initial taste and just as hoppy. The aftertaste had more bitter and tart grapefruit, tart lemon, a splash of orange peel, a few blades of lemon grass, and bitter citrus hops. This nice aftertaste lingers on for a few minutes. I'm glad that it stuck around.

What a beer! This beer made me a zombie. Instead of looking for juicy brains, I'll be looking for more of this delicious beer. Sometimes a beer will hide behind a cool label. This is clearly not one of those beers. The beer was just as good as the label. Would I drink another one? That's a stupid question. Of course I would. I would drink a six pack if I could find a steady supply. I would like to thank my good friend Matt for giving me the opportunity to try this sweet brew.

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

First of all, thanks to Jackie for the bottle.

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Amber with haze. There was a full finger of head, which settled to a dusting. There was plenty of sticky lacing all over the snifter.

S) Absolutely top notch aroma. This had all kinds of sweet fruity quality. I was picking up really ripe peaches, white grapefruit, just a nice tropical blend. For me this was perfect.

T) Good malt/hops balance. The flavor is not as sweet and fruity as the nose, but it is tasty. There is definitely a grassy, piney, citrus rind to the finish and aftertaste. No alcohol noted. Really good...

M) More or less a medium body brew with moderate carbonation. There is some pine and rind tingle. It's pretty crisp and certainly refreshing.

O) This was really frick'n good. I could drink this anytime, but I'd love to have a nice stash of it for the summer. Cheers....

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

A: Pours a bright hazy gold... can't get much better that this color. Great 2 fingers of head that settles into a nice layer atop. Left nice lacing that stuck all the way up top.

S: The second you open this beer you get hit with this smell and WOW! Great fruity scents and Citra hops. Slight pine scent added in more an amazing aroma.

T: Just as it smells, a nice sweet start and great hoppy flavors

M: Nice medium body, Nice hoppy peppery spices and not too bitter.

O: Really a great beer. The worst part about this beer is I finished it way too quick and I want more and I cannot get it! Would love to try this one again!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger head, yellow with very light mustard and amber hues. clear. Lots of lacing.

S: Very aromatous. I could smell this one as it poured. The aroma is like a strong hoppy IPA with both oak, grapefruit and floral notes.

T: a very nice hop character with woody and floral notes. The aroma forbodes the taste which is right on for a pale ale.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth for a pale ale.

Overall: An excellent example of an aromatous pale ale which stays true to the pale ale genre in the taste.

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

64oz growler poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/22/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with whitish head that leaves lots of nice lacing around glass.

S: Fantastic, packed with sweet citrus and tropical fruit and some pale malt hiding behind all the fruity hops.

T: Perfect blend of citrus and tropical hop flavors that mingle incredibly well with the pale malt backbone. All the flavor you would expect from a top notch IPA without all the bitterness and a bit more malt.

M: Super smooth medium body with low-moderate carbonation.

O: I am very impressed to say the least, this is exactly what I would like to see more breweries creating. A sessionable pale ale with the hop aroma and flavor of a world class IPA without all the IBUs. Drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of McStagger
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype.

A: Cloudy orange with a finger off white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Big pineapple and citrus aroma. Lot of lemon peel, underripe pineapple juice and grapefruit.

T: Amazeballs. Not an incredible myriad of complexity, but simply an incredibly bright experience. So fresh and effervescent. Malt is strictly backbone. Not bready nor sweet, it exists to support the hops.

M: Crisp, with a slight carbonation surge across the tongue. Excellent acidity.

O: This beer is magical. Simply the best pale ale I've come across.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a CBC glass. Much thanks to Duff27 for this beer I was quite excited to try. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a beautiful shade of very light orange. Strikingly translucent clarity. A one-finger white head just won't quit, and lasts throughout my experience enjoying this beer.

The aroma is phenomenal. The brightest, most vibrant citrus I've ever gotten out of an APA. It almost smells like a freshly-cut lime, the citrus is that alive. Sticky, resiny pine notes, like being in a forest. I get a little touch of biscuit in the back end. It's nuts.

Oh Three Floyds, how endearing I find your over-the-top, abrasive hoppiness. The hop presence in this beer is absolutely huge, it totally coats the palate. In the middle, I get a little hint of graham crackers for some nice counterbalancing sweetness. But really, this is all about those beautifully piney, resiny hops. This is ultra-floral, and so smooth.

Carbonation is a little low for my liking, but not too far off the mark. To call this drinkable would be a tremendous understatement.

I drank this bottle while watching one of the penultimate episodes of the most recent season of Breaking Bad. Suffice it to say, Zombie Dust is becoming my Blue Sky. I want to drink this on tap and from growlers. I'm not sure I could ask for more, taste-wise, from an APA.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber-ish in color, amazingly clear. Thick white foam that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Monster nose with loads of citrus. Great taste, citrus, pine. Phenomenal mouthfeel, medium bodied and incredibly smooth. Leaves a nice bitterness, but certainly is balanced out. What else is there to be said? A really great beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Very nice looking orange amber with nice white fluffy head, lots of lacing, nice stream of carbonation coming off the bottom, head never vanished.

A: Amazing aroma, big citrusy piney, smells like an IPA.

T: Lots of bitterness up front, fades into a piney, citrusy, bread like flavor, malts on the backend, leaves a really dry evaporated taste, bitterness lingers, surprisingly the alcohol is barely noticeable, very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes really dry.

O: Very impressed, the aroma is world class, even thought it's an APA, the aroma reminds me of Pliny the Elder, it's big, citrusy, piney, very nice, the flavor is almost IPA, but the mouthfeel reminds that this is an APA. Definitely a world class beer.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy orange color.
Smells like citrus and flowers.
Fresh citric flavor with a smooth after taste. Not overly hoppy.

A great beer to have multiples of.

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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 VaTechHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale golden in color with just a little haze in it. Slightly foamy white head but doesn't last too terribly long. Just a wee bit of carbonation as well.

S/T - Pretty much confirms why I love citra hops. Even from the very beginning of the pour the scent of citrus fruit fills the air and just intensifies when sniffed. The taste follows suit with a huge chewy hop flavor which is dominated by lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine. Leaves a nice resin aftertaste but not too drying or bitter.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Not too sticky on the palate and aftertaste lasts and lasts. Very easy to drink.

O - A pretty awesome APA, if not one of the best. Definitely worth seeking out and nothing bad to say about it.

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

One of the best pale ales out there. Really showcases the citra hops well while being unbelievable drinkable. Honestly can't get enough of anything FFF. Bottled on 3/9.... 4 days ago !!!!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice floral aroma helps set the expectations for one of the best pale ales around. This is a great beer to enjoy on a nice warm Indiana summer day. Many will tell you the hype is not justified. Those individuals are the reason beer geeks get a bad rap. Just because everyone says something is good, does not mean it's overrated. If you have never enjoyed a ZD, try to find one. While it won't likely be your best beer of all time, it will still be a really good choice.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.
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