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 Umdrunner
3.64/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Had excellent mouth feel, appearance, and head retention, but weak scent and flavor. My bottle was two weeks old so I expected it to pop with flavor.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2-week-old bottle, pours a moderately hazy orange. Half-inch of foam leaves spotty lacing. Smell is grapefruit, pine and other assorted fruits. Taste is citrusy with spicy pine. Nice bready malt on the finish, followed by a modest bitterness. Feel is fantastic--very substantial for this ABV. Overall, this is just a great, great beer. Wish I could get it all the time.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 6/15/15 at home. I drove my brother across the country and got to stop in and pick this up. My favorite pale ale, I wish I could get this stuff without driving 6 hours each way to Zanesville, Ohio (the closest place that sells it). Three Floyds is in my top three fave breweries.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, a time a go mid 90's the alpha king was a spicy, piney mess of goodness. Now the attention at this brewery is on the zombie dust. As it should be for the price point.

This brewery has made me realize some heaven on earth kind of thing with beer over the years. First, it was with alpha. To be conditioned on mass produced stuff and tasting alpha in the 90's made me realize that it made you really question what else have they been feeding me, kind of thing.

Today, I went down to the across the lines liquor store, like you cross one state to get to where they sell this and spent nearly 20 bucks in poor dunk Indiana to get this marvelous 6 pack of beer.
The best pale ale creation ever.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, bottled 26 days ago

A very smooth pour gives just a little more than a finger of head into my can-style glass. The head is maybe just a hair off white. Pillowy, a tiny bit soapy looking, but nothing bad. The body is on the darker side as far as pale ale’s go. It’s a deep orange, with some brown hues, slightly cloudy. Head retention is decent, after a few minutes, a little bit remains. Carbonation looks high. Overall it looks good so far.

The nose is lightly bitter with a soft, un offensive sweetness. Reminds me of vanilla or honey sweetness, maybe some caramel. Now that I’ve focused in on the malt profile, I can hardly notice the hops. Not quite an English pale ale, but definitely not a west coast pale ale. It’s not bad, just not what I’m used to. Very clean, but somewhat simple smelling. Maaaaybe some light fruit in here, but overall a very one dimensional hop presence. Overall it’s good.

Flavor is much the same, definitely getting a fair amount of honey out of this beer. Light bitterness hits at the beginning, and is drown out by the fairly large sweetness. Minimal to no lingering bitterness. I mean, there is just a lot of honey here. I’m not really sure how to grade this for taste. It tastes good, but it surely is not what I am used to, or what I would look for in a pale ale. I’ll let it warm a little bit, but for now, it’s good, not great.

The body is just about perfect for a pale, thick enough to hold it together, and light enough to be sessionable. The carbonation is a little confusing, it seems low, then high, never too low though. Regardless, it’s a good mouthfeel. Bitterness is not invasive.

The drinkability is very high. Low bitterness and a light body, in relation to the sweetness.

The flavor remained pretty much the same over the course of warming up. Overall this is a fine beer, just nothing stellar, in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind drinking it again.

The head that remained after the initial run off, hung around for quite some time. I got fantastic, thick lacing all the way down the glass. This was a really nice looking beer.

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Photo of PeebzMcGeebz
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious brew. One of my favorite of all time. Smells especially hoppy on the first wiff. Goes down smooth and nice. Well worth the drive to Chicago if you can do it.

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

I finally got to taste the renowned world famous Zombie Dust an APA from Three Floyds. It was via a beer trade. It did not disappoint. It is a truly amazing APA.

Look: Semi clear golden with a two-inch white head.

Aroma: The aroma is hoppy with citrus, tropical fruit and pine.

Taste: lots of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, as well as pine resin, and it was dank.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, juicy, just delicious.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/5/15; drank 1/22/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

HUGE off-white head; a curtain of lace.

Pineapple, fresh soap & peach nose; a hint of mango.

Thin mouthfeel.

Pineapple & peach flavors; mild hop & carbonation bite on the lips. Effervescent, like a fruit champagne. Excellent!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Outdoor7or24 for the gift of this exceptional brew! Pours a medium amber producing 3 full fingers of frothy, beige, variously bubbled, frothy head that leaves rings & webs of soapy lacing. Aroma citrusy lemon-orange & piney hops backed by sweet & thick caramel malt. Taste is a huge citrus juice/peel & pine bitter hoppiness! Which subdues & overruns the sweet caramel malt of the nose. There's a toasty buttered breadiness & tropical fruitness in the background. Huge hop bite & bitterness from start through aftertaste that intensifies from mid-sip into initial aftertaste. More like an IPA than a PA. There is something in both the nose & the mouth that is onion like, not off putting at all, but different. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, juciy throughout, peppery & creamy in the finish. It is difficult for me to believe that this is a 60 IBU brew, the bitterness seems higher than that. But what the hey, I'm a hophead at heart.

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

I've had this beer over and over, and no other pale is beats this when you get it fresh at the brewpub. Just had a bottle last night that my buddy bought from the brewpub and we popped it open only 3 days after it had been bottled. Exceptional. Anyone that hates on the beer , probably hasn't had it fresh.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Stone Tap in Hudson, Wisconsin. 12 oz. pour in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a bright amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus fruit scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon with a hint of peach. Earthy hop scent of ripe pine resin and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A really good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a really ripe and juicy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest along with some peach and pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin along with some grass. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A great juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A really great hoppy Pale Ale. Has the citrus hop flavor of the best West Coast IPA's. Glad to finally get to try this.

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Photo of jamphanatic
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the 3 Floyds brewpub, which is actually the only place I've found this beer. I was expecting a standard APA, pleasantly surprised by how balanced, and just really tasty this beer is. Seek this out.

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Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Fresh bottle . Pours a slight hazed golden/yellow color with a fresh white head and just beautiful lacing on the glass. Smell is peach , mango,tangerine and citrus. Taste follows nose a citra explosion here its very good, mouth feel has little bitterness with full flavor hops a slight malt finish. Hops are in charge here but so is hype, would and could always drink this but if it was on the shelf all the time would still buy just would not be so hyped.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super excited to finally try this one. Bottled 10 days ago. Look is hazy vibrant Orange with thin off white head. Smell is more muted than I expected, but candy sweetness and tangerines are the dominant notes. Flavor is citrus, and earthy bitterness. Well balanced but more malt than I anticipated. To me it's more IPA than APA. It's a very good beer but hype definitely plays a factor here.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

WOW is all I can say! I can see why this brew has a 100 rating, it's freaking tasty! If they weren't so hard to come by 700+ miles from the brewery this could be my daily drinker. Pours a mostly clear, orangish gold. Had to give it a good pour to get any head. Smells of piney citrus, lovely. Taste is the same, damn this is good! The only drawback is that I only have a sixer and it's not readily available here in GA.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pungent/dank/spicy hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit, grapefruit, malts, very slight sugar sweetness and a mix bitter and slight tartness in the finish.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly Hazy copper gold color with a white medium head. Very little lacing on the glass.

A: Lemon, orange, pine and some weeds. Aroma seems a little restrained. Some toasted Bready malt.

T: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, a strong pine bitterness, toasted bread. Some floral notes, reminds me more of an IPA than pale ale.

F: Medium body, and carbonation.

O: Good but is way overrated, there are much better much easier obtained pale ale.

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Photo of phillyfan9
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top notch pale ale featuring citra hops, which are some of the best. Orangy grapefruity taste to it, and plenty of hops but far from overwhelming. A little bit of sweetness comes through too. If you haven't tried it, you should. If you already have, you're sure to grab another whenever available.

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Photo of bwood06
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A good friend of mine was kind enough to gift me a couple 12 oz. bottles of this after he had recently visited the brewery. I had been wanting to try this one for a long time, but I had never been able to make it to the brewery or find it in stores. This beer features a white head that is frothy in appearance and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. The beer itself is clear and is an orangish amber color that has a nice glow to it. Light carbonation is easily visible. 4.5/5 The aroma is definitely hop forward but there is a nice sweetness that balances it out. Notes of cracker, biscuit, buttered white bread, and just a hint of light caramel showcase the malt while the hops really come out with pine resin and citrus peel. 4.25/5 The flavor features a brief intro of a very light caramel note as well as bit of buttered white bread before the hops quickly come in and take over. Pine resin and orange peel really stand out as well as just a bit of grapefruit. Surprisingly it is not overly bitter, but the bitterness is definitely present, as it should be. The bitterness lingers lightly for quite a while. 4.5/5 Light to medium body in statures with a light carbonation burn up front that fairly quickly goes away, leaving a moderate dryness that lingers light after swallowing. Very crisp and refreshing. 4.25/5 This is an excellent APA that really lives up to the hype. Not crazy bitter like I expected, but it is definitely hop forward. The sweetness helps tone things down just a bit without taking away from the hops. By far my favorite APA as of this review. 4.5/5

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One finger yellow-ish head, little hazy
Aroma: pine, orange, citrus
Taste: blood orange, little pine, good amount of hops and malt.
This rating is from a bottle a bit past it's prime but still a pleasure.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Happy to be able to have this on tap again. Yay Wisconsin! It would be hard for any beer to live up to the amount of hype this beer has but it definitely does.
The appearance is a really pretty amber gold with slight haze. Poured with a substantial white head with good lacing. Lively carbonation bubbles up the glass.
The aroma is a big and juicy citrus bomb along with tropical fruit, and some earthy dankness.
The taste is big with bitter grapefruit, orange, dank earthy zest and a resiny hop note.
The palate is light for a 6% hoppy pale with a lingering resiny hop bitterness along with a touch of malt sweetness.
Overall this is a great juicy pale ale featuring Citra, which is my favorite hop.

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

super balanced, no fruity hop flavors more of a perfect mesh of hop bitterness and quality malt flavor. West coast style for sure...by but still kind of a relic when compared to today's modern bangers coming out of MA.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this baby in a liquor store, inside a black windowless cooler in CA!!

A-Pours a golden orange, with a one finger cream head, that sticks around for the duration. Spotty lacing.

S-Smells of monster grapefruit and some piney earthy notes. Maybe some orange and sweet malt. Very inviting and pleasant.

T-Extremely balanced. Taste of grapefruit, rustic pine, with a dab of earth, orange and malt. Juicy and delicious. You can definetly kill a 6 pack of these and not get tired.

M-mild carbonation, with a perfect balanced, slightly bitter finish. Taste of grapefruit and pine.

O-extremely good beer, very drinkable and solid. Not sure if it deserves 100, but i Would definetly have it Again. Would prefer a Pliny any day over this one though.

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

Medium poor gives a great swirling effect to stir up this delicious brew. medium head. wonderful mouthfeel with a complex taste yet unintrusive bitterness. The balance is quite remarkable. golden color. You can drink a few and not tire of it. Great beer.

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Photo of zeppedled
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color is a perfect golden ale color, pleasant hoppy aroma with a good mouthfeel. The hops are very forward but we'll balanced out by a nice crisp malty body. The after taste comes slowly, but is very floral with notes of pine and fruit. Reminds me much of Founders Mosaic promise, with less fruity flavors.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,949 ratings.
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