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

Fresh bottle from a local liquor store (the brewpub was out for the day) poured on 10/9/13 into a pint glass.

A - Strong golden, copper hue with a bright, white foam. Very clear as well.

S - Fresh hoppy scent with hints of citrus and spice. Incredibly enticing.

T - Incredibly hoppy with that aforementioned citrus and spice taste. Leaves a mild, bitter aftertaste that keeps you reaching for your next sip.

M - Medium body with a creamy flow. Good carbonation. Pretty much as good as it gets.

O - Incredible beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle opened Oct 2013

A - Beautiful copper body with a chunky, towering, neon white cap of foam. Outstanding retention and lace.

S - Bright, fresh hop cone nose. Extraordinarily fresh and light. Thyme, hint of bitter rose water, wild flowers, touch of lemon zest, dried grass.

T - Outstandingly fresh herbal and mildly citrus hops load onto your palate and finish with a light bitter backend. Just a touch of clean malt sweetness helps frame the hop profile and does an great job of staying out of the way, letting the quality of the hop character really shine.

M - Medium-light frame is perfect for the style. Nice carbonation.

O - While not necessarily the best beer I've ever had, Zombie Dust is hands down the best pale ale I've had the pleasure of trying. This beer is a near perfect balance of fresh hop cone flavor, restrained malt sweetness, and balanced alpha oil bitterness that makes a pale ale a pale ale and not an IPA.

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Photo of AMG55
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The ultimate pale ale, which really blurs the line between IPA and APA. This is a beer that does live up to the hype.

Poured into a tulip glass on a sunny day in summer.

Appearance: Very vibrant orange hue with a white head which dissipates quickly leaving a white ring around the top of the glass. Incredibly clear with no sediment in the glass.

Smell: This is where the beer entices you. Smells of grapefruit, passion fruit and citrus arise from the glass. You will want to savor the aroma since it is that good.

Taste: Slightly bitter but very smooth. The bright citrus flavors envelope the palate with a very balanced finish. This is an amazing pale ale. Hoppy almost to the point of an IPA but so drinkable. Unquestionable a benchmark for all pale ales to live up to.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very drinkable. Slight astringent bitterness from the citra hops but so artfully balanced with the malt on the finish. Makes you want to drink it again after your sip was just finished.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 6 pack at the brewpub for only $10. Same price as bombers of Arctic Panzer Wolf. What a kick ass deal.

This is the perfect looking pint. Bright orange with a touch of haze, Enormous frothy, rocky head that completely covers the beer with a centimeter of head for the entire glass and drapes the glass in curtains and chunks of foam. Enormous, aromatic, orangey hops in the nose, with just a bit of cookie dough maltiness in the background. The taste bursts with orange, lemon, passionfruit, grapefruit mango and all sorts of other luscious flavors I can't describe. A very submissive doughy malt profile lays in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy, silky carbonation level and some mouth numbing from the hop bitterness. Fruity hop notes linger in the moderately bitter finish.

This may be tied with Alpha King as my favorite Pale Ale. So hoppy and complex. Stupidly quaffable and approachable, rather than hit you over the head brash. A must try.

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

Special thanks to the kind gentleman in line at Hill Farmstead who randomly decided to hook us up.

Mostly clear gold with a small, richly creamy head. Big Citra aroma with some sugary malt, pineapple, orange oils, and grapefruit. Pungent fruit all around, mango, leafiness, all floral and zesty with an increasing "dankness". Juicy, fruity, oily hops in the mouth...big citrus, ripe fruit, pine needles, floral hops, and peaches. Crisp, medium bodied, and smooth, softening towards the end. Different from what I expected, but that's not a bad thing. I bet I could drink a lot of this if given the opportunity.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is super Citra, almost minty. Very juicy and fresh, and dank. Miles of hop, and juuust barely enough malt to hold it up and keep a balance. Lemon, orange, and bright zesty herbs. Flavor is loaded with juicy citrus, light pine, and zesty brisk herbs. Very nice smooth and prickly mouthfeel. Quite swirlable and some kind of juicy explosion in the mouth. Stinkier hop presence as it warms up. A delight for the having...

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed thanks to the generosity of SammyJaxxxx out of a 12 oz brown bottle. No dating that I can locate. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of soapy chiffon colored foam. It's sudsy and heavy looking and sits atop a glowing orange peel colored body. Slight haze from the chill and an amber shadow hovers beneath the head with spun gold highlights. Retention is great as the larger bubbles slowly burst and the center begins to sink, leaving light sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass that eventually fade to sparse residue.

Smell - Bright and aromatic with citrus notes of orange, tangelo, starfruit and even mango. I've head a lot about this functionally being an IPA, but the aroma lacks some of the pungency that I would expect from an IPA. As is, it just smells like a pale ale, but with an intoxicating complexity that doesn't overpower. After the citrus clears, you are left with pine and garden herbs, especially thyme or perhaps basil.

Taste - My first swig is hard to stop, it's so clean and bright. It reminds me of fruit juice, but with no sweetness other than a faint aftertaste of light biscuit and shortbread. Again, citrus is on full display, but without the mouth wallop that often comes with an IPA. As it warms, the initially faint bitter aftertaste becomes more pronounced, balancing well with the fruity citrus. Here the pine is still detectable, but more faint than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and juicy, with carbonation on the light side of moderate. Slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a beer that came with a great deal hype, and one that comes about as close as something can come to living up to it's own massive reputation. I'm especially impressed at how they managed to get big hop flavor on display without turning this into a full-bore IPA flavor profile. It managed to have depth and yet still be light. If only it were easier to get...

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

A- Really nice dark, orange. Poured with a thick off white head with really great retention. After sitting for a few minutes the head is holding strong. Very cloudy ale, but nothing floating around. Really, really nice looking.

S - Lots of hops. Very citrusy aroma. It smells so clean and fresh. Unbelievable.

T - HOLY SH%T! A pale ale that has no taste of a lager lingering around. I can imagine myself drinking nothing but this beer for the rest of my days and I'm really ok with that. Sadly this will be my last one, at least for now.

M - Tastes clean and crisp. Lots of carbonation, which I love in hoppy ales. Very smooth and doesn't leave too much hop oil on the palette.

O - Best pale ale of all time? Probably. Really glad my good friends hooked me up with this. One of the best beers I've had, and really glad it lived up to its reputation. I'm giving it a perfect review. If you don't like it, I hope a Zombie kills you.

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Photo of baos
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A: Nice light amber with a bit of haze. Lost of lacing after a 3 finger head diminishes into a nice sheen.

S: Big citrus and spicy hops with just a bit of toffee underneath it all.

T: Big hops. Grapefruit peel and other citrus notes that go into a bit of malt into a nice end: a nice spice aftertaste.

M: Nice medium light feel.

O: Great beer as always from my friends up north in Munster, IN.

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

A) Golden haze, burst of head that quickly dissipates.

S) Grapefruit, tropical paradise, sweet malt. You almost don't want to drink it, just smell the glass over and over.

T) Citrus fruit, hoppy bitterness, all balanced out by a full and robust pale malt body. Perfection.

M) Full and satisfying.

O) I'm not going to lie, this is probably my favorite beer in the world. So many brewers mask a beer's flaw with IBU's, but this is perfectly done and incredibly well crafted in every respect. This is a piece of brewing art.

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Photo of cfaulman
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer lives up to the hype. Thanks Aram for the bottles.

Pours a hazy yellow orange with fair sized white head with good retention.

Oh the smell. I ended up smelling the empty bottle after drinking this bad boy. Wish this was an air freshener scent. Huge mango, pineapple and orange, a little vanilla; followed by dankness.

The taste is fantastic just like the smell. For a pale ale this is pretty hoppy, but what did I expect with it coming from FFF.

I think the mouthfeel is perfect here. Carbonation is spot on, and there is a fantastic creaminess I dont get with other pale ales. This is what sets it apart.

Overall, I am glad I have several more of these. I understand what all the hype is about and I just jumped on the bandwagon.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter on 6/1/12

A) Light gold haze. There is a flash of bubbles but not much retention.

S) So fresh and tropically hopped. Mango and peach with floral and grass hints.

T) Moderately piney with a grapefruit kick. Even, but fully, hop-flavored.

M) Medium-light body with average carbonation. A touch grainy.

O) Very nice. One of their best.

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

One of my favorites. Pours a orange/amber with a small head. Leaves a nice frothy ring around the glass. Smells amazing. All kinda of citrus and a small amount of grass and pine. Only a little malt comes through, the hops are straight forward. The taste has good citrus qualities, as well. The malt cuts into the bitterness and is balanced nicely. Citrus, pine, and some other tropical fruit come through on the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, small amount of carbonation and the taste lingers on the tongue for just a little bit, which makes you want to keep drinking this all day long.

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Photo of wpqx
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprised by now I have never reviewed this beer. Bought two cases of this from the brewery a few weeks ago and have been enjoying my decision ever since.

Fresh from the brewery this was just a glorious blast of citra hops and wonderful hop taste. Even after nearly a month though the beer is still incredible and seems to legitimately get better with each drink.

The color is a little cloudy and hazy which knocks it just a peg down (ok a quarter peg) and although it smells wonderful I still prefer the aromas of Dreadnaught.

Everything else this beer has though it truly extraordinary. This is the only beer that would be a double/imperial anything in my top ten of all time. This deserves all the praise it has gotten and if you think it's overrated just try another, and another and eventually you'll come around. Perhaps some day this will be as readily available as Alpha King or Gumball Head.

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

3 week old 12 ounce bottle from Chicago
A: dark golden, rushing carbonation with creamy offwhite head that leaves a ton of lace
S:floral, citrus both very pronounced
T: similar floral upfront with some bitter citrus notes and a punchy bitter bite but a nice complexity
M: dry, fairly heavy carbonation but smooth

Overall clearly added to the list of ipa/dipa that I could drink a bunch of all the time

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

This is my first post here. I have gone from enthusiast to full out addict to craft beers, especially ipas. Zombie dust is by far my favorite. I've had the opportunity to have this on two occasions and it is incredible. Citrus taste well into the beer and is just overall smooth. Exactly what you expect with the hype.

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

12-oz bottle to tulip. This is the third bottle consumed in my life. "Had" rating of 4.25 earlier. This particular bottle was purchased on 8/23/2013, consumed 9/17/2013.

A: orange body. the off white head's huge w/ large, soapy bubbles. the head takes a long time to settle down, leaving spiderweb lacing.

S: orange, tangerine, allium, berry.

T: orange pith, peach, w/ a kiss of berry sweetness before the grassy bitterness of the hops comes to play hardball. the hops are countered by a tangible malt sweetness at the back end though.

M: dry finish, but creamy. well-carbonated.

more impressed by this bottle than in the past.

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

@ Three Floyds, Munster IN

Zombies and hops, oh god yes.

Orange with a tight white head. Smells and tastes like a beery tangerine Orange Julius, a Tangerine Julius if you will. Or super concentrated freshly squeezed Citra juice. Mildly sweet caramel support.

All 5's you say? Really? Yes really.

Even the bottle art is a 5.

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Photo of SCOTT1974
3.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To have a beer that is rated so high the expectation is high. I am finding that this is not the case with a lot of hyped up beers. It had a slight skunked smell to it, little bitter note for me. Maybe I had the bad batch. I like APA's and this did not meet the feeling that I was hoping for. Little down on this one.

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Photo of jbru1971
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I am local and frequent the triple f. Although zombie is definitely the creamiest PA I've had, its not the best. Viva la session beer...but that's for conversation over some fff at the brewpub.

You've all heard about the glorious zombie so I'll touch on the positive
s according to my palate. Clean, crisp citra bite, its really like its own fruit upon first nose and taste, then just before you are overwhelmed, it goes all savoy truffle.

Personally, I think it gets high marks not b/c of excellence in the genre, but rather great amongst all beer, standing alone. That said, I prefer Perm Fun and SSMF.

Happy Ales...

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Photo of alphagnome
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this pale showcases a beautiful and opaque shade of orange. Topped by a thick, bone white head that is porous and quite creamy. Lacing is abundant and carbonation is minimal.

Heavenly. Up front you're greeted by a blast of earthy grasses and pine, followed by an encore of floral notes a plenty of citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple, orange, tangerine, and mango amongst hints of kiwi, strawberry and even peach. It's a sweet, well orchestrated symphony of aromatic bliss.

Initially quite dry, until the tropical fruit the nose detected rush in to save the day. Alcohol is very noticeable here, but it's not overbearing. Hops are present from beginning to end, but they are never over-power the subtle malts. Nicely balanced.

A decent amount of carbonation is present in this light to medium-bodied pale. It's crisp and surprisingly refreshing. The finish is beautiful - it leads you to believe it will finish dry, but at the very last second, you're hit with refreshing hydration.

This a fine example of the American Pale Ale style, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. It's almost hoppy enough to pass for an IPA, but balanced enough to enjoy multiple in one sitting. Do yourself a favor and see what all the hype is about.

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Photo of brewskis
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark orange color with a finger length white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Smells of intense, juicy, sweet fruits like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, some peach, tiny bit of floral notes, lots of tropical fruit, sweet carmel. Almost like a bubblegum smell. Taste starts a hefty dose of citrus, sweet, savory fruits like pineapple, mango, and peach, get some floral qualities as well. Very classic floyds taste. Then gets even sweeter with the carmel malts and more fruits. Then finishes with more citrus fruits, even more tropical fruits, more carmel. Nice dry finish. During the entire taste profile, a good amount of hop bitterness lingers. Somewhat bitter, but just so darn smooth, fruity, and refreshing and definitely not as intense as the aroma suggests. Mouthfeel is creamy. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, which adds to the refreshing quality of the beer. Have had it many times, and never ceases to amaze me. Best session beer on the market.

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Photo of HOPPED
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've only had this beer bottled although hopefully soon will have the opportunity to try it on-tap. I believe that everything about this ale is perfectly balanced, highlighting the uniqueness of Citra, and that Three Floyds has set the standard by which all beers brewed using Citra will be measured.
The overall appearance regarding color and head are exactly as one might expect or should expect from an ale. It is the distinct aroma and taste of Citra hops, which again is a perfect balance with the grain and yeast, that takes Zombie Dust to another level.

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Photo of coolkatz321
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't even do the whole M-T-A-O rundown.

I will keep this simple: This is the best beer in America...of any style, period. I've had the Plinys, the RR sours (which are my favorite!), Heady Topper, Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, the rest of the FFF lineup...

Nothing comes close to Zombie Dust. Nothing. I lucked out and got a case last year as I was heading East, but this time I was stuck only having it on tap.

It's a nearly-flawless beer, and nothing comes close. 5/5, every single time.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - somewhat clouded peach-tinted golden color. Head is puffing up quickly to about a finger and a half. Holds some of the sediment from the bottom, like sprinkled cinnamon on a meringue. Steady action from below, keeping the head in good shape.

Aroma - piny and grapefruit combo, good resilience, mmm....

Taste - the citrus side of the hops hits immediately with the sturdy grain base, the balance is great right from the start. Moving to mid-palate, the grains subside and the hops go a little twangy, prickly on the tongue. Just about where they'd start to get a little medicinal, they begin to ease up instead. The finish stays mildly bitter but fills the mouth just the same. Grapefruit rind at the end.

Mouthfeel - quite smooth, very crisp, medium+ body.

Overall - excellent session pale. Thanks to my buddy Steve for picking up a few of these on his last trip to Munster. Enjoyed it during the WEBN 2013 fireworks, aptly zombie-themed this year. I really enjoyed this beer despite the hype. Too often, once I hear all the accolades, I find it hard to enjoy the beer afterwards - so much pressure! :-)

"But I can't pay attention 'cause I'm on that dust" - Prost!

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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