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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 barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, had back-to-back with Alpha King for my comparison purposes.
The ale pours copper-amber with a thin, frothy off-white head, decent retention & excellent lacing, nice clarity. Aromas are a fruity, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, biscuity malt. Tastes are pineapple, mango, semi-pungent grapefruit rind, mild pine, biscuity malt, a touch of caramel, juicy, coats the palate, semi-dry fairly astringent on the finish. Pine-resiny, medium mouth-feel, nice juiciness. Overall, this is a superb American Pale Ale, but in my books Alpha King wins, but just by a little bit. I like the bready malt with more caramel. This seems to showcase the Citra hop more, while having a little less of a malt presence.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light straw gold. Just a bit of foam and some sticky lacing.
Very sweet smell. Lots of fruity sweet hops, sugar, mild pine and cotton candy.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very sweet and fruity with hints of hay, pine and citrus. Balanced well toward sweet malts and hops, this one goes well with cheddar cheese. Feels light yet dense, nicely carbonated.

Wish I had better access to this brew.

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Photo of JakeMorgan13
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

the appearance is a glowing yellow. it smells very hoppy. a smell that you will come back for. the taste is a strong hoppy flavor. its just strong enough. its followed by a kind of sweet settling on the tongue. this is the best beer. you just have to try it

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Photo of hagbergl
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mmmmm...Zombie Dust, one of the legendary American Pale Ales, is miraculously served on tap quite regularly here at the University of Chicago's on campus bar, The Pub. I enjoyed a couple pints of this impossibly juicy hop nectar last Wednesday. Review is from notes. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance (4/5): Minimal, 1/4 inch head due to a poor pour by a fairly incompetent bartender...but I digress. I'm sure the head would be luxuriant, bubbly, and white if there was one. Zombie Dust is copper-hued/light orange, clear, and visibly effervescent. Looks like just another pale ale. Nothing incredible about the appearance, but this isn't exactly a huge problem.

Smell (4.75/5): The nose is enough to make any hop head cry tears of joy. It is extraordinarily fruity, juicy, and demonstrates all those grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango notes that distinguish intensely hopped ales. In the mix are your standard piney, resiny aromas, but the fruit notes steal the spotlight. Deep, dank, bold, pungent. Simply excellent.

Taste (5/5): Super fruity, highly citrusy–grapefruit flavors tower above any other tasting notes. Zombie Dust=ruby red grapefruit delivery system. Zombie Dust is also quite dank. I must remark, the malt nicely compliments the hops and lends the beer good body. Additionally, I enjoy how the beer isn't intensely bitter; rather it is intensely (and enjoyably) fruity. This is a well-constructed APA that isn't totally out of balance. Probably the best tasting Pale Ale NOT named Hill Farmstead Edward I've drank.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Nice tongue coating citric aftertaste and a long juicy grapefruit finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. Considerably more body and hoppiness than your average pale ale.

Overall (4.75/5): Zombie Dust is one of those highly-hoppy American Pale Ales that's almost an IPA. Some people might get caught up in stylistic hair-splitting...that's not for me. This is a phenomenal tasting ale that beautifully showcases the power of Citra hops. It's juicy, dank, fruity, mildly bitter, and will flood your mouth with wave after wave of hop flavor. There's a reason why this a legendary ale. Reputation earned and confirmed. Boom.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my mother in law for scoring this for me! First time I've had ZD at home.

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip glass with a 2in white head that settled fairly quickly and left some decent lacing on the glass. Color is a beautiful golden orange, slightly opaque.

Aroma is super dank --resinous pine dominates with some citrus undertones

Taste - huge grapefruit up front, some orange and lemon, a bit of malty sweetness, then comes a hoppy bitter (enjoyable) finish.

Mouthfeel - medium carb and body, slightly sticky but remains crisp and refreshing

Overall - Has to be the best APA out there, but I feel like I enjoyed it more on tap. I can only assume this is fresh because there is no bottling date.

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

Awesome extra from a trade with user takach79. Thanks! Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Zombie dust pours a orange gold, fairly hazy, with a decent sized head that persists and laces. The aroma is delicious citrus hops, lemony, grassy. Not much on the malt side. Extremely complex given it's a single hop ale.

The taste follows the nose. Big citrus and grassy. Slightly sweet with a nice bitterness. A little bit of a sweet pale malt presence. The mouthfeel is medium, carbonation's on the low side. Really easy drinking. I'd consider this a true APA, as opposed to the disguised IPA that seems more common with the style these days.

I'm having trouble describing this beer, since it's so clean, simple and wonderful. More than the sum of its parts. You midwesterners who can get this regularly are very lucky indeed.

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

Poured 12pz into tulip glass. Pours slightly hazy orange with a finger of head. Smell is unreal, big citrus, pine, west coast style hops, the best smelling beer I've ever had. Taste is as good as the smell, west coast hops, pine, lemon, tons of citrus, floral, so clean, so crisp, so amazing. Overall this beer is definitely worth a top ten rating, I have no idea how it is considered an APA, there is almost no Mal flavors and the hops dominate. This beer is pretty much perfect, if you can get it, buy as much as possible. No matter how many times I drink it, it never gets old. Just wish they'd sell it in Ohio.

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Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 4 days fresh, poured into a a 12 oz tulip glass.

Appearance: Semi-hazy copper color, head is 2 fingers and pure white.

Smell: Pure Citra hops. Pine, floral, grassy, and clean.

Taste: Ahh, unlike so many beers whose smell's write checks their taste can't cash, ZD devliers full throttle. The Citra is in your face the whole way, with massive tasting and bittering hops. Almost no malt backbone to this one. No sweetness at all to speak of. If you hate Citra hops, this isn't the beer for you.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, moderate to high carbonation, but still quite smooth. Very dry and leaves the palate craving more.

Overall: As close to perfect as you can get for this style. While I personally prefer an IPA with more body and a little more malt, the hop presence in this beer surpasses that of most IPAs, even DIPAs. I guess technically an APA, it'd be hard not to call this an IPA. If you like your IPAs dry, clean, crisp, and ultra-hoppy, you won't find better.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been lucky enough to get a few of these by way of trades from PHKrames and keithstone.
I know that Hopslam gets a lot of attention but this is incredible!
Poured into a Deschutes snifter.
More head than a high school prom. Better smelling than any IPA I've had, and I live down the road from Russian River.
Without all the BS, this is an amazing beer! It have everything that you want in an IPA.
If I was able to get this as easily as I can Pliny, it'd be Zombie all day!

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a monster box from Maximumu13. Thanks again.

Poured from a bottle, unknown freshness

A - Significant 3-4 inch head of foam on top of a transparent honey type color. Not much else to say, looks like it should.

S - just tons and tons of floral and citrus hops. Orange and lemon peels, grassy type notes, some really thick juicy type citrus in there as well. Really rich spectrum of smells without being overbearing.

T - Really awesome. Balance! Follows the nose almost exactly, without the grass notes. Basically, just see the smell description. Again, just great balance. Just exactly enough bitterness to make it crisp. This is awesome, you could drink about a million of these and keep enjoying.

M - Nailed it. Medium carb, really get presentation of the hop.

O - Pretty much lives up to the hype. It definitely deserves the top spot among pale ales, as it absolutely nails the style.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date.

Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head. Tons of head retention and plenty of sticky lacing. Great looking brew!

Aroma: In your face Citra hops! Wow! Bright aromas of ripe peach, mango, juicy tangerine, lemon zest and pine with a subtle, sweet maltiness underneath it all.

Taste: Loads of hops right up front, very similar to the aroma. Very tropical; peach, pineapple, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, and pine with a some what sweet, cracker-esque malt to round off this very hop-forward pale ale. Finishes dry and bitter, as any true pale ale should.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and robust, yet with just enough carbonation to be lively and refreshing.

Overall A pitch perfect example of a west coast styled pale ale. The delicate and well balanced malt backbone of this pale ale really allows the new Citra hop varietal to really take flight and really showcase its many nuances. This is an incredible pale ale that really lives up to it's well deserved hype. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mfanch8578
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zombie Dust. Recommended to me by a fellow beerfreak. By the way, I claim coin to the word beerfreak since I haven't seen it used. This is a good one. Quite pricey at 20 a six, but well worth it. Okay, the citrus is there as it is with all hopsy beers, but it stays constant. The same peppery, citrusy flavor throughout. Its obvious since there is only one variety of hops used. Okay, hops aside, this is a carefully crafted brew that the owners of the recipe want to get right. I think they did it. The hops crafting is the feature of this brew, but there is no skimping on the brewing. Body, taste, head, and mouthfeel. I like it. Not an everyday drinker, but a special occasion one. Good job Floyd, Floyd and Floyd.

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

Oh, I seriously love Zombie Dust. It became my new favorite addiction in the short window of time where I was able to enjoy it.

I had it on tap, cask and in the bottle.

I was able to do a side-by-side tap vs. cask comparison. Below are my findings of this highly scientific research:

Zombie dust on bottle

While I couldn’t get a growler of Zombie Dust to go I did score a sixer of this wonderful elixir.
It pours with a golden amber color and great foam. There’s a big bouquet on it of tropical fruit, pineapple and a lemony citrusy hop. The flavor is hoppy without being overpoweringly bitter with a crisp orange-lemony and pineapple floral notes coming across. Lightly bodied, this is all about the flavorful and aromatic hops. Loved it.

Zombie Dust on tap and in cask: a side-by-side comparison.

Tap: This has tight foam atop a clear golden tan color brew. The aroma is intensely hoppy and crisp with an amazing tropical citrusy hop aroma and a light note of toasted straw on the finish. There’s an upfront bitterness with some resin on it. Floral and citrusy with a hint of caramel sweetness and a dry finish.

Cask: It pours an amber-golden color with gloppy, sloppy bubbly foam. The aroma and flavor are both smooth, mellow, even. Warms well with citrusy notes prevalent with a great rounded smoothness. There’s an orange citrusy aroma, more mellow than tap but equally enjoyable. The flavor is likewise rounded and softened, with a smooth resiny/orange/orange peel and marmalade character to it.

Whether on tap or from the cask it is dangerously good and lives up to everything I’ve heard.

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

A: A golden yellow with a minimal ivory head. There is some haze present.

S: Citra sums it up nicely. There are some caramel notes present as well.

T: More hoppy then malty by a long way. Citrus is the only dimension to the hops. There are some pleasant caramel notes from the malts as well.

M: What I would expect a great pale ale to be. High carbonation as well.

O: Great beer. Worth trading for but don't give up too much.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy hazy amber with a picturesque head of 1/4 inch thick foam. Grassy pine nose! Like a meadowy forest. There but subdued. Taste is a delicious malty open followed by a low riding pine hop. The bitter lurks below the surface and creates a flavorful blend.This is how a hop should be blended in a beer. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery yesterday for the first time and picked up two cases, might be a little bit better on tap,but these bottles are amazing. I guess its a pale ale, but an amazing smooth citra hopped beer none the less. Amazing, Dust doesn't disappoint

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

Its without a doubt one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking! I stop by the The Floyds Brewery every time I get a chance. If your lucky they might have some for sale. They limit how much you can buy so I'll usually get as much as they'll let me. Its great out of a bottle but its even better on tap.

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

Pours hazy orange into my tulip with a nice big frothy head. The smell is amazing, as expected. Floral citrus hops that waft up at you like candy. Piney grapefruit flavor, hits right on. Not as bitter as I had expected. Less carbonation than I was hoping for, and the finish comes off slightly syrupy. I guess I was expecting all hops. Strong malt profile here. That's a nitpick though, as the taste is all there and I love the citra hop aroma. All in all, a great pale ale. But given the (unfair) excitement over this one, it is a disappointment without a 5 rating. Very yummy stuff.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with the Zombie Lord himself on the label ready for battle. Beautiful artwork on this label. The zombie dust written logo is top shelf creation in itself. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden with some slight haze. Orangish and yellow highlights depending on how you look at it. A massive white head with lots of fluff and huge stickiness on the walls of the glass.

S - Big burst of citra hops is the first thing I noticed. Juicy hop aroma of both citrus and floral with an earthiness in the background. A big mixture of hop aromas throughout with a hint of sweetness.

T - more citra hops with the flavor. Massive citrus notes with grapefruit, orange and mango. Gushing citrus hops followed by some neat grassy pine like notes that tage along for the ride. A bit dreanaughtish really. Somewhat sweetish orange paired with some light caramel and pale malt. Hop bitterness is 2nd to none in this. Brilliantly balanced and a hop profile that's to die for. Semi dry finish that sort of fades out leaving a clean finish.

M - smooth medium body that has a flavor much bigger than what it really is. Coats the mouth like a world class beer should do and leaves you thirsting for the next sip. Smooth and thick mouthfeel in typical FFF fashion.

O - Zombie Dust is one of the best beers I've ever had and it's for damn sure the best pale ale I've ever had. It has a massive flavor for its abv % and throws out notes you only get with the best double IPAs in the world. A remarkable feat if you ask me. It's as of a session Dreadnaught as you'll ever find. I just can't get over how stunning this ale is and the pure genius crafted into this. For me Dreadnaught is the World's best double ipa and this is of the same breed. I will buy this every single time I see it(I'm hoping it's often). It lives far beyond any hype you've read or heard. One of the brews with big expectations I've had and fulfilled all those expectations by blowing my mind.

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

Appearance- straw colored with a barely noticeable white head and just the slightest haze.

Smell- immediately you're smacked by the aroma of freshly peeled grape fruit backed up slightly by the presence of pale malts, which combines to make it smell like that perfectly sweet grapefruit you're psyched to find at the supermarket.

Taste- citra hops are definitely the star of this show. A simple grain bill balances the hops perfectly and does nothing to stand in the way of the beautiful citra flavor. Sometimes less is more and the minimalist grain bill is a shining example of how successful this philosophy can be.

Mouthfeel- no problems gulping it down. What more do you want in a pale ale?

This is a great beer and will be even better enjoyed in the summer heat. Glad I live so close to munster.

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

I was in Chicago last spring with a friend for a conference and this was far and away our go-to beer for the weekend. Had a great flavor, looked fantastic and finished like a dream. I'm in North Carolina now and, unfortunately, Three Floyds doesn't distribute here, otherwise I'd have a bottle in front of me right now. Good stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice golden amber color with good carbonation and a nice head, and a little dusty sediment at the end.

Crazy fresh citrus aromas like tangerine and blood orange, plus a little sage/resin, and a balanced malt sweetness.

Flavors carry the same characters from the hops as the aroma. Malt backbone is a clean pale malt body plus a touch of something richer, maybe Munich or a gentle blend of light crystal malts. Great balance for all the hops.

Mouthfeel seems a little light, until I remind myself it's an IPA, not a DIPA. Carbonation plays well on the palate. Halfway through the bottle some hop oil stickiness starts around the edge of the tongue.

Altogether an astonishingly delicious beer. The intensity of the hops reminds me of Pliny the Younger. The malt character is superbly crafted to balance the hops, with a touch of richness. Really well crafted.

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Photo of bound4er
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Dark straw to golden colored with a nice white head. Laces well.

S. Citrus hops dominate - from the smell of things one gets a sense that the taste will be phenomenal. Pineapple, orange, mango, etc.

T. A quaffable, great tasting beer that does everything well. Very tropical upon entry with just enough malt to add balance without sweetness. Finishes long and crisp. Damn near perfect.

M. Low to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O. For such a drinkable beer it is amazing how much flavor is packed into this stuff. I wish this was available in bottles around here - it would be a staple in my fridge. Well done, highly recommended.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle, extra courtesy of pdeepak, amid the great Mikkeller glasswale debacle. Thanks!

Decanted into a Three Floyds teku glass, of course, yo, light copper-colored liquid, pale and slightly hazy, capped off with a foamy white head that seemed to last forever, and that left waves of soapy lacing on the glass. Juicy citra hops greet the nose, and pretty much take control of the aroma, though there are hints of a pale malt sweetness in the background. In the taste, again, hops are the dominant factor, as I would have expected, lots of orange zest and some pithy bitterness, biscuity malts taking the edge off slightly, keeping this on the fine line that separates IPA from APA. Body on the lighter side of medium, crisp and clean, and a tasty, drinkable treat. Nothing here that I haven't had before, and nothing really that screams "greatest APA in the world," but it's still a solid and tasty brew, will always be welcome in my fridge.

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

Zombie Dust is an attractive gold color. It looks a little hazy. Backlighting brightens it up a bit and reveals some orange highlights. Good lookin’ stuff. It’s topped with an off-white head that rises to about two fingers in height. It’s very slow to recede. I’m not sure it will completely. Lacing is very sticky and thick. Leaves a really nice web of lace behind.

Wow! This stuff smells delicious! Strong citric hop notes are apparent on the first whiff. I like that…a lot. Smells mostly like grapefruit and orange. There are some lighter notes of mango and pine that follow. While I’m pleased to report that there isn’t much caramel here, there is a good bit of toasted malt. It’s largely overshadowed by the strong hops. Alcohol is buried pretty well. I’m not getting much at all. This is one really aromatic American Pale Ale! Wow!

The flavor is equally as good as the nose. This stuff is delicious. The malt base tastes mostly like toasted malt. There might be a little caramel sweetness, but it’s extremely subtle. Hops are very strong and are easily the focal point. Classic Three Floyds. They have a strong citric flavor. Grapefruit, orange, and mango are all noted. There is a bit of pine, but it’s secondary. The malts do their best to provide some balance, but it still has a nice bitter kick. Excellent. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. Finishes toasty with a blast of citric hops.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed back nicely. This stuff is soft and smooth. It goes down like a dream. I could handle quite a few of these over the course of an evening.

Zombie Dust is undoubtedly excellent beer. I’m honestly shocked at how much flavor it has. The hop flavor really drives it into a class of its own. This really is the best American Pale Ale I’ve ever had. Wow! Find some.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,974 ratings.
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