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Zombie DustZombie Dust

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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 tut2528
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pour is slightly golden/peach color, almost no head formation, no lacing and mild carbonation. Give it a few swirls and a very thin white foamy head forms.

S: huge smell of tropical fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit, enormous orange peel, huge piney hops. This is one hell of an aroma, absolutely amazing… usually don’t give into hype all that much, but this one is simply awesome.

T: more of the same tropical fruits as in the nose (orange, grapefruit and subtle pineapple). Awesome bitter piney hops balance this one out. Not very complex, but this one is extremely well balanced and has a very high drinkability

M: light-medium bodied, nice crisp finish, leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste that is mild enough to want me to take another sip. Extremely enjoyable and very high drinkability

O: this one lives up to the hype…plain and simple. Excellent smell, extremely tasty, high drinkability. Love the tropical notes to this one. Definitely one of the best, if not the best of this style.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of grachdar. Thanks!

A: Yellowish orange. A pretty decent pour only yields a slight amount of head.

N: Pretty glorious. Lots of hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, some caramel and toffee, a little bit of pine. There's a really nice balance of sweetness and tropical fruit here, so this one's going to be right up my alley.

T: The taste lets me down after the promise of the nose. Very dry and earthy, with plenty of pine forest floor. Certainly nothing to complain about, but the dry hopping on the nose really makes my mouth water, and what I get is pretty dry and scraping without the abundance of the fruit.

M: Spot on for the style. There's enough palate coating, but the beer itself remains fairly light.

O: A pretty brilliant success, and a truly good APA. I received a 6 pack, and I'll be happy to share it with multiple friends. There's some excellent hop characteristics throughout on this, but my oh my, if only the taste was as good as the nose.

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

I had a bottle of this sent down from up north: 
Pours beautiful golden with thick one finger head into pint glass, steady stream of bubbles head to the top. 
Best aroma ever from a glass here with superb hop bouquet of perfection: aromatic nirvana for me. Sweet grapefruit and pine as well in there, and if somehow in a tropical way the taste follows suit. Nice, nice drinkability, finishes crisp and bitter with a very appealing lingering hop flavor. I guess I really favor citra hops!! I'm trying to pinpoint any slight shortcoming here but I'm already at the last sip and haven't come up with anything. Even though the malt backbone was nice it was backstage of the hop florality (new word) and I like it that way. I'm biased toward anything IPA/ DIPA, and AIPA is the least visited of the style for me. But of the ones I've tried, this does it. Superb. Easily in my Top 3 ever. I'm only sorry I can't purchase it in my state. 

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

Got this Hundo at the Three Floyd's brewpub.
Imperial Pint for a five spot.

Pours light clear copper orange with a massive 3 finger head. Legend

By far the best smelling IPA out there. It's spicy, citrusy, piney, with notes of lemon and grapefruit. It's off the fucking hook for an IPA.

The taste is very reminiscent of the smell. Bitter and bitter with a nice finish. Great citrusy flavor with a spicy kick One of the best iPa's out there.

Mouthfeel is nice. Could be a plate wrecker after a few though.

Review #100!!

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Photo of ginemesis
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- the color is deceivingly light for the array of flavors - lighter than straw. Looks like a wheat beer with a creamy head, slightly cloudy

S- This beer has a slightly sweet malty smell with a hint of citrus hops

T- Beautifully dry and crisp

M- Astringent

O- Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, this beer is from the upper crust

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Photo of gradergator
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at the Brew pub in Munster. Pours a nice amber color with a two finger head. Nice lacing that seems to linger. Smells like a hop lovers dream. Taste is a fantastic hoppy flavor that finishes like no other. Mouthfeel is a medium balance of thickness. My first thought was wow, now I get it. A world class beer for a reason. Seek it out my beer loving friends.

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Photo of mcintire78
3.86/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A small head that deteriorates slowly, with a bit of lacing. Pale amber, with reasonable carbonation.

Smell: Strong hop aroma right out of the bottle. Very florid, almost too much so. Fades into a slightly tropical smell.

Taste: Smooth when it hits your tongue, but ends with a powerful hoppy back finish. A reasonable balance of malts.

Mouthfeel: Significant carbonation.

Drinkability: Limited. These are hop bombs--more than one or two and your taste buds will be dulled.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy golden/peach color with a generous fluffy white head. Lots of noticeable carbonation. Lacing is sticky and thick.

S: Wow. My nose is being assaulted by lemons and grapefruits. Smells like a tropical fruit IPA fan's heaven. Probably one of the best smelling beers I've come across.

T: Follows the nose with heaping amounts of lemons and other citrus fruits. VERY tropical citrus flavors with a slight malty sweetness to balance it out. The malt is barely noticeable, which I prefer when it comes to pale ales. This is a HUGE lemon bomb, which is very much a good thing.

M: Slightly bitter with a little bit above medium carbonation and a long lemony finish.

O: Being from NY, I was happy to run into a guy at my local beer stop that was looking to trade these. Definitely lives up to the hype and is worth trading for if you can get your hands on it. I just wish FFF extended their distribution to the east coast instead of planning their new brewery in Europe.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks go out to brystmar for "extra-ing" me one of these! 12oz bottle, no date, poured into a Surly pint glass.

Pours a dark honey-gold, with a frothy white head on top. Great sticky lace holds on for dear life. "The nose, the nose, my kingdom for the nose." All things holy, this is an amazing aroma. Fresh hops, pine needles, citrus zest, and a dry hay-like aroma. Other beers have bits and pieces of this aroma, but this is so potent and so fresh. Frick. I want to "cologne-up" with this stuff.

The body is well-balanced and carbed up well. Crisp and clean, not too heavy. Holds its own with the ABV. Hops, hops, hops. Yes, please. Fresh green hops, grapefruit, melon, orange slices, honey - all melded perfectly to make this splendid beer. This beer is bitter, no doubt, but I love that it doesn't linger in any harsh manner. The finish is short, which I like and don't like at the same time. I like that it keeps me sipping (or gulping) more and more, but I don't like that my glass is soon empty, unable to be filled with this blessed brew again. More ZD, please!!!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is something about this beer that separates it from all the other excellent APAs and DIPAs I've ever had...
The beer pours a light rusty orange with an off-white head. The beer's nose is incredibly dank and defines a crisp citra hoppiness. However, there is plenty of malt sweetness, which makes a huge impression on the beer's taste and mouthfeel. Thankfully the abrasively bitter hops didn't melt off my eyebrows and taste buds because the mouth watering, bitter-dry finish makes this beer something special. I would easily drink this beer all day and actually have trouble not finishing it within 5 minutes after opening. Get your hands on some and thanks Pellinore1 for the hook-up.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this back from his travels.

A - bright orangish amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - very flora, spicy, citrusy

T - spicy, peppery, floral, grapefruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This has a huge floral hop character with some spicy, citrusy notes as well. It's incredibly hoppy, incredibly drinkable and very smooth. I'm glad I have a few more bottles to enjoy.

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Photo of beercheer4me
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like the rue has a orange color I like ,
Smell wonderfully that's why citra hops is hard to get ,
Taste citra , and all the notes in that hops hop ,
Mouth feel you will take it home ,,yes it stays with yea
Over all that's a tuff beer to beat ,,,

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

Served in a shaker pint glass bottled.

A - Bronze amber slightly opaque with 2 finger khaki head with excellent head retention and good frothy lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, sweet floral hops, and caramel malt and cracker bready yeast.

T - follows the nose...into the pearly gates. Amazing hops tones, a great balance with the sweet caramel malt and just a touch of alcohol. Like drinking hops while sitting in the hanging gardens and smelling the sweetest of breezes.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth as hell.

O - the best apa in the world. Check.

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

Pours a clear warm orange with fast rising bubbles and a decent head that sticks around for awhile. The lacing webs its way all around the glass.

Hints of mango, grass, and peaches. A slight toastyness coming from the malt selection

Absolutely amazing malt characteristic upfront followed by satisfying hop dryness at the finish. Very drinkable and leaves your mouth with a fresh aftertaste.

Amazing brew and I can't wait to get my hands on some more

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

Got a couple of these from my friend Rudi out in Michigan.

First one poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass. A karate kick of tropical fruit right to the nose, amazing. Orange, pineapple, And mango. The taste brings the same.. orange peel, mango, pineapple. Some spice and a little bit of a malt back bone. Tangy, sweet, slightly bitter and delicious. Three Floyds always comes correct, handled the Citra hops just perfectly with this one. Thanks Rudi.

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Photo of lanamj
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Ryan for bringing some back for me. Served into a Allagash 40cl glass.

A- Pours a nice amber gold color with a foamy one finger head. Retention is good and lacing is sticky.

S- Hops , hops and more hops. Love the smell of Citra hops. Some sweet notes of malt but seems well balanced. One of the best smelling Pale ales just not very strong aroma.

T- Fresh hops with a little sweet malt backbone flavor. They really profile this hop and all it's charectoristics very well. A little heavy for a pale but I love that most!!

M- Perfect. Very drinkable with medium body and carbonation. I truly could find myself easily drinking a few or more before I became hopped out.

O- One of the best made with the best by one of the best.

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

Aroma is quite citrusy, with a tropical component to it as well. Very hoppy for a pale ale, it really smells a lot like a citrusy IPA would. Clearly this one is going to be aggressive, not that I'd expect less from FFF.

Taste is immediately very juicy, with grapefruit and tropical notes just exploding from the Citra hops. There isn't much of a doubt where this pale ale's hop character lies. Besides this, there's a small spicy biscuit malt that struggles to poke through near the finish. Despite how flavorful the hops are however, the interesting thing is that it isn't really a very bitter one. This shows on the finish, which is dry but with very little astringency at all. Very clean, and leaves you wanting more without any grimacing. Good stuff.

I'm definitely impressed! One of the most flavorful pale ales you'll ever have, but done in a clean and easy to drink way.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade from HopsMatt. Thanks!

The beer was a pale golden color. Big three finger and fluffy head and had an off-white color. The head lasted for days and left some decent sticky lacing along the glass. It deflated down in to some mounds of pillowy foam.

A nose full of citrus and tropical fruit. Orange peel, lemon grass, mango, pineapple. Some floral tones road underneath. Faint sweet malt backbone.

Tons of fruity and juicy hops, followed by some earthy and floral notes. There was a pretty consistant bitterness and a minor sweetness.

Very bubbly and medium-light bodied. Kind of oily with a mild acidity.

Another awesome beer by Three Floyds. I'll have to work out some more trades for this stuff.

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Photo of cvm4
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange hue, just off from amber. Pillowy white, 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, bitter hops... Just tons of citrus.

T - Pine, moving into a sweet citrus followed by a somewhat bitter, crisp finish.

M - On point! Has a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

O - The best pale ale I've ever had. It's hard not hard to brew a pale ale, but they're made a truly great pale ale.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds imperial pint glass

Pours a darker golden color with orange hues with a two finger bright white head, great retention and abundant lacing as the head recedes. Extremely fragant with the smell of citrus rind, freshly cut grass, and orange blossoms on the nose. Opens with pleasant citrus, tangy to slighly bitter, a very light touch of sweet malt, and finishes dry, crisp and clean with citrus rind and a touch of pine and the perfect amount of bitterness. An very refreshing APA, which shows a surprising amount of complexity for a brew that uses only Citra hops.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on the 4th of July. Thanks for bringing this back from Munster, Cliff!

A: Clear orange/amber with an off-white half finger head that crawls from the crypt. Lacing to die for.

S: Hop central! Grassy, piney, grapefruit, hints of citrus. The horde is quickly approaching.

T: Very smooth blend of hops and malts. Grapefruit, pine. Tangy, citrus finish. The dead are scratching on my door, moaning for a taste.

M: Medium with creamy, frothy carbonation. Dry. Worthy of a return from the dead.

O: Ready for the apocalypse. Best pale ale I've had. Truly worth all the hype. Excuse me, I have to pop a few walkers in the cranium now.

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Photo of Etan
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf.

A: Nice golden orange, thick off-white head.

S: Huge tangerine, sweet orange, peel, cake.

T: Orange, pine, bitter grass, sweet dough, lemon. Green in the finish, but juicy.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Definitely one of the best pale ales I've had, and much better than Alpha King.

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Photo of DaveC93036
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good friend Mike for sharing this with me.

This is golden color with a hint of redness to it. Pours in the glass and gives a nice 1 inch head supported by countless streams of bubbles rising to the top. Smells of citrus plenty of grapefuit and oranges. Tastes the same. Ah- finally a pale ale without a strong aftertaste-amazing! It feels right in my mouth and it should always be there!

Overall I enjoyed this beer very much and will have it again if given the opportunity to do so.

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Photo of shand
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. I've had this before, but only a small serving at a festival.

This beer pours out a hazy orange color with a decent head. The aroma is absolutely fantastic. This is one hoppy beer for sure, it's almost like sticking your nose right in a bag of hop pellets. Tropical fruits and citrus are the stars of the show. The taste is also absolutely fantastic, it's seriously a hop assault of the first order. The relatively low ABV keeps the malt profile to the absolute minimum (there's just a bit of pale, slightly biscuity malts if you can cut through the hops), letting the brilliant Citra hops shine through. Orange and grapefruit come out big on the flavor, leaving the tropical aspects to more of a backing flavor. Either way, it's fantastic. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and leaves the kind of dryness that's really quite similar to biting into a hop pellet, just on a much smaller scale. There's that much hops in here, guys. The drinkability is outstanding. Overall, this is the king of pale ales/IPAs for the hophead. Superb in every way.

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Photo of GJ40
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

A - Golden and clear with a big white head. Great lacing.

S - A huge, huge aroma of grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple.

T - Pure hop flavor with all of the aspects above. The bitterness is moderate and the malt is sufficient but well overshadowed.

M - Creamy and silky with a low to moderate carbonation.

O - This is a flawless beer. Absolutely fantastic.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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