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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3.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This particular bottle was a few days over its two month bottling date. Id like to have a fresh one in the near future. That being said, here is what I thought:

A - Poured a cloudy orange with a very lackluster head, almost non existent. The head there died down almost immediately.
S - A nose full of citrus with mixed fruit, tropical pineapple?
T - Tons of citrus from the get go that mellows after a few seconds to maybe even a very little piney note.
M- There was a medium mouth feel, very smooth and pleasant.
O - Thankfully the flavors were there. This was a good beer, but I have a feeling the fresh one I have next time will really shine. To no fault of the breweries own.

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Photo of ZPB
3.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother-in-law in Chicago since we don't get it up in MI.

Appearance is a glorious white foamy head that lingers and lingers on top of a sunny orange body.

The aromas of grapefruit, orange, and resin are remarkable with the Citra hops. I love this smell - one of the reasons I love beer!

Taste is all bitterness and hops. There is very little malt to support the hops. Overpowering with bitterness. I was hoping for better balance given the incredibly high rating of this beer, but again the hops are too strong in a Three Floyds beer. Perhaps it simply too much for my tastebuds since my friend loved it. A hop bomb for sure!

Mouthfeel is very dry. The finish is bitter and dry.

Overall this one resembles Gumballhead - I did not have side-by-side, but on different days. The bitterness and the lacking malt to support it are what make these beers good to try, but not must haves to acquire again.

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Photo of WillDavis707
3.61/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from a friend who trades all the time. Didn't see a date on the bottle but i think it was old because this beer was nothing special. I can probably name 5 beers in my area that are better (Fresh!).
Hopefully i will be able to try a fresh one some day... but until then this gets an average rating.

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Photo of lateralundertow
3.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - copper, inch of eggshell foam,
s - distinctly citra, sweet malt
t - hops are dominated by sweeter malts, most prevelant in more recent batches. Used to be much more unbalanced, citra used to shine, feel as if its been balanced with more malt.
m - typical pale ale mouthfeel, nothing of note here.

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger thick, white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Citrus, pineapple, other high alpha acid like aromas. Cracker like malts, lingering bitterness and soapy feel.
T: Citrus and pineapple up front and enjoyable. A strong soapy and oily flavor that reminds me of dish detergent. Faint cracker like malts, and linger bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Again, that soapy and oily character is here which I am not particularly a fan of. Though a nice enough hoppy pale ale to drink on occasion.

A nice pale ale, that is basically an IPA. I have had this many times, and never really understood the appeal. Citra hops are strong for sure, but I am not a fan of the consistent soapy and oil character throughout.

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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 QuentinCall
3.64/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

People hella wig on Zombie Dust (and I mean, full disclosure, I do think about that aroma in my private moments), but to me it just don't taste like much. Emperor has no clothes. Still, definitely more Moët bellini than Popov martini and that's no shade, Moët bellini's are for reals tasty.

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Photo of CABeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the same mythic lore and scant availability as CA's Russian River beers, I knew this was a brew I had to track down. Sadly after several weeks of waiting and checking with my local liquor store I was left underwhelmed. The beer's piny, citrusy, and crisp intro led to a malty, sour finish. On the plus side, the wide variety of taste profiles created by this beer gave it an interesting and distinguishable character. Bottom line is that I had such high hopes for this beer and 3 Floyds was so close to a home run. It also seems they have taken a page out of the California craft brewer's handbook for the price. At $15 a 6 pack they are getting into hallowed ground that should only reserved for well known legends like Ballast Point and Stone. The west coast beer renaissance is slowing diffusing to the midwest and enlightenment is near with product like this. However, they aren't there yet.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Expected more. Didn't blow me off my feet like a top 50 beer should. Very generic taste and mouth feel. Other Half superior IPAs to this. Probably getting by on its reputation at this point

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Photo of steveh
3.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was gifted a Zombie Dust by a co-worker. Not usually my type of beer, but I respect a well-made APA or IPA so it deserves a chance.

L -- Poured half-way into my imperial pint: lightly hazy deep gold, with a dense and sudsy white head that holds strong.

S -- Resiny Pine. Done. Okay, maybe some light citrus esters behind all the pine.

T -- Citrus flavors -- peach to grapefruit up front, with a well-balanced resiny pine character back. Ever so light biscuit malts perceived in the back taste and aftertaste, resiny finish into the aftertaste.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a dry, bitter finish and hot alcohol notes.

O -- I'd rate this higher if it was listed as an AIPA, but it's just too hop-heavy for me to think about slugging a few down like I would with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It just *might* scare the undead.

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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 KillerJigger
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Real sharp and crisp. Need to try a bunch more to get a good handle on this beer. Will be getting more. Did NOT taste or smell like Psuedo Sue at all!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Idiot in Lexington.
Pour is clear, orange-amber in color, and topped by a small head that hs decent retention and rather limited lacing.
Hoppy aroma aloows only a hint of malt to show through.
This is a weedy tasting, very hoppy, APA, with enough sweet hops to give a momentary sweet taste at the start and to limit the overall bitterness to a moderate level.
Medium body with a touch of harshness from the alcohol. Seems like the ABV is higher than 6.4%. Overall, seems more like an IPA than an APA.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Zombie Dust American Pale Ale from Three Floyds. Although
not a high alcohol beer, I had just bought it because it was rated number 6 on the BA site with
a BA score of 100. Sad to say this beer was a total disappointment finishing 10th with an average
rating of 3.75. It is possible that something was wrong with this bottle as it had no head to speak
of at all. I have another one to try, so hopefully it will live up to the reviews of other reviewers.

Well I tried the second bottle and still do not understand how Zombie Dust got the rave reviews. But this bottle did have a little more appeal than the first one, but not enough to change my rating.

I have been spoiled by two really outstanding IPA's here in Vermont; Alchemist's Heady Topper which is currently at number 1 on the BA site, and Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine, which
is currently at number 10 on the BA site. However I feel Double Sunshine should be number 1 and
Heady Topper number 2.

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes sharply of peppery and slightly fruity hops, with marked astringent tannic, tea-leaf flavors. However, the hop flavors are not as defined as in "Space Station Middle Finger," for instance, or several other IPAs; the beer has taken a bit of a step back from last year, in my opinion.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint, on tap at local bar. Not much carbonation or foam, smooth mouth feel, very easy to drink. Bubble gun aroma and taste, so well balanced nothing stands out. Not an interesting beer but a very good one. Don't get all the fanfare

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a deep yellow/orange. Very hazy and pretty much opaque. A two finger or white head that slowly fades to a small lacing.

Smell: clear fruity hop aroma. Ranges from citrus to tropical fruits. Not quite juicy but very flavorful. Sweet to grainy malt background.

Taste: opens up with citrus mixed with tropical fruit noted. Maybe some grapefruit, but not too bitter, mango, papaya. Low resiny hop character. Malt background comes through with a honey like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Too low of a bitterness. And not quite juicy enough.

Overall: this beer has a lot of good flavors but falls short in the mouthfeel. Needs a little bit of a bite to it or additional juicy hop characteristics. All in all it's nothing out of this world. Just a well done and good beer that is way to hard to find and sought after

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Photo of Kelz87
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pub pint glass. Marked 7/23/15, not sure if that's the brewed on or drink by date. Big thanks to Charlie for throwing in this extra in our trade!

L- pours a hazy orange with about a finger of white head that quickly fades leaving some lacing

A- reeks of Citra hops! Strong tropical smell (mango I think is what I'm mostly picking up)

T- no really strong particular flavors here, just some mild tropical fruit and bitterness

M- good mouth feel, average carbonation

O- it's a good decent beer, I love a beer that reminds me of a bag of hops, but the flavor was lacking. It may just be an older bottle. I will definitely revisit this one in the future and see if it lives up to the hype. Definitely prefer pseudosue over this.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on fathers day.

A- orange color with a nice white head
S- faint citrus smell. Not much else
T- alot like it smells. Faint pale malt. Makes ne realize why I don't like apas.
M-mesium body and smoitj
O-nice pale ale. Not my style at all but this one is above average
Still an apa when it's all said and done.

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Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but heavy in the grapefruit department. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, malt, fresh cut grass, wet grain. caramel. Flavor's the same along with carbonic tang that accents the hop. Finish is like flavor, has lots of length, and is satisfying. Good stuff.

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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 Skull40
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden with a two finger white head.

S - The heavy nose still includes a crispness of grapefruit and some other hoppiness.

T- A malty backbone with a hop bitterness sidebar. Includes grapefruit and general fruitiness. Very interesting. A nice balance of the malt and hops.

M - A medium mouthfeel of light creaminess

O - A nice offering without an excess of anything, but enough of everything to make it enjoyable to most people's tastes.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The amazing and increadibly rare Zombie Dust! Was hoping to to give this one a go without giving up an arm and a leg, and claaark13 came through in the clutch. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a fizzy, thin, loose off-white head with horrible retention. Very loose and fizzy head. Pathetic. Fizzes down to a bubbly ring and half wisp. Slightly hazy tenne orange with no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Color is nice, but the head is embarrassing.

SMELL: Very nice nose for sure. Pale malts, honeydew melon, lots of nice citrus and a touch of soapy notes. Lemon, light orange and grapefruit for sure. Bold and fruity, and the soapy notes don’t get in the way.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon and lots of citrus again. Lemon and grapefruit through the middle and lots of bitterness on the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste with lots of citrus, touches of soap, and a good dose of hop bitterness. Though a little empty at the beginning, the flavors really come out at the swallow and the soapy notes never detract from the experience.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light on the palate, but still creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A little too light, even for the style, but otherwise pretty solid.

OVERALL: Despite the pathetic excuse for a head, this is a pretty solid brew. Definitely not a huge fan of citra hops, but the malt base was strong enough to keep the soapy notes that citra hops are so well known for in check. Obviously not worth all the exaggerated press it gets on here, but one to check out if you get the chance. Would drink again. Definitely worth the 3F Zomer I traded for it. Thanks again Claaark13!

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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 Revrynd
3.82/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A:Gold in color, hazy
Clean white foam tight bubbles with peaks when touched.
S: Rich citrus and orange/tangerine flavors slightly floral
T: Very hop forward but allows you to really taste the grain in the brew. Malty yum with amazing cirtrus hops with a decent bitterness.
M: Solid silky feeling, lingering bitterness
O: Beer was enjoyed in a Pint glass, and I must say it didn’t stick around long enough to get warm. Great mouth feel silky deliciousness that I don’t often find in a pale ale often.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.53 out of 5 based on 9,947 ratings.
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