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Brewed by:
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 TheTot
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Raging Bitch tulip both given to me by my beer mentor (backfat)

The appearance is a cloudy light gold color with a small but noticeable head that went away quickly. The smell is out of this world, reminds me of Gumball Head on steroids. The same fruity notes come out in both with this i get more floral tones than with the Gumball Head but very similar. Once I got past the formalities and actually got to taste it what I got in the smell carried over to the taste as far as it being similar to Gumball Head. This beer to me is a heavier more tasty version it. I enjoy drinking this and could see myself drinking multiple of these. This has a very good mouthfeel and is very pleasant to drink. Overall this is my 2nd favorite FFF beer but that puts it into the top 10 of all beers.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review, and I planned it such that I had one of my favorite beers at the right time. On tap at the brewpub in Munster on 8/12/12, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Mostly clear deep orange with two fingers fluffy white head. Head diminishes to a light coating. Leaves great lacing.

Smell: Wow - a burst of tangerine and grapefruit, followed by some pine and pineapple. A nice caramel maltiness rounds out the nose. Very inviting.

Taste: Even better than the nose... Grapefruit and tangerines provides a beautiful citrusy opening. Gives a nice pine and orange bitterness. Caramel maltiness provides a really exceptional balance.

Mouthfeel: Not too bitter. Goes down so easily, but leaves an awesome bitter citrus/pine taste the palate. I could drink this all day.

Overall: One of, if not my favorite beer. Always a joy to drink this.

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

Received a 12 FL OZ bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & am unsure of the estimated price of this. Poured from the white/green labeled bottle w/ Zombie Dust in Green & a Zombie wearing a crown on the front into a Crown Royal Shaker Glass. No freshness date since its a FFF brew.

Aroma- A refreshing and strong grapefruit aroma starts out this APA. Malts are evident too in a medium fashion, and then citra hops evident.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that stays for appropriate time. Has a semi-hazy, golden body but then there is no lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Awesome FFF hop blend used! Citra and grapefruit are the biggest characteristics in here and the hop bitterness is medium. Very enjoyable all the way through as well as balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and leaves hop on the palate but not much else.

Overall Impression- Simply fantastic! This was tough to compare to Alpha King but have to say I enjoy this one more (from memory). Will be looking back @ my Alpha King review and seeing how it compares. This one definitely had some malt aroma/flavor that helped balance out the taste and make more characteristics happen. Will be getting this one again, and hopefully in a 6-pack or more!

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Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - What a great grapefruit aroma with notes of bubblegum and sweet caramel! Absolutely amazing.

T - Good grapefruit flavor with a touch of tropical fruits. Light bitterness with sweet caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really great APA. Thanks to madarab55 for sharing this one.

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

I'm generally not a huge fan of hopped-up APAs, so I'm curious to see what this one is like. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a very clear, bright, apple-juice golden-orange. One finger of off-white head, good retention, awesome lacing. Definitely an inviting beer.

Smell is fruity and piney hops galore. Citrus, pine, sweetness, all wrapped up in a lovely package. Loads of grapefruit (but juicy, not acrid like the peel), pineapple, and some resiny stuff in the background. Malts? I can tell they're there, because the beer feels plenty full underneath those hops, but I can't tease anything out of them.

Now I see what all the fuss is about. It's warm, full, and flavorful, with plenty of hop presence but not much bitterness. Not many hop-forward beers can pull this off - feels like heavy dry-hopping with not too much in the boil. Yum. Starts out slightly grainy and grassy, then tongue-tickling spicy pine comes in. Feels like it evaporates off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light, crisp, and well-carbonated, with a divine dry finish that just leaves a little bitterness lingering on the corners of the tongue.

A very light, flavorful pale ale, but without the bitterness of most IPAs. This is a really interesting beer, planted firmly between typical IPAs and typical APAs. I like it. It does the same disappearing act that Gumballhead does, where the beer simply vanishes from my mouth, leaving little trace of its passing.

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

Thanks to IrishColonial for this one!
Poured into a Mother Earth Snifter
Pours darker than I was expecting for an APA
Smell is nice, citrus and pine fresh hops
Taste is very assertive and big for an APA
taste more like an IPA but not overpowering at all.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly full, almost chewy
Overall a great APA from a World Class Brewery!

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint shaker glass. Orange amber color, but not as cloudy as I might have expected. Thin white head, which dissipated to thin collar and lots of tiny bubbles. Excellent sticky lacing throughout, all the way down. Beautiful nose of floral citrus and mango grapefruit. On the palate, the nose is replicated, but a dank piney hint emerges. Great malts, good balance. Big chewy mouthfeel. Nice long finish. Reminds me of cross b/t Sucks & Hopslam, which sounds like the definition of heaven to me.

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

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very pretty clear gold with a one and a half finger white head that laces wonderfully. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Grass, dank, tropical fruit and sweaty/spicy hops.

T: The grassy and spicy hop flavors are forward, balanced by a fruity sweetness and just (barely) enough light malt to create a reasonably balanced beer. Hang is the spicy hop bitterness with a touch of sweet & sticky.

M: Light weight to the beer, but at the same time a sticky dank mouthfeel. Decent carbonation sensation for the style. The ABV is incredibly well-hidden, to the point that I would question the listed value if I was more cynical.

O: Wow, this was really good and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm not sure I would go through the headache to get more, but it does (almost) make me wish that I lived in Indiana again.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed Stella Artois tulip-shaped glass

A - Body has a light amber color; clear; well-carbonated; nice and frothy looking head, about one finger in size; white head; head holds very well; small amount of lacing formed around the edge of the glass

S - Citrus; roasted malt nose; heavy hop scents; tropical fruits; hay and straw; lemon; orange and pear

T - Strong citrus hop flavor; quality roasted malt flavor; lemongrass tart taste; straw; traditional pale malt taste, accompanied by heavy bitter hop flavor

M - Smooth; slightly bubbly lingering hop bitter taste; lean and thin body, kind of watery

D - This is what an APA should taste like; smooth malt flavor and heavy citrus hop overtones; what more could you ask for

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

Thanks a lot to this one Sean. You're a class act. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden straw color with a thick cap off slightly off white head. Real nice retention here with great sticky lace.

Start to finish in the aroma this one is full of grapefruit and citrus hops. Pretty much straight shooter on the aroma; just slightly bitter with tons of citrus. The taste is much like the aroma, lots of citrus grassy hops with some grapefruit being the most noticable of fruits. Finish with dry and bitter.

The body is light and the carbonation is good. Like I previously stated, a little dry on the finish. Overall great stuff. About as good as hoppy pale ales get.

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

Finally got to have a couple of pints at the Tomlinson tap room. I've been looking forward to this one! Firstly, it's a beautiful beer. Orange-amber color with a good, whitish head. The aroma could only be better if there were more of it. Awesome citra hop, juicy, grapefruit goodness. The flavor has some caramel malt early, then the juicy hop flavor and finally a dry, slightly bitter finish. I wish it was just a touch smoother, but it's so good as is. Mouthful is nice. Overall, one the best I've had in quite a while. Lives up to my expectations.

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

Had on tap at the U of Chicago pub, which seems to be getting better all the time. Nice amber pour with beautiful lacing and a soft but clearly tropical nose.

The taste was this sort of sublime soft citrus, with lots of lemon, apricot, and grapefruit, some tropical notes, lots of hop flavor, but a very silky mouthfeel and a very dry, pleasant ending with only a trace of bitterness. Excellent beer, and I'm very pleased I stopped by the Pub while it was around.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden orange in color with a nice one and a half finger white head that retains nicely.

Smell has a really great clean malty aroma that is balanced perfectly with bright orange citrus hops that give it a really nice clean crisp scent.

Taste follows the nose. Really great clean grainy malt body is balanced perfectly with a lot of crisp juicy citrus hop flavors and moderate bitterness. All around well balanced.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Crisp clean feel with a medium body and moderate carbonation leave this very drinkable but not to thin. Mild bitterness lets the flavors and hop oils last well after it has been swallowed.

All around great beer. I'm surprised its taken me this long to rate as it's constantly in my fridge.

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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 SeanBond
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd do my first full review on a legend--3 Floyds Zombie Dust. I'm a HUGE hopehead, so I've been eager to try this one for quite a while, especially given its near messianic status on this site (as well as others).

Poured into a tulip glass, the first thing I took in was the smell--Awesome; fresh and fruity, with plenty of hop character, this one doesn't smell nearly as "stinky" as expected (I figured the 'Zombie Dust' would have to figure in somewhere). Got a good inch, maybe inch and a quarter of foam, and the beer pours a satisfying golden orange color (relatively opaque). Not bad so far.

Two things stood out on my first sip: 1) This isn't the taste revolution I was expecting (based on hype), and 2) it's an incredibly balanced beer. It's got a full hop flavor for a beer this light (and it IS relatively light), and everything feels very even. Starts out with lots of citrus and hops, finishes with a more wheaty, creamy taste.

Don't get me wrong, this is indeed a great beer, and I can certainly see why people like it so much--It combines the flavorful qualities of a DIPA with the lightness and drinkability of a session beer. With that being said, if I'm going just based on whether I'd choose this over my favorite hoppy beers (Navaja by Half Acre, IIPA by New Glarus, and RuinTen by Stone), the answer is no.

So I guess this is what I'll say in the end: As a pale ale, or just a hoppy session beer, this is easily one of the best. But if you're obsessed with hops, chances are you'll find other beers that satisfy your craving more.

Kudos to FFF though, for a great job brewing, and for the fantastic bottle art!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Very nice looking orange amber with nice white fluffy head, lots of lacing, nice stream of carbonation coming off the bottom, head never vanished.

A: Amazing aroma, big citrusy piney, smells like an IPA.

T: Lots of bitterness up front, fades into a piney, citrusy, bread like flavor, malts on the backend, leaves a really dry evaporated taste, bitterness lingers, surprisingly the alcohol is barely noticeable, very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes really dry.

O: Very impressed, the aroma is world class, even thought it's an APA, the aroma reminds me of Pliny the Elder, it's big, citrusy, piney, very nice, the flavor is almost IPA, but the mouthfeel reminds that this is an APA. Definitely a world class beer.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy orange color.
Smells like citrus and flowers.
Fresh citric flavor with a smooth after taste. Not overly hoppy.

A great beer to have multiples of.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how this one ended up in beer fridge, but I'm happy it's there. FFF is one of my favs and I've never tried this.

Poured the 120z bottle into a standard pint glass to review.

Very loosely packed head of about an inch in height. Cloudy and golden yellow in color.

Smells very clean and hoppy with citrus and pine notes dominating.

Taste is certainly hop forward; citrus and pine again, as the nose predicted.

Medium body with a creamy smooth drinkability making it go down very quickly.

I wish I could get this more regularly, it is a great beer. I like it a lot more than Alpha King and this would work as a nice option to Sierra Nevada which is a staple for me.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale golden in color with just a little haze in it. Slightly foamy white head but doesn't last too terribly long. Just a wee bit of carbonation as well.

S/T - Pretty much confirms why I love citra hops. Even from the very beginning of the pour the scent of citrus fruit fills the air and just intensifies when sniffed. The taste follows suit with a huge chewy hop flavor which is dominated by lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine. Leaves a nice resin aftertaste but not too drying or bitter.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Not too sticky on the palate and aftertaste lasts and lasts. Very easy to drink.

O - A pretty awesome APA, if not one of the best. Definitely worth seeking out and nothing bad to say about it.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pale ales out there. Really showcases the citra hops well while being unbelievable drinkable. Honestly can't get enough of anything FFF. Bottled on 3/9.... 4 days ago !!!!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice floral aroma helps set the expectations for one of the best pale ales around. This is a great beer to enjoy on a nice warm Indiana summer day. Many will tell you the hype is not justified. Those individuals are the reason beer geeks get a bad rap. Just because everyone says something is good, does not mean it's overrated. If you have never enjoyed a ZD, try to find one. While it won't likely be your best beer of all time, it will still be a really good choice.

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Photo of GoldenJet
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally having this again after drinking at Dark Lord Day, thanks to a trade with claaark13 - it was amazing then, so let's see how my memory holds up . . .

Yeah, it's still pretty amazing. Once you crack this bottle open, the room is instantly filled with that fresh hop aroma (someone should make candles out of Citra Hops), and the pour just brings out more fruity hop notes.

While the appearance is a little less than to be desired from a pale ale (looks more like a DIPA, honestly), the taste is so clean and crisp that you drink it so fast you can barely look at it. Loads and loads of clean hop characters - pineapple, lemon, peach - all the usual suspects are there, with just a touch of bitterness.

For pale ales, and IPA's and DIPA's for that matter, I prefer the clean fruit over bitterness - if you're looking for the opposite, this may not be for you. However, if you're looking for an almost perfect, unique, and super clean American Pale Ale, look no further.

Bravo, Three Floyds, Bravo!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to MegDuf32 for sending a couple of these as extras! Love this beer but I've never bothered to write a review til now.

Pours a fairly dark but clear amber, large tan head with a rounded even cap. Looks great.

The nose is epic, huge grapefruit and orange citrus, bitter pine, a bouquet of other fruits and flowers. Incredibly juicy hop aroma.

Taste is equally amazing. The citrus hop in this is enormous, so much grapefruit and tangerine and mandarin orange, and just the right amount of piney bitterness. Not a lot of malt to speak of, just a light sweetness from the citrus to balance it out.

Drinkability is super good, lots of carb, big full body.

What an amazing beer!


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Photo of patm1986
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--big, fluffy head. looks like a doily around the glass. dark golden, dark straw colors.

S--pine, grass, citrus. very fruity, very earthy. DIPA-like.

T--interestingly, this changed every four ounces.
1st third-big-time american ipa flavors: grass, funk, bitter citrus, booze, citra, centennial.
2nd third-english ipa: doughy malt, fuggles, goldings, mellowed hop bitterness.
last third-esb: muted hoppiness, bready, nearly no bitterness, uncannily smooth.

M--rich, yet dry. good carbonation makes it extremely sessionable.

O--when i opened this beast, it was dank american ipa with a nose the likes of heady and abner and lunch. it really, really mellowed from something astoundingly pungent and mildly abrasive to something resembling a cask session ale. after watching kimmich's video on why he cans HT, the taste variations in my experience beg the question: if this were canned, would it have retained its
first third ipa characteristics a la heady?
nonetheless, it was damn tasty and covers a lot of ground at 6.4% abv.

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Photo of Jonada
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled 12/1/2014. Poured into a Tired Hands taster glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber color with 3 fingers of an off white head with good retention and lacing. Body is mostly clear, but with some very fine suspended sediment and light visible carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, mango jelly, slight malt character.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Pine, tropical fruit and citrus stand out. Lots of grapefruit in the finish and aftertaste. Almost the perfect amount of malt sweetness to balance the whole thing out. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall: Really great beer. One of the best pale ales/IPAs out there.

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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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