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Zombie Dust | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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 stewart124
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Party Source in Kentucky and poured into a snifter.

Orange-yellow in color with decent lacing and as I drank more lacing was evident.

Needless to say there was a ton of citrus and juicy-fruit in the nose.

Sharp. Huge hop presence but that's what this is all about. Beautiful malt character to accentuate the hops. This is bitter without scaring anyone away. Drinks a bit bigger than 6.4%.

Lingering resin and pine on the tongue. Finishes very dry.

Absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep orange near ruby color. A decent finger width white head with decent lacing.
S: loads of citrus fruits and pine notes. A fantastic balance between floral fragrances and pineapple, sugar and lemon.
T: starts with a malty bang but is quickly subdued by the bittering hops and crisp citrus flavors. Both aspects are intense and complex but are in perfect symmetry. Impressed.
M: medium bodied with a similar carbonation level. Slightly creamy. Coats the tongue completely without battering it with hops. It's wonderfully smooth and finishes clean.
O: worth the wait, worth the price. For a guy who isn't enamored with overly hoppy pale ales, this was done extremely well. It is intricately balanced, complex and flavorful. If you get the chance, pick this up.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At long last! Finally, I've had the legendary Zombie Dust.

Appearance: Pours a typical APA color -- light orange. There's a slight haze, and a nice, creamy-like head on it. Lacing's patchy and not all that great, but it looks nice as a whole.

Smell: Think Hopslam. It smells a lot like that. Zombie Dust is tied with Hopslam as the best beer that I have ever smelled ... absolutely outstanding. A huge burst of guava/peach/citrus along with some sweet hoppiness. Glorious.

Taste/feel: Slightly letdown, though it's still an insanely tasty beer. The aroma is stronger than the taste, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing. Like many have said, this drinks more like an IPA than an APA... super tropical fruit flavors along with non-descript fruit and spice on this one. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and the alcohol comes through a bit at times as well to dry the mouth, but me gusta. A proper amount of malt and spice on the finish to balance it all out pretty nicely. A great, GREAT beer, but a tinge overrated in my opinion, and I wouldn't consider this a very sessionable beer (besides the 6.40%) due to the dryness.

For the price, an unbelievable beer, and one of the best... $1.50 a bottle, fresh from the brewery? Doesn't get better than that. Overall though, just an extremely good beer. Best beer ever? No, but close to it. Honestly, I feel like this would score slightly lower on a blind taste test. I think a good reason this beer is so acclaimed is because of its label, and especially, its name... America's become obsessed with zombies the past few years.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Andrew for sending this one my way.

12oz bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger fluffy off white head. There is a good amount of head retention, but lacing is minimal...

S - Lots of citrus fruits come through. Grapefruit, mango, orange, and a hint of pine. Scent is very inviting...

T - All the same culprits that came through on the nose. Mango, grapefruit, and orange. While the citrus hid the malt on the nose, it is evident here. Just enough to keep this from being a hop bomb. Finishes extremely smooth with light hop bitterenss. Again, the malt keeps the finish from being overly bitter. This one is delicious with a ton of citrusy hops and just enough malt to keep this balanced. Fantastic...

M - Very smooth. Medium body feel with a good amount of carbonation for the style...

O - Been wanting to try this one for a while, and glad I finally I got a chance. Definitely lived up to the hype for me. Would drink this all the time if this was available in my location. FFF knocked one out of the park here...


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Photo of czfreeman
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer plenty of times..and there are more than enough reviews here to solidify how good it is, but have one last bottle here..and seeing Mr. Barnaby Struve at Haymarket brewery today prompted me to review this one proper.
Pours a nice dark hazy straw/golden tone. Beautiful head and lacing.
Aroma is a beautiful mix of Citra..and all things Citra. Grapefruit, lemon, caramel, bread, touch of white grape.
Flavor is also really well balanced. Grapefruit, white grape, caramel orange, lemon, honey, intermingle with a nice biscuit background for balance.
Too many reviews here for me to elaborate on this brew too long, but overall.. beautifully constructed and now a new stalwart for me.

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Photo of zombiereview
1.82/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance was fine. Nothing to write home about; no complaints.

The major problem was the nose. I've had this beer on draft form two different bars in Chicago and both times I could not finish even one pint. This beer has an overwhelmingly body-odor-like aroma. The smell was dense and lingering. All I could think about were the summers I've spent in crowded eastern european subways.

Generally I love FFF, but I will definitely not be drinking ZD again anytime soon.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is crazy... this is crazy! It's like that one chick in college who was easy to pull; she was pretty, she was freaky, but goddamn was she crazy! I mean, enigmatic and unpredictable. Like, she might poke a hole in the jimmy hat "crazy!"

Sippin' on this, Raul like it, but he doesn't know what to think! Smooth, sexy, sleek, devilishly tasteful...but at the same time, hog shit wild!

Raul like it, but he scared!

Yeah buddy!

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Photo of Casedogg43
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Updated review gives Zombie Dust a 5.5.
It ain't going down in score I promise that! Cheers!

Can I give a10 out of 5 for the smell of Zombie Dust!
This I'd the most addictive smelling brew I've ever had the pleasure of drinking! ( over and over).

Color is just as it should be, nice head, smooth lines while drinking.

You can smell this beer from 5 feet away, and the smell is Citrus heaven.

Very flavorful, sharp grapefruit, oranges and hops. But not the smack down of sweetness you'd expect.
Finish is smooth as silk and begs you to buy some to take home!
Best overall tasting APA I've ever had!

Thank god for Indiana craft beers!!!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -1.5%
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 +4.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.2%
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 +7.3%
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 -0.9%
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 +8.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +10.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +5.7%
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 +10.1%
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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Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.
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