Zombie Dust versus Flower Power

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  1. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I just had my first Flower Power. I have been searching for a Zombie Dust killer due to limited availability. I think I found it. Does anyone agree? Blindfolded, I probably would not be able to tell the difference. Oh, BTW... I know the style are technically different, but we all now ZD is an IPA!
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  2. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
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    Is Dale's an IPA, too? I think you're comparing apples to orange. Both are excellent, though, but I think I enjoy Flower Power more.
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  3. zstef99

    zstef99 Initiate (41) Dec 25, 2008 New York

    I had my first Zombie Dust yesterday and it reminded me of Flower Power. I think I preferred the Zombie Dust slightly, but it was close. I'd have to try them side-by-side to really form an opinion. Agree that the wider availability of Flower Power makes it a solid substitute.

    And Zombie Dust is an IPA to me, I don't care what the label says.
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  4. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (749) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    I love them both and fresh Flower Power is fantastic but ZD is in a class by itself. Probably the best hoppy beer I've tried to date. But they're not at all alike imo.
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  5. Craftonly23121

    Craftonly23121 Aspirant (247) Jun 28, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Zombie dust is WAY better in my opinion and its not even close. Both are good but Ithaca has nothing on Three Floyds
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  6. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Three Floyd's can call ZD anything they want, but you give it to a registered beer judge as a blind test and they will tell you they just sampled an IPA.
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  7. arniepnminne

    arniepnminne Aspirant (200) Jun 2, 2010 Minnesota
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    The only beer I have had that I can relate to ZD's flavor profile would be Toppling Goliath's Pseudo Sue. Great mango and tropical fruit flavors, along with a wonderful body. I'd say TG Sue for the win if comparing the two. IMO, FP isn't even close to ZD.
  8. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    ZD is my favorite beer of all time BTW (next to Heady). I just can't get it.
  9. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (169) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Had Zombie Dust for the first time last night, followed by Flower Power.

    Zombie Dust was absolutely delicious, but I'd take Flower Power every time.
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  10. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    I've never had them side by side, but from memory I think I'd take Flower Power over ZD.
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  11. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This is great. I thank everyone for their comments. It looks like 50 / 50 for FP or ZD. Wow. Very cool! Beer geeks unite!!!!
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  12. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    Yup. ABV, ibus and hopping rate=Ipa. Both great beers.
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  13. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    I would choose FP because I like bitterness to go along with hop aroma and taste. Zombie Dust is a fine beer, but it's a little too "light" in comparison. I'll take a great ipa over a great pale any day.
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  14. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (111) Dec 19, 2010 California
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    The winner of this head to head battle would be my taste buds! I was really impressed with both of these beers. If forced to decide however, it would be Flower Power by a hair.
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  15. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Devotee (426) Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Can't go a week w/out a FP thread....shit is blowing up
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  16. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Both amazing fresh, one isn't better than the other Other IMO, just a little different. Citra Hops IMO is flat out killer.
  17. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia
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    FP is great...cant wait to try ZD in about a week.
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  18. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I dont find them to be anything alike. Thinking it would be pretty damn easy to tell them apart blind. My vote goes ZD.
  19. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,188) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Both are elite class beers. I prefer Zombie Dust.
    But I would never turn down a Flower Power. (In fact I just bought a six pack yesterday)
  20. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    I contacted Three Floyds to let them know that they mis-labeled Zombie Dust as an APA. I used the OP as a reference point too, but they're just slow around there I guess, because they weren't changing it.
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  21. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Honestly, I would move to Indiana to be able to buy 3 Floyd's beer!
  22. StoryOfTheGhost

    StoryOfTheGhost Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2011 New Jersey

    I personally do not see much comparrison. Flower power is one of the lightest body ipa's I've had in a while. Got some flavor to it, but very thin, and goes down like coors light
  23. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    I drank a Pliny and a BA Speedway the other day.
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  24. CWinchell

    CWinchell Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2011 North Carolina
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    Yeah this is definitely a tough call.
    I've never had them side by side either and it a really close match up but I'm thinking Zombie Dust FTW.
  25. Creetoper

    Creetoper Initiate (48) Jul 7, 2011 Ohio
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    I remember Flower Power having a much more robust malt backbone and being perceivably sweeter. Zombie Dust is much drier ale. Both are great but I personally don't see the comparison.
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  26. JimP1979

    JimP1979 Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Hello I'm from Philly and I'm looking to get ahold of some zombie dust. Does anyone know anywhere that I can get it without driving to the brewey ?
  27. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (378) Jun 14, 2011 New York
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    I'm the hugest advocate of Flower Power, especially because I'm less than an hour from the brewery and can get a case day old FP for $39, but I would have to give the edge to ZD. They're both amazing, but ZD hits those citrus notes better. But still, I think they taste pretty different.
  28. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    You guys don't want FFF to make an all citra DIPA, it would be bad for every other DIPA that came before it. Look what happens when they make an APA, people think it's an IPA! Also, FP tastes nothing like ZD, and ZD is far and away the better of the two.
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  29. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I didn't think Flower Power tasted anything like Zombie Dust.

    Flower Power had more like... orange zest/blood orange/citrus like hops and Zombie was more like grapefruit/mango/citrus like hops.

    I prefer Zombie Dust. I thought Flower Power tasted more like Great Divide's Titan but less malty. All speaking from memory here though - haven't done side by side.
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  30. amp138

    amp138 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Rhode Island

    Both are amazing but ZD had this fruity quality to it that I have never had in any other beer. It was so unique.
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  31. udubdawg

    udubdawg Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2006 Kansas

    I know, it's totally crazy that someone would call a beer that is well above 6% alcohol, about 60 IBUs, and screams HOPS!, an IPA. And there's so many of these crazy fuckers out there! :rolling_eyes:

    I agree that they don't taste that similar, but disagree that one is far and away the better of the two. They are different, and great. I don't have regular access to either, so I made my own. :sunglasses:

  32. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Send me some Zombie Dust and I'll let you know! :-)

    I love Flower Power, it's my favorite IPA of all time. Everything about it is awesome.
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  33. MrGreengenes2

    MrGreengenes2 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2008 Indiana

    They made an IPA and called it an APA, I would go so far as to call AK and ipa as well. It is kind of funny how breweries do this and their beer gets to the top of the reviews.

    I would like to try flower power but am in Chicago. While I enjoy Zombie Dust I imagine flower power would have a little more malt characteristic and ibu which might make it more interesting than the one dimensional ZD.
  34. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The last thing I will do is hate on craft beer drinkers. But..... Know this. If I blindfolded you, you would
    not tell the difference between ZD and FP. I just did it. Unless my taste buds are destroyed by a Panzer Wolf, I could not tell the difference. No need to hate. Just my thoughts. Thanks for posting folks!
  35. JimP1979

    JimP1979 Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Would u like to try flower power ? Would u trade zombie dust for it?
  36. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    I like FBS but I think I will take Black Tuesday every time. :wink:
  37. chimaychick

    chimaychick Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 New Jersey
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    2 totally different beers IMO....Both are great beers....just different...maybe cause I can't get ZD so easily but My vote goes to ZD...
  38. PopnLoads

    PopnLoads Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2012 Illinois
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    Flower Power is great, but sorry...doesn't hold a candle to Zombie Dust.
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  39. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    I just pour em in the same glass so neither is offended. My real dilemma is what to call it..
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  40. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,275) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Awesome! These are actually better names for both beers!
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