Zombie Dust vs Gumball Head

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by APB, Dec 15, 2012.

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  1. APB

    APB Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Nebraska

    Both of these beers are in my top ten favorites. I live in an area where they are not distributed and have been given the opportunity to pick one or the other from a friend who has them both. I would appreciate everyone's pros or cons to help me with my decision.

    Thanks for everyone's time and feedback-

  2. airmike

    airmike Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2011 Colorado

    Gumball is a hopped up wheat beer, zombie is an apa. Both are delicious, gumball is very sessionable, zombie is more intense, but also sessionable.
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  3. APB

    APB Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Nebraska

    @air is Three Floyds available in Iowa???
  4. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Do you like Amarillo or Citra better?

    I love Amarillo but Citra simply blows it away for me. Zombie Dust everyday of the week.
  5. APB

    APB Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Nebraska

    Agreed I just really enjoy the complexity of the Gumball Head it's one of the most interesting "wheat" beers I've had to date. I've also enjoyed 80 acre from Boulevard Brewing its similar but no where near as good. I just unfortunately don't have the luxury of walking to a store that stocks the wonderful works of Three Floyds.
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  6. jzand219

    jzand219 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012

    Zombie Dust, but only if it's fresh. I stopped drinking Gumball Head a long time ago. I'm not a wheat guy, no matter how many hops are added to the batch.
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    THANAT0PSIS Defender (682) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    To me, this is not even a comparison. Gumballhead may be good, but Zombie Dust is the bees' knees. It easily lives up to the hype. Also, I may be biased; I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers to begin with, and I love me a pale ale.

    Also, the #1 reason I would choose Zombie Dust is because, for me, Gumballhead is not even the best hopped-up wheat beer around. Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Sumpin' trumps it every time and is more widely available. Zombie Dust is much less available, and is very near the top of its style, if not the apex.
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  8. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Not even close, ZD
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  9. haddon

    haddon Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2009 Kentucky

    Zombie Dust. GH is one of the best wheat beers I've had but great wheat beers don't compare to great APA's to me.
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  10. Powderhornphil

    Powderhornphil Defender (632) Apr 30, 2012 Minnesota
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  11. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I love wheat beers, but Zombie Dust is just great.
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  12. MPLSbrewer

    MPLSbrewer Aspirant (202) Dec 7, 2010 Minnesota
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    I love both. 2 very different beers, but as far as gumball head goes there aren't any wheat beers that even come close. That's just like, my opinion man
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  13. StoutIrish

    StoutIrish Initiate (167) Jan 16, 2012 Indiana
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    Always ZD. I would take an Alpha King over GumballHead any day.
  14. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Zealot (500) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    My first sip of Zombie Dust was one of those, '"That's the STUFF!" moments...
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  15. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (163) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    Don't get me wrong- Zombie Dust is a solid beer but I get a kick over how it's just blown up. When it was named Cenotaph nobody gave a shit, but give it a catchy name change and it's the greatest beer ever.

    Torch away....
  16. potteryboy

    potteryboy Initiate (131) Jul 17, 2009 Alabama

    They are both in my top 10 as well. ZD has my vote, but I'll take a Gumballhead anytime I can get my hands on it. Hope to make a pit stop to Munster over the holidaze. Three cheers for FFF!
  17. AleToTheVictors

    AleToTheVictors Aspirant (258) Feb 7, 2012 Maryland
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    Zombie Dust. And it's not even close.
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  18. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,807) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    What kind of friend makes you choose?

    I would pick Zombie Dust
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    THANAT0PSIS Defender (682) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    As someone who never had what I'm sure was the very great pleasure of Cenotaph, I will have to say your assertion does not hold for me. Also, while Zombie Dust is cooler, Cenotaph is a fucking sweet name in its own right.
  20. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Gumball Head is a pretty delicious wheat beer, but Zombie Dust is just awesome. It's probably my favorite pale ale.
  21. IrishHockey

    IrishHockey Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2012 Indiana
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    I love zombie dust, but if I had to choose an every day drinker, I'd go Gumball Head. Both are solid brews though. I just find Gumball Head an easier beer to drink. Zombie Dust should be experienced though.
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  22. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (163) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    I live ten minutes from Three Floyds and I was there a lot (when it was easier to get in). Trust me- I'm a fan. Even the staff will tell you, when it was "Cenotaph" it was just another tasty Citra hopped pale, that while it was good, didn't generate anywhere near the buzz it does now.

    Credit Three Floyds and their hype machine to come up with a catchy name and image and take that beer to a whole different level.
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  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    ZD by like a million.
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  24. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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  25. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,832) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    How long is ZD 'fresh' for? I imagine its the citra that fades quickly..?
  26. Cerveza

    Cerveza Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2012 California

    I noticed "Gumball Head" is bottle conditioned but it's also a wheat beer.

    I'm guessing it's not good aged right?
  27. CreamandCrimson

    CreamandCrimson Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 Illinois

    Gumball Head. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I prefer wheat over IPA/APA any day
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  28. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,322) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Gum ball head
  29. Rfunk

    Rfunk Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 California

    Gumball is my favorite wheat beer. Bar none.
  30. Duffman929

    Duffman929 Aspirant (279) Nov 27, 2010 Illinois
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    The first time I was able to try it was when it was already Zombie Dust. While some of your theory may have some validity, for me, they could have called it Donkey Balls and it would still taste good. Plus, who wouldn't want to say "Another round of Donkey Balls for everyone!"?
  31. kismet

    kismet Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2011 Illinois

    they are both on my want list...cant wait to try them. kudos to fff on the zd name change...cenotaph sounds like some super strong antibiotic used to treat various raging bacterial infections.
  32. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Gumball Head for me
  33. LordFoul

    LordFoul Initiate (168) Oct 7, 2012 South Carolina

    Gumball Head is one of my favorites, but I have never tried Zombie Dust... you should choose ZD and send it to me so I can be more informed in helping you choose :slight_smile:
  34. whodeyvols

    whodeyvols Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Ohio

    Zombie Dust. I would hate to have to make the decision though.
  35. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    ZD for me but you really cant go wrong either way.
  36. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Same thing, except substitute Gumball Head for Zombie Dust.
  37. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    I've never had Gumballhead so I don't feel qualified to answer, but I had Zombie Dust for the first time on Friday and it's going to take a lot for me to prefer a hoppy beer (or just about any beer) over that one.

    As far as the name/marketing, Zombie Dust is indeed an awesome name (with a killer label to match), but Cenotaph is pretty cool too. Did it blow up because of the name, or because it started getting bottled, distributed, traded, and thus reached the BA hype machine? I'd think it would have more to do with the later.
  38. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'm a huge fan of Citra Hops, probably my favorite, the closest after this one IMO is Jade hops. Both good, but given a choice ZD is a more flavorful brew.
  39. MortarPestle

    MortarPestle Devotee (405) Dec 7, 2008 Indiana
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    I might vote for Zombie Dust if I could ever find any, finding GH in Indianapolis is a challenge and I am nursing a case I was lucky enough to catch on delivery day (she said it was the first case she had in over 3 months, she can't remember the last time she got any ZD)
  40. theburden

    theburden Initiate (33) Dec 17, 2002 Indiana

    Why does one have to be better than the other?
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