3 Floyds Zombie Dust

3 Floyds Zombie Dust

Brewed by: 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Variation: American Style, Single Hop
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • IBU: 50

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

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.

Hops: Citra

Malts: N/A

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First Impressions

Artwork: A comic-style zombie warrior drawn by Tim Seeley. He resembles the Evil Ash from Army of Darkness.

Color: Quite cloudy, dark golden to pale orange.

Aroma: Sweet maltiness, with some citrus. A little bit of booze if you look for it.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 12 oz. Bottle

Served in: Goblet

We call Zombie Dust an “internet beer”, since the only ales you constantly see or hear about online besides Bourbon County, Pliny, or Heady Topper is 3 Floyds Zombie Dust. That being said, we are soooo glad to have finally scored some.

Instead of sitting on the sidelines looking at all these good out-of-market beers we don’t get, we finally did something about it. Thanks to @joethebeergeek for hookin’ up the beer mail trade on Instagram.

Having never tried Zombie Dust we don’t know its typical color, but ours was pretty cloudy, like these guys had commented on Reddit. Only mentioning it, since its murkiness was somewhat of a surprise.

It showed a modest one finger layer of pure white foam after it was poured, but this zombie’s head fell off quickly after a few drinks, like it had just been decapitated. There may not have been much froth left on the liquid line, but it did a solid job lacing the glass.

We have to admit, we were expecting Zombie Dust to be more on the crisp and dry side, with a quicker hop punch. “Dusty,” like the name implied. Instead, it featured a delicious, slow working Citra hop flavor with a more viscous composition for a pale ale. One of the best aspects of Zombie Dust, besides the Citra, was its fuller body and soft carbonation, which made it so smooth.

Zombie Dust was a breath of fresh air in that regard. Too many pale ales these days are brewed to be light-bodied and/or sessionable. It was good to see some oomph to the consistency, making it very traditional within the pale ale style.

As for the flavor? Its a single hop Citra, so obviously Zombie Dust exhibited all that America’s hop obsession has to offer. It began a little sweet and malty, with some floral notes, followed by the big building finish of that trademark juicy grapefruit citrus.

We have always heard how 3 Floyds Zombie Dust might be better than Sierra Nevada as the Pale Ale G.O.A.T. Having drank Sierra for so long it’s hard to say that’s true, but Zombie Dust was definitely one of the better pales we’ve had.

It lived up to the hype, but the 100/100 rating on ratebeer.com is a bit of a stretch.

Final Score: 4.5/5

4.5 Stars

3 Floyds Zombie Dust was an old school style pale ale, hopped in the new school — more depth to the body, and aggressively hop forward (single hop) to showcase Citra. If we could get this in California regularly, a zombie apocalypse would happen in our fridge several times a year for sure. We highly recommend it, however you end up getting your hands on it…

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