Beer of the Week 187 - 4/16/2014: Three Floyds Zombie Dust
This beer has made waves through the craft beer community ever since it was released. I had the opportunity to have it for the first time about a year or so ago when my buddy Doug, in D.C., hooked me up with a fresh six-pack. I forgot how great it was until a work buddy, Zach, surprised me with a bottle on my desk the other day. Three Floyds is a “tiny” brewery in Muncie, IL. They have really made themselves known for their Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (See BOTW 17, Part 2). However, they continually produce some fantastic beers, that, because they are so small, are awfully hard to get a hold of. Zombie Dust is classified as an American Pale Ale, but it might as well be an IPA. Three Floyds describes it as an “intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale … .” I cnould not describe it any better.
Zombie Dust pours a slightly hazy, apricot color that had some nice golden hues when held to the light. An off-white, two-finger head formed and retained nicely. Some nice lacing was left along the glass - always a sign that some hoppy deliciousness is coming your way. The aroma starts with some really bright, fruity aromas. Big notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, honeydew mellon, and lots of lemon/citrus notes stand out the most. Sweet biscuit and caramel malts provide a background for these sweet fruit aromas. There’s a bit of pine on the backend of the nose too. Man, this is nice!
The taste is nothing but juicy, tropical fruits all over the place! Fresh, bright flavors of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and lemon right up front. A mix of bready, caramel, biscuit malts stands up nicely with the fruit notes of the flavor profile. Some resin and some slight bitter pine is present as well adding nicely to the flavors here. Zombie Dust is a medium bodied beer that at times is slightly on the lighter side. A relatively dry finish comes across on this beer along with a medium level of carbonation.
What an incredibly stellar, sessionable, pale ale at just 6.2% ABV. The flavors are precisely what I want in a hop forward beer. I would argue that this beer could easily rival some of the better American IPA’s out there, and, maybe, some of the Imperial IPA’s out there in the craft beer world. I am very glad I got to try this beer when I have had the opportunity. Since the Summer is several months away, I really hope tI get some more of this beer soon! Plus, the label art is AWESOME! Cheers!