Zom-beer! Makes You Want to Cheer!
Zombie Apocalypses, World War Z, The Walking Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland…I have a love hate relationship with Zombies.
I love to hate Zombies…and I love to read (see Justin Brown’s piece in Primer on “Five Reasons the Zombie Apocalypse Will Never Come to Pass” ) and write about them (see “Are you Fit Enough to Survive a Zombie Attack?”).
So it was with a bit of trepidation that I read Max’s latest beer review – about – you guessed it – Zombie Dust!
Maxwell Randall’s Field Notes
I’ve been dying to try this beer for some time now, Zombie Dust brewed by Three Floyds Brewery in Munster, Indiana. Check out that label!!!!!!!
Zombie Dust is classified as an American Pale Ale. It comes in at 6.20% abv with 50 IBU’s. The brewers at Three Floyds brewed Zombie Dust with the idea of showcasing a single hop, the citra hop from the Yakima valley.
The appearance of this brew is a beautiful, clear orange/amber color with about a finger and a half of a pure white head. Once the beer is in the glass you can see active carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass. A thick, webby lacing coats the glass as you drink.
The brewers definitely succeeded in showcasing the citra hop because the nose on this beer is just pure grapefruit and mandarin orange. There are also faint notes of grass and bread. Zombie Dust smells just as good as it looks.
The taste is all citrus and tropical fruits up front, orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango, kiwi, and then in the finish you get that typical bready biscuit flavor that comes along with pale ales.
The mouthfeel is very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
I think this beer really blurs the line between Pale and IPA — it has all the characteristics of an outstanding IPA with just a little of that distinct pale ale flavor in the finish. It’s categorized as a pale, but I would call it an IPA, but whatever, I’m not going to waste time considering what category this beer belongs in because it doesn’t really matter, it’s just an AWESOME beer.
Zombie Dust gets a 9 out of 10 from me. It’s outstanding. It might be hard to find outside of the Midwest, but if you can get your hands on this beer don’t pass it up.