Monday, December 5, 2011

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

It's been a long time since I had a Three Floyds beer - one of the best craft breweries in the country (if not the world). But if you live outside Indiana it's difficult to acquire their stuff. I've been hearing a lot of people absolutely RAVE about this beer so when Rob Walker asked what FFF beers I wanted, I made sure to include this on the list. Would it live up to the hype....?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (581) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a friend in Chicago (thanks, Rob!).

Appearance: Hazy apricot-skin orange hue. Forms a large, soapy, white head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Pure tropical fruit juice: orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple. Extremely appetizing and inviting.

Taste: It’s a beer like Zombie Dust that reminds me why I love hoppy beers so much. This is a palate full of delicious flavor combinations of juicy sweetness and hop bitterness. It begins with a lightly sharp, slightly dry hop bitterness. Then the palate opens up its juicy core and unleashes a cornucopia of tropical fruit and citrus. Not as tart and acidic as many West Coast IPAs, but does have the same amount of authentic juice flavors. Yet it’s not sticky, sappy, or syrupy either. From what I understand it’s a single-hop brew using the Citra variety and if that’s the case I think the hop definitely lives up to its name. Absolutely delectable palate with the bitterness to match but nothing absurd.

Mouthfeel: Medium in weight, but full in flavor - there’s not a moment where you’re not tasting something. Lightly dry bitterness in the aftertaste, but extremely tolerable.

Drinkability: Since I can’t get Zombie Dust easily I had to restrain myself from guzzling it down. It has the perfect combination of a tasty, refreshing palate with a comfortable mouthfeel and smooth finish to match. At 6.2% ABV it would seem to be more accurately classified as a single IPA rather than just a pale ale, but that’s for the beer nerds to sort out. This is a perfect companion for a spicy meal, but works wonderfully as a dessert beer too (you could make a sorbet out of this).

Grade: 10/10

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