Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust, 6.4% abv.
Indiana’s Three Floyd’s have a rep. If you’re reading this y’all prob’ly won’t need tellin’, but on the off chance y’r new to craft beer it goes something like this; they make good stuff. The single brew of theirs that has best captured the imagination of craft beer’s geeky collective conscience is non other than Zombie Dust.
It is of course more than mere reputation and the exclusivity that comes from unavailability, as a showcase for the mighty Citra hop it’s reckoned to be as good as it gets. Then there’s that name. Taken from the aeons old custom of zombie dusting, a dangerous process whereby some brave individual will gather the unique culture of yeasts that form on a zombies clothing. Usually they use a dustpan and brush. Traditionally this is then used to make a type of scone that’s supposed to be fatal to most forms of undead if you hit ‘em with a headshot, but those cheeky chappies at Three Floyds just use it to ferment their beer.
'Kay, so what's it like then? I dunno! I should probably try it. That spectacularly colourful cap pops with a whispered “dude, enjoy!”, and I swear I hear music as the marmalade orange liquid tumbles into my glass. Big aromas of lemon zest spiked orange and grapefruit erupt in mini explosions inside my nose holes, and as you all know, mini nose hole explosions are the second best kind of explosions!
A sip. It’s like being locked in the stocks in the village square, again, while the haggard locals hurl fruit at me. Oranges, grapefruit, peaches, and wait, pineapple!?! You can fuc… *ouch* Whutthehell? Soothing biscuity malts give me a brief respite before more fruit comes at my face. The juicy, fruity, onslaught fades with a hugely bitter and dry finish, those citrus and tropical fruits linger for a while but they’re manageable.
I feel I should admit that I’m a Citra addict, and Zombie Dust is, as far as I’m concerned, up there with the very finest expressions of what this wonder hop is all about. Huge tropical fruit flavours meets citrus juiciness. If it all sounds a little full on for an APA then you’d be right, it’s an IPA in all but name. One of the things that interested me the most was the lack of any real dankness, this stuff is hella bright and breezy and actually reminds me of the UK craft brewed IPA’s from the likes of the Kernel. It certainly stands shoulder to shoulder with that brewery’s incredible IPA Citra.
So yeah I’m a big fan of this and can absolutely see its reputation justified. If I lived near the brewery it’d be my go-to, no doubt about it. Thanks once again to the awesome bevans82 (follow his blog ‘kay) for the beer trade, I’m hugely grateful you parted with one of these! And as if a super tasty brew wasn’t enough, it seems I now have the ability to sense the presence of the undead from a distance of um, about fifty paces. Awesome.