We had an awesome patron of the brewery I work at bring us a gift the other day. He said that he’d been a fan of Upslope‘s beer since moving here and sees us as the best around. As a thanks, he offered us some of what he thinks of as the best beer from his home state of Indiana. That beer was Zombie Dust by 3 Floyds Brewing Co. and holy shit was he right.
3 Floyds Backs Up the Hype of Zombie Dust
Zombie Dust is one of those beers with a reputation that precedes it. Most everyone who is into beer at the level I am has probably heard of it, but not everyone has had the pleasure that I am now lucky to say I have.
Zombie Dust is the first beer that I’ve tried with crazy hype around it that’s managed to back it up. It’s just about exactly what I want in a beer and I now need some more of it because I only got 2 bottles and am saving one. Everyone’s palate is different and you’re free to disagree with me, but this is in the running for my favorite beer ever. I love Citra hops, I know that’s a crazy opinion, but this is the best showcase I’ve had from them and the body on it is perfect.
Maybe My Perfect Pale Ale, Thank You Citra Hops
The level of the body and malt character is exactly what I look for. Pales are getting paler, and Zombie Dust is just a little darker with a hint of red coloring. The bigger grain build helps the malt flavor stand out a little against the rush of hops. The malty sweetness is at a great level to complement the citrus notes that could easily take over this pale ale.
Zombie Dust is a little bitter at 60 IBUs, but that’s right in my sweet spot. Besides that, Citra hops aren’t about the bitterness. These hops are on fire right now and they’re hard to get. This is probably one of the reasons 3 Floyds is only present in 5 states despite the demand, and Zombie Dust is all about them. I get a ton of grapefruit out of this, which I love, along with a refreshing hint of tangerine and a nice resinous quality.
We’ve got a great Citra Pale Ale on tap at Upslope that shares a good amount of these qualities, but it’s just a little bit lighter on the late addition hops and the malt character when compared with Zombie Dust. It’s almost the exact same abv, only .1% off of the 6.2% abv of 3 Floyds brew, but you can tell it was brewed to be a little bit of an easier drinking beer with a more universal appeal among our customers. I don’t disagree at all with our brewers as that beer has been a smash with our crowd and it’s great in it’s own right, but I do understand the hype behind Zombie Dust a little more now.
Thank you craft beer, and 3 Floyds Brewing Co. specifically this time!
It’ll be Great in My Estus Flask Next Week!
I’m not saving my other bottle of Zombie Dust for just any rainy day by the way. Look at that metal as shit label and tell me this beer won’t be amazing with my first play of Dark Souls 3 next week! What beer could be better suited for the chosen undead hollow?
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