Tasting: December 18, 2014
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 673
Zombie Dust Pale Ale
There is certain beer that is surrounded by high expectations and loads of hype. If you’re a beer geek, Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder have probably popped to the top of your mind. To me, I’d say that with both Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder, they absolutely deliver the finest examples in their style. In my glass, sits another “beer legend” – Zombie Dust. This pale ale from Indiana’s Three Floyds Brewing carries a perfect 100 score on Beer Advocate with more than seven thousand users rating this mid-west pale ale. I acquired three bottles of Zombie Dust via a trade on The Beer Exchange.
The hop aroma is massive and pleasant. The first few sips don’t necessarily follow through on the promise of the aroma. I have to remind myself that this 6.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) beer is a pale ale and should be a bit mellower than its relative – the IPA. Zombie Dust is nicely balanced but a tad thin and is a little clunky on the finish. I can’t say that I agree with the hype on this beer. While I like it – it isn’t perfect and I’ll put Zombie Dust at 90 points.