Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries


Beer Reviews

Zombie Dust

Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Munster, IN

Style: American Pale Ale

Eddie’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Outstanding within its style.)

Although the packaging on Three Floyds’ Citra-hopped pale ale prominently features an Alpha King crown-wearing, war hammer-wielding zombie, the name of this brew actually comes from druggie slang referring to a mixture of Triazolam and cocaine. In essence, a dichotomy of an extreme depressant coupled with an extreme stimulant. Maybe the crazies at Three Floyds thought this was an apt metaphor for the beer’s bitterness contrasting with its malty backbone and fruity nose. Or maybe they just thought the name sounded fucking cool.

Chances are you haven’t had this one. Although Three Floyds bottles it, currently they only sell it at the pub in Munster, and it’s usually gone roughly four seconds after they cap the last bottle. You can, if you look hard enough, find it on tap in Chicagoland and a few lucky bars beyond that, though. I happened across it during my last visit to the Windy City, and stumbled upon it once more since.

Looks-wise, it’s no different than your typical American pale ale: a brilliant light gold underneath a firm, snow white head. The nose, though, is pure Citra: an explosion of citrusy fruits burying every other smell your sniffer could possibly sniff. Even as the beer warms the hops dominate the nose, despite a medium body.

The sip starts off fairly balanced, with some biscuity malt pleasantly interleaving the fruity overtones of the Citra, but the finish comes damn quick, and is bracingly bitter. The citrus smells and tastes linger, tickling your taste buds for more.

Citra is a surprisingly high alpha hop (around 14 percent) considering its intoxicatingly enticing aroma, and Three Floyds uses that bitterness aggressively, making this more IPA-like than pale ale. But it works. The maltiness up front keeps things from getting too hop-heavy and, let’s face it, I’m still pretty much fucking addicted to Citra hops. Right now I’m having trouble imagining a bad beer made with Citra, but I do know that Zombie Dust ain’t it. Damn fine stuff.

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on July 9, 2012.
Agree with this review?

Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...