As I mentioned in my last post, we’re taking an extended weekend up to Michigan, and stopped at Three Floyds brewery for lunch. I just enjoyed the War Mullet Double IPA, and my wife (at my suggestion) ordered the Zombie Dust. The To-Go line outside of the pub was easily 30 people deep, as Zombie Dust was just released today in cases. My wife liked it a little, but asked me to finish her beer. After lunch, I tried to wait in line to get a case of this to-go, but by my calculations, it was going to take over an hour, and we were eager to get up to the beach.
Location: On tap and served in an imperial pint glass at 3 Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub in Munster, IN.
Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, 186 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with some amber highlights, and very clear. It had a decent sized, bright white head on it when it was served, and it fell slowly to a thing layer of bubbles across the top. The aroma is a big citrusy grapefruit smell with some orange and light lemon with hints of spiciness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Right from the first taste, it was very citrusy, with a semi-sweet grapefruit juice like flavor right up front. In the middle, the hoppy citrus flavors become somewhat bitter and evolve, with some orange and pineapple, but grapefruit remains the most solid. The bitterness is somewhat dry in the finish, highlighting the citrusy grapefruit. There’s some pineapple and orange the background, with some slight spiciness in with the bitterness. The finish is dry and somewhat more bitter, with plenty of grapefruit like citrus flavors.
Food Pairing: As you can tell, there’s an almost overwhelming amount of citrus flavor in this beer, which is going to overwhelm almost anything it’s pair with. Therefore, I’d go with something light, which would incorporate the citrusy flavors, such as a summer salad or a lightly seasoned pork dish.
Overall Impression: This beer is well known and highly rated, and I understand why. It has a huge citrusy flavor with lots of grapefruit and other almost tropical flavors, yet it’s extremely drinkable. It seems like it would be a great beer for the beach – allowing you to close your eyes and imagine the tropical flavors, and also quenches your thirst on a hot day. There’s way more citrus in this beer than other hoppy IPAs and pale ales. With the amount of hop flavors and bitterness, it’s more like an IPA than a pale ale (kind of like Dale’s Pale Ale), but if you’ve heard of this beer, then you probably already know that. I’d love to try and get more of this beer for hot summer days on the deck, but it’s very had to get a hold of. If you can get some, definitely give it a try!