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Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 150
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdm46410 on 06-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky orange/brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a lot of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and fruity with flavors of citrus, caramel and brown sugar. Then there's a strong burst of hops bitterness and an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and balances things out very nicely. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet. I'm detecting a lot of similarities from both Dreadnaught and Behemoth Blonde, which are two mighty fine brews to emulate.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, this is a beer that blurs the boundaries between 2IPA and ABW and takes the best qualities of both (1,055 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to nlmartin and beachbum1975 for the bottles.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a bright, yet dark,orange peel with a nice glowing haze. A strong head form and stays for quite a bit. Lively carbonation keeps the head up and the lace forming.

S: Big notes of strong ruby red grapefruit with a nice floral backbone. Malts are very profound with a super sweet oat scent and sticky biscuit.

T/M: Extremely tasty. Huge hops all over. More ruby red grapefruit with a twist of lime and plenty of piny resins. Malts again are very sweet and add massive body. Hop bitterness is subdued a tad with age but still packs a punch and continues through a nice drying finish.

D: Very damn good and very drinkable. 10.5%? I wish they'd make this the new Dreadnaught. (782 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly surprised to find the Fantabulous rated below the 90 level as found it to be about as good as you can get. Had the good fortune to drink it side-by-side with the Dreadnaught: an interesting contrast in styles. This has a lovely dark mahogany colour with a small head, a touch of lacing, the nose is warm, hoppy and citrusy, and on the palate there are the hops but also malt and caramel and fruit. Sip and savour; it is concentrated and dense. (452 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 650mL bottle ($12.99 in Ohio), poured into pint glasses for me and my wife. After trying it I wished I wasn't sharing it, this stuff was so good.

The beer is copper colored, just a hint hazy, with a thin but attractive light tan foam. The aroma is all 3F hops, strongly similar to Dreadnaught but possibly just a little hoppier. The taste is intense and just perfect for a DIPA, excellent balance of malt sweetness and bitter pungent grapefruity hops, with the center of gravity lying strongly in the hops court. So good, I hope they make it a regular offering (but at a price no higher than Dreadnaught, which could stand to shave a few dollars if you know what I mean). The beer has a thick body, giving a physical presence worthy of the taste. Absolutely drinkable for me, as I suspect it will be for any lover of citrusy and malty DIPA's.

Delicious but painful to buy, very much appreciated. And the label is really cool too, all the 3F "characters" minus DL as seen on the wall in the 3F brewpub. (1,018 characters)

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Bell's tulip glass. The color is a hazy amber, lightens significantly when held up to the sun. Streamers are gentle and consistent with 3F's commitment to bottle conditioning. The head is white, but disappears quickly. The scent is a mix of IPA and barleywine smells--floral notes and citric tickles with creamy/sweet pastries and bakery scents providing the promise of a sweet, chewy, creamy malt flavor. I'm not disappointed; caramel creams, figs, dates, and carrot cake (sans the carrot) lead off, blending with the oily, biting hop flavors: conifers, grapefruit, and orange. A slight, light, peppery alcohol finish gives a clean break from the oils of the hops and the sticky-sweet malt character. It's thick, slick, and oily; it coats the tongue and palate briefly, while dissipating quickly enough to avoid cloying your tastebuds. The significant alcohol content is only expressed through that slight pepper taste and a pleasant warming down the esophagus.
This was brought back for me from Munster, along with five bottles of Dark Lord, a case of Alpha King, a few bottles of Dreadnaught, and a half-case of Gumballhead--a hell of a care package from my relatives who live there. It's especially lucky, since 3F doesn't seem to distribute to NoVA right now; I've heard rumors about problems with their distributor, which I hope works out. At any rate, I'm willing to admit that my rating for Drinkability here reflects my enjoyment of the beer itself AND my excitement that I got to try it. Take off half a point if you have a massive stash of FRX in your cellar (lucky!). And thanks, Mom, for indulging my 3F addiction during your visit to the Region. (1,694 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams tasting glass. It poured out a somewhat hazy, bright apricot color with barely noticeable white head. As the beer warms up, it becomes very clear.

The smell of this beer is exceptional! I'm getting apricots, oranges, tangerines, pineapples and biscuits.

The taste is buttery biscuits playing against strong hop bitterness. I'm getting oranges and tangerines mostly with maybe a little grapefruit mixed in. The mouthfeel is pretty full.

The drinkability is excellent. This is such an interesting brew! You can tell that the alcohol level is on the serious side, but there is a lot going on around it that keeps you busy enjoying it. (698 characters)

Photo of Daehpoh
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-orange with minimal head. Not much lacing, probably due to high alcohol content. Huge floral hop aroma. Presence of an underlying caramel, candy sweetness. Taste is magnificent. Big tangy, citrus, earthy hops with staying power. Slight roasted malt, biscuity component. This one leans heavily toward the hops, but still presents a great sweet balance. Medium body, but substantial. Slick, mobile feel. High abv, but I could drink this everyday.
This is the best new beer I have had in a while. (513 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

This brew pours a light copper color - actually lighter than I would have expected - with an off-white head that quickly reduces to just a ring of bubbles. The aroma is a blend of bright, bitter hops and astringent alcohol, with notes of caramel sweetness.

The taste follows the nose, with a bold hoppiness balanced by the sour alcohol and a light touch of syrupy-sweet fruit. This one surprisingly smooth and creamy in the mouth, and goes down far easier than its ABV would portend.

Fantabulous Resplendence, indeed. This is a supremely complex but approachable brew. Wonderful. (597 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1" light tan head when poured hard on a light cloudy orange/amber body.
S- A big balance between pine, citrus, and grass hops and big caramel malt body. Alcohol tickles the nose a little. Some breads and just a hint of toffee comes through too. A lot of fruits like grapefruit and pears come through in the hops.
T- Follows the aroma.T he pine comes through nicely balanced out with the grapefruit hops also. The big caramel body helps balance the huge amount of hops out.
M- Full, light oily body with low carbonation making for a nice smooth mouthfeel.
D- Really liked this one. Shame it isn't a every year offering. (629 characters)

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was highly anticipated.. shared with BA buddy yingaling

A: Pours a deep copper orange with a thin off-white head that actually leaves a thin lacing as you drink. Very hazy and thick looking.

S: Sweet and fruity. It smells like caramel malts and citrusy, maybe apricots or oranges. There is a slight sting from the alcohol.

T: This is one tasty beer! It has held up to the aging quite well.. not sure just how long it has been since it was brewed. There is a small bite from the alcohol to start, ever so subtle, followed by a rush of sweet caramel malts with fruity backnotes. As you swallow you get some yeast and a great touch of hoppy bitterness.

M: Very smooth and thicker in body. Bitter and slightly dry finish, but tastes totally awesome.

D: Honestly, I think the aging probably did this one some good. Never had it fresh so I can't be certain. The alcohol level is masked very well and the flavors have blended well together. Very drinkable. So glad to know there is another bottle waiting for me where I found this one! (1,042 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a couple years ago in Columbus, Oh.

This pours a hazy orange/amber color with a decent white head. This leave a nice lace around the glass.

The smell is a beautiful bouquet of citrus and piney hops with a fruity floral note. Lots of depth and a hint of toffee.

The taste is filled with even more depth and a very nice caramel backbone. The malts really blended together beautifully and the piney hops have managed to hold after a few years. Huge mouthfeel and a velvet smoothness that makes this quite a delight.

I am really glad I let this sit around for a while because it seems to have made everything just merry together wonderfully. Delicious! (667 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and creamy head into a snifter, left a think ring and lace but billowed nicely with a swirl of the glass. the body was a thick and dense amber color. looked heavy in the glass.
s - hints of grapefruit with a syrupy malt sweetness.
t - very complex...grapefruit, caramel, sugar and cinnamon spices, biscuits and the finish goes back to citrus but it has really mellowed out.
m - clean and smooth but very creamy.
d - well done, hard to believe it's 10.5% as you're drinking it until you're done and you have a nice buzz. (553 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tab at the brewpub, this big beer pours a light amber gold with a frothy white head that leaves some great lace.

The aroma is good but it certainly doesn't justify the amazingly complex flavor. Light toasted malt and some nice hops. Some citrus and pine are present.

The flavor is much like Dreadnaught but much less sweet, more tanginess, and more hops. Also higher gravity. Really great resinous, bitter hops. Some citrus and pine in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with moderate carbonation. A bit of warmth in the finish. At 10.5% abv, the booze is hidden really well. If you can get a hold of the stuff I strongly suggest you give it a try or ten. Awesome beer experience. (707 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This ale looks very potent with a bright but murky orange body and little head.

Smell – The hops are the first thing to greet the sniffer. They are full of heavy pink grapefruit, similar to other hop profiles from TF but much stronger. The malt at first struggles for recognition but finally does come into its own. It smells like that gooey liquid malt that sticks to the tabletop.

Taste – This is a grapefruit hop bomb. The hops are huge and don’t fall back from the smell like the pretenders. The malt is there to offer structure to the flavor profile, but it struggles with the massive hop flavors. If you want a hop bomb drink it fresh, otherwise lay it down for nine months or a year.

Mouthfeel – This is big. It’s not full-bodied but pretty class. TF can thank its Dark Lord for redefining my idea of full-bodied. The carbonation is tight and lively.

Drinkability – This ASA has to be measured in “sippability” because the monstrous hop profile will not tolerate a guzzling. This is an excellent, exceptionally hoppy take on the style and was a pleasure to consume.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand my secret Santa for sending me this wonderful holiday treat. (1,190 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bought in chicago, split with blackie

Appearance: pours a glowing clear orange/apricot into a snifter. Nice light beige froth – very clear body and strikingly bright. Nice

Smell: super-punchy, fruit-cocktail, apricot – grapefruit citrus, piney hops, extremely pungent, woody booze traits…just extremely inviting and wonderful

Taste: apricot-citrus, mango, piney-hops, pungent grapefruit. Very similar to dreadnaught, syrupy and boozy…strong malt structure – high bitterness with strong alcohol

Mouthfeel: bitter, pungent hops

Drinkability: a little tough (591 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 received as part of the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF... Czoch75 laid down a serious smack down... Thanks for the beating Clint!! I'm still broke and this is part of my ongoing cellar reviewing effort... poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" foamy egg white head.. the brew is slightly hazed bright orange... nice lacing.

I opened one of these at a tasting a while back and was simply amazed at how well these bottles are holding up... this is no exception.... the nose still is fantastically full of citric hops with traces of pine that mesh well with a very nicely balanced maltiness...

Flavor is like a pretty fresh PNW Barleywine.. yummy and pretty damned complex.. bitter out of the gate and then the malts come out swinging.. tons still citrus hops mid palate... the maltiness really carries the hops throughout the palate... finish is a bit fruity, but a pithy sorta drying hop element just trails on forever.. no alcohol to note... just amazingly complex and I don't think the bottles are going to get better... but I doubt they are going to get noticeably worse anytime soon... I would guess this still has another year or two before you see a real decline.

Thanks to Clint and all the other BA's that have made these available to me over the last couple of years.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 (1,297 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a tasting with jac5084 and treyrab. Man, am I happy I got there for that!

A: Pours an orangey copper color with a 1-finger head. Looks a lot like a Belgian Strong Ale, from the appearance.

S: The cascade hops come out immediately and lightly caress my nostrils. Muted caramel malts follow and complement the hop flavor, only from the background.

T: This is where things really get interesting, and good! Flowery cascade hops meld with centennial and simcoe hops up front and swirl over the palate as the flavor develops on your tongue. Caramel malts come through in the aftertaste. Caramelized sugars come through too, and the flavor is so sweet, that it almost borders on barleywine.

M/D: Medium texture and great feel. Evidence of alcohol is low. The malt backbone is phenomenal, especially on such a hoppy beer. I could drink these all night, assuming I could still stand after more than 1. The complexity of this beer, with the phenomenal taste, makes me want to come back for more. (1,006 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hoppymeal for this via BWBIF 2! A generous trade indeed. So, with no idea what this was based on the wildly decorated bottle I proceed:

A - pours crystal clear redish orange brew with a large off white head.
S - Rich resiny citric hops, toffee / biscuit malts and a whiff of warmth to let you know it's got some strength.

T - follows aroma but with a wonderful balance and undertone of piney hops. This is a hop head's feast for sure!

M - full bodied, medium carbonated, tangy resiny hop feel and crips in the finish.

D - wonderfully drinkable.

They make a statement loud and strong and it is good! (625 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber/orange, very thick white head forms, huge lacing, great retention, looks nice! Smell is all 3F, very piney like Dreadnaught, sweet caramel, grapefruit, bit of alcohol, some light fruits, very powerful hopping, nice. Taste is very sweet and malty, very grapefruity, pineapple, pine, nice balance, the alcohol is very well covered. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, close to syrupy, low carbonation, very drinkable. Similar to Dreadnaught, but balanced moreso towards the malts. Very enjoyable, and unmistakenly 3F. Very good Anniversary beer as it totally encompasses their style. Great beer! (622 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves less than a one finger tan head that quickly fades into some surface skim, and it leaves some spotty lacing. Body is an orange amber.

Smell - pine resin, grapefruit, hint of caramel, hint of toasty malt biscuits, some spicy alcohol.

Taste - pine resin, more pine resin, then some grapefruit, and then weakly, some caramel and toasty malt biscuits. Some spicy alcohol on the finish. The dominance of the hops here, with the malt as mere and minimal backbone, renders this a DIPA, and not an American Strong Ale, in my opinion. It is good, whatever you want to call it.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, very slick from the hop oils, and very dry from both hop bitterness and high alcohol, and there is a slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and one for hop heads. The high abv does limit sessionability. Again, this is so out of balance in favor of the hops that I think it is a DIPA, and not an American Strong Ale as it is listed here. (997 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into two red wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

A: Pours a hazy, dark honey color. After pouring I was left with the faintest skim and ring of tan colored foam. Tiny trails of lace...

S: Huge whack of piney, grassy, pineapple-y hops. Alcohol heat is pretty apparent.

T: See above with the addition of sweet tropical fruit, something odd like tree bark, and toasted bread crumb-y malt. Lingering sweetness remains on the lips, tongue, and teeth. This beer becomes sweeter as it warms.

M: Bitter and spicy! Alternates between bitter and dry and sweet and juicy.

D: Whoa! This is insanely good. It seems like FFF can do no wrong! (685 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery, 10%, 100 IBUs, 10 anniv. brew. In a snifter, this big and bold brew poured orangy amber, with a medium tan head, with thick film coating the edge of the glass. Tons of sheeting and lacing. The nose here is of apricot, with inflections of brandy and glazed fruits. Rich, thick and coating on the tongue, strong, heady creation with more brandy, intense maltyness and big, strong beer warming notes. Not for the weak of heart, fine night capper (473 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes in early 2008 - drank this bottle at The Comet in Northside while 3F's was still distributed in Ohio (I miss 3F's in Ohio!): I'm so excited to try this 10th anniversary beer!

The beer pours to a brilliant amber color. Highlights of brass can be seen on the edges, as well. It was a crystal clear pour into a snifter with a decent, light tan carbonation. Not too bad of a head a for 10.5% beer!

Ahh, yes - 3F's distinctive blend of amazing hops... The hops are dominant, as I expected. Big and bitter pine resin aroma along with fair amounts of grapefruit. The malty side comes out, as well. Slightly sweet and present for certain.

Much like the nose of the flavor profile. Medium to full bodied and full flavor. Big, tasty alcohol presence, as well. Biscuity malt is present, as well. This should be drank fresh! Big beer with lower carbonation, but wow - what an amazing blend. I can sit back and sip on this, enjoying it's complex flavor profile all night!

3F's - please make this one again? (1,014 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$9.99
Binny's Orland

I'm pretty excited about trying the newest Three Floyds creation. Cool label with all the beer personalities. Fantabulous Resplendence pours a murky garnet that glows orange when held to the light. A half finger head formed on the pour but quickly fell to a ring around the glass with an island. Very little carbonation crawls painfully slowly to the top.

The aroma (similiar to Dreadnaught) is packed to the gills with big juicy tropical fruits. As a matter of fact I cant hardly pull out any malt at all it's just the dripping juicy fruits. Mango steals the show. The juiciest, chin dripping mango you have ever eaten. Some squirts of papya as well as some pineapple toward the rear. Excellent smelling brew.

This beer is a drop kick of a hop bomb just like a fresh Dreadnaught. Caramel malt upfont gets kicked aside by a big mouthful of pine needles and all that fruit juice. Mango, mild pineapple, and even some orange show up toward the finish after the pine makes the initial appearance. The pine shows up late on the swallow with a big hop bitterness.

Medium-full body with a slightly sweet/sticky finish. Very welcomed strong hop bitterness covers any flaws I can find because I'm so happy to get such a tongue stomping.

For a beer of this size and tastebud stripping bitterness I could drink this till I couldn't drink anymore.

Another nail hit directly on the head from the fellas at Three Floyds. Big, juicy, and bitter but also complex and tasty. A beer I would like to see become part of the regular rotation. (1,563 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep orangey color ale with medium size foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of fresh grapefruit is totally incredible with some bitter notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some fresh grapefruit with a nice mix between some more bitter and floral hops and a decent malt base. Body is full with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The fresh grapefruit aroma and taste was quite spectacular and definitely something that I wouldn't mind drinking on a regular basis. (546 characters)

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Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.