Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Fantabulous Resplendence X AnniversaryFantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary

Educational use only; do not reuse.

126 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 126
Hads: 150
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
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.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 126 | Hads: 150
Photo of DIM
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: A hazy light copper color with minimal head.

s: Very sweet. Some pineapple, plenty of citric hoppiness, and lots of alcohol detected.

t: Jagged throat grabbing sweetness up front. Alcohol is very noticeable before the huge hop finish. Big, gritty and too sweet for my taste.

m: Very rough on the back of the throat. I found myself clearing my throat an awful lot. The hop profile sticks nicely to the gums.

d: While this beer was enjoyable, 22 oz. was far too much for me.

Thanks to brandoman63 for this one.

 516 characters

Photo of Flyer
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first it reminded me a lot of DFH 90 Minute, but the more I drank, the more I noticed the differences. The color is a pretty orange red, although there's not much of a head. The aroma is nicely hoppy, with a little too much of a soapy aroma I sometimes associate with even the best IPAs. The taste is grapefruity hops, with some grassy notes. Some firends of mine don't like the "dirty hops" taste of DFH 90, and while it doesn't bother me in that beer, here it's a little too strong. It finishes with a nicely mild alcohol burn.

These "anniversary" beers tend to be big, BIG beers, and I was expecting sometihing along those lines. I give credit to FFF for trying something different, not just "bigger." But this is only a pretty solid hoppy ale -- it begs to be compared to Dreadnaught, and it loses that comparison. A good efort, but not a great one.

 857 characters

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a trade from SPLITGRIN I believe; it was a while ago.

Split this one with my pop and he was less than impressed with this one. Pours from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass a dark orange color with a small, white head. Some decent lacing going on as well.

Aroma was hugely hoppy. In fact, that was about all the aroma consisted of. If I try, I can grab some slight caramel notes and the tinies bit of toffee but otherwise, all hops.

Damn this is hoppy! Not very balanced. I enjoy a hoppy beer as much as the next guy but this one is borderline "out of bounds". The citrus bitterness hits the tongue almost immediately and basically kills everything else.

Mouthfeel was decent. Some slickness and a decent body, but the puckering of the hops offsets whatever good came from the body.

I dont know if I would try this again. I certainly wouldnt tackle a bomber myself. If you plan to drink anything else, save this for last because you probably wont taste much afterword.

 989 characters

Photo of Floydster
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle recieved via my first trade on Beer Advocate with user, "beertracker"

Wish I woould have been able to try this beer when it was more fresh, but at least I got to try it at all

Not the best Three Floyds beer I have had, wonder what this would have been liked on-tap and directly out the barrel, probably a lot better, too hoppy originally to be in a cellar for so long

Drank this after a super long day, somewhat special brew, being that it is nowhere to be found in Southern California

Poured into 24 Dogfish Head snifter

Color was a cloudy reddish brown amber color with a ton of yeast or something floating it in, made me a little skeptical off the bat

There was no head at all and barely any carboantion, not sure how long ago this ale was released, but it seemed past its prime

Smell was full of berries and a little citrus, maybe some grapefruit or faint lemon

Taste was way sweeter than described in previous reviews and the hops have definitely died down if someone said this is more like a double IPA than a strong ale, tasted more like a Barleywine than anything to me, malty but dry at the same time

Taste stuck around for a long time and was sharp with a somewhat bitter aftertaste

Can definitely taste and feel the alcohol, defintely sugary, a little plum and prune in it, and a small hint of caramel as well

Could not drink much of this at all, poured out a little less than half, this was a shame because I got rid of some good brews for this one in the trade

Recommended if you drink your bottle now, but I think this brew is just going to get worse over time

Do not trade anything too rare for this one, only worth it if it is easily accessible

 1,689 characters

Photo of balconybrew
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at the brew pub. Served with a small head, no lacing. Typical golden-brown. The aroma is a strong mixture of "C" hops and alcohol. Taste is of hops and mostly hops. It ends with the warmth of alcohol and a bit malt (carmel?). Very bitter brew. It is drinkable, but one is plenty, due to the ABV.

 302 characters

Photo of BeerTruth
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to todd1 for this brew.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky dark orange with a thick one finger off-white head. Good layer of stickiness remains on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of extremely bitter pink grapefruit, pine, and corn syrup. A good amount of booze in the nose with hefty caramel malt and butterscotch. Overall the aroma is very strong, but I'm not a big fan of what's there. Taste starts off with musty citrus hops and creamy caramel. Sticky floral hops midway with more buttery malt flavors and some alcohol. Crystal malts and rich pine in the aftertaste with a warming booziness. Medium to heavy body with a very chewy feel. A soft and flowing carbonation that fits in quite nicely. I found this one pretty difficult to put down, the booze is all over the place. I wish I had this fresh to see how it compares. I don't see this beer getting much better with time so drink it if ya got it!

 933 characters

Photo of Yetiman420
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz bottle...all by myself.

Forced a pour and got a 1.5 finger very light tan head. Carbonation slow to materialize and quickly turns to large bubbles, fades and leaves solid lacing.

Picked this up cold at a bottle shop in Columbus Ohio (a state that does not sell FFF).

Clear orange copper color with steady micro bubbles from bottom up.

Aroma is sweet and when swirled to generate a head, it produces an aroma I would associate with a barleywine. Some mustiness to the aroma.

FFF began in 1996 so this tenth anniversary ale came out in 2006 and is about three years old.

I'm biased and feel all FFF beers, even if I don't care for the style, are very well done. 1/8 of the way in, I'm struggling with the identity of this one. Smooth and strong with initial sweetness.

Getting mostly alcohol from the nose at this point.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Lots of body. No indication of alcohol on the finish. The finish teases a bit with the potential of harsh bitterness but comes through 90% clean. Hard to describe.

Warming up, both the beer and the reviewer at this point.

Second half pour comes across with some haziness and actually looks much better. No difference with aroma.

 1,222 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I split this bottle with SurlySober, who has had it before. And I must agree with SurlySober's assessment, which is that this beer tastes a bit like an aged Dreadnought. When an IPA ages, it seems like it loses its hoppiness and a more malty character emerges. And this is a lot like what this beer tastes like. It is amber in color just like Dreadnought, smells lightly hoppy and sweet, just like Dreadnought, but the flavor is completely different. The hop character is toned way down (inconsistent with its smell), and there is a huge amount of maltiness which in its own way provides a degree of bitterness to this beer. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and not bad.

I liked this beer, but not nearly as much as I've enjoyed other beers (Dreadnought, Alpha King, Alpha Klaus, etc) in the Three Floyd's line-up.

 810 characters

Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to hopdog for the bottle!!
Dark amber orange pour. Hazy thick honey color with lasting beige head. Smell is sweet and fruity caramel and mild hops aroma. Some orange, citrusy notes. Pretty nice and balanced. Taste is creamy, smooth citrusy and sharply hoppy, with light but noticeable alcohol presence and lasting bitter finish. Alcohol seems to become more prevalent flavorwise, the more I drink it and detracts somewhat.

 433 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

This pours a clear medium amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very malty with lots of caramel malt and bready malt in the nose. Yes....I like.

The taste starts of with the caramel malt sweetness followed by strong bread notes and both are balanced by a light citrus hop bitterness that gets a bit stronger as the session goes on. The alcohol is up there but I'm not finding much sign of it other than some warming after the swallow.

It has a thickish mouthfeel that doesn't exactly work for me as it's harsh on my tongue. The carbonation is on the light side and it finishes slightly bitter and then it becomes a bit watery. Weird. Great head retention and very good lacing.

Bottom line: An interesting offering from Three Floyds. Not my favourite but still worth trying...

 853 characters

Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly herbal and surprisingly hop forward aroma with resinous, grassy pine needle along with leathery malt, sweet booze and dark fruit notes. Slightly earthy with a floral, grassy hop presence followed by leathery malt, caramel, toffee, fig, raisin and alcohol.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a balance of dry, earthy hops, leathery malt and dark fruit. The hop presence is still pretty strong but it's a bit stale with prominent resinous bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. This is countered mid-palate by earthy, leathery malt and dark fruit sweetness. Hints of plum, raisin and fig followed by some sweet, boozy heat. Slight warmth in the finish but the high ABV is relatively well masked.

 917 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 at Star Liquor. Too much.

Pours a deep and bubbly orange-bronze with a thick and sticky tan head.

Powerful aroma of resinous hops, pine, mango, and grapefruit. Dusty.

Flavor is big but not wowing in the way I expect from FFF or from a $10 beer. Thick caramel malt and sugar cookies with a big bitterness and piney presence. Fruity like a pineapple. Somewhat boozey, even ginny at times.

Full bodied, quite bitter but with a heavy amount of malt to add some sweetness and plenty of booze.

Moderately drinkable considering the size and weight.

 565 characters

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle in a DogfishHead Snifter.

A - Orange/amber color. A little hazy. Not much head.

S - Very fruity, citrus, grapefruit/orange.

T - Strong grapefruit flavor. Some bitterness in the finish. Sweet and citrusy.

M - Full bodied. good carbonation.

D - This is one I have to enjoy slowly. There's a ton to take in and needs to be enjoyed slowly.

 355 characters

Photo of bruachan
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a big, sticky beer with a million hops. even the 10.5% can't totally mitigate the effect of so many hops on the head retention. sticky, sticky foam. nice copper color. from said sticky foam emanates the scents of a pine forest in which lives a gingerbread and caramel maker

the flavor is hugely hops again, though the malts serve dutifully as a back bone. big simcoe flavor. mad bitter. not complex, but thoroughly enjoyable. tell me, though, what's the difference between american strong ale and IIPA? some heat is evident but does its level best to blend in with the hopness

 585 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a very modest head that nevertheless leaves some lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malt and piney hops

Taste: Opens with a rich malty base and a blast of piney hops; after the swallow, the hops actually fade and take a back seat to the malt

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy with modest carbonation; considerable warmth on the finish

Drinkability: The bartender said this was an Imperial IPA and it just didn't fit the bill; a lack of fruit in the hops and I just didn't find this one delivered the promised 100 IBUs

 574 characters

Photo of blakesell
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Gravity Head in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 10oz glass.

Appearance- Golden and hazy with wisps of foam across the top. Lacing clings but quickly dissipates. Chill Hazed. When chill haze subsides, colour comes out a bit darker.

Smell- Cat piss, fruity, malty, grapes, peachy, grapefruit. Not much malt in the aroma. I would call this an Imperial IPA. Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, and Amarillo Hops are what I would guess.

Taste- Thick, but like an Imperial IPA, big hops to complement the malt. Hops linger and don't go away. I said it before and I'll say it again, They really miscategorized this beer. Pale malts, not even as much flavour as is in the scent. Floyds has done better than this before.

Mouthfeel- Thick and sticky. Medium full bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- It's not a bad beer overall. I would drink more and likely will judging by the closet supply, but no more at this massive drinking event.

 948 characters

Photo of paco1029384756
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark orange. Scent is mostly caramel and some malts with some raspberries. The taste is very hoppy, with malts and caramel. Some grain and earthy flavors linger, as well as some alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thick with an acidic tartness.

 259 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this one a while back and had been waiting patiently to try it. I love anything three floyds so an anniversary brew was sure to hit the spot. Not knowing what the alcohol content was on this one I just went with it last night while watching TV. Poured out an extremely hazy and cloudy murky amber color. Some suspended particles were evident on the pour, as was some carbonation in the form of bubble reaching skyward from the bottom of the glass. There was a very nice three finger high head of foam across the top that was a nice welcome site. This faded gradually and left behind copious amounts of side glass lace that riddled down the sides throughout the session.

Went in for a closer look and the aroma was remarkable for a huge IPA. This was loaded down with alcohol and hops. Huge and a touch harsh aroma of alcohol present here, but I found that this mellowed significantly with a little warming, release some very nice and highly bitter citric hop notes. The flavor was very one dimension, with just a huge hop explosion and tons of alcohol dumped in, this was no small beer. Some sugar trying desperately to break through, but not really making it. Through the huge barrier of hops and alcohol. This was shippable, more so when it warmed up, but I still found it very hot and harsh if I have to be honest. Once it warmed up it seems to become a little more tolerable and some subtle nuisances begin to shine through, but still this was big, and to me seemed more like a young barley wine to be honest.

Overall, I cannot say I am the biggest fan of this one, just a little too much for me, and that is really saying a lot. I wished it would have been a little more mellow and they had taken a little more balance to it, but it is what it is. Not bad, but I have had better, and a little disappointing for me at least, coming from where it did.

 1,873 characters

Photo of kajerm
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clark St. Ale House. Pours hazy and amber with about a finger of heavily-lacing head.

It smells AWESOME. This is a simple, straightforward American hop bomb and I love it. Oranges, grapefruits, mangoes, peaches-- pretty much every citrus fruit and every stone fruit known to man. The technical term for fruits with giant pits in the middle is "drupe." I just found this out on wikipedia and you bet your ass I'm going to use it in the next review I can.

Tastes like it smells, but maybe slightly less awesome. Citric notes are a lot more dominant here, which cuts in to the complexity (although seriously, this thing is just a glass of resin anyway.) The hop concentration is so high, though, that the mid-palate is full of that fruity, hop-derived sweetness that few beers manage to achieve.

The finish is bitter. It will key your new car. It will mace your dog. It will violate your dead relatives. It's that bitter.

The mouthfeel is bright and oily, and surprisingly low in carbonation. Not bad, but some more bubbles might make this easier to drink.

Drinkability is decent, but it's slow going.

This beer drinks like the bastard child of Dreadnaught and Bigfoot, and that's a compliment. I think.

 1,231 characters

Photo of cokes
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly blurred, brassy orange with a tight-cropped khaki lace.
Strong hops wafts, ringing with pinetar, mango, ruby grapefruit, and rusted tin. Malt is only tenuously apparent in the nose with its wavering sweet dough.
Into the mouth, malt makes a cursory introduction. Fully sugar cookie-doughy with accompaning caramel nougat. Despite the ensuing emphasis on the hops, the malt base is simple and beautiful. And then the hops take their star turn, but seem to be going through the motions, playing their hits slightly offkey. Grapefruity, piney, and tinny, they bring juiciness and generalized bitterness, but don't present as congruent or particularly well-suited with the malt onset. They ring clangy here. Disjointed and gangly. Strangely though, if they were louder and more obnoxious, they might almost be forgiven, at least for the effort. It's not a total mishmash or failure, but the malt load is delicious, and the hops-- FFF's bread and butter-- fail to dazzle. Alcohol is not very intrusive, though it tows some gin-fumes later on.
The body is a thickened fluffy fleece, that is still downable in modest gulps. Texture-wise, this is all one could ask for, even if it gets a tad sticky as it warms.
This is a very drinkable, and very balanced creation. A special release Three Floyds sets the bar high, and this honestly doesn't reach that level. Rating-wise, you can't hold that against it too much, or way too much. It is hard to be objective. But $10 says that this is disappointment.
It is generally tasty and solid. While only slightly flawed, it's neither fantabulous, nor resplended.

 1,609 characters

Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-7-08

Pours a surprisingly light and cloudy orange, with a thick white head that lasts for ages.

Smell is all hops, much more than I was expecting. Hugely sweet and fruity, lots of pine and citrus.

Taste is very, very hoppy and bitter. Intense hop bitterness dominates everything, following by a biting alcohol character. Good, just very extreme.

Mouthfeel is great, very thick and syrupy.

Drinkability suffers from the huge bitterness and alcohol.

Overall, not what I was expecting, by a wide margin. Definitely a double IPA, with very little malt character to join the party. I wish I would have waited a little longer.

 639 characters

Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh. Bomber bottle. Amber in color. Bright, 3 Floyds hoppiness on the nose. It's not alarmingly aromatic like fresh Dreadnaught can be, however. Flavor is extremely hoppy, but not quite heavenly hoppy and bright like fresh Dreadnaught. It's a nice beer, but not great brew.

 275 characters

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first beers that I cellared. Picked up when FFF distributed to Ohio.

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours red/amber/ruby with orange highlights with a small foamy white head that leaves bits of residual lacing. There are lots of yeast globs in suspension.

S. Hoppy out of the bottle - surprisingly so. Then out of the glass it was very malt forward - like a barley wine with a significant amount of honey.

T. Surprisingly hoppy upfront with honey, malt, citrus, and caramel. Still quite alcoholic on the tongue.

M. Medium body with a creamy carbonation. It looks like there is no carbonation left, but it's quite creamy and smooth.

D. Quite hoppy for the three years it has spent in my cellar. Good overall, but much different than I expected.

 753 characters

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for this 650 mL bottle.

A: The strong ale is a lighter amber color, sitting in my glass looking like a pale ale or IPA. The ale has a haziness that darkens it up at the wider points while allowing for a radiant glow at the narrower parts of the glass. A finger and a half of head has laced around the entirety of the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy, nearly a barleywine in its strength. Caramel malts and heavy dark fruits share space. The fruits have a green grape and apple element.

T: The ale has almost two years under its belt but the hop profile remains pretty vibrant. Citrus with a medicinal mildness makes an appearance before retreating into the malt. Caramel is pleasant and paired with a deeper sweet fruitiness than the nose lets on. Pepper and mint flavors come through with a mild spice profile near the end of the sip. This is a strange beer that has evolved seemingly with each sip. The finish has a very bright fruitiness that has pineapple and apricots in prominent position. An intriguing enigma of an ale.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, a real doozy that doesn't skimp on intensity. The ale has a bold flavor that doesn't tranlate into a harsh taste, a real plus.

D: One bottle per evening is sufficient, thanks. The ale is strong without numbing the tastebuds, a well-balanced flavorful drink.

 1,335 characters

Photo of franksnbeans
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy amber with a frothy white head that dies slow. Smells of big juicy hops, citrus rind and a little rye malt? Taste is all over. Some caramel, some massive bittering hops, some ripe fruit. Doesnt come together, moreso seems to be scatterbrained. Full in the mouth with big carbonation. A sipper for sure but the big ABV is hidden behind the bittering hops but still present.

 386 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.