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Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary AleFantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale

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very good

110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 133
Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yep, a bit late on this one. Oh well, take it for what its worth.

A - Pours a clear rusty brown with an inch of foam that quickly faded.

S - As expected, the hops are gone, whats left is a sweet malty aroma. I'm still picking up a bit of pine.

T - well almost all of the hops are gone, yet there is still a hint of pine and citrus overtop of the malty background. Surprising after all this time. i'm also picking up some brown sugar and lemon.

M/D - medium bodied with still with good carbonation. Its definitely well past its prime and I wish I could have tried it fresh. So take my ratings with a grain of salt. I'll try to curve higher.

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Photo of aasher
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know, I know, this IPA came out two years ago but I had to buy it to try it. It looks great. It poured a dark apricot orange in color with a one finger off white head. The hops have completely fallen out. It still smells solid, all things considered. It smells very sweet and has light apricot and citrus notes. It kind of reminds me of De Ranke XX Bitter past its best by date. It's still solid, just not a bold IPA that I'm sure it once was. It's still got slight, multidimensional flavors and it's better than a lot of fresh IPAs I've had. It drinks very smoothly right now with little carbonation. This beer is drinkable now but I'm sure it was much better fresh. Still at this point it's solid, not spectacular and definitely not bad.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber orange color like apricot with an offwhite 1 finger head. The first thing I smell is the malty backbone, which surprised me as I would have expected the hops aroma to take a more promounced center stage. The hops I do smell are very citrusy. Velvety medium mouthfeel. This is a pretty sweet beer, not like sweet awesome, but very malty to me. The hops kick in about midway to the end of your sip with a nice citrus rid taste. I really wish this had been done with more hops to better balance out the malt.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Color is a clear copper gold. Fades to a ring. No lace.

Aroma: A somewhat muted nose. Pine hops. Citrus flavors. Caramel malt. Kind of sweet. Has a brown sugar scent as well.

Taste: Pine bittering hops. Caramel malt. Definitely reminds me of a midwest ipa. Light fruit notes with oranges standing out.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, I am guessing this has faded off a bit, but it still was fairly hoppy. Plus it is a midwest IPA, so malts aren't uncommon. Average drinkability.

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Photo of TheStove
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a bomber I'd been saving for awhile. Poured into a snifter large enough for a good 12 oz pour.

Virtually no head with a tiny ring of cream near the top that quickly dissipated. Beautiful light red and deep orange color at top of glass giving way to a medium yellow at the bottom. Almost like a grapefruit juice giving way to hazy lemonade.

Interesting flavor; mostly notes of peach and citrus flavors, hints of hops and malts throughout with the malt coming out more. Somewhat unusual for something tabbed an IPA as I found a noticeable lack of hops. That did not detract from the beer as it made it somewhat more drinkable and definitely disguised the alcohol. Booziness was at a minimum but at times noticeable. Nothing that would detract from the beverage.

Overall an enjoyable beer. It's possible I let this one sit for too long as I question the intention with the name and anniversary status but thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of imperialking thanks homie

A: poured an apricot that was a blend of orange and yellow that had a very thin collar of head with virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I guess I got this beer too late cause the nose is way maltier than anything else and hardly any hop presence. I did get faint notes of apricots and peaches with hint of citrus but also caught whiffs of caramel and tea like characters.

T: upfront the malt was the main attraction due to the age on this bottle I'm guessing but to my surprise it still had some fruity flavors that consisted of tangerines and apricots. The hops were pretty much done and could not be found on the taste. I did get caramel and faint citrus notes.

M: medium body with absolutely no carbonation that was probably due to how long this IPA had been sitting around before I got it but also had a swett fruity and malty finish.

D: It drank very good but now I'm sad that I didn't get to try it when it was at its prime. Oh well I stay on the west coast and have plenty of options when it comes to IPA's.

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Photo of craytonic
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy orange-peach-apricot, nice head but no lacing. Looks great. Aroma is a pleasant and inviting hoppy-malt mixture, a bit floral and wheaty. Taste is more caramel and malt than hops, and again a bit floral. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very drinkable. Nothing to make it a special/anniversary offering though. Very much a summer beer.

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Photo of mrkrispy
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, just getting around to entering the review.

Pours a vibrant orange color, clear, shimmering, with no head. Minimal looking carbonation.

Aroma has a lot of maltiness, slight twinge of sulfur. Very very light hop aroma.

Quite malty taste, sugar sweetness as well. Seems to be very one-note, no hop flavors to speak of. Quite bland, almost like an oversized pale ale. Slight bitter finish helps it out a bit, but definitely underhopped. Disappointing.

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Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I opened the bottle foam started gushing out and spilling over the sides. Once it settled down a little I poured it from the 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. There was a lot of bubbly foam and it took me several pours to get a full glass of beer instead of head. The head did stick around pretty well and left some moderate lacing.

The aroma has a lot of pine and lemon rind citrusness to it. It has a very sharp lemon bite to it, but there is a little sweet malt coming through in the background. The taste is a lot milder in the citrus department then then nose. The malt plays a bigger part in the taste with a sweet flavor. There is still a moderate pine and citrusness to it but not a lot. it also has a more sweet finish rather then a bitter one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability was alright, I enjoyed drinking it but probably was better with less age on it.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color. Two finger light tannish head sticks around for a little while before dying to a cap on the beer. Big streaking lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- As I expected this beer is a little muted in the aroma department. Sweet malts make up the backbone of this beer. There is some citrus hops that are still here trying to take charge but are just muted. This beer was not meant to be ages this long I think. Some light apple like notes..almost a cider like quality to this one.

T- This beer has gone through a lot of changes from when I had it fresh. There is a light citrus hop in the front...very little to be exact. The sweet malts come through for pretty much the rest of the beer. There is a sweetness to this beer..almost like I am drinking a liquid lollipop. I don't know how else to describe the sweet factor. It wasn't terrible just a little interesting.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation still was going good for this beer. Sweet malts were left on the tongue and well into the aftertaste. Not much going on in the mouthfeel department. Still clean tasting which I expected a little metal tinge but never got one.

D- I enjoyed this beer when it first came out. Although it is a former shell of itself it was still a good beer. Amazing that a brewery has a better tasting aged IPA than some breweries who can't seem to get a fresh IPA to taste right. Glad I tried this one with a little age on it. I think it will all go downhill in flavor if you wait to much longer to drink one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from infextation, very cool & busy artwork on the bottle

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Hazes a bit at the bottom the bottle. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Much orchard fruit & a bit of leafy hop

T: Citrussy & leafy hops, along with oaky dryness & slightly boozey pears. Dryness & leafy hops assert as this warms, along with some more orchard fruit, honey & brandy flavors too, plus a bit of toffee. Finishes dry & boozey with some honey & herbal hops

MF: Fairly chewy, but still fairly assertive carbonation, started to seem a bit watery once warm & then thickened up again

Drinks really easy for the abv & style, but terribly interesting, I would like to go in a time machine & try fresher, otherwise, meh. Not bad, but a bit past its prime. I guess not all FFF products are gold...

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Photo of kbeals
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with bulldogp04 awhile back...

A- Beer is a hazy golden color with tons of head. Actually, it was a gusher which was really the only negative I had about it's appearance. There was at least 5-6 inches of head that took about 10 minutes or so just to dissipate down to a reasonable level. Good lacing, though.

S- Quite a mix here. A bit of hops, but they have faded a bit I believe. Good blend of tropical fruits perhaps? Pineapple, orange, other citrusy fruits. A bit of a sweet malty backbone. Aroma is sort of muted.

T- A bit drier than what the smell portrays. Has a bit of fruits and hops to it. The sweetness from the aroma isn't as pronounced as in the smell but it is there. Finishes off sort of like tea, a bit dry and bitter.

M- Smooth, medium bodied. Too much carbonation in my opinion.

D- Definitely drinkable once the head died down.

This was different from most IPA's that I've had, although I wouldn't expect to get a normal beer from Three Floyd's. Should have had it when it was a bit fresher. Thanks again Dean, it was truly appreciated!

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Photo of SykDoc
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms and reduces quickly to a mild over-the-top lacing. It pours a hazy copper color with no sediment and visible carbonation.

The aroma reminds me of cider. This is an interesting blend of piney hops and malty sweetness. There is a fruitiness to it as well.

The taste includes a bready and caramel malt sweetness that is stronger than the hops. There is again an herbal and fruity component.

This beer is medium bodied with an adequate level of carbonation that balances nicely with the flavor. It is fairly crisp and leaves a mild dryness at the end.

Overall, this beer is quite drinkable. The flavor leaves a little to be desired, but when combined with the aroma and feel, it goes down fairly well and leaves me satisfied.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this bomber with BeerFMAndy. I'm reviewing this with an open mind since the bottle has some age on it.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear golden orange with an inch of beige head. The head settles leaving just a touch of lace.

The aroma is rather muted. What is there is malt, pineapple, slight citrus fruits, and just a hint of piney hops. This beer probably smelt great fresh.

The flavor is mostly malt. Some faded hops can be picked out but nothing like what a FFF beer would normally have. Apple and light lemon are present as well. Once again age has put a damper on this one.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a fairly easy drinker. I look forward to the next anniversary beer from FFF. I will make sure to pick it up fresh.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into an American Tumbler. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this bottle with me!

A - The color is a lightly hazy orange/ light amber with a thin off white head with low retention and no lave left on the glass.

S - The aroma hints at hops being there in the past but have since faded with time. Pale malts with a little sweetness but it's certainly plain.

T - The hops are more prevalent on the flavor with a light pine and citrus flavor with pale malts in the background. Not bad but the age doesn't do this beer justice.

M - Smooth and crisp with a citrus and light bitter finish. Medium-light bodied and refreshing.

D - It may be a bit of a disservice to review this beer with the amount of age on it, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle pours a dark hazy amber. The taste was smooth and had a nice amount of hops with a hint of grapefruit riding out the finish. Very easy to drink and no hint of the abv%. Definately would have drank another bomber that night if I had one. Pretty decent beer overall. Would have loved to get my hands on a real fresh bottle. Oh well.

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Photo of brdc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Glowing amber, nice white head, good retention, some lacing.
Aroma is better balanced than taste, as the piney hops are accompanied by a nice fruitiness and caramel malts.
The beer has a medium body, perhaps slightly excessive carbonation, and a nice flavor that lacks the balance shown in the aroma; here, piney hops and bitterness are above and beyond any other flavors, and that diminishes the overall experience.
Good, not FFF good.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured with a hazy copper colour that is slightly orange with a nice off white head. Hints of alcohol come through the nose with bready and caramel notes. Not much hop aroma at all, maybe a slight bit of spiciness. The main flavour of the beer is a bread sweetness really reminscent of Munich malts. A firm bitterness comes through as well. The flavour is very balanced and quite tasty. At the end of the tasting I get a citrus flavour which complements the bready flavour. The more I drink the less bready flavours come out and more citrus/grapefruit flavours, but they are by far more subdued than I expected. I don't know if this beer is really an American IPA, but I don't think it fits any other style.

The mouthfeel on this beer is creamy and caresses my tongue. I love it. The carbonation is slightly light, which helps a lot. Drinkability? Yes, I'll take another. Too bad FFF is so god damn expensive.

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Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary. Im assuming it is just about a year old. It is a 22 ouncer with a big label with a cartoon painting on it. Is there plans for an XII I wonder?

Pours a hazy pale orange with a small head (even with a vigorous pour) that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty good.

Nice hops on the nose with some definite floral attributes. Im also getting some juicy caramel-like malt, though it is faint.

Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick and chewy with little carbonation. Taste hits you with hops a few different times, malt as it's backbone, with bitter hop bite in the finish. It is also rather sweet. Slight bit of citric/acid sourness blends with the hops. Some piney notes as it goes down as well. Could have worked with more hops in this one.

The alcohol is well hidden, a nice trend on Three Floyd's brews. I don't know if this is that awesome or extravagant to tout as your anniversary ale but it is a solid American Strong IPA. No problems with finishing this bad boy.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of brian23456. Thanks man!

Pours a hazy dark golden amber/copper color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source. One finger off-white forth white head with good retention, eventually fading into a lasting ring and cap. Minimal streaks of soapy white lacing

Crisp citrus and earthy hop aroma. Nice caramel malt backbone. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but the smell is slowly approaching barleywine territory. There is a little bit of a lactic thing going on but nothing like Apocalypse Cow. Slightly piney and resinous.

Pleasantly more hop forward than the aroma would suggest. Resinous with a pretty chewy full body for the style. Citrus fruit, lemon peel, grapefruit, pineapple and pine notes with a slightly lactic presence and a nice dry finish. Extremely drnkable with no noticeable trace of alcohol. ABV is very well masked.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous BA for this one.

A: A clear, rich amber color with a fluffy white head.

S: Pretty malty, nice caramel scent to it. Hops are orange and a fruity sweetness.

T: Grapefruit and orange as far as the hops go. The hops subside fairly quickly and then the malty takes over. The finish is slightly resinous and bitter.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

D: A pretty good beer, but I was expecting a lot more from a Three Floyds Anniversary ale.

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Photo of Jayli
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy toffee color with a one finger of off white head. MOderate head retention with ample sudsy lacing. Nose is of grains and pale malts, some carmale malts give some sweetness to the nose. For an IPA the hops character is extremely muted in the nose. Taste is of light citrus hops in the beginning, some pale and caramel malts fill the middle, and grassy hops give a bite in the finish. Medium body, moderate to highly carbonated, somewhat creamy and fairly oily, with a sticky finish. This is a nice offering for those starting to get in to IPA's but haven't quite developed a palate for the hop bitterness.

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3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful orange amber body is almost like a glowing syrup. Hosts a light tan head that stands nearly two inches. Decent retention fades to a rocky skim leaving considerable islands of lace. Nose is quite soft with tones of honey, rubbing alcohol, chemical rubber and mineral based hops. With first sip I am a bit perplexed to what style I am drinking. Layers of honey, mellon, and wheat grass all over power any hop profile that I have come to expect from Three Floyds. Very soft on the palate and unusually refreshing. Phenol like traces on the back the tongue leads to a crisp, enjoyable mouthfeel. Very nicely drinkable and will make a solid summer brew.

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Photo of gford217
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to a generous trader for hooking me up with this a long time ago.

Pours a clear amber with a massive fluffy white head that is really rocky on the bottom as the bubbles stream up constantly from the bottle. It recedes slowly leaving some delicate lacing.

The aroma is more malty than hoppy with a light caramel malt sweetness that dominates the nose. There are some grassy hops in there but they are more than balanced by the malts. Smells almost like a hopped up amber instead of a straight IPA and the jasmine is very understated in the nose.

The taste is more of the same with an emphasis on the sweet caramel malts. There is a hint of citrus hops up front before the malts really take over and the finish is slightly bitter with some grassy hops and the jasmine thrown in, but it finishes fairly sweet and sticky.

The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated (which is odd considering some of the reviews have noted low carbonation), probably too much so, and very lively on the palate, which combined with the less than aggressive hop profile, makes for a pretty average mouthfeel honestly, almost watery.

This is an malt-forward IPA that I probably would have pegged as a different style altogether. Maybe the jasmine is throwing me off a little bit. It's still pretty tasty but definitely not a top-notch beer that I'm accustomed to from FFF.

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Photo of youngblood
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber. Finger of white head floats on top and disappears quickly.

Smells nice. Some solid hop oils coming through, more on the citrus than pine side of the oil though. Slight caramel.

The taste is very nice. I was expecting something bigger I guess, but this is a nicely balanced IPA with more focus (seemingly) on the malt bill. There's a great citrus nip (not so much a bite) at the front and then evolves into a great caramel.

Feels smooth and goes down easily. Slight carbonation feel.

Nice drinkability. No problem putting several of these back

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Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.