Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdm46410 on 06-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 126
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I ran out to pick up this brew after hearing about it. The 22oz bomber pours into my glass a wonderful slightly hazy orange color with a small white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing as it falls. Aromas blast out of the glass with huge citric, tropical hops. Grapefruit runs wild with some pine resin undertones. Pineapple, mango, lychee...I'm seriously not making these up! Sweet caramel lies underneath the massive blanket of green hops. Fresh, bright, enticing. Damn this just smells so good. On par and even possibly better than Dreadnaught.

First sip brings a smooth, slick caramel malt upfront that in a split second is overtaken by a cascade of vibrant hops. Huge citrus flavors including orange and grapefruit along with some pine and floral notes as well. Tropical fruit comes through in the flavor again with some pineapple noticeable. Flows down with a great slick, smooth body that gives the brew a tasty twist. Bitterness makes itself quite known on the back of the palate and lingers after each sip. A damn tasty brew to be had here with no real noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with steady carbonation. There's a silkiness as it flows down that must be thanks to the oats in this one. Quite easy to drink for such a big brew. A few bombers of this and I'd be in trouble! Kudos to 10 years of brewing at Three Floyds and here's to 10 more with continued success. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a hazy auburn body with a small beige head that distributes some island chain lace. Huge aroma of pine resin, orange marmalade, and candied peaches. Body is thick, almost chewy, with a restrained carbonation. Taste is bold. Bitter citrus rind, pine resin, orange marmalade, and some chewy malt. Some syrupy sweetness contends with some punchy alcohol and the assertive hops profile. An appropriate anniversary ale that is both challenging and enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of far333
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, orangey copper colored, with a low off-white head that barely rises and lays down quickly.

Big aroma of sweet tangerines and honey.

Bright flavor of floral hops, sweet tangerine, toffee and marshmallow, turning quickly to grainy brown sugar, followed shortly by piney hop bitter, and nearly simultaneously sending warm currents to the cheeks and tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for a strong ale, but it totally works for me. I like a good balance of malt and hops and this one sure does it well.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, not too carbonated. Very drinkable despite the strength, this is a very tasty beer. Good sipper. Thanks for autumnaldave for surprising me with this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass)

A- This beer has a golden-orange crystal clear body with a cream colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass. There are some strands of micro-bubbles rising from the bottom.

S- The big pungent smell of green pine resin hops comes through even as I pour the beer into the glass. There are some softer notes of light sweet malt buried under the hops.

T- The big pungent green hops flavor has qualities of pine and some pineapple weed and a faint mint hint. As it warms there is a slight orange zest note to the hops. The slight warmth of alcohol and pale malt sweetness finish this beer and there is a hop bitterness that lingers long after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a silky texture and an alcohol heat that cleans the finish aswellas boost the hop bitterness nicely.

D- This is another big hop monster from three Floyds and it is wonderful. There is nice depth to the hops and the alcohol and sweetness support those big hops.

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Photo of pwoods
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a low white head. Smells like booze flavored candy. The taste has a vine of hops which is pretty typical for a floyd's ale. Really very bitter in the front, with a lingering aftertaste that takes on strange fruity tones like pineapple tops and mango rind. This is overtakes a sweetness more woody or grassy. The mouthfeel is no curveball, it's dried out pretty well, but there is a residual stickiness. Drinkability is high at first, but it's pretty strong stuff and it will wear on you. I really enjoyed it, but I also like hoppy American hooch like this.

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Photo of cokes
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good and very drinkable hoppy beer that is soft of the palate, hop oily also citrus oily, and yet offers an orange led fruitiness. Excellent example of style. Alcohol not in taste but certainly in knockout punch. Great with meaty supper.White lacey head on orange.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of prototypic
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a hazy amber color with a generous one and a half finger head. Very nice looking carbonation. Good retention and a nice coat of lace.

Smell: Initially, it has a very sweet, citrus smell to it. Definitely has a nice, piney hop smell to it. Plenty of caramel malts appear to be present to balance it out a bit. Absolutely fantastic smelling beer.

Taste: This is a great beer. Definitely has a sweet citrus taste (grapefruit, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple). Hops are nice and bitter. Caramel-toffee malts add a bit of sweetness and balance to the mix.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied (slightly syrupy). Carbonation is very well done. It's a little too strong to drink more than one bomber, but very drinkable all the same. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended (even with the $12.99 pricetag I paid in Columbus).

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Photo of Beertracker
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fantabulous Resplendence pours up with a grandiose effervescence creating a slightly fizzy, tannish-cream colored head that mounts the slightly hazy, burnt orange-tawny amber body. Good lacing with very good-excellent head retention. The bold, slightly pungent nose showcases a plethora of aromas ranging from resinous, woodsy (evergreen, pine nuts) hops to fruity (peach, pummelo, tangerine) esters with a solid toasted maltiness & alcohol complexity showing through as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off rather cloying with a sweet underlying caramel maltiness with a defined toasted (biscuity/soda bread) character that carries into a marked bitterness that delivers a bold, warming finish. This medium-full bodied stock ale has good carbonation that keeps things lively, but there's some grainy/hop astringency that detracts some. This is another aggressive, massive "malthopspectacular" from 3F that is sure to please the fans, but surely to be feared by light beer drinkers. Here's to a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious experience!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: A big thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-orange jewel tone, with a finger of frothy foam.

Restrained fruity aroma that isn't quite as tropical as Dreadnaught. Becomes like a sticky pine sap later in the glass.

Tastes similar to a particular notorious DIPA from this brewery. A little caramel maltiness way in the background, but the juicy, resiny hops take centerstage. Dry bitter hops stretch into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is lush, very smooth...medium bodied and slightly syrupy. ABV is hidden, but just barely. Easy to put down the bomber in a sitting, it would make a nice companion to Dreadnaught in a session.

Happy 10th anniversary dudes...

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Photo of Flyer
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.


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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Bone white head with decent retention atop a rich amber beer.

s: Powerfully pungent evergreen and floral hops surprisingly well balanced by a slew of various malts. Nice ethanol tinge. Complex, but I don't really feel like getting into that, so try it out.

m: Carbonation low and smooth, towards the upper end of the light range. Body is a full medium.

t: Hops. Alcohol. Malt. A shit load of hops, from floral to evergreen to fruity assault the tongue. An overwhelmed force of caramelized sugar malts give some balance. Long lasting, flavorful finish with a high bitterness. Some age induced balance will do this one well.

d: good enough, but certainly a sipper

bomber split with dirty louis

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Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 151 ratings