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
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 spycow
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08:

Folks, you can tell yourself what you want, this is no Strong Ale. This is 10.5% grapefruit juice with a bit of malt for balance and texture with some spiciness and additional fruity esters for a bit of variety. Doesn't realy matter; it's a world-class beer.

August 23, 2007: Bottle:

Fantabulous beer it is. Caught somewhere between Stong Ale and Imperial IPA. The look is a serious golden / copper / bright orange hue, sturdy haze, and a dense 1/2" head. An incredibly hearty look. The aromas are chalked full of ripe fruits, juicy hops, and a substantial malt sweetness. Tastes hugely malty with caramel, barley, and lightly syrupy fruits. Pineapples, orange rinds, grapefruit, red-apples, peaches, pears... all the fruits are present in a truely ripe variety. Heavy emphasis on hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness take a serious grapefruit note that dominates the brew. Heavy mouthfeel does not prove overly sweet, rich, or cloying -- very well balanced for such hop additions. Finishes dryer than expected, but still providing a fruity, bitter, lightly astringent lingering. No doubt, a top-knotch beer. Thanks Nathan15.

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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 brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy pumpkin orange with just the sort of fine yeasty haze that looks... well... fantabulous. The creamy crown (the color of butter cream frosting mixed with orange juice) looks like it'll stick around forever. As does a blanket of barely broken lace.

Given the overlap between American strong ales, American barleywines and DIPAs, it isn't surprising that X's nose is reminiscent of an especially orange fruity DIPA. Compared to my memory of Dreadnaught (it's been waaay too long), this one is more malty and less hoppy. The aroma is pleasant, but so far my socks are still firmly in place.

As suspected, Fantabulous Resplendence tastes like a DIPA that has had its hop edginess dulled somewhat by the passage of time. Knowing Three Floyds, this stuff was probably a tongue abuser par excellence immediately after bottling. Since it's anything but a one-trick pony, it's still pretty damn good at the nine month mark.

The sugar cookie-like malt backbone is sturdy, and is almost entirely pale with a wee hint of caramel (a guess). Brown sugar flavors abound. Soft-edged alcohol is becoming marginally more noticeable as the ounces pass, though a slight tongue tingle and a spreading warmth are define positives. Considering the ABV, it's buried impressively well.

Amarillo has to be at least one member of the hop bill, thanks to a juicy tangerine quality. Another guess is Chinook because of a spicy-resinous citrusiness. It is amazing how easily drinkable this boldly flavored strong ale is. Some high-ABV beer loses muscle over time. 'X' appears to have maintained its workout regimen, while simultaneously brushing up on its manners.

The mouthfeel is the best of all worlds. It's full without being sappy or sticky. Yet another reason why the bomber is on its last legs as I type. Even though the bubbles could stand to have a shorter half-life, they add to the experience in a positive way. Besides, hop burps are always welcome.

My list of favorite craft breweries changes over time. One of the unwavering constants, however, is Three Floyds. They brew mindblowing beer that is usually chock full of hops and is incredibly well-constructed to boot. While 'X' isn't quite legendary, it's more than worthy of Tenth Anniversary status. Here's to the next decade of fantabulous resplendence from one of America's best.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to weirdbeer (Joe) for busting this out at DLD. It poured brighter than I anticipated. It was a bright orange with reddish highlights and a light white lacing. I took a whiff of the bottle before it was poured and the hops that remained were surprising and resinous. The nose was much less hoppy once the beer was poured into glasses. It smelled of sweet malts and citrusy resin. The flavors were a mixture of honey, oranges, sweet pale malts, and candied sugar. It didn't have the carbonation that I'm sure it had in its younger days but it was pretty solid and a joy to try. I didn't expect to see this one and it was more than welcome at DLD.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Duster72 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, cherries, fig's, prunes, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet/tangy, nice tones of dark fruits, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden slightly well, it will warm you up a bit. Full body. Very drinkable, this is an very nice/tasty ASA, highly recommended.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds' Fantabulous Resplendence, 10th Anniversary Ale.
Purchased at Riley's Wines of the World in Masison, WI...sat in my fridge for nearly a week before opening. Incredible display of patience.
22 oz. notion of the style or abv or any other information about this particular beer are given, more than made up for by the incredibly awesome, gorgeous color cartoon painting on the label, showing all the FFF characters from a decade of labels, ...there's Miss Behemoth! Black Sun! Robert the Bruce! Rabbid Rabbit! Gumball Head the Cat! The Alpha King...and many others I don't that Ninkasi serving drinks?

Very hazed, utterly opaque, mucky orange hue, nice, if slim, creamy off-white head...looking good!

Outsized hoppy aroma, reminiscent of Dreadnaught...very pungent and potent, ripe mango and grapefruit, as hoppy as all get out...

On the tongue and all over the mouth, an incredible blast of hoppitude. A blistering strip of bitterness pervades the and lemon, pine aplenty, rich and vibrant...
Malt is a nominal issue, but it's plenty there to hold up this intense hoppiness...tasty malt, then it slips, and the massive bitterness blows by...mmmm, lip-smackin', delicious! Feels strongish, too...but I haven't a clue how much...10%?

Juicy, juicy, yummy, yummy,...then sharp, with the smack of alcohol. Boozy, then sunny, then fruity, next bitter, ...a bit of a mess, with flavors all over the place, not as well put together as I would have liked...but it's a damned fine beer. Fullish body, with a long, hoppy finish, huge bitter, fruity texture.
Feels like a hoppified quadrupel or a pine resiney barleywine, really. And that's a good thing!

Congrats, Three Floyds, on 10 years! Long may ye wave!

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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...

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Photo of Zorro
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the kindness of todd1 and quite a surprise.

Chill hazed orange colored beet that manages to produce a small tan colored head.

Sweet smelling and quite malty, in fact this smells much like malt syrup. You can tell it is sweet because a fly that got in to the house keeps buzzing the glass. Strong spicy scent of Ginger but not, I'm allergic to Ginger and I am not sneezing. Dark bread scent and slight lemon and grapefruit. Slight boozy scent that makes my brain say Southern Comfort.

The taste begins light and malty in the mouth and tastes a bit Dreadnaught. Quite malty and hoppy at the same time it does remind me a little bit of Stone Arrogant Bastard. Melon flavor with a solid bitterness in the finish but it isn't harsh at all. The bitter aftertaste is of the long lasting variety.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable for such a strong ale. This is no Dreadnaught but it is QUITE easy to drink. Worth a try if you find it.

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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 weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is sugary, full of grapefruit, syrupy, herbal, with ripe summer fruit, caramel, and sugary notes coming through.
Taste is of honey, spice, and syrupy, sugary fruit filled flavors.
Mouthfeel is sugary, sweet, hot, with bitter herbal notes hanging on in the finish.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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