Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Fantabulous Resplendence X AnniversaryFantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mdm46410 on 06-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 151
Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very luminescent cloudy copper color that looks great. There is very little head that forms and just settles to a few splotches. If this had some more head presence... this would be to die for.

S- Piney, some caramel, a hint of bubble gum. Kind of sweet, slightly funky. Pretty complex and very enjoyable.

T- Piney, and definitely bitter. Sweet and a little vegetabley. The alcohol is hidden very well. Tasty, but not blowing me away.

M- Sticky, but a little thin and dry. If this was creamier, it would be the tops.

D- Okay, overall this is most definitely not worth $15. It is enjoyable though. I prefer Dreadnaught.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo broke this one out at the Biergotter club brewday/tasting. Thanks Eric!
This one poured a hazy orange/amber with a bit of fine, light beige foam that very slowly settled to a ring. Spotty lacing with great stickage. Aroma was jammed full of intense hops - pine resin, orange peel, grapefruit - along with some warm alcohol and a bit of caramel. Big malty backbone gives some balance to the hops, caramel and earthy. Quite fruity too, citrusy tangerine and grapefruit, lingering pine. Medium to full bodied, slightly sticky with carbonation on the low side. Good texture overall. What a tasty hop fest! The maltiness really balanced things out and while I wouldn't call this a mellow beer, it wasn't as aggressive as I expected.

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

Thanks a ton to nlmartin and beachbum1975 for the bottles.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Tulip.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy gold. A thin head of white, dense foam rose to the surface and receded within three minutes to a patial skim-coat.
Aromatics are laced with with a citric bitterness, tropical fruit pith, sweet malt, toffee bits, and some faint wet paper. Pungently promising.
The mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy. Lightly syrupy and sticky.
The pallet is bitter and strong. Plenty of alpha-acids and warming alcohol.
Robustly hopped with a high level of grapefruit bitterness on top of a caramel-laden malt base.
The alcohol steps forward and mingles with more bitter fruits, and finishes very warm with wet brown paper.

Showing some age, but still big and brash.
I don't like to describe a beer by comparing it to another, but this drinks a lot like Devil Dancer.
Somewhere between a barleywine and a triple IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments – Thanks to skyhand my secret Santa for sending me this wonderful holiday treat.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually got to enjoy this one on tap at FFF. Poured to a bright reddish-orange with thick creamy off-white head that lasted well and left good lacing. Nose was a very dominant hoppy grapefruit citrus, with a hint of sweet malt undertones.

Mouthfeel was full and tangy, and the flavor reflected the citrusy hops, with the 10.5% alcohol making itself known at mid-glass.

This led to a well rounded finish that was predominantly bitter, but with enough malt and alcohol to be smooth, long-lasting and very warming.

Good job FFF!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great melony-amber hue. Very little head and bubbles. Bu what an awesome color. The aroma is a little fruity. Makes me think about sugared flowers. The taste is an off center balance of very bitter, and bitterness so bitter that is sweet. Th start is dry malt, but then quickly goes to a very resiny, sugary sweet citrus. The mouthfeel is strong bitter, yet syrupy malts, and resiny bitterness. Good for a once in awhile sip.

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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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head above the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is down to a layer of bubbles, with lasting delicate lace. Aroma is sweet, but dominated by powerful citrusy hops. Taste picks up where the nose left off, lots of hops character upfront. Flavor gets sweet in the middle, and then quickly the alcohol apears, and the hops strength returns. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice once you settle into it. Flavors are perhaps a bit too intense for my tastes, but as a brew to commemorate what FFF has done over the past 10 years, I'd expect nothing less.

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Photo of travisd13
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into my DFH snifter.

A - Poured a cloudy / opaque copper with very little head.

S - Aromas of grapefruit, pine, caramel malts. Maybe pineapple? Definitely some alcohol.

T – Mmm, Mmm, good. This is still very good but I bet it was better fresh. Citrus.

M – Texture is smooth and velvety. It kind of numbed my tongue.

D - I’m a fan of this. It could possibly be my favorite beer I’ve had from Three Floyds. I’m yet to try Behemoth and I’m a BW fan so I’m not saying yes it is or no it isn’t yet.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at 3F’s brew pub back in early July.

Amber in appearance with a white head that quickly dissipates to some lacing. Smells of citrus (mainly grapefruit) red apple, and sweet malt. Tastes of sweet carmel malt, strong grapefruit, pine, and a fair amount of bitterness to cut out the sweetness. Alcohol is moderately felt after each sip. Mouth feel is lightly oily with some low carbonation, but still a smooth quality to it. Drinkability is good, although a bomber to myself was a bit much.

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Photo of cameraman
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden/amber color, wirh a thin white head forming, that dissloves away quickly. The strong fragrance all the way around it strikes you several feet away. Malt sweetness comes out at the start, then it is folowed by grassy and strong citrus scents, it finishes with the twinge of alchol. The taste starts with the malt, that is soon overwhelmed by grass and citrus, mostly grapefruit, along with some earthy flavors as well. A very consistant feel, it never seems to lose or gain any weight or texture as it crosses the palate. An easy drinking beer, if you are having just one. This beer is a hop heads delight, and is what Three Floyd's is about, pushing the parameters of beer. Cheers, to ten more years.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a brandy snifter.
Hazy gold with very little carbonation.
Huge American hop aroma with some syrupy malt and a hint of alcohol.
Big body, deep maltiness, but not sweet. Lots of hop bitterness.
Very long, very dry hop finish. Warming.
This was a tasty brew, not very distinctive, but very much in the Three Floyd's style. Glad I got a chance to try it however.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 AylwinForbes
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Zorro
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky looking peach toned body. Thin off white head leaves sparse, spotty lace. Nice whiff of hops on this one. Grassy and tropical and piney and resiny and even a little minty and fragrant. Just a hint of alcohol on the nose too. Flavor follows suit with all kinds of hop derived flavors: menthol, spruce, pine oils, red and white after-dinner mints and grassiness. Kind of an odd mixture and definitely unique, but it appeals to me nonetheless. There's also that "spiked punch" feel to this flavor. Tropical fruits laced with alcohol. Malt base is kind of sugary and sweet, but distantly in the background. The mouthfeel is pretty hot. The alcohol is definitely present here and making itself known. Body is medium at best. And the beer seems to be fairly well attenuated for such a big plato. An interesting beer. And good, but strong ales like the Bastard are much more flavorful and drinkable...and a lot cheaper.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade with Jay23, thanks!

Pours an amber color with some active carbonation but little to no head.

Aromas of biscuit, toasted, and caramel malts with grapefruit, pineapple and apple fruits. A little zest and pine aromas from the beers hop profile are very inviting and works pretty damn good with the malt. I also detect some bitter or over ripe orange in the background.

The taste is good. A citrus bitterness upfront followed closely by the biscuit and caramel flavors.

The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy but the bitterness keeps this beer from being cloying and overly sweet.

Didn't really impress me much but it was a good, solid beer.

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

22 oz bomber.

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

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

Fantabulous Resplendence, indeed. This is a supremely complex but approachable brew. Wonderful.

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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.

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

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

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another blind tasting my girlfriend poured a beer and I didn’t know what it was.

Appearance: 3.5 Deep amber color with decent head and good retention. Swirling always recreates the head.

Smell: 4.5 centennial, Chinook hop with some caramel. As the beer warms, a nice grape smell comes out with a light apple phenol.

Taste: 4.0 Wonderfully balanced sweetness with kick in the ass hop bitterness. Taste is initially sweet and slightly sugary with a nice caramel malting. It finishes with a big Chinook dry hop bitterness. Very piney and earthy hoppiness. Alcohol is not overbearing, but apparent at 10.5%

Mouthfeel: 4.0 thick malts provide for a slight syrupy feel, though not bad. Carbonation is there but not too high or too low. Clings to the palate very nice.

Drinkability: 4.5 the balance of this strong ale makes it very sessionable in comparison to others within the same style.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy copper , not much head , no lacing.

Smell is sweet grapefruit.

Taste is predominantly hoppy , strong bitter citrus bite. Some sweet bubblegum notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick , lacking in carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer may be better with some age.

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Photo of Risser09
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - 2007 anniversary bottling

Appearance: Pours a sort of cloudy reddish orange color with very little head. The head is ivory in color and quickly fades. Swirling the beer leaves some flecks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hops are apparent as soon as the bottle is opened. Grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and apples. Pepper and perfume are also evident. Initially this beer smells hoppy, but gains some aroma complexity as you go on. Lots of floral undertones.

Taste: Hop bitterness is the dominant flavor profile. Starts like a DIPA but without the oiliness. Then other flavors make themselves noticed. Apples, caramel and a little bit of black pepper. This is quite a bitter beer, and is enhanced by the alcohol burn in the finish. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of hop bitterness which intensifies after swishing and swallowing. Alcohol is very present. Warming belt is also definitive.

Drinkability: This is a hop bomb, but I think there are better flavors that could have been utilized. Perhaps a year or so will kill some of the hop bitterness and reveal what flavors are trying to get out. Plenty of bitterness. Not a beer worth trading a lot for just becase it's an anniversary beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber brown with very little head, no lacing or anything to note

S- fruity earthy hops lots of scents mixing,

T- strong strong hops a little clashing flavors from the hops, still enjoyable, but something is off. there is a strong bite but it should

M - a strong carbonation, surprizing from the complete lack of head build up, pretty light body for a 10% 'er \

d- a solid ale, however maybe i should have aged this a little longer its a little green

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