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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdm46410 on 06-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 nrbw23
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright hazy orange with a thin off white head. Head dissapears quickly to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing. Could also see some floaters in the glass also.

S- Smells of citrus hops mostly oranges and grapefruit. The malt can be detected and I can smell something maybe like brown sugar.

T- Nice and bitter to start off with followed up with caramel malts. Big bitter citrus linger on the finish, with a touch of candy sweetness. Very nice.

M- Medium to full in body, nice carbonation and feels chewy.

D- I've had this twice now and its a pretty solid brew and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yet another huge thanks to Paul Springs (best bestman ever) for bringing this gem to my wedding. Reviewed from notes from my mindbogglingly awesome beer infused pre-wedding party on 10/10/08.

a: Hazy amber body creamy off-white head.

s: Sweet medicinal malt.

t: Deep and complex, like every other beer Paul poured that night. Sweet medicinal malt matches some big hops. Sort of like a hoppy barleywine. ABV isn't hiding.

m: Big bodied and sticky.

d: Big on complexity, but big on sweetness too. A little too much sweetness for my taste. Still, it is very good.

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Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a couple bottles of this quite a while ago from somebody that I can't remember (I think it was SPLITGRIN and TheodorHerzl, but don't quote me on that). Drank from my Stone India Pale flute.

Appearance- Pours a semi chill hazed orange red with a nice sized fluffy bright white head. The head recedes very slowly leaving a decent cap and collar and plenty of lacing.
Smell- Loaded with citrusy goodness from top to bottom. Pineapple, peaches, mango and oranges are almost overwhelming. The fruitiness reminds me of Dreadnaught but this seems to have a bit more malty sweetness. Some toffee and brown sugar and even a dark molasses like element. Whiffs of alcohol are also hiding in the background making its presence known.
Taste- Plenty of bitter hoppy goodness that isn't quite as fruity as the nose led me to believe. Some grapefruit and maybe a bit of pineapple are about the majority of the fruity goodness. Most of the lupulin in this bad boy is an earthy lemongrass like herbal-e-ness that is pretty damn good. A bit of residual sweetness lends a toffee like element that helps balance some of that bitterness a bit. Not overly sweet by any means but definitely something there.
Mouthfeel- Fairly big body but it tends to get a bit thin towards the end because of the alcohol. Warming too.
Drinkability- This is a nice big brew that is really drinkable. I was in the mood for something hoppy tonight but not ridiculously crazy. Although it was probably more on the "ridiculously crazy" side of the hop scale but either way it was good. Big thanks again to those generous folks!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheodorHerzl for the opportunity to try this one:

A: A murky golden-brown. Sticky, white head is kinda foamy with big bubbling. Retention is fair, but the lacing is fabulous.

S: Muted hops - still big, but it is apparent at the way they present themselves that they have mellowed substantially. Some grapefruit and pine hints, fusel alcohol, a malty backbone that has come through much more with time. Some soft hints of oxidation - butterscotch and scotch tape, very mild on the nose.

T: The remnants of hops that once were - it has aged rather well, still holding onto big, resiny pine flavours and spicy alcohol. Some caramel flavours.

M: A full medium body with a bit of chewiness, a little stickiness and a very light drying finish.

D: Big sipper, and a pretty solid beer - not horribly surprising, I suppose. Just another case of living up to a fine reputation with a solid drink.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bad boy up in August '07 at West Lakeview Liquors, I've been cellaring it since then but just couldn't wait any longer.

Brilliant clear copper color with ample creamy off-white head. Fruity sweet smell with strong floral hops. Very full and powerful smell.

Sweet fruit, apricots and grapefruit, solid caramel malt, floral hops. Alcohol is clearly present. Medium to full body, almost chewy.

A sipper for sure, but a good one-timer. When I see that FFF logo, I know I'm gonna like what I get.

Tasted on 7/5/08.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a fingers worth of white head that turned to lace on top of a hazy tan body

Aromas of caramel malts and a nice hop profile as well the citrus and pine is really noticeable

The taste of hops comes to the front then it is followed by the nice malt sweetness to balance it out

Medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it interesting slightly sticky

Great bottle I got it from some great BA but it has been in the cellar for a while so I can't remember who. I spilt it with my brother in law and we fought over the last drop great drinkability, would love to get my hands on more

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Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A had a bottle that had been cellared for a year thanks to RixBeer!
Pours a cloudy, opaque orange-reddish color. There is very thin white head, which I think would have to do with the cellaring.
Smell is very nice. A very balanced smell of different malts and hops. The malts have a strong toffee smell. The hops are stronger with a citrus taste with a bit of grapefruit and even a little apricot.
The taste is very nice as well. The taste is dominated by the hops. A strong grapefruit taste, along with a floral bit as well. There is a tad bit of a nice, undertoned alcohol taste as well.
Mouthfeel has a nice smoothness to it, along with a sharpness that adds a nice bite to the feel.
This beer is incredibly strong, but it has such a nice balance and smoothness to it, that the drinkability is very nice. A very nice showing with a ton of great balance. Very nice beer.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, many thanks sprinkle for yet another hook up.

First slow pour from the bottle is a clear deep golden amber with orange coppery depth in the middle and honey edges. Thin tan cream head settles down to a film and foamy collar.

Nose is expectedly hoppy. Pine sap, and juicy too, bursting with peach and big sweet overripe grapefruit, kinda like you could chew on the smell alone. There's a faint sugary sweetness, and a full bready aroma there also, but mostly building up the other smells and not really coming forward. Plenty of alcohol mixed with resin in the back.

It's a biggie on taste. Caramelly malt sits on the tongue, pleading with me not to swallow and destroy it into hop bitterness. Decent malty depth, but little match for the heat to follow. Pine cone flavor is very nearly harsh, but oh so good. Numbing momentarily, flavors lost in a brief flash of bitterness and alcohol, then settling back down to a sticky, bitter, chewy end, finally dying off with some bready flavor. Interestingly the bitterness seems to hang around from sip to sip and grow with each taste.

This one's full and hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. I'm sure too big for a lot of people, and even for a hop-lover the experience is pretty serious. ABV and intensity make it harder to drink a lot, but man is this one worth a try.

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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 FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with no head to speak of. Smell is patented FFF piney hops. Taste is more of these piney hops, some of the citrusy flavors come through to balance out the pine flavor. Very good mouthfeel. Not bitter or cloying. Very good beer and here's to the next 10 years!

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright hazy orange. Thin off white head dissapears rapidly to a thin spotty lace.

S- Pungent citric hops with a orange sugar cookie dough like malt component. Some spicy phenol aromas present.

T- Massive citric hops upfront, almost like biting straight into a blood orange peel. Mid palate some bold sweet caramel and tofee malts take over. Finishes with ultra bitterness and a warming alcohol coating the tongue and throat. This must be a Three Floyds brew.

M- Moderate to slightly sticky feel. Oily hops coat the tongue.

D- Definatly a sipper, and a good bomber to share. For a the abv, the alcohol is kept somewhat in check, but asserts itself along the ride.

This is another classicly bold brew that I've come to expect from Three Floyds. More of an American Barley wine to my palate, but one to definatly check out if you get the chance. Tread lightly here.

Huge thanks to Davideddie for the opportunity and another extremely generous throw in. The karma is with you my friend.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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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 JDV
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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

Smell: Dew dampened hay bales and a fresh cut of cedar, some maduro smoke and raisin bread just for laughs.

Appearance: A burnt-orange amber tinted by a mildly viscous haze beneath a thin, worked for, and hastily retreating head.

Taste: My immediate reaction is one of Bigfoot memories. It's got the hop profile and weight of it, anyhow. There is a sense that this starts to taste like the smell of lily of the valley, those little white, strung-light flowers of spring that hide inside of lily fronds in late Wisconsin Mays. I hear those things are poisonous, but in this context, GIVEMEBACKMYSON is sans concern. Making some headway and this starts to dig in its heels and shoulder up what is proving surely to be quite the expensive trucks full of malted barley. At first a biscuity notion prevailed, but now all I can think of is rye bread, pumpernickel, dandelions, pine tar, sinsemillia and mango peels. All in one bowl, drenched in braggot. But that goes without saying, right? This reveals numerous complexities, but they come in peeks and furtive glances rather than a full-out peep show of nuance. A sip or two would give me the idea that somebody had cracked one of my 03 Bigfoots for about 3 hours, then decanted and served it to me for a surprise. A (much) longer look brings forth unmentioned ideosynchracies to this bruiserweight barleywine. I didn't mention alcohol for a reason, but I'll bet there's plenty of it here, albeit in masquerade.

Mouthfeel: Mercifully low on CO2, which made it possible to hide heat, booze, and etcetera. A bit slinky down the back.

Drinkability: I had a bomber's worth. I'd recommend splitting one if you can. With me.

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Photo of genog
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #300

I decided to pop this one out of the cellar during the Blizzard of 2008. Can't go anywhere so I started to raid the cellar.

Pours a very cloudy bright orange color with a little bit of some off white head on top of the body. Smell is very strong full of grapefruit, and hoppy citrus, with some sweet characteristics that tell me its gonna be strong in the malt profile. Taste is a punch of hops with grapefruit, a little pine and definitely a lot of malty sweetness. Mouthfeeling is very strong as this one is a powerful brew. I'm definitely glad that I bought a few.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of blakesell
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper body with an off white head. There are lots of things in the smell; alcohol, pine needles, a little malt, and cherry. The taste starts with a slap of bitterness, then a bit of alcohol burn, then some sweetness; like caramel, then a real woody aftertaste. Nothing is out of line here, everything just blends together, but you can taste the individual flavors. Nice medium-full mouthfeel. The heavy alcohol makes this a good sharing beer after dinner.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and creamy head into a snifter, left a think ring and lace but billowed nicely with a swirl of the glass. the body was a thick and dense amber color. looked heavy in the glass.
s - hints of grapefruit with a syrupy malt sweetness.
t - very complex...grapefruit, caramel, sugar and cinnamon spices, biscuits and the finish goes back to citrus but it has really mellowed out.
m - clean and smooth but very creamy.
d - well done, hard to believe it's 10.5% as you're drinking it until you're done and you have a nice buzz.

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Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother picked this one up for me and I have no idea why I have waited so long to enjoy.

A: My favorite beer label to date adorns the front of this one. Pours a nice honey orange color with very little head. Appears pretty flat with not much carbonation. Lacing is almost nil as well.

S: Sweetened citrus, mostly oranges and sugar sweetened Florida pink grapefruit. The malt can be detected and comes at you with a brown sugar aroma.

T: The malt makes its self known from the start. Brown sugar and molasses tastes seem to just sit on the tongue. The hops then start to thrash at the tongue and throat. Nice bold citrus with the sweetness of pine. The hops seem to linger and a hint of booze can be noted in the finish.

M: Thick and chewy for a strong ale. Not much when it comes to carbonation but the alcohol seems to cling and warm as the contents disappear.

D: Rather enjoyable with great taste makes this one another fine FFF beer.

Overall: I really liked it. FFF put out wonderfully hopped beer and this is no exception. I am really glad I got to try it. My only wish is that I had more than one.

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