Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary AleFantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 110
Reviews by beerad666:
Photo of beerad666
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 22oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. It poured a hazy cloudy orange color with about two fingers of white fluffy head. The head quickly went down to just about nothing. The aroma is a nice sweet fruit with apples, oranges and a touch of apricot. There is a nice amount of hops but not too piney. The taste is nice and clean, very refreshing. A great IPA flavor that isn't too bitter, nicely balanced. Dry finish that is very easy to drink. It was really good but I didn't love it as much as many other Three Floyds.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy caramel amber body that has an eerie orange glow. Small offwhite head leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the tasting glass.

Aroma is knock-you-down hops. Pungent florals, herbals, grassy and earthy, with faint grapefruit citrus. A hint of caramel suggests some sweetness hidden underneath. A vague spiciness complicates matters.

Lovely mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation, highlighted by a resinous and herbal hop idolatry. Feels really good to swirl around on the tongue.

Taste opens with a grassy and earthy bitterness. Herbal, citrus, and floral notes quickly jump in, producing a savory hop bonanza. Don't know about the alleged jasmine addition, but there is a playful note of wildflowers midway through that gives the taste a lot of depth. Some sweetish caramel maltiness peeks through at times, and balances very well. No hint of alcohol in the taste, but there is a definite buzz at the finish.

What a showcase of hops! An appropriately well constructed, anniversary beer for TF that is extremely enjoyable. Fifteen bucks for a bottle in Evansville, but worth the experience.

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

Amber color with an off-white head that doesn't really retain well, but does hold a decent ring around the glass. Floral aroma with some butterscotch, apricots, overripe fruit, and just a touch of pine. Taste is of apricots, butterscotch, light tangerine, very lightly toasted bread, and some sort of flower-like taste. Body is less than medium with pretty light carbonation. Taste lingers, but also feels a bit watery on the tongue. Pretty drinkable, but way too high of a price for what is pretty much a below average Pale Ale.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber ought fresh and poured into a Duvel tulip. consumed on the date reviewed

A - Bright and shiny amber. Very clean looking as the beer has a nice reflective sheen to it. Seen a decent amount of carbonation trailing upwards. Had a white one finger head that went down quickly and left minimal lacing. On my second and more aggressive pour, I formed a nice one finger head that remained through out and left good lacing down the sides. This made the beer look great this time and I would definitely recommend an aggressive pour for this one.

S - smells is rather floral; get a hint of bitter grapefruit hops that is mixed in with a hint of juniper. There also is a strong amount of elderflower that comes forth. The nose is dominated by the floral odor with the normal hop smell lurking underneath. Also there seems to be a slight hint of caramel malt that makes me think of a floral DIPA since it has that sweet backbone in the nose.

T - The taste at first is a mix of grapefruit bitter hops, caramel malt and a hint of floral hops as well. As you drink it the flavors evolve throughout between these three elements. They ebb and flow making each sip a unique experience. To me, the floral hops seem to be the dominating flavor with the grapefruit and caramel malt is there to help it all balanced well together. The bitter hops are there and make their presence known but they are not dominating at all. The are not even close to the main aspect of the beer but instead just seem to be there to add some complexity to the brew. I have to say I enjoy this beer alot and the taste just makes me want to have sip after sip.

MF - Light carbonated and full bodied. I like that they are able to make the beer full bodied but it is not cloying at all. Leaves a nice resin residue on the tongue from the hops and a slight astringency.

D - Overall, this is a great beer to celebrate FFF's anniversary. I like how it brings out FFF's use of hops but manages to do so in a unique way. The juniper is there and adds some complexity in the beer. Yet, I enjoy that this does not taste like an herbed beer. They seem to keep the juniper in check by adding just the right amount. I will definitely drink the other bottle that I have as soon as I can for two reasons. First, I don't want the hops to fade away and secondly, I won't want to wait to have another bomber of this delicious brew.

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Photo of pwoods
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the sis(kels) for grabbing this for me while in Indy.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light copper with good visibility. 2 fingers worth of off white head forms and holds for a minute or two. Some lacing.

S: Lots of citrus; grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango, even plum. Very sweet, caramelly, rock candy. Definitely has some earthy, grassy, and floral hop character to it.

T/M: Bitterness is pretty tame... and not just for FFF, lol. It's at a respectable level but I definitely expected more. More of the same citrus side with the plum really standing out and adding a touch of tartness. The earthy, grassy, floral hops side is kind of odd... mixing Euro and American. Malts pretty much equal the hops making this feel closer to an Imperial Pale Ale. Sweet malts with more of the caramel and rock candy flavors. It has a bit of a starchy taste as well. Body is medium with smooth and creamy carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable and definitely interesting. Good to experiment with the Anny beers and I'm glad I tried it.

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

Thin crisp white head fades almost instantly yo leave only a few sparse bubbles. The color is darks straw, rich, bright golden hints

sweet hop aroma citrus fruits, maybe some melon.

rich, mellow this bottle is slightly oxidized. malt and hops blend for some earthy undertones. not as oppulently hoppy or hugely malt balanced as I was expecting, but still good

mothfeel is not as big as I was expecting -- carbonation is cleansing -- some oxidation and astringency linger a little bit
This is a very drinkable beer -- it is good but not exceptional. if it wasnt oxidized it may be a lot better.

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Photo of dashirey
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still going through some stuff from my summer trips!! We stopped a picked up some stuff near 3Fs on our way to the Great Taste. It was awesome trip to say the least, right Deuane?

A - Fluffy two fingers worth of head. Color is straw/orange/copper swirling and cloudy (pour from the bottom of the bomber). Looks a bit like the apple cider I had earlier this week, but a bit lighter. Plenty of visible carbonation bubbles rising towards the top.

S - Floral plus plenty of sweet fruits - some pineapple, apples.

T/M - Lighter mouthfeel and an airy taste. The carbonation and taste remind me a bit of champagne at first. Then the fruits hit, mostly apples and pineapples (those that were in the smell), then followed by some flowers. There is a spiciness that is hidden in there as well but I can't really put my finger on it.

D - Not exactly what I expected from this one. Not bad, just not what I expected. Good and unique for sure. Glad to have had a chance to have this one.

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

22oz bomber, west lakeview liquors in chicago

appearance: another great label in the tune of the 10th anniversary bottle with all the characters (so much so that i thought this was an old bottle of the 10th anniversary at first)...poured into a hopleaf tulip - beautiful shade of bright amber with a light cream head and very little retention to speak of

smell: sweet citrus nose, spiced tea, jasmine

taste: not as overpowering in the hop field as you would blindly expect from a three floyds "american ipa"...that said, this one still delivers a lovely bouquet of rose pedals and floral citrus hops matched by a unique jasmine/spice blend and a strong tea-like characteristic. The bitterness is on the light end of moderate and no alcohol is felt. strong herbal tones throughout - pretty good, but nothing in the vein of dreadnaught

mouthfeel: a touch dry, lighter side of medium body

drinkability: strong

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

Another fine beer from lightindarkness. Thanks dood! You are the man.

Appearance: This one's a little hazy and an attractive orange/amber color. The head was a little modest at only a finger deep. It's vanilla colored. Retention was on the short side and lacing was a little light.

Smell: The nose comes in a little weaker than I'd like it. It's still a nice smelling beer. It is citrusy and sweet. There's some grapefruit and a little pineapple lurking. Hops are easily noted and are rather diverse in character. The profile seems like a nice mix of pine, citrus, and floral elements. Hard to tell which is the strongest of the bunch. There's a little malt that's noticeable, but not much. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: Initially, it's sweet and a little sugary. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit flavors amplify the sweet factor a little. Hops are nice and bitter, but not at all what I was expecting. This is a surprisingly tame hoppy release from Three Floyds. It's out. I said it. I was expecting over the top hops. The hops primarily taste citric and piney, but definitely add an earthy, floral taste. There is a bit of malty sweetness, but the hops are a little stronger and it ultimately remains on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Nice and smooth. Carbonation is relatively low and attributes to its smooth, silky feel. Drinkability is very high. It goes down really easy and is perfect at 7% abv. I'd drink a six if I had one.

This is definitely a good beer. No doubt about it. It is a little odd that the hops seem to be a little tame considering it's from Three Floyds. Dare I's kind of...normal? I could use some more hops. Never thought I'd say that about a 3F beer. It's still very good and definitely recommended. Happy 11th!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade from Jeager. Thanks man. Pours a dark sort of honey color. No head and no lacing. No real hop smell at all. Probably because this is a couple months old now. Mostly just a malty smell. Tastes nothing like an IPA. Not hippy at all. You can taste hops but not much of them. Kind of sweet and malty. Mor e like a malty pale ale or something. Mouthfeel is ok. Needs a little more carb. Overall wouldn't buy it again. Maybe if I saw it on cask. Weird beer to put as an anaversery beer since I don't see it ageing well at all.

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

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

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

S: Much orchard fruit & a bit of leafy hop

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

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

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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin covering of creamy off-white head. Thin wispy retention yields a nice flareup and good swathes of lacing that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and earthy hops, touch of pine, big grassy feel, citric notes, and an underpining of warmth.

The taste is mellow and more moderate hop bitterness that's a bit on the earthy side. Splash of citrus and a sturdy feeling backbone of grainy malts add some balance. Bitterness lasts in the finish but then only moderately lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation and some noticable alcohol beef.

Not bad but I was expecting a little more from a Three Floyds IPA than this. The alcohol in this was a bit much and the hop profile was a little too muted and although this bottle was a few months past fresh (it was actually consumed in mid-November) I don't think that would have caused too much of a dropoff in flavor.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this extra Bobby91w!!!

Poured into pint glass. Small head ring around rim. No lacing. Nice carbonation bubbles. Color was a light amber.

Smell was carmel malt, belgium candi sugar, citrus, grapfruit notes and bubble gum. Wow what a nose.

Starts out sweet and tangy. Floral notes of jasmine and grape bubblegum come into play. Goes well with light hop bitterness. Mouth fell was smooth and cleansing to the palate. The sweet malt is balanced by thebitterness.

I fond this to be a strange example of a american ipa. it was more like a belgium ipa or B.pale ale. Art work on this bottle was unbelievably great. It was a sessionable beer. Hope to keep trying these 3 floyds anniversary ales by trading with the awesome beer heads in IN. Cheers

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Photo of Beertracker
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FFF Fantabulous Resplendence XI pours up fizzy with a thin, weakish head that barely bubbles above the hazy, burnt orange-tawny amber body. Virtually no head retention! The grassy, herbal aroma shows some late kettle hopage with some fruity esters (apple, melon, star fruit) & some grainy, toasted caramel/toffee notes. The flavor starts off rather syrupy with some toasted (biscuity/soda bread) character that eventually carries into a marked, but never harsh bitterness that delivers a malty, slightly spicy, warming finish. This medium-full bodied IPA grows on the tastebuds, but lacks continuity & that certain "Wow!" factor that we've come to expect from a 3F production. FFF Fantabulous Resplendence XI is less than spectacular, but not totally lackluster. Here's to eleven years of hand crafted Floyd brews in Indiana!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of akorsak
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber that my sister picked up for me in Chicago.

A: The IPA is a robust amber color, more orange than brown but just by a hair. Not much in the way of head or carbonation, just a miniscule white band.

S: Floral, the IPA doesn't skip on either the big hops or the jasmine. I haven't encountered jasmine on a regular basis but am mesmerized by the aroma. I'd be happy sniffing this beer all day long.

T: The jasmine dominates the ale from the get go, imparting a fragrant floral aroma that could easily pass for one of the more exotic (sorachi ace maybe) varietals. Orange citric flavors are apparent but without the telltale bitterness that they add. The hops in the ale remind me of cascade but are fairly subtle, allowing the jasmine to do all the work. The malts are also in the background.

M: The jasmine is interested but it is a one-trick pony. Nothing comes through down the line to back it up and that's too bad.

D: The alcohol is restrained, unable to muster it's strength under the jasmine. An interesting ale to say the least.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange color, dense foam, with light trails of bubbles passing through. Poured into a Spaten liter mug.

Once the bottle is opened, there's a whiff of fruity, resiny hops. It's got a sweet and sticky character, and brings to mind shades of Hopslam, though not as intense. Something wheaty reminds me of Gumballhead.

Amber malt flavors with some floral and fruity hop compliments. It seems to lack the intense bitterness of 3F's other hop bombs, but it writes a new page on versatility for 3 Floyds. Hints of tea-like herbals must be the jasmine that's added.

Medium bodied and relatively sessionable, it's still a sipper for me.

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Photo of jsh420
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy amber gold with a 2 finger head that laves lacing down the glass

smell - not much that i picked up on - slight malt and fruit

taste was much better but i thnik this one is well past its prime - taste sweet malts and a little floral with a bitter finish(ashy)

mouthfeel - well the carbonation is almost all gone from this one but still drinkable

overall - this has not aged well in 10 months but still better the some ipas that i have had fresh

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this bottle with me!

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dismal
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a really nice hazy orange with a very small white head that disappears really fast. Leaves very little to no lacing down the glass. The smell is really sweet, not as hoppy as what I was expecting. For an IPA it's kind of off or something. Taste isn't bad, not what I was expecting from an IPA but still it's not bad at all. Kind of hoppy but not to much, not very bitter and kind of sweet. For an IPA I was expecting more hops and some more bitterness. Still the taste is good. I don't know how fresh it is so I would love to try it fresh but I imagine it can't be that old. A fairly low ABV and it's really drinkable. Coming from Three Floyds I had high hopes for this one and it didn't quite deliver BUT it's still pretty good, I like it.

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Photo of errantnight
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I won this beer in a LIF from Shane... who was giving it a way as a memorial for a passed friend.

So I thought it was appropriate to pull it out and share with a good friend of mine, and old craft-beer-exploring pal, that I haven't seen in about two years when he came to visit.

Pours a rich, golden hue, amber hits, with just a finger and a tad of head, moderate lacing and retention. Looks just fine...

Aroma is interesting, it's hop-forward, without being a hop monster. The jasmine underscores and melds perfectly. Reminds me of some of the more successful blends I've come across of American hops with experimental or British (or other noble hop varieties). The floral notes are perfect. It's just a bit mild. This probably is more a reflection of the shipping process than it is of the beer.

The taste is superb. Easily my favorite pale/IPA/DIPA from Three Floyds (yes, moreso than Alpha King and Dreadnaught, yes I've had them fresh)... the balance is spot on, caramel sweetness rides through the middle but disappears on a clean, dry end, with citrus and melon blending with a touch of jasmine.

Mouth is maybe a bit thick, but lifts well.

Probably not the highest scoring Three Floyds beer that I've had, but I'd argue this should enter their lineup as a year-round IPA. It doesn't have the straight forward astringent bitterness of the Alpha King, and it's definitely not a DIPA. Seek! Drink! Enjoy!

Thank you, Shane.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice hazy orange with a slight white bubbly head. Leaves a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: Some caramel malt for sure. A slight overtone of a citrus and a touch of earthy hop scents. Hops seem to be muted as the malt seems to be the feature here.

T: I taste a lot of caramel malt here. I taste some faint citrus hops. It could be that the hops have died a little as this may not be at it freshest state. It's still pretty decent but could use a better hop kick.

M: Medium bodied and a little slick. A low amount of carbonation.

D: Overall it's a pretty decent IPA, but nothing special. It's not what I expect from 3 Floyds traditionally. I really expected more of a hop blast but that could be the slight age on the beer. Overall pretty decent but nothing special.

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Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 133 ratings