Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary AleFantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
133
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. Viggo threw this one in, so thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 29/08.

pours nearly clear deep orange with a small fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. light alcohol. light belgian spice. orange and tangerine. white bread. cracker. nice floral character too.

taste is good. jasmine. bit of tangerine, but less citrus than i got in the aroma. medium-low bitterness level. cracker and white bread. bit of grain.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and fairly tasty overall. not quite to my taste, but it was neat.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Phil. Tried 13 Sep 2008.

Medium sized beige head. Moderate carbonation. Bright oaky color. Lots of fresh hop aroma, citrus, pineapple, some caramel. Very juicy sweet to start. Well balanced with resin and caramel throughout. Finishes moderately bitter. Medium body. Alcohol not particularly noticeable.

Not an in your face hopped up IPA but very tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a clear and clean amber/honey. A thin finger of light tan foam is watery and soapy looking, leaving a thin craggy film of lace behind.

Aroma - light citrus, grapefruit mostly. Not real intense but it's pretty good.

Taste - biscuity caramel grains, brief but a proper start. The hops move in evenly and smoothly, light and sweet at first. After the swallow, there's more of a grapefruit flavor and some pine as well. The swallow dries out a bit but stays nicely balanced. The finish is even, tasty, and enduring.

Mouthfeel - solid body, good smoothness, somewhat subdued carbonation.

Drinkability - very tasty and sessionable stuff.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: Mine poured a fairly clear amber color. There was only a small off-white head on mine, with minimal lacing. Aroma is a little lighter than I expected. Main notes are of caramel and grapefruit. There is also a spice, which i suspect is the jasmine. Definitely some grapefruit hop bitterness to the taste, but not overly so. Decent malt body, with a touch of a biscuity taste. Nice.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 katan
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint, no date that I can find

A - Pours a very clear gold - almost a dark gold color. Head formation was almost non-existent, with only a while film forming. Carbonation is present in the form of a small bubbling.

S - A combination of fruity sweetness from the hops and a small malt background. A hair of acidity shines through.

T -Starts off with a light hop flavor, grapefruit and other lightly floral flavors. Bitterness is very restrained, with only a light bitter background. A fairly monotone beer until the last flourish, where a stronger more grassy hop bite comes in. Does roll back to more of that grapefruit sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate mouthfeel - its all driven by the beer with the carbonation bite being almost non-existent. A strong alpha acid base in here, leaving behind a tongue sticking residue.

D - A fairly easy drinking IPA - ABV is on the high end for the style, and the flavors may actually be not assertive enough.

Not quite the hop bomb of many other IPAs, this one does still lead with a grapefruit hops hit. This beer doesn't really distinguish itself in any one way, just making it an overall solid beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky apricot with fuzzy amber trim. Even though the beer might actually be resplendent if filtered, this is a much better look. The fantabulous looking crown is French vanilla in color and picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. A tremendous amount of tremendous looking lace makes the appearance score an easy call.

The nose, while pleasant, isn't as bright and as pungently hoppy as I've come to expect from Floyd, Floyd and Floyd. It features plenty of apricot and juicy orange, with the suggestion of something floral... that is almost certainly jasmine.

FR XI AA is definitely tasty stuff, even if it isn't better than the Three Floyds standbys that I pick up whenever I pass through the Chicago area on I-80. It's high time these guys resumed distribution to stores more than 5 miles from the brewery. Seeing Alpha King on local shelves again would be great.

The malt backbone is semi-sturdy for the style and tastes like mostly pale with a little light caramel for good measure. The hops have undoubtedly taken a hit in the several months since the June release, but they still carry a crisp, biting bitterness across the mouth and tongue. Well, maybe it's more of a nip than a bite.

Orange and ripe apricot are still out in front, with pink grapefruit zest making a valued contribution. The jasmine adds a musky, floral quality that is different and interesting. That said, IPAs are all about hops, and are better off without any freakin' flowers.

The mouthfeel would be better if it was a bit bigger. While it's more APA than IPA, it's so perfectly carbonated, and makes the beer so damn drinkable, that the above score is an easy call. Then again, this is a summer release and shouldn't be the least bit heavy.

With Fantabulous Resplendence XI, Three Floyds Brewing has created delicious, drinkable beer that isn't quite good enough to be considered for regular release (not that that was ever on the table). That just goes to show that what would be the flagship beer for a lot of breweries wouldn't even crack the upper tier with the Master Brewers From Munster. I'm already beginning to drool in anticipation of Fantabulous Resplendence XII.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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 SupaCelt
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange pour with a small and shortlived head. Not very bubbly. Some lace develops.

The nose smells like old funked hops with caramel apple tones.

The taste is mellow and laid back. There are definitely some apple skin tones. Light bitterness and tame hop character accent the malt. Comes off bready. This is a much more subtle and gentle brew than I had expected it would be.

Mouthfeel is light and watery. It goes down easy and is quite smooth.

The drinkability is good. There is nothing overbearing or intense about this beer and it is quite easy to drink. Overall not highly exciting, but a quality beer nonetheless. Procured in Chicago under the guide of BogMonster.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/apricot color with a rocky head that leaves some webs of lace behind

Smell: Pineapple, honey and jasmine tea

Taste: Opens with a biscuits and honey malt profile that quickly adds a fruity bitterness; not the typical IPA bitter bomb, but something much lighter and fruitier, with lychee and pineapple, in additon to the orange; the jasmine comes into focus after the swallow, with a very leafy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite IPA by a long shot, but this does bring a different twist to the style; a bit maltier and more meadlike than I would have expected

Thanks, rhinos00, for the opportunity and ThomasHardy, for the chance to try it with a little age

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 3. Big thanks to Viggo for breaking this out!
Light haze, more orange than amber, kind of like dark apple juice. It had a fine white collar after the pour and left some stickage on the glass. Aromas of herbal tea, jasmine, grass, tangerine, juicy. Medium bitterness, herbal hops with a little citrus thrown in. Biscuit and bread, mild yeastiness. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and off-dry. Easy drinking and tasty, with a twist!

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Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, thanks to Lexx for picking this up.

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, few lace spots, looks okay. Smell is interesting, some pine and grapefruit, pineapple, alcohol, caramel, jasmine, a bit bready, nice hoppiness, some vanilla, would have liked more jasmine. Taste is similar, flavour is quite light, some jasmine tea, caramel, light bit of tropical fruit, matcha tea, strong and almost astringent bitterness, some bread, sharp finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Thought the carbonation was a touch to low, missed out on a lot of aromatics. Interesting concept but could have been better.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours more like a very nice APA than an IPA. Exceptionally dark auburn with a white, retentive head.

Smells kind of bland. Lightly weedy, medium hoppy, like a mix between a Helles and an APA. Even as it warms, no real depth or interesting complications emerge.

Tastes like it smells only a bit more firm. The most dominate flavor, oddly enough, is the distinctive FFF yeast strain, followed up by floral weediness (once again reminiscent of a Helles) and ending with a long, dull west coast hop. Pretty good, but nothing great.

As solid as this beer is, I can't help but be disappointed by it. Call me old fashioned, but if a brewer charges a disgusting amount of money for 22 ounces of beer, I expect it to be something special. Surly understand this, Dogfish Head understands this, Alesmith and Lost Abbey understand this. FFF used to seem to understand this principle, but they don't anymore.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light orange amber color with a full finger off white head that resists fading. Spotty patterns of lacing in its wake. A little subdued, there is a nicely balanced sweet earthy malt aroma over a fruity hop character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light-medium bodied. The lighter body carries over into the modest hop and light butterscotch sweetness. Finishes very clean. Easy drinker; this 7% ABV beverage is a good session ale. Appreciate the folks at FFF cranking this one out to that we might share in the celebration of Number XI!!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber in color with only a minimal half inch head that's gone by the time I get to my chair.
Smell is grassy, piney hops. Taste is a very smooth, easy drinking IPA. Very balanced and way too easy drinking. A little thin. I was expecting something huge and abusive from FFF, but this is very refined.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great orangey, deep copper amber color. Good, IPA-ish two finger head. But quickly recedes to nothing in the blink of an eye. Not good for an IPA in my eyes. Sorta cool to watch the small bubbles slowly chugging their way to the top of the beer. Faitn orange mint julep hop aroma and some. Maybe some orange drink splashed in there too. Good toasted, biscuit caramel malts in the nose as well. Very mild toasted malt mixed with some light herbal mint at first. The hops then develop slowly but surley into a really pronounced orange peel that lingers for quite awhile. Mild to start, then stronger as the lingerering flavors take control. Tastes very sessionable. No noticeable 7% abv in this beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by BuckeyeSox through trade (thanks Dev). I shared it with my wife, who pronounced it "yummy". Damn but she was right this time. The beer is a hazy light orange color with a thin white head. The smell is floral, like a fresh hop ale mixed with a honey ale. It tasted just as awesome, very floral hops with some jasmine or honey or something similar in the flavor. Drinkability can't be improved, it was gone before I knew it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am very sad it disappeared so quickly. I'll grab more when I drive through IN or Chicago if I see it.

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Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished amber in appearance with a white tight head that leaves a nice lacing in it's wake. Good retention as teh nice half inch layer hangs around for the entirety of the brew.

Just a damn fine classice midwest IPA aroma. Huge grapefruit with other citrusy aspects. Hemp oil with a lemon zest and a underlying of bready malt.

Huh, well I was expecting the hops to dominate but this may be the most balanced brew I've tried of 3 Floyds. Biscuity bready malt in the forepalate leading into a cereal type grain in the middle with a resiny, citrus induced hop on the finish yet not overly bitter.

The only problem with this is it seems slightly to thin in the middle and short on the finish. With the mouthfee withstanding this is one damn drinkable beer that seems much less than 7% ABV in alcohol.

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Photo of badbeer
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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 JMBSH
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 133 ratings