Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary AleFantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale
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American IPA
3.84 | pDev: 9.38%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary AleFantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 133
Photo of dismal
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 spointon
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazed amber-orange color with a 1/4" flat white head. The head dropped to a partial skim in about two minutes. Minimal spotty lacing down my glass.

S= This was a pretty disappointing IPA in the smell department. Must have some age on this bottle or something. A rich caramel maltiness and only a slight hint of hops in the aroma.

T= Similar to the aroma but with a bit more hop bitterness to balance the malts though. This is the weakest hop character I have exoerienced in an ale billed as an IPA. Finish was a bit drier, but still rather sweet.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft feel despite the steady carbonation release.

D= Not my favorite IPA and certainly not worthy of celebrating the anniversary of FFF. I would probably pass on this one if ever offered to me again.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: clear amber to ruby red color, thick frothy head that barely recedes to a few fingers thickness, nice fountain of bubbles in the middle
s: interesting mix of hops, vanilla-flavored cake and tart fruit
t: citrus theme throughout with minor appearances of hops and soft sweet malts, finishes slightly bitter
m: once it warms, a creamy delight with plenty of carbonation
d: an interesting mix that is very well balanced and pretty easy to drink

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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 jsh420
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Photo of srandycarter
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No hiss at opening. Hmm...

A - Pours bright honey, small lace, not much head.

S - Mostly solid malt. Not much hop here.

T - Sweet up front, bittering at the end with a not so enjoyable subtle sourness at finish.

M - LOW to NO carbonation. Medium body, not balanced.

D - Pass.

Maybe an old / bad bottle?

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The color is a deep caramel orange with an off white head. Though decent in color the head didn't stick around long enough and thinned way to quickly. While looking through the top, it does appear that this beer has a thick body.

Smell - Not very much to brag about in this category. Not much hops to speak of, but there is an overwhelming sweet malt scent. Citrus notes are present, but there is no hop smell to anchor this one.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Feel is pretty full and almost has a chewiness to it. Hops again are way too faint, but the caramel backbone certainly is a crowd pleaser. A little bit of a bitter note scratches at the tounge, as i'm sure thre hops have died a bit. Seems that orange and grapefruit are the chosen citrus fruits for this one.

Drinkability - It's been awhile since the realease of this one, so an accurate score might be a little far fetched. The months have indeed taken their toll, so i'll have to make sure to drink the XII next year as soon as it is released.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one right before the Anniversary X. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a golden apricot color with about an inch of creamy off white head. The head leaves a nice lacing on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of flowery, fruity hops, tangelos, lemon, orange pith, pineapple, a touch of honeydew, and sweet caramelized malts. Medium in both body and carbonation. Glad I had a chance to try this. Thanks to whoever sent it to me.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours orange with a white head. Not as much of a hoppy smell as I would expect but it's there, nonetheless. Taste is good, citrus/hops/floral with a nice finish (would like a bit more of a bite though). Mouthfeel is light-medium in body. Easy-to-drink beer from FFF's but they are a lot more IPAs out there I prefer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by shigedayo.

Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus hoppy and jasmine aroma. Medium body with a oily slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration.

Very good brew.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend of mine at Keg Liquors in Indiana. Split with my friend Billy and poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy orange with a bit of a brown tint. It has an off white tiny bubble head. It leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S: A hint of caramel malt, but its not very pronounced. Maybe some other lighter malts are mixed in. Just a hint of a grassy and citrus aroma. I have no idea how old this is, but the hop notes are more muted than I have come to expect from FFF. I drank it as soon as I bought it so it was as fresh as it could be. The score suffers a bit here, and maybe its unfair.

T: The taste follows the nose a bit. Caramel maltiness with what tastes like some other light malt taking the edge off the caramel. There is the faintest of tropical fruit flavors from the hops but it is very subtle. Once again likely an issues with age. I wish I had been able to try this one fresh.

M: The thickness is on the lighter side of medium for me. The carbonation adds a nice bit of creaminess though.

D: For the style and ABV, it does down very smooth. I do not know if its due to the muted hops from age, but at least if it is, it gets some points here where it lost them elsewhere.

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Photo of cvfish
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a hazy orange color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a decent lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were tropical fruits, some malts and hops

T - The taste of this beer was a little muted for an IPA, not a lot of hop bite on the end, very fruity with pineapples, oranges, and melons, malts on the beginning

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a good beer, like I said a little muted on the hop bite (and I'm not a hop head), very flavorable and a lot of craft to this one, should be worth a try

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Photo of nick76
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very sweet with citrus, pine, grapes, and malt. The appearance is hazy amber with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma with plenty of hops. The palate is typical for the style. Overall this is a pretty good IPA but lacks that certain something to make it great.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from some old notes I had lying around. I'm recovering from surgery, so now seems like the perfect time to put my reviews online.

Drank August of 2008 from an imperial pint glass. I LOVED the Fantabulous X, so let's see how this one stacks up... Per the notes, this is an American IPA (not a Strong Ale like the X) :(

Poured a crystal clear brassy amber with an attractive slow rising and dense light tan head. Great head retention and lacing.

Taste profile is VERY good. The 3F's hop profile amazes me again! I get all kinds of citrus including pineapple, mango and tangerine! Mix this delightful hops presence with semi-sweet caramelized malts and you get Fantab XI. Overall, the flavor profile is medium bodied and flavored, so it's not one that will kick you on your ass.

3F's, you've done it again - amazing stuff!

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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 Gehrig
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this with other Three Floyds wares at the sterling Sun Singer. Cider orange body with a thick, long-lasting finger of off-white head; good duration and nice lacing on the Duvel tulip from the 22 oz. bomber. Fine smell, certainly skewed toward the malt rather than hops, fruity--good overall, but not in my hopped-up wheelhouse. Delicious, smooth, malty IPA; good fruit flavor with orange, tangerine, and accompanied by ample caramel malt. Slight bite in the finish, certainly nothing obstreperous, in fact a good complement to the sweet-ish flavor overall. Eminently drinkable, Fantabulous Resplendence XI is a gem, good stuff, a step below the best IPAs, but solid, tasty, lacking noticeable flaws, and well worth procuring.

Another delicious offering from Three Floyds.

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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 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 ThreeWiseMen
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came my way via fogdog. Thanks again Kevin!

Appearance: Cloudy burnt orange body with thin, sticky, white head that doesn't retain well and doesn't leave any lace.

Smell: Bacardi Apple and caramel malt are the two things that jump out at me first. Yes, Bacardi Apple. Also getting some juicy pine and citrus.

Taste: Caramel malt, more malt, juicy citrus, a bit of green apple, and a light, herbal hop finish. Malt outshines hops quite a bit in this one, not that that's a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. A bit syrupy. Sticky and malty with a slightly dry finish. Full bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability: A pretty pleasant IPA, and definitely sessionable. I'm more used to west coast IPAs, but a smooth malty one like this goes down pretty easily.

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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 BrewerB
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to DIPA for the generous hookup on this beer. A great homebrewer and awesome trader. Cheers!

A - Poured into a North Coast nonic pint glass. Dark orange that borders on a light copper color. Clarity is excellent. Illuminated the beer shows a lighter gold type highlighting. Head formation was on the thin side, perhaps a finger thick. Head retention is disappointing. Slight lacing left behind as the foam retracted.

S - Hop aroma hits first. Nice burst of juicy pineapple. Following in quick session was a pleasant crackery malt character before a mango hop fruitiness made its presence known. Aside from the light cracker aroma, malt is fairly clean. Fermentation character is rather neutral and I'm not picking up much esters. Certainly looking forward to a taste.

T - Initial impressions include a surprise at the level of malt character. While quite clean, the malt does showcase a touch cracker flavor. Hop flavor is a bit underwhelming though there's clearly a bit of piney-ness going on. I was hoping for the fruity hops in the aroma to carry through and am a bit disappointed that I'm not finding them. Dry finish feels appropriate for the style. Bitterness is medium/medium-high and lingers on for a short time after the swallow.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation are appropriate for the style. No astringent harshness from the bittering.

D - Given such an inviting aroma, I was let down by what came through in the flavor. The beer certainly looks and smells good but the taste lacked the hop complexity I like in an American IPA. Good malt backbone exists so there's a potential for greatness. Maybe an issue of age? Certainly glad to have tried it though I wish I had someone to split this 22oz portion with.

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