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 CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantabulous Resplendence XI, courtesy of hrking - thanks!!! Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull reddish amber with a foamy, one-finger head, complete with that sort of retention and lacing - blobby, sticky, foamy - that you'd come to expect from a highly-hopped beer. Lacing is initially a little sticky, leaving blobs and fingers of lace, though it fades eventually and little is left.

Aroma: Very herbal and almost vegetal in places, though with a few floral and lightly fruity hop esters. Not too complex, and not the best balance of hop aromas, or, at least, my favorite.

Taste: A very herbal and piney hop profile. Tons of tobacco and mint, with flourishes of other hop notes - spruce pine, juniper berry, heavier citrus notes. There are also a few spice notes (reminiscent in places of ginger) and a big, dry, biscuity, heavily roasted malt backbone. Bitterness is moderate, mild even - this is more of a flavorful IPA than a hop bomb IPA, and though the flavors are well-balanced, they're only mildly interesting.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, though with mild, subdued carbonation in a relatively thick body. However, it somehow still manages to be somewhat uneven, fluffy and crisp, but sort of craggy, if that makes sense.

Drinkability: A bit of a letdown from 3Fs, who I've come to expect bolder, more robust hop profiles from. This one was just a little too dry and leafy for my tastes. If that's your thing, then this beer is probably definitely for you, as it's decently flavorful and balanced, just, in that direction. The alcohol is well-hidden and of a reasonable level, too, so - although I won't be trying it again (not that I'd have the chance to, right?) - perhaps you should.

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

Poured cool from a 650ml into my great lakes christmas ale glass.

A - Pours a gently hazed apricot color w/ a quickly devolving bone white head which gathers in bubbly patches around the surface of the ale. The lacing is moderately well clinging

S - Very floral both w/ hops and mild jasmine tropical and a hint of pineapple in the nose

M - A very soft and moderately carbonated w/ a mild malty feel and restrained bitterness. The finish is slightly sweet and herbal w/ a light resinous quality

T - A subtlepin hint w/ floral/herbal and spiced hop elements. The fruit in the flavor is subtle white grape and prominent pineapple w/ a nice touch of alcohol alongside a hint of mild and semi sweet malt which echoes a jasmine tea-like tropcial ltwist w/ minty notes. Green pepper spice and vegetal elements w/ green tea and tangerine sweet notes. The malt is slightly sugary but it stays balanced w/out any perfumey aspects from the jasmine.

D - A great beer-very nuanced and w/ so much hop taste w/ such a minimal amount of bitterness. A plethora of hop flavors yet the jasmine adds to the sweet herbal resinous quality making the ale very drinkable and you don't notice the alcohol, just the warmth in the belly and pleasant flavor floating across the tongue - an excellent infused ipa of quality.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tattorso for this one!

Pours hazed orange-amber with a head that has little retention. Very few dots of lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is of tropical fruitiness/cirtus and some caramel.

The taste is tropical and citric fruits. On the sweet side of the style. It has some spiciness and a leafy finish.

The feel falters a bit, going towards watery, yet stays on the light side of medium-bodied. It is smooth.

An easy-drinking, hoppy, but not bitter, ale. Though I haven't had many of this brewery's beers (inc. a couple more than I've reviewed), I do notice a certain house character, which is a nice one, and this one surely has it prominently. Overall - nice, but nothing great, esp. for an anniversary ale from a very respectable brewery.

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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 NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a decent sized white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Citrus hops, a little grape like, malt backbone holds up well, a little hint of pine as well.

T: Nice citrus taste, very tropical in character, again with some grape taste, very slight hint of pine and mild bitterness in the finish. Very mild tangy taste, with malt backbone not quite as strong as the aroma.

M/D: Very nice mouthfeel, smooth, carbonation is just right. Light to medium bodied with very good drinkability. Not the most complex AIPA but a good representation of the style.

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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 mully
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 corey0212
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from ckeegan04 in the Secret Santa '08!

Pours a glowing honey/amber/orange color, minimal soapy tan head fades fast, leaves a few stray spots of lacing on the glass. Lots of sticky sweet caramel on the nose, some citrus-like hop aromas creep in, but this one seems to be all about the caramel malt. More of the same on the flavors, some tangerine-esque hoppiness, but a ton of caramel on the tongue. A little chewy on the moutfheel for me, seems to be sticking at least its big toe in the Imperial IPA waters. This is tasty, but nothing I'd go way out of my way for again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange with a smallish off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet orange, caramel, peach and a bit of toffee. The flavor is spicy, floral, orange, very fruity and toasted caramel.. Finishes somewhat long and very floral and fruity. Medium bodied, sticky texture. Not really the hop bomb like other 3F brews but tasty nonetheless.

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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 beerad666
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 12/18/08. Thanks to brewslut for toting this back to me during her trip to Great Taste. Saved this one for my 500th beer review!

A - Poured a clear golden/amber-toned body with an attractive slow-rising effervescence and practically an entire hand of dense, frothy head that took a while to recede, but still held on like a champ and left thick swatches of bubbly lacing in its wake.

S - Sweet, candy-like hops with lots of fruity notes, especially pineapple, cherry and grapes, as well as hints of spring flowers and exotic spices, the latter of which are difficult to pinpoint. Perhaps jasmine or Asian tea-like herbs? Overall, this IPA boasts quite a pleasant, aromatic nose.

T - This Anniversary IPA is very candy-like and sweet with hints of caramel, dried apricots and pineapples, as well as juicy mango and citrus fruit. That's not to say it isn't hoppy, though. But the sweetness certainly takes a lot of the bite out of the hops. There is a slight piney hop bite in the finish, however, mixed with some floral hop notes.

M - Light to medium body with a syrupy texture and pretty lively carbonation. Finish is bittersweet, with plenty of sticky hops but also a candy-like sweetness on the palate.

D - Talk about a complex IPA! This one's got so much going on that each sip was an adventure unto itself. The sweet hops remind me of Gumballhead. Simply put, this IPA has FFF written all over it. The label features some fantabulous artwork too. I even have a poster of this framed and hanging in my office at work!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orangish-brown in color. Thin, off-white head is quick to fade. Very light lacing.

S - Very loud citrusy hop notes. Smells a little boozy as well. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine with hints of a little apricot as well.

T - Juicy citrus notes with a very faint sweetness. Bitterness is strong, but not overwhelming. Almost tastes like bitter citrus punch. Alcohol is not as strong in the taste as it was in the nose but is still present. Finishes rather sweetly with faint hints of bitterness.

M/D - A little on the thin side. Too muc carbonation and the flavors dont really stick in the mouth other than an astringent bitterness. A passable DIPA, but defnitley on the disapointing side of things.

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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 HopDerek
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this with me.

Poured a clear golden amber with thin off-white head. OK retention left some good lacing. Smells of candy, grapefruit, flowers, caramel malt, spices, and light pine. Tastes of candied grapefruit along with apricot and pineapple. Fresh cut flowers like jasmine, honeysuckle, and roses mix with apples, mango, and other fruits before some signs of caramel malt and biscuit are noted. Finishes with some light notes of pine. Medium in body, smooth with a nice fruitiness and just enough bitterness to tell it's an IPA but not lingering too long. A quality IPA, quite sessionable and easy to drink.

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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 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 dashirey
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a wonderful brillant orange colored hue with a nice solid head. Good retention with nice lace noted.

S: Wow this is not your typcial FFF brew. Jasmine is the first thing you smell. I used to have a Jasmine bush in front of my house and this one smells as wonderful as that shrub in full bloom. Beneath the wonderful floral perfume is some citrus and spicy hops.

T: Wow the Jasmine really comes thru in the flavor as well. Very floral, like you dabbed a bit of Jasmine perfume on the tongue. Citrus is there in a nice way as well as pine. The hops all meld together with a nice malt addition. This beer is one of the more balanced FFF brews around.

M: Medium in body with wonderful carbonation.

D: One of the most drinkable FFF brews around. I really liked it.

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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 cannabanaceae
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DrDogbeer
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Schneid for this one!! Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice dark orange with a thin white head. The usual, albeit excellent, aroma for a three floyds ipa/pale. Lots of citrusy hops on the nose. Fantastic. Taste is not what the smell would indicate. More of a mild ale. I dont get a lot of hop bite. But very easy to drink. Would be a wonderful session brew.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice white head.

Scent of hops, apricot, mango and caramel malts.

Taste of bready malts starts, leading into a creamy flavor with apricot and hops finishing dry.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, very nice.

Drinkability is excellent.

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