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Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence (X Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Our small, well respected brewery is based on creating uncompromising artisinal ales of unusual character, which is what this, our 10th anniversary ale, is. Strong, hoppy, unique and delicious, defying definition. Enjoy, and thanks to all who have supported us through these 10 years. Art done by Chris Berg a Dutch artist living in Chicago check him out at around the Coyote art fest Chicago


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Draught @ FFF in Munster. Wow.! A perfect beer... rich and malty, thick and substantial, amazing feel in the palate, richly hopped but well balanced. I tried to buy a growled but hey just didn’t ! Amazing !

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Aroma is a solid layer of all that seems best in American hops,pretty hard to detect anything else,upon tasting if you use the Sam Adams glass ,you do get a little carmel sweetness on the tip of the tongue,but very quickly the pine and grapefruit totally overrun the whole tongue area and you are left with yummy hop flavors and savory bitterness. Finishes a little thinner then you would expect. A wonderfully appropriate anniversary brew for Three Floyds,who has been one of the forerunners of displaying the glory and the majesty of the American Hop. If you want balance go somewhere else

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1320) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
This starts with a wonderful piney aroma with hints of caramel lurking underneath. It pours a cloudy orange with just a dusting of white head on top. The taste of this is a nice big hop bomb. Slight sweetness in the front, almost candylike, then the hops come in to curbstomp your tongue. Thick syrupy mouthfeel, long bitter finish. I’d think this would be classed better as a DIPA. I am somewhat curious what would happen to this after aging for a while, since at present, it’s a big beautiful hop bomb. But this is a nice tasty beer to ring in rating # 200.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Skeksi (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2007 does not count
Bought a couple bottles at binnys over the summer and loved it. Hope to find a few more before its gone!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of myself! Dark amber color. Smell of hops, malt, barley, caramel, pine, wine, copper, citrus, brown sugar, flowers, alcohol and a touch of vanilla. Taste of prunes, grapefruit, pine, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, orange zest, alcohol, hops, malt, minor rye, flowers and just a wonderful hop bitterness at the end. Great beer!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jezmez68 (395) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Holy moses! The 22 oz bottle doesn’t tell you that it’s 10.5% ABV, but after a few sips you can tell. Purchased for a mere $9.99 at Pat’s in Porter, Indiana. Go to Pat’s for your beer!!! Pours light brown with slight amber. I put it in a tall pilsner glass, very small head, no lacing. Smells fruity. Like other Three Floyds beers, the aroma is a bit different from the taste. This ale is actually a bit hoppy, but not dry-hoppy like an IPA, but more so like a Sam Adams, only not as "HI! WE PUT A POUND OF HOPS IN HERE! DIDJA TASTE IT? DIDJA?! DIDJA!? YAY!!! HOPS!!!" but definitely hoppy. Palate is what I call a bit chewy, only dryer. Goes down the esophagus with a slightly warm burn. This is a very nice beer. Not something you would want to spend all day with, but excellent to celebrate with. I’d prefer 22 oz. of this over a glass of Champagne on New Year’s Eve.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle. Sweet and rich aroma with a backbone that is barleywinish. Cloudy amber with a thin white head. Good contrast in color between the two. Beautiful lace. Heavy alcohol. Excellent b-wine. Fantabulous Resplendence is very aptly named.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
On tap at the brewbup: This reminds me of an even better balanced dreadnaught. While the nose shows more hops it has a lot of malt to balance it out and add to the complexity. In the mouth it is more of the same. I hope they continue to celebrate anniversaries with a brew like this...but every year, not every ten!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Phantasic IIPA or strong ale as they suggest. Great grapefruity fruitness that gives this beer its high marks. Pours a nice clear goldish/copper color with slight ring of bubbliness as a head. Mild pine mixed in the the fruitness making this agreat hop bomb. And the bottle art is some of the best I’ve seen.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pours a clear light orange with little carbonation and no head to speak of. Intense grapefruit, pine and peach aroma. Sticky on the lips. Lots of pine flavor upfront with a peachy malt flavor followed by a lot of bitterness and a little alcohol. The bitterness really sticks with you in the aftertaste. Similar to Dreadnaught but not as malty sweet. This is a fantabulous beer for the 10th anniversary.


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