Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence (X Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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

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3.6
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bomber via DavidP. The beer pours to a glowing shiny copper body with a dense but thin creamy white head. I love the color. The aroma is heavily hopped with lots of lemons, nectarines, peaches, and apricots. The flavor is a dry and bitter, seemingly stale amber malt and dry grassy hops. The palate is dry and bitter and syrupy. Overly bitter... seemingly randomly so.

4
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber body under a small light tan head. Wonderful aroma - big bright floral and acidic citrus hops. Good flavor - syrupy clean caramel malts with an entertainingly strong bitter and flavor hop blast alongside. No cohesive flavors but they’re fun!

4.6
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

3.8
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival on cask - Aroma is stinky ripe grapefruit and dirty malts. Pours transparent orange with no real head. Flavor is also strong grapefruit, maybe a little more on the sour end this time. Some caramel malt tries to balance, but doesn’t do a good job of it. Palate is sticky and tart. Now I have to get a bottle to compare.

4
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
[BCTC 07] Poured an amber color with a thin, sticky, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, light caramel malts, floral hops, citrus, toffee and a bit of dough. Taste was piny, with sweet caramel, tobacco, resin, light citrus, with a bit of spice, before leading way to just a little alcohol in the finish. Thanks to Frumpty for the sample!

3.7
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2007
On firkin. Perhaps the 10th or so beer I tried at Indy Brewer’s Guild Fest. (palate probably not burnt out, cleansed with some food just prior) Clear light orangy with almost no head, as I’d expect from a cask. Big hops along the lines of Gumball head. Citrusy orange, maybe Amarillo hops? A little herbal to grainy on the back. Not a lot of sweetness, nothing big and malty, but enough light sweetness to make it juicy. The body is thin, but this works for this beer making it rather quenching (Dangerous, now I realize, since I’m seeing the ABV!) . Still a bit creamy, which is nice on cask. Grassy to herbal to citrusy hops. Nice subtle sweetness, though again, not too malty. A good bit similar to Gumballhead in terms of hop profile. I could a lot of this on a hot day! (or so I thought!) A dry long finish. Alcohol finally pops our once that flavor leaves the tongue. Not bad.

4.5
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!

3.5
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal pours amber-orange w/ minimal head. Behemoth + Dreadnaught = Fantabulous. Nothing special. Too sweet and cloying. Difficult to drink. Major letdown.

4.1
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2007
22oz bottle pours bright amber with a fair offwhite head that fades back fairly quick but leaves some lace. Aromas of big grapefruit and pine and even some floral notes. Mostly hops there. Flavor is a big blast of those same grapefruit and pine hops but behind that is lots of apricot, some toffee, and some caramel behind it all. Interesting palate big and thick upfront but quite bitter and dry by the finish. Pretty nice brew...

4.4
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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