PhillyCraft (8196) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber bottle with Patty. Cellared for nearly two years. Pours an insanely bright, turbid amber-orange with a huge, craggy, fluffy beige head. Insane, chaotic lacing. Spotty and spider-webbed. Aroma of caramel, honey, ripe citrus fruit, toasted malts, and some hints of lemon zest and oak. Fuller bodied with a smooth, malty, vanilla-silky mouth feel. Finishes with tons of caramel and grapefruit. Further notes of lime juice, and pine needle crisp. Well balanced and full of juicy citrus flavors. Outstanding IPA. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle pours amber with a cream colored head. Obviously, and old beer, and IPAs don’t age well, so was not sure what to expect. Nose is caramel, almost butterscotch with a bit of spice. Taste is malty with good caramel flavor and muted grassy hoppiness. The hops have really gone from this one, as you would expect. No pine or citrus, as I would have expected. Overall, not a bad beer even still, but I am sure it was nothing like it was fresh. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2011
I found a lone bottle of this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee a few weeks ago, and I know it is an IPA way past its prime, but I couldn’t pass it up. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fuity. Zero hops. Medium body on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, cereal, with a clean aftertaste. This IPA is about two years old, and despite having no hop aroma, flavor, or bitternes, it is still very drinkable. I’m sure it is not as good now as it was fresh, but it has aged gracefully. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Another very well made beer, perfectly matched malts to hops, I just am not into the jasmine flavor, worth a try crossovert (14134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary. Im assuming it is just about a year old. It is a 22 ouncer with a big label with a cartoon painting on it. Is there plans for an XII I wonder?
Pours a hazy pale orange with a small head (even with a vigorous pour) that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty good.
Nice hops on the nose with some definite floral attributes. Im also getting some juicy caramel-like malt, though it is faint.
Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick and chewy with little carbonation. Taste hits you with hops a few different times, malt as it’s backbone, with bitter hop bite in the finish. It is also rather sweet. Slight bit of citric/acid sourness blends with the hops. Some piney notes as it goes down as well. Could have worked with more hops in this one.
The alcohol is well hidden, a nice trend on Three Floyd’s brews. I don’t know if this is that awesome or extravagant to tout as your anniversary ale but it is a solid American Strong IPA. No problems with finishing this bad boy.