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Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary by Three Floyds Brewing LLC
American IPA
7.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 16 5 8 2009
22oz Bomber
$10.99
West Lakeview

Three Floyds 11th anniversary beer pours a shade lighter then amber and glows orange when backlit. There's a little haze that makes this beer difficult to see through. A standard pour produced a two finger creamy, dense, white head that eventually fell to a skim coat after a few minutes. The head left behind some moderate jagged lacing.

The nose is a surprise from a Three Floyds beer. OF course it's hoppy but the hops are very different than what I'm used to from them. As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by hugely floral hops along with orange oils. When I try and pull really deep I even get hints of pineapple. This beer smells like walking through a greenhouse full of blooming flowers. There's a touch of doughy malt coming through in the background but the hops steal the show.

Doughy and caramel malts hit the tongue first and lay a nice little foundation for the unique hop profile to do its thing. The floral quality brings a mild sweet aspect while also being very soft. Orange oils lay down a touch of bitterness mid-palate before the flower petals make their return on the swallow. The floral quality continues through the swallow and lingers for a few minutes. The citric hop qualities lend a growing bitterness with the more I drink. The flavor of this beer is as unique as the smell, but just doesn't pop as much as the aroma.

I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. The carbonation adds a nice zestiness to the medium body that makes it move quickly through the mouth. There's a little prickliness along with a slightly dry finish that helps accentuate the growing bitterness.

This isn't a monster hop bomb like most of Three Floyds beers but it is without a doubt hop-driven. The softness of the hop additions make this IPA incredibly easy to drink. If this was sold in six packs I would have no problem killing one off outside on a warm evening.

This is another good beer from Three Floyds. When I purchased this bomber I was expecting something along the same lines of last years Fantabulous Resplendence but instead I got a much lighter lower abv IPA. Although I do enjoy this beer I think its way overpriced for what it is. I'd love to see the guys at Three Floyds start selling this in six packs for a more reasonable price. I would pick it up often if that were the case.

Reviewed: 7/20/08

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 09/19/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2008
A - Pour produces a small, loose head that is tan in color. Recedes and leaves only a few wisps on the surface and a ring around the glass. The body is a nice orange color with a slight haze to it.

S - Lots of grapefruit right up front. Other citrusy notes float about. Malts provide a sharp sweetness that should balance out the hops a bit. A touch bready.

T - More balanced than the aroma. Lots of citrusy flavors combine with a light malty sweetness. Orange juice, grapefuit rind, and a touch of lemon. Marmalade (haven't thought that when drinking a beer since my last Bitter Brewer). Some more fruitiness with some apple juice and pear. Fruity and balanced.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Carbonation lends well to this beer.

Overall - Well balanced, super drinkable beer. It's not your typical FFF tongue buster with over the top hops. It's fruity and juicy and very nice.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 09/04/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2008
A big thanks to Viggo for bringing me this bomber while on his California trip.

Split this one with a friend, he poured it into his new Sam Adams glass and I poured into my Surly pint glass so I got to compare. His looked better with a good quarter inch of head throughout the longevity of the beer, mine looked pretty flat after 10 min. Golden sunset color with very little head, the thinnest white ring around the glass.

Ripe grapefruit, orange candy, lots of sweet citrus, caramel and bready malts, floral. A bit of orange marmalade. More toast and caramel open up as the beer warms.

Very similar to the aroma but with more toasted flavors…orange, bitter grapefruit, floral. Very little bitterness, semi-dry finish. Honey and apple sauce comes to mind too. A nice change for me, considering the monster bitter-hoppy IPAs I had last night…very fruity IPA.

On the low side of carbonation but it works well and makes it incredibly easy to drink.

I like this one.

Served In: Pint Glass

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