Leo V. Ursus - Fortem | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Leo V. Ursus - FortemLeo V. Ursus - Fortem

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - gotta dock points here because it specifically says unflitered and the beer you pour is obviously filtered. Golden clear beer with a nice white head that leaves a good lacing.
S - big peach, tangerine, orange/pineapple juice, papaya, melon, honeydew, passion fruit
T - nice peach and tangerine, orange peel, papaya, melon, passion fruit, pummelo, very soft citrus
M - light mouthfeel, alc covered, carb appropriate, aftertaste peach and tangerine. It has a very soft mouthfeel.
O - im not sure how its obviously filtered and yet the mouthfeel is so soft. It may be that they cold crashed and left tons if beer in the bottom of the fermenter, but still. This is Budweiser clear.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome new one from these guys and a reminder that they still do hops as well as anyone. this is majorly fruity, with what seems like a huge mix of hops in it, glowing golden and frothy from the tap. it holds an inch of white head the whole time, and has strong aromas of mango juice and bitter grapefruit, lots going on, and insanely fresh. the flavor of the hops is very juicy, i get mango again for sure, but also a pungent bitter citrus profile, its quite distinct from other ipas really, in that it sort of comes in waves, flash of sweet fruit here, a blast of oily bitterness over there, its very west coast, but the hop flavor is all the way through it, not just in the middle or at the end where its usually found. there is also a lot of body here, and i would think there might even be some oats in it, tip of the cap to the new east coast craze, but this is pretty well cleaned up compared to whats popular out there, but the body and smoothness this has are awesome, and directly descended from that fad i would think. overall a really tasty (and way too easy drinking) big ipa. these guys needed a new beer in this style, and this is about as good as i could have imagined it being. i cant see anyone trying this and not loving it. deliciously different as they go!

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally this brew has appeared in DC! Got one from Total Wine down in VA.
Pour a bright yellow with a good amount of head. Head dissipated quickly though, leaving a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell of pine cone, grass and citrus (grapefruit). Strong hoppy and piney taste, but quite refreshing, and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Good malt back.
An excellent DIPA!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy, around a few weeks old

Hops: ???

Fruity as hell, but not juicy if that makes sense. It's not a hazy NE IPA but somewhere between coasts. Very solid effort.

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Photo of laketang
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured out into a tulip, was bright orange
with a nice white head and as I drank I had some good
initial lacing. dank, resinous, the balance of hops is
very well done to me. juicy, pine needles, orange peel, tangy.
drink while you can! ill do the same.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into nonic pint
Canned on 3/21/17
L-barely hazy straw color, with huge foam head, lacing
S- tropical fruit, pine bubble gum
T- sweet and tangy, jumping straight to the piney bitterness, and some alcohol with overtones of tropical fruit and bubble gum
F- medium bodied, slight creamy feel, above average carbonation, dry bitter finish that brings you back for another sip
Overall this is a unique DIPA, sweet and tangy with quite a perceived bitterness amongst a range of other flavors

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dank and piney notes are the most prevalent. Some tropical fruit shows, but not a lot. Moderately bitter with a nice pale malt flavor to balance it out.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 3/21/17; drank 4/26/17 @ the Yarchives. Cloudy orange appearance. A rough pour yielded a huge, noisy bright white head; thick, frothy lace. Caramel, grapefruit & pine notes in the nose. Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel. Watermelon jolly rancher & mild caramel flavors up front; dry booze heat & pine notes on the finish. Sweet, stick, dry & boozy; frankly, this was a mess. Permanent pass.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 03/24/17 on bottom.

A: Slightly hazy lemonade yellow with 1-2 fingers of off-white foamy head with average retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Aroma is not striking but solid with minty, melon, floral, and berry components with some tropical fruit punch. Malt and yeast are not asserting much presence.

T: Hops dominate not surprisingly but with a blast of fruitiness that covers guava, melon, berry, passionfruit, grapefruit, and finishes with a resinous and dank note that enhances the drying feel. Malt backbone is solid and provides some counterbalancing maltiness and light grainy sweetness. No yeast character and moderately bitter at most.

M: Exceedingly drinkable, light without feeling watery or thin, with even carbonation, and light-medium body.

O: A great new brew from FW -- sad to see Double Jack go but love this new brew and hope they maintain it in their rotation at this price point.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with good head and constant lace ring down the glass. The aroma is airy, mild, clean and slightly sweet and acidic. The ABV is well-hidden in this smooth and easy drinking beer that has its share/balances a tangerine almost tropical fruit sweetness with a slightly biting and acidic bitter hoppiness and finishes clean.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lemon, melon, pineapple, and grapefruit rind. Juicy, slightly bitter, with high carbonation. Makes for a very well done IPA. One of the better IPAs I have had from the brewery. Would pick this up if I could find this in cans.

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Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Leo v. Ursus - Fortem"
Tall can, "CANNED ON 03/21/17" on the bottom

Poured into a tulip glass. The look here is medium hazed, lighter amber, sort of a dull shade of orange juice...lasting cap rests on top and leaves somenice looking fine low sheeting and minor bits of lacing.

Soft and ripe fruity nose.

Soft on the senses, with loads of ripe fruit, pineapple, mango, some dull lime....tropical with low bitterness...nicely crafted, easy drinking and quite worthy DIPA, on the tropical/NE side of the style spectrum

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, extremely long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very alluring aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, and malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of caramel, some malt, a whole lot of fruit (pineapple, tangerine, in particular), lots of hops (but not too much), and a tinge of pine. A very big, complex flavor that's quite forceful, but not obnoxious. Incredibly tasty and surprisingly easy to drink.

F: A well-carbonated beer with super smooth, yet lively, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Firestone Walker is known for IPAs and this is one of their best efforts. Very well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2017-04-25 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2017-03-24

A - Pretty clear straw-gold with a 1.5-finger white head and nice lace.

S - Light pineapple, cracker (almost biscuit), melon, floral, hint of dank and earthy spice. Very enticing but restrained.

T - Hop forward but in a balanced, dank-subdued way. Melon, peach and fresh pineapple meld with the crackers-drizzled-with-honey malt sweetness. There's some white pepper and mildish earthy spice accents. It finishes with the perfect amount of bitterness to compliment the rest of the flavors.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Like light pineapple syrup at first but not cloying, and then with a drying finish (but not too much). Can't think of anything that would improve this feel.

O - Wow. I'm so impressed with the restraint/balance of this beer while still bringing delicious flavors and a good aroma. Love the feel too. This is masterful!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Leo v. Ursus - Fortem"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 03/24/17" and sampled on 04/25/17
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking can, but wow, that's a vicious new reworking of the logo! Looks like those two are in for a real fight. Let's hope that David Walker and Adam Firestone aren't at each others throats! Very hazy golden body. It appears almost orangish in a full pint. The white head was originally frothy and full but it's now settled to a creamy, solid cap. Small spots and craggy splashes of lace are left behind. The aroma is fruity and floral, mainly tropical with notes of pineapple, peach, and mango. There's a bit of chalky/mineralish citrus pith as well that's probably coming at least in part from the yeast. Oh, and that's reflected in the flavor, along with some grapefruit. I'd say it's got a light touch of grass as well, and some orange, but otherwise it's pretty much as the aroma suggests over a rich, grainy, lightly wheaty, and somewhat cereal-like malt base. The bitterness is there, lying underneath all of that, continually balancing and drying it ~ and I think the alcohol is doing the same thing. It doesn't stand out any more than it needs to, adding power to a strong beer, maintaining its presence and helping to balance it - dry, "spicy" finish. Medium leaning heavily towards medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge. It's delicately bristling on the palate, but also malty and thus creamy at the same time. Looking back, the surface covering has held, although a bit whispy on one side, and there's some pretty good sheets of torn lacing left behind. Overall pretty good, a very rich, fulfilling double IPA that really delivers on tropical fruit flavors. I love to relax at the end of a long day with a good, satisfying beer and this is a great example ` I'm just not sure I should drink a whole pint unless I'm ready for bed! Kudos to Firestone Walker. If this is strength (Fortem), I'm really looking forward to whatever is next in line.

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Photo of seedyone
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From can at home dated 3/21/17, Handsome pour. slightly hazy amber look with rich tight foam at the head. Aroma has a touch of pine with a big fruity hop presence. The pine doesn't manifest in the taste which is that of a big IPA with na'ry a trace of the bitterness I associate (& disfavor) with hops.

At 8.2% ABV, I think I'll save my alcohol consumption at that level, for the stouts I love so much, but that's me.

As Firestone Walker is one of my favorites, I had to give this a try. Glad I did, but it's the barrel aged stuff for me.

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Photo of Tryionn66
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: a hazy amber orange, clearly looks like an unfiltered ipa. Pours a nice silky head of about 2 fingers
Smell: the aroma is that of a very juicy NE ipa with strong citrus notes, orange being the most prominent.
Taste: it's very hops forward and juicy. Has a subtle tangerine taste.
Feel:quite carbonated which cuts into the silkiness of the beer but doesn't really effect it that much.
Overall: this is a great beer. It has a bold happy bite that melds well with the juicyness of the beer. Great for enjoying after a long hard work day. Which is how I'm currently enjoying this one

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy golden orange with a frothy head.

Aroma is an astringent citrus.

Taste is more of that orange/ tangerine citrus.


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Photo of dbl_delta
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 3/21/17 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, pale amber with a substantial eggshell-white head. Initial impression is sweet citrus, pineapple, mango, and a hint of caramel. Probably one of the juiciest, most flavorful DIPAs I've ever had. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Finish is fruity and sweet, with just a hint of bitterness. If I had a criticism, it would be that it's a little sweet for my tastes in a DIPA. Really, really well done, though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells pretty ridiculously nice, there's juicy and candied pineapple, Juicy Fruit gum, pine, citrus soaked weed, grassiness, and caramel malt. This smells super decadent.

The taste follows suit. I drink a lot of IPAs- and this one of the absolute best new IPAs I've had in the past year. It has such a nice balance of the various flavors- it's supremely juicy, with a nice grounding bitterness- it's herbal, it's dank, it tastes like sweet and fruity marijuana- I love it. The malt character shows up a bit- this is a West Coast IPA, after all, but the sweetness is adds is not overwhelming, rather supporting, and delicious and mildly caramelly.

This is medium bodied, juicy as all hell in the mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

This floored me. It's one of the best IPAs I've ever had, any type of IPA.

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2017-03-21

Pours a light copper with about a half finger of head. The nose is brightly hoppy. The flavor profile has a lovely array of citrus and pineapple notes but the hop bitterness is a bit wanting.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at local restaurant. Found this one to be rather unique in tone and texture. A slightly chalky backdrop for a tropical fruit infusion - lots of ripe mango peel and papaya that tastes straight out of a fruit buffet. I found the bitterness to be somewhat assertive, with almost a minty aftertaste. For my personal taste I wouldn't have minded if the feel was a bit lighter as there are pieces I like here but like a lot of DIPAs, the high ABV muddles the subtleties somewhat.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 03/21/17 - exactly a month old, nice and fresh!
A great big two thumbs up to the brewery for simply putting the canned on date on the bottom of the beer in plain english instead of using some convoluted dating code.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy, straw color with a one finger, off white head. The beer leaves intricate webs of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Pungent. Almost like a piƱa colada type smell with lots of juicy pineapple, coconut, condensed cream and hints of vanilla with bitter notes of pine sap and spicy grapefruit peel.

Taste: The flavor is out of this world. Tons of tropical pineapple and sweet grapefruit on the palate upfront mingled with notes of vanilla, honey and creamy malted cereal grains. The finish is long and smooth with dry, spicy notions of hop resin and coconut cream.
The beer is exceptionally well balanced and although the beer is bitter, it is at no times unwieldy or overbearing.

Feel: It's unfiltered so it's got a nice heavy mouthfeel. Full bodied and creamy. Low carbonation. Alcohol profile is virtually non-existent.

Overall: This is a pineapple and coconut lovers wet dream (which I am). The best imperial IPA I've tasted in a LONG time, by a mile. I've wasted my money on a few duds over the past few weeks, but every once in a while when you come across a beer like this it makes it 100% worth it. Looking forward to the other expressions in the series when they are released, in the mean time, I'll be running out to get more tomorrow.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can Date: 3/21/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is an opaque light gold. Lots of head and lots of lacing.

Smell is pineapple and white grapefruit. There is some more tropical fruit in the background (maybe mango), but it's more like a dried fruit than a ripe fruit. Overall, slightly sweet.

The taste is absolutely fruit juice, but it's one of those mixed ones. With orange, banana, and... grapefruit? Also a little guava and white raisin. Unfortunately, it all fades very quickly. The orange flavor turns to the rinds. No characteristic is overpowering, which is too bad for sweet and savory, but okay for bitter. And I can't get fresh leafy greens out of my mind, but I can't pin down the exact taste. Maybe it's mellow arugula. I also get some soda bread.

It is pretty easy to knock back. A swish gets lots of carbonation, but it's very fine. The aftertaste is the salad greens.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant gold with loose white head and moderate retention. Unfiltered, but not all that hazy or cloudy.

Smells of grapefruit, dank, lemon

Moderately sweet, some peach, more prevalent pine, some citrus notes

A good amount of malt, a bit of a dry finish, slightly oily

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