Leo V. Ursus: Fortem
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Leo V. Ursus: FortemLeo V. Ursus: Fortem
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Imperial IPA
4.18 | pDev: 7.42%
Thursday at 12:23 AM
Feb 21, 2017
Fortem is a new-age imperial IPA that draws upon a range of influences, all while exhibiting DNA from our own forays into the IPA style. As such, it blends newer hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany along with pale malt, wheat malt and flaked oats for a full body and rounded mouthfeel. Fortem has been left unfiltered for a full hop impact.
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Mystery beer courtesy Roy_Hobbs as part of NBS BIF #15. The only clue is written on the plain paper wrapper: “Ovaltine couldn’t finish, can you?” Well, of course I can. 16oz can, date covered (upon uncovering, canned on 3/1/17), style unknown. Poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very dense and murky dark orange color with over an inch of just off-white head that had good retention and very light lacing hallmarks of the Murkbomb style. 3.0

Some frooty hop aromas popped out of the can upon opening. Upon closer sniffing from the glass, a dank (a dirt basement dank, like a serial killers basement, not weed), musty scent took over from the frootiness. A stale hop scent. Some light grain, and perhaps a touch of pine as well. 2.75

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16 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Canned 3/21/17, had 4/12/17.

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Leo V. Ursus: Fortem from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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