Leo V. Ursus: Adversus | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Leo V. Ursus: AdversusLeo V. Ursus: Adversus
BA SCORE
95.1%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 284 ratings
Leo V. Ursus: AdversusLeo V. Ursus: Adversus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prodigiously hopped yet nimbly brewed with pilsner malts, Adversus ultimately achieves the improbable: a big, bold IPA made for summertime sipping. A hard-charging blend of Pacific Northwest hops leads the way, loading the nose with notes of stone fruit, pineapple, mango and earthy pine resin. Meanwhile, the use of traditional pilsner malts adds levity and dryness to the palate, allowing for a refreshing texture through the finish. The result is a double IPA that is high on hop aromas, balanced in bitterness and perfect for the long, warm days of summer.

Added by gatornation on 06-09-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,086
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
284
Liked:
270
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
6.28%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
54
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of DMc8ride
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy straw yellow color with a small white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Large note of grapefruit hits the nose first, followed by a lot of other tropical fruit, including pineapple and mango balanced out by a light toasted malt.

T: Starts with a large burst of sweet tropical fruit and citrus, including some grapefruit, pineapple, and orange, balanced out by a lighter toasted malt and a light to medium bitterness.

F: Creamy carbonation mixed with a fuller body.

O: This is a really nice hazy IPA, highly recommended.

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Photo of Spikester
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold with three fingers of white fifteen minute head. Rings of lace coat the glass.
Smell is mainly citrus.
Taste is citrus pine peach and some sweetness from the malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Nice IPA that is easy drinking and enjoyable. This beer was about four months old.

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Photo of gopens44
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the more malt forward IPAs I've had in a while. Hop presence is characterized by a little tangerine in the nose, plenty in the taste and a finish which takes on earthy, piney and grapefruit while allowing for plenty of opportunity to let in the solid caramel malt backbone. Very thoughtfully crafted beer.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can Date: 7/7/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a translucent light-medium gold. Plenty of fine white head. Lots of good lacing

Smell is sugary guava, pineapple, and a little red grapefruit. The various fruit scents are dominant, which is plenty pleasant.

First taste I get is banana. It's legit, too, with a bit of sweetness like one gets with those desiccated bananas in trail mix. Bitterness is present, but fairly light; everything is about the fruit. Almost everything, because I get a little moss. (The rest of the fruit in the smell fade to the background.) The taste might not be as complex as the nose suggests, but it still has some savoriness.

A swish brings out a slight bit of prickliness, but overall the carbonation is well blended. The aftertaste has the most bitterness of any phase, but it's not overbearing at all.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keeling
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very pretty – a pollen-gold color with considerable haze, which is to be expected being unfiltered. The haze is midpoint between a standard west coast IPA and a NE-style IPA. The head, made up of bright white bubbles, foams quickly and fades quickly. Poor head retention.

Aroma: cantaloupe from the hops immediately. Sweet melon. As the beer warms, sweet, light malt comes through.

Flavor: herbal, which was unexpected. No melon fruit flavor appears. The hops were generic in the sense that no individual flavors come through: no tropical fruit, pine, etc. Really just bitter hoppiness. Good but absent of any “wow” factor.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. Spot on for the style. Light enough to drink several without the beer(s) becoming a meal by itself.

Overall: this beer is good and certainly worth trying, but it fails to impress or separate itself from the large crowd of competition. The tide is rising for beer again, but while this is a solid beer, the rising tide has left this one behind. Try this beer, but do so ideally as a single rather than a 4-pack.

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Photo of dms1767
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of entenduintransit
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz pour from the tap. Golden hue bordering on yellow. Soft one-finger head that leaves a trail of webbed lacing along the glass. Aroma is wonderful - toasted bread, grapefruit, pine. The pilsner really puts a stamp on aromatics. Doughy and crackery. Taste is fresh cut grass, green pine, crisp citrus by way of orange rind and grapefruit. Tangy and citrusy-tart. The bready/doughy/crackery malt flavor hangs back to let the hops shine but brings a dry finish. This is why the beer feels so drinkable despite the ABV - citrus, pine and a soft malt. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can, Leo vs Ursus yields a cloudy sunset yellow with a big foamy head with excellent retention. The sticky lace clings to the glass beautifully like a sudsy bubble bath.
Sweet and juicy candied fruit aroma with a touch of toasted biscuit. Citrusy: tangerine, grapefruit, orange, even a hint of lemon zest. There is even a subtle hint of pine, grass and soft spice that gently pierces the nose.
In the mouth it is medium bodied, plump and juicy with a gentle carbonation. A nice balance between the citrusy zest and the sweetness from the malt. There is a moderate prickle of pine needles that hints at West Coast style, yet, it is subtle and mostly to somewhat balance the juicy sweetness. The finish has a nice silky smoothness, semi dry and redolent of citrus pith. Further into the drink the finish becomes drier and with a touch of bitterness that nevertheless does not overtake the juicy dominance.
Despite its double IPA stays, there is a lightness and great drinkability to this brew. Juicy and sweet; ironic in that this West Coast brewery is producing an IPA more reminiscent of the East Coast style. Pretty tasty overall. I enjoyed it a lot.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Leo V. Ursus: Adversus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95.1% out of 100 with 284 ratings
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