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

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American 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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 351
Photo of elNopalero
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a big creamy cap. Immediately I get melon notes with a hint of white grape on the back end. Starts off light, with a mild bitterness and rounded effervescence. However there's a sweet and sticky finish that lets you know it is a dipa.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy amber with a gorgeous, long lasting white head. Aromas of pine & peaches. Taste is mild bitterness, salty with a hint of sweetness. Pine is the dominant flavor followed with peach, plum & citrus. Excellent carbonation & feel. IPA’s are not my favorite & difficult for me to evaluate. I don’t care for the bitter finish but other than that, it’s pretty good.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 07/07/17

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden yellow/orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), slightly piney. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, can't believe their selling shit this old.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a big, foamy white head.
Smell is of tons of Juicy sweet Citrus hops and just a little dank. Lots of melon along with the citrus. Plenty of malt in the smell as well.
Baseball rules the nose with an additional orange taste. Brings a little spice and onion garlic dank. Wonderful!
This was a wonderful Imperial IPA. I can't wait to find the stuff fresh.

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Photo of Korymiller
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 07/07/17 - Bright gold in color, thick foamy head. Fruity, floral aroma but not overpowering. Notes of tangerine and pineapple with hoppy finish. Very smooth and easy drinking. Flavors are a bit subdued, could be a bit more present. Very good summer beer.

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Photo of SABERG
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 7/11/17 into an imperial pint glass
A - A touch of haze in the deep straw colored backdrop, Solid carbonation with a wonderful white froth
S - All the tropics, pineapple, papaya, melon
T - All the aromatics, with and added light grain thread, and some fresh grass
M - Soft on the palate, semi sweet start, and an equally dry finish, excellent
O - A very well constructed offering, water profile is soft, hops are full on, and the grain bill is not that sweet, which I happen to like

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Photo of Slatetank
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster served chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is moderately clear golden amber with white head and fine bead. The aroma is very hop forward with dank herbal and spice with plenty of tropical citrus in the nose. The feel is intense with a good assertively bitter hop texture and body is more on the dry side yet a malt base is present with moderately full feel and generously carbonated to seem lighter than the strength it is.

The taste is somewhat raw and intense with no lack of finesse as the layers of hop oils unfold into a beautiful chorus of flavors from grapefruit to grass and herbal with sight tropical zestiness and certainly some spice in the mix with a tinge of alcohol in the flavor as the malt is subtle when judged in comparison to the hop charge. This is a great IPA, not one for multiples per se but well worth the taste and experience.

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

Very good DIPA. Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Medium size foamy white head with better than average retention and bands of lacing. Strong aroma of citrus hops (grapefriut). Flavor includes grapefruit, resiny piney hops with good bitterness balanced by some mild maltiness. Mouthfeel is crisp, nicely bitter and surprisingly light. The pilsner malts make this seem more like a flavorful session beer than one packing 8.2% abv. A very good DIPA.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could smell this the second I cracked open the can. Straw hazy color. Smells of pineapple, citrus, and fresh cut grass with a little pine. Fruity, balanced, and mild bitterness. Nice feel...excellent beer.

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Photo of DW78715816
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: it's almost a straw gold color. Suprised how light it is.
Smell: citrus and pine
Taste: citrus and slight bitterness. It's good.
Feel: feels like an ipa...I got nothing else here
Overall:. I like it, it's good, but for the price I was expecting more. I probably need to give it another try.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks cloudy like unfiltered with about a finger sized head. Good hoppy aroma. Nice citrusy taste. Lemon and grapefruit. Very nice on the palate. No bitterness which makes for easy drinking. Overall this is very good beer and I would buy Adversus again. Poured into a snifter from a pint can. Canned 06/09/17. RESPECT BEER!

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: yellow, with a lot of head and a lot of lacing around the glass. Beautiful.
Smell: full of pineapple, citrusy and fresh cut grass. Piney too.
Taste: pineapple and citrusy taste upfront, huge malt back, really sweet and biscuity, and finally the hoppiness.
Feel: you don't feel the booze, very well hidden.

An excellent beer and DIPA. Too bad this is only brew once!

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a chill hazed orange tinged light golden with a thinner wispy white head atop.Citrusy hops come thru mainly in the nose,really ripe sweet citrus fruits at that.Bright and sugary sweet up front on the palate then the grilled pineapple and mango hop flavors take over with not much alcohol presence detected for such a 'big' beer.Pretty good,very bright and sweet...But not near cloying.

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 10-9-17 for $3.49. Canned on 7-7-17.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a nice two fingered head that is leaving lacing and has some great hang time.

Nose is fresh pineapple and citrus.

Taste has hints of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, with a pine finish that is nicely balanced with a light bitter finish.

Feel is light bodied and smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very good beer with all the qualities i appreciate in a well made double IPA!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Adversus"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 07/07/17 13:56" and sampled on 10/14/17
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: First we had Fortem and now we have Adversus... let's see. It pours a hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white that steadily fades away into just a thin surface covering. Minor spots and splashes of lacing are left behind. The aroma is fruity with pineapple over a sweetish golden malt base. There's some apricot or peach there as well, and maybe even some other tropical fruits like papaya and mango. The pineapple is quite clear though. Ahh, I'm getting pine as well. Hmmm... fairly complex aroma. Let's move on to the flavor... similar but not the same, it's not as pineapple-like, nor as smooth and sweet as the nose suggests. There's clear mango and orange. There's a little bit of raspiness to it that's good as it helps to balance it, but there's also a fair amount of bitterness - it's hard to tell how much with so much sweet malt going on but I'd guess it's around 50 or 60, which is oddly less than some standard IPAs but that's how some double IPAs roll. It's sweet but it's also bitter and balanced to a certain extent, and then some residual sweet malt lingers in the finish a bit along with the hops. Following double IPA protocol it works. Some pine does linger beyond that though the further you get into it, and a touch of alcohol starts to show, just some light heat that says "this is a big beer" and then also helps to balance it; it's not harsh at all. It's a good showcase for the hops and the tropical character is quite nice. A very nice, hoppy and strong beer to sip at the end of a long day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy notes with grassy notes and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a nice mix of floral undertones notes of citrusy hops with some tropical notes and green grassy notes are also noticeable. Body is full with good carbonation. Enjoyable with nice hoppy notes and limited bitterness.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very mildly chill hazed golden colored ale with a medium sized white head.

Hyper-aromatic ale. Hop hits you in the not the moment you open it. Strong tropical fruit scent with a bitter scent of orange pith. Strong pineapple and passion fruit with some grapefruit rind to it. Smells sweet like pineapple juice.

Starts out neutral sweet and savory in the mouth with a grapefruit after taste. Slight taste of lemon and big pineapple and passion fruit taste. Little bit woody with a cedar taste like biting down on a pencil. Mild sweetness but this really is an all hop beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of pro45
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light straw, hazy color with a soapy white head. Smell is citrus, white bread, hops, pine. Taste is citrus, hoppy, pine. Light mouthfeel and goes down too easy. No hint of alcohol. Dry on the finish with very little bitterness. Very good DIPA but you have to be careful because you will drink this very quickly on a warm day.

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Photo of gjk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

delicious lighter style DIPA.
Lighter than most DIPA's with some head retention
Nose is bready, pine with mango
Taste is great balance of bitter hop deliciousness, malty sweetness, light, and stone fruity
Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation
Overall a great, well balanced beer

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Sheets of lacing, lovely head retention

S: Orange peel & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit pith & dryness as well up front. Bready dryness/sweetness with a little pear and pomelo as this warms. Finishes dry with grapefruit, a whisper of mango, pear & papaya

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, lovely balance

Easy to drink, wish I would've caught this a little fresher than 2.5 months old, but still plenty tasty

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Photo of Parmesan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +3.9%
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 REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy yellow pour with a finger of foam. Like many firestone walker ipas, you want to take time to breathe this one in. Lots of tropical fruits and piney hop resin, very alluring. The taste was a pilsner like backbone that does well to stay out of the way of the hops. Really brings out the mango and lemon more.

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Leo V. Ursus: Adversus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 351 ratings