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.

Added by gatornation on 06-09-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear light orange, with a small head, and symmetric sheets of lacing down the glass.

This smells awesome- pine needles covered in peach purée, mainly. There's some floral notes too, and lots of grapefruit.

This series has been absolutely wonderful. This is crisp and dry, with a killer juicy peach and grapefruit thing, and a huge floral and piney bitterness. I can't exactly tell what hops went into this but I like them, clearly.

This is crisp and clean- it finishes so dry, with little sweetness.

This is a new classic West Coast style IPA for me. FW is so cash, man.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned 7/7/17. Pours slightly hazy straw gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with tropical fruit and some dank resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and ripe candied tropical fruit with an earthy, resiny hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA.

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

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

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, canned 6-27-17

Pours lightly hazed typical almond Amber, near white tiny bubble head, collar, film, and nice looking fine and extensive webs of lacing way up on the glass.

Earthy nose with hints of ripe fruit and dusty hops

Full flavor and fresh tasting IPA, tea, earth, more ripe dark fruit coming to mind...the tea note being the most dominant....tasty and enjoyable...seems like it's more on the old school/English side of the IPA style world...better then decent but not overwhelmingly awesome

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lemon, pine, and grass. Soft, slightly bitter, and medium bodied. Good and tasty IPA. I prefer Fortem, but this is solid.

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Photo of ledouge
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Gold in color with a massive 2 inch thick tightly packed off white head. The aroma is of floral, lightly pine, and overripe pineapple. The taste is tropical fruit with mango and overripe pineapple with light crackery malt in the back of the palate. The mouth is resinous and lightly sticky.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SchylerOrr
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can, date of canning 6/28/17.
L: Pours a beautiful, warm amber with a solid 1" foam head that dissipated after about 5 minutes
S: I got a big burst of oranges, mangos, and pine.
T: I wanted to like it more than I really did. Taste was quite sweet, like bitter Sunny D. It definitely verges into the TIPA territory with how sweet it becomes. Still, the malt feels balanced with all the bitterness. A great beer for hop heads. And yet...
F:...the dry finish makes this very drinkable. Very crisp and clean feel without too much alcohol despite the higher ABV.
O: I was really looking forward to this beer, as the old Double Jack DIPA was one of my favorite beers ever (so sad they retired this brew). Unfortunately this isn't quite the same. It's not a juicy as I would expect for an Unfiltered IPA, but then again I'm comparing that to my past experiences with Monkish IPAs which are like drinking mango juice. Anyway, overall this is yet another fabulous brew from Firestone, but I think my expectations were a little too high. I'll likely go for some Union Jack next time I want an IPA from Firestone.

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

Photo of RDW
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on date of 06/09/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an eggshell white, rocky two-finger width head. Decent retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Orange and other juicy citrus character with some mild floral notes, pineapple and lesser mango. Faint bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy orange with mild grapefruit and a hint of lemon zest. Moderate floral qualities. Fair pineapple zing to go along with some mild mango juiciness. Slight hint of bread and caramel malts. Finish is citrusy with some pith bitterness and a slight hint of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick texture with a slightly crisp and dry finish.

Overall - A mighty fine brew, but not much different from the previous entry in the series, Fortem. I hope this series doesn't evolve as the Luponic Distortion series has as brews that, while good, disappoint with the lack of change between each new offering.

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

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

can from bangor wine. clean fruit and drinkable hop oils. east versus west coast. very drinkable. not a bad note played.foamy head. low palate erase for a dipa

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