Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Leo V Ursus: Inferos | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Leo V Ursus: InferosLeo V Ursus: Inferos
139 Ratings
Leo V Ursus: InferosLeo V Ursus: Inferos

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial rye IPA

Added by n2185 on 09-16-2017

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of barnzy78
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz, canned on 09/11/17
Tall, fluffy, beige head rests atop a ruddy-brown colored ale. Juicy hop aroma with a big malt presence: hints of tropical mango, orange zest, and passion fruit meets caramel and rye bread. Bold flavors to go with the nose with complex notes of spicy rye, toasty grain, caramel, mango, orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, honey, and pine; quite delicious. Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy yet resinous with hop oils sticking to the palate, finishing bittersweet and dry. I love everything about this. More please!

 544 characters

Photo of Vetbidder
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark amber/orange with a slight head from tap. Heavy citrus and pine hops on the nose. Spicy somewhat citric and pine through the finish. Only slight bitterness on this one. This is quite malt driven, somewhat similar to a Troegs Perpetual with less bite and slightly more sweetness. Good feel with the right amount of carbonation

 340 characters

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on December 9, 2017. Canned on 09/11/17. Look is is fiery deep amber. Smell and taste is hoppy, with rye spice notes. Feel is medium to full in body.

 199 characters

Photo of brenn79
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, hard to read the date, looks like September something 2017, two and a half months old, wish it was fresher, but not out of date- Pours hazy dark orange with a nice retaining off white medium sized head. Aroma is spicy hops, some fruit, a bit of earthy malts assuming from the age, grassy, a tad resinous. The taste is peachy, grapefruit, resinous, strong solid bitterness here, also a solid malt backbone, not too earthy, well balanced, alcohol is noticeable. Body is medium to almost full and carbonation is prickly, spot on, mouthfeel is slightly creamy, flavors linger. Good beer, even at almost 3 months old.

 623 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Cub Room in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This has a lot of malty rye spicy on the nose, with some caramel and breadiness, and juicy hops.

This tastes the same. The malt dominates, but the beer seems to be designed that way. The hop character is quite nice, juicy with a little mango and some sweet pink grapefruit. There's lots of spicy rye, and sweet caramel malt as well.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

I've really loved this series of beers- Firestone Walker continues to show why they've long been an amazing brewery.

 645 characters

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

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nephilium
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pine and dank aroma notes, pours a murky brownish-amber, with a thin off-white head. Lots of pine in this one on the flavor side, as this beer starts with a big hop punch which mellows out to some caramel notes as well as some earthy notes. Full mouthfeel, and full bodied, this is another solid beer from Firestone Walker.

 325 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sadly this was canned 80+days ago, this review will serve as a placeholder. Great lacing & head retention

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head.

S: Faint citrus & pine

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit as well, plus breadyness, plus dryness up front. Cattyness, pine, a little bready sweetness as this warms. Finishes piney with grapefruit with bready sweetness

MF: Medium body, fairly frm carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, wish I could find it fresher, got better as it warmed

 519 characters

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was surprisingly good! I had the first Leo vs Ursus release and didn't think much of it, compared to their original double IPA, Double Jack. This beer didn't have much of a nose (when cold), but man, the flavors were on point. It's actually quite hoppy (i thought the rye would detract from that). The hops are a nice blend of grassy/lemon/spice notes. The rye comes on in the second wave and supplements the malt balance, a nice bit of kick on the back end. Very good, I'll definitely pick up again.

 511 characters

Photo of thebooyakid
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. canned on 10/11/17

Pours foggy hazy reddish dark amber with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like big toasted bready rye spice, some caramel, molasses, mild chocolate, grapefruit, orange citrus, melon, apricot, with dank woodsy resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bready grainy rye spice, some caramel, molasses, chocolate, fresh grapefruit, tangerine, melons, apricot, with dank woodsy resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice imperial rye IPA.

 564 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-draught at Firestone Walker. Rating from notes:


63 characters

Photo of Gsquared12
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fremont897
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is great beer. in a rye beer, i want to taste the rye. so many of them its so mild to almost be inconsequential, but this is boldly rye flavored in the grain complexion, spicy and dry but also bready and rich and sort of heavy, they must have used a lot of it, and its really nice with the hops that have been selected for this. its robust and autumnal and another killer hoppy beer from firestone! this series has been great so far. it pours a not perfectly clear amber color, frothy headed and sturdy looking, and has a lot of the rye character right up front in the aroma. the hops seem to almost accentuate it, also earthy, spicy, northwestern, fresh but not too intense. the flavor is killer, the rye really drives this but there is some sweet caramelized grain character here too, very hearty and thick feeling, toasted, autumnal, warming, uncommon in an ipa type. the hops are balanced in here, fresh pine and a lot of bitterness that neutralizes some of the grain sweetness, highly compatible with the prominent rye too. frothy expansive feeling, lots of weighty body but good carbonation too, fresh and distinctive, an awesome beer overall. one of the better rye ipa beers i have had all year long!

 1,212 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves plenty of lacing

S: Spicy rye up front along with an underlying earthiness. Definitely on the mild side, with a big focus on the rye

T: Follows the nose. Starts off the spicy rye and earthy notes and then goes into some light pine and bitterness. Again, very rye forward. Finishes with lingering rye spiciness and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the dry side

O: A very nice rye IPA that is heavily focused on the rye. Nothing too fancy but very well done. Definitely worth checking out if you're into rye

 634 characters

Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

FINALLY found this in Norcal yesterday...canned 10/11/17, WTF?!?!? FW Distro in my county blows.

I'm not going to knock the rating/review, as I think I would've loved this beer fresh. Rye, check, red IPA, check, fresh, F NO. If fresh I could've easily seen this beer with an overall BA score in the neighborhood of >4.35. Now I found the nose lacking and too much sweetness poking through the rye spiciness for my palate preferences.

 440 characters

Photo of NickSMpls
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/11 and rated 12/1. Our quest for a rye IPA and a recent BA thread led us to this one.

Rich, dark red-amber beer emerges from the can with good head and nice lacing. Aroma of grain, an earthy farm-field / grain bin background --- both are promising. The taste is spot-on rye beer...we get plenty of malt with the spice of the rye coming through load and clear. Good mouthfeel and clean aftertaste, very well crafted. Worth finding before they are all gone.

 476 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper red body with some head retention. Aroma is floral, hoppy, citric and has a touch of spicy rye. The beer has a little heat and spicy edge but is mostly clean, crisp, smooth, light, floral and has touches of sweetness. Beer finishes easy and is lightly hopped and has some nice flavors.

 304 characters

Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with two fingers of white head. Head retention is good with good lacing left behind. Aroma is spicy, with rye cutting it short. Light notes of citrus, and pine show up before the rye. Flavor profile showcases citrus, pine, and resin hop notes alongside toast and biscuit malts. A dry rye spice swells up as the flavor profile plays through, and then cuts it off abruptly. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a hearty, semi-grainy texture. Overall, a solid DIPA with rye. Rye aids in keeping the flavor profile chatter to a minimum, inviting another sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Draft. Reviewed from notes.

 634 characters

Photo of Momma_Knapp
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Leo V Ursus: Inferos from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 139 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.