Leo V Ursus: Inferos | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.14/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial rye IPA

Added by n2185 on 09-16-2017

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Ranking:
#2,480
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
194
pDev:
5.8%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a massive tan colored head. Pour slow to not overflow your glass.

Intensely aromatic, getting cedar and rye from a distance of several feet before even trying to sniff. Smells intensely of rye and cedar board. Other scents of pine needles and that spicy sour scent rye has.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong wood and rye flavor. Tastes woody with that Spicy Rye twang. Strong funky hops is mostly what I get from this beer. Strong not very subtle. INTENSE sums up the flavor in one word.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a super strong rye ale. NOT lightly flavored in the slightest.

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

Photo of jtk21351
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sokol_1993
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: blood orange like, with ample head and lacing that last around forever. Very lively.
Smell: the traditional IPA smell: hoppy, piney, earthy.
Taste: The huge hoppiness comes at the beginning. Very piney and earthy. Yet, the sweetness comes afterward. Biscuity, malty. Bright citrusy fruits too. Also, some herbalness, which I had expected to be stronger.
Feel: Full body. Actually not that dry: a massive malt back ensures the sweetness! A little bit boozy at the end. The best thing about the feel is that the residual taste on your tastebud is that of orange peel: a bit zesty, tingling, bitter, yet sour and fruity. It keeps playing with your mouth!

Just an excellent brew. Firestone Walker keeps amaze me with each additional offering with Leo v. Ursus! I look forward to the newest member of the family Wookus!

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

Photo of Tcsox
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Leo V. Ursus: Inferos
1 Pint can, "CANNED ON 10/13/17 10:03"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well these guys have me totally lost on the names now. Inferos? I never even took Latin in school, it was no longer a requirement the year that I started, but maybe I should have taken it as an elective as it was supposedly an easy course. Meh, I took Spanish instead and that was easy enough. Anyway... it's got a great head on it, foamy, not big bubbled but big enough - also small enough - and off-white. It seems to be holding "forever" and where it has dropped there's a solid wall of lacing. The body beneath is a hazy deep-amber/copper. In the nose it's malty with a mild bit of medium caramel, a light spiciness, and some mild citrusy and softly piney hops. For some reason I thought it would be hoppier but that's OK, this is a rye beer and sometimes rye and hops can get too mixed up and spicy. Let's see how the flavor is... nice, lightly sweetish but also lightly spicy with rye, and thinned by a light thread of soft citrus. What is it? I'm not sure, I'm guessing orange. It's not like grapefruit. Maybe it's just "generic" citrus, although it's certainly not lemony. There are some very nice thick rings of lace left behind on the glass marking where each sip I took was. Nice. Back to the flavor, it's not that bitter, at least not for an "Imperial Rye India Pale Ale" of 8.2% ABV. It's nicely balanced though, and mostly dry in the finish with just a little bit of residual malt lingering. Firestone Walker is really good at bringing out the best of their malts, not unlike Anderson Valley, and both of those breweries have a distinct characteristic in that. And I'm glad they didn't overdo the hops here, that would have been too much with the rye, or it would have overshadowed the rye. This is very balanced and rounded as it is - nothing sticks out too much further than anything else. As to mouthfeel, I'd call it medium bodied although it does have a bit of a dextrinous character to it. Still, it's medium bodied. And gently crisp - another good call by the brewers as too much carbonation, well really the carbonic bite, adds to the spiciness of the rye, and this is nice and smooth. I wasn't sure what to think of this before trying it, as in terms of how it would fit in with the other beers in the series, but it's a nice change, and really well done. So who's beer is this? Leo or ursus? Tough call. It's very English in a way because it's balanced and smooth, but at the same time it's a little aggressive and somewhat different, and very Californian in that way. So what have I missed? Look, nope. Smell? Nope. Taste, nope, but maybe I could have gone a little deeper - or not, it's not really that complex. I could have noted that there's a little bit of tastiness to it, and caramel, or did I already say that? And there's also some low level yeasty fruitiness. Overall, very clean; more about the malts and hops than it is about yeast and fermentation. Feel, yep, I covered that. So I guess it's down to my opinion of how it stacks up overall. Well I like it a lot, and it's got me excited for their next release, Wookus, which is a darker but less strong rye IPA. I'll still enjoy this though. Superb.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Leo V. Ursus chronology release #3: Inferos is an imperial rye IPA. It comes in a tall 16oz wide-mouth can and is a pale amber color -- fairly dark for an IPA. Tons of head. Green fresh hop aroma and lots of rye in the nose. Flavor is surprisingly malty, with a spicy rye grain flavor and plenty of body, almost like a strong rye ale rather than an IPA. But then the hop bitterness kicks in for a dry, crisp ale finish. Remarkably drinkable for 8.2%, too. BA classifies this as a rye beer rather than a D/IIPA, which is not an obvious distinction in this case. I find this enters the lips as a rye beer and finishes on the palate as a (single) american IPA, with a gravity profile greater than both. Quite enjoyable, though.

Canned 10/11/17.

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

Poured from a 16 oz can
The cloudy dark orange color was not what i expected, but i dodnt really know what color to look for in an imperial rye ipa. Citrusy notes and some pine as well. Sides on hop bitterness with a nice grapefruit flavor. The swallow is pretty clean. A good offering imo.

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Photo of Urs
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gr0g
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 11-11-17 for $3.75. Canned on 9-11-17 and stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured amber with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Good hang time.

Nose is herbal with some hints of citrus.

Taste is tropical and herbal with some citrus. Finish is mildly vegetal which is a turn off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a solid beer but i am not a huge fan of the southern hemisphere hops (nelson excluded).

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wheels2532
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of florisj135
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Leo V Ursus: Inferos from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 194 ratings