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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial rye IPA

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,920
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
224
pDev:
5.8%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 74
Reviews by Fremont897:
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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy and off-white head that dissipates moderately but leaves a bit of residue on the surface. The beer itself is a beauty. It has a somewhat and lightly hazy appearance with a delicious brown color with an orange hue to it.

The smell has a delicious smell to it with the mixture of hops and rye with it. The hops have a nice, floral orange note that mixes well with the slight peppery and spicy rye note. Neither note dominates the other but complement each other and strongly resembles a potpourri.

The taste is good. It has the same floral orange note with the same peppery and spice notes from the rye. It's good but the combination seems to work better with the smell.

The feel is good. It has a slight dry note to it and some biting carbonation. It's a medium bodied beer but has a little heft to it.

Overall, this was a pretty good beer and worth getting. The rye notes were done very well and definitely lives up to brewery's reputation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium-dark amber, close to clear but not quite, with a fat pale cream colored head that left lace trails behind and showed good persistence... Presents aromas of dark, dank citrus and spice with earthy, herbal pine undercurrents... Flavors follow suit, with rye character apparent up front, providing spicy and sharp notes in the sea of mulled citrus and sweet resin... Husky body, medium-weight with a bit of chew muting the carbonation somewhat on the tongue - perhaps a bit too heavy in feel, but I did enjoy the tingle of rye... Didn't know this was a rye DIPA when I purchased a couple of cans - I'm not often partial to rye beers, and while this was no exception, it was hard not to appreciate the merits of a well-made beer. 10/20/17 canning...

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can

Pours just over a finger of off white head into my tulip. Somewhat pillowy, looks ok, though I can hear it slowly fizzing. The body is a deep red, almost brown. Visibility is extremely low. Pretty interesting color, overall it looks fine so far.

The nose is quite nice. Hops are somewhat piney and forest like, but they also have a jam-like fruitiness as well, pretty different aromas colliding, it's impressive. Perhaps a tiny bit of spicy rye, but it's not very noticeable. The malt aromas are certainly on the sweeter side, but not over the top. Somewhat of a rich sweetness on the nose, but like the hops - it works. Overall this isn't a huge nose, but it's pretty complex, and it smells good.

The flavor is very similar to the smell, only more pronounced, which is definitely a good thing. The hops are pretty assertive, and definitely bring some piney flavors. The malts are rich, but extremely smooth, and not too sweet. Jam-like fruits are just barely there, not much of an impact on taste from that initial smell, but that's ok. Not a lot of rye either, it's more of a hop twang I get, not a rye one. Still, this is a great beer. While the flavor is not as complex as the nose was, it's extremely well balanced, and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is very nice here. The sugars don't linger, stick, or dry out your mouth. While the hops are assertive, they do not linger. The carbonation is on the higher end, and the body is pretty hearty. A very very nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very high. It's balanced perfectly, and it goes down without any hesitation or burn. Not too shabby for 8.2 percent.

Overall this is just a great beer. For having such full flavors, and a sturdy body on it, it remains refreshing and sprite on the tongue. I could go on and on, this is a superb beer.

The appearance turned out mediocre. The lacing was only really evident around the top of the glass. The body was unique though. And the head, while having shotty retention, was fine. Overall it looked ok. This wont affect the rating much, or at all, the beer was very good overall.

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

This clear, amber beer has a tall, off white head that leaves a wide band of lacing behind at the top of the glass. Scents of caramel, rye citrus and pine are given off. The taste is sweet and spicy with caramel, grapefruit and spicy rye. Finishes with a piney bitterness. Quite a solid and delicious beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper colored, slightly hazy. Thin head with streak lacing. Aroma is citrus and ripe tropical fruit. Hints of bread malt and spice. The rye gives this one a bit of that grain flavor with the hops. Resinous and citrusy, with a hint of alcohol vapor. A decent beer overall, but not my favorite in this series.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DesertFox24
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Vetbidder
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luckydog91
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey amber with a white head. Smells of rye, hops, and booze. Tastes of rye, black pepper, pine, spices, booze, bitter hops, and some sweetness as it warms. Medium creamy body and medium carbonation. Overall a good rye ipa.

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Photo of Momma_Knapp
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alfonsopasquel
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korymiller
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful head, good nose. Scent of pine, some floral notes as well. Some hops but not overly so, somewhat bitter after-taste. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _nickg_
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirFolmarv
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As others have said it's a looker. Nice dark golden brown with that nitro smooth head. Extra points for being an IPA with a tiny bit of head retention. Deep fruity and citrusy flavors. One of the more complex IPAs I've had for sure. Just edges out fresh squeezed as my a favorite current IPA. Another winner from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Bork77
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Leo V. Ursus: Inferos from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 224 ratings