Leo V. Ursus: Doublus
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
4.09 | pDev: 7.09%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Inspired by our iconic Double Jack, Doublus is a next-generation double IPA that incorporates massive dry hopping for amplified aromatics and bold flavors. Ever since Double Jack was discontinued, fans have been pining for it. Now, more than a year later, we are finally answering the call with a fresh interpretation of this legendary beer. The result is an intense yet supremely balanced IPA that doubles down on a dearly departed Firestone Walker classic.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We got four (4) school days in before we broke this afternoon for a four-day Labor Day break! 8=O The way that I see it, they want me to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) with a few ADIPAs/AIIPAs since I do not have to get up for an early start.

From the CAN: "Leo v. Ursus Chronology"; "Doublus Unfiltered Double India Pale Ale"; "Beer Before Glory."

I was anxious to Crack! open the vent & get started on a slow, gentle C-Line Glug since I have a long night ahead of me. I came home, caught a nap & now I have the Pirates/Rockies game on as acCANpaniment. I am headed to PHL & its suburbs tomorrow for some beerventures, but not until late-morning. It might have been labeled as "Unfiltered", but thanks to my Glug, there was just a modicum of haziness! I also got just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with the light haziness noted previously. Nose smelled like grapefruit & pine, the sort of thing that first turned me on as a hophead over twenty years ago! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, a tad light for the style. The taste was truly bitter with a pine/mint woodiness that was like licking pine sap off of a tree! This was underlain by a lemony-grapefruit citrusiness that only served to intensify the flavor(s). Phew. Was this brewed with me in mind? I could drink this sort of thing all day … or at least until it started to catch up to me, like right about now. Mmm. Finish was the balance between pine & citrus with a slight amount of heat that I have been recently missing with the spate of tropical AIPAs/AIIPAs, but this was like Baby Bear's Beer - just right! YMMV.

Aug 30, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: 10-oz. clear tulip-like glass
From: The Common Table in Frisco, Texas
Price: $4
Purchased: Dec. 15, 2018
Consumed: Dec. 16, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Quick review

One beer of many at The Common Table, which was near where I was staying (The Omni) on a recent work trip in Frisco, Texas. Went with the 10-oz. option for the majority of my reviews. Had this before, spitting a 16-oz. can with Don. Then gave it a 3.75 on Untappd, writing “I don’t see the Double Jack homage. Very good. Will come back later. Listening to Doggystyle on a vineyard though.” Online description called it, “Inspired by our iconic Double Jack, Doublus is a next-generation double IPA that incorporates massive dry hopping for amplified aromatics and bold flavors. Ever since Double Jack was discontinued, fans have been pining for it. Now, more than a year later, we are finally answering the call with a fresh interpretation of this legendary beer. The result is an intense yet supremely balanced IPA that doubles down on a dearly departed Firestone Walker classic.” Double Jack? Wow. That’s one of my favorites (4.58 for me).

Poured an amber clear color with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Slow bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Bad watery lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled red apple, pine, dish soap, Simcoe, papaya, pepper, caramel malt and mango. (Smell - 3.75)

First thing on the taste was there was no hiding the 9.5 pct. ABV, but it did follow the nose. God Simcoe, pine, red apple, bitter dish soap, Cascade, papaya, pepper, caramel malt and mango. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was very good overall, but certainly no Double Jack. (Overall - 3.75)

3.74 | 84 | B

Dec 29, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 6/28/18.
L: Honey gold in color. From a simple pour, I achieved about a fingers width of a bubbly white cap. The head retained nicely. As I drink the beer, heaps of soapy bubbles cling to the glass. Looks visually appealing.
S: Super citrusy on the nose with prominent smelling malt backbone.
T: Whoah, super old school tasting. The malt backbone that was detectible smell-wise is even more prominent in the flavor. Flavor is full of raw and natural citrus and pine. Finish is bitter and slightly dry, with notes of lingering earthy citrus.
F: Great feel. Full bodied and perfectly carbonated. Booze is perfectly hidden.
O: Surprised at how well it held up. It is refreshing trying something that reminds me of the OG WCIPAs, especially in the midst of all these Tropicana-inspired IPAs of today (which yes, I really enjoy NEIPAs). This is a great beer and one that I am glad to have tried. Cheers!

Nov 25, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler on 9-5-18 for $3.99. Canned on 7-3-18; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head with some serious hang time.

Nose has hints of fresh citrus.

Taste is a wonderful old school WCIPA style of beer; fresh citrus combines nicely with a ginormous malt base finishing with a nice compliment of pine tar abrasiveness.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth and very satisfying.

Overall this takes me back to the Double Jack days...ow how i miss it!

Nov 15, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, orange, lemon, mild mixed tropical and light stone fruit. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, pine needles, hints of tropical fruit. Finishes with resinous piney and citrus hops and citrus rind. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A classic west coast style IPA with good blend of pine and citrus flavors and a robust, hoppy finish. Great hop herbal flavors that appear to be wet or fresh hopped. Not as many new west coast style IPAs coming out, so it's great to drink this typically great one from Firestone Walker. I've really enjoyed this Leo vs. Ursus series; consistently enjoyable.

Oct 30, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a 16 oz can in Wegmans and had to give it a try. Poured a very hazy amber orange. Little head a lacing in glass. Smell is floral and malty and slightly citrus. Taste is a bitter but smooth and a little tangy. Nice Malt character with some underlying hoppiness. Easy to drink DIPA with alcohol hidden.

Oct 26, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had after first TAMU hockey game - a plus for the beer. Had it from draft in a pint glass.

Light golden yellow color with good head and lacing. Subdued smell, mild floral smell. Piney, somewhat vanilla taste. Good but not very interesting.

Oct 05, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark amber brew with plenty of foam in the snifter. Thick and malty mouthfeel. Interesting aroma of peach and mango is the best feature. Sharp and sweet at the same time.

Sweet and fragrant with a very bitter finish. Overall this is a complex but not pleasant stew of hops. Oh so bitter with that sugary aftertaste. From the 16 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station.

Sep 16, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm impressed by this because it seems to host some hop types that are not my favorites, but in combination here - with other flavors no doubt,- by the excellent F.W. brewers, this makes a hell of a fine DIPA. Sweet, earthy, tart and bitter. Who knew this might all work out together.
More on the earthy side for aroma. Hits of sweetness in the background. A little resin. Nicely complex. Firm.
Sticky white head. Cloudy amber of gold, brown, orange.
Robust and full flavors. Very nice body with bigger than moderate fullness and sticky/syrupy feel (the way I like a DIPA).
Solid bitterness without excess. Full hop flavors, without excess.

Sep 15, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had an amber / copper color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A super enticing aroma of hops, citrus, pine, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (barely noticeable), a good shot of pine (omnipresent), lots of hops (not overdone), some citrus notes (orange), and some tropical fruit (mango). This is definitely a hops-forward, West Coast DIPA flavor. It's well-balanced, even if the hops are the dominant element. Aggressive and delicious.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely enjoyable and well made DIPA. Certainly drinkable.

Sep 14, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and lace ring. Bitter, citric hop aroma. Heavy body , balance of sweetness with bitter, acidic hops with clean finish makes this an enjoyable beer, easy to drink and dangerous sipper as ABV is well-hidden.

Sep 13, 2018
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Solid, nearly transparent IIPA (not really a double), nothing unusual - good lacing.
S - Smell is promising - good light tropical-meets-pine forest aroma. Very nice.
T - Where it falls down a bit, certainly not the old Double Jack (DIPA) since it veers immediately towards sweetness after the hops hit, so more of a sweet-ish imperial. Reminds me of a scaled down Waldos' or Hopslam, for those who know those...
F - Nice carbonation, and good weight on the tongue; a little hot, but balanced overall in the end. Maybe the best part of the beer.
O - a very good, not outstanding, effort at recovering some of what was lost in the hop-forward DIPAs that FW used to produce (Double Jack, Wookie J). Just a little sweet for me.

Sep 10, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber with foamy white head. Good retention. A finger of head remains, leaving splotchy lacing.

S: Bitter, citrusy, and warm. Pine needle, orange zest, grapefruit pith, pink grapefruit flesh, toasted bread, a hint of warming alcohol.

T: A big smack of resinous bitterness upfront. Pine sap, pine cone, grapefruit and orange peel. Some tartness of pink grapefruit flesh and orange flesh. Big toasted bready malt with a hint of caramel. Orange marmalade. A hint of mango. Some alcohol warmth going down. Finishes out with a big pine needle note and a lingering citrus peel bitterness. Quite a large amount of bitterness lingers.

F: Medium-plus, well-carbonated, smooth, oily, with a sticky, resinous finish.

O: A classic West Coast DIPA, albeit very well done. Excellent.

Sep 09, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and toffee. Sweet citrus flavors of tropical fruits, piney bitterness and toasted caramel.

Sep 08, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Double Jack this is not. Either I am used to more hops on the palate, I am a victim to nostalgia, or this just fell short of what double jack was for its time. Dry hopping is nice for the flavor, but domesticates the hops a little for me. The feel also is too thin for what I thought this west coast DIPA would be. Just doesn't stand out in a world of so many DIPAs. Lots of citrus, tropical fruits and hops, well balanced, but overall good but not great.

Sep 06, 2018
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argock from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

07/24/18 so a little aged.
Boozy and bitter with a lot of resin and honeysuckle. Pretty harsh and old school, but not in a good way. No brightness to the hop character. Disappointing.

Sep 03, 2018
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with a quarter inch of head that left behind lacing all around the glass. Clear and dark golden. Smells like orange - fruit and rind. Taste is orange forward with grapefruit following it up. A little fizzy but not bad. Overall nice DIPA.

Sep 03, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz, canned on 07/11/18. Tall rocky ivory colored head slowly fades atop a hazy golden-copper colored DIPA. Grapefruit, pine, and floral hops fill the nose along with some bready caramel malt. Taste is reminiscent of the now retired Double Jack with big bitter hop notes of grapefruit, earthy pine, mango, and orange; malt backbone is hefty with toasty grain, caramel, and bread crust but it doesn't stand a chance against the pungent hop bitterness. Body is full with ample carbonation; finish is bitter and dry with pungent hop oils sticking to the palate. Overall, it's a great DIPA with old school flavors.

Sep 02, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a relatively new and a very good IPA, fruity and aromatic. It is allegedly the follow up to Double Jack (Double Jack 2.0).

Look: hazy golden with a thin white head

Aroma: strong, nice, floral and fruity aroma.

Taste: Apricot, mango, grapefruit, and significant pine resin at the end, but not too much, just enough to give a lasting nice aftertaste..

Feel: medium body, relatively easy drinking.

Sep 02, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Piney, herbal, slightly floral, light citrus, fruity notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Spicy pine, herbal, citrus, grapefruit, a little fruitiness hidden in there, peach and apricot, faint tropical notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, holds its % quite well with just a hint of warmth as it warms up.

O: Well done update. Still plenty bitter, but nicely balanced. Dangerously drinkable for 9.5%.

Sep 02, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 07/24/1816:30"

Appearance: The body of the beer is mostly transparent with just a slight haze. Close inspection reveals a ton of very small suspended particles. The back of the can does say this is an "UNFILTERED DOUBLE INDIA PALE ALE." The body is a medium copper color. The head is medium sized, white, a bit fluffy, has good retention, and has good lacing.

Aroma: As soon as the can is cracked there is this grassy hop aroma that smells a bit like hay and moss. In the glass there is a very strong aroma of garlic and onions which starts to turn into a mango scent. As it sits in the glass it slowly starts to emit a gummy peach ring scent.

Taste: The flavor really materializes in space between the middle and rear of the palate. It has a light bit of grain husk flavor or wheat flour taste along with a bit of this grapefruit pith and a light touch of alcohol. The flavors are very clean.

Mouthfeel: It has a good bitterness for the style. The beer feels light and it finishes clean. It is an easy drinking beer which is great given the "9.5% ALC./VOL." (as indicated by the can).

Overall: It is a real hall-mark or keystone beer. It is solid with a great appearance, interesting aromas, and good flavors. It feels perfect on the palate and it feels comfortable to drink. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. I could see this being a good substitute for some of my "tried and true" Double IPAs.

Aug 31, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a tulip glass via draft @ Underdog Bar (NYC)

color is a nice clear yellowish/orange
smell is lemon citrus and pine
taste follows the nose with some malt and hop bite
full mouthfeel
soild West Coast IPA

Aug 30, 2018
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dertyd from California

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a clear medium golden color, with 1 finger of off white head------- the aromas are of sweet malt, pine, citrus, light peach syrup and light tropical fruit------------ the flavors are of sweet malt, pine, grapefruit, orange peel and lesser peach, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with an aggressive bitterness on the finish---------- overall this beer was very good - this is a solid old school west coast ipa, big citrus, pine and overly bitter

Aug 30, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip Foam glass canned on 8/3/18. Pours a very attractive bright orange with a 2 plus finger stick white head that leaves walls of lace.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows bold as hell in this haze faze, but I still love a Giant Hop Bomb that just hits the palate and lingers sip after sip. Apricot, pine, tangerine, and grapefruit just attacks your tongue.

Mouthfeel is really big, plenty of life, a tad dry and sticky from the enormous amount of hops, and the alcohol is present but for a Hop junkie like me drinks easy at 9.5% ABV.

Overall I love this and hope to get more in my fridge soon, because they don’t make monsters like this often anymore and this is what turned me into the crazy Hop Head I am today.

Aug 27, 2018
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HipCzech from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 16 oz can (“canned on 07/03/18”) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber gold with a billowing head of frothy, lingering white foam; good, patchy lace.

Smell: Piney resin, lemon zest, candied orange peel and earth.

Taste: Big flavors of grapefruit peel, pine resin, faint tropical fruit and a good, malty backbone. Slight dank and alcoholic heat emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A big double IPA with terrific sense of balance.

Aug 24, 2018
Leo V. Ursus: Doublus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 115 ratings