Style: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2 IBU: 55
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Leo v. Ursus Fortem
What the brewers say
“Fortem is a New Age IIPA that draws upon a range of influences, all while exhibiting DNA from our own forays into the IPA style. As such, it blends newer hops varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany, along with pale malt, wheat malt, and flaked oats for a full body and rounded mouthfeel.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Rich fruity hoppiness (peach, mango, pear, orange, lemon) and just a touch of light bready malt backbone. Some volatile spice notes—ginger and white pepper. Bright and inviting.”
Flavor: “Bright orange and tangerine notes pop on the tongue and quickly give way to rich tropical notes of pineapple. Malt sweetness balances the bitterness that is in line with the body.”
Overall: “ Great beer that showcases hops without giving in to the pressure of big malt bills that push sweetness. Super tasty and drinkable. A lovely beer that hides its strength behind a light fresh-fruit initial impression.”
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