Leo v Ursus Fortem Firestone Walker British Lion vs. California Bear

Leo v Ursus Firestone Walker, American Double / Imperial IPA

(C) 2017 popsonhops

Tasting: April 26, 2017
Style: American Double IPA
Beer # 1,053
ABV: 8.2%

Leo v Ursus Fortem Firestone Walker

Even though I have seen Firestone Walker’s familiar sparring bear and lion labels, until now, I hadn’t considered the back story behind the mascots. The brewery’s website offers up this explanation:

The lion and the bear represent brewery proprietors and brothers-in-law David Walker and Adam Firestone. The lion celebrates Walker’s British heritage, while the bear is a nod to Firestone’s California roots. With claws out and fists up, they mirror the spirited sparring that has been a driving creative force behind the brewery since day one.

Now the Lion and Bear offer up a new progressively changing series called Leo v Ursus. Each successive release should come quarterly and should involve some experimentation. The brewery even hints that they will address fans’ wishes as well. Hmmm. California dreaming of some east coast style beer? We’ll see. Progressive series aren’t a new concept at Firestone Walker. If you recall, they introduced the popular series they call Luponic Distortion – 91 points.

Fortem was mentioned in Paste Magazine’s article Best Beers of 2017, so far. Not sure how they had a chance to taste every beer in such a short time but hey, they have click requirements and lists do wonderfully.

Tasting notes from the brewery: Fortem presents an expressive mix of aromas, including mango, blueberry, raspberry, lime zest and lychee. After time in the promotional products glass, it opens up to reveal stone fruit blossoms and mandarin oranges, finishing with just enough bitterness to encourage your next sip.

If it could only taste like that. I wouldn’t call Leo v Ursus Fortem Firestone Walker one of the best beers I’ve had in 2017. It’s nice and I’d put it at 90 points. Has not-so-ripe pineapple, some papaya and sugary candy. Fortem also has an astringent bitterness and leaves an oily mouthfeel.

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