After retiring their Proprietor’s Reserve Series last year (which included one of my all time favorite IPAs, Double Jack), Firestone Walker Brewing Company embarked on two new series of IPAs. First came the Luponic Distortion series, which is currently on version #6 and then came what is probably my new favorite IPA from Firestone Walker, Fortem; the first in their new Leo v. Ursus series.
I’ve been enjoying plenty of Fortem since it arrived in late February. Now, I’m eager to try the next beer in the Leo v. Ursus series: Adversus. It was released at Firestone Walker back on June 10th and should start arriving on Seattle store shelves and taps any day now.
Here is some more information about Adversus from Firestone Walker Brewing Company:
Harmony through opposition—this is the essence of Adversus.
Adversus will be the next release in our Leo v. Ursus chronology. Adversus is an intensely hopped imperial IPA that manages to remain nimble & refreshing on the palate. Audaciously brewed with pilsner malts to achieve a certain lightness of being, Adversus ultimately achieves the improbable: a big, bold beer made for summertime sipping.
Firestone Walker may have designed Adversus to be lighter on the palate, with the use of Pilsner malts, wheat malt and flaked oats, but it should still pack a punch with an ABV of 8.2% and 55 IBUs. The hops used in Adversus include: Citra, Mandarina, Simcoe and Cascade, and it was dry hopped using Ekuanot, Mandarina, Azacca and Citra. This combination of hops should give Adversus a pleasantly citrusy and tropical character. According to Firestone’s tasting notes, you should detect stone fruit, pineapple, mango and earthy pine resin. That sounds pretty yummy to me.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.