This was a beer that I was very excited to give a try and had again after the review during our honeymoon. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From the crucible of conflict come beers of great intention. The sparring Lion and Bear not only speak to the unorthodox rapport between founders Adam Firestone and David Walker—they also hearken to the heart of our brewery culture, which for 20 years has been forged by often opposing forces in pursuit of the perfect beer. These forces now culminate in Leo v. Ursus, a chronology of beers that shift stylistically with each limited quarterly release. These are bold creations, often hoppy and intense, but always with a native sense of balance. Many also address ‘wish lists’ expressed to us by loyal fans.”
Random: This was on tap at a decent amount of bars in Hawaii.
The beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head. It took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with tropical scents, which reminded me of Hawaii. I picked up pineapple, papaya and grapefruit. The taste was much of the same. It had more pineapple than the nose along with passion fruit, papaya, mango and grapefruit. There was a touch of malt at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side for the style with lots of carbonation. It also had a touch of booze. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. A pounder can was $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was another solid beer from Firestone Walker.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0