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RATINGS: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Formerly known as Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA.

We welcomed the challenge of brewing a 90 IBU Imperial IPA that would showcase glorious American hops while maintaining a multi-dimensional character. Bring on the hops!

Description
This Imperial IPA is brewed with loads of pale malt and just enough caramel malt to provide a sweet malt backbone to balance the hop intensity. We used a mix of our favorite American hops including Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo to create a complex hop flavor and lingering bitterness. Harpoon’s proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beer’s massive aroma.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle… Clear golden ale with amber highlights and a small, white head. The aroma is a pleasing swirl of honey, fuzzy fruits, grapefruit and white pepper. Full-bodied with a thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Malty and sweet with flavorful hops and adequate bitterness. Mid-length, pleasantly sweet finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for providing my sample!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 15, 2009
12oz. bottle with thanks to 46er3498 for the bonus! Pours a clear golden with a moderate tan cap. Aroma is pine/resin, light citrus and grass. Flavor is more pine, resin and grass. Thanks Tom!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a tight foamy off white head with some lacing and gold color. Aroma is simcoe, sweet citrus-lemon/pine hops. Taste is simcoe, citrus-grapefruit rind/lemon/some pine, slight tart/harsh bitter, some light malt, alcohol. Soft carbonation. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle via HogTownHarry. Rich golden colour with a large white head. Strong aroma of pine resin and orange zest with a solid caramel malt background. Full and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Big, bold flavours of strongly bitter hops and sweet malts, with a lingering orange pith finish. Not the best DIPA I’ve had, but still quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
Draft. Some nice big hops. Sweet and bitter balance. Some pine, citrus and caramel malts. A bit creamy and nice, hops linger a bit. Stronger than I expected.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 6, 2009
From a 12oz. Definitely has the character of an Imperial IPA, but not quite as big as others in the style, or even other styles. Good mid-palate but finish too strong. A little disappointing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
12oz bottle. thanks to 17thfloor. pours clear gold with white head. nose of pale malts, piney, green, alc, cleaner. flavors are green, piney, lawn clippings, caramel. med body, decent finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle from Hyde Park. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet hoppy flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle : The aroma is loaded with citrus hops, light pine, and mango. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small off-white head. The flavor starts sweet fruitiness and some light caramel. The finish is all citrus hops with a hint of pine. Grapefruit really lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2009
A 330 ml., just enough for a person. Big hop IPA, really nice, and the booze, like a hop whiskey. Cloudy golden colour with noticeable whit head, and som lace. Very smooth drinking, a remarkable mouthfeel for a DIPA with such booze and hops. WHy? I get the hops first and foremost. What a delivery. Must try.


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