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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 5, 2009
12 oz bottle - Pours a faintly cloudy straw yellow/orange color with tiny pure white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has faintly herbal hops, honey, grapefruit, hint of watermelon, black pepper. Flavor has faint chewy malts, touch of oak, herbal hops. Finish is balanced. OVerall this is alright, not very hoppy compared to other dIPAs out there, but not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Light brown with an orange twinge. Perfectly cleary with a thick white head that dies down pretty quick, but good lacing. The nose is hoppy, somewhat sweet and very citrusy. Thicker than I expected, coats the tounge a bit with a light carbonation. Sweet, hoppy and quite carmelly, but relatively balanced by the citrus. The finsih is bitter and somewhat alcoholly. Better than most Harpoon offerings, but not still not amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12oz bottle pours clear orange with a white head. Hoppy citrus, grapefruit, caramel sweet nose. Similar flavors caramel sweetness that dominates with citrus, light herbal bitterness and some off flavors. Boozy beer, ok.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
Gold pour. Damn this beer is nothing but pure hops in the aroma and on the tongue. Bitter harsh and a hop lovers dream. too much for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2009
Copper color with a big beige head. Aroma of citrus hops and candy/fruit. Flavor of piney hops with some malts. Bitter and warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2009
Bottle Pours a hazy yellow-orange with an off white head. The head laces well and seems to last good also. Has a good hoppy aroma, I get juicy fruit gum, citrus, and subtle malts. Has a good carbination and a good mouthfeel. The flavor is good and hoppy. Has an oily texture. A good blending the alcohol is well hidden. Has a good bitter finish and a good solid aftertaste. This is a good DIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange with a small white head. Aroma of fresh hops and citrus. Lots of bitter hop flavor with an emphasis on pine and oily resin. A faint malt backing adds a touch of sweetness to the finish. Alcohol is noticible, but not overwhelming. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. Solid overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2009
Semi-hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma is citrusy with aditional fruity notes. Taste is tannic and bitingly bitter with drying resinous finish and lingering alcoholic notes. $2/12oz

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1563) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 Bottle from Premier. Pours nearly clear deep gold with a sticky head that drops. It looks a bit viscous and heavy for an IPA. smells of peach and resin . Tastes definitely hotter than the Stone IPA I just had! Has some hints of barley-wine like character toffee and fruit and dry hops edge and looong austere bitterness that is not overly dry (I like it!!) Hey, this is my first DIPA folks! The alcohol is racing to my head... but it is a huge part of the harmonized flavors, My favorite thing is looking at it and smelling it though. Man you guys like bitter-tasting beer. - slight re-rate - I came back to this later and the strength of the alcohol is perfect with the hop profile. Better palate, much better overall... better betterness!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
12oz bottle from goldtwins, thanks Larry. Decent hop aroma, slightly faded. Very nice smooth hop bite, it’s there, but in a real subdtle, delicious way. Bright orange pour with a nice white head. Pretty tasty.


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