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RATINGS: 671   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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!

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
I was pretty impressed with this beer. It delivered what was promised - abundant hop juiciness, well balanced maltiness, and a big wallop of alcohol. I had an urge for hops, and it satisfied. This beer pours a viscous straw color, with a little bit of soapy head. Aroma is astringently hoppy, and the hoppiness is of a sweet sweaty smell (delicious). Flavor is first a good amount of biscuit-y maltiness, followed by a lot of sweet-sweat and lightly citrus hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a little on thick side, but very good. I would highly recommend this beer. A very good DIPA. I had one of these after a Palo Santo Marron, and I basked in good beer goodness for the rest of the evening. I bought a 4-pack of this at Blacklick Liquor in Blacklick, OH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Tap at Charley’s in Cambridge MA.

Huge piney, juicy hop aroma, this one is clearly setting out to contend with the stong West Coast IIPAs. Rather sharp, acrid flavor, hop oils coming on strong and aggressive. Drinkable, even enjoyable, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Clear light gold, sticky 2 finger head, lacing all down the glass. Wet juicy pineapple and papaya citrus aroma. Strong concentrated heavy hop spectrum and intensity here, spicy, abrasive, fierce and sustained. Should have sipped it, but I couldn’t help it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours dark golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Aroma of sweet pine, mango, toffee and citrus. Taste is sweet and moderately resinous, notes of tropical fruit: pineapple and mango. Full bodied and resinous with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1819) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has a sweet candy/ sugar scent with a light hop floral note. Flavor has an upfront hoppiness to it, light vegetable notes and a sweet malty taste.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2106) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10801) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1534) - 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.

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