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RATINGS: 640   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!

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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. Harpoonís proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beerís massive aroma.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a large fluffy yellowish head that leaves a thick lace. The aroma is big citrus and pine hops, some malt sweetness, and tropical fruits. The flavor has a big malt backbone with resiny citrus and pine hops, and a solid bitter finish that stays on the palate. Dry, but not overly so, with a medium-full body. The 10% is well masked. I thought this was a very solid imperial IPA and am happy it made it to the area.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1156) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Has a light gold color. Smells mostly of hops with a little citrus undertones. Taste is very strong with hops. Has a big bite in the end. Not too bad of a beer. This is similar to Dog fish head 60 minute.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 15, 2009
12 oz bottle from LooseCannon - thanks! Clear ambery orange with a white head. Whopping hop nose of floral and peach, some piney resin. Pineapple flavors, peachy and very perfumey. Tastes raw and green. A huge hop bomb, but not the type I really dig. Still, a solid brew to satisfy the hop crave.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2453) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice orange with a dense two finger head. Aromas are straight pineapple, grapefruit and oranges. This hops presence also dominates the flavor, but it seems to be pestered a little bit by the alcohol which doesnít tuck away quite nicely enough. Still, Iím a sucker for this type of thing...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2817) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
A delicious IIPA. Aroma was nice and big. Strong hops with not much else able to break through (which is fine with me). Pour was a nice thick dark orange with a thin white ring for a head. Taste was nice and strong. Strong hoppiness with a hot alcohol burn and a burnt caramel and bitter aftertaste. The hop profile here is heavy grapefruit...not just citrus but grapefruit. Decent carbonation carries the flavor through. This beer doesnít try to hide the alcohol. It flaunts it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(12oz bottle, thanks SamGamgee) Medium off-white head atop crystal clear applpe juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cartty/pineapple, some bread/caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, carry, some grapefruit, caramel. Medium body, some chewiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of piny resiny hops with a light caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Body starts with a nice fullness and sweet caramel malty balance with a clean citrusy flavor hop presence and a crisp, bittersweet finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a lightly hazy orange - potent, piney hops greet the nose, with some biscuity maltiness underneath, grapefruit peel, and light honey - a really nice balance of american hop onslaught and moderate malt sweetness - a lot of tangy citrus fruit flavors through the middle - the sweetness gets a bit stronger in the finish, perhaps a little too much so, but this is a minor flaw - very well-masked alcohol - another solid brew in this series.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with citrus, pine, fruit and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is very hoppy with light caramel, pine resin, citrus, and notes of alcohol with a medium body and a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
12oz bottle that says 009 on it, but Iím not sure what that means... Slightly amber tinted orange color, clear, with a medium sized white head that leaves light patchy lace. Medium intensity hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, orange and pine aspects to it, with a good hit of alcohol. The flavor has some sweet, sticky pale malt under candid grapefruit leading to a quite bitter grapefruit finish that is accentuated by some alcohol burn. Plenty of body; on the syrupy side, and lightly astringent. This reminds me a lot of Hollisterís Hip Hop, though Iím sure only a couple people know what Iím talking about. Leviathan is less mannered though. I like that they werenít afraid to properly balance the malt with bittering hops, unlike many east-coast brewers, but the end product is still a bit harsh in its alcohol presence and abrasive bitterness.


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