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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2009
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Orange/light amber in color, with small off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of piney resinous hops. Taste is initially a big hop bite, lots of pine and grapefruit, with slight sweet malt. Much more hop bite than malt backbone, so not terribly balanced. Tastes more like a west coast DIPA. Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. 10% alcohol very well hidden, you wouldn’t know it was that strong. A pretty good DIPA, not as sweet, malty, or balanced as I would like, but it’s a hop-head delight!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2009
Orange to amber in color. Taller, small bubbled, cream colored head. Green grass and citric hops dominate the nose. Hints of caramel and pale malt in the background along with a sniff of pine and light fruit. A sharp malt and grain start. Ripe plums and peaches are greeted and tossed aside by pine needles and grapefruit pulp. Hints of alcohol if held in the mouth too long. Bits of toasted pecans and pralines near the finish. The flavors seem to jump around. Some nice lingering thought of toasted malt and a bit of oak. Seems a bit disjointed, but this should not disappoint many hopsheads.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1335) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottle from Champanes in Warren, sampled in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass, has a copper pour with some amber and orange colors, I see some small particles floating around in the brew, provides a head of white and off-white variable sized bubbles, this brew appears to be viscous (bubbles float slowly to the surface), leaves medium lacing on the glass, aromas of orange, lemon citrus and grapefruit hops with malt and fruit sweetness along with toasted malt, good hop pine bitterness and citrus with toasted malt, malt sweetness, orange and lemon fruit flavors, hops appear to be a little more out front than the malt, hop bitterness is good after the finish and persists afterwards, nice mouth feel, no alcohol aroma, a hint of the 10% alc. on the palate but the alcohol is hidden well until the beer is room temperature, a pretty good offering from Harpoon.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2009
Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney, hoppy nose. Flavor is grapefruit some sweetness, hoppy; piney finish. High ABV is totally hidden. $2.90 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours a crystal clear light orange color, with a small white head. Smells of a good amount of hops, with a very big maly background. The flavor was much the same, with the hops being balanced out nicely with the caramel malt and grapefruit citrus characters. Pretty typical for a double IPA, with the alcohol being masked quite efficiently. Not special, but a nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Clear orange with medium white head. Aroma is citrus and orange with caramel. Sweet, orange flavor with pine, very tasty. Medium body with creaminess. All around a very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10123) - 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 (11586) - 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 (2988) - 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.


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