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RATINGS: 664   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1854) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12oz bottle. Good hop presence with nice bitter aftertaste. Very well done double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle (12oz). Bright clear deep amber pour, large lasting off-white creamy/fluffy head - thick lacing, too. Terrific resin/pine/grapefruit aroma, slightly mango-sweet, only mild alcohol - solid, just the thing. The taste carries the sweet tropical fruit, slightly overripe, but the bitterness is simpler, drier - resin and grapefruit pith, a little boozy. Average body, astringent and mildly carbonated, very long pithy bitter linger. Solid dIPA, and nice to have it in a smaller bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle. Clear orange pour with a frothy moderate off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Big hop aroma, marked by citrus and tropical fruit. Clean vaguely sweet malts properly submissive to the grapefruit, orange and resin hop infusion. Big citrusy character. Lingering bitterness on the tongue. A fine example of the style. One of the top two, if not the best Harpoon I’ve tried.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
Growler, thanks for the pick up blankboy and hogtown harry! Shared with the K-W crew at our second monthly tasting. Orange pour, not much head. Tons of hops in aroma - you could smell this from across the room. Lovely. Taste is almost overwhelming. Hop juice, resiny with a gigantic alcohol punch. Body is medium to thin which makes that punch even bigger. Oily oily oily! I love the brashness of this beer. It would have killed me to drink the growler by myself! I won’t say it is balanced or a session beer, or the most complex, but the world needs beers like this - sometimes, this is just what you feel like having.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7031) - 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 (1228) - 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 (2573) - 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 doesn’t tuck away quite nicely enough. Still, I’m 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 (3002) - 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 doesn’t 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 (12119) - 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.


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