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RATINGS: 675   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
bottle. deep amber with small head. i wasn’t a fan of their standard ipa, but this is excellent. very nice hop flavors, especially the fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (698) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2014
From 12oz bottle. Color is a rich, amber, opaque brown. A finger of off-white head. Aroma is big notes of meyer lemon and molasses, whiff of alcohol. Raisins. Flavor is orange rind, pine resin, plums and sherry. Sweet to start from from the warming malts, but a solid a bitter finish. Lots going on here, but kept in a very workable balance. Viscous, like dessert wine in feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is a clear coppery gold with a very thin, quickly dissipating, white head and a good amount of spotty lace. The aroma is surprisingly sweet. There is an undertone of hoppiness, but for the most part, it's quite sweet. I like the subtle honey character that's present. The flavor is surprisingly bitter. There is a good hoppiness and wonderful honey sweetness that comes in on the back end. I feel this would probably be better fresh. The mouth feel is lightly creamy, and slightly thin. The aftertaste is sweet, and dry, which is different than I'd expect for an IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
psabotka (46) - - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear orange/gold with lots if carbonation. 2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly. Decent bitter hop and piney aroma and bite, balanced malt finish, not overly sweet. Better than I expected, as I'm not a big harpoon standard IPA fan ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 13, 2014
Köszönet érte Armandonak! Egészen tiszta, narancssárga színe van, habja piszkos fehér, paplanos, igen nagy, jó kötésű és igen kitartó. Illata igen erős, déli gyümölcsös, kicsit mézes, égetett cukros, malátás és gyantás. Íze is igen gyümölcsös, melaszos, pörkölt mézes, virágos, citrusos, édeskés, aztán átúszik egy igen komoly keserűbe, grapefruit héjas, szőlőmagos és fenyős. Elég testes, közepesen szénsavas és nem igazán érezni a sok alkoholt. Utóíze keserédes, gyümölcsös, a legvége igen keserű és száraz. Nem rossz, de elég kiegyensúlyozatlan, a közepe igen édes és hirtelen csap át keserűbe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1709) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Gold-orange pour. Great citrus hop aroma, flavor of orange, grapefruit and spices. Very confused as to why this is not already on RB.
Earlier Rating: 10/4/2011 Total Score: 4
Nice looking beer. Clear orange with a nice white foamy head which leaves a good bit o’ lacing. Aroma is certainly hoppy; spruce and grass for sure. Flavor is sweet and hoppy; grapefruit and fruit, smooth with a crisp dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Very balanced ipa. Copper amber colored poured from a tap. Nice mix of hops and sweet caramel taste. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pretty powerful double IPA. Strong piney and floral aroma, some malty sweetness. Copper color with a sizeable cream head. Average weight palate with strong carbonation. Hops bitterness up front, which lingered quite a bit. Malty backbone barely supports it. A little caramelized sweetness in the middle followed by more bitterness. A little bit of an alcohol bite as well. Good strong stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. A gift from a friend. Best by is 1/14/14. However, I think this is a bit beyond its prime. Pours a clear amber orange with a decent off white creamy head. Smell is heavy sweet caramel malts, little citrus and touch earthy hops. Taste is big caramel sweetness, medium to heavy sweet for IIPA, pretty big bitterness, more citrus, touch pine. Not my style of ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Rated on 6-13-2009 (Bottle) When poured, this beer forms a medium sized white head with good retention, transparent body with a yellow hue, good amount of lacing, and slow rising carbonation. The Aroma is caramel malt, citrus and grapefruit hops. The Taste is quite bitter, malty, citrus, and grapefruit hops. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is very hoppy tasting which is true to style, one for hop heads, and is a bit too hoppy tasting for my liking. A beer I recommend trying.

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