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RATINGS: 652   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!

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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2745) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 24, 2009
Two bottles (12oz each) shared with swoopjones, Blankboy, rudolf and DougShoemaker Appearance: Golden orange with a small white head. Aroma: Hoppy, soapy, sweet, chocolate. Flavour: Wow, hoppy, alcohol, cream, toffee. Nice long bitter finish. Thanks Swoopjones.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with foamy white head. Aroma sweet and citrus hops. Taste strong grapefruit and citrus hops with bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle from Chris. Aroma of sugary malts, floral hops, and fruity esters. Pours a translucent orange amber with a foamy pale yellow white head and spotty lacing. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Flavor of pale malts with some toastiness, countered by a piney bitterness. Average amount of residual sweetness. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not very cohesive and hop profile is not that exciting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitch256 (32) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Tap @ brewery. I really enjoyed this one. A strong but not overpowering floral aroma with a hint of citrus. A bright orange-golden color. The flavor is intense, very hoppy and bitter but still very drinkable. This one’s a sipping beer, it really can hit you hard. Nonetheless, a great beer for those who enjoy lots of hop flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Pours yellowish with white head. Not so nice. Aroma with tons of bitter citrus, honey, some flowery notes, and slight herbal tones. Flavor is resiny citrus, grapefruit and lemon, with a long bitter finish. Slight caramel in the background, but very little malt to speak of. Decently full palate. Very bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1910) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Strong hop aroma with big hints of citrus. Clear light orange color with a small white head. Sweet hop flavor in the beginning with a finish that gets moderately bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bonused from RCL and Tweety. Pours orange with a 2 finger tan bubbly head. Nose is sweet and some what soapy. Taste is sweet and somewhat citrussy. Overall ok, but not good by west coast standards.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fresh hop aroma - citrus and pine. Quite full-bodied with caramel and fruit and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. 010209

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Good citrus and floral aroma even detected a hint of bubblegum? The flavor is a bit less potent and complex than the aroma but that isn’t particularly unusual. Astringent bitterness on the end. Nice mouthfeel and good body without being too heavy. No trace of alcohol. This definitely rises above the normal Harpoon offering and actually stands up very well against the Founders Double Trouble I just had. I definitely wasn’t expecting this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Pours a clear darker golden with a small white froth. Peachy grapefruit aroma with some toasted caramel malts, slightly perfumy. First taste is big salty hops, bit of piney bitterness, very salty, light caramel and citrus. Fruity finish. Very smooth medium body, creamy mouthful with fine soft fizzling carbonation. A solid well balanced brew but nothing new or really interesting. Does a good job not seeming like a 10% beer.


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