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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13309) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5732) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3235) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
growler shared with the KW crew. thanks for the share Jeff! the pour was shimmering clear golden with a tight white head. the aroma was hops. the flavour was hops. this was resiny hop madness. i enjoyed it but its an over the top hop bomb! thanks for the share jef!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
Growler shared by Tupalev at our 2nd KW group tasting, thanks Jeff! Pours a very nice, lively golden orange with a small white cap. The aroma is entirely hops, hops, hops, BIG time, just a subtle hint of honey underneath, certainly no big malt body to speak of. Flavour is very much the same, quite powerful, boozy, thick syrupy hop juice. A tiny touch of sweet malts but not at all a balancing agent like they claim it to be. I canít get over just how hoppy this one is, it almost hurts to drink with the strong boozy edge added, but itís still quite tasty. All American hops, no backbone, but still pretty good. Thanks Jeff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (909) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle from KA. Good stuff I liked this one a lot. Real nice hops aroma and taste. I liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from Binnyís South Loop. Pours a nice gold color with a nice head. Nose is very pungent, citrusy and resinous, a little dank. Taste is bold and brash, very in your face. Super hoppy and bitter, but never making you hate it. Nice and fruity with the resiny notes. Finishes dry and clean. Damn fine stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy bright orange with a nice lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is very citrusy with some pine and topical fruits- cent amarillo, simcoe etc-. Flavor has a nice big malt backbone but only moderately sweet- nice resinous hops, simcoe tropical, some citrus pine and orange peel- with a pretty good tacky bitter finish- not as dry as some, but overall pretty good- reminded me a lot of DFH 90 min when it is fresh.

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