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RATINGS: 646   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!

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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle from capones. Pours an orange amber body with a 1 finger white head. Big hop character with grapefruit and citrus. Big sweet malty backbone and a big alcohol finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Thanks to Dmac for sharing a growler of this. Pours out a clear orangy/light copper color with a small mostly white lacing head. Aroma is of citrus hops with a slight floral note, also a little sweetness was noticeable. Taste is citrus hops, floral hops and some sticky sweet malts going on in there too, decent amount of balance with a dry, bitter and slightly alcoholic finish. Not a bad effort.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle at Coles shared with Rudolf, DougShoemaker, blankboy & garthicus. One of the better if not the best Harpoon beers to date. For one of the first times the aroma doesnt live up to the taste. Nice full hop flavor, resiny, piney. Smooth drinking with the right amount of sharp bitterness. Nice job

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (658) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2008
A very fresh and robust experience, as should be the case for a quality Imperial IPA. Hops are clearly multi-layered both in the mouth and in the nose; ends with a heavy and lush floral explosion. I have my serious doubts that this is 10%. I thought it was remarkably smooth for a 10 percenter, and I drank my entire 4-pack with barely a buzz. I would say this is closer to 8 or 8.5%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 12oz bottle thanks to eepiest......pours a vivid orange brown and a thin frothy off-white head.... aroma of citrusy hops and a considerable malt backbone. somewhat syrupy flavors had a sharp citrusy and pine resin bite to it and a lot less malt than what the aroma had initially implied. fair amount of bitterness. fair mouthfeel. 7/4/7/4/14

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Pours a nice deep golden orange with a creamy two finger thick head. The nose is very nice, with full hop profile and nice caramel malt influence. The flavor was good, but not as good as the nose, with an earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 20, 2008
11/5/08 notes: on tap, Eli Cannon’s. Pours gold, with a medium-sized head. Aroma dominated by sharp, grassy-floral hops. Surprisingly bold for a Harpoon brew! Palate is crisp, and finish is predictably long given the alcohol and mouth-coating hop-juice. I generally enjoyed Leviathan, being a hophead, by inevitably I found myself docking points from it because of another “similar” brew I had just prior: Great Divide’s Fresh Hop. Compared to the latter, Leviathan lacked balance, as I thought the its hoppy profile too nearly became a one-sided assault. Nevertheless, I now can mark Harpoon as yet another brewery that has successfully created a quality Impy IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Draft @ tiedhouse. Golden color with a big sweet hop aroma with citrus, melons, and floral notes. Flavor is big, hoppy and sugary - lots of citrus, cantaloupe, pine....malt balance is nice as well. Solid mouthfeel - easily the best Harpoon I’ve had

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pours gold with a nice whote head. Smells of citrus and dry malt. Tastes astringent and citrussy with a peppery finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2008
(Bottle). Citrus hops aroma. Clear orange body, smallish off-white head. Taste is fresh grapefruit and tangerine, with a nice bite. Alcohol is a bit intrusive. The finish is peculiar....not quite bitter, more like spicy and bittersweet. Overall, good but not great.


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