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RATINGS: 660   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!

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (1451) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Aromas of amontillado sherry, amaretto, vanilla, purple grapes, tropical and citrus fruit, pine, and subtle alcohol. Clear orange-copper with a moderately lasting, off-white head. Slightly sweet, savory, and bitter, with hints of sourness. Medium-full body, low carbonation, strong, and with a sticky, fruity, bittersweet finish. Very much an American barleywine but with a lower ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Pours copper with perfect clarity. A finger of foam that doesn’t last to a thin ring and skin on top. Fair retention and pretty good lace. It’s rather pretty actually because of the orange glow in the color. Nose is grand. Delectable malt! Caramel, biscuit, nuts. Fruity tropical hops, pineapple, mango, grass, sweet pine and an all over earthy scent. The malt opens up as it warms with lots of bread and a graceful honey sweetness. Taste is superb. Tropical fruits with a touch of floral, fat malt character. Bread and biscuit, nuts, and honey. Pale and caramel malt abounds in the taste. Smooth and very drinkable. The hops leave a nice oil and bitter leading into the finish. There is a touch of alcohol on the palate before a nice dry aftertaste and a full on hop bitter that coats the throat with just a touch of sweetness underneath.

What a surprise this was. A real malt treasure of an Imperial IPA. Graceful, drinkable, delicious, fruity, gentle and fat. Has many tea like qualities that make it very attractive to the palate. It has everything an IPA should have in the way of hop grandeur and bitter and everything favorable from it’s malt character. Cheerful and loaded with colossal malt. In my opinion, this comes up pretty close to Alchemy Hour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerman6686 (5179) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
This one poured a darker orange color with an off white head. Aroma was nothing to get too excited about, sticky caramel malt and light bittering and citric hops. Flavor was similar, much too sweet and alcoholic though. Another disappointment by harpoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2347) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Pours clear copper with a small white head that quickly dissipates, minimal carbonation. The aroma has a big astringency, pine, and some nice citrus. The taste has a massive citrus kick, medium bitterness, dry bitter finish. Solid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1779) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2013
Overall: Surprisingly light, a bit on the hoppy side.
Note: On-tap at a Harpoon Brewery tasting. Reviewed 2013-03-29.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thoramel (55) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2013
Nice thick head that lasted for a medium amount of time. Creamy mouth feel excellent balance of bitterness and malt. Good example of an Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, pours pritine topaz with foamy ivory head, aroma is heavy resin and a bit of pine, very caramely sweet and tacky, sturdy bitterness throughout, finishes stiky with just a bit of lingering bitterness. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2013
A - Pours a clear amber body with lackluster head that melts into thinness. S - Resiny pine hop oil, loads mandarin oranges, booze vapors, strange onion/BO odor, caramel malt. T - Jagged pine infused astringent citrus evil hops layered with boozy caramel malt. Bounties of citrus comes out on the finish. Alcohol is not hidden very well. I’ve had this beer several times and it’s seems to vary alot. Sometimes I sort of like it, sometimes I hate it. This beer is good(better) cold. The citrus is the only thing that saves it. When it warms it turns hideously ugly. The alcohol is evident every time. I love and respect this brewery but I probably won’t be getting this again. Serving type: bottle 10-20-2010

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1561) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle (from backlog). Big orange color with even bigger citrus and hoppy aromas. This smells great. Sweet upfront and slightly piney at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
From bottle. Pours bright orange in color with decent white head. A little lacing as it goes down. Aroma was all grapefruit. Taste added bready malt, a little pine and clean crispy bitter bite. Medium to light mouth feel. Very drinkable as the ABV does not show up.

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