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RATINGS: 640   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1911) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2013
An orange amber body with a white head that had some retention, but no lace. Aroma had some nice caramel malts. A nice blend of citrus and pine hops, leaning closer towards pine. Some floral hops. Flavor really showcased the pine hops and while assertive in now way was it dominating. Finish was slightly dry. Alcohol was well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BradMc (6) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
From a bottle. Well balanced, almost to the point of being a little bland. Good flavour though. Easy drinking for an Imperial.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bumbax (4) - san sebastian, PUERTO RICO - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
Pours orange-ish color, thin head. Big abv but bareley noticeable, agressive hop character but balanced by its malty presence. Great beer. Loved it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2248) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Havent had this in 5 yrs or so and thought I hated it.. well I dont hate it. Its quite good actually. Very hoppy with a balancing malt backbone and well hidden abv. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Very hoppy and very bitter, tons of hop flavor, tasty stuff. Not in Greensboro bend

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3299) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On tap at the brewery in 2010. Poured a dark gold with a whitish head. Aroma of fruit and grapefruit; slightly sweet and fairly vibrant. Fairly hoppy in the flavor, but there was some balance. Some pine notes emerge.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Hard resinous, chipped pine and dried citrus peel aroma. Clear orange, could be any IPA....Massive bitter grapefruit flavor, some almost sweet contrast as well. What I really can not get over, having not had this for some time, is how smooth it is. By far the easiest drinking double IPA around. As such, it’s Harpoon’s deadliest beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1258) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
12 oz bottle This was tasted during Thanksgiving 2012. This is an amazing ale. The color is a clear golden color. The ale had a small head that dissipated. The IPA had a powerful bitterness balanced by a sweet malt backbone. This is truly an excellent ale the bitterness is so balanced. The cabonation is average an the medium body ale had a wonderful finish with bitterness that was experienced in the upper mouth.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours deep gold with thin head. Some weak pine and citrus aroma. Medium body, very healthy alcohol punch. Tastes of grass and citrus.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (681) - USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle says best by 10-15-12 so I’m a bit late on this guy. Malty and a bit spicy aroma. Fruity, lightly mango and some peach. Perfect look for style, hazy amber gold. Good lacing on a pillowy beige head that settles. For such an enormous beer this is ver y drinkable, bitterness is there throughout, but it displays slight pine amongst juicy apricot and peach. Great imperial iPa. Big and juicy.


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