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RATINGS: 657   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!

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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2322) - 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 (1700) - 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 (1511) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2452) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice golden orange color with a small head that quickly fades. Aroma is packed with citrus, pine, and floral hops. A hint of malt comes through too. Taste has a very slightly sweetness at first and turns extremely bitter by the finish. Lots of citrus and floral hops throughout and there’s just enough malt to give a bit of a backbone. Finish is long, very bitter and floral. This is a solid Imperial IPA but it’s not very memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 3, 2013
Some floral notes in the aroma, some burn behind that. A bit stale palate, with hops but also slightly alcaholic finish. Was expecting more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (693) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Nice bright orange translucent color with very small white head and messy lacing. Aroma is huge- could smell it right after opening and as the glass sits there too. Flavor has a sweet fruity, citric, piney punch up front and finishes a bit bitter. Nicely blended and can hardly taste the alcohol. Very good overall.

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