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RATINGS: 644   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 From bottle, blindtasting #14. Pours cloudy orange, golden and with an almost fully gone head. Mild peachy and solid grapefruit and citrusy aroma. Smooth peachy and grapefruity flavoured with a light caramel malt base. Light yeasty touch and a slowly growing bitterness into the finish. Ends dry and fruity.8-3-7-3-15=3.6

From tap at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golde orange with a small white head. Aroma is solid peachy and grapefruity citrusy. Bitter and crisp citrusy. Solid hoppy and citrusy. Dense malty and slight fruity bitter. Bone dry. Bitter and citrusy finish.8-3-8-4-16=3.9

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29210) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of malt, grapefruit, and lemon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and grapefruit, leading to a dry, bitter, and grapefruity finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fresh hop aroma - citrus and pine. Quite full-bodied with caramel and fruit and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. 010209

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan
Hazy copper to amber color; medium creamy head. Excellent hoppy aroma, perfumy and fruity (oranges, bitter oranges), a bit earthy and sweaty too, very light cheese touch. Good body strength and mouthfeel, round; strong caramel flavor, with the necessary residual sweetness; strong hopping, first oily, but resiny and fruity as well. Powerful and long final. No surprises (an Imperial IPA as we had many already), but very solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
Bright copper. Very C-hoppy with lime, papaya and orange. Lots of these hops, floral and fruity. Lots of malts, some background stickiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear golden copper body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, orange, grapefruit, and some pine. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, and hops (floral, citrus) with a bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11443) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a tight foamy off white head with some lacing and gold color. Aroma is simcoe, sweet citrus-lemon/pine hops. Taste is simcoe, citrus-grapefruit rind/lemon/some pine, slight tart/harsh bitter, some light malt, alcohol. Soft carbonation. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
#4000 Bottle from ericandersnavy - thanks for helping me over a big number! Pours quite copper with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma seems to be a complex of floral/citrus/fruit/resin. Medium plus body with fairly strong carbonation. Flavor is quite bitter with a mildly roasted caramel backbone. Finish is rather floral. It’s extremely tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: May 03, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: clear copper, fine dirty white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity orange aroma, touch of pine
Flavor: big bitter orange rind flavor, lots of citrus, lots of bitterness, just a hint of sweetness along with a fruityness

Date: May 23, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: ticker tasting
Score: 3.3 to 3.6
pretty much same as before but gets a higher score by being in the company of lessor beers, goes to show the rating will never be an exact science,

Date: October 23, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
turns to liquid hops, holds its own in the presence of better beers,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4


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