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RATINGS: 668   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle from Hyde Park. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet hoppy flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Sampled on draft at Lost River Brewing Company in Wardensville, WV. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some caramel malts. Taste is very bitter and hoppy with earthy, resiny and herbal notes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar toffee notes as well. Medium-full bodied. Sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2012
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Herbs, flowers, caramel, pine, some sweetness. light citrus. Flavour: Caramel, pine, grass, flowers, wood, grape, citrus, perfume, light alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a heavy grapy bitterness. Dense alcohlbite on lips and palate. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle at The Nook. Pours clear copper with an average, creamy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, peach, pineapple. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Sugary resinous hops on the nose with loads of caramel sweetness - hints at a very sweet body. Flavour has lots of sticky resinous hops, heaps of caramel, all this dominated by an extremely sugary base that sort of overwhelms the big hop presence and malt backing. Finished sickly sweet, with a boozy burn. Definitely overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with hoppy and malty notes. Flavour was quite hoppy with citric, piney and malty notes. Finished bitter.

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