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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Leviathan is an apt name: this beer is a powerhouse. The high alcohol content and robust flavor make this a beer for the strong-willed.

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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle. Clear deep golden/copper color with a rich lasting offwhite head. Malty fruity aroma at first, peach, pine apple, hay, mango, pine, perfume, very nice bitterness growing stronger and stronger, grapefruit, woody, nice notes of caramel. Malty fruity flavor, peach, grass, citrus, biscuits, pine needles, plum, pineapple, some warming alcohol, mango, perfume, woody, caramel. I’m so impressed to see all flavors coming together, this beer never gets extreme, still it keeps bringing new flavors all the time. Malty finish with grapes, mango, pine, caramel and a growing bitterness. Lovely!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10184) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9797) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle… Clear golden ale with amber highlights and a small, white head. The aroma is a pleasing swirl of honey, fuzzy fruits, grapefruit and white pepper. Full-bodied with a thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Malty and sweet with flavorful hops and adequate bitterness. Mid-length, pleasantly sweet finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for providing my sample!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
Gold pour. Damn this beer is nothing but pure hops in the aroma and on the tongue. Bitter harsh and a hop lovers dream. too much for me.


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