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RATINGS: 655   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
2009-07-26. Crisp orange body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Pleasant hoppy aroma, sweet floral and fruity hops. (7+) Flavour is a rather nice blend of sweet and bitter citrusy hops, mild malt base is supportive by not a major player. Touch of lemon comes out strongly after have a nip of cheese. Rather lovely. Smooth average plus palate. (3+) Very drinkable. Bottle from Premier Gourmet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (8129) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to porterhouse. Pours with a medium, slightly yellow head over a hazed golden body. Pervasive aroma. Pine and citrus tang (orange), light grain, caramel, light honey. By far the best smelling beer I have seen...well smelled...from Harpoon. Taste is nice with sharp citrus hop notes, and some lingering caramel sweetness followed by a long, bitter citrus finish. Good! Medium to light carbonation, thickish/viscous mouthfeel. A very solid beer from, in my experience, a not so solid brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7799) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Bright orange appearance, minimal head. very big fruity hop flavor, that seems to have a nice dark, smokey tone to it, that lends a certain sweetness to what might be a savory umami taste. Nice long aftertaste, with somewhat syrupy texture. Impressively drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (7533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours deep amber with white head, aroma is full of sweet hops. Taste is sweet citrus and bubblegum like hops with a strong sweet caramel malt profile that bitters fairly well. A bit too sweet for my liking, but a very decent IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (7485) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Clear deep golden. Aroma of resinous and piney hops, malt and quite a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with chewy malt, a bit of honey hints and bitter hoppiness in the alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (7482) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Tap at Clark Street Ale House. Poured dark amber with an orange tint. Aroma was a bit surprising with the usual strong hop characters of pine and citrus but also a grainy malt aroma present as well. Flavor was quite bitter but again a malt undertone especially prevalent in the beginning of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
On tap at Kinsale Irish Pub, Boston. Clear amber colour. Moderate white head. Good strong hoppy character throughout. Lots of floral, leafy notes. Developing grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Relatively light mouthfeel for a DIPA and the alcohol isn’t too hot or intrusive. A very satisfying beer without quite hitting the high spots.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7386) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle from Lizardville Rocky River. Clear light orange pour with a spotty white head. Lots of citrus and pine resin hops - both aroma and taste. Hop assertive but pretty well balanced. Solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle (and previously on tap, but forgot to do notes). Pours a clear golden orange with a medium to thick beige head that falls down rather quickly. Big astringent citrus hops, malt, and a bit of caramel and vanilla on the nose. A touch boozy, but a nice big hop presence right up front and a good thick malty backbone. Finishes with a nice long lingering bitterness.

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