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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9070) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Deep golden amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is quite fruity and hoppy. Lots of bright pine and soft grapefruity citrus. Flavour is soft and quite hoppy. The hoppiness is quite nice and shows good flavour. Fairly sweet palate with a lot of fruity hoppiness. It’s big and boozy and while it’s got some nice components, it’s just a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (8926) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2010
(bottle, 35.5cl, with thanks to Jonas!) Clear, golden colour with a short and slightly off-white foamy head. Fruity and ethereally minty hoppy aroma with notes of apricots, tangerine and an exotic touch, backed by a discreetly malty background. Sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Moderately (cara-)malty base with fruity and spicy hops, leading into a medium-dry bitter-sweet rounded malty and rich hoppy finish with a fruity and minty aftertaste. Even refreshing despite its abv. Quaffable stuff. 08.XII.10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (8904) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s that I just poured. The pour is chill hazy dark straw toward copper, with 2-fingers of uniform, vanilla-milkshakey white head. Nose is juicy fruity hops, citrus, with piney and funky notes. Nice nose on this. Tastes very hoppy, somewhat dry, with a definite juicy hop profile, some caramel malt (but not quite enough of a malt bill), and some peppery, mango, and scotchy notes. Smooth, crisp, and dry, this one is very good, but I get some late plasticy flavors (that I get, sadly, wth all Harpoon beers) and fusel flavors, that I am compelled to lower this rating a tenth or so. Not world class, but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Juicy citrus blooms within pale malt sweetness while resinous hops progressively sink their bitter teeth in this balanced and very successful Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces around the transparent light golden amber.
-This may not be the most compelling of I2PA recipes, but it is flawless and flavorful. What more can you want?
-Alcohol is barely apparent in the flavor profile, which is appreciated.
-The powerful citrusy component is redolent of dried grapefruit.
-The grain bill does not contain much caramel malt, an absence which I like in this style because it tends to let the hops express themselves better.
-This is very drinkable for its size; the effervescence and silky mouthfeel help a lot.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, 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 (8050) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Draft at d.b.a. New Orleans. Pours a rich orange amber with a small eggshell head. A lot of hops on the nose, along with citrus and caramel malt, all of which hide the alcohol well. The flavor is also hoppy, with citrus, caramel malt, alcohol, pine, and honey. Bitter, with a sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

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