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RATINGS: 640   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7638) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Sample at Neil’s HSC initation. This brew is a hazy orange-amber color with a medium and creamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Floral hops aroma with some malt in the background. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has pine and floral notes. Sweet malt and caramel undertones as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of piny resiny hops with a light caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Body starts with a nice fullness and sweet caramel malty balance with a clean citrusy flavor hop presence and a crisp, bittersweet finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7098) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottled, BB 2/15/11. Poured crystal-clear lighter orange with a short, but persistent cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up juicy oranges and pineapple upfront, with some floral notes around.. honey and pineapple meat followed.. very aggressive, with a lot of messy sweetness evident. The flavor found more of that messy sweetness.. pineapple, orange zest, and caramel were heavy at the core, with the related citrusy bitterness and some pine resin surrounding.. peppery alcohol amplified everything.. hot, sweet finish. Medium-plus bodied with a thicker feel on the palate and moderate-plus carbonation.. a big beer, no doubt, but unkempt and unenjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Pours gold with 60 second head that started two inches tall. The aroma is up front grapefruit hops, some mild pine hops, grassiness and aged malty sweetness. The taste begins with a fresh pulse of grapefruit and tangelo hops. The sweet malts are there the whole time too but take over midway as the hops recede into the background. It ends with fading malt and caramel sweetness and a persistent grapefruit and orange peel hop bitterness. Pretty nice malty IPA below average IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6503) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 9, 2009
on tap at Coles
Appearance: clear dark amber with mid plus creamy top. 3+
Nose: Fresh , citric hop character , light vegetable green , mild malty base. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied , good crisp hop bitterness . Full lip smacking bitter strong ale . Mature work.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pours gold with a nice whote head. Smells of citrus and dry malt. Tastes astringent and citrussy with a peppery finish.


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