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RATINGS: 671   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. Harpoonís proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beerís massive aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (229) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle says enjoy by 02/15/12. So maybe not really new, but still in good standing freshness-wise. An eloquent dark-orange, light-amber with shiny ruby redness in between splash the snifter glass, with a moderate one-finger white lacing, that dissipates rather quickly. Decent foamy and bubbly but rather thin lacing retain to the glass. A bigger and longer-lasting head would be welcome. Right upon pouring, my nose can automatically detect piney and citrusy hops, and all the wonderful grapefruit resulting aromas and flavors. Also a good deal of malt sweetness is very present here, giving some pretty high hopes for this. These aromas are very pleasant and inviting, and instantly noticeable. Mouth gets filled with a medium body full of pleasant citrusy and lemony hops, followed by a surprising strong malt backbone. The hops are very citrus, grapefruit and lemon-like, they make their presence known very effectively. There is a solid English malt/barley background, bringing out flavors of toffee, English sweets and maybe some caramel. It kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams Boston Lager used to taste like, years ago, in terms of malt. Very classic English or New England toffee-like malt sweetness, which I havenít tasted in a long time. Carbonation is quite minimal, which is another very nice surprise. Less carbonation is always a plus in my book. Gives more room for the flavors and complexity. Very good body overall. Very smooth for a Double/Imperial IPA, very hoppy all the while restraining the bitterness. Well-balanced with a solid malt sweetness, and a complexity usually not available in a lot of other IPAs, double/imperial or not. Highly recommended. Hopheads like me will be satisfied, while others should find this one tasty and fun as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Smells of sweet sweet floral hops, orange peel, sweet clementine, and orange blossoms. Pours a dark golden orange, filmy head. Flavor is a luscious orange juice that blends into a piny hop finish. The palate is very well rounded, sweeter on the up front, dryer on the finish. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
bottle into pint glass (tulip unavailable). Aroma is strong pine. Smells a bit overpowering. Has a nice amber/orange color. Thin off white head. Head disappears quickly. Definitely a hop bomb. Not very balanced. Its a big beer and you can taste it. Starts very sweet and ends very bitter. Not a bad IIPA, but definitely not a top tier IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange with a small white head. Aroma of fresh hops and citrus. Lots of bitter hop flavor with an emphasis on pine and oily resin. A faint malt backing adds a touch of sweetness to the finish. Alcohol is noticible, but not overwhelming. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. Solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - APR 30, 2010
Very sweet IPA, almost sickly so. Not a lot of bitterness. Good citrus taste and smell, but it doesnít cut through the malt enough. An interesting beer that needs to tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. "Best By 7/15/12" Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin head that fades to practically nothing rather quickly. i do like the Leviathan seriesí labels though. Aroma is a blast of all things hoppy. Grassy and a dank resin are highlighted by tropical fruity undertones. Barely any malt but itís there. Makes my mouth water. Same goes for the flavor profile. Plenty of grassy hops. Resinous with subtle tropical fruit notes. This thing stays bitter throughout the entire sip. Yeah, definitely a sipper. Thereís a hint of malty sweetnes but it doesnít last for long. And sheís hot. Way hot. beer is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. gives it a rather thick syrupy mouthfeel. Tons of lingering bitterness and a bit too much heat. This beer isnít bad if youíre only going to have one but itís almost over the top. I love the hops but the alochol heat is a bit overwhelming in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2009
A strong hoppy aroma with a grassy and citrus notes. Color is a nice dark orange. Flavor is incredibly rich: full of hops with a nice comfortably bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2009
I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617. It poured a nice coppery yellow color with a tan head. Transparent and slightly bubbly (carbonated much?)...and...itís not so bad. It has a nice sweet hoppy aroma. Taste, well it is incredibly hoppy. Plain and simple itís quite bitter, but has a slight aftertaste of some fruit - grapefruit and maybe mango. Alright, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle. Orange/copper pour with white foamy head. Nice retention. Orange peel, pine, sweet malt, and a hint of spice on the nose. Very enjoyable aromas. Flavors of oranges and pine resin. A bit sweet, but still balanced. Has a nice smooth bitterness that balances well with the malt. Medium/full mouthfeel. Smooth finish. 10% abv well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Nice. Sweetness dominates over the hoppiness. Maybe slightly too sweet. Beautiful Head and mouthfeel. Amazing drinkability for a dipa 10%. Slightly strange funky flavor. After taste is much subtler than most ipas, but it is there, and it does last.

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