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RATINGS: 629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Hops! Lots of great hop bittering, though you don't get as much aroma as you might think. Pours a great clear amber, light head. A nice touch of dryness on the finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 16, 2011
Pours light gold with small white head. Big hop aroma. Citrus tropical fruit and raisins and dried fruit. Balanced bitter taste and full body. Exceptional!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Great aroma and full hop flavor to the point of sweetness. Nice malt, but could stand a bit more with all the hops. A little too much carbonation give a harsh, biting mouthfeel. Overall quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Golden color with a nice lace behind. The aroma is complex, a nice spicy blend of hops and caramel. The flavors are also complex, citrus fruit and pineapple hop flavors, with warming alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Good citrus and floral aroma even detected a hint of bubblegum? The flavor is a bit less potent and complex than the aroma but that isn’t particularly unusual. Astringent bitterness on the end. Nice mouthfeel and good body without being too heavy. No trace of alcohol. This definitely rises above the normal Harpoon offering and actually stands up very well against the Founders Double Trouble I just had. I definitely wasn’t expecting this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2011
A great American double..er...Imperial IPA. Citrus start to finish . A hint of grapefruit and pine. A big beer in ABV. If you seesome buy a four packer of this stuff you won’t regret it ( If you like biG IPA’s)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
william146 (80) - Winterville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Purchased in Asheville, NC (unknown source) Doesn’t smell very hoppy, but tastes excellent. Pours with beautiful color and leaves a great lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Semi-opaque copper, fading to yellow with slow, thin white foamy lacing. Hops, honey and alcohol in nose. Balanced taste with constant undertones of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmad (72) - - MAR 20, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into my glass tulip... The beer was a bright, orange, copper color with a thick off white head that was quickly reduced to a thin soapy layer. It smells just a bit musty, along with sugary grapefruit and a caramel backbone. The taste is mostly bitter citrusy hops with a hint of pine and some other softer, non-bitter fruity hop flavors. The liquid is thick, but not as syrupy as other imperials, it has low carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Leviathan is a well done brew, highly drinkable considering the high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a transparent golden tone with minimal head. Aroma is very sweet citrus, grapefruit with underlying floral notes. Taste is overwhelmingly sweet, with a spicy (peppery), bitter aftertaste. The alcohol isn’t in-your-face, but it doesn’t try to hide either. Elements aren’t well balanced here, ending with an almost sickeningly sweet and sticky result.

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