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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2009
12oz bottle, clear, golden, piney hops, dry, bitter finish. Need something floral or fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michbeerlover (140) - - APR 29, 2012
Nicely balanced. Alcohol well hidden for 10%. Very clear beer. Aroma is more malty than hoppy, but has a good hop bite, nice..... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle. Copper pour with a medium, creamy head and good lacing. Immediately hit with big, piney hops and some warm spice. Bitter orange and grapefruit rind on top of honey maltiness. Boozy, sharp finish. Maybe it’s just that this is the first DIPA I’ve had in awhile, but I’m really enjoying this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
orange pour with a thin white head. Hop aroma is spectacular. big floral and citrus notes, maybe a little booze too. nice hop bite in the taste, maybe a little overshadowed by the booze. real nice bitterness on the finish. Tasty brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours orange with some amber nice 1-2" white head. Aromas of citrus:apritcot, orange and some piney grapefruit with some sweet sugary malts. Candied citrus right up front followed by a rush of bitter hop(pine) and some dark sugar, carmel malt. Pretty well balanced, I think it could be better with a few months cellaring. Enjoyable none the less

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2009
12 oz Bottle. Pours a nice amber color. Light to medium white head. Smells of hops. Tastes of hops and malt. Very good beer. Recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pours a light orange color. The head is about medium. Aroma is packed full of hops. Taste is fairly typical of a DIPA - hoppy with alcohol undertones. Alcohol is not overwhelming but the taste is there. Overall a pretty good DIPA but I hoped for better from Harpoon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Light brown with an orange twinge. Perfectly cleary with a thick white head that dies down pretty quick, but good lacing. The nose is hoppy, somewhat sweet and very citrusy. Thicker than I expected, coats the tounge a bit with a light carbonation. Sweet, hoppy and quite carmelly, but relatively balanced by the citrus. The finsih is bitter and somewhat alcoholly. Better than most Harpoon offerings, but not still not amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Very nice IPA, although a bit sweet with not enough hop bitterness to counteract it. Nice citrus/flower taste and smell, but it doesn;t quite cut through the Double IPA market. Certainly well worth trying though. But a 4 pack is more than enough.

4.3
   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


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