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RATINGS: 659   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!

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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 6, 2009
From a 12oz. Definitely has the character of an Imperial IPA, but not quite as big as others in the style, or even other styles. Good mid-palate but finish too strong. A little disappointing.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 This was only sampled at Yardhouse but it is very smooth without having too much hop domination. The malt holds up just enough to not let the hop destroy your palate. Caramel and fruit and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. A new favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
On tap pours dark amber in color. Malty and hoppy with a hint of spiciness and citrus. Huge hoppy flavor dominates though. Heavy bodied beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
A powerful and impressive imperial IPA. Pours a clear, sparkling amber with a small white head. Nose is obviously overwhelmingly hoppy. Grapefruit, lime and pepper dominate. Flavor and palate are enjoyable. The palate is smooth with lively carbonation. The malt reveals itself mainly in the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange, typical for style, with a very thin ring of off-white bubbles around the edge. Aroma is of resin and sweetness, with prominent orange. Taste is similar with a significant hot alcohol note. It’d be better with a less sweet malt bill and more attenuation to help dry it out a tad. Not my favorite DIPA, but a pretty good attempt nevertheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 IVE HAD HARPOONS IPA AND ENJOYED IT ALTHOUGH IT WASNT GREAT. THIS HOWEVER IS GREAT. POURS A CLOUDY ORANGE WITH A NICE HEAD THAT STICKS TO THE SIDES OF THE GLASS, SMELLS OF RICH HOPS AND TASTES ALMOST OVERWELMINGLY HOPPY WITH ALL ITS CRISP BITTERNESS, DELICIOUS GRAPEFRUIT AND A LITTLE HONEY. THIS ONE CAUGHT ME BY SUPRISE, QUITE GOOD.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 23, 2009
I’ll agree with the most recent poster: grapefruit, citrus, pine dominant. The only drawback (and this is from drinking two bottles): carbonation is FLAT. Taste is awesome, but not what I expected, even with a good bit of experience with the style.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
walrussell (162) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (160) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2015
On tap while at harpoon brewery. Really amazing aftertaste. Crazy back of the tongue bitterness to it. Very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Nice thick head. Great copper/orange appearance. Peach is the first and dominating aroma to hit. Nice smell. Fruity hoppyness flavor. Awesome beer. A hop head’s paradise. A beer I could drink all night, every night. Highly recommended for the hop heads out there. A great Imperial IPA. I will have this again.


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