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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!

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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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, pours pritine topaz with foamy ivory head, aroma is heavy resin and a bit of pine, very caramely sweet and tacky, sturdy bitterness throughout, finishes stiky with just a bit of lingering bitterness. OK


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (96) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Amber color with thin white head. Big hoppy IPA aroma. Flavor has a nice bitter/sweet balance. Obvious high alcohol content.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1208) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 9, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Pours a bright medium orange color. With white head and decent lacing. Aroma is strong malt with lots of hops on the nose. The flavor is a very nice blend of hops up front and malt. Nice bitterness throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Tap at Harpoon. Copper color. Bitter hop aroma. Flavor has sweet malt and bitter hops. Full palate on this beer and some flavor pg alcohol as well.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TXBadger (1258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Don’t know if I got a bad bottle or what, but I did not like this one at all. Poured an amber color with off-white head. Lots of floral notes on this, too much for me; followed onto the palate. Finished with a bitter note that was unpleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROBC3366 (551) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Cloudy, medium amber, very lacey. Full body, medium flavor density, rich, Bitter dominating sweet taste, balanced, long palate. Grapefruity ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhilJackson80 (300) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 5/24/14. Bottle from Total Wine & More. Aroma has Floral notes & resin with some pine scents. The taste was slightly sweet but as it warmed it was more balanced with the malts coming through. 10% ABV was masked pretty well & overall I would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ironicmedic (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Tasted at harpoon brewery, golden amber color. Light tan head. Hoppy up front flavor but can taste grapefruit a after

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle to pint glass. Dark amber with towering broken head. Aromas of grapefruit hops and caramel. Rich buttery mouthfeel. Sweet and boozy; from the first sip it's obvious that this is a 'big beer.' Flavours of caramel, peachy and grapefruit dominate. Sugary residue in bottom of the glass, but quite a smooth one. Nice, if one is in the mood.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (280) - - MAY 2, 2014
Cloudy, medium amber, very lacey. Full body, medium flavor density, rich, Bitter dominating sweet taste, balanced, long palate. Grapefruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bellco33 (273) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2014
Poured from bottle into pint glass: Pours clear golden-amber with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, floral hops, malt sweetness. Taste is very sweet, lots of bitter hops kicking in at the end, slight citrus taste, lots of floral. Medium to heavy body, a bit cloying, overly sweet, decent carbonation. Either this is an old bottle or its a super-sweet IPA. Not my favorite, I’ll stick with Rich and Dan’s.


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