hotstuff (4840) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 9-19-2010. This bottled beer bottled on 02/12/2010 pours a medium sized fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, transparent orange body, fast rising, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma consist of citrus, pine hops, malt, yeast, and fruity. The taste is earthy, citrus, pine hops, malt, and the 9.2%ABV comes through as well. The palate is lively and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer has an unquestionable hop presence in the aroma and flavor. This is a hop head beer worth trying and a beer I would drink again even though I am not a hop head.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Modest head that settles to only a ring of bubbles. Nearly no lace--just some spots near the liquid line. Darker amber with a chill haze.
Earthy and semi-sweet caramel aroma. Light rye smell. Smells closer to a Barley Wine.
Flavor matches the smell profile with a touch of hop. Overall, this runs on the sweet side, which covers the alcohol until the swallow. Light warming aftertaste. Very rich body but it also has an above average level of carbonation. Borderline extreme with little rye to show for it.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/03/2010: Harpoon Imperial Red Ale... Aroma: Smells like a nice Pacific Northwestern-style Red IPA. Appearance: Amber-orange color; pretty much clear complexion; foamy beige head. Flavor: Wow! - like a nice PacNW-style IPA - sweet, but bitter; sugary maltiness paired with bright and vibrant citrus, bright pine hops; slightly earthy; lots of red grapefruit. Palate: Medium body; very calm; cask-like. Overall: VERY good!
12 fl. oz. bottle (ALC/Vol 9.2%; Bottled on 02/12/10) from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Rating #101 for this beer.
jkwalking05 (4567) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Amber in color with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is of light pine, malt and caramel. Taste is of pine and citrus.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured amber brown with off white head. Aroma was citrus, hops, piney. Had a medium bitter finish, for a 9.2 abv it was smooth
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a short beigh head. Aroma was hoppy with pine, citrus and light caramel. Flavor was malty with caramel, subtle fruit, pine, citrus rind, earth and had some resin bitterness
Pailhead (6377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, fruit, light pine, and muted citrus hops. It pours a mostly transparent amber with a lot of sediment. It has a small white head that leaves behind lots of webbed lacing. The flavor starts with moderate caramel with a touch of fruit. The finish still has a decent amount of grapefruit hops, light pine, and some oxidation. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I didn’t realize this was over 2.5 years old (bottle 2/12/10) when I ordered it. However,I imagine it’s held up reasonably well...though I am curious to know what it was like fresh.
luttonm (4486) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Harpoon Tasting Room. Rich hoppy, barleywine like beer. Copper, sweet dark fruit. Quite tasty and interesting.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 2/22/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A monster head is the most noticeable thing about this beer. Tan and frothy, it fills 4 oz. worth of space in my pint glass. A full amber color, brownish in the center is the color. Lots of particulate matter, including some not-so-good looking black flecks that rest on the bottom. I guess I am not drinking the whole glass. Generous lacing on the glass.
This has a traditional red aroma. Nice caramel notes to go along with toasted bread, along with a burst of citrus zest. Some herbal aromas add depth. A tiny bit of booze hides in the background.
The taste starts with some toasted bread, toffee sweetness, and a bit of spice. Next up are some herbal hops, grapefruit juicy hops, and a sweet and bitter finish. A little bit of booze never fully pokes through but is always present. The aftertaste is mostly clean, with a bit of herbal residue.
The toffee and herbal hoppy character create a sticky feel. A high alcohol content and some spicy hops impart a light tongue tingling. The carbonation bursts in the appearance but is restrained in the feel to a medium level. The body is medium to full.
Nothing about this beer really drove me to love it. The big body and semi-complex flavor made things interesting, but this is not my favorite red.
keanex (1749) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought from a local Canals to try more of the Leviathan series.
Poured from a bottle, bottled on 2-12-2010, into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber, slightly red. Pours hazy. Pours a rather small head, half inch, which is rocky but retains itself rather well.
Smells great, like a strong ale, no real strong alcohol smell from it. Hoppy, earthy, and citrusy scents are prevalent from this beer, with hints of butterscotch.
Tastes less hoppy than expected, malty and sweet, and earthy/piney. Hints of citrus/fruit.
Medium bodied, medium carbonated beverage. Lingers on the pallet for a decently long time.
Very drinkable beer, especially for a 9.2% beer, but that’s a bad thing for this, drinking a 4 pack of these in one night would be bad news!