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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (429) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Clear orangey yellow (even slightly pink) with a full white head. Citrusy hop aroma. Sweet citrus flavour followed by piney hops and hint of malt. Very creamy texture.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (465) - Madison, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Cloudy orange pour with loads of hop, resin, and grapefruit on the nose. Notes of sweet caramel malt as well. The flavor is full bodied with long a lasting sweet and bitter balance. Boozey notes on the finish and makes for an overall amazing beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisFields (70) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 USA bottleAroma-very rich with a flowery spice and hops.Appearance-deep amber orange with a thin light head which disappeared quickly with little lacing.Taste-comes on strong and bitter, heavily laden with hops. More forceful than subtle or complex though certainly not bad.Palate-lightly carbonated not rough on the tongue but also not the smoothest either.Overall-a bold flavored ipa, a good one to try but not one i would likely search out.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (515) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle. Orange copper. Good clarity. Nose is a little floral, fruit, malt. Taste is a good balance of hop, fruit, citrus and malt. Nice and clean finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1118) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2013
A - pours reddish orange with no head. No lacing. S - candied citrus, citrus hops and soap lead to a solid caramel malt and dried fruits/grains (dog food). Hint of sweet tropical fruits and damp vegetation. M - wow, such a quiet dipa. So mellow. Medium body to flat middle. Low carb, sticky sweet end. T - quick soapy and candied citrus hops to a growing malt backbone. Caramel and bready malts. Very grainy with a hint of dark dry fruits. Very vegetal end. O - pretty good. Simple and quiet, but gets too malty as it warms. 3.3

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Best By 10/15/13. The pour is a well carbonated golden amber. The aroma has a nice malty sweetness with floral hops evening it off. The body is medium to bold. The taste has an incredibly sweet maltiness up front like caramel and toffee and then the punchy hop bitterness roars in from behind. With each sip the hops get bolder. Excellent dry bitterness on the backside. This beer evolves as it nears the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1972) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2013
On tap @ the brewery. Pours an amber orange color with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma caramel malt and citrus hops. Taste was similar. Sweet malts, citrus, and a big alcohol bite in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ScipioA (248) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pours a lovely red-brown with a thick tan head up top. Lively resin hop aroma with hints of alcohol as it warms. Bitter hops dominate the flavor as well, but sweet malt comes though at first. It feels very heavy in the mouth, almost like a stout, save the carbonation. Astringent aftertaste with some alcohol burn.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (659) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 22, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear deep orange with a nice off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is piney and fruity, some malts there too. Taste is actually sweet (I was not expecting this from a DIPA), some fruit flavors that are very well balanced with a nice bitterness from hops the high ABV is also very well hidden. Very nice beer, super enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA, enjoyed in Roxbury while trying to watch the new Arrested Development. Appearance is a dark gold, relatively clear, no head. Aroma has an aggressive hop profile, bit of alcohol / port smell, light plum, bit unusual for the style. Taste is abrasive and goes down harsh. Huge hop profile, there is a crisp malt factor to it as well. Overall it's pretty good, definitely packs a punch.


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