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RATINGS: 675   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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!

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. Harpoonís proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beerís massive aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fresh hop aroma - citrus and pine. Quite full-bodied with caramel and fruit and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. 010209

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Good citrus and floral aroma even detected a hint of bubblegum? The flavor is a bit less potent and complex than the aroma but that isnít particularly unusual. Astringent bitterness on the end. Nice mouthfeel and good body without being too heavy. No trace of alcohol. This definitely rises above the normal Harpoon offering and actually stands up very well against the Founders Double Trouble I just had. I definitely wasnít expecting this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Pours a clear darker golden with a small white froth. Peachy grapefruit aroma with some toasted caramel malts, slightly perfumy. First taste is big salty hops, bit of piney bitterness, very salty, light caramel and citrus. Fruity finish. Very smooth medium body, creamy mouthful with fine soft fizzling carbonation. A solid well balanced brew but nothing new or really interesting. Does a good job not seeming like a 10% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Pours a golden amber color with a nice slightly off-white head (very slightly). Aroma is citrusy and has a piny hop smell. The beer has a sweet bready malt undertone all the way through. The hops come out hard in the bitter finish and there is also a bitter aftertaste soon after. Full feel to the beer, but not too thick. The taste is not overly complex, but the beer is very drinkable and all the flavors are done very right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2009
12 oz - Clear orange, thick creamy white head. Rich pine and juicy grapefruit nose with soft underlying toasted sweet malt. Further floral peachy-like tones emerge at room temperature. Intense resiny citric hop bitterness up front that rides a lightly sweetened malt backbone. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Harpoon!? Hard to believe. This brew is bitter without a doubt, but is meant for nothing more than a hop fix. For this, it worked quite well for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 (bottle - 12 oz) Golden pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma has tons of citrus, flowers, grapefruit, and spicy hops. Flavor is all bitter and peppery hops and alcohol. No balance from malts. All you taste is hop and citrus. Finish is bitter and pepper and lasts forever. No balance whatsoever.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Creamy head atop a gold body. Aroma is mostly Citrusy grapefruit and orange zest. Big alcohol with big hops. Not being worried about balance, this stuff isnít but thereís that damn medicinal thing is there again. Maybe this stuff will mellow out a bit but right now it ainít all that good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 From bottle, blindtasting #14. Pours cloudy orange, golden and with an almost fully gone head. Mild peachy and solid grapefruit and citrusy aroma. Smooth peachy and grapefruity flavoured with a light caramel malt base. Light yeasty touch and a slowly growing bitterness into the finish. Ends dry and fruity.8-3-7-3-15=3.6

From tap at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golde orange with a small white head. Aroma is solid peachy and grapefruity citrusy. Bitter and crisp citrusy. Solid hoppy and citrusy. Dense malty and slight fruity bitter. Bone dry. Bitter and citrusy finish.8-3-8-4-16=3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Appearance: Pours clear dark yellow color. Has good head retention. Highly carbonated for sure. Smell: Nice hoppy character. I really can not pick out anything special. The hops just over power any real scent. Taste: Bang!! you hit with hop bitterness. It doesnít give you really any other taste. Harpoon wants you to know you have an Imperial IPA. Overall: What you have here is a typical Imperial IPA. Harpoon has a done a great job in keeping with the style. When going for this style you are not going for much malt character or sweetness but for total hit you in the face hops. This is a great representation for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle courtesy of joepais poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden orange with a big pillowy white head that dissipates slowly to a small cap and leaves tons of lacing on the way down the glass. Aroma is sweet and floral with hops up front with a generous caramel malt presence as well. The hops are a bit subdued at this point, but itís still a nice balanced aroma. The taste has a slight citrus hop kick up front but had definitely lost some of its hop profile. The bready malts dominate underneath before the bitterness of the hops linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and still slightly sticky with hops though the bitterness has clearly faded a little bit. I would have loved to try this fresh and I still think itís a very good beer. The hops have faded but itís still drinkable.

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