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RATINGS: 631   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!

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3189) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a puffed off-white head. Nose is pineapple, orange and pine. Fresh and juicy. Silky body, almost syrupy, with fine carb to lighten. Delicious orange, pineapple, mango and bubblegum play off a nice hoppy bite but not resiny. Bitter buzzy finish after the sweetness fades. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours gold/orange, with a white head. Aroma is hops, malt, caramel, and fruit. Flavor is caramel, hops, and mango. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, caramel, a little toasting, pineapple, resin, and a hint of pine. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, off-white/tan, dense, rocky, head that mostly diminished. Clear. Not sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is heavily bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, alcohol, resin, caramel, and citrus. Medium body. Medium body. Slightly sticky, smooth texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, alcohol, hop, and resin finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Fresh bottle from the brewery. Pours mostly clear and shows a sparkling orange-amber color with a tight, foamy, off-white head. Some nice, sticky, ribbony lace marks the glass well. The aroma leaps forward with big, sharp grapefruit and orange juice, with perhaps a hint of mango and a touch of bitter grassiness. A lightly sweet toffee and biscuit malt billing shows in the background, but there’s no mistaking this one for having a hop dominant nose. Flavors continue along the massively hoppy and juicy path, with bright and fresh citrus shining throughout. Grapefruit, orange, lemon and mango are all featured prominently, yet blended in a manner such that no particular varietal dominates. The light toffee sweetness is just enough to stave off astringency. Big and well carbonated in the mouth, there is no annoying cloyingness or alcoholic burn. This is a great IIPA that fits the mold of a San Diego style hop bomb. Great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a clear golden copper with a medium sized beige head. Perfumy aroma with notes of piney resin, apricot mango and plenty of hops. Taste is hoppy with a piney perfume flavor and hints of mango and apricot. Quite big, yet tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s that I just poured. The pour is chill hazy dark straw toward copper, with 2-fingers of uniform, vanilla-milkshakey white head. Nose is juicy fruity hops, citrus, with piney and funky notes. Nice nose on this. Tastes very hoppy, somewhat dry, with a definite juicy hop profile, some caramel malt (but not quite enough of a malt bill), and some peppery, mango, and scotchy notes. Smooth, crisp, and dry, this one is very good, but I get some late plasticy flavors (that I get, sadly, wth all Harpoon beers) and fusel flavors, that I am compelled to lower this rating a tenth or so. Not world class, but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4172) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Pours deep amber into a shaker. Bright white micro head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface leaving spot lacing. Perfume, resin and pine aromas. Well balanced with upfront malt with a turn to a burning astringent resin middle. Lasting alcohol and resin burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2008
12oz bottle. Clear amber/orange with a large head. good lacing. Classic grapefruit/pine aroma with some sweet pale malt. Tastes of grapefruit, pineapple and even more tropical fruit. Not overly sweet, but the malt is definitely there under the initial hop attack. I need to put this alongside some of my favorites, but this seems pretty close. A perfect beer to help make up for a lousy day. I really needed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish65 (10) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Med. gold with a thick white foam head. Good retention. Lace hangs around from start to finish. Brilliant clarity. Initial citrus hop aroma. Orange rind. Some wet grassy notes also. Then alcohol comes through shortly thereafter. Light malt aroma. Quick sweet malt up front followed by a hoppy/bitter grapefruit before alcohol and bitterness share the aftertaste. Bready malt comes through as the beer warms. Full body. Nice balance between malt and hops and alcohol being an imperial ipa. Med. carbonation. More dry than sweet in the finish. Chewy, malty mouthfeel. Alcohol/hop tingling on tongue that lingers on for a while. Very nice example of imperial ipa. The balance of this beer makes it easy to have more than one even with it’s abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fresh green hoppiness, pine, a little earthy, wet grass, light citrus, and herbal. Tastes of pine, the same green hoppiness, citrus, some caramel, and herbal. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

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