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RATINGS: 650   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6311) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle shared generously by footbalm. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is full of powerful hop notes; mostly grapefruit, some caramel malts too. The flavor was a real hop bomb; loads of strong grapefruit and perfume infused hops. Not super bitter, but loads of flavors. Some light caramel malts also. Not bad at all, very enjoyable. Not very hot for 10% for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1000) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours a golgen orange with a thick white head, smell of grapefruit, hops. I am personally not as impressed as i thought i would be according to the other ratings

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
12oz bottle from DrDogBeer. Pours hazy brilliant amber with a thin white head, some lace. Smells potent... Hoppy resiny with some nice pine and citrus, maybe a touch of malt. Tastes resiny and citrusy hoppy with a solid malt backbone. Definitely an East Coast hop bomb though. Lots of nice hop flavor, nice and bitter. Full body, good carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
bottle. thanks mike. godlen pour with thin head. perfume and oily hop aroma. sugary malts, bitter piney hops, hop oil, big.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle: Pours a clear copper color with a sizeable white head. Aroma has massive amounts of stanky-ass, wet floral and resin hops with a bit of caramel malt there as well...additional citrus notes came through as it warmed. I definitely see where Doclock is coming from in regards to the plastic-y flavors on this, though they aren’t horribly apparent. Flavors consist of bitter pine, mangoes, peaches and some caramel covered flowers. All in all a good brew. Thanks John for the bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4540) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle pours a translucent copper amber with a large foamy off white sticky lacing head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, hop resin, floral, piney, orange peel and tropical fruits. Flavor of pine resin, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, banana, mixed citrus, flower petals, bready notes, a little sticky, abv well hidden. This was a solid double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick light tan head. Aroma of bitter grassy hops, banana. Flavor of the same bitter grassy hops, some wheat, a nice malt backbone, and lots of banana. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite hoppy and quite tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of pine and orange-perfume hops, increasing mango also as it warms. Flavor of those hops, juicy indeed, and a strong malt base with a toffee crunch character. Mild hop (pine) and slight alcohol bite at the finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 Pours a nice copper, not much head. Aroma is hops. Very nice hops flavor, alcohol is very well masked for 10%. Didn’t expect much from Harpoon, but this was a fantastic imperial IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, 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.


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