DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy nose,orange, piney and plenty of malt. Dark sunset orange, small custard head. Flavour is a smashing citrus, mostly red grapefruit, some pine is there, and the malt again is suitably allied with the hops. Full bodied, resiny, a palate pleaser. Terrific. Thanks for sharing swoopjones.
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold with thick white head. Flowery aroma, taste of pine and nuts. Bitter finish. Nice IPA.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from capones. Pours an orange amber body with a 1 finger white head. Big hop character with grapefruit and citrus. Big sweet malty backbone and a big alcohol finish.
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dmac for sharing a growler of this. Pours out a clear orangy/light copper color with a small mostly white lacing head. Aroma is of citrus hops with a slight floral note, also a little sweetness was noticeable. Taste is citrus hops, floral hops and some sticky sweet malts going on in there too, decent amount of balance with a dry, bitter and slightly alcoholic finish. Not a bad effort.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Coles shared with Rudolf, DougShoemaker, blankboy & garthicus. One of the better if not the best Harpoon beers to date. For one of the first times the aroma doesnt live up to the taste. Nice full hop flavor, resiny, piney. Smooth drinking with the right amount of sharp bitterness. Nice job
canary dog (715) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very fresh and robust experience, as should be the case for a quality Imperial IPA. Hops are clearly multi-layered both in the mouth and in the nose; ends with a heavy and lush floral explosion. I have my serious doubts that this is 10%. I thought it was remarkably smooth for a 10 percenter, and I drank my entire 4-pack with barely a buzz. I would say this is closer to 8 or 8.5%.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 12oz bottle thanks to eepiest......pours a vivid orange brown and a thin frothy off-white head....
aroma of citrusy hops and a considerable malt backbone. somewhat syrupy
flavors had a sharp citrusy and pine resin bite to it and a lot less malt than what the aroma had initially implied. fair amount of bitterness. fair mouthfeel.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep golden orange with a creamy two finger thick head. The nose is very nice, with full hop profile and nice caramel malt influence. The flavor was good, but not as good as the nose, with an earthy finish.
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/5/08 notes: on tap, Eli Cannon’s. Pours gold, with a medium-sized head. Aroma dominated by sharp, grassy-floral hops. Surprisingly bold for a Harpoon brew! Palate is crisp, and finish is predictably long given the alcohol and mouth-coating hop-juice. I generally enjoyed Leviathan, being a hophead, by inevitably I found myself docking points from it because of another “similar” brew I had just prior: Great Divide’s Fresh Hop. Compared to the latter, Leviathan lacked balance, as I thought the its hoppy profile too nearly became a one-sided assault. Nevertheless, I now can mark Harpoon as yet another brewery that has successfully created a quality Impy IPA.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ tiedhouse. Golden color with a big sweet hop aroma with citrus, melons, and floral notes. Flavor is big, hoppy and sugary - lots of citrus, cantaloupe, pine....malt balance is nice as well. Solid mouthfeel - easily the best Harpoon I’ve had