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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!

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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32126) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of malt, grapefruit, and lemon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and grapefruit, leading to a dry, bitter, and grapefruity finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan
Hazy copper to amber color; medium creamy head. Excellent hoppy aroma, perfumy and fruity (oranges, bitter oranges), a bit earthy and sweaty too, very light cheese touch. Good body strength and mouthfeel, round; strong caramel flavor, with the necessary residual sweetness; strong hopping, first oily, but resiny and fruity as well. Powerful and long final. No surprises (an Imperial IPA as we had many already), but very solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13428) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Clear gold with thick white head. Flowery aroma, taste of pine and nuts. Bitter finish. Nice IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
Bright copper. Very C-hoppy with lime, papaya and orange. Lots of these hops, floral and fruity. Lots of malts, some background stickiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear golden copper body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, orange, grapefruit, and some pine. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, and hops (floral, citrus) with a bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11889) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Leviathan is an apt name: this beer is a powerhouse. The high alcohol content and robust flavor make this a beer for the strong-willed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(12oz bottle, thanks SamGamgee) Medium off-white head atop crystal clear applpe juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cartty/pineapple, some bread/caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, carry, some grapefruit, caramel. Medium body, some chewiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
#4000 Bottle from ericandersnavy - thanks for helping me over a big number! Pours quite copper with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma seems to be a complex of floral/citrus/fruit/resin. Medium plus body with fairly strong carbonation. Flavor is quite bitter with a mildly roasted caramel backbone. Finish is rather floral. It’s extremely tasty.


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