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RATINGS: 639   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. Harpoonís proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beerís massive aroma.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
caswayno (4) - USA - JUN 24, 2009 does not count
Nice job harpoon grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit dogfish head look out harpoons back in the game this is what iíve been waiting for in a iipa

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bumbax (4) - san sebastian, PUERTO RICO - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
Pours orange-ish color, thin head. Big abv but bareley noticeable, agressive hop character but balanced by its malty presence. Great beer. Loved it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toczik (37) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Really malty and strong in flavor. Itís dark bottle hides the dark amber color of the beer. An amazing experience.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dlovell2 (656) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
On tap at Harpoon Windsor, VT. Copper color with white head. Citrus hop aroma. Caramel malt flavor followed with citrus flavor and strong bitter finish. Excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 This was only sampled at Yardhouse but it is very smooth without having too much hop domination. The malt holds up just enough to not let the hop destroy your palate. Caramel and fruit and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. A new favorite.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with foamy white head. Aroma sweet and citrus hops. Taste strong grapefruit and citrus hops with bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kurtzj (11) - Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Served in a wine glass at Austin Flying Saucer. One finger off-white head over golden body. Hops dominate smell and taste with a hint of grapefruit up front. Very highly carbonated. The high alcohol is masked well. Fantastic IPA!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
olafurson (3) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009 does not count
Yum! Wonderful apricot/peach taste, crazy big grapefruit/hop character.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
The beautiful cascading pour was followed by a typical DIPA look with a pale and hazy body and a one finger thick foamy head. The smell of hops was prominent, but not overwhelming. Mostly grapefruit pith in the smell. The taste was strongly hopped, with the citrus taste dominant. The body was thick and sticky, and the finish very dry and spicy. Very easy to drink for a beer of this heft. Well done Harpoon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle says enjoy by 02/15/12. So maybe not really new, but still in good standing freshness-wise. An eloquent dark-orange, light-amber with shiny ruby redness in between splash the snifter glass, with a moderate one-finger white lacing, that dissipates rather quickly. Decent foamy and bubbly but rather thin lacing retain to the glass. A bigger and longer-lasting head would be welcome. Right upon pouring, my nose can automatically detect piney and citrusy hops, and all the wonderful grapefruit resulting aromas and flavors. Also a good deal of malt sweetness is very present here, giving some pretty high hopes for this. These aromas are very pleasant and inviting, and instantly noticeable. Mouth gets filled with a medium body full of pleasant citrusy and lemony hops, followed by a surprising strong malt backbone. The hops are very citrus, grapefruit and lemon-like, they make their presence known very effectively. There is a solid English malt/barley background, bringing out flavors of toffee, English sweets and maybe some caramel. It kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams Boston Lager used to taste like, years ago, in terms of malt. Very classic English or New England toffee-like malt sweetness, which I havenít tasted in a long time. Carbonation is quite minimal, which is another very nice surprise. Less carbonation is always a plus in my book. Gives more room for the flavors and complexity. Very good body overall. Very smooth for a Double/Imperial IPA, very hoppy all the while restraining the bitterness. Well-balanced with a solid malt sweetness, and a complexity usually not available in a lot of other IPAs, double/imperial or not. Highly recommended. Hopheads like me will be satisfied, while others should find this one tasty and fun as well.


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