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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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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!

mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 13, 2009
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy white head which lasts. Aroma is piney and grapefruit hops, sweet malt. Taste is sweet biscuity malt up front with bitter piney hops taking over quickly and hanging around getting more and more bitter each second. I almost have to drink more just to get the slight pill taste out of my mouth. Must be simcoe hops - not a big fan. Still enjoyable though.

bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
This was a great brew. I loved it.

Palate, flavor and appearance are top-notch.

Great beer from a great brewery.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Draft at the brewery tour. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was off white. Smelled of fresh leafy hops, more pine that citrus. There were also whiffs of caramel and graham cracker. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with moderate bitterness. Tasted of citrus fruits, including distinct grapefruit. There was also some malty caramel that was balanced well with the hops.

juiceisloose (1565) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Pours a mostly clear glowing orange color with a small, foamy white head that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows a good amount of grapefruit and oranges and their hop bitterness to go with the sweet toffee and caramel malt in the background. The flavors follow with the fresh citrus hop taking center stage with grapefruit, orange, and mango as the main characters. The sweet caramel malt is big and balances out the bitterness nicely and sweetness. The hops seemed to have a lost some of their bitterness though. Medium bodied and a creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation that lends for an easy drinker. This is a really nice iipa and one I would love to try fresh.

MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
bottle thanks to RCL. Pours a clear amber with a thin, white head. Nose of apricots and overripe fruit. Taste is of caramel malts and overripe fruit. Mouthfeel had a nice, bitter finish.

Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAY 9, 2009
orange golden pout with small fizzy head. fresh citrus hop aroma. nice caramel malt backbone and some very concentrated hop bitterness at the finish. Very nice offering by Harpoon, it hides the alcohol content well and provides a nice fresh hop flavor with a malty middle.

BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
I was pretty impressed with this beer. It delivered what was promised - abundant hop juiciness, well balanced maltiness, and a big wallop of alcohol. I had an urge for hops, and it satisfied.

This beer pours a viscous straw color, with a little bit of soapy head. Aroma is astringently hoppy, and the hoppiness is of a sweet sweaty smell (delicious). Flavor is first a good amount of biscuit-y maltiness, followed by a lot of sweet-sweat and lightly citrus hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a little on thick side, but very good.

I would highly recommend this beer. A very good DIPA.

I had one of these after a Palo Santo Marron, and I basked in good beer goodness for the rest of the evening. I bought a 4-pack of this at Blacklick Liquor in Blacklick, OH.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Tap at Charley’s in Cambridge MA.

Huge piney, juicy hop aroma, this one is clearly setting out to contend with the stong West Coast IIPAs. Rather sharp, acrid flavor, hop oils coming on strong and aggressive. Drinkable, even enjoyable, but not exceptional.

scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Clear light gold, sticky 2 finger head, lacing all down the glass. Wet juicy pineapple and papaya citrus aroma. Strong concentrated heavy hop spectrum and intensity here, spicy, abrasive, fierce and sustained. Should have sipped it, but I couldn’t help it.

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