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89
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RATINGS: 675   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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. Harpoons proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beers massive aroma.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1319) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Tap at Charleys 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 couldnt help it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours dark golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Aroma of sweet pine, mango, toffee and citrus. Taste is sweet and moderately resinous, notes of tropical fruit: pineapple and mango. Full bodied and resinous with lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has a sweet candy/ sugar scent with a light hop floral note. Flavor has an upfront hoppiness to it, light vegetable notes and a sweet malty taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 5, 2009
12 oz bottle - Pours a faintly cloudy straw yellow/orange color with tiny pure white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has faintly herbal hops, honey, grapefruit, hint of watermelon, black pepper. Flavor has faint chewy malts, touch of oak, herbal hops. Finish is balanced. OVerall this is alright, not very hoppy compared to other dIPAs out there, but not bad.


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