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RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. 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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3.7
j12601 (12601) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle (and previously on tap, but forgot to do notes). Pours a clear golden orange with a medium to thick beige head that falls down rather quickly. Big astringent citrus hops, malt, and a bit of caramel and vanilla on the nose. A touch boozy, but a nice big hop presence right up front and a good thick malty backbone. Finishes with a nice long lingering bitterness.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12427) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a tight foamy off white head with some lacing and gold color. Aroma is simcoe, sweet citrus-lemon/pine hops. Taste is simcoe, citrus-grapefruit rind/lemon/some pine, slight tart/harsh bitter, some light malt, alcohol. Soft carbonation. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing this.

3.9
Sammy (12340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2009
A 330 ml., just enough for a person. Big hop IPA, really nice, and the booze, like a hop whiskey. Cloudy golden colour with noticeable whit head, and som lace. Very smooth drinking, a remarkable mouthfeel for a DIPA with such booze and hops. WHy? I get the hops first and foremost. What a delivery. Must try.

3.9
madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2012
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Herbs, flowers, caramel, pine, some sweetness. light citrus. Flavour: Caramel, pine, grass, flowers, wood, grape, citrus, perfume, light alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a heavy grapy bitterness. Dense alcohlbite on lips and palate. Nice

3.2
deyholla (11705) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Tap at Clark Street Ale House. Poured dark amber with an orange tint. Aroma was a bit surprising with the usual strong hop characters of pine and citrus but also a grainy malt aroma present as well. Flavor was quite bitter but again a malt undertone especially prevalent in the beginning of the beer.

2.9
Meilby (11517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ Harpoon Tap Room - Terminal A, Logan Airport (BOS), Boston, MA
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, floral, herbal and citrus. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, boozy, caramel, floral, grass and citrus finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Way too strong, sweet and malty for my liking, didn’t seem that fresh either.

3.6
hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle… Clear golden ale with amber highlights and a small, white head. The aroma is a pleasing swirl of honey, fuzzy fruits, grapefruit and white pepper. Full-bodied with a thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Malty and sweet with flavorful hops and adequate bitterness. Mid-length, pleasantly sweet finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for providing my sample!

3.5
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
Gold pour. Damn this beer is nothing but pure hops in the aroma and on the tongue. Bitter harsh and a hop lovers dream. too much for me.

3.6
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: May 03, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: clear copper, fine dirty white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity orange aroma, touch of pine
Flavor: big bitter orange rind flavor, lots of citrus, lots of bitterness, just a hint of sweetness along with a fruityness

Date: May 23, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: ticker tasting
Score: 3.3 to 3.6
pretty much same as before but gets a higher score by being in the company of lessor beers, goes to show the rating will never be an exact science,

Date: October 23, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
turns to liquid hops, holds its own in the presence of better beers,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

4.1
DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s that I just poured. The pour is chill hazy dark straw toward copper, with 2-fingers of uniform, vanilla-milkshakey white head. Nose is juicy fruity hops, citrus, with piney and funky notes. Nice nose on this. Tastes very hoppy, somewhat dry, with a definite juicy hop profile, some caramel malt (but not quite enough of a malt bill), and some peppery, mango, and scotchy notes. Smooth, crisp, and dry, this one is very good, but I get some late plasticy flavors (that I get, sadly, wth all Harpoon beers) and fusel flavors, that I am compelled to lower this rating a tenth or so. Not world class, but very good nonetheless.


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