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RATINGS: 666   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. 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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3.6
hopscotch (11236) - 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!

4.1
DocLock (11048) - 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.

3.8
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
2009-07-26. Crisp orange body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Pleasant hoppy aroma, sweet floral and fruity hops. (7+) Flavour is a rather nice blend of sweet and bitter citrusy hops, mild malt base is supportive by not a major player. Touch of lemon comes out strongly after have a nip of cheese. Rather lovely. Smooth average plus palate. (3+) Very drinkable. Bottle from Premier Gourmet

3.6
kp (10880) - 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

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alexsdad06 (10817) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a large fluffy yellowish head that leaves a thick lace. The aroma is big citrus and pine hops, some malt sweetness, and tropical fruits. The flavor has a big malt backbone with resiny citrus and pine hops, and a solid bitter finish that stays on the palate. Dry, but not overly so, with a medium-full body. The 10% is well masked. I thought this was a very solid imperial IPA and am happy it made it to the area.

3.9
pivnizub (10811) - Bochum, Por�ř�, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle (Thank You so much, Jonas!): Almost clear, deep golden to light amber coloured, mid-sized creamy off-white head; piny-hoppy and apricoty-fruity nose; solid dry bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied; medical hoppy favours in the dry bitter finish, balanced by a caramelly sweetness. Almost perfectly balanced brew....

3.9
phaleslu (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Draft at d.b.a. New Orleans. Pours a rich orange amber with a small eggshell head. A lot of hops on the nose, along with citrus and caramel malt, all of which hide the alcohol well. The flavor is also hoppy, with citrus, caramel malt, alcohol, pine, and honey. Bitter, with a sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

3.7
KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with hoppy and malty notes. Flavour was quite hoppy with citric, piney and malty notes. Finished bitter.

4
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2011
2/10/2011 on tap @ Harpoon Brewery (2011-496)

Clear deep orange beer, aery white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: pineapple, passion fruits, herbal, some floral notes. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: passion fruits, pineapple, citrus,sweet fruitiness, some malts. Aftertaste: citrus, bitter hops, bit sweet. Very well balanced, loved it!

3.9
MoritzF (10095) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2010
(bottle, 35.5cl, with thanks to Jonas!) Clear, golden colour with a short and slightly off-white foamy head. Fruity and ethereally minty hoppy aroma with notes of apricots, tangerine and an exotic touch, backed by a discreetly malty background. Sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Moderately (cara-)malty base with fruity and spicy hops, leading into a medium-dry bitter-sweet rounded malty and rich hoppy finish with a fruity and minty aftertaste. Even refreshing despite its abv. Quaffable stuff. 08.XII.10


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