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RATINGS: 676   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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pivnizub (10568) - Bochum, Porúří, 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....

KimJohansen (10492) - 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.

BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle from Lizardville Rocky River. Clear light orange pour with a spotty white head. Lots of citrus and pine resin hops - both aroma and taste. Hop assertive but pretty well balanced. Solid brew.

jercraigs (10303) - 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

alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, 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.

phaleslu (10099) - 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.

GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
355mL thanks to D Master P. The pour is a clear, lighter orange with a disappearing yellow head. No lace really sticking. Aroma is heavy kumquat, bitter cantaloupe rind, light fruity alcohol, vanilla extract, light coconut and pineapple rum. Actually much better than I expected. A far cry from strawberry cheesecake that most old DIPAs exhibit ad nauseum. Taste has an oily texture, sweet mango, pineapple rum, sharp but tolerable alcohol flash, bitter peel. Palate is bitter, oily, thick. Carbonation is pretty soft. Nice stuff. Much better than I expected.

MoritzF (9851) - 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

MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Juicy citrus blooms within pale malt sweetness while resinous hops progressively sink their bitter teeth in this balanced and very successful Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces around the transparent light golden amber.
-This may not be the most compelling of I2PA recipes, but it is flawless and flavorful. What more can you want?
-Alcohol is barely apparent in the flavor profile, which is appreciated.
-The powerful citrusy component is redolent of dried grapefruit.
-The grain bill does not contain much caramel malt, an absence which I like in this style because it tends to let the hops express themselves better.
-This is very drinkable for its size; the effervescence and silky mouthfeel help a lot.


DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Bright orange appearance, minimal head. very big fruity hop flavor, that seems to have a nice dark, smokey tone to it, that lends a certain sweetness to what might be a savory umami taste. Nice long aftertaste, with somewhat syrupy texture. Impressively drinkable.

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