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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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3.8
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours clear gold with a one inch head of white. Retention is moderate, with the head fading to a skim coat within two minutes. Aromatics are fairly pungent and piney. Grapefruit, melons, and spruce resin follow through with a hint of butterscotch. Medium bodied and a bit chewy. A creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Pine dew, spruce bark, melon rinds, and grapefruit start the palate. Light malt, warming alcohol, and buttery undertones follow through. Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the brew is nicely drying. Finishes with a sustaining bitterness, warming alcohol, shades of grapefruit zest and conifer tannins. Pretty damn tasty. One of Harpoons best in my book. The hopping is pretty agressive, and this is a big beer. I prefer a more tropical, floral type hop profile though, and the buttery undertones detract.

3.7
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Lots of hops duh! No this was an impressive IPA. Really pleased with the darkness of this beer. Most IPA’s are lighter, but this one had a burnt orange color. A mouthful of flavor with every swig.

3.4
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Poured from bottle. Deep reddish-orange color with a decent sized head. Pine and citrus galore on the nose. On the palate it actually begins with a hint of bread before progressing into the predictable citrusy hops. Ends with the pine flavor (the resin perhaps) that was present on the nose. More balanced than Id expected, but still far too hoppy for my tastes. A good example of the style, though.

3.8
mcnealc31 (258) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
unquestionably lives up to the promise with the aroma. A complex mixture of hops promises a big hop wallop with the first sip. And while this beer is big and rather bitter, there is enough malt backbone to even things out. I should note I am having this a little after the “best by” date on the bottle. It hasn’t gone bad, but perhaps the hops are not as prominent as intended. A blend of grapefruit and pine hit first, some lightly toasted, then a gigantic hit of bitter grassy hops that linger for a long time. There is also a bit of heat from the 10% ABV. Well, it’s a hop bomb at more than 100+ IBUs. I think you know what to expect.

3.6
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle. poured a dark golden color. aroma: of the great floral hops. taste: good carbonation with a good flow of hops and the malts help the ease of drinkability.

4.1
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours cloudy orange with a disappearing head. Mild peach and grapefruit notes with strong citrus aroma. Flavor is grapefruit and strong alcohol presence, soft mouthfeel. Growing bitterness to finish, ending dry and strong alcohol...great IPA.

3.7
thetomG (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Good looking pour - slightly murky dark golden color. Nice amount of white foamy head. Spotty lacing left around the glass. Aroma has a strange and slightly odd funk to it. Thankfully the taste is better - above average bitterness, but also a strong malt backbone that largely balances out the hops. A bit of warmth from the alcohol finishes things out. This was an above average beer, but there are several other double/imperial IPAs I’d seek out before it. Nevertheless, glad I tried it.

3.8
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
resin and floral aroma. Chill haze. Sweet candy pine hop taste. Smooth and thick mouthfeel very nice

4.1
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a great golden color and a medium white head. Aroma is mostly hops and . A great complex, but still bitter IPA. It’s not as sweet as some other impy IPAs. This could pass as a strong IPA in a blind taste test. A great tasting IPA, one of the better ones I’ve had recently/

3.3
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a very clean, clear golden orange with not much of a head. Aroma on this one leads me to believe this bottle is past its prime. Too bad. Malty as hell on the nose, hints of orange, marmalade, and cereal malt remain. Slightly full bodied for a DIPA, some toffee, caramel, and faded citrus make up the flavors into a not so bitter, more so sweet, finish. I’m sure if this was fresh, I would be quite impressed. DEFINITELY will revisit when fresh.


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