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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. Harpoonís proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beerís massive aroma.

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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. Itís 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 Iíve had recently/

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. Iím sure if this was fresh, I would be quite impressed. DEFINITELY will revisit when fresh.

bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2009
aroma is sweet/hops/grapefruit. taste is strong hops with a slight burn - this one will warm you up. Not bad. Not a great Imp IPA but does have good flavor. I would taste again!

beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle says enjoy by 02/15/12. So maybe not really new, but still in good standing freshness-wise. An eloquent dark-orange, light-amber with shiny ruby redness in between splash the snifter glass, with a moderate one-finger white lacing, that dissipates rather quickly. Decent foamy and bubbly but rather thin lacing retain to the glass. A bigger and longer-lasting head would be welcome. Right upon pouring, my nose can automatically detect piney and citrusy hops, and all the wonderful grapefruit resulting aromas and flavors. Also a good deal of malt sweetness is very present here, giving some pretty high hopes for this. These aromas are very pleasant and inviting, and instantly noticeable. Mouth gets filled with a medium body full of pleasant citrusy and lemony hops, followed by a surprising strong malt backbone. The hops are very citrus, grapefruit and lemon-like, they make their presence known very effectively. There is a solid English malt/barley background, bringing out flavors of toffee, English sweets and maybe some caramel. It kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams Boston Lager used to taste like, years ago, in terms of malt. Very classic English or New England toffee-like malt sweetness, which I havenít tasted in a long time. Carbonation is quite minimal, which is another very nice surprise. Less carbonation is always a plus in my book. Gives more room for the flavors and complexity. Very good body overall. Very smooth for a Double/Imperial IPA, very hoppy all the while restraining the bitterness. Well-balanced with a solid malt sweetness, and a complexity usually not available in a lot of other IPAs, double/imperial or not. Highly recommended. Hopheads like me will be satisfied, while others should find this one tasty and fun as well.

FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Pours a crystal clear beautiful deep golden color with a fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Smell is hoppy, spicy, citrus hops. There’s also a bit of malt in there caramel and a bit of molasses. Taste is very hoppy bitter citrus and pine resin. The malt is very faint in the taste. Medium to thick body, crisp carbonation, resinous bitter in the mouth. Another one for the hop heads. Smells really balanced, but taste is heavy to the hop side. Decent brew, reminds me a lot of harpoon IPA only bigger. -Fish!

Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Tried this in the bottle at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX. Slightly sweet malty start with a huge hoppy punch in the taste bud finish! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Smells of sweet sweet floral hops, orange peel, sweet clementine, and orange blossoms. Pours a dark golden orange, filmy head. Flavor is a luscious orange juice that blends into a piny hop finish. The palate is very well rounded, sweeter on the up front, dryer on the finish. Very nice IPA.

emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
bottle into pint glass (tulip unavailable). Aroma is strong pine. Smells a bit overpowering. Has a nice amber/orange color. Thin off white head. Head disappears quickly. Definitely a hop bomb. Not very balanced. Its a big beer and you can taste it. Starts very sweet and ends very bitter. Not a bad IIPA, but definitely not a top tier IIPA.

Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. "Best By 7/15/12" Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin head that fades to practically nothing rather quickly. i do like the Leviathan seriesí labels though. Aroma is a blast of all things hoppy. Grassy and a dank resin are highlighted by tropical fruity undertones. Barely any malt but itís there. Makes my mouth water. Same goes for the flavor profile. Plenty of grassy hops. Resinous with subtle tropical fruit notes. This thing stays bitter throughout the entire sip. Yeah, definitely a sipper. Thereís a hint of malty sweetnes but it doesnít last for long. And sheís hot. Way hot. beer is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. gives it a rather thick syrupy mouthfeel. Tons of lingering bitterness and a bit too much heat. This beer isnít bad if youíre only going to have one but itís almost over the top. I love the hops but the alochol heat is a bit overwhelming in this one.

foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange with a small white head. Aroma of fresh hops and citrus. Lots of bitter hop flavor with an emphasis on pine and oily resin. A faint malt backing adds a touch of sweetness to the finish. Alcohol is noticible, but not overwhelming. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. Solid overall.

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