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RATINGS: 676   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.


3.6
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
Portion dégustation à la brasserie. Une robe cuivrée avec un filet de mousse blanche. Un nez avec des houblons floraux, du pin, d’alcool et du caramel. Une bouche costaude avec du caramel et une touche d’alcool, de sucre et une amertume légèrement agressive. Agréable.

3.6
Ron (3961) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle. Pours a nearly clear amber color with a white head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mango and tropical fruits, with pine and citrus and floral hop qualities as well. The flavor is rather sweet, very malty, similar to the aroma. Aftertaste leaves a pleasant bitterness.

3.6
bbbeer (819) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Amber/copper color with small off white head. Floral hops and malty aroma. Medium body, some carbonation and a little alcohol. Flavor is sweet up front, pretty malty, orange hops, off dry finish. Pretty good, balanced, not that complex.

3.6
Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle. Mostly clear copper with a thin white head and average lacing. Aroma is mostly tropical with floral hops, pine, and caramel. Taste is hop forward with tropical and pine. Caramel rounds it out. A bit Thicker and sticky.

3.9
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2016
12 oz bottle. Clear amber, tight tan head, nice lace. aroma is caramel malt, citrus, pine, resin, earth. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, backed by pine, citrus and earth. Flavor is malty up front, with caramel, and toast, and then the hops creep in. Orange, grapefruit, pine, resin. Finish is long and citrusy bitter.

4.3
ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of hops and pine. The taste is a close match to the aroma. A really good IPA.

4.1
HarryPlopper (57) - - MAR 25, 2016
Citrusy aroma. Dark orange and amber color, with very little head or lacing poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Bright citrusy taste comma with sweet notes. No bitter aftertaste and a very clean pallet. For an IPA, this is quite good.

2.7
Seannpc (159) - - MAR 11, 2016
Clean aroma with citrus overtones. Golden color with no cloudiness. Malty start and slightly bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Danjo312 (107) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
Geil. Schön dunkelgelb, toller kleiner Kopf. Extrem trüb. Viel Hopfenballast. Geruch tropische Früchte. Malzig. Lecker. Geschmacklich genau so. Sehr alkoholisch. Ziemlich bitter, aber erfrischend. Sehr gutes Bier! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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mountainforest (131) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Halloween Party 2015 from Jeff L. Delicious. Creamiest and sweetest IPA I’ve ever had. Lots of subtle notes. Pace yourself with 10% alcohol.


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