Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPAHarpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 1,623
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 110
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 09-07-2008

Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA will challenge your senses and your palate. As the vibrant aroma rushes out of your glass you will notice the blend of piney and tropical fruit notes. At first sip, this big beer starts with a powerful hop bitterness up front and an aggressive hop flavor and character throughout.

Leviathan Imperial IPA is brewed with tons of pale malt and just enough caramel malt to provide a sweet malt body to balance the hop intensity. We used copious amounts of a variety of hops including Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo at various points during the boil to create a complex hop flavor and clean lingering bitter finish. We then fermented the beer with Harpoon’s own versatile proprietary yeast. Finally, we dry hopped at a rate of over 1 lb a barrel to produce this beer’s massive aroma.
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Ratings: 1,623 | Reviews: 711
Photo of ElJacobian
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked the smell - malty, resiny and just a hint of tropical fruit. You can smell the alcohol and definitely taste it too, especially on the aftertaste. I liked the subtle caramel flavor. Pretty fresh, well-balanced beer. Just a little boozy to me.

Photo of Dykemyster17
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Its complex with different flavors that do seem to work together. The amount of malt does take away from it being this crazy hardcore IPA but nevertheless it really is. Do not drink more than (2) at one sitting.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: blood orange, tangerine, grapefruit, a touch of earthiness;

T: flavor is a little subdued; earthiness up front a little malt sweetness, blood orange, and tangerine at mid-palate; tangerine at the finish with light bitterness;

M: a little sticky; low to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: loved the nose and the first sip; even though the flavor wasn't overpowering, it blew up my palate very quickly;

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

standard malty sweet stale from harpoon

Photo of melza
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Alcohol not hidden at all

Photo of LarryV
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge malt bomb - the sweetness of the malt overpowers the hoppiness. It's not a bad brew, just too sweet and a tad hot for me. Definitely no something I would seek out.

Photo of GFM
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a fairly clear orange amber color. Foamy three fingers of head with resilient blotchy lacing. Very distinct sweet scent. A sense of the high ABV is present in the smell. Very flat and relatively thick feel. The caramel malt is present throughout the taste. Piney hop bitterness at end. I like it but am not as high on it as most appear to be. (8.5)

Photo of Extol
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is alright. I don't think they did as good a job of hiding the alcohol % like, say, Hopslam. That's a real shame. The flavors are there (pine, citrus, etc) I just wish it was a LITTLE bit more there.

Photo of car2052
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has the look of a mixed fruit juice. Smells of dark fruit and candy. Taste much like sweet fruit, such as pineapple, peach, apricot, and orange. Sweet and alcoholic. Slight bitterness in the finish. I am not the biggest fan of double ipa's with such a sweet taste, like this and 90 minute. I am much more partial to west coast styles like ruination and rampant.

Photo of bluehende
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice IPA that has everything you would want. Nothing stands out to make it a great IPA, but I would buy it again.

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think age helped. I found this bottle and didn't notice the best by date until I opened, dated 9-23-2012. The hops were subdued and the alcohol mellowed. Tasted fairly smooth, not a lot of nose left but still quite a good head and carbonation.

Photo of greenengineer
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chewy imperial IPA. Deep bronze with a good head and persistant lacings. Hop aroma. Crunchy malt stands up to the hops to make a nice balance.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very decent example of a IIPA. Nothing amazing, but very solid in every department. Slightly alcohol forward, but nothing overpowering.

Photo of cfhansen
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent brew overall, but nothing incredible.

This beer is very boozy and hoppy. Personally I enjoy both. If you don't, this is not the best choice for you.

Its biggest weakness is that (contrary to the blurb on the label), the hop flavor is very one-dimensional. Quite frankly, you can probably find many beers at your local grocery store which have a more complex taste.

Photo of Brewndruid
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap>1/9/15
Easy drinking, nice body, Would buy again , but not my first choice. Great for n
ewbs to IPA's

Photo of BradMatton13
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Classic double IPA but so many better ones now

Photo of Themonstahdad
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal taste, flavor and aroma

Photo of gabepesce
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Too boozy not what an ipa should be.

Photo of Sailscall
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit more hoppy than expected. Nice color and head. I prefer high alcohol beers but need to do a good job hiding it. This beer I can taste the higher percentage. Still enjoying presence of the IPA.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Slightly hazy, dark gold body. Medium white head fades quickly leaves heavy lacing.
S - Powerful hops, pine, medicinal concentrated citrus. Dank.
T - The nose definitely influences the flavor, while breathing in such a powerful aroma it is difficult to pin point all the hop profiles. It all works well together but it is very complex, pine, medicinal, spiciness, citrus, more pine. Long lingering bitterness that warms at the end and sweetens. Reminds you this is 10%.
M - Thick, chewey, coats the palate, but it is not cloying. The bitterness also helps the finish dry out.
O - An excellent imperial IPA. Certainly not something you could have everyday, but this one is up there with other imperials. I dragged my feet on trying this one out, I'm sorry that I did. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of Mikedive21
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Great taste and finish- only problem 2 oz overflowed from bottle when opened.

Photo of dredmahawkus
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not really fruity....more like a hop bomb with a bigger malt bomb right behind it....its good!

Photo of Beric
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%

Served: 6 September 2014
Serving: On tap at the brew hall, in a sampler

Appearance: Clear orange-yellow with a little bit of a head, which collapses quickly likely due to the size of the sampler glass and the high alcohol content. Looks decent, but not special. 3.75/5

Smell: Grapefruity dankness with a somewhat astringent malt sweetness. 3.75/5

Taste: Dank, musky hops on an astringently sweet malt backbone. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Decent mouthfeel for a DIPA. 3.75/5

Overall: One of Harpoon's weakest options, in an area where, due to current craft demands, they should really shine. The hops have a weird musky character to them which makes the taste subpar compared to most DIPAs. Granted, they say this is an "East Coast" style DIPA, so hops aren't supposed to play as major a role as in their West Coast variants, but they could have made the hops seem a bit cleaner and crisper rather than dank. Disappointed.

Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Vermont brewery. A caramel brown colour, quite clear with a slight lacing, aroma has caramel malts, grapefruit and pungent fruity citrus. Taste has grapefruit and florals, quite jammy, leading to a more spicy finish. Mouthfeel is full, moderate carbonation, more alcohol on the finish, noticeable quite caramelly. A quite sweet, though flavourful IPA, hoppy oils and a bracing hop bitterness. Decent and quite hoppy and satisfying but not an inspiring DIPA, but one I would have again.

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 8/15/14. Plus "065" suggests it may have been bottled in early March.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Clear amber with a half finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup.

t; Ripe fruit up front quickly followed by an almost cloying hop bite at the sides of the mouth and a sharp alcohol burn in the throat.

m; Full and smooth, some carbonation tingle.

o: A powerful if not particularly tasty IPA. If my decipher of the number 065 is correct, it's over four months old, and that might explain the limited hop flavors. Nonetheless a good drinkably hefty 10% wallop in every sip. If this was packaged as a barleywine I might not question it.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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