Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by JoeCeez:
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I was really excited about trying this, having cut my teeth as a hophead drinking the ubiquitous Harpoon IPA for close to a decade, I really wanted to love this, but I didn't.
The beer poured a lovely deep clear copper with a two finger white head that dissipated to leave some fantastic lacing, this beer looks just as sexy as any other high quality DIPA
The smell just didn't do it for me. there is a strong herbal/pine aroma with a hint of citrus but it could have been much much more aromatic, there was some malt there and a hefty amount of fusel alcohol present as well. There was that signature Harpoon house yeast smell that I really don't care for all that much. I wanted to be assaulted by hops and I wasn't.
The Leviathan tasted good, not great, just good. First thing I noticed was that it tasted like a boozy Harpoon IPA because I think they have a very distinctive house yeast (ringwood maybe?). It was very hoppy but in a one dimensional sort of way. I like to have multiple layers of hoppiness and this just didn't have that complexity. There was alot of herbal pine flavor but not much in terms of grapefruit citrus. There was a fair amount of malty sweetness that balanced the hops well. Definitly an East Coast DIPA reminded me alot of 90 minute but with a little less hops
It's slick and oily on the tongue, decent carbonation that makes the aggresive bitterness assertive but not in a palate-wreaking sort of way. The alcohol is a little too dominant and I feel like that is this beers downfall, I could drink more than one but I'm pretty sure I would have to call it a night after a four pack.
In the end this was a good attempt at a well balanced double IPA, Five years ago I would have loved this but I just feel that recently I have been so spoiled by all these massive west coast hop bombs that everytime I try a balanced DIPA I feel a little underwhelmed. For the price this is a great deal and I can't wait to try the Leviathan Imperial Porter
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2008 16:59:37 | More by JoeCeez
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3.96/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 04:32:22 | More by scotorum
4.95/5 rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours an absolutely beautiful honey-colored hue. Pretty decent foamy light-tan head that retreats to a slight coating on top. Picking up some hints of citrus but mostly pine, floral hops and some sweetness too mixed in the aromas. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, and the caramel malts help to balance out the bitterness. A touch of peppery-type heat on the finish. There is carbonation, bitterness, and alcohol warming/burn on the palate; though this one goes down very smooth. Overall, the malt sweetness works really well with the hops and I might find this to be one of my favorites; plus, easy to drink and the 10% abv is hidden quite nice. Harpoon has brewed a complex, well balanced, and delicious imperial ipa here; well done!
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 00:55:29 | More by dpgoblejr
Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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