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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPAHarpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1333
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 09-07-2008)
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Kitt

Delaware

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, weak < 1 finger head. Color a solid amber. Some lacing holds on side of pint glass

Aroma - strong hops, citrus, with a malt undertone. Hint of straw.

Taste strong citrus, somewhat malty, and bold hops that don't linger particularly long. Bitter flavor prevalent but surprisingly subdued for an Imperial IPA. Good balance of malt and hops, though.

Mouthfeel of moderate texture, carbonation somewhat strong.

Drinkability is good. Strong taste and moderate texture equals good drinkability! Alcohol volume may be limiting factor here regarding sustained consumption.

Overall impression: A good IPA with strong taste and alcohol content but falls a bit short for its market tout. Almost seems like Harpoon is trying too hard here and as a result falling well short of DFH 60 and 90, and Stone Ruination. I'm a little bit disappointed considering how many urged me to try it. But still an above average IPA I'd try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 23:43:35 | More by Kitt
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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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