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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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91
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1,428 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 89
Gots: 85 | 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:
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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TeeCee

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick review - this is a malty big IPA that I am definitely a fan of. I'm drinking a keg that I bought for my jockey box - pure CO2 driven, and I can taste the difference between mine and a CO2/Nitrogen driven beer.

I knew what to expect as I tasted this before I purchased the keg (~5 gallons for $130 - damn straight I tasted it first!). Although I'm not an IPA guy, recently having Breckenridge's 471 IPA has shown me that there are some that I do like. This is one of them.

Color, the light orangey amber is a lie. That's what you see, but that's not what you get. As I've adjusted my drive pressure to 12 PSI, I'm getting about 1 ½" of head that leaves nice white sidewalls all the way down.

The smell of this Imperial IPA surprises me. I can smell all the flowery, piney hoppiness I expect as well as some sweet maltiness underneath. At this point, I'm expecting something similar to the 471 IPA (and I know that's what I'm going to get as this isn't my first one, just my first one today).

The taste of this beer, the maltiness right there with the bitter and floral hops, is excellent. The depth of this beer was surprising. I don't know if this is typical for all Imperial IPAs or if this is a path that both Breckenridge and Harpoon have decided to try with their small batch/limited release series, but I like where this is going. The hops die off as the beer warms, but the malt stays around with plenty of bitterness to balance it. I could actually use a little less bitterness, but this is an Imperial IPA, not a Made For TeeCee Special.

In the mouth, this is a thickish beer. I think the 10% ABV keeps it from being overly chewy.

I could and have had a few of these. At 10% ABV, I take it easy. No one that sessions this beer hard is likely to remember it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 19:13:17 | More by TeeCee
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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.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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