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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 101
Gots: 113 | 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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2.23/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

A - Pours dark gold with a two finher white head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Some pineapple, however it is dominated completely by malt.

T - Yep, this is a malt bomb through and through. Extremely bitter as well.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, it reminded me of a Hop Rocket, which sucked badly.

SometimesIfart, Feb 18, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

dirtysanchez843, Nov 09, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I'm in the minority on this one big time it seems...

Pours out terrific with a big fluffy head... Looking very good with a nice golden amber.. Cloudy with hops...

Decent aroma of earthy hops and sweet malts... Where are the hops here? I get some but nothing like what I should for an Imperial...disappointing...

Well, I'm really disappointed now... The hops are present but they are muted big time... This is malt heavy and while the hops arwe there, they fall way short of balancing this out...

I really had high hopes for this brew...this might be past its prime or something

Tilley4, Oct 17, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Harpoon Leviathan pours copper amber in a pint glass. There is a nice off-whtie head and the aroma of hops smacks your nose like a uppercut.... Copious amounts of sweet pine and grapefruit; very dry and good amount of carbonation. A massive amount of alcohol, but you knew that when you bought it.

For the novice: If you drink this too fast to impress your friends, you are going to get piss drunk.

Personally: Well made, but too much of a hop slam for my palate.

WCBCFrank, Sep 01, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a small pilsener glass.

A: A clear golden amber more indicative of a BMC offering than what I think of when I think of a DIPA. There is certainly no characteristic head, disappointingly only offering a small thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Overall, very disappointing.

S: Thick wet sticky hops fill the nose and then hit you in the chest. Somewhat sour with citrus notes...mainly lemon.

T: Spicey taste of pepper. Funky hops. Lemony sour malts. This borders on difficult to enjoy.

M/D: Tingly and sour, thicker than it looks. This beer is slightly tough to get down. Way too sour and funky for a DIPA...this is a deviation from the style that just doesn't jive well with my tastebuds.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 23, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Piney and boozy, with a very resinous character

Taste: Sweet malt, up front, with a growing piney and boozy bitterness that develops through mid-palate; strong juniper berry aspect, as well; after the swallow, the resinous character lingers long into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation; very sticky, with plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Way too boozy and sticky for me; with the juniper berry element, it almost tastes like a "beer-tini"

brentk56, Oct 09, 2009
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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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