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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,467 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 94
Gots: 102 | 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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BGsWo22

New York

1/5  rDev -75.4%

02-23-2013 05:25:06 | More by BGsWo22
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

03-17-2012 01:46:00 | More by jbertsch
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TX-Badger

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -57%

06-04-2014 02:42:09 | More by TX-Badger
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clsmarathon06

Georgia

2/5  rDev -50.9%

05-19-2012 20:43:40 | More by clsmarathon06
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -50.9%

01-26-2013 19:36:32 | More by bostonryan
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tfsimpkins

Florida

2/5  rDev -50.9%

02-14-2012 22:23:55 | More by tfsimpkins
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -50.9%

02-18-2012 08:20:31 | More by chrispoint
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.9%

02-24-2012 20:43:01 | More by rogueleonardi
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.23/5  rDev -45.2%

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.

02-18-2013 18:36:30 | More by SometimesIfart
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dirtysanchez843


2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

11-09-2012 06:14:55 | More by dirtysanchez843
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

07-18-2013 00:33:38 | More by mwbrady12
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

07-16-2014 01:44:33 | More by TheBigBoy
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andy1701

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

06-10-2013 22:13:01 | More by andy1701
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Tilley4

Tennessee

2.45/5  rDev -39.8%

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

10-17-2009 00:30:12 | More by Tilley4
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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.

09-01-2009 02:25:36 | More by WCBCFrank
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GHeinze89

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-06-2012 21:00:18 | More by GHeinze89
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kbouch16

New York

2.68/5  rDev -34.2%

08-28-2014 18:15:04 | More by kbouch16
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

08-23-2009 03:41:34 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

09-22-2013 01:57:15 | More by RMoeNay
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

12-04-2012 05:46:28 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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cosmonick

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

01-14-2013 03:37:04 | More by cosmonick
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NateMac13

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

05-04-2013 15:38:20 | More by NateMac13
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mhaugo

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

08-11-2013 06:56:46 | More by mhaugo
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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"

10-09-2009 18:39:57 | More by brentk56
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tbailey32

Florida

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%

For an Imperial IPA this beer has a wicked bite on the front end. You can also taste the hops and I'm sure hop heads would like it. Similar to a DFH 90 in taste. High ABV but could be a bit more smooth overall. Smells great but definately a slow drink beer. I would give it an average rating.

11-06-2010 02:11:54 | More by tbailey32
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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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