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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 96
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of Matty1918
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden amber color, almost a honey color. A nice creamy head with great retention and nice lacing. This beer pours and looks great.

Aroma is of grapefruit, sweet fruit...pineapple, a slight pine aroma is there also. All hops in this aroma...me like.

The first sip is hops....a nice dry bitterness. You can almost chew this beer....it's very buttery. Nice citrus taste.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPAs....I'd say in my top 5. This is a very well made IPA. Go get some!!!!

Matty1918, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

number1bum hooked me up with this one, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a copper orange hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly crawls down the sides of the glass leaving a solid wall of spiderweb lacing on the sides. Smell is quite potent with resiny hops, pine, and caramel malts. Grains and grassy aromas with a fair amount of booze. Not a very clean nose, but definitely a big hoppy punch. Taste begins with floral hops and sweet grapefruits. A fair dose of malts and grains midway with an evergreen backbone. Aftertaste is sweet and grassy with more malt and a touch of spice. Overall I found the flavor to be quite balanced especially for the style. A medium body with a slippery feel in the mouth and a mild carbonation. I'm really surprised this beer is 10% because the alcohol is hidden quite well. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much going into this but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Get your hands on this while it's still fresh. Thanks again Josh!

BeerTruth, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with better than a full finger foamy white head that resists fading. A reasonable amount of lacing in trail. The smell is an aggressive hop bomb; piny and flowery. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and tangy with hops. The 10% ABV is warming without being distracting. The flavors mirror the piny resin and citrus character of the nose and linger quite well. A real nice drinker. Highly recommended.

jjayjaye, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this one as an extra from BanditBrewingCo - thanks, Alan! You are a class act...

This bottles definitely going to make it's way onto the (future) empty beer shelf in my (one day) office - awesome label! The current image on BA doesn't give this beer label much justice...

A: Pours mostly copper ale with some reddish highlights. It's as clear as spring water when looking through my pint glass. In impressive 2 finger head forms after an average pour. The thick and chunky head sticks around for a good while then slowly gives way to huge, bubbly lacing down the walls of the glass.

S: Even after pulling this from the fridge and allowing it to warm for 30+ minutes, I don't smell much beyond pine hops and hints of lightly toasted malts. Still a very nice scent.

T/M: Light to medium bodied with a solid medium flavor. This is definitely the most hop forward beer I have had from Harpoon. Like their other beers, it's has a nice crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Flavors, like the nose, include lots of pine hops and also some earthier hops in the blend. It's moderately bitter throughout the entire drink. The bitterness and resinous factors makes me crave more after I drink. Like mentioned earlier, this is a very hops forward beer - or very little malt picked up to consider this to be very balanced. I'm a hophead, so I enjoyed it none the less.

D: Nice drinker. For the record, the 10% ABV is hidden masterfully well, so watch out! In the days of DIPA's flooding the craft brewing scene, this wasn't amazingly unique, but enjoyable.

beachbum1975, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Eli Cannons in CT. The beer was clear and yellow-gold, weak head. The smell is hoppy sweet, grapefruity citrus with some light malt behind it. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet at first, with a strong bitter aftertaste that doesn't go away until you eat something.

TurdFurgison, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Nickls
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy light orange-gold coloring, and poured with a nice frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Great hop aromas, but not as overpowering as some other DIPAs. Hops are more earthy than piney or cedary

T - Hop bitterness up front, citruisy and grassy. Solid malt backup that balanced out the strong hop presence without covering it up.

M - Creamy, medium-to-thicker MF. Good carbonation, and really nothing negative in this department

D - The alcohol didn't creep through even though it's has a substantial abv. Decently balanced, and not too hard to work through.

Overall, this was a nice take on the style and glad to see the brewer's didn't just churn out a run of the mill DIPA. I liked the grassy hops, and thought it was pleasantly drinkable. I would definitely recommend.

Nickls, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of torchednoodle
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is unique. It's slightly different than the DIPA's I'm used to out here in California, but still unmistakably a DIPA. I like the difference.

A lot of bitter hoppiness backed up with a lot of maltiness. Not as dry and predominantly hoppy as you can find out here in CA, but I'm sure some hoppiness is probably lost to shipping and time.

As other reviewers have mentioned, there's a hint of spice on the back end of a swig, and that's what I think makes this beer truly unique. There's even some of that spiciness in the nose. Carbonation is great, and alcohol is well-hidden. I really enjoyed this beer.

torchednoodle, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Clear golden copper body with a small off-white head. Good splotches of lacing left behind.

S: Sweet malt and florally hops. Some pine too. Pleasant nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front. Hops follow -- sweet citrus and pine. Spice towards the back end -- feels like spice from hops, not alcohol, though there is heat at the finish from that 10% ABV.

M: Somewhat resiny in feel, medium-to-heavy in heft.

D: Pretty good for a beer of this strength.

Kendo, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle no freshness date, poured into snifter

A hard pour yields a brassy orange body with two fingers of ecru head, nicely laced.

Scent is orange, grapefruit, overripe pineaple, pine, alcohol esters and bread.

Taste is sweet fruit: citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peaches even! Bready, juicy, spicy. There's some pine oil. Nicely malty with sweet caramel, fresh bread. Nicely bitter with a peppery alcohol spiciness. Quite well balanced.

Mouth is juicy, syrupy thick-medium. No lightweight but not exactly motor oil.

Startlingly easy to quaff; 10% abv hidden well.

A very nice Imperial IPA; will enjoy again.

sethmeister, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeCeez for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malty, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice malt notes, with some nice citrus and pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one surprised me, very tasty.

Wasatch, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of hops, citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very hoppy and very fruity with a strong floral bitterness bite and a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is a bit thinner than most beers in the style, but is hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-octane hop-bomb that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Reddish copper hue. Thin head. Visible effervescence. Brilliant clarity.

S: Alcohol/booze up front. Citrusy hop elements and fruity beyond citrus. Has a rich earthiness as well - in fact this might be the most prominent aspect of the nose.

T: Very crisp. Strong grapefruit taste carries through and lingers. Well balanced with a good malt base. bitterness is strong.

MF: Crisp. Medium mouthfeel with some alcohol warming.

D: A nice crisp double IPA.

Nipitato, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a free sample of this when my twin sister and I went to a beer tasting on Saturday 10/18/08 at the brewery in Boston when I was on vacation there visiting her. Served to me in a 5 oz sample glass. This beer is a clear medium golden color. There was certainly a strong hop aroma! Has a citrus hop flavor along with a sweet malt flavor as well, but the hops sure do dominate. Has a crisp, smooth, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.


neenerzig, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Hokies
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours and orange and golden hue with some haziness to it. Pours a thin white head that leaves a light lace on the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Strong aroma of grapefruit, citrus and some piney scents.

T: At first their is a nice malt taste with some citrus taste. The grapefruit and piney hops make their presence known but the malt is heavy throughout. Towards the end their is a hint of chocolate and then finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Their is huge malt backbone to this one which is really nice.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel.

D: The huge malt backbone makes this DIPA a lot easier to drink than the rest.

Hokies, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Waterfront Alehouse (Manhattan) 10-23-08
$11 for a pint (ouch!!)

A- Pours a dark oranger hue and small, not to thig head, with lacing that follows the beer down

S- floral, citrus, grapefruiit, hops..all the things i look for in a DIPA, some caramel hints also but mostly citrus hops

T- Starts out with a malty backbone, then finishes with a hearty balanced hop attack, very nice balance of hops and malts. And the hops are well placed and enjoyable

M- probably the best thing about this beer almost chewy, think, and creamy, with a long lasting bitterness

D- very nice balanced easy drinking DIPA, a little different than ones ive had lately, not an over the top hop attack that hides some of the flavors. A little on the pricey side, i guess cause of the availibilty??

bonbini26, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of soccerman7
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - warm copper color with a nice sticky head that left ring after ring on the glass.

Smell - Nothing but juicy hops. Pine and grapefruit.

Taste - Really huge hops on the palate. Sharp and juicy. Seemed that the hops overwhelmed the malt instead of working it. A bit unbalanced but a hop lovers dream.

Mouth - a very classic IIPA mouth feel. Citrus after taste, smooth and a bit dry on the finish.

Drink - A very good IIPA from the east that could run with all the west coast ones in the style.

soccerman7, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange with a great head that retains very well. Great lacing to boot. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, tons and tons of hops. Tastes of citrusy hops, slight pine presence, peaches, and more of a malt backbone than the aroma indicates. The malts show up a bit more as the beer warms up a bit. It's almost like a ST Unearthly "Light"...less syrupy and a lot of the same characteristics. Not AS great as that gem though but immensely good. I am very pleasantly surprised by how good it is and how easy drinking it is for 10% abv. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Doomcifer, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of dickieb
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber orange with a nice big initial head. Big lacing on this one as well.

The smell is a big hit of pine and grapefruit hops with not a hint of malt on the nose

The flavor is more balanced then the smell but this one is certainly a hop bomb by all definitions. Heavy on the citrus hops with some hints of pine cones and lemons, the malts are present but subdued.

The mouthfell is very good for a big IPA and this is so drinkable I finished it during a quick review. I was quite excited after trying the Leviathan Wheat Whine at the Beer Fest and I am extremely pleased with this one from Harpoon.

dickieb, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Publick House. My first thought was simply "wow". I didn't have huge expectations here, so I was completely blown away. The brew was thin and very refreshing. The taste is full of sweet fruits, peach and grape mainly. Hops were certainly there, mainly grapefruit. Incredible balance in this one - and am going to have to jump back in for more.

bigkahunas4, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice palish copper color that poured with a nice looking 2 fingers of white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Just a punch in the mouth of citrus. Almost like wet sap. Grapefruit right up there. Its like shoving a hop cone in your brain.

T: Just a really nice uber hoppy DIPA. The citrus is right up there. It is a little bitter but that is ok with me. Hops pine sweetness. The malt holds things back nicely but it only hinted at in the taste as it should be.

M: Nice and thick. Creamy. Totally coats everything.

D: Awesome beer. Really reminds me of Portsmouth DIPA. I think I might even be drinking the same beer. By far the best beer I have had from Harpoon.

aerozeppl, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a one inch head of white. Retention is moderate, with the head fading to a skim coat within two minutes.

Aromatics are fairly pungent and piney. Grapefruit, melons, and spruce resin follow through with a hint of butterscotch.

Medium bodied and a bit chewy. A creamy and crisp mouthfeel.

Pine dew, spruce bark, melon rinds, and grapefruit start the palate. Light malt, warming alcohol, and buttery undertones follow through.
Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the brew is nicely drying.

Finishes with a sustaining bitterness, warming alcohol, shades of grapefruit zest and conifer tannins.

Pretty damn tasty. One of Harpoons best in my book. The hopping is pretty agressive, and this is a big beer.
I prefer a more tropical, floral type hop profile though, and the buttery undertones detract.

brewandbbq, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter produced a large white head that lasted for a while before turning to lace . The body on this ale was clear and amber in color

Aromas are big hops, pine and citrus, typical DIPA nose

This has slight malt sweetness to it before you get to the strong hop flavors. the brew ends up being thick and oily with its light carbonation

A good DIPA I didn't find too much alcohol in the aroma or flavors. So I would believe you could get into trouble with drinking too many of these.

joepais, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant orange amber color, good clarity and a rich, creamy two plus inches of beige head. Recedes slowly, leaving a good amount of stick and a very full head. Beautiful; hard to get much better..

Smell is very citrusy, lots of grapefruit going on, with some resiny, piney hops, as well. Bit of caramel in there, too, but the juicy, citrusy hops dominate and are very nice.

First thing I notice taste-wise is that this has a very nice malt backbone, and overall it's quite well balanced. Not as juicy and citrusy as the smell, but there is still plenty of grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops, along with what I'd call a substantial but not completely overblown bitterness. The malt is caramel and toasted, with an overall biscuity taste to it, and provides very nice balance. A bit more juicy hop flavor would do me just fine, and would play beautifully off the very good malt profile.

Mouthfeel is close to full, is on the chewy side and is quite creamy. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness.

Very nice DIPA here. Great malt balance, but a ton of hops too. As I said, I'd love even a bit more juicy hop flavor, but a very fine beer nonetheless.

number1bum, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear light to medium golden colored body. Half an inch of foamy white head faded over two minutes. Streams of carbonation develop in the middle. Sticky lace clumps.

Very gritty earth aromas. Malt is sweet and quite present but is still covered by a pine sap hop power. A very nice blend on the nose.

Resin and hops oil are very forward on the taste buds. Malt is very buttery, and takes a back seat to the hops. Not as strong as I would expect from aroma.

Decent feel on the sides of the tongue. A tingling carbonation is a bit overpowering.

A decent brew. Great with a plate of chicken wings. Worth giving it a try. Still others out there if you are looking for the best.

RedChrome, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of xerotime
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this in Rhode Island while on my way to Newport for the weekend. As far as I have seen, it hasn't hit CT yet.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a 1 finger head. Not much retention but lots of sticky lacing the whole way down. The hops dominate with a big citrus taste and aroma. Drinkability I would say is a bit low just due to the high ABV but definitely something I would recommend searching out.

xerotime, Oct 13, 2008
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91 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.