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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,588
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 109
Gots: 161 | 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:
Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 09-07-2008

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.
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Photo of Wildman
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine and caramel. The flavor was of hops, malt, citrus, and candy. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet with a touch of astringency. A nice beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, bright golden with a thin white head that lasts, leaving lovely lacing.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit, esp., and some pine. Awesome hop aroma. A Super-charged American IPA hop aroma! I love it!

The taste is of citric and some piney hops - grapefruit-y with some sweetness from a malt backing. Alcohol could be more covered, but the overall taste is great, if you like really citric hops with just a touch of malt sweetness. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

A tad harsh from the alcohol, the body could be a slight fuller and still keep from being syrupy, but it works well how it is..

A very enjoyable brew, despite noticeable alcohol (which is not unexpected for abv level). Would not trade in a milder abv for milder hops on this one though.

Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to tulip glass, pours an opaque golden orangish shade, white head fades to lacing

smells of delicious herbal hops, slight bready malt

taste is of orange/grapefruit rind, heavy cascade (leaf?) flavor, sweetness is nice, malts hide in back but do a wonderful job of providing a backdrop with slight caramel and biscuit, hops are really well done, nicely balanced but the cascades stand out the most, booze is pretty much undetectable for me, hop resins cling in the mouth, yum

mouthfeel is bitter and slick, lots of hop oils clinging to my mouth, carbonation is high but still tasty, an excellent double ipa, only thing i could wish for would be a crazier hop blend :D

after finishing the glass, the booze shows its colors.. very sneaky.

Photo of UA8
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a transparent coppery/ orange with a light tan head.

S- Citrus is the prominent not on the nose with a light malt backing. Sweet esters and yeast twang play in the background.

T- Leads with orange rind and moves inward to orange fruit sweetness and a light malt note. Finishes full circle with bitter orange rind. If I didn't know better I would it tastes like they fermented this with oranges in the tank.

M- Carbonation bites a bit but the mouth feel is nice and round.

D- This is beer is quite unique in how pronounced the orange flavors are within it. If they made it a touch less carbonated and more viscous this would be a top tier IPA.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml., just enough for a person. Big hop IPA, really nice, and the booze, like a hop whiskey. Cloudy golden colour with noticeable whit head, and som lace. Very smooth drinking, a remarkable mouthfeel for a DIPA with such booze and hops. Why? I get the hops first and foremost. What a delivery. Must try.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear copper orange color with a good sized creamy/frothy off-white head. lacing is mostly a solid sheet of creme. Aroma is yeasty, dough, hoppy, musty and citric. Taste is super citric and hoppy. After one sip and this beer is very drying to the mouth. Alcohol is present but pleasant. There is a nice grapefruit flavor to it but balanced by a brown sugary sweetness. Hops do dominate though. Feel is super tingly and dry but at the same time creamy and smooth. I could have 1 or 2 of these but it would get me on the road to fucked up.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a brightly lit room, the orange tangerine colour takes on a reflective, almost neon-like appearance with a half finger tan head that slowly recedes leaving cloudy, wispy bubble centres spread over the surface, solid ring, some lacing. Carbonation subdued. Smell of grapefruit, lime, pine, a whiff of sweet mango and more citrus presence. Taste is very hop forward, grapefruit bite, tang, bitterness, a nice smooth malty finsh, aftertaste lingers. The ABV is cleverly hidden in there, I can't believe this is 10%. Overall, nicely hopped, well balanced malt core, medium body, tasty, substantial yet refreshing, I could enjoy a few more of these.

Photo of hreb
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours a clear orange-amber with a giant, deep tan head, which overflows the glass. This is one oily beast. Pleasant citrusy-hop aroma.

Primary taste is pure IPA: cascade hops, sharply bitter, but not harsh. Way more enjoyable than Harpoon's standard (and benchmark) IPA. The beer feels bigger, but doesn't suggest the 10% double IPA rating ascribed.

As the beer descends down the glass, it leaves what can only be described as epic white lacing on the glass.

Letting the beer float around in my mouth a moment brings out flavors of caramel, which are a little unexpected in this IPA style. Overall, it's not awe-inspiring, but it is a very solid strong American IPA, and remarkably drinkable for something with such strong flavors. Still, I think finishing a second one would really knock me on my ass.

Photo of halfP1NT
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, this beer is a very clear copper color with a decent sized white head that leaves some thin lacing all around the inside of the glass. Thin white layer sticks around for most of the beer.

Smell is piney, citrus hops...resiny grapefruit bitterness and some alcohol.

Taste is wow...very bitter like grapefruit rind, finishes with a residual sugar sweetness. Reminds me of actually eating a grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on it. I had no idea this beer was a 10% abv, although now that I am aware of it, I realize the alcohol certainly is detectable, although not overwhelming. There's a slight caramel malt sweetness, but the alcohol & hops definitely rule.

Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the hoppiness from becoming too cloying. Now that the beer is warming a bit, the alcohol is really coming through. The hops definitely coat the palate with a oily, resiny hopppp-ness.

This was an interesting beer...worth a try if you really dig the hops, but I don't think I would necessarily seek it out again over other DIPAs. But a nice offering from Harpoon.

Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing orange / amber toned coloration. The head is biege about an inch thick. The head retention is nice. Rings of foamy lace remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The hop aroma was as expected. The hops present as a bit of pine, citrus grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. The malty base of the beer gives a bit of caramel supporting the fruityness. Alcohol is present in the form of pepperyness.

Taste: The hops dont hit my tongue like I expected. The pine is resinous and long lasting. The citrus gives a bit of grapefruit but not like I expected. A malty caramel peaks its head up from time to time. Alcohol is spicy but not a problem. The bitterness of the beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The carbonation levels work well with the beer. A nice stab at DIPA but not to my taste. A beer that is ok to try but didnt wow me.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the third and final beer I sampled from the new Leviathan series from Harpoon. Poured from a bottle into a glass. There was only a slight white lacing. The beer was golden brown and completely clear. The smell hits upfront with citrus and floral notes. The taste is extremely hoppy with grapefruit notes the most noticeable. The citrusy hops balance well in the beer and do not overpower the palate. The mouthfeel was medium with a nice amount of carbonation, which compliment the spice of the hops. The drinkability is not that high because of the intense flavor from the hops and the high alcohol content.

Overall, this was my favorite beer from the Leviathan Series, even though I can say I enjoyed all of them. Worthwhile, especially for someone who enjoys double or imperial IPAs.

Photo of FishGetter
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served chilled in a pint glass, golden amber appearance with great clarity.
Orange citrus hops dominate the aroma to let you know this one means buisness!
Strong hop character but not overwelming on the palid. Followed by citrus tang and a slight boozieness. 10% ABV is hard to cover up.
Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of a medium bodied beer.
Can't see this being a stand alone beverage after one or two. Better as a pairing with a meal.

Photo of prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's mostly clear and pours an orange-amber color. The head is slightly off-white and reaches about a finger or so deep. It might have been rushed off by the abv. It left quickly for some reason. Very little lacing remained.

Smell: The nose has some sweet citrus characteristics initially (grapefruit, mango, and light pineapple). Hops are easily noted and smell mostly citric. Pale and caramel malts are present. It doesn't smell overly heavy on the caramel, but it's tough to tell. I'll reserve judgment on that point. Alcohol is noted, but isn't offensive. It's a nice smelling beer, but not quite a knockout.

Taste: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango provide a nice citrus blast initially. Hops emerge and have a nice citric character. They're resiny and bitter. Pale and caramel malts are noted. Caramel malts are too prominent for my taste. It actually has a bit of a biscuit-like flavor. That's not a good thing in a DIPA (in my opinion). It does manage to remain bitter. Alcohol is also too prevalent and runs too warm. It finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice smooth feel. Carbonation is dialed down quite a bit. Drinkability is above average, but not quite good. It has a good flavor, not great. It's also big at 10% and a little too warm.

At the end of the day, I'm a little disappointed in this release from Harpoon. It had promise, but didn't quite reach what it could be. There's two flaws that really have a detrimental impact. It's too malty and too warm. Overall, it's just a pretty good beer. Could've been very, very good with just a couple of tweaks. Definitely worth checking out, but given the price, I'd be hard pressed to pick up more.

Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to Rochefort10nh for this bottle. Pours a perfectly clear golden color with some orange in the middle, a generous, two finger white head that left some sticky lacing on the glass. I love these pale colored DIPAs, as I know it's all about the hops. Aroma is a wonderful mix of floral, piney and orange-citrusy hops, pale malts, and maybe a touch of honey. Taste is nice and gloriously bitter. Plenty of raw citrus/grapefruit/orange peel, nice resinous piny flavor, and a decent, almost solid, pale malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden if it's really that high. This is bitter and completely hop-centric. Just the way I like em. Body is the full end of medium. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms in the glass and subsequently warms my belly. This beer makes me happy. Thanks again, Keith!

Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear apricot orange with streams of fine bubbles rising up. A dimpled and frothy head of off-white foam sits atop and lingers long, and leaves big sheets around the glass as I drink.

Inviting aroma of spruce tips, grapefruit rind, tangerine and honey. Some hints of green apple.

Rich flavor of doughey malt, mixed evenly with juicy, oily, resiny hops. Medium-high bitterness, great flavors of orange and grapefruit, some pith. Morphs to piney notes, finishes with a definite warmth, sharp cinnamon and citrus lingers.

Chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes tingly and warm. Pretty smooth for such a big beer, scarily drinkable.

Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light, clear amber orange. A nice one finger off white head with nice retention and leaves sheets of lacing. Nose is of piney floral and citrus hops in a BIG way! Malt is detectable only if you REALLY look for it. This one is all about the hops scent. Taste is again about massive amounts of pine hops mixed with some light floral earthy flavors before giving way to citrusy tastes of some citrus comes through with grapefruit and maybe a bit of lemon. Finish is hopped bitterness. Medium bodied beer, with the alcohol kicking in on the tail end. If it weren't for the ABV this would have very high drinkability, but only one or two would do me in a sitting. Still - a great beer by Harpoon.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light to medium amber color, some haziness along with a nice white head that dissipated fast and noticeable lacing.

S: Big citrus hop blast. Lemon zest, orange peel, some sweet malt.

T: Nice hit of the hops up front and a nice mellow semi-sweet malt on the withdraw.

M: Medium Bodied, little sticky but not overbearing.

D: No question, sips just fine! This beer has everything an Iipa should have: big on the hop, aromatics a ton, beautiful looking in the glass and even better once it goes down.


Photo of blaje
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poored in a sniffer, served cold. Nice golden slightly orange in color. A nice head, around 2cm thick, a bit creamy.

The nose is not overwhelming as many 2IPA, but more delicate, less aggressive or exagerated. It reveals a piney smell with touch of tangerine and other sweet fruit, i guess due to the high alcoho content.

Mouthfeel is average for me. Medium carbonation,alcohol feel is present but quite well blended overall. This is tricky because it is hard to titrate the generous ABV. I should say that the 10% suits this 2IPA quite well. Not too bitter. Stringent and floral hops present. Not too bitter. Long aftertaste, fruity and floral.

Good 2IPA overall, but I drank better. If you encounter this one, pick it up, it worth the try.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of free samples for after work. Nothing better then a beer that's free. I accidentally broke my only snifter, so my Samuel Adams Boston lager glass will have to do.

Pours a nice light orange/amber color with two fingers of smooth looking foamy white head. Some nice carbonation in the middle of the glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells of strong cirtusy and floral hops. I could detect slight malts and alcohol undertones, but for the most part the hops overwhelmed those other scents.

Up front strong citrus hops, grapefruit, flowery, and a little bit earthy. The alcohol is very well hidden because of the strength of the hops. You can taste the alcohol in the aftertaste, but only very slightly. Not a lot of balance in this brew, but still tasty.

Body is rich and smooth, and like I had already mentioned the 10% ABV is hidden well. Very nice feel to it.

This is a great brew. I like it a lot more then Harpoon's regular IPA. Unbalanced, but the hops are really good. At $9.99 for a 4-pack I would prefer Dogfish 90 minutes, but I could see myself drinking this again someday.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a creme head. Nose is sticky sweet with salty hop tones and pine aspects as well. Flavor is slight salt on firmer pine tones. Sticky sweet as well. Feel is a slightly full carbonation and the liquid is about typical. A bit rough on the profile, but it's still nice to drink.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden orange with a nice 2 finger foamy, milky white head. Champagne-like bubbles from nucleation sites keeps the head up to a full finger with decent lacing.

Smells of floral hops and soap.(?) Not as big as I would expect for this style, really rather muted.

Taste is a hop-forward unbalanced experience. Citrus rind, flowers, and a little spice. The resins really linger between sips. The ABV is completely hidden in the hops. Nearly undetectable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a resin bite at the end and lingering oils.

For the style this is extremely drinkable due to the smooth mouthfeel and hidden alcohol.

Not sure I would buy this again but I would recommend it to everyone into hops to try at least once.

Photo of SaucyA
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DrDogBeer is the man.

A - Pours a beautiful crystal clear sunset orange with a tight foamy head into the snifter. Nice little jets of bubbles shoot through the body. Fat lacing.

S - Huge sugary sweetness and massive citric fruits. Rind, pith, seeds. The whole nine. Smells like a nice SDPA. The super sugary nose is a little distracting.

T - Very citric American hops, with a barely noticeable malt base. Very bitter, and a touch boozy. It's a VERY big, hoppy brew. Leaves a nice oily coating.

M - Rather thick and oily with a nice carbonation.

D - This is a huge beer. It's a great one-off, but not one I'd normally seek out... so it's fitting.

Notes: If this were available in my area, I definitely would've enjoyed it while it was around.

Photo of TheMistler
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange gold. Creamy white head, pretty good retention, never going away - thick cap and thicker ring are always on top, and leave behind sticky lacing.

Sweet grapefruit nose. Lemon zest. Also floral notes. Biscuit dough takes care of the malt.

Hops in the taste initially evidence themselves with a grassiness. Bitter grapefruit. As with the nose, there is substantial malt - but much substantial hoppiness on top, stealing the spotlight. Mouth puckeringly bitter finish. Alcohol warming at the end. Very nice.

Lots of tiny prickles from the nicely ample CO2, very crisp for its rather substantial body. The ABV, as noted, is hinted at by some warming, but overall is very, very well hidden. This is a dangerously quaffable brew.

Photo of bsend
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler to a standard pint.

The beer poured well from the start. It smoothly hit the glass, and offered a wonderful deep, rich orange. The cloudy consistency looked gorgeous, and appealing. From the growler there was no real head to speak of.

The aroma from the beginning consisted of hops! You don't need to get your nose near the glass to smell the sweet, floral smell.

The first sip provided a blast of hops flavor with undertones of citrus. The taste lingers, and fades leaving a wonderfully light bitter finish.

The texture on the mouth was crisp, and over all very refreshing. Despite the 10% abv, it was easily drinkable, and hardly noticeable.

Final Thoughts - WOW! This imperial delivers in every form possible. The beer was excellent from the growler, and want to try the bottles. If I had the money, this could easily become my standard beer. So refreshing, and full of flavor, this beer needs to be tried to be believed. Well worth it!

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is so similar to Green Flash Imperial IPA it's not even funny. I received this one in a trade with Pamola - Kyle this is one fine Impy IPA!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer is viscous, murky, and the lacing is a beautiful stark white. The beer itself is nutmeg to brown in color (with blond highlights).

The aroma is a spicy fresh hop nose with an oily almost nutty smoothness that begs for a sip.

The first sip is amazing. The flavors are extremely pronounced - this is no doubt a fresh bottle. The fresh hops it the mouth and explode into a massive reaction that doesn't stop. Even through the finish this beer's hop attack has no sign up let up and then the hops fade away pleading for a second taste. The finish is malty, robust, and hops tingle on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is one of the first things you notice. The massive malt backbone is barely enough to hold up to the hops. The huge creamy maltiness adds a whole new depth to this beer. Extremely good.

I would say that this beer requires so much thought to fully enjoy that I would not drink more than 1 or 2 in a session but I will be going back for another many many nights in a row (if I had them). Sessionable = NO, Drinkable = Absolutely!!!

Cheers to everyone able to grab a few of these. Great brew!

Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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