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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 687
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

oneturbucfan, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

DonFrap, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

wmc0005, May 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has some notes of pine resin along with hints of caramel from the underlying malts. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

metter98, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ATXRyan, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

kmays, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jminch, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

luvbier, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

None77, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hanzo, Apr 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

wibrewer, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Goldmund1, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Ted, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Rozyravens, Apr 17, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.

Beer pours a clear bright copper hue with fluffy off-white head foaming up 3 cm and receding very slowly back to the surface. Tight latticework and large craters form as the head fades.
Aroma is some earthy and vegetal hops, I also get a little rindy grapefruit mixed in for good measure.
First sip reveals a soft texture and mild spacious carbonation. The texture is fluffy for lack of a better word, light and airy in my mouth and slightly sticky on my lips.
Flavor is biscuity malt and then some sweet caramel and a bit of toffee, but rolls to some mixed bag of hops. I get earthiness and citrus, primarily orange and grapefruit, with a good dose of pine sap resin and bite on the finish. Leaves a dry astringency on my palate after each sip.
I dont get any hints of the booze which is impressive for a 10% brew.
Pretty solid Double IPA. Worth a shot if you like big beers that dont taste big and have a decent dose of hops

sulldaddy, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

philmen, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

klink40, Apr 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Danno48, Apr 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Mark5252, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Maseitz, Apr 10, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 7/15/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thick semicircle of lacing. Pours a clear reddish gold and leaves tight arches of lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit and potent citrus. Way more citrus than aroma than one finds in the usual "citrusy hops" IPA--this is like a just-cut orange. Love it.

With time, the aroma gets more herbal, though the grapefruit/orange stays strong and some punchy tropical fruit also sticks around. Some sugary candy smells underneath, but mainly hops.

Taste: First sip: this is a well balanced beer. What's going on in the nose is mirrored in the flavor, but much more subtle and with a strong malt backbone. Great finish; this is where the high IBUs come out, and it's nice and dry as well, combining to give a very crisp and refreshing impression.

Mostly herbal hops with citrus rind, suggestions of tropical fruit, and a nice maltiness underneath. I want a DIPA to be a bit more complex and powerful, but this is still above average.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation. Excellent finish, bitter and dry. I don't want a hop-centric beer to be syrupy, i want it nice and attenuated like this one.

Overall: Very good beer. Solid flavor, well utilized hops, great aroma and mouthfeel. I was a little afraid after trying Harpoon's Leviathan wheat wine ("Triticus") and despising it, but this beer turned out to be quite satisfying.

Probably won't return to it (not my favorite style) unless I see it on tap somewhere and drink it on a whim, however I would recommend any (D)IPA lover to give it a try.

Pahn, Apr 09, 2012
Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
91 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.