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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,421 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,421
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 87
Gots: 84 | 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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polopaul20

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-01-2012 13:45:43 | More by polopaul20
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crisp, yellow-gold coloring with only a trace of film sparsely coating the surface. Aromas of rich, toasted caramel and a slight, citrus highlight balance out the wet, resiny, thick, underlying hops presence. The beer's flavors are rich and tangy, with a tangy sweet and floral backbone of caramel, lavender and jasmine blended with a thick, sugary orange highlight and some pepper and oregano spiced hops. The palate is impressively complex and rich, transitioning into a smooth, resiny and tart hops and citrus blending. The finish has a decent linger, with a rich, dark, forresty hops aftertaste. Good, strong beer that does not flaunt the increased ABV, but instead blends it throughout the complex flavors and body. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:48:37 | More by GarthDanielson
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-28-2012 18:30:20 | More by xdefeatsy
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-27-2012 15:29:14 | More by HamGlade10
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.9%

02-24-2012 20:43:01 | More by rogueleonardi
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CP20

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-22-2012 01:45:58 | More by CP20
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bcal16

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-22-2012 01:45:28 | More by bcal16
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack at the brewery, best by date of 6/15/12.

Poured it into a goblet, got a finger of not-so-long-lasting off white head. Copper color, high clarity, and not a ton of carbonation bubbles.

The smell is of muted grapefruit with a bready undertone. Balanced, and comes off a tad sweet.

Mmm, sharp, grassy bitterness right off the starting line. Very dry throughout. The muted grapefruit tries to come through in the body of the taste, but doesn't quite manage to overcome the prickly, spicy, unrelenting bitterness. Dry, dry dry. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not too thick or syrupy, and really works to augment the bitterness. Definitely a nice, warming alcohol effect on the aftertaste. It's not overbearing, but it is nice to know you're drinking a 10% ABV brew here.

I was unimpressed until I took a sip. Wow, this is a really good sipping Imperial IPA. I'm glad I have more. For now...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:04:31 | More by troysoy2
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-19-2012 20:45:07 | More by jongullotti
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meiiska

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-19-2012 18:45:14 | More by meiiska
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Edgewater

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-19-2012 18:33:17 | More by Edgewater
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-18-2012 22:43:25 | More by jfcaa193
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -50.9%

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

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-17-2012 02:01:38 | More by zhumphrey
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mjweth2

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-16-2012 03:29:46 | More by mjweth2
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

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

My favorite from Harpoon so far. A very complex and strong taste from a traditional Imperial IPA, but easy to drink at the same time.

There is a very good balance between the bitterness and the hoppy flavor which provides a refreshing, but full beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:36:27 | More by JohnnyMc
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joex444

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-16-2012 00:52:37 | More by joex444
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Must have gotten a beautifully fresh bottle. Pours a clear golden color with frothy one finger white head. Aroma of sweet light citrus, grapefruits, lemon peel, pine, honey, bready malts. Flavor follows with massive floral citrus up front, some adequate bitter pine, and a sweet finish leaving a light citrus flavor on the palate. Surprisingly light for the ABV, with plenty of carbonation. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:07:05 | More by BMMillsy
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kdp2011

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-15-2012 21:36:36 | More by kdp2011
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tfsimpkins

Florida

2/5  rDev -50.9%

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-14-2012 13:22:28 | More by ConorThomas
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-13-2012 11:41:53 | More by spark3148857
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dunix

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-11-2012 22:13:32 | More by dunix
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-11-2012 12:59:45 | More by Tyrawlings
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Independant

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-11-2012 11:37:39 | More by Independant
Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
91 out of 100 based on 1,421 ratings.