Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 102
Gots: 129 | 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  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields a brilliantly clear light copper color with a dense 3"cream head that lingers.

Grapefruit pith, onion, and dank hops are accompanied by bready malt and caramel in the aroma.

Big citrus flavor of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and tangerine are dominant, with a bready malt backbone supporting the hops into a fairly bitter, peppery, piney finish. There's a bit of sweetness offering respite, along with a minty note.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very good dipa, but it's fairly hot. Also a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of CalbeDacks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange with a beige head that left lotsa lace

S: lemon zest; deeper caramelly malt

T: citrus and pine are balanced; nice chewy malt; robust flavors under lighter hoppiness

M: medium body, creamy undertones - almost buttery - but with a zestiness that dries out the maltiness

O: I'm starting to think that the DIPA is a brew that anyone can do, and there are a lot of similarities between the American DIPAs - they all seem to exist on a spectrum of pine and citrus - so its no surprise that Harpoon's Leviathan is a solid weigh-in for the style, and a real good exmaple of the style

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of neophilus
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored beer, mostly clear. Lazy, small bubbles from the bottom. Foamy, active head that dies down but shows good lacing.

Aroma is malt then a dose of piney, citrus hops. Good clean balance in the aroma, the big body gives off lots of malt sweetness but the resiny hops freshen it up a lot.

Stiff hop bitterness up front. Heavy dose of pine resins fight back the thick malt body. Hop flavor is a bit one dimensional but does a great job cutting down the malt and drying out the beer. Just a hint of booziness hides behind the resin flavors.

Rich, smooth body is thick in the mouth but cleans up well as it finishes dry. A serviceable DIPA that brings it with the ABV but keeps it in check with the IBU. Not breaking any new ground, but clean and crisp for such a strong beer and easily lends itself to a second.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of crazyfraser
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Deliciuos brew.

Apperance is kinda clear amber, I prefer a little cloudiness for body but it is beautiful. 4.0

Smell is very alcohol y, strong, you can really smell the 10%abv coming through. very hoppy/grapefruity. 4.5

Taste is strong yet smooth, very very hoppy. with citrus noted. if you like hopslam then youll love this. the difference is this this one has more of an alcohol bite. 4.5

mouthfeel The only reason i give it a 4.0 is the super strong alcohol taste, given it is 10%, Its hard not to compare it to hopslam which is way smoother

Overall very nice, will buy again, very soon

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

a deep orange/amber pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head. smells of honey, pine, grapefruit, sweet corn smell which i assume is coming from the malts. an earthy / spicy bitterness up front followed by a citrusy/sweet malt backbone. leaves a nice bitter aftertaste behind. creamy mouthfeel, medium body, nicely carbonated. overall a great ipa, not spectacular or outstanding like some others, but pretty solid as far as ipa's go.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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