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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
91
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1,585 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 110
Gots: 159 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber color that pours nicely.
S- Fruit you can smell the alcohol
T- loads of hops. it gets your attention right away citrus fruit. sweet but balanced with the malt. a pine finish.
M- medium carbonated, not to much bitter. but it lingers nicely
O- Its good. Solid for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of acevenom
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours copper with a tall, eggshell colored head. It appears to be lightly carbonated. The head recedes very slowly, leaving plentiful lacing along the glass. I pick up some of those sweet and bready malt aromas along with some citrus from the hops. There are some of those earthy and piney hop aromas as well. There is some alcohol as well. The hops really come through in the taste. There's lots of pine and citrus. There's enough bitterness in this one to please any hop head. It's resinous and juicy. It also has a solid malt backbone. It's slightly sweet from the caramel malts and it's also bready. I also get some alcohol, but it's well-hidden. The body is medium to full with light carbonation. It finishes sticky. This is an excellent beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Danny1217
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ROK:BRGR in South Miami. $4 for all beers on Mondays, so I tried the most expensive one there. Served in a pint glass.

A - Somewhat translucent amber orange with a one finger off white head. Pretty decent retention, and lots of nice lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Extremely hoppy smell. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine are present. Some caramel malt aroma too. The alcohol is somewhat present on the nose, which is not surprising at 10% ABV.

T/M - Fairly thick feel. Extreme hop bitterness at the front. Some thick, bready malt, grapefruit, and pine. Hops dominate. You can taste the 120 IBU that this beer supposedly has. The hop head in me likes it. Medium carbonation.

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

Poured from the bottle, this beer is big and bold with an amber/orange color, a rocky head of foam, and a nose that offers strong pine, citrus, alcohol, and floral notes. The heavy foam settles down in due time, but it leaves generous legs as you consume and always reminds you of its presence.

With such a lead- in by the appearance, you may wonder at first if the taste can meet expectations but I am happy to report that it does. This beer has a strong flavor profile that combines toasted malt, bread, pine, caramel, honey, and fruity notes such as pineapple and a touch of citrus. The beer is very full bodied and has an alcoholic dimension that is obvious from the first sip all the way to the finish.

Leviathan Imperial IPA is a big beer with big taste. It is quite distinctive and certainly above average, although not quite as great as some of the other double/imperial IPA I have sampled over the years. It’s a hop bomb all the way, but still has enough malt backbone to try to balance out the bitterness. The thick body and resiny hops will be too much for most, but hopheads will love it and will certainly come back for more.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Leviathan

Four pack of 12 oz bottles. First bottle poured into a tulip glass, second one into my snifter.

A – good looking DIPA. Deep colors, oranges, reds, and yellows. Foams up nicely (especially the first bottle), but it recedes slowly.

S – pretty generic. Lots of hop character, very floral, but sweet simultaneously. I can smell the 10%.

T – tastes just like it smells, although the alcohol plays a slightly smaller role. Sweet and floral, but also bitterer than I expect it to be. Too syrupy for my taste.

M – the syrup doesn’t help the mouthfeel. The alcohol sticks to the cheeks, but the aftertaste is still pleasant. The beer definitely has a coherent beginning, middle, and end. Readable on every level, despite the shortcomings of taste.

O – I compare every DIPA I have to Hopslam, but only because it’s the one I’ve had the most (not trying to be boast, I just always had access to it, living in Michigan for so long). The alcohol content in Leviathan is the same as Hopslam, so I expected it to taste similarly. It did, although it isn’t quite as sweet, there’s a more syrupy character, and the bitterness pervades. An overall good offering, but I don’t think I’ll get it again, unless of course I can have it on tap.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been all over the place for me! Several years back for my first 4.5 review, loved the grapefruit nose with an aggressive strong ale taste. However in the time since, I have found other imperial IPAs that do a much better job of putting hops in the forefront and hiding the astringent alcohol aftertaste. My rating fresh would be lower as a result (3.5-3.75 range?)

But tonight I just had it again unintentionally "aged" and this is what my rating is adjusted for. Best by date on the bottle is 9/15/14. Nice nose, not quite as grapefruity as fresh. The taste really improves with age, as the overly sweet notes and alcohol have calmed. This definitely fits the recent tale of letting an imperial IPA age to create a barleywine. I would say this now drinks more towards the strong ale/barleywine area and is more enjoyable in my opinion than fresh...

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
91 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.