Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial Red Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.15/5 rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter on 4/21/10
Bottled on 2/12/10
Pours a moderate brown & settles darker, with a murky bent. Held to the light, it gives off a rusty amber appearance. Lots of small particles float slowly; they almost seem suspended. Two fingers of billowy tan head formed initially. While retention has dropped considerably, lacing looks good so far. Retention is decent throughout but lacing gets sparse.
A solid backdrop of caramel, toasted bread & biscuit support doesn't quite seem up to par. Floral hop notes are apparent but on the whole seem muted. A few undertones of dark fruit linger. Something in here smells rather medicinal; not quite like cough syrup but leaning in that direction. Not much alcohol to be found in the nose.
The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully the hops are more appreciable than in the nose, with a decent bit of piney bitterness upfront. This quickly gives way to the malts which are dominated by a burnt taste that basically overpowers all else (the exception being a faint toastiness). The burnt qualities are such that it lends an ashy taste that seems out of place. Combine that with medicinal notes & now-apparent alcohol & this starts to get messy.
Leaning in the direction of full bodied with reasonably low carbonation. It's dense, with a lot of grittiness & some alcohol slickness. It's very sticky. Under most circumstances I'd call these admirable traits considering the style but all this does nothing but accentuate that blasted ashy taste. Of course, it lingers well on the finish.
This was the last bottle of the four pack; I've been drinking them over time & can say this has gone downhill quickly. I honestly don't recall the ashy taste with the other bottles; I actually enjoyed the other bottles quite a bit. Apparently anything other than fresh is a disservice for this beer. I'm bumping the drinkability a little since this -was- a good beer at one point.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2010 23:56:46 | More by Ryan011235
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4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark amber, with a one inch off white that leaves plenty of lace on my glass, my father got a growler at the Windsor Brewery today. Smell is pine, carmel, grapefruit, and other hints of citrus. Taste some sweet carmel and citrus and a touch of grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium large, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable especially for its hefty ABV. This is excellent, especially fresh on tap.
Serving type: growler
07-08-2012 00:47:44 | More by SawDog505
Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial Red Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.