Harpoon Leviathan - Red Squared - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.23/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep amber with a 1/2 finger slightly off white head atop.Citric and resiny hops dominate the nose with a big sweet caramel malt base to balance it out.A big sharp citric hop blast at first sip with alot of sweet alcohol,it's sharp and resiny with alot of alcohol.It's everything you like in a big hopped up red big resiny/citric hops and caramel-alcohol to stand up to it.Awesome.
10-07-2012 22:11:02 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Red Squared opens full-throated and hoppy, with bright shocks of grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon, mint, and dandelion stem bursting onto the nose, followed quickly by a sugary, sticky undercurrent of pink grapefruit, candi sugar, brown sugar, and a lovely, thick waft of fruit esters that includes orange liqueur, nectarine, apricot, berry, and cherry. A thin rind of toast crust and brown bread surrounds everything, helping to somewhat bring down the sugary, bitter rush. As a whole, the nose is compelling and intriguing, the beer obviously focusing heavily on sugars and hops, but while these aromas easily overwhelm the brew, they are in and of themselves nicely balanced and finely nuanced, presenting a wide range of aromas and possibilities.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a bitter hop blast, pine resin and dandelion stem bursting forth in exaltation, followed by only slightly lesser trumpet blasts of eucalyptus, grapefruit rind, mint, and lemon zest. So powerful are the hops that other flavors are initially difficult to detect, making this beer appear at first to be a double IPA (the 75 IBUs adding to this impression). In subsequent sips a good sugary base slowly appears, bringing cherry, berry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters, as well as a thick swath of candi and brown sugars. Faint hints of toast crust and biscuit, as well as wet wheat, provide some counterbalance. However, as the beer is held in the mouth and the sugars die off, the hops once again resume their assault on the tastebuds, easily becoming just about the only noticeable flavor, and overwhelming the aftertaste in their bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.
Overall, this beer does present an awesome range of hop flavors, and hopheads will rejoice at what is another well-rounded and finely nuanced hop-forward beer. However, the hops eventually prove to be so strong that they drown out the rest of the flavors, making the beer seem ultimately off-balanced and in need of a bit more tempering.
08-29-2012 19:54:46 | More by jondeelee
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. "2012" vintage (over 1 year old)
Pours out a deep dark orange bronze color, pretty good clarity, big dense off white colored head with very good retention and thick lacing covering most of the exposed glass.
Big malty aroma, slightly oxidized which is to be expected with age. Burnt, charred caramel malts, faded woody hops, and a bit of pine.
More malty than hoppy in the taste, but not by much, a decent balance. Lots of caramel malts, slightly burnt, a bit of a rye malt spice, woody, piney, resinous hops with some hop bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is a bit on the lighter side. Medium to slightly heavy in body. Slightly sticky feel.
This was better than expected, I imagined the age of this beer would've have been its downfall. That being said I'm sure this was something pretty special when it was fresh.
01-25-2014 20:31:48 | More by dogfishandi
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this bottle.
A - dark amber with a big, off white, frothy head that has great retention
S - citrus, caramel, a bit toasty, piny; this is a very hoppy aroma
T - citrusy, piny hops up front followed by some caramel and bread malty notes
M - medium bodied, well carbonated
This is a very, very nice amber ale. There's no debating that this is an "aggressively hopped" ale. Everything about this beer for me is delicious. I'm impressed. Definitely worth a try.
11-29-2012 01:51:00 | More by tdm168
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Beer pours a dark amber color. The aroma is great. It smells like a pale ale with a hint of hops. I agree with the other reviewer that it has some caramel smell to it as well.
The taste is on point. It is a slightly hoppy but not over powering.
I like that is it is not fruity or sweet.
It is light feeling (not like a summer beer though)
i would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a medium body, amber beer with just a lil bite to it.
07-28-2012 19:29:00 | More by inandon
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Brewed once and I guess I am one of the few to try it.
A - As expected for an Imperial red it's a very dark shade of red/brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Sticky lacing is decent.
S - Well I didn't pick up anything more than a predominant caramel and biscuit malt and also a sharp level of Citrus hops. Then again I didn't expect any more.
T - I am really impressed with this like other "imperial" beverages it just seems they add more hops and you get a dominant level of citrus like bitterness. In this beverage the caramel and biscuit malts seem to clash perfectly with this making it a complex blend of the two. Simply it was good.
M - Light to medium for me it in no way showed any harsh alcohol tones or traces of the high ABV.
Overall I would love to have this again but can't for two reasons one being it's brewed only once and the second it packed a steep 4 dollar single price tag. Still a great beer though.
09-24-2012 18:03:52 | More by DrDemento456
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Harpoon's been doing great things in the Leviathan series, and hoppy reds are one of my favourites, so I've got high hopes for this one. The pour is beautiful, it pours out a vibrant orange-red with a persistent head. The aroma is a juicy assortment of hops. Tons of citrus. The taste is a rush of citrus and floral hops, backed up by a solid, yet clean malt base. Lots of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and slick, and the drinkability is very good. This is easily the best beer I've had from Harpoon, and holds up very well against favorites like Lagunitas Imperial Red and CCB Tocobaga Red. Highly recommended.
08-08-2012 22:39:26 | More by shand
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
On-tap 8/21/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of caramel and citrus that is quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are definitely a lot hoppy red ales out there that are better.
09-15-2012 22:56:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.21/5 rDev +4%
A: Pours from a 12 oz bottle a brilliant, clear, amber color with a one finger, light tan head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass on this beer.
S: Rich caramel, and roasted crystal malt aromas with a toffee sweetness. Hops are fresh pine and peppercorn and tobacco.
T: Pine and zest of orange with a peppery spice hit first then a smooth caramel and toffee sweetness. The balance is good with malt richness and hop intensity.
M: Medium body with bubbly carbonation and some alcohol warmth.
O: Very good balance for a hoppy amber ale and very fresh tasting hops make this one impressive and very drinkable. A two thumbs up for this Harpoon ale! Hope they release this again.
01-22-2013 22:08:00 | More by scottbrew4u
4.48/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured into a shaker pint: Two fingers of rocky head that retains well & laces sticky lacing over transparent, deep copper body with some light gold highlights.
Smells of deeply, bitterly citric hops, mostly orange & grapefruit, a slightly woody character, & some nicely toasty, caramel malt in the supporting role. Hops are forward but nicely rounded by the malt.
Taste follows with the smell, with a citrus character at the forefront, soon followed by a lightly bready, pie crust flavor that goes really nicely with the bright, hoppy bitterness. There's even a pithy kind of bite in the middle that wrestles pleasantly with the fruity & baked sweetness. A little alcoholic dryness emerges, warming & bearing up the flavors, giving some depth. Really well done.
Medium-full-bodied, hits bitter, then sweet, then dry, then a little warm bordering on hot. The combination of resin & sugar leaves a pleasant stickiness in the aftertaste.
Maybe this is just a case of "right-place-right-time", but this hit just the right spot: hoppy & bright, but really anchored by an assertive malt profile. Gotta give more time to some reds & ambers, I really enjoyed this.
11-25-2012 23:05:32 | More by OneDropSoup
4.26/5 rDev +5.2%
Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose pint.
Appearance- Typical looking red. Cloudy/murky brownish/copper color with very thin white head. Decent lacing.
Smell- Tart cherry, caramel malts, piney hops, floral notes. Hop-forward red ale.
Taste- Malty first, then piney hops, then fruity (apple/pear?) hop flavors, goes out malty, then finishes with bitter hops. No booze.
Mouthfeel- Pretty carbonated. Smooth on the way down. No heat from the 9.20% though.
Overall- Imperial reds are more often then not, booze bombs. This is a nice refreshing hoppy red in the same vein as Hop Head Red from Green Flash.
02-02-2013 17:32:38 | More by Seanniek91
Harpoon Leviathan - Red Squared from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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