Leviathan Imperial IPA
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan Imperial IPA
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,673
Ranked #7,845
4.06 | pDev: 11.33%
Dec 05, 2020
Sep 07, 2008
Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan Imperial IPA
Notes: 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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3.89 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Dec 05, 2020
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 21, 2020
4.35 by Stevotex from Texas on Oct 01, 2019
4 by baklo from North Carolina on Dec 27, 2018
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 25, 2018
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 25, 2018
4.06 by bushwack from Alabama on Sep 23, 2018
1.02 by lemonox from Massachusetts on May 22, 2018
3.99 by Jbk81 from Massachusetts on Apr 29, 2018
4.23 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Apr 15, 2018
1.46 by Bmm281 from Arizona on Apr 14, 2018
4.35 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut on Mar 21, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by ccrespoPR from Puerto Rico

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass
1 finger head that disappeared about half way through. Leaves some lacing.
Smells of grapefruit, orange, and malty.
Taste is big. Bitterness right off the bat followed by the alcohol taste that isn't hidden. This is definitely a big beer. Hoppy sort of sweet. I feel the alcohol Is center stage here.
The feel is full to heavy bodied. Sticky, sort of a syrup feel
It accompanied BBQ baby back ribs and baked potato so I though it was the perfect combo.
Over all this is a huge beer that must be respected. Great for special occasions. Would definitely purchase again. Needless to say I had one and ONLY one. The 10% ABV could prove to be dangerous.

Mar 12, 2018
4.41 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Feb 02, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by brewtaltap from Oregon

Just like the mythical creature, this this will put up a fight! At first you taste it and wonder if you can conquer it before it defeats you...next thing you know, you’re three down, laughing on the floor and screaming out, “I slayed the sea dragon!”
This beer will take you to the edge, in a good way. Forget myths, grab one of these in reality.

Nov 09, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Kevin2Smith from District of Columbia

Sweeter than most IPAs I have had. Great smooth finish

Oct 05, 2017
3.94 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Oct 01, 2017
4 by ajdemma from New York on Aug 22, 2017
3.62 by BAsbill from California on Aug 11, 2017
4.06 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts on Aug 10, 2017
3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Aug 01, 2017
4.31 by Rfahey from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2017
4.46 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on May 12, 2017
3.71 by IBUBrew from Vermont on May 07, 2017
3.77 by DDrugg from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2017
4.58 by Jm_cook_52 from Mississippi on Apr 18, 2017
3.75 by MTKATL from Georgia on Apr 11, 2017
3.53 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Apr 02, 2017
3.75 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Mar 29, 2017
4.13 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2017
3.96 by thoglund from New York on Mar 10, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & a little pineapple

T: Cakeyness a little pineapple & booze up front, along with dryness, along with pears. Cakeyness, pineapple & a little mango as this warms, a little apricot as well along with leafy hops. Finishes cakey with pineapple & leafy hops

MF: Very thick, assertive carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy for the ABV, gets better as it warms

Feb 26, 2017
3.74 by Timtac from New Jersey on Jan 15, 2017
3.23 by ronniebruner from Arizona on Jan 06, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by margnat from Massachusetts

This is one of my perennial favorite Harpoon beers. The flavor is consistently astounding and is undoubtedly assisted by the wonderful aroma. There's much for a hop lover here but it's not at all like the hoppy IPA's you're used to. This is a sipping beer to enjoy while catching up with a special someone.

Jan 06, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

Poured from a bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,soapy,off white head that dissolves fast.Dark gold / light amber in color with medium clarity.No carbonation whatsoever.

On the nose i get mostly piney,and citrusy hop, floral notes,and some spices.Slight hint of sweet malts.

The palate follows the nose,lots of bitter piney hops,well balanced with some sweet malts.

Full bodies with a nice bitter,dry finish.

This is a pretty damn good IPA... Better than I expected.

Dec 27, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear copper burnt orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like toffee, dark caramel, sweet spice, toasted bready malt, orange citrus, grapefruit, melon, papaya, with dank earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Tastes like toffee, dark caramel, sweet spice, toasted malt, orange citrus, grapefruit, melon, papaya, slight bubblegum, with dank earthy herbal grass and bitter floral resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and strong DIPA.

Dec 14, 2016
4 by Phantom2665 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

12 oz bottle as part of the Harpoon 30th Anniversary pack.

Deep amber, great clarity, and a thick, long-lasting white head. Big aroma filled with pine and caramel malt. Harpoon's description says tropical fruit, but I didn't get any of that in the aroma or flavor. This is a sharp, sweet, and spicy Imperial IPA. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Full bodied with a thick, sticky mouthfeel. A big, hop forward beer bursting with pine that has a strong caramel malt base to back it up.

Nov 27, 2016
4.03 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Nov 23, 2016
Leviathan Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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