Leviathan Imperial IPA
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan Imperial IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,265
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,977
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Reviews:
725
Ratings:
1,771
From:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
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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.
Reviews: 725 | Ratings: 1,771 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ccrespoPR from Puerto Rico

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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brewtaltap from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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margnat from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good DIPA. Pours the color of a penny, small white head, no lacing. Aroma is malty, alcoholic and candied fruits. Taste is of tropical hops and crystal malts. Feel is almost perfect. Overall, besides the aroma, an above average DIPA.

Nov 04, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small snifter.
A - Surprising clarity, gentle carbonation feeds lazily a thin cap. The copper colored body is delightful.
S - Dried tropical fruits, a fusel alcohol snap in the nose.
T - Just of the nose, warm alcohol, very nice fruit notes, apricot, dried lemon, sweet malts support it all.
M - Viscous, a big body with full palate coating, the carbonation has no chance to clean up.
O - A bold offering, with hops galore. The pine notes meld with tropics, A very nice IIPA.

Jul 23, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of hops and pine. The taste is a close match to the aroma. A really good IPA.

Jul 11, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear slightly coppery amber with a small head, quickly fading to a ring. The nose detects malt and hops. The mouth is assaulted by the hops, followed by the malt and the alcohol. Dangerously easy to drink.

Jun 22, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 05/15/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden orange in color. Finger width, off-white had that holds retention fairly, then dies down to a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Equally sweet and hoppy. Floral notes, citrus and touch of spice met by a formidable sweet bready aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral hops and candied citrus with a touch of pine and spice. Bread with lesser caramel malt backbone. Finishes with pith bitterness and a bit of astringency from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture quickly turns dry and slightly abrasive in the finish.

Overall - Decent Impy IPA, but falls well short of the better ones on the market, mostly due to the bit of harshness exhibited.

Apr 17, 2016
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Burnthedevice from Maine

3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice light copper color. Minimal head, even after a fairly aggressive pour. Big, robust tropical aroma: my favorite part of this beer. Tastewise, this is one dimensional to me, even though it was balanced well by the sweeter malts. There is some grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit flavors, but its hard for them to shine through all the hoppiness. You can taste the booze (which at 10% abv is not surprising), but I am not a fan of that in my beers. Nice, creamy mouthfeel with ideal carbonation. Personally, would take Harpoon's standard issue IPA over this any day. Not bad, just not my thing.

Feb 24, 2016
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Jaygrant1387 from South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not for me... Looks and smells like an IPA. The hop smash you get up front is too much. Malty finish is there but hard to get from all the bitterness. very high alcohol and a beer you have to sip slowly.

Feb 20, 2016
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Dayeric94 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much to think when first sipped but hold in your mouth for a little and you really start to pull out the flavor. Distinct after taste and one of the heavier beers. Great balance considering the alcohol content (about 8%).

Feb 19, 2016
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a dark golden pour with a brownish tint. The smell is that of chocolate, hops and barley, with a taste that starts bitter and finishes sweet. This beer drinks very smooth, especially for one with a 10 percent alcohol content. Not incredibly bitter for an imperial IPA, but certainly good.

Feb 17, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, hearty imperial IPA. This coppery, smooth, and hoppy ale is among the best I've had. The bitterness from the hops are balanced by the malt leaving a bittersweet aftertaste.

Feb 01, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that I drank straight from the bottle at a Christmas party, IPA sampler picked up from wholesale club. This was one very impressive Imperial IPA, very hop forward which I love, with citrusy, bitter "dankness". I could drink a lot more of these. Very smooth for the abv as well.

Dec 23, 2015
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codekiln from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look--
Clear, dark, garnet/ruby, large head that dissipates quickly

Smell--
Hoppy, chocolatey, strong malt backbone/undercurrent

Taste--
Bitter with a sweet aftertaste, yeast is faint, full-bodied, strong flavor, almost like molasses

Feel--
Thick, smooth, heavy

Overall--
This brings me back to Harpoon tastings at their Boston brewery!

Sep 10, 2015
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RossiDaMan from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely loved this beer and put it in my top 5. Maybe I was getting burned out from the bitterness of my recent IPA/DIPA run but this one totally and pleasantly surprised me. Sweet and creamy in aroma and taste, the boozy non-bitter close is what sealed the deal for me. Big win!

Aug 29, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my East Coast beer run this summer.
A - Pours a clear dark amber orange , nice head, some thick lacing on the sides. Classic DIPA look.
S - Strong aroma of malt and hop resins. Love it.
T - Resiny, piney, bitter, with citrus hints throughout.
M - Wonderfully sticky. This is what I expect from a DIPA.
O - As you can tell, I really like this beer. This is what I expect from a DIPA. Fantastic.
*This beer reminded me of 3 Floyds Dreadnaught; I just check and I rated them the same.

Aug 29, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a glass. Best before the end of November stamped on the neck, consumed yesterday. Pours amber color, clear, with a fluffy head. Deep rich aroma of malts with some pine hops swirling around. Flavor starts very sweet, then you get the dark fruits and raisin. Back end has the bitterness with the pine and leafy hops and a touch of spice. No alcohol burn but the body is very heavy, a sipping beer. Overall it is a winter DIPA, but simply too heavy with not enough hops. Disappointed on this one.

Aug 23, 2015
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wlester from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious over the top double IPA. Wonderful citrus overtones, super hoppy but not acrid. Feels great in the mouth. Small amount of fine foam that clings to the glass. Beautiful amber color.

Jul 14, 2015
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ElJacobian from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked the smell - malty, resiny and just a hint of tropical fruit. You can smell the alcohol and definitely taste it too, especially on the aftertaste. I liked the subtle caramel flavor. Pretty fresh, well-balanced beer. Just a little boozy to me.

May 17, 2015
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Dykemyster17 from South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Its complex with different flavors that do seem to work together. The amount of malt does take away from it being this crazy hardcore IPA but nevertheless it really is. Do not drink more than (2) at one sitting.

May 15, 2015
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