Leviathan Imperial IPA
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan Imperial IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,095
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,790
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Reviews:
725
Ratings:
1,770
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.
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Reviews by portia99:
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4/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Slightly hazy, dark gold body. Medium white head fades quickly leaves heavy lacing.
S - Powerful hops, pine, medicinal concentrated citrus. Dank.
T - The nose definitely influences the flavor, while breathing in such a powerful aroma it is difficult to pin point all the hop profiles. It all works well together but it is very complex, pine, medicinal, spiciness, citrus, more pine. Long lingering bitterness that warms at the end and sweetens. Reminds you this is 10%.
M - Thick, chewey, coats the palate, but it is not cloying. The bitterness also helps the finish dry out.
O - An excellent imperial IPA. Certainly not something you could have everyday, but this one is up there with other imperials. I dragged my feet on trying this one out, I'm sorry that I did. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark copper color with vibrant carbonation and ultra thin lacing around the top. For an Imperial IPA, there's alot of carbonation...very nice.

S - Biscuity malt, resinous pine, and grapefruit. The malt lends a sweet note to the overall aroma and there's some booziness hitting the nose. I've had bolder aromas from this beer in the past, for some reason, this particular bottle, though fresh, is weaker than the other ones I've had.

T - Everything blends incredibly well from start to finish and balances all the way through. Sweet malt hits the front of the tongue followed by resiny pine hopping and grapefruit bitterness comes crashing in over the top and carries the hop flavoring to the end. There's a mild touch of floral character to the bitterness as well, not much, just a little. The alcohol is not hidden in this big IPA with some slight warming on the way down. The mouth is left with a hefty coating of pine bitterness and alcohol effervescence.

M - Mild pricklies on the tongue, heavy medium body, thick, it's just right.

D - Very, very good.

The high ABV makes it a butt kicker but of the brews coming out of Harpoon, I think this one is by far the finest they've ever done. I was ultra stoked when they decided to keep this one as a regular in their rotation unlike the other Leviathans which are seasonal. Awesome brew, Harpoon.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, deep copper color. The head is creamy and thick, and retains fairly well, leaving thin lacing on the glass. There is a small amount of visible carbonation in the glass.

S - The aroma is a bit disconcerting to me. It is quite overt, but syrupy and heavy smelling. Mostly sweet malts. I don't detect any hop character at all.

T - I see other reviews highlighting hop character, but to me, this is a complete malt bomb. It comes equipped with some hop bitterness, but basically all I get out of this one is a syrupy sweetness. Also quite a bit of booziness to this one, which I do not like. I find this to be quite like Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale.

M - Nice full-bodied feel. Causes me to wish that I liked the flavor a bit more.

O - Glad I only bought a single, because this one is not for me. I drank this bottle well within the enjoy-by date, but really only tasted the malts. If you're into Undercover Shutdown than by all means give this a try. I recognize that many people like that combination.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hoppy trip to Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem led me to this offering. I'd heard some impressive things about the Leviathan IPA and was excited to try.

A: Hazed golden amber body with a tall offwhite head that left lots and lots of sticky lace.

S: Big aroma, large amounts of citrus (orange, grapefruit, mango), floral hops and caramel lead the way.

T: Opens with citrus boasting orange and mango, grapefruit. Thick caramel provides a nice undertone and excellent pine and floral hop bitterness add complexity and depth. Very nice balance and just an incredible flavor!

M: Between medium and full body with creamy carbonation that helps disguise the alcohol content.

D: Wow, did this ever live up to expectations, a fantastic brew. I've never been a huge Harpoon fan, thought they served their niche in the craft world as "large scale/ everyday craft", but this beer proves they can compete with anyone. This brew was a tour de force that provided robust flavors and great balance. An easy drinker for a DIPA, almost went down as easy as an IPA. A must try brew for all fans, give Harpoon their props!

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

Very good strong IPA.

appearance: nice red amberish color

smell: loaded hop aroma

taste: loaded IPA, semi-balanced but still considered more of a hop bomb to me. nice citrus and not as sweet as most dipas

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the better DIPAS on the market

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Photo of berpwillie
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a extremely cloudy almost opaque copper color. good off white fluffy head and good lacing. soft to flat carbonation. sweet malty caramel smell, same in the taste. perfume piney hops, with some fruity hints. medium bodied. sticky texture that's slightly creamy. light bitter finish and long flavor duration. seems to be a lot more malty than hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. goes down very smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Shellynix
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good tasting harpoon. Heavy but an even feel.

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Photo of JasonA
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper, barely dark twinge. Solid 2 fingers of considerably thick head considering body color. Ample lacing.

Citrus, pine, grapefruit, light malt. Almost smell some yeast in there, not in a bad way. Floral, some bitter/grass.

Yummy malt, bittering hops, alcohol. Lots of different hops. My amateur guess would be ample cascade, liberty, and saaz. Boy do those hops sit on the back of your throat.

Nice finish, bitter and malty on the tongue. Great body. Alcohol present in a good way. 10% tasting, but great for a DIPA.

Love it. 10% isnt for everyone, but this is a great option. For perfection, maybe a little more body and malt.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served chilled in a pint glass, golden amber appearance with great clarity.
Orange citrus hops dominate the aroma to let you know this one means buisness!
Strong hop character but not overwelming on the palid. Followed by citrus tang and a slight boozieness. 10% ABV is hard to cover up.
Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of a medium bodied beer.
Can't see this being a stand alone beverage after one or two. Better as a pairing with a meal.

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Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Mike_Swearengen
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Best by 10/15/09.

Appearance: Big creamy off-white head. Clear amber body. Great head retention.

Smell: Big maltiness, tropical fruit from the hops. This is what I like from a DIPA.

Taste: The taste fails to cash the check that the aroma wrote. It just doesn't have the big hoppiness and bitterness that one would expect.

Mouthfeel: A little too watery. Maybe some stronger carbonation would have helped.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with enjoy by date of 11/15/10

Pours a perfectly clear dark copper with a slow rising head that laces well.

Smells like Harpoons regular IPA on steroids. Strong pine essence with some grapefruit and citrus aspects. Malts are also present.

Taste is strong of pine and citrus hops and bubblegum malts. Harpoons yeast is maybe what gives it its bubblegumesk taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with enough carbonation. Strong hop bitterness in the finish.

10% abv and over 100 IBUs this beer is a beer mans beer. I love Harpoon, for a company who could make enough cash with a few beers, they decide to make a lot more just in the name of good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leviathan Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1770 ratings