Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,757 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPAHarpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by DrDogbeer on 09-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,757
Reviews:
721
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
295
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,757 |  Reviews: 721
Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of Parker_SC
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of jbertsch
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

Photo of TX-Badger
1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

Photo of clsmarathon06
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of tfsimpkins
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of rogueleonardi
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of dirtysanchez843
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of andy1701
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of Raime
2.3/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

A - Pours dark gold with a two finher white head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Some pineapple, however it is dominated completely by malt.

T - Yep, this is a malt bomb through and through. Extremely bitter as well.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, it reminded me of a Hop Rocket, which sucked badly.

 330 characters

Photo of GHeinze89
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Tilley4
2.51/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I'm in the minority on this one big time it seems...

Pours out terrific with a big fluffy head... Looking very good with a nice golden amber.. Cloudy with hops...

Decent aroma of earthy hops and sweet malts... Where are the hops here? I get some but nothing like what I should for an Imperial...disappointing...

Well, I'm really disappointed now... The hops are present but they are muted big time... This is malt heavy and while the hops arwe there, they fall way short of balancing this out...

I really had high hopes for this brew...this might be past its prime or something

 582 characters

Photo of WCBCFrank
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Harpoon Leviathan pours copper amber in a pint glass. There is a nice off-whtie head and the aroma of hops smacks your nose like a uppercut.... Copious amounts of sweet pine and grapefruit; very dry and good amount of carbonation. A massive amount of alcohol, but you knew that when you bought it.

For the novice: If you drink this too fast to impress your friends, you are going to get piss drunk.

Personally: Well made, but too much of a hop slam for my palate.

 465 characters

Photo of kbouch16
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a small pilsener glass.

A: A clear golden amber more indicative of a BMC offering than what I think of when I think of a DIPA. There is certainly no characteristic head, disappointingly only offering a small thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Overall, very disappointing.

S: Thick wet sticky hops fill the nose and then hit you in the chest. Somewhat sour with citrus notes...mainly lemon.

T: Spicey taste of pepper. Funky hops. Lemony sour malts. This borders on difficult to enjoy.

M/D: Tingly and sour, thicker than it looks. This beer is slightly tough to get down. Way too sour and funky for a DIPA...this is a deviation from the style that just doesn't jive well with my tastebuds.

 719 characters

Photo of RMoeNay
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of cosmonick
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of NateMac13
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Ned57
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,757 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.