Leviathan Imperial IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan Imperial IPA
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Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan Imperial IPA

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

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

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Ratings: 1,767 |  Reviews: 724
Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml., just enough for a person. Big hop IPA, really nice, and the booze, like a hop whiskey. Cloudy golden colour with noticeable whit head, and som lace. Very smooth drinking, a remarkable mouthfeel for a DIPA with such booze and hops. Why? I get the hops first and foremost. What a delivery. Must try.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice golden color with a strong white head on top. The smell of citrusy hops, some tropical fruits and a little pine on the nose. The taste of the beer follows along the same lines as the nose. The mouthfeel has a good tingle to it and yet it remains smooth feeling. Overall the beer is a very good and probably one of my favorites from Harpoon.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like a pretty rare beer on here, I'm glad my local beer store had it in stock last week for me to try it. This is one of the best smelling beers I've layed my nose on... ever. It's simply a hop explosion of smell which is awesome. Taste wise its of course loaded with hops and bitter, maybe a little too overkill taste wise, I can't see having more than one or two at a time. But those one or two are delicious, well balanced, and really warm you up. This double IPA is much smoother than others I've tried.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has some notes of pine resin along with hints of caramel from the underlying malts. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at my local beer store earlier, the checker-outer complimented me on the purchase of this beer and continued to 'splain to me that it was as good as Hopslam. I was keenly smiling in amusement as I left the store. Now that I have this beer in front of me, I should wipe that smirk off of my face because this is one really good beer.

The pour brings a deeply golden color with light copper highlights. Elegant carbonation slowly pushes the 1/2" head that fuels a lot of retention and lacing. No haze at all as this beer is surely filtered.

At first the aromas of piney, grassy hops were evident, but the beer warms quickly and unleashes a plethera of pineapple and perfume notes that dominate the glass. Hints of citrus and fruity sweetness make the beer extremely appealing. Malts give a subtle sweetness to amplify the fruitiness in a very intriguing way.

Flavors of pineapple and other fruity and citrusy notes prevail up front. Malts give a light barley taste with some caramels but light on sweetness. The flavor is bursting with hops of obvious American influence. Not an overly complex flavor; just a hoppy beer that has a unique identity with a supporting cast of well attenuated malt flavor and yeasty fruitiness.

The body is also amazing. For such fruitiness and malty caramel taste, the sweetness of the beer doesn't leave any resisual sugars on the palate at all. Fully attenuated for a crisp, clean malt body. Hops help to dry the beer while giving up the savory pineapple taste. Dry and with a long citrus linger in the aftertaste.

This beer is certainly more than I expect from Harpoon. The play of caramelized malts, perfume and pineapples is increadible. A lot of fruitiness makes me think English in the yeast, but the crisp, clean, and full attenuation is classically American. If there is a complaint, the mid-palate of the beer seems to empty a bit and this allows a metalic bite to interfere with the finish.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with a rocky, two-finger head of tan foam. It left behind sticky rings of intricate lace.

S - It smelled very strongly of grapefruit with milder notes of citrus and caramel.

T - It hits with bitter hops at first sip and brings some alcohol heat. Good burnt toast maltiness with grapefruit and touches of orange peel.

M - This is a very crisp and dry finishing brew. A full-bodied ale with a very warm alcohol presence.

D - Great brew from Harpoon. My first from the Leviathan series and I am very impressed.

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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, grass, caramel, honey, and some spicy alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, mango, pine, orange, biscuit, caramel, honey, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, honey, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Good malt flavor and bitterness balance. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Quite smooth to drink but is definitely a sipper. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice imperial IPA. Nice and balanced hop flavors; and quite smooth to sip on.

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2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Piney and boozy, with a very resinous character

Taste: Sweet malt, up front, with a growing piney and boozy bitterness that develops through mid-palate; strong juniper berry aspect, as well; after the swallow, the resinous character lingers long into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation; very sticky, with plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Way too boozy and sticky for me; with the juniper berry element, it almost tastes like a "beer-tini"

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottled into snifter

A: Big frothy head with clear pale golden color and slight orange hue

N: Can smell from 10 feet away, lots of piney citrus American hops and touch of sweet malty caramel

T: Taste starts with more strong piney hops and touch of sweet cirtus and caramel malt, I get a touch of biscuit, the center is very juicy like ripe fruit that makes my mouth water, theres a slight toasted malt character as well in the background

M: Juicy and slightly thick with pretty good carbonation

F: More piney American hops bear down on the tongue, its pretty dry as well as the hops build up, a slight piney and juicy citrus slowly fade for 20-30 seconds and the mouth waters for more

Final thoughts: A great IPA that I think can stand up to most West Boast hop bombs. The malt gives it a good base but is overshadowed by the huge hop. You can barely detect that its 9.3% alc. This is one of those beers that I get when I have a craving for an awesome juicy IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - best by 7/2011 dated - served in a pint glass

A - pours a clear orange/amber color with a small amount of creamy off-white head that mostly fades rather quickly. No sediment in bottle.

Strong aroma dominated by malt, hops and esters. Rather piney with a bit of fruitiness.

T - bold and rich but well balanced, with exceptionally strong malt and piney hop components. The hop component dominates in the finish and aftertaste. High ABV apparent; high bitterness (IBU = 120!) not apparent.

M - High ABV provides a bite on the tongue followed by a warm in the finish. It is a fairly full bodied beer with adequate but light carbonation.

High ABV sipper; one and done but happy to repeat on another day.

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