Leviathan Imperial IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Leviathan Imperial IPALeviathan 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
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#2,842
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
1,765
pDev:
11.08%
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Ratings: 1,765 |  Reviews: 724
Photo of Timtac
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ronniebruner
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of margnat
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Phantom2665
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobier10
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Happyyb
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
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.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of diemilio
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotoriousBAC
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jae61
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rcaisse
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flek
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leviathan Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,765 ratings