Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPAHarpoon Leviathan - 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.

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Photo of GFM
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a fairly clear orange amber color. Foamy three fingers of head with resilient blotchy lacing. Very distinct sweet scent. A sense of the high ABV is present in the smell. Very flat and relatively thick feel. The caramel malt is present throughout the taste. Piney hop bitterness at end. I like it but am not as high on it as most appear to be. (8.5)

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Photo of Extol
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is alright. I don't think they did as good a job of hiding the alcohol % like, say, Hopslam. That's a real shame. The flavors are there (pine, citrus, etc) I just wish it was a LITTLE bit more there.

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Photo of car2052
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has the look of a mixed fruit juice. Smells of dark fruit and candy. Taste much like sweet fruit, such as pineapple, peach, apricot, and orange. Sweet and alcoholic. Slight bitterness in the finish. I am not the biggest fan of double ipa's with such a sweet taste, like this and 90 minute. I am much more partial to west coast styles like ruination and rampant.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think age helped. I found this bottle and didn't notice the best by date until I opened, dated 9-23-2012. The hops were subdued and the alcohol mellowed. Tasted fairly smooth, not a lot of nose left but still quite a good head and carbonation.

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Photo of cfhansen
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent brew overall, but nothing incredible.

This beer is very boozy and hoppy. Personally I enjoy both. If you don't, this is not the best choice for you.

Its biggest weakness is that (contrary to the blurb on the label), the hop flavor is very one-dimensional. Quite frankly, you can probably find many beers at your local grocery store which have a more complex taste.

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Photo of Sailscall
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit more hoppy than expected. Nice color and head. I prefer high alcohol beers but need to do a good job hiding it. This beer I can taste the higher percentage. Still enjoying presence of the IPA.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 Beric
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%

Served: 6 September 2014
Serving: On tap at the brew hall, in a sampler

Appearance: Clear orange-yellow with a little bit of a head, which collapses quickly likely due to the size of the sampler glass and the high alcohol content. Looks decent, but not special. 3.75/5

Smell: Grapefruity dankness with a somewhat astringent malt sweetness. 3.75/5

Taste: Dank, musky hops on an astringently sweet malt backbone. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Decent mouthfeel for a DIPA. 3.75/5

Overall: One of Harpoon's weakest options, in an area where, due to current craft demands, they should really shine. The hops have a weird musky character to them which makes the taste subpar compared to most DIPAs. Granted, they say this is an "East Coast" style DIPA, so hops aren't supposed to play as major a role as in their West Coast variants, but they could have made the hops seem a bit cleaner and crisper rather than dank. Disappointed.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Vermont brewery. A caramel brown colour, quite clear with a slight lacing, aroma has caramel malts, grapefruit and pungent fruity citrus. Taste has grapefruit and florals, quite jammy, leading to a more spicy finish. Mouthfeel is full, moderate carbonation, more alcohol on the finish, noticeable quite caramelly. A quite sweet, though flavourful IPA, hoppy oils and a bracing hop bitterness. Decent and quite hoppy and satisfying but not an inspiring DIPA, but one I would have again.

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 8/15/14. Plus "065" suggests it may have been bottled in early March.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Clear amber with a half finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup.

t; Ripe fruit up front quickly followed by an almost cloying hop bite at the sides of the mouth and a sharp alcohol burn in the throat.

m; Full and smooth, some carbonation tingle.

o: A powerful if not particularly tasty IPA. If my decipher of the number 065 is correct, it's over four months old, and that might explain the limited hop flavors. Nonetheless a good drinkably hefty 10% wallop in every sip. If this was packaged as a barleywine I might not question it.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours an absolutely beautiful honey-colored hue. Pretty decent foamy light-tan head that retreats to a slight coating on top. Picking up some hints of citrus but mostly pine, floral hops and some sweetness too mixed in the aromas. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, and the caramel malts help to balance out the bitterness. A touch of peppery-type heat on the finish. There is carbonation, bitterness, and alcohol warming/burn on the palate; though this one goes down very smooth. Overall, the malt sweetness works really well with the hops and I might find this to be one of my favorites; plus, easy to drink and the 10% abv is hidden quite nice. Harpoon has brewed a complex, well balanced, and delicious imperial ipa here; well done!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. Enjoy By 03/15/14 (today is 03/22/14). Bought in Texas, shipped to Washington.

Pours coppery amber, clear, small white head, lots and lots of carbonation. Smell is slight alcohol, mild pine. Some grapefruit rind.

Taste is alcohol tartness, pine bitterness. Some muted sweetness, some grapefruit rind bitterness. Not bad, just a little hot and not terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, slightly slick. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of eldraque39
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Every guest I've served this to has loved it. Whether it's a hot afternoon in the back yard, or a watching a football game in December in front of a fireplace, this is a great beer for social occasions. You don't sip and savor - you get a good mouthful and enjoy. A righteous beer, and I always make sure I have some available.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - copper color with a great lasting slightly tan head that really sticks to the glass
Smell - strong piney boozy smell with some citrus. Smells thick.
Taste - strong boozy pine and very slight citrus and some resin, very similar to the smell.
Feel - creamy thick with lots of bobbles on the tongue that last for while after drinking
Overall - strong beer that's really good if your a fan of boozy piney imperials.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin one-finger white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of sweets malts and floral hops.

T - Sweet with lots of malt present. Good amount of tropical fruit with a nice floral hop presence. Very nice balance.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good DIPA. Nice balance of flavors and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear orange amber with a fingers worth of white head

S-bready malt backbone with grapefruit and piney hops

T-bready pale malt with a bit of caramel sweetness, but the pine and citrus hops are very prominent. Alcohol leaves a bit of heat.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall a very good beer from Harpoon, very enjoyable

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into English Pint Glass

A-Amber golden in color with a frothy white one finger head that dissipates into a ring around the glass.

S- Subtle citrus and piney hops overdone by a big malty/bready sweetness.

T- Great balance between the Citrus and Pine hop bitterness and Malty sweetness. Ends with a nice boozy aftertaste that helps contribute to the malty sweetness.

M- Chewy with a crispness that blends into a nice hop pucker which fades into a nice boozy warming sensation.

O- BALANCED. This IIPA is not a Hop Bomb but an excellently crafted balanced brew. A fantastic blend of both citrus/pine hop bitterness and malty/bready sweetness.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.91/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 4 pack

A: Side poured into a 12 oz taster glass. Initial carbonation blast that quickly settled into a 1/2 inch, slightly off-white head. Color is a slightly reddish golden amber. The beer is just a little hazy. Anticipating something very nice.

S: Initial major hop blast. I am getting hops, citrus, pine. Smells great!

T: Fantastic! Lots of hops up front. Citrus and tropical fruits in the middle. Sweet malt backbone balances it out with a very incredible bitterness on the back end. Extremely well balanced. Barely even a hint of the 10 percent ABV. In my opinion, perfect for this style.

M: Chewy. The hops hit your mouth, loud, crisp and bright. The bitterness makes you pucker for more. Only a slight warmth on the back of the tongue from the alcohol.

O: Excellent. This is one of the few defining beers of this style which I really love. The hidden ABV is incredibly stealthy. Upon letting the beer warm before I finished the bottle all I can say is WOW! I really do not think that this can be improved. Don't change anything! If you are an IPA fan, you must try this beer. But be careful as you won't notice the alcohol until you feel it. Incredible brewing!!!

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Photo of T-34-85
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had in a balloon glass from a bottle.

Pours a nice amber color with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to a rim of lacing about the perimeter of the glass. Good blend of hops in the beer aroma. Can clearly sense the Simcoe hops in the mix. Beer is a little on the malty side, but well paired with fruity and bitter hop flavors present.

Overall: This is a solid double IPA that I would recommend to any hop heads.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: mostly clear golden. Substantial plush off white head.
Smell: mostly citrus hops and a nice sweetish malt backbone. Some floral notes and a hint of grapefruity bitterness. Complex and very good.
Taste: much like the nose, which is to say very very good. Intense hops and an equal balance of malt.
Overall: dis is good stuff. To plagiarize from Sammy, it's like a "hop whiskey". Very nice.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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 brurevu
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: The beer pours a gorgeous orange color with a nice head and loads of hops in the aroma. The first taste gave me a hop attack! There were loads of hops that bombed my palate, in a good way. I was impressed. As it warmed the sweet malt began to come through which gave the Leviathan a nicely balanced profile. This was definitely an Imperial IPA and a great beer from Harpoon.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is of sweet malts and hops with caramel and toffee notes.
Not super carbonated and gets batter as it warms up.
Flavor is very malty and sweet just a little bitter.
I don't pick up much citrus at all but it is piney on the back end.
It's a tad boozy but it is high in abv.
I would drink it again but I'm not into the big malty ipas.

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Photo of enulcwww
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. Poured a darker golden with only a finger of head at the most had decent lacing all the way down. Smelled similar to other ipas with a less hop forward aroma. The booze was very well hidden for the strength and the mouth feel was amazing extremely smooth beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Best By 10/15/13. Sampled on August 5, 2013.

It pours an attractive looking golden amber-copper with agitated carbonation leading up to a long-lasting off-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma is floral and sweet. The sweetness is akin to caramel and toffee and the ops more like a garden party.

The body is full and actually rather creamy.

The taste begins very sweet and almost fruity but it does not take long for the hops to flex their muscles and roar in from the backside ending highly bitter and dry. Alcohol is well-integrated. What I found interesting is that it was much sweeter when I started than when I ended. The hop bitterness seems to evolve with each sip.

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