Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPAHarpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
4.06/5
1,760 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,559
Reviews:
722
Ratings:
1,760
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
297
Trade:
1
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Photo of Jacobob10
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

Photo of ManUtdSooner
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JLK7299
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 05/15/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden orange in color. Finger width, off-white had that holds retention fairly, then dies down to a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Equally sweet and hoppy. Floral notes, citrus and touch of spice met by a formidable sweet bready aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral hops and candied citrus with a touch of pine and spice. Bread with lesser caramel malt backbone. Finishes with pith bitterness and a bit of astringency from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture quickly turns dry and slightly abrasive in the finish.

Overall - Decent Impy IPA, but falls well short of the better ones on the market, mostly due to the bit of harshness exhibited.

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Photo of bmwiser84
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stanley23
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,760 ratings
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