Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial Rye | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial RyeHarpoon Leviathan - Imperial Rye

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Brad007 on 07-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 41
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thnaks to CTSparky for bringing this one.

A - Brownish color with red hue. Tan foam circles the glass. Visible carbonation and slight lacing.

S - Smells of earthy spices and peppry rye. Really storng smell that almost could be considered pungent. Smell of caramel malt is present.

T - Flavor is true to the scent; spicy rye taste that has a mild sweetness. Sweet finish of caramel tempers the bite of rye grain. Really yummy for rye beer lovers, which I lately seem to be.

M - Depasite the awesomeness of the flavors I found it a bit heavy-handed and not easily able to have more than one glass. The robustness made this a tough beer to balance. Harpoon kept it in a tolerable range. Rich rye beer she is!

O - A must have for rye lovers. Went great with italian food. A good beer to pair with pizza or pasta.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mnbearsfan for shoving this into my hands while standing in line at a recent release & muttering "I know you like rye...". Beer people is good people. 12 oz. bottle with no evident dating.

Pour is old-car rust with a healthy dose of carbonation. Nose is tame, with slights of rye, earth, sweets.

Leviathan Imperial Rye speaks quietly & carries a big rye. Spicy rye flays the palate, backed up by a gut-punch of bitter hops - the one-two is just beautiful. Gentle floral taste wafts through the mouth after it's been pleasantly brutalized, along with a spoonful of caramel, sweetness. Great body on this one, I'm slugging it like I'm in a Mountain Dew commercial.

Have to admit I haven't been much of a Harpoon fan, but between this & Rich & Dan's Rye IPA, well, they know how to make a fine rye beer. This is absolutely, whump-me-in-the-ass excellent. I'll take one of these any time.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle served at about recommended temperature (40F) in a Unibroue snifter. Some sediment at bottom of bottle added mid-taste.

Appearance: Copper-amber color with a light haze; Nice looking light brown head is rather short-lived but leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Rye and other malts with a good bit of aroma like that of red wine? (better than this may sound). A bit of yeasty/bread aroma. Hint of high ABV (becomes more obvious with warming) and earthy hops.

Taste: Spicy; with good balance of sweet and bitter, and a little tartness. Has a fruity, fermented grape trait. Some grapefruit bitter in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Near medium body seems a tad watery; medium-light carbonation; Some alcohol warming and tongue bite. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Complex and interesting, if not terribly appealing. An unusual rye, for sure. Worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly this was aged in Cabernet barrels? Had at the Harpoon event at Graces for PBW.

A - A dark, turbid maroon colored brew. A bit of lace left in the glass but not much.

S - A bit of Cabernet aroma, a good bit of rye and sticky caramel
Malt blend into this beast. The hops are there but subdued by the time in the barrel.

T - Heavy on the rye. The brew then rolls into a definite Cabernet flavor. There is caramel sweetness, and a bitterness rounds out the flavor. The booze is detectable on the backend. Aftertaste is very oaky.

M - This is a full bodied, medium carbonated brew. There's a sap like stickiness in the mouthfeel that leaves me smacking a lot.

O - I enjoyed this. The Cabernet added a nice touch, and mixed with the rye fairly well. The hops take a backseat at this point due to aging. Would definitely have again.

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