Leviathan - Red Squared | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is not your traditional red ale. Leviathan Red Squared is aggressively hopped with Galaxy and Citra over a California ale yeast. The end result is an intense hop experience, with ?oral and citric notes, paired with a mellow malt bill. Some would call it imperial.
We prefer Red, Squared.

75 IBU

Added by Arithmeticus on 07-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this bottle.

A - dark amber with a big, off white, frothy head that has great retention

S - citrus, caramel, a bit toasty, piny; this is a very hoppy aroma

T - citrusy, piny hops up front followed by some caramel and bread malty notes

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a very, very nice amber ale. There's no debating that this is an "aggressively hopped" ale. Everything about this beer for me is delicious. I'm impressed. Definitely worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Harpoon's been doing great things in the Leviathan series, and hoppy reds are one of my favourites, so I've got high hopes for this one. The pour is beautiful, it pours out a vibrant orange-red with a persistent head. The aroma is a juicy assortment of hops. Tons of citrus. The taste is a rush of citrus and floral hops, backed up by a solid, yet clean malt base. Lots of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and slick, and the drinkability is very good. This is easily the best beer I've had from Harpoon, and holds up very well against favorites like Lagunitas Imperial Red and CCB Tocobaga Red. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(4.5) A: Beautiful mahogany red/burnt brown with a tall creamy tan coloured head. Very good retention and outstanding lacing.

(4.5) S: Fresh grapefruit, ripe plum, caramel, toffee, and faint darker fruits. Very appealing damp/earthy/woody aroma emitted. Alcohol very well hidden. Everything is very well balanced providing a bold and full aroma that is simply fantastic.

(4.5) T: Subdued caramel, tangy citrus, floral qualities, honey, and toffee. A general earthiness surrounds the taste. Alcohol is noticeable but hidden behind the sugars well. Leaves your mouth wanting more, and more, and more. Very good.

(4.5) M: Full bodied with a lower carbonation. Rich and creamy. Velvety texture on the tongue but yet resin-like with a certain chewy quality thereafter. This mouthfeel is one of the best I’ve experienced.

(4.5) D: Very impressed with this offering and my favourite of the Leviathan series so far. Well-hopped with a mellow malt backbone that is executed superbly.

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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Two fingers of rocky head that retains well & laces sticky lacing over transparent, deep copper body with some light gold highlights.

Smells of deeply, bitterly citric hops, mostly orange & grapefruit, a slightly woody character, & some nicely toasty, caramel malt in the supporting role. Hops are forward but nicely rounded by the malt.

Taste follows with the smell, with a citrus character at the forefront, soon followed by a lightly bready, pie crust flavor that goes really nicely with the bright, hoppy bitterness. There's even a pithy kind of bite in the middle that wrestles pleasantly with the fruity & baked sweetness. A little alcoholic dryness emerges, warming & bearing up the flavors, giving some depth. Really well done.

Medium-full-bodied, hits bitter, then sweet, then dry, then a little warm bordering on hot. The combination of resin & sugar leaves a pleasant stickiness in the aftertaste.

Maybe this is just a case of "right-place-right-time", but this hit just the right spot: hoppy & bright, but really anchored by an assertive malt profile. Gotta give more time to some reds & ambers, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle from a 4-pack purchased at Julio's. Aroma a bit weak but seemed to be primarily citrus and hops. Very attractive mahogany pour - looks like what I'd expect from a red ale. Long lasting white head. Hops dominate the taste with caramel in the background - more hoppy than expected but all to the good. The relatively high ABV was almost unnoticeable in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a very enjoyable product that i hope will be more than a one-time product. I'm glad to have 3 more to enjoy from this purchase.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12-oz room temp bottle in stages in 4-oz glass

A: slightly orange brown (dark); not much head, not much carb; clear
S: caramel malty; boozy; some hops come through
T: very dense, flavorful; bitter, not sweet; aggressive hop profile; comes very close to a scotch ale in its intensity

Great part of the Leviathan series

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a frothy head and very sticky lacing.

Aroma is really interesting with a dank, spicy passionate fruit, and slightly grassy and earthy citrus mixing with a toasted malt. Interesting aroma for an Imperial Red Ale (in a good way), possibly because of the Galaxy hop and malt combo?

The toasted caramel malt struggles to surface but continually gets buried by citrus, light orange, passionate fruit, spice, earthy, and a bitter citrus finish with some floral character.

Heavy medium body and a little oily.

This is one of the more interesting reds I've had so far, the most addicting part of this beer is the unique spicy pungent aroma. This is not your typical red ale and if you're a hop fan I would say this is worth seeking out because it defies red/imperial red ale preconceptions.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark amber color. The aroma is great. It smells like a pale ale with a hint of hops. I agree with the other reviewer that it has some caramel smell to it as well.

The taste is on point. It is a slightly hoppy but not over powering.
I like that is it is not fruity or sweet.

It is light feeling (not like a summer beer though)
i would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a medium body, amber beer with just a lil bite to it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Took a late afternoon hike in the snow, and wanted something with a warming bite to it upon my return. This offering from Harpoon, which I pulled out of my beer cellar, fit the bill nicely. With it's 9% abv it has a kick, and it also has a nice balance between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the galaxy and citra hops. Absolutely Deeelicious on a snowy day!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose pint.

Appearance- Typical looking red. Cloudy/murky brownish/copper color with very thin white head. Decent lacing.

Smell- Tart cherry, caramel malts, piney hops, floral notes. Hop-forward red ale.

Taste- Malty first, then piney hops, then fruity (apple/pear?) hop flavors, goes out malty, then finishes with bitter hops. No booze.

Mouthfeel- Pretty carbonated. Smooth on the way down. No heat from the 9.20% though.

Overall- Imperial reds are more often then not, booze bombs. This is a nice refreshing hoppy red in the same vein as Hop Head Red from Green Flash.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed once and I guess I am one of the few to try it.

A - As expected for an Imperial red it's a very dark shade of red/brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Sticky lacing is decent.

S - Well I didn't pick up anything more than a predominant caramel and biscuit malt and also a sharp level of Citrus hops. Then again I didn't expect any more.

T - I am really impressed with this like other "imperial" beverages it just seems they add more hops and you get a dominant level of citrus like bitterness. In this beverage the caramel and biscuit malts seem to clash perfectly with this making it a complex blend of the two. Simply it was good.

M - Light to medium for me it in no way showed any harsh alcohol tones or traces of the high ABV.

Overall I would love to have this again but can't for two reasons one being it's brewed only once and the second it packed a steep 4 dollar single price tag. Still a great beer though.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours from a 12 oz bottle a brilliant, clear, amber color with a one finger, light tan head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass on this beer.
S: Rich caramel, and roasted crystal malt aromas with a toffee sweetness. Hops are fresh pine and peppercorn and tobacco.
T: Pine and zest of orange with a peppery spice hit first then a smooth caramel and toffee sweetness. The balance is good with malt richness and hop intensity.
M: Medium body with bubbly carbonation and some alcohol warmth.
O: Very good balance for a hoppy amber ale and very fresh tasting hops make this one impressive and very drinkable. A two thumbs up for this Harpoon ale! Hope they release this again.

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Leviathan - Red Squared from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 57 ratings