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Harpoon Leviathan - Red Squared | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
57
pDev:
14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
2
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2.84/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pronounced hops dominating malts. Beer is 2012 vintage, and likely some flavors have diminished.. Can't really say that I enjoyed it, but I finished it. I don't drink enough American Ambers/Red Ales to judge it per the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/21/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of caramel and citrus that is quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are definitely a lot hoppy red ales out there that are better.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. "2012" vintage (over 1 year old)

Pours out a deep dark orange bronze color, pretty good clarity, big dense off white colored head with very good retention and thick lacing covering most of the exposed glass.

Big malty aroma, slightly oxidized which is to be expected with age. Burnt, charred caramel malts, faded woody hops, and a bit of pine.

More malty than hoppy in the taste, but not by much, a decent balance. Lots of caramel malts, slightly burnt, a bit of a rye malt spice, woody, piney, resinous hops with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Carbonation is a bit on the lighter side. Medium to slightly heavy in body. Slightly sticky feel.

This was better than expected, I imagined the age of this beer would've have been its downfall. That being said I'm sure this was something pretty special when it was fresh.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany cherry stain color. Fluffy orange/tan head that retains for a bit, and then leaves a ton of sticky, chewy lacing as it fades away. Very nice clarity.

S- Grapefruit, orange pith, subtle touches of caramel and honey, freshly dropped pine needles, pineapple and mango. Not as strong as I was hoping for. The nose is a little bit subdued, but what is there... is really nicely balanced.

T- Bitter citrus peel and pith, pine sap, pineapple juice, orange blossom honey. Really bitter right off the bat, but it sweetens up a bit after the swallow.

M- Not tongue strippingly bitter, but it's a bit like eating orange peel. Nice citrus/pine/sweet balance.

O- Nicely done if you're in the mood for a super citrus/bitter brew. Not as much depth as I was hoping for. No real sence of the alcohol. I found myself wishing it had a little more caramel and honey sweetness than piney citrus. Either way, I'll probably grab this again while it's around.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces a healthy, high head, almost tan, that recedes slowly with light but definite lacing. The beer is a transparent, rich mahogany brown with ruby notes.

The aroma is a slightly challenging, but not at all off-putting, combination of wood and leather, with hints of high-quality shoe polish without the aromatics. It's a manly smell. You know it's the hops, but there's something about the presentation--even the bottle's label--that conveys a seriousness of purpose beyond mere compositional straightforwardness.

The taste is that of a hoppy ale that's satisfyingly complex, but completely without sweetness, or, in my estimation, even discernable citrus characteristics (though others differ).

A fine beer. Exceptionally drinkable and enjoyable at an elemental level, especially if the 9.0 ABV is accurate.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a. 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark amber with a 1 finger beige head. Leopard spotting and trails of lacing.

Caramel, candi sugar, citrus, rye, pine

Caramel, toasted malts, citrus, candy apple, spice from rye, pine bitterness

Good imperial red. Drinkable not overly dry or bitter.

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