Jun 23, 2009

Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA

I’ve only had the opportunity to try a couple of Harpoon’s brews (IPA, UFO Hefeweizen and Summer Beer), all of which were quite tasty. When I finally spied one of their Leviathan Series on the shelf the other day all, however, all thoughts of my previous encounters with the company were obliterated. I’ve been on the look out for their Imperial IPA for some time, but haven’t until now been able to find it.

Reading up on the beer, I was pleased to read that Harpoon “…used copious amounts of a variety of hops including Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo at various points during the boil…” and then decided to dry hop at a rate of “… over 1lb…” per barrel. If that’s not mouth watering I don’t know what is.

Beer Label: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA


This Imperial IPA pours a golden amber in color with an inviting, massive white head — it faded very slowly leaving a resilient lacing along the inside of the glass.


Heavenly notes of hops, citrus, grapefruit and pine mix with a peppery spiciness and sweetness. There’s a slight bit of alcohol in the nose.


Wow. At first you’re hit with dominating hop bitterness that fades wonderfully as the sweet malt comes in with the finish. I was expecting much more of a bitter character to the brew, but it’s actually quite well balanced and smooth — very smooth. The higher alcohol (~10% ABV) makes its presence known more as the beer warms in the glass.


I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s hoppy, citrusy, piney and smooth. The beer’s well balanced nature and flavors make for one hell of a drinking experience. I will most certainly be getting more of this, providing I can still find it.

Rating: 4/5

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