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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Harpoon - Leviathan Imperial IPA

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Leviathan Imperial IPA
Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA USA
Est. 1986
Brain Damage Quotient = 10.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Deep clear orange color. 
Mostly malt grain and trace floral hop aromas.
Off-white and yellow, one finger head. Head does not last long, but lacing goes on and on.
Sitcky hops taste with a balance of malt on the finish. Some alcohol also sneaks through.
Moderate amount of carbonation.
Medium to full bodied. Heat from alcohol and 120 IBU's of hops. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Leviathan Imperial IPA is a very nicely balanced Imperial that won't be a home wrecker for your mouth. The 120 IBU's of hops are lively, warming, sticky and even juicy. The 10% ABV comes along and turns the heat up just a bit more. Whoa, muaahaahahahaaaa! I like it! But do not fear. The folks at Harpoon saw fit to add a nice rescue of sweet malt in the backbone, acting as first aid for your indulgence. Hops and malts are balanced very nicely. Finishes strong, but clean.

Do you think you're up to it? This is not a beer for the timid or uninitiated. However, if you are used to life on the hoppy side, this one will not disappoint. It's a powerhouse of an Imperial IPA that lives up to the style.

Try some if you dare.

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