Harpoon Leviathan IPANovember 22, 2014
Harpoon Leviathan IPA
This imperial IPA is brewed with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1098
AVAILABLE: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV
As pretty as a penny, and the same color; the nose is delightfully aromatic—a bouquet in a bottle. Any way you pour it, this is a powerful beer with intense hoppy bitterness that at first shocks the palate, but balanced with plenty of malty backbone. Accompanied with flavorful foods like Indonesian nasi goreng, Sichuan Hot Pot, or Hatch chili rellenos, it’s an elixir, better than any wine with these and other spicy dishes.
- Charles Finkel
Huge English-style fruity aroma blasts out before you even note clarity and suds. A hint of banana defines part of the fruity spectrum. Full-bodied with a rich unexpected assertive hop bitterness. Ballsy malt character underpins the flavor. Leviathan implies big and huge. It takes a sip, but then there’s no doubt about its character. An enjoyable sipping (what I would call) supercharged English-style IPA. Ride the hops. Face the monster.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.