Friday, May 6, 2011

Harpoon Brewery - Harpoon Leviathan - Imperial IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

Harpoon's Imperial IPA, from the brewery's Leviathan series, pours a light golden amber with a honey glow. The large frothy head is facilitated by the tulip glass. The foam retention is excellent and the beer's sticky lacing clings to the glass. The pungent piney hops provide a sharp edge above a syrupy malt sweetness.

The hops are piercing and biting with a tight citrus component and heaps of pine needles. The ample bittering backs the sweet malts. While the malts are present, they're crushed by the hop character. There's a feint heat, but not much alcoholic bite, which is a plus. The balance isn't perfectly struck here, the hops seem a bit heavy handed, but overall a highly enjoyable Imperial IPA.

Final Verdict: B+

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