Harpoon Leviathan – Imperial IPA

On-tap, Taco Mac Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, USA. 16 oz pour.
Solid orange color, tight head with some good retention and lace. Looks as it should.
Big whiff of (what appears at first) to be a “West Coast” style hop profile. This does get toned down a little as the beer warms. This is repeated in the tastes and the beer drinks as though it’s out of California to me. There’s some residual sugary notes too, but to be honest this beer is what it is – a large DIPA with nothing much else going on.
Aftertaste lingers and is lightly metallic. Some great hoppy burps which for me are always a good sign of a solid, American DIPA.
This is a beer that I would need to have a craving for, and that happens infrequently. If you do get “that” DIPA craving then this is going to serve you well.
It’s not “bad” as such, but talk about a YAAAWWWNNN factor – ANOTHER, HUGE ABV, DIPA; why bother? It’s a nice version of the style, but c’mon, enough already.

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06/24/2009
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4
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