Appearance: Clear, yellow/orangey in color
Aroma: Tropical fruit hop
Mouth feel: Full-bodied
Taste: Tropical fruit hop
Finish: Dry, bitter finish
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - There’s a serious hop character to this DIPA, but at 90 IBUs, it’s not a complete palate wrecker. It’s full, intense and heady, with a solid core of sweet caramel malt to balance out the intense, sticky-hop profile. Notes of grapefruit oil, pine and resin abound, with accents of ripe tangerine and stone fruit adding depth to the bouquet and palate. It’s viscous and mouthfilling, but extremely well balanced. (Dec 2013)
This Imperial IPA is brewed with loads of pale malt and just enough caramel malt to provide a sweet malt backbone to balance the hop intensity. We used a mix of our favorite American hops including Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo to create a complex hop flavor and lingering bitterness. Harpoon’s proprietary yeast lends fruity esters, while dry-hopping at the rate of over one pound per barrel produces this beer’s massive aroma.
RECOMMENDED SERVING TEMP46-50 °
|We welcomed the challenge of brewing a 90 IBU Imperial IPA that would showcase glorious American hops while maintaining a multi-dimensional character. Bring on the hops!
|We started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more quality choices.
There was only one problem: we were beer lovers, not brewers. We knew what we wanted to drink, but we needed some help actually brewing it. So we enlisted our first brewer, took over some warehouse space on the Boston waterfront, and began introducing fresh, local craft beer to Boston drinkers. We tried to do it in a way that captured the spirit of fun that had brought us to beer in the first place. From that warehouse, surrounded by fish companies on the docks of South Boston (neighboring what is now the Seaport District), we couldn’t imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today.
We still remember our days on the other side of the bar, and have spent as much time spreading the joy of beer drinking as we have focusing on recipes, ingredients, and brewing equipment. Hopefully our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.