Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Harpoon Leviathan Series – Imperial Red Ale

Boston, MA - 9.2% abv - Bottled by date 02/12/10

Pours a ruby-hued amber color with a firm rocky beige head, with some patchy lacing.
Smells of pink grapefruit, cut wet hay, lemon zest and white rum vie for attention. The aroma fades rather fast and blends into a malt-based mealy smell with traces of rum lingering.
Bold tastes of grapefruit bang the palette from the start. Sweet lemons with a slight metallic tang follow. Malty caramel and doughy bread flavors gain some ground, as does the warming alcohol fuminess. A pleasant taste of orange Lifesavers comes to mind.
The mouthfeel is well-rounded and slightly slick. The flavors are all large with very few subtleties to consider.

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