Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
2.45/5 rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Appearance: Pours out with a deep red hue, capped by an ivory head with moderate retention, though no lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit amidst a surging scent of hops and alcohol.
Taste: Astringent bitterness (without ever being flavorful) from start to finish, even harshly so, and with little to no malt base to balance it back out. The finish is caustically acidic and develops into a rather stinging aftertaste. I did not detect the "explosion of sweet malts" mentioned on the label. This brew is simply *crawling* with bitterness.
Listen, the denizens of the beer world won't beg for balance, we're above that. But look at what's happening here, folks! I, for one, long for the Salad Days that balanced beers provided.
Hint: this beer is really a Double IPA.
Avery Brewing Co. thought they could pull the wool over my eyes by calling this a barleywine, but I've shown them that they need to get up a *little* earlier in the morning if they wanna think about tricking me!
Mouthfeel: Medium, though a tad bit thin for a barleywine. Low carbonation.
Drinkability: Somewhere, one of the multitude of hopheads out there is nodding with satisfaction. "A job well done!" they may say.
However, I found this singularly one-dimensional beer to be unpleasantly unbalanced and disappointing for a barleywine (which I feel should display at least a modicum of balance and harmony within the fabulous potency of it's flavors).
This beer is a step in the wrong direction for Avery Brewing Co.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2006 22:47:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: deep autumn-copper. Thin head that clings to side of glass. Thin lacing. Clear.
S: sweet caramel. Juicy-fruit. My wife says tangerine. Small alcohol hint at the back end.
T: Dark caramel. Pine tar. Alcohol.
M: medium carbonation. Big body like Kate Upton.
O: decent barley wine. Drier than I anticipated. Good flavor. Big bitterness. Would have rated higher but the bitter lingers too long turning into an almost unpleasant flavor. Not to shy away, though.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 01:30:11 | More by jellikit
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.