Piglet Purgatory - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
On-tap at the Avery Tap Room. Served in a Nonic, Piglet arrived with a copper hue hue and a small, yet dense cream head. The head sticks well and good lace is left behind.
The citrus aroma I have received from most American IPAs is absent. Instead, a strong dose of pine, pepper and clove greets the nose. Malts are relatively subdued, but have a deeply toasted quality. In the mouth, the beer starts out dry and toasted. Bitterness hits fast with a relatively strong pine and pepper bite. It lingers through the dry finish. A moderate body that has soft carbonation rounds things out.
Piglet was a nice shift from the citrus bombs that are most American IPAs. I'm really glad I gave it a try.
01-23-2012 03:08:12 | More by Rayek
4/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at the brewery. Got there right when it opened. Around the back of a warehouse. The bartender was a very cool chick. Apparently they are moving to a new bigger location soon… very cool. Light brown color with a white head. Piney with citra hops… awesome nose. Tastes very smooth. A nice balanced hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Enjoyed this one very much.
12-19-2011 20:56:09 | More by DNICE555
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate brown color with a white head. Nose is of citrus zest along with a bit of pine. Some caramel sweetness as well. Taste hits harder on some of the hoppy notes, but with a somewhat restrained bitterness. Body is fairly thick and nicely bitter. Drinks alright, although the combination of the body and the taste is a bit off. Overall, an interesting concept and quite good.
10-13-2010 01:53:17 | More by Thorpe429
3.28/5 rDev -14.1%
A- orange hazy with a white thin head. A bit dark for an IPA
S- a bit of hops and caramel. Not much else
T- very light citrus rind hops caramel. Not tht bitter at all
M- pretty thin and low carb
D- An OK IPA. Easy drinker though. Just not very complex or hoppy
12-17-2009 03:04:22 | More by mikedashg
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
On tap @ O'Briens Pub (San Diego, CA) on 11/10/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear coppery amber, with a thin covering of creamy brite-white head. This retains with a sturdy look, leaving some decent patchy lacing behind. Fresh pine and citrus exert a hoppy presence here in the aroma, being evened by a nice balancing tang of bread and caramel. Pretty much like a lighter version of the Hog Heaven Barleywine.
The taste starts with a firm bite of resins and some lighter spicy notes. Juicy citrus character and sticky feeling toasted caramel malts keep things in check. Some light drying spice lingers past the finish for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a super easy and creamy feel to it. Hugely drinkable stuff here at only 4.4% that earns it's name as a "Session IPA".
I've been waiting a while to finally be able to try this and I was pleasantly surprised. Fairly hefty presence here for a sub 5% beer that combined with the generous amount of American hops, really did take this somewhere between an American Pale Ale and IPA. Quite the drinkable little hop fix.
12-02-2009 20:54:13 | More by Kegatron
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
On-tap at Blue Palms,
A: Pours amber with a thick white head, good retention, great lace.
S: Pine hops, pretty one-dimensional.
T: Biscuit malt mixed with a nice mix of earth, pine and cedar type hops, raw tasting.
M: Soft carbonation, medium-bodied, real light aftertaste.
D: Not a bad pale ale, I expected more, but it was adequate for quaffing.
10-18-2009 20:04:28 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at Falling Rock in Denver during the GABF. This is an interesting concept for a beer - a mild barleywine of sorts - and an AWESOME and hilarious name, which I want to give it points for.
A - Absolutely nails the appearance - clear amber color with an incredible fairly large and lumpy white head and excellent lacing.
S - Aroma is caramel and citrusy hops. Somewhat IPA-like, but maybe a little muted.
T - Caramel malt and rough grapefruity hops, maybe a little graininess as well.
M - Body and carbonation are medium with some sticky hops on the palate.
D - Very high. This is a great session beer.
10-02-2009 20:33:46 | More by nickd717
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
I had this beer on Tap at Hamilton's in San Diego.
A- Very nice deep copper color. Head was a bit thin.
S- Fantastic citrus aroma.
T- Heavy on the hops and light in the malt.
M- Thin. It certainly had much less viscosity than I anticipated.
D - Very high. This should simply be marketed as a IPA Light, no disrespect intended at all. I believe it was only 4.5% ABV and is the best cross over of between a hop bomb and a session beer that I have seen in a while.
09-04-2009 04:22:47 | More by LupulinLoverSD
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Pizza Port Carlsbad. They also had the best description: like a lighter barleywine. Copper-brown pour with no head. Pungent aroma of resin and malt, a lot like Hog Heaven. Lighter mouthfeel. Caramelt malt and hops blend well. Pine, grapefruit, and wood notes in there as well. Definitely a Hog Heaven-lite.
12-04-2008 23:44:41 | More by magictrokini
3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
Consumed on draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach 10/13/07.
Beer pours a light, clear copper with good retention of its nice white head. Nose is mostly floral hops with a piny, resiny smell mixed in. The flavor is dominated utterly by citrus hops with their characteristic sourness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery. The aftertatse is, surprise! Dominated by hops that linger literally for a minute on the tongue before fading.
This is a straightforward hop juice with little complexity.
02-29-2008 19:06:47 | More by charlzm
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach
Pour was a deep brown with a foamy white head
Smell was full of citrus, mostly oranges and lemons
Taste was full of pine hops and bitterness
Nice twist on an IPA
Very drinkable considering its thickness and supposed high ABV
Hope this is bottled soon because last time I checked it was not
09-15-2007 05:50:21 | More by Floydster
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured a clear dark copper with a medium sized lasting light amber head.
The nose was full of hops! Lots of pine, woody aromas and grapefruit. Not a lot of malt aromas but there is some carmel notes in there.
The taste is great if you are a hop head. Lots of hops in this one, mostly woody and pinev with some grapefruit and other citrus notes. There is just enough carmel malt flavor to back up the hops.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation and very smooth.
This is very easy drinking beer (as long as you love hops). Hope to see them sell this one in bottles soon.
08-21-2007 23:14:21 | More by Ratman197
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: Copper brown with fizzy white head.
Smell: Citrus and spice, and of course very hoppy.
Taste: Low malt bill with a nice balance of Pine and citrus hops, and a hint of alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very light for a mix between a Barleywine and an IPA. But expected from the low ABV.
It's a very drinkable session beer.
07-04-2007 10:42:32 | More by tavernseeker
3.4/5 rDev -11%
Unlabelled bottle from mentor. Mucho gracias. Had an Avery bottle cap on it. I was warned the carbonation could be over the top so I poured carefully but it turned out alright.
Poured a dark and heavy tarnish color. Strong head with some crazy speeding bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nosenis mostly malts with a slight hint of evergreen.
The head had strong hop flavors. Kind of a surprise considering the aroma. Flavor was strong in the evergreen department and had quite a bit of tannins. Was there some wood used in the making of this beer? A bit watery though which kind of took away from the beer. Slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice IPA but kind of makes me think of a homebrewed beer.
06-26-2006 00:49:41 | More by MuddyFeet
Piglet Purgatory from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.