Piglet Purgatory - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
12oz (unlabelled, but with official Avery cap) bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades slowly, with plentiful sticky lacing. Aroma is frash and clean citrus air, with light malt undercurrent. Taste is incredibly well-balanced, yet the citrus hops still shine nicely for a moment, then fade back into the nearly even scales. Mouthfeel is super smooth, almost floats over the tongue, and drinkability is superb as well. Can see why this is Avery's in-house brew.
04-17-2006 22:07:54 | More by ppoitras
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
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
Okay, it might not be a good idea to review this beer as it's never been released and there are no plans to ever release it. This is an 'in house' beer that's produced for consumption within the brewery by Avery employees. Heck, the bottles I've got don't have any labels on them. This beer is exactly 1/2 the recipe of Hog Heaven and is a great, easy drinking, IPA or APA.
Obtained from the brewery about a week ago and served room temp from my cellar in July 2005. Pours a solid light tan (with yellow hints) two-finger head that settles rather quickly. The beer itself is crystal clear and orange brown, almost red rust in color. Smells mostly citrus hoppy. Grapefruit pith with some sweet orange pleasant pine. Malt is absent, except perhaps a hint of honey. Tastes wonderful. Five years ago, this is classified firmly as an IPA. Today, in over-hopped America, it's borderline between an APA and an IPA. The taste is dominated by hop flavor moreso than hop bitter. Grapefruit pith, oranges, a hint of tangerine and pineapple. Bitter has some rough co-ho, but overall is quite pleasing on my hop-loving pallete. Malt sweet is *way* beneath. No clear malt or fruity ester qualities rise to be recognized (well, maybe some apricot). Late, I get a taste of iron and a sourish piney hop. Then, what I first think could be late tannin, develops into a hop bitter grapefruit pith aftertaste. While there's no distinct malt sweet, this beer in not overly hop profiled...there's just enough sweet to keep this one from going over the edge. Also, the burps are pretty good, too. Citrusy hop flavored with a smidge of rough co-ho. The beer is medium bodied, but clinging to my tongue enough to keep the flavor and mouthfeel around a while. Moderately carbonated (bordering on strong) with a little bit of lacing on the inside of my glass. Drinkable?...oh, yeah. No wonder this is the easy drinking 'house beer' of Avery Brewing.
08-03-2005 06:25:11 | More by mentor
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
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
I agree with the last reviewer, and that the sample I got was just a one-off from the personal stash of the brewery. If I had the ability to give a beer-fly review of the brewery I would give it high marks. Problem being that they don't have many visitors. They are moving toward that, but aren't there yet. Regardless of the amenities, the hospitality is impeccable!
Appearance: This beer pours a super light and clear light orangish golden color with an assertive foamy head at first pout that fades within about a minute or so to a pretty thick ring around the glass.
Aroma: The aroma is really hoppy! There is a plethora of citrus and subtle spiciness from the hops. Other than this, I may get a tad of malt.
Taste: There is an oily hop presence in the flavor. It is really fresh and floral, but doesn't leave much for anything else. It leaves the palate pretty dry due to the bittering, but it is still really notable for the assertive flavors that come from this beer.
Opinion: I am sorry that this is only a house beer. I imagine that Avery brewing will end up releasing some sort of beer like this for real, because Adam is one of the world's true Hop-Heads. So far, their IPA is one of my favorites, but this beer is so hoppy and fresh that I would have to say that I would take it over the flagship IPA! Imagine that!
08-16-2005 03:21:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
Given to me in a 12oz. bottle from the brewhouse with no label, this brew poured out glowing copper in color, with a foamy, one finger tall head, and sparse but pretty lace.
The aroma was sweet and tropical with an inviting mix of pine resin, mango, and hay in the air. The aroma suggested a sweet and hoppy beer, but the taste was a little different than anticipated. There was not much sweet flavor. Instead it was more of a dry, spicy, and slightly earthy taste, more akin to an English Bitter than an IPA. The piney hops made it more American than English in nature, but still could not shake the image of an ESB while quaffing.
The strength was rather low for Avery, and the brew would have been very sessionable, had I acquired more than one. A simple and robust Bitter to be had when you dilute Hog Heaven, as this is a half strength version of that big Barleywine.
08-26-2005 04:10:22 | More by rajendra82
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
4/5 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
3.95/5 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
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
3.88/5 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
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden amber with a lofty off-white head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was deeply malty with a nice caramel aroma coupled with a citrusy hop aroma that was also just a bit earthy.
The flavor was unexpected after the huge aroma. The malty character was just an aroma enticer. The beer was light and quaffable with a high bittering that was citrusy and earthy. A pale ale for sure, ipa in bittering perhaps, but missing complexity of malty backbone for that.
The finish was dry with a lasting long bittering well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and a bit light. The aroma promised all sorts of malt and then all you got was a well hopped beer. Reminds me of the phase homebrewers go through when they bitter the heck out of every beer for awhile. Still a good beer, one I would purchase with regularity if given the chance.
12 ounce bottle, thanks mentor.
09-11-2005 21:50:56 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Perfect pour. Clear amber with everlasting lacing - even small globs of foam remain on the glass. Smell is equal parts floral and citrusy hops. A little bit of alcohol on the nose as well. Smells very juicy. There's also some caramel in there. Taste is again a blend of floral and citrus. It's a bit harsh on the finish as there isn't quite enough sweetness to balance the bittering hops, and the alcohol does make a brief appearance. However, the hop blend is tasty enough. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my tastes. Drinkability isn't bad.
10-26-2005 23:42:06 | More by PatYoda
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Simple, yet vibrant hop aroma, with hints of various fruits (orange, pineapple, grapefruit), along with notes of pine and grass. Red-orange color, with a gigantic froth and very, very clingy lace. Flavor is very hoppy, with columbus hops, and a nice caramel backing. Thanks for the special surprise, Ernest.
03-22-2006 03:31:38 | More by Crosling
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
Piglet Purgatory from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.