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Piglet Purgatory - Avery Brewing Company

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Piglet Purgatory
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mentor on 08-03-2005)
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Photo of oceanpeak


3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-16-2013 04:56:24 | More by oceanpeak
Photo of charlzm


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
Photo of mikedashg


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
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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
Photo of Halcyondays


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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-20-2013 15:06:39 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-21-2012 17:44:29 | More by Johnfitts
Photo of RHCP313


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-18-2012 20:22:02 | More by RHCP313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-15-2012 21:57:19 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of magictrokini


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
Photo of PatYoda


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
Photo of Crosling


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
Photo of whatname


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-22-2012 20:08:51 | More by whatname
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-01-2012 09:24:50 | More by StoneTSR
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-16-2012 00:51:31 | More by savagepm
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North Carolina

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
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of tavernseeker


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
Photo of Rayek


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
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2013 18:57:18 | More by ste5venla
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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
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-05-2011 12:51:04 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of DNICE555


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
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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
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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
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Piglet Purgatory from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.