Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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3.95/5
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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hog Heaven Barley Wine

Or is it hop heaven? This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty was designed to satisfy the most zealous hop devotees. Intense bitterness and the dankest of dry hopped aromas are intertwined with a rich caramel malt backbone. Oink!


Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,426
Reviews:
935
Ratings:
2,124
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 22.00 (Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.305/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 11/30/18.
“Canned on 08/14/18” on bottom of can. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Amber, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, low density froth, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a four mm ring and a heaped partial layer. Multiple pieces of torn lacing remain as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent. In addition to the above, as the level drops, a wide, somewhat thick, band of tiny to small bubbles emerges, displaying stalactites and connected to the next band by thin columns.
First pour – Dark gold, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Citrus flowers and pine initially. This morphs into caramel maltiness.
Flavor – 3.5 – No citrus or pine (as suggested by the nose) are present. There is a bit of caramel malt which ends slightly bitter. Several minutes after swallowing, a mild gastric warming occurs. No alcohol (9.2% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, approaching creamy, almost lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – When I first had this back in August 2010, it was a barley wine. Now Avery claims that it’s an “Imperial Red IPA”. So, did they added more hops to their barley wine formula or did they tweak their basic formula to try to make it more of an IPA? Either way, IMHO, they lowered the quality and made a brew that’s overpriced and neither fish nor fowl.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SRM 11-14 rich amber and almost clear. The one-half inch white foam is dense, leaving a thick white lace on a PBGC Aromatic snifter.

The aroma opens with a strong, sweet, caramelized brown sugar. Floral hops give way to a pleasant alcohol while warmth brings out pinesap.

Bitterness is high and contrasted by equally high sweetness. The flavors generally follow the nose with emphasis on the caramelized sugar that is just short of burnt. Warmth reveals dates, while a long finish has modest strength playing to the caramel and alcohol.

The alcohol is as expected and just short of warm. The silky texture and full body allow fine carbonation to transition from prickly to creamy. Residual sugars are less than expected.

This is a sipping beer that reveals progression with warmth. I will finish this while reading and snacking on creamy Bleu cheese. Much thanks to Rodney and Louise.

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Photo of dafla67
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnTurano
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sunsjammer
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz'er canned on 1/12/18 from the Craft Beer Hop Shop

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Brownish orange color with a decent head and lacing. Slightly boozey smell and taste. Flavors of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Thick feel. Good imperial red IPA.

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Photo of hermit990
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corywalston
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rogerlb
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, yeah, I see, Hog Heaven used to be marketed as "barley wine" but is now an "imperial red ale." Did it change the formula or the marketing?

Can is marked 7/31/17, and it's 10 months later but it's a barley wine so it should age well (he said, hoping).... It pours a clear amber and boy oh boy that smell is barley wine with a capital B. Sweet malt, some hops, really good rich promise. 2 finger head slowly dissipates, slower than I'd expect for a 9.2%.

Taste is sticky, caramel, dank and bitter. 10 months on the shelf have not diminished the hops much. Dry-hoppiness, an earthiness like fuggles (?guess?) grows as it warms. This certainly has more body and mouth feel than most ambers you might be used to, regardless of what it says on the can.

It's boozy, because it's Avery. Really fits into barley wine style by taste. So rich and malty, calling it a red is simple description. Maybe closer to a DIPA without the cloying sweetness. Quite a chewy brew and a bit loud.

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Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KLHBB
2.52/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful color, but smells like rotting vegetables in a machine shop. The taste is all alcohol and bitterness. I read some of the other reviews and wonder if this is the same beer. No fruit,no sugar just a lot of barley and hope and bitterness. I realize it's just me and my taste but I'm ranting so I won't get sucked in by the cute link can again.

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Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form the 11 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice ale pours a deep moderately murky
red tinged brown with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, nice
chunky layer, and displays some very nice lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts with
orange zest, pineapple notes, heavy pine, and floral hop notes. Flavors show depth
of use of the hop field with pine and citrus hops showing notes of orange and mango
with floral and herbal hops rounding out the back of the taste with rich caramel malts
and a touch of spice akin to rye. Smooth and very nice mouth feel; medium low carbonation
like a barley wine (ahem), medium body, and a rich hop accentuated sweet finish.

Overall, a solid little brew that most likely gains more attention from the moniker'
of being a imperial red IPA than a barley wine---sheesh---who likes those things????

Your soaking in it Madge!

Cheers

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Photo of RollBounce
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micada
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2018 12 oz can poured chilled. Light red/amber color. Poured aggressively to a snifter. Medium head that dissipates quickly to a lingering lace. Nose is piney, some citrus. First sips follow the nose, with good sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium. After warming a little, the hops jumped forward more, but never got bitter. The alcohol hides throughout. I don't usually drink reds, as those I've tried all had strange aftertastes, but this one didnt fall into that funk. Another very enjoyable, easy to drink beer that will knock you on your butt if you don't use your head to remember it's an imperial.

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Photo of cozmo
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one has it all, just hiding out of sight. Nice reddish body with minimal head. Aroma is malt and grains, alcohol also tickles the nose. Taste is more malt and (?)....don’t know. I agree with Indiana Red that it might be worth while trying a cellared bottle. Very smooth and drinkable, alcohol hides nicely, and becomes apparent slowly.

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 2,124 ratings