Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
Avery Brewing Company

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #16
Ranked #7,872
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
Notes: 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!
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BenwayPHD from California

4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange, brown with a two finger off white head. The nose is composed of earthy, spicy, dirty hops worth some marmalade and perfume sweetness. The taste is very nice. Full thick amount of sweetness with a perfect balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness. One of my favorite barleywines.

Jul 22, 2015
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like my American b-wines hoppy and this one delivers. What amazed me most was the smell...I cracked this one open and poured into an Avery oversized "rare beer snifter" and immediately the smell permeated the air. It was awesome!!! The taste is unmistakably barleywine, with a ridiculous hop presence. Loved it!!! The next bottle I buy is going to sit in the cellar for a few years, curious what some age will do.

Nov 13, 2015
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DKMII from Montana

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper color very clear. Lacking a full head. Head diminished quickly. Great lacing. Smell: bitter. Almost a not so good burnt oil smell. Slightly floral but overpowering bitterness. Taste: too bitter for a barley wine. Similar to Sierra Nevada hop hunter. Floral hoppy finish but bitterness, even for a high ibu lover, was unpleasant. Feel: very light not typical of barley wine. Too much carbonation. Overall: not great. Not impressed.

Apr 05, 2015
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TheCraftBrewReview from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fan of bacon: Check. Fan of Barleywine: Check. Fan of Avery: You bet. What could go wrong? As a part of their “Holy Trinity of Ales”, this selection immediately caught my eye with the flying pigs and slick packaging. Barleywines usually push 11-12% ABV so this one is a little on the lighter side, but certainly is bitter enough at 104 IBUs to pack a punch in my mouth. Was I impressed enough to swine over it? Err.. swoon over it? Lets find out.

Appearance – 89: A nice light amber color pours with a significant amount of haze. A good quarter inch thick head developed after first pour which dissipated slowly over a minute’s timeframe. Very nice lacing throughout with an off-white color to it.

Smell – 84: No distinct smells are present other than the dry-hopped process upon first sniff. The bottle suggested that a caramel sweetness should be registering, but other than a slight citrus tone with a massive amount of hops, nothing was noticeable.

Body & Texture – 87: The beer sits medium-light on the tongue at first sip, and the sweet dry hops immediately give way to the promised caramel sweetness with a pleasant pineapple/orange overtone. Much sweeter than I expected.. after a moment the malts REALLY hit you. Wow. Oink.

Taste – 87: If you aren’t fond of bitter beers, you wouldn’t enjoy this. For someone with a more refined palate that likes things tangy without verging on sour, you’ll love this one. The taste after a moment or two is very wooden/hoppy, but outside of that I enjoyed it quite a bit. The candied accent is a nice touch which greets you warmly before the hops smack you in the face… a very long aftertaste to the beer. Nice overall !

Overall – 86.3 (Great): The folks over at Avery put together a very strong offering which was true to the description on that one. A bitter barleywine-style ale that has just the right amount of kick to get you squealing, but sweet enough to have you going back for more. Was glad that I picked up a bottle of this for myself, and would gladly do so again to have a break from the norm. Well done!

Feb 19, 2015
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: dark amber and clear, thick head as big as you want of tan foam

S: piney and bright hops percolate through rich caramel malts

T: following the nose, the hops are aggressive and keep things crisp, bringing pine and resin bitterness to the malty toffees and barley grain

M: medium-full bodied feel, ample carbonation; chewy but tight - nice balance to the feel

O: an American barleywine that borders on the DIPA - hop action is strong enough to meet the malts midway - some chew, but mostly on the finish - otherwise maintains a nice bitterness that cuts through the sugars of the malts. I really dug it. Think of it as a malty DIPA or a hoppy American barleywine. Real nice drinking.

Oct 04, 2014
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meathookjones from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 22oz Bomber with an interesting picture of pigs flying on the label. This one pours a clean amber orange color with great frothy white head. The aroma is excellent the hops are there and the barley wine sweet maltiness is present. A bit of pine and fruit also come through, very nice. This one starts of tasting of sweet malt and a bit fruity. The hops then kick in with some bitterness and the slight taste of alcohol on the finish. A very tasty and balanced barleywine with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Highly drinkable for a barley wine, I could down a few of these.

Jun 09, 2004
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beerhast from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Mar 28, 2014
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randylangford from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Apr 25, 2014
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zestar from California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 13, 2014
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DaveAnderson from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

May 07, 2013
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craftbeer31 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 25, 2012
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kluless59 from California

3/5  rDev -24.6%

Mar 13, 2013
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Beastcpa from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Oct 25, 2014
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DrJay from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish orange colour, almost bronze, with a dense beige head that receded quickly to a thin lace. Some stickage to the glass made it look pretty appetizing. US hops were up front in the aroma, pine and citrus, but there was a nice balance of caramel/toffee malt and raisin to round things out. Moderately strong bitterness with plenty of sweetness to start; alcohol, earthiness, and wood/oak came out in the middle. The end showed some sweet fruitiness, caramel, and a bit of citrus, followed by a medium dry, bitter finish. Carbonation was a little on the high side, but it was integrated well and contributed to a creaminess in the texture. There was some astringency though, as well as some residual sugar and stickiness. Pretty good overall, but it was a little too dry/astringent and the alcohol was just a bit too forward in the balance. Thanks Viggo.

Oct 29, 2005
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Nov 26, 2013
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steph1974 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Jun 23, 2012
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cowboy83 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Apr 19, 2012
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kiki3drt292 from California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 15, 2012
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ambruns1979 from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Nov 24, 2013
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jn84 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 17, 2014
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 09, 2014
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walleye from Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a deep mahogany with a big off white head. aroma wow the graefruit just jumps out there than a nice caramel maltness comes thru. flavor the grapefruit is not as strong as in the aroma but it is there up front than the malt and alcohol. got to get more of this

Dec 08, 2005
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NCSUdo from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a rusty brown, reddish, under a big off white head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Smells of big citrus hops backed by a good base of sweet maltiness. Grapefruit and lemony hops dominate.

T: Citrus again, more rindy then the nose. Grapefruit. Medium bitterness with a lingering citrus in the finish. Not overpowering at all. Tangy with some hints of caramel and toasted malt.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, moderate level of carbonation. Decent drinkability. This is a really good barley wine. Very impressed. Drinks like a slightly smaller beer but the hops let you know what you are getting into.

Jun 20, 2008
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sevopie from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-dark brown with hints of red. Poured a finger of a rocky tannish head. Laces very well.

Smell - Bitter piney hops. Slight, slight malt on the nose.

Taste - Pine, grass, caramel, citrus, malt... probably in that order. Slightly strange balance, and biased towards the hops - possibly more so than even their Maharaja. Finish with a bit of honey and burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - Strong character to it with a good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability - Needs a slight bit more malt balance to counteract the hops, and this would be a surefire winner. I still will enjoy this 22oz bottle.

Note: This beer partners some Teryaki Beef Jerky phenomenally well.

Jul 16, 2008
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Penny copper in color with a half-inch thick head that has a little staying power. The beer underneath is crystal clear, despite others who have reported a haziness to it. Even after I poured the whole bottle it was still very clear.

SMELL: The nose is delicious. Pine, banana, clove, maybe a hint of brown sugar - typical Barleywine aromas with a good dose of hops behind them.

TASTE: Caramel and bananas hit the palate first and grapefruit and lemon provide a nice hoppy flavor behind it. Some floral and pine-like hop flavors eventually come along as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Big, sticky, rich and creamy. This Barleywine goes down incredibly smooth and leaves a nice bittersweet finish on the palate.

OVERALL: The big, hoppy flavors in The Hog make this Barleywine an excellent beer to drink fresh, but the complexity, big flavors and high ABV make it a great candidate for aging as well.

Apr 05, 2012
Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2128 ratings