Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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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 Amber / 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
Ratings:
2,083
Reviews:
924
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
259
For Trade:
6
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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2.12/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

a: This was a light coppery amber color. It pours with a big craggy, lacey, slightly dirty white head.

s: Artificial sweetner and some kind of cherry candy dominated along with some harsh alcohol and piny hop smells. Unpleasant.

t: Harsh, prickly, and artificial flavors of obnoxiously sugary cherry candy and some abrasive, bitter, yet strangely flavorless hops that burned my tongue. Highly alcoholic, almost solventy.

m: The carbonation and viscosity were both up to snuff, but the harsh aftertaste hurts the score here.

d: I couldn't bring myself to finish it. This just isn't for me.

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2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.26/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared with Br. Forner in an amazing brother-building event.

The pour into my snifter raises a thin layer of surface bubbles, which are just a tad tan. The legs on the beer are quite nice, very thick and viscous. Lacing is certainly impressive, considering its ABV. Quite hazy, with a golden copper body. The nose is filled with juniper notes, and a strong caramel profile. Almost burns the nostrils - seems to have a high alcohol profile. The first taste does not impress me - despite the IBUs, the beer doesn't showcase much bitterness: the first and foremost taste is alcohol. There is initial hop bite, but the flavor recedes quickly. There's a bit of bisciuty malt, but not much. This is the most watery BW I've had - there's just so little there. The carbonation is adequate for the style, though. A lackluster BW.

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2.36/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very upfront in flavour. Raisinbread flavour, pretty sweet, with not enough bitterness or dryness to balance it out. The finish is short and feels empty. Not very hoppy in flavour, for a beer that claims to be highly hopped, well thats just what i thought anyway. Not my bag.

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2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's delirium cafe in sierra madre.

Dark reddish, nice cap of foam on top. Smells like a malty, sugary, fruit bomb. The beer is way too sweet for me. Cloyingly sweet. I don't find a lot of balance offered here by the hops to cut some of the sweetness.

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2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired at a local bottle shop a year ago and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip/wine glass hybrid glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its current rating and the brewery. Reviewed as a barleywine because the label clearly identifies it as such. 9.2% ABV confirmed. 104 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 6+ minutes. Decent consistency.

Body colour is a glowing translucent light amber. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing if standard appearance for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Floral hop character, pale malts, cream, caramel, marshmallow, bread crust, and caramalt.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant but non-ideal aroma of moderate strength.

T: Marshmallow, floral hop character, caramalt, heavy caramel, bread crust, bready malts, and some amber malts. Rotten orange. Stale/overripe grapefruit. Pithy. Way too bitter and horribly imbalanced. Build is neither cohesive nor gestalt. Very unimpressive. Too hoppy for the style - which should be malt-dominant. Lacks sufficient sweetness. Still, it has some subpar candi sugar notes. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Lacks complexity; it's pretty simple. Not nuanced, intricate, or subtle.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Has some alcohol warmth. Has an unbecoming coarseness. The smoothness/dryness is also off. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile really at all. Bad presence on the palate. That said, it doesn't have the weight of most barleywines.

Not oily, astringent, or gushed.

Dr: Downable but very unremarkable. Far from Avery's strongest work. I certainly wouldn't get it again. Age hasn't done it any favours either. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. It's a pretty mediocre barleywine. I expected far better. It'll get you drunk, but it won't please the discerning drinker. Quite poor for a barleywine, all around. Badly executed.

D+

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2.48/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber, pours amber with a slight reddish hue. Massive head-- about three fingers-- and lacing cascading over the side of the glass. A few minutes later, it recedes to about a finger and remains stable.

The aroma is pretty hoppy, in a resinous, nonspecific sort of way-- it might be cascade. Some biscuity, buttery, slightly toffeeish malts are present, with a background of residual sugar.

Holy shit, it tastes like dimes. Or maybe nails. There is almost no opening to speak of, with grapefruit rind-hops showing up mid-palate. The finish is hop bitterness, and a little bit of fruitiness. Lots of alcoholic heat in the chest.

Over time, the hoppiness calms the metallic taste down, but the coiny taste never really subsides completely. The mouthfeel is heavy in carbonation, medium in body, and boring in every conceivable way.

This beer is totally one-dimensional, and drinking it makes me feel like somebody punched me in the chest.

All told, not my favorite barleywine.

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2.49/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out with a deep red hue, capped by an ivory head with moderate retention, though no lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit amidst a surging scent of hops and alcohol.

Taste: Astringent bitterness (without ever being flavorful) from start to finish, even harshly so, and with little to no malt base to balance it back out. The finish is caustically acidic and develops into a rather stinging aftertaste. I did not detect the "explosion of sweet malts" mentioned on the label. This brew is simply *crawling* with bitterness.

Listen, the denizens of the beer world won't beg for balance, we're above that. But look at what's happening here, folks! I, for one, long for the Salad Days that balanced beers provided.

Hint: this beer is really a Double IPA.

Avery Brewing Co. thought they could pull the wool over my eyes by calling this a barleywine, but I've shown them that they need to get up a *little* earlier in the morning if they wanna think about tricking me!

Mouthfeel: Medium, though a tad bit thin for a barleywine. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhere, one of the multitude of hopheads out there is nodding with satisfaction. "A job well done!" they may say.

However, I found this singularly one-dimensional beer to be unpleasantly unbalanced and disappointing for a barleywine (which I feel should display at least a modicum of balance and harmony within the fabulous potency of it's flavors).

This beer is a step in the wrong direction for Avery Brewing Co.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 3/22/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a cloudy dark amber red/brown color body, with virtually no head, brown. Strong aroma of hops, weak overall aroma. Very strong bitter taste, strong alcohol, almost like rubbing alcohol. Not very complex flavor. Reminds me of an IPA, but not as dry. Acidic bitter aftertaste. I don't think I enjoy Barleywines.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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