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:
2,081
Reviews:
923
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
258
For Trade:
6
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Photo of BlueSpader
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colin32
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 3/28/17, so closing in on 3 months old.

looks good, clear amber/red body 1" thick foamy head leaving excellent lacing.

aroma is mostly of sweet malt with a hint of dankiness.

nice drink. at 3 months is not likely the hop assault it once was, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
hops are still present, nice strong sweet malt background. alcohol s quite well hidden.

getting towards full on the mouth, sweet & bitter on the finish.

overall, it would be interesting to taste one fresh off the line, at at 3 months, this is a pretty tasty well balanced aggressive drink.

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Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADG2995
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can on May 26, 2017.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DougT
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 3/28/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing auburn with a big fluffy light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some pineapple along with some caramel malts. Some rubber in the mix. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More pineapple with some herbal tropical notes. Some lemon in the mix. More hints of rubber with some garlic and onion notes. Hints of pine. Caramel is there. Strong malt backbone. Moderate bitterness. It's ultimately bittersweet and balanced. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to light carbonation. It's fluffy and slightly thin, but it's very smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice "Imperial Red IPA". It's basically exactly what you would expect from the style. Solid hop profile. The malts do their thing. Well done.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoneARye
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better IRAs I've ever had. Pours a Ruby Red with a reasonable fluffy head. Good lacing as the glass is enjoyed. Aroma is full of variety. Rich malt and doughy bread. On top of that sits a wonderfully dank hop profile, so fresh I get a cheesey, soy sauce, umami quality. Taste follows the nose, with the hops filling my mouth and remaining after I swallow. Medium carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel without being oily or slick. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. canned on 03/03/17

Pours clear reddish copper amber with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like strawberry jam, roasty caramel malts, molasses, toffee, graham cracker, some vanilla, grapefruit, orange citrus, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like strawberry jam, roasty caramel malts, molasses, toffee, graham cracker, vanilla, grapefruit, orange citrus, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial red IPA.

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Photo of beergoot
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber body; thick, sculpted head; sticky sheets of foam adhering to the glass. Spicy, malt aroma; excellent blend of caramel and crystal malt scents. Heavy body; sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

A very fine, very malt-forward IPA. There delivers a lot of spicy, heavy malt sweetness, but without any cloying, saccharine overtones. There is some fine boozy notes yet they are well wrapped amidst some rye-like grain notes. An awesome offering...

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keng1343
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, opaque amber with a creamy beige head that sticks around a little while, but eventually dies down. A thin sticky off white lacing is left behind.

S: Caramel, toast, dried apricot, white grape raisin, dried papaya, dried pineapple, candied figs, and brown sugar.

T: Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and brown sugar; accompanied by dried pineapple, mango, papaya, candied figs, raisins, and plums.

F: Medium-full bodied, smooth, chewy, and bready. Medium carbonation, moves well enough along the palate.

O: I don't know the age of this bottle, but it comes across more as an old DIPA than a barleywine. However, it holds up as pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Aewachiw
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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