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:
2,085
Reviews:
924
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
260
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Avery hopped-up beer. Piney aroma. Good retaining head and lace. Looks like an IPA. Citrus, carmel malted down bitterness, easy drink. More IPA than barleywine but a forced marriage of the two, that allows one to consume the 100 IBUs. Thanks Tupalev.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head with good retention and lacing on a crimson, murky body.

S: Floral, pine and red apple. Caramel malt in the background and a touch of alcohol.

T: Definitively hoppier than your average barleywine. Fruity and hoppy. Spicey with a subtle vanilla note.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body. fairly smooth for a barleywine.

Overall a fairly unique barleywine. Not too boozy but still more than I like.

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a slightly hazy copper orange with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and lots of citrus zest aromas. Alcohol aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of sweet malt, caramel, and zesty citrus zest flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. An alcohol warmth hits the back of the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a good but hoppy barleywine with an alcohol kick.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a wild beer. not a conventional barleywine at all. pours a thick brown color with an amber glow and a minimal head into a snifter. smells really hoppy and sweet. flavor is very very hoppy, must be dry hopped. also though there is a huge sweet malty strength to this beer. note of toffee and pine in the finish. mouthfeel is pretty heavy, not very carbonated and not very drinkable. this bomber was almost a chore to get through. overall not my favorite barleywine. im not sure this style is meant to be so aggressively hopped, but it is something new anyway. avery's big bottles always push the envelope

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel malts arepresentbin the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of warming from the alcohol is also noticeable.
O: This barleywine isn't too difficult to drink given its strength and that the alcohol doesn't stand out in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. Smooth for a BW. Nice redish coper color with a firm foamstand that laced all day. Big malt and fruit aromas. Even bigger hop character--spicy and earthy. Sweet caramel malt and fresh fruit flavors up front. Everywhere from brown sugar and honey to grapefruit and berries. Hop character never overwhelms, but continues to deliver more flavors and complexity. I get a lot of toffee, nuts, and spices into the body. Finishes firm and warm. Alcohol sweetness is always present, but never harsh. Never grainy or astringent. Melow and silky from start to finish. This one will sneak up on you.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another label feeling the need to proclaim apparently hitting the 100 IBU benchmark...

This bomber pours a clear dark ruby colour, with two fingers of foamy, creamy ecru head, which leaves spaced webbed lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of grapefruit and pine hops, and light caramel/toffee malt. The taste is more grapefruit and other bitter citrus, an understated caramel malt, and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite low, the body heavy, oily, slick, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel sweetness popping back up to counter the persistent tangy citric bitterness.

An excellent Yankee Barleywine, but that's the hophead in me talking, 100 IBUs FTW! This is very much more akin to a big DIPA, an example of the blurring in practice of the two theoretically distinct styles.

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Grapefruit topped with sugar; a healthy start to the morning

Taste: Toffee malt flavors up front with a blast of grapefruit developing by mid-palate; after the swallow the toffee flavors return to blend into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body with moderate carbonation; significant alcohol warming on the way down

Drinkability: A little closer to a malty Douple IPA than is typical for the style, but nonetheless an exceptional beer

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an garnett color with a creamy, egg shell, one-finger head that left tons of lace.

S - It smelled of toasted malt and hoppy grasses.

T - It had a powerful malt flavor, like burnt toast. Also, a sweet and spicy hoppiness lending toward a bittersweet kick. Also, the alcohol flavor was present.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was also warm due to the alcohol. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is the most drinkable barley wine that I've had. It is not overpowering and is easily consumable in one sitting despite the high alcohol content and size of the beer.

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 2,085 ratings.
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