Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – A reddish amber color, somewhat hazy and pours with a decent head that is short-lived.

S- A subtly hoppy aroma dominates, with sweet notes as well.

T – Delicious, citrus hop flavors come through with a smooth and sweet caramel finish.

M – Very smooth and modestly carbonated.

O – I tasted the 2010 vintage of this on tap during a Barleywine festival, and it was one of my favorites. The delicious hoppy and sweet flavor really set it apart from some of the fruitier barleywines.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of 57md
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is copper with a finger of head that had practically no retention, but left some nice lacing. There is a fresh hop nose which is a pleasant surprise for a barley wine. Some sweet malt hits upfront and then it is followed by a potent hop finish. Not quite true to style, but rebellious in a way that I like very much!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep auburn color with a healthy chunky mountainous off white head. Quite a good looking beer for sure. Nose is big on earthy oily hops with a touch of tropical fruit character, specifically pineapple. Nose also has a big malt presents giving a pineapple jam like smell to the beer. Smell is amazing as well.

Full body with some well blended flavors. Some toffee like sweetness on the sides of the mouth blend well with the tropical hop presence. An earthy, herbal hop brings an interesting element to the palette cutting any lingering the sweetness the beer might've suffered from. A very complex brew with some great flavors. Bitterness covers up the semi apparent alcohol pretty well.

A very different barleywine and awesome as a drink fresh barley wine. Would make an interesting ager as well.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with red/purple highlights. A huge fluffy ecru head forms to leave more lacing than should be legal.

Smell is sweet caramel and bread roasted malt. An undertone of pine and booze are present as well.

Taste is bitter up front, with toasted rich sweet bread in the middle. A piney finish/aftertaste rounds the beer out.

Texture is smooth and nice, a hint of burn on the back of my throat reminded of the booze, but otherwise(and literally) not as strong as most BWs.

Good taste with not as much hop makes me lean toward this bottle being aged by the shop. While some hops are there, not as much as most WC BWs I have tried so far.


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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a copper color with a 3/4 inch head that's short-lived and relieves into a thin ring around the edge of the glass and moderate surface foam. Good lacing.

S- Very sweet and floral hop aroma. Almost perfumey.

T- Strong hop bitterness that bites and bites before finally releasing its hold on the palate to let in the malt. Flowery sweetness continues bringing to mind lavender and hibiscus.

M- Juicy and snappy. Medium-high carbonation.

O- If you haven't had this yet, it is a must-try.

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

A - poured bomber to snifter. 'Barley' any head, with a robust orange orange color. No bottling date but I assume it's a 2011.

S - Huge caramel/toffee notes and a strong arrangement of hops.

T - Huge caramel notes hit first, slightly sweet. Then the hops follow after a few seconds. Very interesting contrast to the way malty IPA's are put together.

M - A bit thin but good for the style. Alch comes through a bit but it's not overpowering. It's how barleywine should be!

O - I like barleywines, it's just hard to find a really enjoyable one where I am. This is a good one I will revisit sooner than later. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 2,081 ratings.
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