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!

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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

Bottle to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color with an off-white fluffy head. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Herbal/citrus hops balanced pretty evenly with sweet bready malts, but not entirely satisfying for some reason. Something a little off-putting about it...

T: Initial hops, and then very brief but nondescript sweetness. Lingering and bitter grapefruit hop finish. A touch of the alcohol as well.

M: Pleasurably smooth, with just enough carbonation (initially) to keep it lively. A little light.

Not quite complex enough for me in either aroma or taste. Since the hop bitterness leaves the longest-lasting impression, I'd probably opt to drink a beer that does more with its hops throughout. And that wouldn't normally be a barelywine...

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Poured a deep but clear orange-amber with two fingers of fluffy eggshell head. Big grapefruit and pine aroma with some strong caramel sweetness and hints of orange.

Moderate carbonation and a medium-bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Grapefruit up front followed by biscuity carmel with a slow-emerging sweetness. Strong, astringent pine kick on the tail end that lingers quite a while.

Not the most complex barleywine, but I'm enjoying the big hop profile and the booze is well-hidden.

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass. First Barleywine I've ever tried so it should be interesting!

Appearance - Surprisingly Filtered with a Dark Ruby Red Color. I can see right through it. Not too much carbonation and the head retention is pretty good at a 2 finger width with some good sticky lacing. Overall, it's got a very clean look to it!

Smell - Sweet Floral and Piney hops with some sweet (not sour) citrus notes along with some sweet caramel and a pretty solid malty scent. It's a very sweet smelling beer (if you haven't picked up on that yet)

Taste - Wow, the hops just hit you like a truck! And the hops manage to be both piney, very sweet and powerful at the same time! The caramel taste is also very strong here as well, which may be why the hops taste sweet. Much like the smell, the citrus The malts here, while not strong, provide enough backbone to add flavor.

Mouthfeel - Despite it's filtered look, it's a pretty hefty ale which gives it an almost creamy feel but it's light on carbonation. It's still a pretty easy drinker, even with it's intense flavor

Overall - Hopheads will enjoy this beer simply because of the sheer hop intensity. Since this is my first Barleywine, I can easily say that I'm impressed with this style (At least the American Style to) and I can that this was a very enjoyable beer and I look forward to trying out more barleywine-style ales in the future

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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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%

Photo of B33R501
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

barleywine? could've foooled me, i would say dipa. liked this one much better than their dugana, not as good as great divide hercules though. yea its colorado beer week.

big citrusy american hops on a huge caramel malt background. very sweet with a nice bitterness that comes along for the ride. very drinkable, bomeber disappeared in no time. reasonable @$5.50 per would certainly get this again.


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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%

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Re-post of hacked "jmkratt" account :(

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought a bomber of this over for poker and left it...thanks! It's been a long time since I've had it so here we go!

A - The beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a light head and nice lacing. Looks like a good barleywine!

S - Interesting aroma of tropical flavors: pineapple, banana together with a nice sweet malt, caramel, a slight hint of alcohol. A little fruity on the back end: more banana and apple.

T - A lot of flavor! Similar to the nose with some banana and caramel malt sweetness. A mild bitterness. A strong alcohol flavor on the backend. Fruity and hoppy and malty. Good stuff.

M - Light carbonation true to style along medium bodied.

O - A good beer, not one I would drink every day but it's good. I enjoyed the complexity as compared to a lot of other barley wines.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-30-2011 18:36:40

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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I read over the last couple of reviews and generally agree w/the descriptions -- a little reddish in color + a strong hop aroma and flavor that I have a hard time describing because I think my taste buds are kinda blown. There's not a whole lot for me to add other than I think I like this beer because it reminds me of an imperial IPA more than the barleywines (Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog) I've tried in the past. (I wasn't really into those beers.)

Summary: Maybe not a good barleywine for someone looking for a drink like Bigfoot or Horn Dog... but pretty great for hops fans.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, copper orange color with two fingers of pale tan head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet malt with a good dose of mellow oranges. Nice.

T: Spicy, piney caramel up front, with the spice strengthening in the middle and then fading to reveal the sweet malt again at the end. Quite tasty. As the beer warms, the pine quality of the hops shifts a bit toward mint, with citrus also present.

M: Medium body with a little cream and oil.

O: Wow, really nice, very balanced and smooth. Wish I could have this more often, but alas, no Avery in Iowa. Time to lobby these good folks to expand their distribution.

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