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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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from aficionado's. Poured in DFH signature goblet split with GF. Says dry hopped on the bottle, so I choose to drink it now instead of age.

A: Crimson red, with little head. I'm not surprised on the lack of head, it is a barley wine. visually appealing.

S:Lot's of dark fruit (plum, raisin, etc). Malty, followed by some spicy, piney hops with perhaps a hint of citrus

M: I've drank heavier and lighter but this one deffinately ranges on the medium light range to me.

T: More malty goodness followed by some of those plum and raisin tastes, next comes some citrusy leamony hops, finishes with a punch bitterness and booze warmth but not overwhelming , incredibly complex.

O: Very approachable and drinkable. lot's of complexities, although I think the color is a little light for the style I think it is very visually appealing. carbonation is spot on. I'm curious how it would age but it tastes great now, I say drink it up.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddened copper. Three fingers of oily beige head. Decent retention for a barleywine. Etched continents of lace.

Spicy resins and grapefruit. Sweet boozey vanilla and toasted caramel.

Pine, Grapefruit, spicy resins. Toasty caramel, booze and some vanilla. Big bitterness, Grapefruit, pine sap, resins.

Very drying, coating, sticky. Med heavy body. Smooth with a bite. Low carbonation, style appropriate.

Very tasty barleywine with a huge hop bitterness and presence. Great fresh or aged.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Platinum Liquor, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a murky light brown with some ruby highlights. Has a cream coloured head of foam that has the odd bit of spotty lacing.

Smell is hoppy, holy-hell...i then looked at the bottle and saw 104 IBU and can see why. Plenty of pine, pine-resin and a little bit of candied hop. Very inviting. Does drown out most other aromas, but American Barleywine it is.

Taste is super-hoppy. So much pine and pine resin it is cool and something that will cellar so-well. Really hop-driven but built around a decent caramel malty base.

Medium to big bodied. So much bitterness and consistent bitterness it keeps you coming back for another hit. Really well put together.

Loved this, very American Barleywine in that it pays tribute to DIPA's and yet ought to cellar well for years. If you love a hop bomb, grab this. If you want something that should keep well, grab this. No worries about this thing travelling well.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours a nice coppery amber, clear, little head, but the head that is there is pretty persistent. Smell is surprisingly hoppy, fair amout of sweetness in the background.

Taste is spicy hops, sweet honeysuckle, some kinda plummy sweetness, too. It's pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, but it's thick and sticky. Overall, this is a pretty tasty barleywine.

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

A: Radiating copper, with tangerine-hued edges. Pours a one-finger head that recedes to a thin topcoating. Some decent, but spotty lacing.

S: Boozy, rich orange marmalade, with an excellent hop backbone, an array of dark fruits (raisins, prunes, plums), all dancing on a roasted malt canvass.

T: Expected barleywine flavors (boozy dark fruits, caramel) abound, but are quickly backseated to a great fresh hop character that is wonderfully resinous and somewhat piney (versus citrusy).

M: Filling, coating, barleywine. Some heat from the ABV makes this a great beer for late December. Heavy, in a good way.

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 2,076 ratings.
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