Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
2,093 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
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 +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +9.1%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date that I can find. Scratch that. I found 11116B1. November 6 11 batch 1?

Appearance- Hazy orange with a small thin head. Nice even, all over lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Big, big sweet orange aroma. 4.5/5

Taste- Sweet orange with a very nice bitterness to it. The alcohol taste is very minimal. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- A little slick from the malts but not bad at all. I am sure this would get thicker as it warms. Yup, I was right. 4/5

Overall- This is a good Barleywine. I am glad they are calling it a barleywine instead of DIPA. I would give this a much lower score if that was the case. I need to drink more Avery products. 4.5/5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 2,093 ratings
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