Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
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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  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a wine glass. No born date.

Pours a deep caramel brown with a hint of pink(?) in the reflections. Comes a 1 finger tannish head.

Smells of grapefruit hops, some faint breads and a hint of spiciness. Well projected.

Tastes of a off blend between a west-coast citrus IPA with a malty red or amber style. Not a whole lot like a barleywine. Slight booze warmth and flavor, but with an edge, one that's hard to describe. The mouthfeel is slick, oily like the above mentioned west-coasts. Glides across the palate, leaving a coating.

Overall, unique, rather enjoyable, but not so much so as to merit the approximate $9USD paid for it.


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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UnderPressure
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark amber. One finger head melts after a minute.

Sweet malt and some hops in the nose.

Sweet and caramel malt flavors up front. Some alcohol. Significant hop bitterness, but it's a balanced bitterness.

Medium bodied with a dry finish

I really wanted to like this beer. I think overall, it fell short. I think it probably would get better with age.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. poured into Pint Glass

A-brownish/red colour, hazy, and pretty thick frothy head that leaves a little bit of lacing

S-smells sweet, very sweet. like caramel mixed with licourice mixed with malty goodness. very aromatic and inviting smell

T/M-tastes like it smells. sweet. its as if your pallet is assaulted by malty sweetness with caramel and as it leaves, the hops come in and eviscerate the malt with bitterness

O-this is the best Barleywine I have had IMO. FYI I havent had a lot however

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden red with decent head and lacing.

Smells more like a malty DIPA than a Barleywine. Lots of hops- pineapple, pine resin, bit of plastic. Waves of ethanol. There is a bit of biscuity malt and orange but it's subdued.

Taste is sweet, hoppy and satisfying. Nice melange of tropical fruits here, particularly pineapple and some peach. Satisfyingly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style- not enough carb. Waves of bitterness.

Reminds me a lot of BrewDog Hardcore in flavour profile but a bit too much alcohol coming through and a little deficient carb-wise. Still good.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz pored into a couple of belgian tulip glasses.

A - A hazy burnt orange, amber color. 1 finger of head, and a sticky lace down the glass

S - Sweet caramel, and tons of citrus and piny hops.

T - Sweet sugar and bitter at the same time. Major grapefruit kick half way through. Piny hops dominate the aftertaste. A bit boozy.

M - Full bodied, and well balanced

O - A very nice barleywine. It is better than the Reverand, which I had last night.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up from Bier Thirty.... Paid only about $9... poured into my Delerium goblet.... foamy white head drops pretty quickly... spotty lacing atop a slightly hazed orange brew.

Nose seems pretty typical for a fresh American BW.... big hop presence shown in tangerine zest and some piney notes... biscuity malts and some pretty pronounced caramel.

Big big big bitter bite up front.. plenty of citrus hops and some floral hoppiness mid palate that is accentuated by a fair amount of malt... again biscuit and toasty caramel... the bitterness pretty much moves from front to back though... nicely done.

Body is a definite full/medium, but a smooth everpresent carbonation helps the drinkability for me.

4's across the board.

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.7% out of 100 with 2,090 ratings
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