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  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Hazy, murky orange with a thin white crown. Spots of lace left down the glass.

Pine and citrus forward aroma--lots and lots of hops with some caramel and toffee sweetness. Bright and hoppy.

Muddled together flavors with tons of bitterness. The nice pine and citrus component found in the aroma have all but disappeared, leaving a bready, caramelly, incredibly bitter, boozy beer. Not so great.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Appropriate.

A great aroma, but that's about all. I won't be drinking this again.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of monza
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic offering from Avery, which is what I expect from them.

This is a very nice dark bronze color with very good lacing as you work down the tulip glass. Hop aroma is abundant with a very clean citrusy nose that screams Pac NW hop like Cascade. The mouthfeel is full bodied, and the taste is perfectly balanced bitterness / sweet with that awesome citrus hop kick. Very nice example, although somewhat non-traditional for the style.

On top of the excellent flavor, it was $4.50 for a 12oz draught in the proper glass at a local watering hole!

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy ruby-red amber. Small one-finger beige head forms and slowly settles to a lumpy ring. Spots of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma brings on big bready malt. A swirl releases brighter, sweeter notes, including some fruit and yeast. Those columbus hops sneak through too, but it's mostly about the malt.

Taste brings on the expected big sweet malt, but also a surprising spiciness. Salty and peppery notes accompany the serious hop bitterness (yep, not to be missed at 100 IBUs) through the middle. The finish maintains that flavor and slowly fades to lingering bitterness and grainy malt. Alcohol heat is very present in the finish but doesn't contribute any off-putting flavor.

High end of medium-full bodied with a solid amount of carbonation to support the big nature of this beer, but it still drinks pretty thick. Seems appropriate.

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a snifter a ruddy reddish brown hue with a big fluffy one finger head that leaves incredibly side lacing.

S - Sweet malts, light american hoppiness with good grapefruit aromas.

T - Really sweet malts here with more of those light citrus hops (grapefruit rinds). There is an almost black tea bitterness flavour at the end.

M - Nice carbonation for a barleywine here. Doesnt feel heavy or syrupy.

O - Overall this is a very nice barleywine. Excellent appearance and flavour profile. Would like to get my hands on a bottle of this to try and age it.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 2,084 ratings.
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