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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Photo of webmanspidey
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into DFH snifter. Dark amber/brown color.. translucent with a good inch or so of dark sandy head. Smell is mostly sweet: honey, syrup, and molasses with a strong twinge of bitter hops. Not much alcohol in the smell. The taste is very bitter for the style... Alcohol is not overwhelming at all.

Decent barleywine, definitely on the bitter end of the spectrum (for the style at least).

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schlafly nonic. beer acquired at the liquor store near wal-mart in Mountain Home, AR.

A: amber to orange colored brew below a thick fluffy 2 finger head. also leaves alot of lacing behind and head stays through the rest of the drink.

S: i smell mostly hops. almost like an i.p.a. followed by a fruity honey smell.

T: sugary, almost like maple syrup,then bittersweet. slightly fruity and you can detect the alcohol.

M: medium body, leaves the mouth bitter and the tongue tingling from the combination of the hops and the alcohol. leaves a slight sliminess and resiny feeling

Overall, this beer seems like a double ipa. it is malty but what really takes the beer over is the colombus dry hops (100 IBUs). i am a hophead though and from Arkansas so i love it. I do, however, believe that the 9.2% abv and astringent characteristics would hinder it from being a good session beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is fine, you know, amber-copper you might expect with standard head/lacing. A little weak, but not bad. Just finished up a DIPA, and I really feel like this might fall in the same category - big hoppy flavor with a nice toffee malt presence, but this one is not a malt w/ hop presence, but definitely the vice versa. It is, nonetheless, really tasty - a kind of standard nice fruity, caramelly hop/malt that's nicely delicious. A nice brew, not the greatest American barley wine I've had but a nice entry.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, silver foil around the neck and cap. Three flying pigs on the label. A hazed red amber in appearance, tall light beige tight creamy, chunky and frothy head.

Sweet brown sugar aroma, soft green leafy and grassy hops.

Spicy and bready malt up front in the flavour, nearly like pound cake in character. Sweet earthy brown sugar in the middle with mild leafy green hops on the finish, this flavour profile is so smooth and mild when all is said and done that it is deceptively drinkable and the abv% well hidden.

Lighter yet smooth and approachable mouthfeel for such a high alcohol ale, let alone a barley wine, although a decent medium-body all the same.

More impressive than it seems at first, this is a fine barley wine worthy of frequent imbibing, not over-the-top but accessibly drinkable and perpetually smooth. Avery stays on par with this one.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter,it's an opaque reddish brown.has a great head that dissipates slowly,leaving a good amount of lacing.

nose has upfront hop bitterness,medicinal and fruity.

dark fruity esters,little bit of phenol medicinal taste,oily hop bitterness,with a hint of bready malt at the finish with some alcohol heat.has an astringent finish.overall,the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

feel is slightly slick on the tongue,hop resin kinda coat the tongue.low carbonation.

i could sip on this for awhile,really a nice barleywine.i had it with some bacon pizza,it is a nice pairing.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Reddish-brown body. A lot of lacing.

S: Caramel, cherries, hops.

T: Caramel malt, lots of bitterness, grassiness from the hops. Rather harsh.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: Kind of an eh barleywine. This reminded me a lot of Old Horizontal, so I'm giving it the same rating.

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Photo of MiScusi
2.46/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's delirium cafe in sierra madre.

Dark reddish, nice cap of foam on top. Smells like a malty, sugary, fruit bomb. The beer is way too sweet for me. Cloyingly sweet. I don't find a lot of balance offered here by the hops to cut some of the sweetness.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my goblet, this beer looked really inviting, a beatiful biege head left copious amounts of lacing down the side of my glass. Looks scrumptious.

After taking 1 whiff, i detected a very fruity, and sweet almost candy like aroma from the malts. But the hops are definately not to be outdone here, the citrusy goodness store the show in fact. Wow this beer smells good.

The taste did not let me down, after the beauty and amazing smell, it only gets better on the tongue. Incredibly sweet candy like malts. It kind of reminds me of madarin orange spice tea, but with an extreme slap in the face from the hop bitterness, they linger on and on.

This is definately a full bodied sipper, and although the alcohol is well hidden, it does make a bit of an appearance as the beer warms, which only makes this great and complex beer even greater. My overall opinion: After having this delite i will make a point to get into more American Barley wines, as this one was exceptional.

*as a side note, ironicaly i was watching a special about monster wild hogs on the discovery channel while i drank this, LOL

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Photo of Cheers
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Slightly opaque orange brown

S - Light hoppy aroma with the smell of sweet barley coming through.

T - balanced nicely. Very sweet, but bitter enough that the whole thing works well. One of the best barley wines I have tasted.

M - Thick and oily coating the mouth nicely.

D - I am surprised I got through the whole 22 oz. bottle on my own. Then again, I have yet to find a barley-wine that leaves me wanting a second?

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Photo of CMitchell
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass: Brandy Snifter

A: Dirty tan color, nice off-white head.

S: Malts, lots of hop nose, can definitely smell the Columbus hops.

T: Alcohol shines through along with the Columbus hops, citrus and pine, a bit on the sweet sides.

M: Thick and big.

D: Felt this beer pretty good after I was finished. Next beer I make is going to be an American Barley wine

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Nick3
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my Rochefort chalice is burnt orange in color and forms a 2 finger head that dies after a couple minutes. Nose is great and is dominated by malt and caramel. Taste is similar to the nose but the beer is balanced well by the right amount of hops. Definitely some sweetness to this BW but it's not over powering and it makes it quite drinkable. The ABV is hidden really well considering the strength. Definitely enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into westmalle chalace burnt orange (hsss) with a nice thin white head that stayed there long enough. Good lacing. Smells very fruity with nice hints of the malted sweets. No apparent alcohol smell to it, which is nice for 9.2%. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and fruit notes. But it just isn't as strong a flavor as I'd like in a barleywine. Mouthfeel is excellent, just the right amount of carbonation and slight hint of alcohol. This is a very drinkable barleywine. I'm not sure how old my bottle was, but the label looked fairly aged around the edges (faded and slighty roughed up corners).

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Photo of aristeros
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark, translucent orange, like a cloudy iced tea. Almost no head, goes from a half finger to nearly nothing, white. Smells of lychee, pineapple, hops, sweetness. Exceptional aroma.

Very hoppy, and you get it at the first sip, then the sweetness, finishes bitter, with all the hops of an IPA but more subdued. Significant tropical fruits on the middle, more of the lychee (kind of like fruit cocktail, if you've never had this), but the sweetness is only on the back end and not overpowering.

Clear, refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth, and great drinkability for its strength. First barleywine for me, so take this review with a grain of salt, and if it's characteristic of the style it'll be a new favorite really quickly.

It'd be a waste to pair with food. Have this one to sip after the meal.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours sort of a murky orange. Very good foamy off white head. This is looking good and I'm glad it comes in a bomber.

Aroma smells of sweet British malt and toffee. A slight chemicaly pine note to it too, but it's not unpleasant. Malt definitely dominates the aroma and makes it very inviting.. it's sorta like "Hey, don't be afraid of this 9.2% ABV beer. Why don't you drink 22 oz of it?" Or at least that's what I think it's telling me. Even though this is an American barleywine, everything points to me that this is more of a British one.

Taste begins with the somewhat dirty taste of a British amber, followed by a mix of pine and citrus with neither hop really dominating or controlling the flavor. Slight alcohol tinge to it, just enough to make you remember you're drinking a Barleywine. A lingering toffee flavor stays on the tongue, which makes you want more.

Mouthfeel is great, but I think it could benefit from just a touch more carbonation. This is also one of the most drinkable barleywines I've ever had. The luscious malt character really makes you want to drink a lot of these.

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Photo of JKrout
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, dark amber color with a thick, foamy head that took awhile to dissipate. Heavy lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell: Malty, with a little citrus.

Taste. Actually had more of a bitter, hoppy flavor with, a malty finish, opposite of what I expected from the smell. The malt came through more as it warmed.

Moutfeel: Smooth, a little light. Almost silky.

Drinkability: It was easier to drink than I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of LiquorLockerVP
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A muddy tan, orange color with a bit of fuzz. While the head disappeared almost instantly, it did have a very beautiful "hello" albeit quickly. The surface bloomed from orange to a tight cluster of white, before disappearing. Very little, if any lacing.

Raisny, citrusy, hoppy and boozy. Very sweet, but with a tubby sour funk. A deep pull gives you that nice upper nose alcohol burn. Lots of orange and lemon peel going on. Razor sharp and tart, but candy sweet. The hops are super prominent.

The huge hop character in the nose carries through like a beast. It's like my tongue just got wrapped with the rough side of velcro. Phew, thats hoppy. Not a whole lot of sweetness going on, a taste almost like chewing on a lemon rind. I say that for comparison sake, not knocking the beer for what it is. I could see if going with something spicy, or a nice creamy cheese. More refreshing than I had expected. Wait, wait. A MILD sweetness as the beer warms up, still bitter though.

I would say the moutful falls somewhere between medium and light. It foams up a bit, but nowhere near the way a flabby beer does. The palate feels needled afterwards. One characteristic I love is the throbbiness left by a higher alcohol beer. Sadly that component is absent, for while the mouth feels roughed up by abrasive hops, there isn't much burn.

For a barely wine, it is very drinkable. It doesn't have any cement gut feel too it, and the absence of sweetness doesn't get you sick of it quickly. If your tongue can handle the bitters, and your liver the high alcohol content, you could put down a few of these.

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Photo of BeachRez
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

The appearance was a perfect deep color with a incredible head. It held for a while, and left a nice lacing.

Smell was very subtle. The taste was very very good. Just had a mild boozy flavor with a lot of hidden taste following. Seemed very strong and didn't just fade.

I had this a couple of days ago, and half way through, had to stop drinking after my daughter starting puking on her first taste of guacamole. I will do a follow up review.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 12/28/08
Avery Brewing Co.
Hog Heaven B-Wine
22oz. Bomber
9.2%, 100 IBU's

Again, thanks for this one mom! Awesome Christmas tasting.

Appearance= Vigours pour into pint glass (I know..) yields a nice off white, 1 finger head. Almost muddy looking. Not black, not brown, but a redish brown brew. Great looking Beer! I'm just staring at it.

Smell= Alcohol, hops, sweet caramel malt backbone. It's all there. Do I smell a little citrus?

Taste= Heavily malted. Can taste the alcohol, yet it's not overpowering in any way. It's not "hot." Love the taste.

Mouthfeel= Great! On the thicker side. Creamy if you will.

Drinkability= I'm really enjoying drinking this beer. @ 10% along with the creaminess, i would have to say it's not highly drinkable. It is however a very delicious and great looking beer. A good english style B-wine?

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Photo of buyaa
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Small head, but i poured slowly. Very nice lacing on the side. On my glass it left an almost spider web lacing, sadly the most interesting part of the beer. Color is a lite leather color with hints of red.

S: Powerful alcohol smell with woody tones. Reminds me somewhat of Jack Dainels. Has a little bit of a spicy sweet smell slightly reminsent of a triple.

T:Very strong alcohol throughout. It states 9.2% and i believe it. Malty beginning with nice smooth flavor that moves into a dry hop taste. The hop lacks the usual oily american hops sometimes have. More of the flavor peaks through after it warms up some. has some spicyness similar to a triple, but not to that extent.

Overall: This is only a sipping beer as the 9.2% kicks pretty good. Let it warm up and split it with a friend (or 2!) It's a shame it tastes as strong as it is as you can taste a good beer tring to poking through.

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

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick beige head. It left a thich ring of lace around my glass.

Smell: Spicey and floral. I also detect pine and hopps. Very sweet and earthy.

Taste: A sweet creamie taste in the beginning turns into a bitter hops with some citrus acidity. It also has a great malt taste to it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very smooth and well balanced. The alcohol is not powerful for being 9.2% ABV. Carbonation is really not noticable.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tawny coloured with a golden head. Decent retention, leaves a little trim of lace

S: Big, sugary toffee and butterscotch, banana, and a nice maltiness.

T: Butterscotch and a flowery flavour... a remnant of hops that once were? Some bananabread with a spicy note. Perhaps just the slightest bit papery.

M + D: A smooth shimmer of carbonation, not too asserive but not all too mellow. As barleywines go, this is remarkably smooth and easy to drink. A sipper for alcohol content alone... It's well hidden and goes down quite nicely.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the roadhouse BBQ in brookline, MA. served in chalice/goblet.

hazy, deep amber with orange tones. nice head slowly recedes to a thin foamy layer. nice lacing!

aroma is citrusy, pineapple, and whiff of spruce or pine, with instant of solvent or turpentine(!), but then pulls back to some caramel and more fruity tones (blend of apple, citrus, pineapple). hint of vanilla?

malty caramel flavor with lots of piney resins and citrus zest on top. more maltose, syrupy notes. candied apple. resiny hops give surprisingly moderate bitterness. more candied apple and even some diacetyl.

smooth, though slightly thinner than expected. mild resins in the finish. moderate, very fine and delicate carbonation is almost fluffy.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $6.49.

Beer poured amber red with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is sweet and of floral hops. Taste is pretty well balanced, malts are plentiful and sweet blending nicely with a northwest hops. Mouthfeel makes this beer as it is full bodied and pretty darn smooth. Overall drinkability is better than expected as the hops are not off the chart like fresh barleywines are. Makes me wonder how long this was sitting when purchased. This is quite enjoyable and recommended to try.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Only my second Barleywine after the hop explosion of a Bigfoot.
This beer is much more balanced, but still hop forward. The cranberry red beer has a small off white head that doesn't cling. Hops and citrus in the nose, with caramel and sweetness in the background. All of that is echoed in the taste. Thin carbonation and the presence of alcohol burns the mouth, but it is rather pleasant. Two of these would waste you, though. Not incredibly drinkable. Good beer overall, though, I enjoyed this offering from Avery. Its definitely a nice contrast to something like the Bigfoot.

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Photo of oelergud
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 1 pint 6oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap and silver foil neck.
The label shows a flying hog in a cloudy sky in a pink frame.
Cloudy burnt orange body topped with an orange tinted creamy head with small bubbles. Good lace and retention.
Wet hop scent and barnyard notes with hints of caramel and brown sugar.
Dirty caramel comes to mind when tasting this brew, not in a bad way though, more as caramel with anise and herbs, very interesting and different.
Medium body with low coating, some residual sugars and a nice dry finish.
Great drinkability, good balance, interesting and enjoyable.


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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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