Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPAHog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,081
Reviews:
923
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
258
For Trade:
6
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Photo of RR58
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber/copper with a thick, creamy, tall off white head that slowly fades. Good lacing. Cap lasts throughout.

Smells of caramel malts, earthy, dank, resinous pine.

Caramel malt and bitter pine, light citrus hints of pepper. Finish is mostly dry with a pine linger. Light alcohol flavor. Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth with some picky carbonation

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hog Heaven pours a nice deep golden brown with a small but frothy head that breaks leaving nice wisps on top of the beer and great lacing as you drink. The smell is a rich combination of hops and sweet malts and dark fruits. The smell is something that draws you in and sits pleasant on the nose just before you taste the beer. The taste in my case was hop forward with a bit of a soapy taste to them. Then the typical barleywine flavors come in: caramel sugar malts, some musty dark fruits and a little bit of leather. The feel is medium with a nice amount of carbonation that plays well with the flavors.

A good barleywine, but not one I would put into my favorites. Perhaps I am better suited to English barleywines, but I generally prefer the style overall to be a little maltier/sweeter than this one was. Still, worth a try and if you like a hoppy barleywines this is probably right up your alley.

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Photo of Timtac
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chard_wells
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of john0721
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a glass. Nice looking beer - amber/gold pour with a frothy head. Aroma let's you know it's a big beer - sweet malt, pungent fruit, dark fruit and booze. Taste is a hop-assault with a barleywine backdrop. Sticky hop resin, pungent fruit, dark fruit, candied malt, caramel and boozy heat. Finishes bitter and sticky. Every sip is a chewy mouthful of beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, rustic orange with a thin, off-white head.
S- Huge smell of bitter hops, malt, and funk.
T- Much pine bitternesd bite. Carmel malt really takes the edge off. Lots of oak. Hint of dark berries.
F- All comes together very well. Lots if pine resin sticks around. Grapefruit in the finish. Warming feeling for sureO- wonderful barleywine.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deg
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a soapy smell of citrus and caramel; color is a cloudy but attractive garnet. Taste is VERY similar to 90 Minute IPA, but with a sharpness and dryness not to be found there. I prefer the richer taste of 90 MInute; that to me is a world-class beer, while this falls slightly short of that mark. A very nice beer nonetheless, well worth a try or occasional buy.

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Photo of sparx1100
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mac31
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, tulip

A big beer with big flavor. First sip is of cranberry sweetness, mahogany woodiness, and sweet malts upfront. I love barleywines and yet have never tasted an American b-wine quite like this. Malts give off sweet, bright golden raisins, cranberry, passion fruit (candy) along with a straightforward and sweet caramel foundation. There is a bright, lemon, citric presence that brightens up this brew. The citrus of the hops rolls right in to a nice mildly earthy and clean bitterness. The carbonation is on the softer side, which enhances the flavors. The body is on the thinner side. I had this beer on tap. I would love to cellar a bottle of this for at least six month or a year to mellow some of the bitterness from the hops. This a true to form American barleywine. I favor the English offerings of this style-in general, they are more balanced and harmonious. By the end of this glass the caramel, malty sweetness and the clean bitterness got to be a little much for me. I would have to be in the right mood to order again.

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Photo of eldoctorador
1.75/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BlackWormCultBrew
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoganlaw
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of looper-2629
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly different or burnt taste

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 2,081 ratings.
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