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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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3.96/5
Very Good
2,096 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,764
Reviews:
926
Ratings:
2,096
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
262
Trade:
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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deg
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mac31
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -55.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BlackWormCultBrew
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoganlaw
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of looper-2629
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly different or burnt taste

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Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 29, 2016.

Highly attractive deep amber-reddish-brown pour under a long -lasting off-white head. I love head retention.

Barley malts, sweet malts, caramel malts, tobacco, and the earth dominate the aromas. Low to no booze ester.

Full body.

The same caramel barley malt sweetness is p[resent in the taste as is a little of the 9+% ABV booze. Pipe tobacco prominent. Bitterness is mild to moderate but smooth. If you like Barleywines you will like it. If you don't like Barleywines, well, you won't. I love Barleywines and this is right on target.

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Photo of christinelovesbeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timmy2b
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeer_professor
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Hog Heaven is one of those ales that clearly defy the normal definitions of a style. And that is good, it allows for both innovation and lets beer geeks think we have something to argue about. As for me, this is an American Barleywine.

Looks like one, too; an inviting amber and lacing that aggressively sticks to the glass.
Smells malty and hoppy, sweet and bitter (a lot like being an American these days.)
Tastes like the malt does not count. No amount of malt can assert itself except for one sweet squirt of the salivaries and then the 100 IBU steals the show and, seemingly, never lets go.
Feel does not matter. While interesting, this is an out-of-balance beer in my book... and led to a lot of imitators.
Overall, I recall my mantra: an early extreme example may be good, but it is rarely great.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", I suppose Hog Heaven's role in transitioning to the Double/Imperial IPA and, perhaps, the American Barleywine.

7/30/17 Shared with a hop-head after tennis. I found it refreshing. He found it great. Perhaps I know better its popularity.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 2,096 ratings
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