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

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

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

Photo of timmy2b
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Muss42
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zallen16
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chewy6935
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of anon
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light Amber/Garnet appearance. Billowing fluffy head that reduces to finger-width, foamy and creamy, decent retention, a plethora of sticky lacing. Barleywines attributes definitely picked up on the nose with a definitive sweet, malty, fruity and boozy note standing out, accompanied by a hefty hop aroma.

Candy, caramely sweetness up front on the tongue, with a nice dose of booze. Definitely barleywine-esque. Hop bitterness hits huge and nearly drowns out the fruits present here, but not quite. Pine resin, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple and guava stand out.

Light bodied, soft carbonation, bitter, boozy and astringent. Was hoping for more sweetness and a little less bitterness but overall this is still a solid brew.

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

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium amber with a golden tint. A slight haze exists even after the beer warms. Head is a 1-finger light tan with excellent head retention.

Aroma: hops and sweet malt with some alcohol in the nose, albeit light.

Flavor: sweet malt, alcohol and hops, all in harmony. This is definitely an American barleywine. This beer would be a good side by side w/ SN Bigfoot. Despite the sweetness, this beer seems less sweet than Maharaja. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy. Drinking more than 1 would be a meal.

Overall: enjoyable. Very good but not spectacular. This will certain be a repeat purchase. The beer lacks the "damn" factor, but - to be repeated - is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Milquetoast
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Excellent taste, a little strong on the nose. Suspect aging will treat it well.

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Photo of daem3384
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roy1586
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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