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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown appearance, with an average beige foam.
In the smell a good maltiness, and biscuit, with american hop notes, citric, and a good amount of candy orange.
A good citric hop, perceptible bitterness, but not too intense.
Biscuity malt, hop, again candy orange in the taste. Then hop, with a resinous touch.
The bitterness is here, but very well balanced by the malt sweetness. Some ripe apricot note.
Hoppy aftertaste, resinous and piney, long, but still balanced and plesant.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area in Fall-Winter 2012-3, likely 2012 vintage but no birth date, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/29/13 over ~one-two hours (big time sipper!).

A: 4.5 - beautiful mahogany brown coloration, minimal clarity with hop haze, white-tan frothy two finger head lingered the entire session and regenerated with each swirl, huge alcohol legs

S: 3.75 - pine, resiny, grapefruit mixed with big time booze, bready, toffee and tobacco flavors become more substantial as it warms; I'd be curious to see just how big the hop aroma can be with a fresh bottle but my bottle was dominated by booze!

T: 3.5 - heavy bitterness on the anterior tongue with grapefruit and pineapple flavors that don't really impress me; once it settles into the taste buds, however, it's the alcohol that hits, sticks and lingers; again, some caramel and toffee flavors are detectable too but are mostly overwhelmed by the booze

M: 4 - big body, chewy, high carbonation for style --> a definite sipper from a snifer around a fireplace with a good book

O: 4 - above-average American barleywine that set the temper for the American example for style with Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot; Bigfoot is definitely a better beer up-front and probably ages better too; unfortunately, Hog Heaven is one of those beers that would have been considered world class 10-15 years ago but has been pushed to the back of the bus by better American examples like Firestone Walker's Scucaba or 3Fs's Behemoth; I wouldn't buy this one again unless superfresh for the big hop presence

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Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA from Avery Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 2,085 ratings.
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