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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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from Wegmans for $6.99. Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper color with a little over a fingers worth of beige head that has decent retention. Wisps of lace.

A lot of caramel in the nose, complimented by an earthy, floral hop note. Slight booze, slight toffee.

Definitely unlike any barleywine I've had before, and that's not a bad thing. Lots of sweet caramel malt with a really unique, almost sweet floral hop profile that meshes really well with the abundance of caramel and toffee. Not a lot of complexity, but damn tasty.

Full bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly slick. Some definite warmth going down from the alcohol, at times it feels a little too hot. A great sipping BW though.

Overall, I'm super hyped that my Wegmans finally started carrying Avery bombers. This is a really delicious dry-hopped barleywine, and at $6.99, it's a helluva deal. A little hot and not the most complex brew out there, but I'll definitely be picking up some more of this.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

A - Crisp, deep garnet hue with a sizable ivory head. Nice retention with average lacing.

S - Hops, light sweetness from malts and some vanilla. Quite mild.

T - Lots of hops for a barleywine. Some caramel sweetness. Bitterness is big, accenting the beer nicely.

M - Moderate+ carbonation atop a medium body. A bit thin for what I prefer in this style.

O - Light boozy warmth is paired with some simple characteristics. Not in love with this one, but not bad if you are looking for a different way to appease a hop head.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dusty caramel body with a light beige head that leaves some sheets of lacing on the glass. The lacing clings to the glass though-out the whole bottle.

Aroma: aromatic hops with a nice floral touch and light red grapefruit; sweet caramel malt; lightly toasted grains; overall very nice bouquet

Flavors: sweet red grapefruit with a hint of orange and a touch of floral hops, nice earthy yeast, lightly toasted grains, faint caramel, marble bread – wheat and rye,

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, light rye spice and toasted grains linger on the palate, somewhat sweet with the dry hops adding a good balance, smooth feel, the alcohol was not a big factor – maybe adding some spice but, it was not boozy. Full-medium

To the Point: a very tasty Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale if that is what you want to call it. This is easy to drink – I need to slow up

This Ale would be nice to pair with a nice earthy style cigar, which I did on the second half of the bottle.

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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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