Avery Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #146
Ranked #12,586
4 | pDev: 14.75%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: Unfiltered Double Dry Hopped Hog Heaven.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RustyDiamond from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip @ Brick Store Pub, during their '11 Kegs, 11 Days, 11th Anniversary'.
Deep chesnut brown, with nice blood orange hues. One finger of manilla folder yellow head.
Nice deep aromas of alcohol and fresh, stinky, dank hops. Yes I said the word dank.
Creamy first note, just before the onslaught of hop flavor hit me. Huge hop flavor...quite sticky with a massive amount of decadent pink grapefruit hop syrup. Believe it or not, noticeable malt presence...almost smoke-like.

Jun 22, 2008
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Todd from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Oct 18, 2013
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mynie from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed at 10% ABV.

Guest tap at the 3 Floyds brewpub. The menu said this was the most intense beer on the list---making it stronger even than Dreadnaught--and, well, since I'm not a Mary I decided to give it a try.

Pours like a barley wine. Dark gold, medium cloudy, with a head that's pretty big, considering the strength of the beer.

Smells intense, more herbal than hoppy. At first it was like I had stuck my nose into a bag of marijuana (it's been a few years though, so my memory may be a little off), and then as it got warmer it took on more an oreganoish aroma, along with heavy waves of sour citrus.

Tastes like straight hops. Never before have I come across a barley wine wherein the barley was virtually nonexistent--and really since I'm normally not a huge fan of barleywines that's not a bad thing. All you got, all throughout, are big, heavy, herbal hops.

May 14, 2010
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of this one. Apparently it's dry hopped Hog Heaven.

Orange/amber/golden pour. Hazy. Some particulates are floating around, too. Head is weak. Would look really nice if it were more than 1/4 finger.

Aroma is hoppy. Wet grass just buries any malt that could have made it. Kinda Saison-esque with the musk.

Yeah, taste just isn't quite there. I think the hops were dried out or something. Twigs and hay scratchiness. Kind of like a bourbon-corn-dryness thing. Malt is not present to me.

It does give a bite, and I do like that. Boozy though. Didn't drink the whole glass.

Mar 07, 2011
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JMBSH from Colorado

5/5  rDev +25%

Nov 16, 2011
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deereless from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 14, 2016
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 days of kegs - Day 9 to celebrate the Brickstore Pubs 11th Anniversary.

Pours a deep reddish orange that is very cloudy. Heavy, heavy lacing lovingly clings to the sides Smells of strong citrusy and floral hops. First taste I am slightly overwhelmed by the hops. Fortunately this brew has a strong malt backbone to match the excellent hops. Very nice

Aug 24, 2008
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DenverBigRed from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Oct 07, 2014
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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Aug 19, 2012
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Stoneman78 from California

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Real Ale Festival at PP Carlsbad

Appearance is murky amber-orange hue, thing layer of off-white foam, moderate lacing

Smell is sweet hops, pine resin, grass, citrus, hints of tea, evergreen pine dominates, very hop-forward

Taste is tea leaves and pine needles, transitions to very bitter and drying hops, switches back to a tea flavor and bread malts, finishes with light bitter sweetness

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick resin texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, feels more like a IPA/DIPA than an american barleywine, mostly lacking in the dark fruits and bold malt flavors, however the abv is well-masked and this is deilcious regardless of style

Jun 25, 2008
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freduardo from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Dec 05, 2011
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rye726 from Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangish amber with silky beige head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has caramel malts with a huge bouquet of fresh citrusy and herbal hops.

Taste is an absolute explosion of dank, resiny hops over sweet candy malts.

Creamy body is perfectly carbonated. Long bitter finish.

Tasty stuff!!!

Mar 27, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this at 2010 Firkin Fest

This is Hog Heaven that is unfiltered and double dry hopped.

Pours no head at all. Color is a hazed orange copper.

Aroma: very sweet, hoppy, and malty. Big citrus blend. Some bready malts and caramel. Very odd. Nothing pleasing.

Taste: Weedy hops (think ditch weed). Big malt profile with caramel and citrus blended in. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Bland, dry almost, and boozy a bit. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Ends dry,.

Overall, this beer is not for me. I couldn't even finish my pour. Very bad. Over-hopped in a bad way.

Mar 21, 2010
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ruckzuck from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes from the Brickstore's 11 days of kegs a few weeks ago. Really enjoyed this one.

A - deep amber brown with some orange hints, sort of off-white head

S - hops, hops, and hops! Wow, this smelled awesome

T - please see smell. Ha! A lot of grapefruit and citrus and deliciousness going on. Bitter and lovely

M - medium bodied with some nice carbonation

D - wow, as a hophead I certainly enjoyed the hell out of this. Thanks to Dave, Lee, and everyone else who was involved in getting this to BSP. If you get a chance, try it out! A hop delight.

Jul 13, 2008
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huysmans from New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

Dec 16, 2012
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Nov 18, 2014
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billab914 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2017
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kkrez from Colorado

5/5  rDev +25%

Nov 14, 2011
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2017
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AleWatcher from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Three Floyds--
Reviewed from notes.

This is a hazy golden tinted orange color with copper and amber hints and an off white head. Huge thick sheets and rings of lacing.
This smells a lot like the regular Hog Heaven to me. There is a noticeable hoppiness, but not as much as I was really expecting. The smell and taste are like a lot of regular barleywines these days, and while that isn't a bad thing, it isn't what I was hoping for with this being a special release double dry-hopped monster that it was touted.
The serving temp seemed a bit cold, so I was hoping it would open up as it warmed...
This one is much thicker than the regular Hog Heaven. A lot more oily. Coats the teeth and strips your enamel off faster than a school of piranha on a cow. All the regular and expected smells and flavors are there-- sweet bready and caramel malts and citrus/herbal/floral hops.
The carbonation level is adequate.

This is quite delicious, but it isn't what I was hoping for. Not extremely challenging or complicated, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

May 21, 2010
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

Aug 07, 2014
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Adamostella from Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 14, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice little surprise at Barley's Real Ale fest today. Poured from a cask.

Pungency is the name of the game here. Dank, wet smelling hops all over. Hemp, herbs, tea, citrus, and plenty of caramel to lay a base.

The taste is more of the dank, pungent hops. Lots of green herbs, hemp, thick ditch weeds, rhubarb (yeah). Its not 100% hops, there is still a malty base, but its totally secondary.

The cask has this beer drinking fairly smooth, aside from the thick resin of hop oils.

Alcohol seems to be fairly large. This beer is pretty potent at times.

May 23, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some old notes from the Bistro 8th Annual Double IPA fest, yup, an Imperial Red at the DIPAfest. And it fit in nicely.

Beautiful mahogany and ruby red appearance. Very professional looking. Good aroma, woodsy, I wrote that I was imagining redwoods and moss.

Taste, simply right up there with Lagunitas Imperial Reds. Hoppy as hell, with that coupling red malt. Tiny bit of sweetness along with it. Grows with you, doesn't become earthy heavy like so many big red ales. Drinkable, a good change of pace.

Feb 11, 2010
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drummermattie02 from Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

May 13, 2013
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