Black Hog Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,068
Ranked #28,627
3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Notes: Black Hog Brewing Co. presents Piglet, our big tropical fruit and citrus hop-forward Double IPA. A hop-lover's dream with Columbus, Simcoe, and Amarillo, along with over 2 lbs of Azacca dry-hopped in every barrel! Born in the Pacific Northwest, Azacca is named for the Haitian God of Agriculture - and it's soon to become the next great American hop. Oink and Enjoy!
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (tm)'s backlog is getting to be like that pesky loose thread on a knit sweater. You know how it goes, pull on it & all of a sudden, everything unravels & you are left with a ball of yarn that used to be a sweater! I had a Black Hog Pilsner a little bit ago, then thought, "Hmm, I think that I've got a few more from Black Hog. Lemme see. What? I could have sworn that I already reviewed THAT one!". OMFG. Now, I've got an impromptu brewery horizontal on my hands!

From the CAN: "Double India Pale Ale"; "Delightfully Dank"; "We are named after the heritage breed Berkshire Black Hog. Local farmers feed these pigs our spent grains and give us the best hogs for roasting whole. That's why we cheer, DRINK TO THE HOG! Tyler, Tom and Jason"; "Made in CT"; "You best 'cycle".

I ran out of steam at the end of last night, but now I am ready to go with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, steady, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was startled when I got some immediate foaming through the vent, but it was due to a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tongue to go. I got things under CANtrol by virtue of the Glug & now, I was looking at two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, butterscotch-colored head with amazing retention! That is not hyperbole, either. I was suddenly struck by a rumbly in the tummy & when I returned from the throne in the royal chambers, the head had barely fallen, but it was already beginning to leave wondrous lacing. Color was Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a nice mélange of pine/eucalyptus, grapefruit, orange/tangerine, light tropical fruit, peach & a resinousness to top it off. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, making it light for the style. The taste was equal to the nose in that it had a LOT going on - it beCAN with a cool mintiness, followed by a tropical fruit sweetness & once I dropped my guard, I got gobsmacked with citrus! Whew. Finish was cool, dry & very pleasant. Mmm. YMMV.

Mar 28, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

-can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Autumn orange coloring has a deep haze and density with a light beige capping that was rocky and lasting. Steady supply of micro-effervesce moves in uniform at a quick pace. Small collection of micro particles rest on the glass bottom with a small surrounding haziness. Thick and full meaty lace bands cover the vessel.

S: Fresh burst of lemony-tropical fruit glow on the open, wet and juicy in nature and captivating. Fresh grains, hay, with a light soft touch of sweetened grapefruit and lemon peel. Very nice appreciable strength, a bit of dank pungent flowery hops came upon warming, columbus. Wet pine and a soft bittering of dry hopped citrus comes on the close.

T: Dank hop flavor of oranges and pungent flowery hops, again columbus, anad citrus grapefruit. Soft lemony bitterness, dank citrus flowers.

M: Creamy mouthful, juicy hop oils and resins give this a dank feel and deep malting. Dank bitterness.

O: Overall lives up to my expectations and beyond. Dank and juicy bitterness soaks the mouth and tongue. Wet and juicy nose, dank pungent hops for flavor and great drinkability makes this an easy 4.0. A piglet that drinks like a big dank hog.

Jul 02, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark slightly hazy with a solid 2 finger sticky off white head that leaves plenty of thick patches of lace, not sure when it was canned. 4

Smell is pine resin, tangerine, and grapefruit rind with maybe a hint of marijuana. 4

Taste follows some pine and marijuana upfront leads to tangerine and a healthy dose of of grapefruit. 4.25

Mouthfeel is hefty, plenty of life, a tad dry as I would expect from the style, and for me at 8.8% ABV goes down easy. 4.5

Overall this is a nice change of pace, old school DIPA that really is a little one dimensional but not a bad thing for my buds. 4.25

Mar 25, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnished gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: fresh squeezed OJ; grapefruit rind;

T: dank and musty; pine with a hint of grapefruit behind it; moderate bitter, long lasting finish with a bit of grapefruit;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: liked the aroma much more than the flavor;

Jan 15, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker peach look to this brew. Quickly wastin head. Lovely IPA fruit and slight citrus scent. More alcohol in the flavor profile with citrus and mild bitterness. Well put together decent feel and carbonation.

Nov 20, 2017
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far333 from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear coppery range with fine streams of bubbles rising up t a fine cap of beige bubbles that settle out slowly. Low aroma of tangerine and orange zest. Hoppy upfront, fairly matches the nose, but sharper. Moderate bitterness, but increases as it lingers. Pine and orange rind pith bitters emerge. A honey malt sweetness rides beneath, as does a sweetness and warmth contributed by the ABV. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit soft and slick. Decent beer, but not great. Great label.

Sep 01, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can (no stamped date found but marking "7 04 17" may mean May 7, '17?)

Nice hazy copper color with 1 finger head of fine bubbles. Very effervescent in the glass. Strong earthy malt aroma makes it seem to be a seriously malty ale. They call this "delightfully dank" but I get no dankness from the aroma or taste at all. Flavor confirms this along with a very present alcohol flavor. There is a good sense of stone fruit hop flavor that continues to the end on a wave of sweet maltiness. Feel is heavy with a burn to it. The sweet backbone gets sticky as well. A moderate bitterness is almost undetectable behind all the other stuff going on.

For me the almost excessive sweetness saves this one from becoming too alcohol-y and overpowering the fine choice of hop flavor. That said it is just too much sledge hammer, not enough finesse. If you like a very strong ale you may be able to pick out more subtlety than I can.

Jun 01, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L - Hazy copper with a finger of slightly off-white head

S - Resinous and malty. Candied orange and mossy.

T - Charred malts, wet tree bark, barley-covered orange slices. Some doughy characters, but not much bite or dankness

F - Thick and a bit chewy. No alcohol presence. Kind of a metallic aftertaste

O - Not a winner. Big DIPA's can be thick and syrupy while retaining high drinkability, but this one was a swing and a miss

May 28, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling this 16 oz cold can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly cloudy gold to copper color with some suspended sediment and several fine streams of carbonation rising to the surface of my glass. There is a fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm after the pour and this recedes to a sturdy edge layer leaving windowpane lattice as it fades to the surface.
the aroma of this beer is hops, I get some citrusy rind notes and some earthy notes with just a bit of earthy dank note that sticks to my nose. I also do find a bit of malty caramel buried underneath the hops. No booze scents to reveal the 8.8%.
the first sip reveals an average body with slightly slick texture. The carbonation is very fine but also fairly prickly adding to the mouthfeel of the beer.
The flavor of the beer is briefly caramel and some grainy malt and then a lot of hops. I get some earthy hop notes and a bit of herbal and black tea hits and definitely some resin notes. I do get a little black pepper which I attribute to the alcohol that drifts through the finish.
Finally a fairly significant bitterness that lingers and dries out my palate after each sip. the bitterness is fairly astringent, almost like an aspirin resting on my tongue.
this is a pretty interesting DIPA and isnt in the juice bomb category IMO but more old school DIPA and that is fine by me
Worth a shot if you see some cans and like hops.

May 24, 2017
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wasn't wowed by the flavor profile off of this, kind of sweet and sugary flavorwise with an assertive, bitter grapefruit bite. The bite is what killed me with this beer. Way too spicy and biting and abrasive with the hop flavor. As the first beer I've had from this brewery, I am not sure if I'll be checking for them in the future.

Dec 04, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/16/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then a strong earthy hops bitterness comes in. Sweet flavors of caramel and citrus bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Oct 17, 2016
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a translucent brownish orange with a 1/4 inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is a mix of dank and floral hops. The taste is dank hops but with more citrus than the aroma indicated. Floral notes as well. Dank, resinous finish. Hints of garlic and onion, maybe. Oily mouthfeel. Mild alcohol burn. Overall, solid Imperial IPA.

Aug 05, 2015
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SenatorSpaceman from Connecticut

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I keep wanting to give this brewery a chance but they've yet to impress me. This was the most disappointing beer I've tried from them. Not much nose at all and very odd flavor.

Jul 09, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Ordinary in New Haven. Amber colored, clear, fluffy white head on top.

Smell is pretty dank, sweet, citrus, strong malt backbone. Taste starts more with the malts, caramel and dough lend off their sweetness up front. Some grapefruit hops come in, somewhat herbal and resinous, pretty strong bitterness near the end.

Overall a nice DIPA from CT. Nothing crazy but a few tweaks can make this excellent.

Jun 09, 2015
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - golden/brownish in color. S - Piney, floral. T - bitter, dank, hoppy, slight citrus. Not over the top citrus like so many others. F - smooth and balanced. O - great tasting beer. I've been looking forward to the first DIPA from Black Hog. I hope this gets to be a regular production from them.

Mar 29, 2015
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beerfootfreak from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light amber color with a touch of ruby. Clean white head, about one inch, slowly resolves into common lace trails. Aroma: deliciously dank is right. Off the bat musty, piney hops. Heavy scent, like fresh cannabis. The taste follows the smell, starts off smooth and finishes with a beautiful lashing of earthy, piney hops, laid in a sweet and delicate yet robust and complex malt back. Sturdy body to hold the hops together. There's a dark floral taste that resonates on the palate long after a sip. Another great D.I.P.A from CT. Wish I could see it more widely available.

Mar 07, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 76 ratings