Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,349
Ranked #21,837
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Feb 11, 2022
Mar 02, 2015
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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Rated: 4.73 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Jun 27, 2021
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Rated: 3.4 by Hwy61x from Connecticut

Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by sd123 from Georgia

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by Eychung from New York

Apr 15, 2019
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Rated by nyjetz from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Wasn’t expecting such a well done brew ,well done Black Hog ,will definitely buy again,and might hit tasting soon ,
Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire

Dec 29, 2018
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Rated by Fieceheart from Connecticut

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
I don't know if it was fresh but it just tasted like overly strong beer with not a lot of flavor.
Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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
Rated: 3.73 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by rorjets from Connecticut

Mar 29, 2018
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Rated: 3.75 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Rated: 3.92 by Casterbridge from Connecticut

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Urs from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4 by KidFrosty from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Rated: 3.83 by mschofield from Massachusetts

Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by DMC43 from Connecticut

Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 2.28 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 3.22 by Chomp from Connecticut

Sep 09, 2017
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Reviewed by far333 from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
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
Rated: 3.5 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Sep 01, 2017
Rated: 3.22 by ssoulf from Massachusetts

Jun 18, 2017
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Reviewed by digboy from New Hampshire

3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
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
Rated: 2.34 by mustbunique from Massachusetts

May 25, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

May 25, 2017
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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
Rated: 3.25 by smcel371 from New York

May 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by malfunxion from New York

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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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