Hog Water
Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
American IPA
3.96 | pDev: 8.08%
Jan 25, 2020
Aug 07, 2015
Very Good
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Rated: 3.77 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by Hangryginger from Connecticut

Jul 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Eychung from New York

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Lefty_P_Hand from Maine

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by jlow81897 from Connecticut

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazy golden color shines with some Amber highlights. A fat, fluffy all white foam that doesn't quit.

The nose is super intense with spicy pineapple, peaches, rose, a grainy malty effect.

The flavor has a multi faceted hop complexity that goes on and on...
A deep grainy and bitter effect first, the dry leafy hop thing is pretty huge. Hearty, whole cone hop sensation that lacks any specific tropical, or sweet citrus, surprisingly. There is a tangy and sour-ish thing that lingers, but in a bold, crazy hoppy way.

A heady, thick feel, starts out medium bodied, then becomes rather full but still fresh.

Unique, interesting and bold. Yup.
Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Dakin from Utah

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Cloudy amber. Film of bright white head.

Smell: Wow. Gobs of raw honey. Pine- almost like fresh rain in a pine forest, bit of apple juice maybe.

Taste: Up front i'm getting a big raw honey and pine mixture... sticky and wet. This is different. Really tastes like this is infused with real honey.

Feel: Nice sticky lingering feel.

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Phil9250 from New Hampshire

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Kurmaraja from California

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Beautiful deep bright peach-orange coloring has a dense and juicy nature. A one inch firm ivory white head is bready and thick in consistency leaving a glass coating calling card of multiple band condescending rings. Light carbonation factor. Really love the bright coloring here.

S: Fresh lemonade and dripping wet citrus is followed by soft prickly pine hops and a fresh flowery bitterness. Light freshly sliced grapefruit and tangerine with a mid-level strength. Wet grassiness comes on the finish.

T: Bitter raw citrus and orange peel with dried citrus fruit, grapefruit with a raw flowery and powerful bitterness. Wet herbal and wildflower back notes, with some grassiness and berry fruit and peach. High respectable bitterness and hop levels with pine-orange comes on the swallow.

M: Medium heavy body, thick and creamy consistency with a warm, flowery bite. Warm hop resins.

O: Overall hoppy and bitter, yet flavorful, well blended and easy to consume with lots of raw flowery citrus. Grapefruit, with a strong first impression that has legs throughout. Nice range of flavor and bitterness with a great drinkability.
Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
[IMG] Poured into a Nordic style pint glass canned on 4/24/18. Poured down the middle and got a solid finger sticky white head that leaves a nice wall of lace behind as it slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is pine resin, herbal, tangerine, peppery spice, and grapefruit rind. 3.75

Taste follows but I am digging it more, nice pine and grapefruit with some spicy hops and tangerine old school IPA. 4

Mouthfeel is medium, plenty of life but a tad dry, and very drinkable at 7.0% ABV. 4

Overall a very nice IPA, 6 years ago I would have really loved it, but sadly I am caught up in the Haze Craze like many. 4
May 20, 2018
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
3/3/18...pours light copper orange with light foam. Heavy citrus orange nose. Pulpy. Heavy resin taste, some pine, citrus rind. Juicy and wet, mostly orange. Quite tasty.
Apr 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Medium/darker orange and hazy with very little head. Light melon and citrus on the nose. What I like about this beer, it’s a good take on the NE IPA that has a bit more malt to the base. After having a hop bomb IPA, this brew provided a nice addition to the palate while still retaining the fruity and slight sweetness that these beers are famous for. Thicker feel with decent prickly carbonation.
Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2018
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Rated by JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Nice, fruity tasting beer.
Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by IBUBrew from Vermont

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by Mjmoney23 from Connecticut

Jan 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Brad007 from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a super hazy dark golden hue with a thick frothy head into my glass. Canned 12/6/17. Floral citrus in the nose. Mango and passionfruit burst onto the tongue. Slightly sweet, bitter finish. A very good take on the NE IPA style. Hard to top the perfection at home.
Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by SHMD_Brewing from New York

Jan 22, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
A: crystal clear; copper colored; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; very little lacing;

S: muted; earthy with some tropical fruit;

T: almost no flavor at all; what's there is citrus and pine from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: odd lack of flavor;
Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
From a 16oz can, dated 12/06/17. A hard pour into an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a moderately hazy, unfiltered, golden-yellow with two-plus fingers of loose, lathery, cream coloured head. Retention is somewhere between good and fairly decent, leaving a sparse webbing of clumpy lacing.

Smells old-timey malty, a heavy blanket of wet mash and toast smothering a defenseless little hop baby in her crib.

Taste is confusing. It's like someone mixed a few dozen beers together at random and re-canned them. Am I going to drink it anyway? Probably.

Feel is actually pretty good, so there's that.

The can promises 'a hop lover's wet dream.' I love hops. But I don't love them unconditionally or indiscriminately and certainly not all at the same time.
Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by Gkruszewski from New York

Dec 20, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I love it when we receive new CANs in distribution here in Lancaster, PA! Thanks to new laws, more & more places offer mix 'n' match selections, but there are those places that specialize in offering craft beer in quantities less than a six-pack. One such is the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is where I scored this one.

From the CAN: "A hop lover's wet dream"; "We are named after the heritage breed Berkshire Black Hog. Local farmers feed these pigs our spent grain and give us the best hogs for roasting whole. That's why we cheer, DRINK TO THE HOG!"; "Cheers! Tyler, Tom and Jason"; "You best 'cycle"; "Made in CT".

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent due to its being a brimful craft CAN. This, plus the fact that it was in a pint CAN, led me to CANduct a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It required no coaxing to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, leading to a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. The nose smelled like a West Coast AIPA with loads of sticky pine & bitter grapefruit. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a mélange of flavors, ranging from an initial dank, sticky pine to the tropical fruit trio of mango, papaya and guava to the bitter tang of grapefruit. Phew! As a self-described, self-avowed hophead, I have not had an AIPA wet dream, but this would probably be what it would be like. Finish was dry with the grapefruit citrusiness lingering well past the swallow. Thank you for coming to PA!
Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by brewnme from Maine

Sep 12, 2017
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Reviewed by PianoManKD from Connecticut

3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L - Pour with hardly any head. Almost had a soda pop head to it with barely any foam.

S - The smell is probably the highlight of this beer. It's citrus notes hit you right away and make way for other fruity aromas.

T - The motto of the beer is definitely right. It definitely is a hop lover's beer. You get inundated with hops right away to the point of almost a mess of flavor. Very tough to distinguish.

F - The feel of the beer is your usual IPA feel.

O - I won't be buying this one again, but it was nice to try a new beer. If you're not into intense hop tastes stays FAR away from this one!
Sep 12, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Sep 10, 2017
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Best beer name in recent memory.

A- Tallboy pours into a snifter with a hazy-cloudy yellow body and a really thick, creamy cap. The head peaks at about half an inch in the wide glass and has pretty good retention before dying out to an island in the center and a wide puffy ring at the edges. Lacing is a mix of large sheets and common spots.

S- Hops in the forefront of a medium strength aroma which does not reach pungent; you have to dig deep for some of the subtle hints. Mainly citrus hops like orange and grapefruit with hints of general tropical juicy fruits, floral and herbal entities, peach and a bit of mango.

T- Leads off again with citrus hops but this time it is more toward the bitter grapefruit pith and flesh side of things with hints of tangerine and orange. Rounding out the flavor are notes of pine, herbs, floral hops, slight mango and tropical fruits as well as a base of cereal and light bready grains.

MF- Very silky smooth and rather creamy in texture. The carbonation is on the high side and the beer really puffs up on the palate. Ends with a floral-grapefruit bitterness.

Not a hop juice with pungent notes of all your favorite fruits but a bit more subtle and balanced but still rather good. Grapefruit and floral hops in the focus with more subtle fruity hints in the backdrop.
Aug 18, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Big_V from Maryland

Aug 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Jul 13, 2017
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 16 ounce can poured into a snifter.
Hazy orange/gold color. Small white head with some lacing.
Fruity aroma, some bread.
Orange and mango taste. Bready background.
Medium-bodied. Nicely bitter.
Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pint on draft at Hella Good Tacos in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Cloudy straw with a half-inch white head that holds at a little less than half-finger width. Good look. Some ringed lace on way down.

Aroma: Kind of smells oddly like a mimosa. Citrus, especially orange - not orange peel, but orange - is very forward. Some tropical fruits, some malt sweetness, too.

Taste: Great balance of tropical fruit flavor and some malty richness. Some peach, some grapefruit, and definitely some orange. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Relatively easy drinker for an IPA that was described to me as "dank." Lots of flavor and some booze presence, but very drinkable at 7 percent.

Overall: Excellent IPA. Everything most discerning customers want in this style.
Jan 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
-cloudy tap pour, pale yellow? (in a dark venue). There is a sweet fruit-juice aroma. Pineapple and orange flavors dominate. Hop contribution is a only touch of spice. Feel is wet, juice-like and very soft. I enjoyed this brew.
Dec 31, 2016
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