Hog Water
Black Hog Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,687
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3.99 | pDev: 8.02%
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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Dakin from Utah

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -16%
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
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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PianoManKD from Connecticut

3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
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
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev 0%
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
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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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illpass78 from Maine

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Bluecrow from New York

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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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MadMax29 from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nicely balanced. No one note overpowers the other. Good mouth feel with the city lingering more on the front of the tongue. A good solid beer that will probably get lost in a sea of currently outstanding IPAs.

Sep 15, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

pours an orange color with almost no haze, ring of carb around the top. smell is mangoes and oranges, some bready,doughy malt is also strong on the nose. taste is much bigger on the hop bite: big orange, some peach, some mango, and slight pine? the bready malt comes in on the back end. it all comes together for a decently tropical taste. confusing though because when I taste tropical, I expect the thick, fuzzy Trillium/NE "Haze-Bomb" mouthfeel but did not get that from this. this was a very crisp and clean mouthfeel instead. overall a very decent brew from these guys, I would get it again on tap but would not go out of my way for it.

Sep 12, 2016
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GregCT from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Awesome golden red, a lot of lacing

Smell: The smell in part gives an idea of taste, although in my opinion the smell is weak compared to the taste. Not a lot of aroma.

Taste: tropical fruits (mango) strong coffee flavors (same bitterness)

Mouthfeel: Nice dry and chewy

Overall great beer, fun to detect many flavors.

Mar 08, 2016
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Mciocca from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Hog's newer offerings havebeen great. This is a great IPA, smells like tropical fruit and has a slightly sweet malt backbone that you don't normal find in a typical IPA. Works really well.

Sep 21, 2015
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umwbennett from Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Dew Drop Inn in 12 oz. pour

Look: Beautiful hazy orange color. Even my girlfriend, who doesn't know these things, commented on how beautiful it was. Short very white head with little to no lacing.

Smell: Overwhelmed by the smell of oranges, peaches, and mangos. It smelled a bit like a Mimosa. Absolutely beautiful smell.

Taste: Everything you'd expect... Oranges, mangoes, other citrus fruits, peaches, dankness, and a tiny bit of pine. The only issue I had with the beer was that it was just a tad over bittered, which I think took away from the otherwise terrific juiciness of this beer.

Feel: Light and refreshing in the mouth. Like an IPA in the stomach. Very crisp and easy to drink.

This is a terrific beer that everyone should look for. I hope this is as excellent in cans as it was on draft, because I will definitely be looking for it on shelves now.

Sep 17, 2015
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