We have a soft spot for Black Hog Brewing Company. Plain and simple. When my brother and I started this journey, the first Connecticut brewery we visited was Black Hog. We traveled to Oxford and tasted their wonderful beer for the first time and fell in love. Their taproom was the epicenter for the content that is now showcased on this website. Ideas were germinating over a trio of flights and one of the standouts from that afternoon was Piglet, a Double IPA that completely floored us. The rest as they say, is history.
Piglet features a sturdy malt profile which carries the weight throughout and provides most of the flavors. It pours a deep copper color and asserts itself upon first taste. British Pale malt and Crystal 110 (among others) provide a smooth but firm caramel flavor that plays nicely with the copious arrangement of hops. Black Hog dry hops Piglet with 2lbs. of Azacca per barrel, yielding aromatic notes of tropical fruit to pair with the aforementioned malt characteristics.
The Azacca hops (named after the Hatian God of agriculture) do a lot of work in this beer, but it isn’t the only player on the floor. Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Glacier, and Simcoe all play a part as well. Despite the loaded roster however, Piglet remains a malt forward offering with great hop presence that alters the ordinary description of most Double IPA’s. Bold, resinous, but smooth, Black Hog finds a way to stand out with this one, especially with a beer style that seems to be redundant at times. With an ABV of 8.8%, this beer proves to be a worthy opponent for any beer lover, but also one with the versatility to change the minds of non-IPA fans.
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The best part about Piglet is that it is most likely available at a bar near you. As of right now, Millwrights Restaurant & Tavern in Simsbury along with Billy Tee’s in Cromwell are both carrying the Double IPA. Not close to either of these watering holes? Don’t worry, Piglet tends to travel near and far on a consistent basis, so it should be flowing through tap lines near you soon.
Whether you’re enjoying a pint on draught, sampling from their spacious taproom, or sharing out of a growler, Piglet is a beer worth finding.