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Whole Hog Six Hop IPA - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SykDoc on 04-12-2009

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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 116
Photo of turbomalt
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I have got to say, I wasn't expecting much. Especially after seeing average reviews, but I actually made an account for this beer. I have had a few hundred IPAs, and I think this one is above average. It has layers of hops throughout the flavor profile. Front, back, middle, all over. The sweet malt ties it all together and balances it out. I really think this is slightly underrated. I do not see a clear date on the bottle, which does bother me.

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +14%

From notes on 8/31/2013

Nice grapefruit flavor. Interesting but delightful smell. Point did a nice job on this one. I recommend this one to anyone who wants to try an IPA that differs from the others.

Photo of Lemke10
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is fairly sweet and yeast for being an India Pale Ale. The taste is smooth, sweet, and fairly malty. In the finish there is a bit of a bitter taste but not anything you would expect from an IPA. Not bad by any means but certainly not very true to the style.

Photo of martyl1000
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a nice looking blonde brew, with a scant head.

The aroma is of sweet tangerine and birthday cake. The malt comes across as a mild, wet cardboard and Rice Krispies in milk.

In the mouth the sweet citrus precedes a bitter pine. Whoa is the pine bitter! The malt backbone tries mightily to pull it all together, and is mostly successful, though the pine bitterness is a bit much. ABV is hardly there.

Medium-bodied and slick on the palate.

This is very much my style of IIPA: sweet, malty, fruity. The one drawback is, as it warms, the grain turns a bit leathery AND THE SWEETNESS GETS A BIT CLOYING -- starts to remind me of an over-sweet English barley wine, like Anchor Old Foghorn (though not as bad as North Coast Old Stock!) But at $7/four-pk., I'll take this any day of the week.

Photo of soju6
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a smallish head and bits of lacing. Aroma of Grapefruit, bit of pine with some malt sweetness and grain.Taste of grapefruit, malt, mild caramel sweetness and bit of grain. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite dry. Medium body, crisp and clean. Nicely balanced as the 8.5% ABV is well hidden. Has a bit of character.Enjoyable beer, much better than I expected.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz twist-off poured into a snifter
8.5% ABV

A - Awesome in color, this hazed beer is a rich, deep golden honey color that is crowned by a long-lasting cap of off-white foam. Rocky peaks of lace are left steadfast on the glass.

S - Firm, assertive hops have an explosive nose but they don't quite present a fresh hop scent. Combined with the sturdy, bread-like Munich malt backbone, the hops seem to have a musty, old cardboard oxidized aroma though they definitely bring the IBUs. The hop aroma is predominantly earthy but highlights biter grapefruit skin as well juice, lemongrass, and pine notes.

T - Hop forward like the aroma but nearly as "old" tasting, the flavor profile captures some of the same grapefruit undertones like jam thinly spread across a toasted English muffin.

M - Whole Hop Six Hop IPA might be a little dull in aroma and flavor but it shines when it comes to mouthfeel! A smooth and soft entry leads to faint alcohol warmth and a wonderful carbonation level before dry hop bitterness punctuates the finish!

O - Point's Whole Hog double IPA might not win over the hearts of every hop head out there but it's on the right track. Maybe the combination of six hops becomes a bit to muddled, producing the "old" character but the bitterness and balance with the smooth malt profile is wonderful.

Photo of drpimento
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is the best Point beer I've had by far. Poured with small to medium sized, cream colored head that didn't last too long and no lace. Color is an orange amber with plenty bubble trails. Aroma is is the best part and is very spicy. hop, and malt. Flavor doesn't have much of that spice, is highly bitter, then sweet, then carbonic tang. Body reflects the high bitterness and clashes with some of the other qualities. Finish is like flavor and body where the bitterness is overwhelming; lasting prominently to the end over a long time .

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium amber with an off white head, just a ring left. No lace.

Big boozy sweet fruit notes. Candied maltiness. Just short of some aromas I get from barley wine.

Booze and fruit up front, some toasty malt, growing straight bitterness, some vanilla
and sweet bread, and long bitter finish. I do want more hop notes here.

Fuller bodied, some good carbonation.

Nice brew, but a little flawed. The depth from the hops needs to add flavor other than bitter. Rich malt helps make up for any real issues. Worth a try.

Photo of Boppar
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Half a finger of rapidly vanishing head. Coppery orange body.

S; Alcohol. Fruit. Biscuit.

T: Meh. For a beer that claims to have 6 hops, this one really doesn't have much hop action going on.

M: Thin, slick, light-bodied.

O: I would not get this again.

Photo of thaghost
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A -hazy bright copper with minimal creamy head.

S - Fairly strong carmel scent with hints of grapefuit and pine.

T - Very robust sweet carmel taste with quite a bit of hops. The floral taste is very subtle but pleasant. For me, it helps subdue the pine taste.

M -Slightly heavy, but smooth and medium bodied. Has a somewhat dry finish with minimal carbonation. Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Low carbonation, dry finish.

O - Overall, a decent IPA. Was expecting a little more hops given the six hops used. Would definitely try it again and recommend to any fans of IPAs.

Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium copper with a foamy half inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Pine, resin, grapefruit, and toasted caramel malt form the initial aroma. Onion and soapy floral hops emerge.

Fruity hops are initially a surprising flavor mid palate. Citrus pith begins the profile, which turns bitter and resinous fairly quickly. There's substantial bready, cloyingly sweet, toasted caramel malt forming the backbone. But the fruity character is intriguing and difficult to describe.

Body is a tad syrupy, fairly full, with low carbonation, significant alcohol warmth, and a fair bit of astringency at the finish.

Cloyingly sweet at the backbone and eventually becomes more bitter than I prefer. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Hop flavor is somewhat odd.

Photo of mooseo
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Clear bright copper with a creamy white head.

S - Lots of sweet toasted caramel malt, floral hops, pine, and a hint of grapefruit. Subtle and mostly malty but pleasant.

T - The hops are more pronounced here. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops blend with a strong bready malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter with burnt caramel and lingering toasted grains.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Low carbonation, dry finish.

O - Although a little too malty for a double IPA, it's still a decent, flavorful brew. Considering six hop varieties were used, I expected a huge hop presence which unfortunately just isn't there. Still worth a try for any IPA fan, especially if given the chance.

Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, copper-colored body with a thick, sudsy head. Nice aroma: mild citrus and pine notes infused a soft malt sweetness. Taste follows along closely with the aroma; biscuit and some caramel hints; a fair amount of hop bitterness; alcohol presence peeps out near the finish. Medium bodied with a sharp, malt sugar edge, dry finish.

A good but a bit understated for a DIPA. It's certainly tasty and decently balanced across the board. The beer's hop and malt flavorings seem to fit a regular IPA taste profile (a good thing) with the added punch of a DIPA's ABV. I was surprised at a rather subdued hop smell for something sporting six hop varieties in the mix. The hop flavor was also not as commanding a presence although the overall hop bitterness seemed fair enough. But, this is nit-picking for an otherwise good IPA.

Photo of beer2day
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light copper gold with 2 finger near white, tight head. Faint retention and a couple of strands of light lace.

Nose is mostly floral hops, with some hop esters and a light citrus presence. Pretty decent, just wish it was stronger.

Taste is fairly mild. Get floral hops from beginning to end, with light hop oil, a faint bit of pepper, but miss the mark on a citrus presence. Alcohol is very apparent.

Feel is a bit thick, with hop oil providing most of that thickness. Not getting a heavy malt contribution.

Overall, slightly above average. Good choice if nothing else around. Faint praise.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear light copper with some bubbles clinging to the sides, short head retained at a thin cover
S - big caramel, there is a minty type aroma, some herbs, not bad aromas but a little confusing for the style
T - big butterscotch maltiness right away, herbal hops, lightly fruity and minty in the background, again doesn't taste bad but strange for the style
M - light and just a little on the thin or flat side, light bitter finish
O - a bit of an enigma for me, the maltiness seems to dominate, and while it is definitely tasty its not what i'm looking for in a DIPA

Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Heavy caramel malts, earthy tones, hints of sour citrus and honey.

T - Flavour is heavily dominated by caramel malts, with the earthy cedar and bitter citrus hop notes coming through more as an afterthought. The sweetness of the malts are nicely balanced with the bitterness of the hops, but I would still prefer it if it were a more hop heavy.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty DIPA but a bit too malt heavy for my liking. Worth a try... Good, but not great. That being said, it's much better than any of the other offerings I've had from them to date.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like any other IPA. Clear amber in color with a 1/2 inch of sticky white foam.

S - To me it comes off rather English smelling with biscuit malts and citrus hops with a touch of herbal teas.

T - Well this is a surprise. I expected a malt forward beer from the English smell but got a rather good balance between hops and cracker malt. My only issue with the beer was once warmed the hops got a touch too bitter with hardcore pine.

M - Medium body pretty spot on for the ABV.

Overall not a bad DIPA the ABV is well concealed and it has an almost overbearing level of hops. Just a DIPA that could use a touch more balance.

Photo of usmittymc
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Newcastle Geordie Schooner.

A: a bit hazy, not much action on top. Only a slight rim of bubbles around the glass after the pour settled.

S: not much activity here either. A bit of hops on the nose. Mostly grain.

T: not hoppy, not malty. Somewhere in the grey area in between. I expect an IPA (particularly one presented as *SIX HOP* IPA) to be a bit hops forward. Not the case here. Very balanced.

M: A little slick, but carbonation is good.

O: Pretty much a middle of the road IPA. Nothing to see (or taste) here. If the opportunity presents itself, endulge- but don"t seek it out.

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. The aroma features a lot of grapefruit notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is a bit similar. The grapefruit notes still dominate, but I get some pine and a decent amount of bitterness. There is also some nice biscuit malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On our road trip across Wisconsin last fall we found lots of small, old breweries that were new to us who have changed their production from Miller clones to interesting beers. We didn't get any Stevens Points, but Saveon in Mentor just got a mess of them.

This double AIPA has it all working, but more than that, it is uniquely over the top hoppy. Those six hops make their presence known, and they blend into a mashup of hoppy goodness.

Everything else is going on here too. Like most AIPA's, it is mostly clear and dark yellow/orange. Even though there are so many hops tastes, the balance is there such that the malt and booze is still in there.

I will look for this again.

Photo of Jimmys
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: bright copper body. white head is foamy and has good retention/average lacing. very pretty copper color.

S: the earthy herbal hop aroma battles hard with brown sugar and caramel. a little bit of acetaldehyde/green apple?

T: lots of caramel candied malt flavor. cant really fight through the grain to get a real hop flavor/presence. a little nail polish-y. alcohol.

M: average carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: too many problems for me to really enjoy this too much. pass imo.

Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out really clear light yellow to amber with a smidge of white suds. Plenty of effervescence and some lacing.
Smell is sugar and malt before the hop. Almost a cotton candy aroma.
Taste is a dirty mix of hop and sugar water. Not a lot going on here. The only thing good here is that it's hiding the alcohol very well.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky from the sugars. This one is a bit too sweet for me.
Overall I wouldn 't rate this a good IPA. Just average.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear copper-amber color, witha 3/4" cream colored head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing as it reduces.

The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet, with a grape-Nerds like smell. Alcohol, caramel malt, tangerine all combine underneath for a more pleasant aroma.

Starts malty and thick, resinous and mildly astringent, with honey malt, piney hops, orange zest and ruby red grapefruit, ending bitter and pithy.

Medium to full bodied, the IBU's must be high in this one 'cuz it is leaving my tongue and gums tingling.

The label advertises this as a six hop extravaganza, with Cluster, WIlliamette, Sterling, Cascade, Lettananger and Perle hops. Clearly there was both dry hopping and hops added during the boil, as it gives you up-front resin and finishing bitterness. Maybe the brewer was concerned this was too much, and dosed it with extra malt to balance the bitter. Or, perhaps this is an older bottle; I can't locate a bottled-on date, though the neck bears a stamp of "0553", which I would guess is a batch number. I'm not saying this has aged too long, especially given its abundant hoppiness, but it does have a maltier taste, and that odd grape-like aroma, you get sometime from a beer that seems a bit aged. Still, I bought this three days ago, and this was the first time I had seen this on the shelf at the place I bought it, so I am guessing that the maltiness is intended. Whichever it is, I find that the malt is overpowering the six varieties of hops and generally taking away from what could be a great brew. I'd love to get a hold of some of this fresh from the brewery and on tap so I could see if the maltiness was intended.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in SA glass.

One finger, white head over clear, yellow-gold elixir, settles to thin rim. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of fruit, zest, lightly roasted malt.

Very smooth and muted hop bitterness. Malt comes through in the middle and then the hops linger at the end. Alcohol well hidden.

Tangy carbonation gives way to creamy texture.

Decent. Prefer more hop forward IPAs and much less malt.

Photo of jsulko
2.09/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy goldish color with a white head that does not linger.

Smell is malty with a slight citrus smell.

Taste is quite odd for an IPA or DIPA. Malty and sweet with a fruity bitterness on the finish.

I have had quite a few different DIPA's ranging from the Piney to the Malty. This one is a complete miss for me and makes me wonder if the last run of this product just went south. Positive reviews in All About Beer make me wonder if we were tasking the same beer.

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Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.