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Whole Hog Six Hop IPA - Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Six Hop IPAWhole Hog Six Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SykDoc on 04-12-2009)
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Reviews by TheHoppiest:
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

TheHoppiest, Apr 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured bright orange with a white head. I thought the hop aroma was rather faint, not a good sign for an IPA. The first flavor was a biting, spicy bitterness followed by malt character that didn't stand up to the bitterness. Then comes the dry, bitter after taste which wasn't appealing to me. Maybe this is the kind of "big" IPA that some folks are looking for, but not me.

blackearth, May 31, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a light gold color with a tiny white head.

It had a rather bland aroma: some caramel malt and citrus/peppery hops.

The taste came through more than the aroma promised. I got some sweet biscuit, piney/herbal notes, and a little bit of grapefruit.

This was an OK IPA. Not bad, not great.

lordofthewiens, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of megamass
3/5  rDev -14.3%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of thaghost
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

thaghost, May 18, 2013
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

juicebox, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +42.9%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev 0%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel copper amber body with a light khaki head, intricate lacing fine and even rings with each sips stick to the glass. Aroma has some earthy piney citrus notes with caramel and a touch of alcohol backing it all up. Flavor is lively with hop bitterness, citrus, earthy, slightly dirty notes. Pine and grassiness as well hell six hops that better add some character. Alcohol doesn't burn but it's evident, caramel malt with a grain driven finish does the job well in the balancing department that runs this beer's intent. Big balanced Hoppy beer isn't that kind of like a girly man, what a fuckin' oxymoron. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils and heavy with carbonation, can't say I'm loving the feel. Medium bodied other than that read above. Drinkability overall is solid as a lighter DIPA for the early on hop heads, I'm not saying I'm past this, but I'm past this.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of brow1901
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear rusty amber color. Small head that diminishes quickly but leaves a bit of lacing as it goes. Not bad in appearance the clarity of the beer almost seems unusual but whatever.

S- Alright I'm starting to question this beer even being an IPA. Hardly a hop character, I'm not sure what is wrong with the beer. Maybe its old but I've had IPA's past their prime that smelled better. It could be that the blend of the six hops just doesn't work. There is just nothing siginficant no nice citrus grapefruit or piney smells.

T- Same story with the taste, not nearly as much hops as I hoped for, even for an east coast IPA. The taste practically downright bad. Some how it reminds me of a pils blended with a pale ale, just really awkward.

M- Strange carbonation, big fizzy bubbles untypical of an IPA, this makes the beer less smooth and less drinkable.

D- Not very drinkable I didn't really enjoy it that much. Not worth a try IMO.

brow1901, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Beer21, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev 0%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Sara
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Sara, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Mildly in-the-middle copper color, fluffy, lacing-left retention of the top bulbous part of the glass, and good sniper-like singular carbonation floating to the top.

Smell: Earthy and candied bitterness overall. A lot of citrus and lemon with a swirl, caramel, husk, and woodiness. It's a little imbalanced, but it has balls, and I like that, and there's a lot going on.

Taste: I mostly like the finish here, which goes from sweet to bitter and from bitter to sweet, all fairly quickly. There's honey and caramel, there's some bitter rind earthiness and tree bark. I don't mind the morphine flavors here. There's a lot going on, and I like it. Every second with each sip there's good stuff going on. I think that should be admired. And the finish is long, and the same.

Mouthfeel: Good and medium-bodied, though it should be deemed heavier, more cloying. Alas, I feel it's not, and the carbonation does its work and cuts through overall.

Drinkability: This is a weird brew for me, mainly because of it's morphing and shiftiness, but I like it after everything. I don't think most of the reviews do it justice. It's a more candied IPA, but it's got a weird, earthy nature that I like overall. And the 4-pack was only around $7, meaning I'd like to get another one at some point, and since this is my first Stevens Point brew, I won't mind trying a few more if I can find them.

asabreed, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of cokes
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber orange with a tight gray head that fades to a skim and leaves spotty lace.
The nose exudes caramel and copper. Not exactly what I'd expect from a IIPA. Some orange nuance comes out as it warms.
Malty full and sweet in the mouth. Loads of caramel. Some berries. Some bubblegum. Honey. Nuts. Toasted grain. Hops are M.I.A., flavorwise, aside from a vague citric orange rind vapor, and a wan smear of pine tar. It fares better in the bitterness department, but seems incongruent, given that nothing precedes it.
Medium full, grabby malt heavy bodied. It seems much more an Old Ale than an Imperial India Pale Ale.
It's not awful, but when you brag about your hop-focused beer, the drinker better be able to actually taste them. It's a mess for the style.

cokes, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Vicsvapo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Vicsvapo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev 0%

whatname, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of haddon
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dirty copper hue with frothy head that leaves nice lacing down glass

very malty on the nose... brown sugar and molasses. detect the hops as undertones... pine & light citrus

wow, not what I expected from a IIPA... almost all malts on the flavor: bready, sweet candy & caramel. it does offer a bit of bitterness on the end that lingers as boozy.

best part of the beer. medium body that is thick & creamy. feels nice on the palate

decent beer but does not strike me as a IIPA. I think I would have enjoyed beer much more if it were classified as a strong ale. just a little out of balance missing that citrus many look for in an imperial pale ale. if you looking for some sharp hops, better pass on this one.

haddon, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At ta recent beer tasting soiree and I brought a Stevens Point 6-Hop Whole Hog IPA that I got from teh bargin bin at Binny's. The beer poured clear amber with decent white head that laced on my glass. The scent had subtle sweetness and hops. The taste mirrored the scent....because it started a little sweet by (I think) molasis then finished with a hop after tastethat left just a little bitterness on the pallet. The sweet malt was used I am sure to cover/mask the higher ABV...this beer is a big beer. Due to the big ABV there was alcohol present in the taste which downgraded the mouthfeel....for me.

WoodBrew, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Cooper, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with effervescence & 3+ fingers of tan head. Average lacing & near zero head retention

S: Breadyness, apricots & grassy hops in minute quantities, grassy hops pick up as this warms

T: Breadyness, fruittyness & grapefruit up front, plus herbal & woody hops. Dryness, caramel, a bit boozey with near astringent bitterness & apricot fruittyness as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, boozeyness, plus grapefruit, but mostly a bit of a disjointed mess

MF: Medium bodied, kind of sticky, low carbonation; so-so balance

Drinks okay, not in love with the hop blend here & is a bit boozey throughout. This would do in a pinch, otherwise pass...

russpowell, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber rose color, with a little over a finger of tight, off-white, foamy head. This retains with a rich 1/2 finger that leaves some thick spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is VERY sweet with tropical fruits and malt in the nose, which also provides a deep graininess to the proceedings. Some earthy and herbal hops character adds tanginess and sharpness to this.

The hops in the taste are quite earthy feeling, leaving a dirty and pithy bitterness in their wake that sticks to the tongue and is hard to shake. The bitterness is almost an afterthough here however, as they seem to play a distant runner-up to the sweetness here, which consists of bread, caramel, and a STRONG dose of tropical fruits. This is way unbalanced towards the almost cloying side at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creamiess to the carbonation that is actually pretty welcome here, as it helps move some rather obvious alcohol beef around. Speaking of which, the ABV never gets over warm here but does help bring out some of the stronger aspects of this, namely that sweetness and overly bitter finish.

Well I can't really say that I dug this one a whole lot beyond the initial look. Very unbalanced profile here, being overly sticky and sweet in some areas and then harshly bitter in others. I think that for 9%, this actually did a really good job of keeping the alcohol hidden for the most part, especially considering that the flavors sure didn't things any favors. This is one DIPA that I would not go back to.

Kegatron, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of kushon1212
4/5  rDev +14.3%

kushon1212, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Oct 07, 2012
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Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.