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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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Reviews: 117
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (1,438 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +18%

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. (201 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, richly hoppy, almost evergreen aroma with a good undertone of grapefruit. It pours a clear coppery orange with a decent off-white head. Lively, hoppy flavor is typical of a good Imperial IPA and has tones of pine and grapefruit and even a hint of cinnamon. Smooth texture has a firm tingle and leaves behind a bit of a fizz, as well as some grapefruit flavor. (373 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusted ruby color with a big foamy tan head. Head falls very slow. Decent lace.

Has a nice floral hop nose. Smells like it could be good.

Pronounced hop flavor. Bit slick and oily with a nice alcohol finish. Pretty darn good.

Medium bodied in the mouth. Bit slick on the tongue and a slight alcohol bite.

I like it. Nice IPA coming from the Point brewery. Would have again. (389 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Big 2 finger head atop a dark, old-gold brew. has a light haze. Leaves strips and spots of lacing

S: Caramel and roasted malts, candied grapefruit, honeyed-orange peel, spruce, and biscuity hop aromas. Not overly hoppy or malty.

T: sweet citrus up front with a caramel malt background. finishes in pine, grapefruit, honeyed-orange peel, spicey with a roasted malt note.

M: Medium-full body. slightly oily but decent carbonation and finishes resinous and bitter.

Overall, this is a pretty good double IPA. Has a well rounded hop profile(as it should with six hops) and also good malt flavors to give it a full body. Good balanced brew, but that doesn't necessarily make it the hop-head's IPA. (723 characters)

Photo of paddyboydan
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

just tried a couple of bottles of Wholehog six hop ipa, brought back to me from a friend on vacation. I really enjoyed this beer. It had a well balanced blend of hops that gave a light starting flavor expanding into a solid hoppy finish without being to overpowering or bitter.

A red and orange color coming out of the bottle with a nice hoppy aroma, my only dissapointment with the beer was it had a weak head that dissapeted rather quickly.

Overall i enjoyed this one and wouldnt mind having a few more (506 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this today at Jaspers for $8.99.

This bier is a medium-to-deep golden color, with an ever-so-slight touch of haze. Hardly any carbo is to be found, and the head is a wispy-thin layer of white bubbles, mostly hanging at the edges. Aroma has a tiny hint of malty sweetness, but is mostly pithy hoppiness. The body is a decent medium, and the lack of carbo, though not making the bier feel flat, makes for an easy passage over the tongue.

There's only a smidge of maltiness in this one, a very light hint of caramel sweetness. What there IS a lot of is hoppiness. There is a combo of puckery citrus, some sweeter fruit like tangerine and apricot, plus a bit of rindy, pithy action going on at the finish. This one is pretty damn tasty, and the 8.50% ABV is (dangerously) well hidden. Prosit!!

4.13 rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack at the recommendation of one of the owners of the local bottle shop. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a light, bright, and vibrant gold coloring, with copper tones in the deepest areas. A slight hazing to the beer, it is lighter than I am used to for the style. The head is a low profile, big bubbled off-white that clings to the glass as it moves. The nose is deep and rich, with a robust aroma of fresh, wet hops, a light grapefruit-citrus balance, and earthy moss. The flavor has a very roasted note on the forward tongue accompanying a blast of hops. The bitter and forresty green that hits the tip of the tongue quickly transforms into a dry hop character in midtongue, with the grapefruit character coming back again. The back of the tongue is fairly untouched, but some of the bitter and pepper notes leak across as the beer settles in mouth. The aftertaste is short-lived, but it has a slight caramel sweetness that helps to balance the bitter hops and peppery notes. Very tasty. The finish is mostly clean and crisp, but the peppery notes remain in mouth for quite a bit longer. The beer remains light in mouth throughout, despite the heavier flavor characteristics. Good beer. (1,210 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 12 FL. OZ. (355 ML) bottle of this @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $4. Poured from the maroon/tan labeled bottle w/ a hog & Six Hop IPA (w/ a 5 crossed out and Six labeled in place of it) into a 16oz Left Hand Brewing Co Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Huge load of hop hits the nose but then has a huge yeasty character following this. Citrus is big and malts are high. Sweetness and power are the main attributes of this one!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that stays for good time. Has a nice dark orange colored body and leaves great lacing behind.

Flavor- Good variety of hops in here! Can tell there is a citrus character, American hops, and tons of strength. A great amount of Belgian yeast/flavor is present also! Medium-high bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Low Carbonation, SMOOTH, a bit creamy, and leaves light hops with sweetness behind.

Overall Impression- An extremely interesting 2XIPA! Not quite the punch like many in this style but more Belgian qualities, flavorful, and creamy all the way through! A nice brew and would recommend if you see it around! My second brew from Steven's Point. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper caramel color with a goodly off-white head and solid lacing. The aroma is sweet pine and caramel malt, very enticing and smooth. The taste offers pleasantly toned down sweetness of the caramel malt with a nice grassy pine bitterness. The hops eventually suggest some orange citrus with a dry rye cover, kind of earthy and sort of burnt earth/pine. Well carbonated, mid to light bodied. Overall a little different and enjoyable. Plenty drinkable, however, I will say that I had no idea this was a double IPA until I called up the page for this review. It doesn't seem nearly powerful enough to warrant that label. It's more a middle of the road IPA with relatively mellow hop presence. (699 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steven's Point Whole Hog 6 hop IPA

Appearance: Orange-red, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Strong flowery hops.

Taste: Malty hop goodness and a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and smooth.

Overall:
The first scent is strong hops. The first taste is not as strong as expected. It is fairly malty and hoppy. There is also a subtle alcohol tinge. (373 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at my local watering hole.

Orange amber hue. Solid finger of white head. Aroma is a great bouquet of pine and citrus fruits. The flavors were much of the same. solid pine resin and grapefruit. Medium body. Shockingly good. I had zero expectations that this would wow me and it clearly did. I may have to pick up a bottle of this and see how it translates. (368 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a light amber with perfect clarity and a two inch head that recedes to a cap. Lace sticks like rubber.

Smell is of malt. Sweet toasty malt with a hop rider of bitterness. Toasted whole wheat bread with honey. Crackery bready aromas on the finish.

Taste is malt up front. Malt is creamy and powerful, very well represented. Hops are big here, piney earthey and fresh. Grapefruit and resinous pine and vegemite like flavors. Malt is the powerhouse here, enough that there is a balance, but it kinda kills the hoppiness of the brew. As the beer warms I get a boozey flavor, which is completely expected given the ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick, oily and everything I would expect from a higher ABV ale. Carbonation is spot on.

I think I would call this a double or imperial IPA rather than an straight American IPA. At 8.5% the price point per fou pack is astonsishing. This is 90 minute at less than 60 minute prices. (954 characters)

Photo of WJVII
4.26/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CDKrenz, thanks for the trade...
Poured into a pint glass this brew has the best red amber color that has a tint of ruby when held to the light. The head is a reddish cream color that settles to a thin cap with nice sticky lacing all on the glass. The aroma is HOP goodness! Some floral notes with a strong hint of spice. The taste is bold and balanced at the same time. You can almost chew through the bitterness that is left in your mouth taunting you to take another drink. Well done! (487 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color. A 1/2 inch off-white head forms and slowly reduces with a nice full coverage lacing. The carbonation is obvious.

The aroma is, as expected, heavy in pine and citrus up front. A mild earthy component lingers with a mild sweet malt backbone.

The taste is again strong on the citrus and pine but also has a solid earthy and malty sweet component that balances quite nicely. The nice bitterness lingers but not too long.

The mouthfeel starts out medium/full bodied with a nice crispiness from the carbonation. It is not too thick and goes down fairly smooth. The dry/bitterness that lingers makes this an enjoyable beer to sip because it sits around for a little while.

Overall, I was quite impressed with this beer. I saw it on the shelf at our local best place to get beer and figured I would give it a try. I certainly think this beer can compete with some of the best. It could have been a bit stiffer in aroma and the flavor could have punished a bit more, but this is a very good beer and I will be trying to get more. (1,108 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
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. (681 characters)

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Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.