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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80
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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SykDoc on 04-12-2009)
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this tonight while waiting for friends at a local restaurant. The server warned me that this beer is pretty "overwhelming." I took this in stride as the waiter was probably just trying to be helpful.

The coloring was an okay shade of brown and the foam was minimal. The foam could have been affected by the bartender's pour or if they used a chilled glass.

The scents coming across the top was minimal. I expected much more aroma from a DIPA. The citrus and pine were pretty muted.

The taste came across with decent hoppiness and a very present alcohol flavoring. The hops were out of balance with the alcohol.

This was an okay example of a DIPA. I wouldn't turn it away, but I probably won't buy a bottle in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops and gingerbread like maltiness. In the taste, hodge podge of hops, and sharp, sweet maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a fresh dry hopped aftertaste. It seems that all the hops cancel each other out. Hides ABV, decent IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy, slightly soapy looking head that falls to decent lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet, with a slightly astringent edge. As it warms, it leads to a muddy, earthy character. The flavor is malty, to a surprising degree considering the big deal the company makes about its "Six Hop" mix. The flavor is indeed hoppy, but I don't find a particularly powerful overriding theme - there is some pine, some overripe flower, and a hint of bitter citrus. There is a decent bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelming. In fact, it is a little soapy. The alcohol punch is poorly hidden - in fact, the bitterness on the finish tends to call attention to the ABV, perhaps even exaggerate it. The mouthfeel is reasonably creamy.

I am not sure this is a great beer, but it si unusual and not unpleasant.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whole Hog is a limited edition, highly hopped, high ABV beer from Stevens Point. This is also the first beer I've had from this brewery, yet another beer made possible via the wonderful world of beer trading.

From the Point Brewing site:

"It just wasn't enough to use a blend of 5 varieties of hops in our India Pale Ale. We needed more. We needed to go wholehog! So, we added a sixth hop and created a more pronounced hop nose and massive hop flavor for our American twist to this legendary style."

Whole Hog pours dark amber, almost brown in color. Its got a nice inch or so of head that slowly slinks below the surface and becomes one with its liquid brother. Very alluring looking beer.

The aroma is that of caramel, brown bread, toffee, butterscotch, citrus and perhaps a little of that alcohol heat (rum or whiskey?).

A mouthful of the Whole Hog and I am wondering where the hops are and when they will come out to play. There is a fair bit of the malty side of this IPA but the hops are not in the picture, instead their is some slight bitterness on the tongue that is also drying but not the piney/resiny flavor I was hoping for. No beer is a total loss though, remember that.

What Whole Hog lacks in hoppy IPA-ness, it makes up for as a malty, high-octane beer with some subtle hop characteristics that can't be totally overlooked. It also has a flavor of cherry that is may not be intentional but its not altogether a bad thing.

If you find yourself in posession of a bottle of this beer go ahead and make your own judgements, that is what beer sampling, reviewing and enjoyment is all about.

Note: A bottle of this beer has 259 calories.

Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.