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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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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SykDoc on 04-12-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

wakajawaka76, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
2.8/5  rDev -20%
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.

Jimmys, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev 0%

sansho, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

zekeman17, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Jared2287
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Jared2287, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Jerry906
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Jerry906, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Tpsauer
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Tpsauer, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

peabody, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of 59rockabilly
3.5/5  rDev 0%

59rockabilly, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +42.9%

TimRasmussen, May 31, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -14.3%

DonFrap, May 01, 2012
Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Hack72, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

gratefuld, Apr 23, 2012
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
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

SnatchyMcPants, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

CaptCleveland, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Schroeder
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Schroeder, Apr 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

BenBraswell, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jsulko
2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

jsulko, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +42.9%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Satchboogie, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their 4-pak:

Appearance - Poured 2 foingers of lite honey colored head, larger bubbles though, and dissipated very quickly. Color is a perfectly transparent amber, like a liquid penny.

Smell - Really nice sweet citrus scent, pineapple, mango, touch of grapefruit, and a whiff of vanilla carmel in the background.

Taste - Damn...I really had higher expectations from the smell. Starts out with a clover honey flavor, not overly sweet, but no citrus either. Hop flavors are all very floral and meadowy, with a definite honey backbone, not carmel. After the first few sips you begin to notice a little alcohol too. Longer into the finish you get some medicinal bitterness, and some grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Hmmm...I'm going to say almost medium because the carb is somewhat low, and the cloying flavors and some alcohol are somewhat strong. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel on this beer seems to amplify the negatives here - I want more carb to cleanse my palate with this one, and the alcohol presence seems to build more after each sip, the alcohol is not hidden well at all here.

Overall - I'm just so disappointed. The price was pretty nice on this one, especially for a beer that had higher ABV and boldly advertises 6 hops. When you take a whiff from the bottle I'm telling you it really smells nice! But then the 2 finger head dissappeared quickly and left no lacing. The taste was avg at first, but then got worse as the beer warmed, not to mention much hotter. I will try to finish the other 3 beers in this 4-pack, but I can't recommend this one at all, especially since 2XIPA is a dollar more for a 6-pak.

blackcompg, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, fruity
Taste-Toast and marmalade, understated, underlying hop bite. Nice balance and well-hidden ABV. Recommended.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.