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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: 245
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 23.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 brentk56
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three fingered head; excellent retention and it leaves behind strands of lace

Smell: More malty than hoppy, with a grainy, vegetal aroma

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, with a growing grainy aspect that moves into the pine forest by mid-palate; after the swallow, the piney hops dominate but the combination of the hops and malt bill seems rather unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather disappointing in many ways, unfortunately; looks good, but I didn't care for the aroma or the taste, and that is what it is all about, ultimately

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite a jaunty little hog pictured on the label, it looks like a dog chasing a fox or something. Never saw a pig gallop, maybe it's a rodeo pig?

Poured a crimson orange into a snifter, at a height of 4-6" it produced a finger of ecru foam that faded slowly into a ring and thin veil over the surface. Aroma was grassy and botanical with toasted malts peeking through, not the strong hop dominance I was expecting. It was okay, more just like an average IPA smells.

Caramel and bitter grassy hop presence, as it warmed the alcohol became more apparent. Some floral/soapy/bitter hop character, reminded me of an imperialized SNPA. Sort of dissonant and not fully meshed. Full bodied with some astringency and heat. That said it was light enough to finish the bottle, glad I was able to find it as a single though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled floral with a good dose of citrus. There was also a sweet caramel aroma.

T - Good flavors come through, but they are all a little weak. There is some bubblegum, some citrus and some caramel. There isn't much in the way of a bitter hop bite, but again some is present.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This doesn't taste like a DIPA. It's more like an IPA but still a little weak.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as a great extra recently. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I decided to start my night off with it last night. Consumed on 06/24/2009.
The pour was nice. Caramel tinted amber coming out of the bottle with a nice level of carbonation and a smooth, rich look to it. Nice head, maybe an inch of white comes up and over the top, settling down nicely with minimal side glass lacing. A very interesting profile. Piney hops up front but there is definitely some balance to be had here as the bready malt notes are very easily picked up here. Nice grassy and herbal quality to it as well. Smooth flavor, not much going on in the way of overpowering anything, it was much more mellowed, subdued even then I thought it would be, still though, nice piney hops notes, light hints of citrus around the edges with lots of malty exposure going on. Well balanced carbonation with a smooth, easy to drink profile and nice medium body.
Overall very solid. I would not have a problem with having this one again, just thought it would have been a bit bigger on the hops then it turned out to be. Still a very solid offering though.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
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...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It has a decent hop nose, but nothing too exciting. The taste is decent. It has quite a bitter hop kick along with a very solid malt base. It's piney as hell and resinates in the finish. I like the malt bill, but it doesn't really compliment the hop arrangement. It goes down bitter and finishes bitter with a mild alcohol bite and a bit of biquit/breadiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a beer with much potential. It needs to be a little lighter in the malt department. Complexity is good, but this seems overly so. Thin the malt bill and let the hops speak for themselves.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thin 1/2" head that breaks down to a thick surface covering.

Smell: citrus, caramel, nice bitterness level is easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, orange, grapefruit, and a moderate bitterenss produces a nice flavor profile. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late. Surprisingly short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: decent beer but the high alcohol levels make this one a one or two beer per session.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was rather enthused to write a review on this beer, until I saw it was categorized as a Double IPA. Certainly, this is not...in my opinion :)

Still, the light copper/caramel pour and nice, semi-dense and sticky head produces a really good beer.
Slighly sweet malt in the aroma, a hint of citrus. Mostly it's pine and dry grass, but not very powerful for a DIPA.
Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is very easy drinking. It is dry without an intense bite and well balanced.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stevens Point Whole Hog Six Hop IPA

Pours a light orange, white head stickage and some lace. In the aroma, floral, citrus, cat piss and honey. Very bitter on the palate, a nice onslaught of six varieties of hops. Earthy, rind like bitterness in the finish on the medium bodied brew. Overall I thought this was the best of the beer Ive had from Stevens Point.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a one fingered head atop a mid red hue beer. Slightly above average lacing.

S- Not a lot of smell in this one. Grainy...step above your average lager which is sad. Maybe a hint of citrus as it warms.

T- Assertive hops up front. Citrus. I enjoy this taste quite a bit more than would have expected from the smell. Pine. Alcohol.

M- The way this feels in the mouth area of my body is great.

D/O- I don't know about drinkability but I enjoyed this much more than what other BA's as a whole have. Whether it should be sought out depends on how big of a DIPA fan you are and whether you've tried all the great interpretations of that style. Having said that, it's nice to see Point expanding their lineup doing some "imperialized" beers nowadays.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, caramel, slight nut, and a dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, alcohol, sweet malt, dark citrus, and slight pine. Overall, a great aroma, good blend, drinkability, but the body is a bit lacking.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on January 13, 2012. It pours medium amber with little no head and decent clarity. Six Hops they say but in the aroma I really do not get much in the way of hops at all. It is more bready and malty with just a mellow hop bite. The body is creamy and smooth. But the taste was the life saver on this beer as it came on strong up front with a fruit-like sweetness followed by a hoppy bitterness that finished on the dryer side. Easy to drink though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
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 .

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Ruddy chestnut with a light, short-lived head. Very clear, but with a nice internal glow.

S: Delicious, delicious hops. The six varieties promised in the title really shine through here in a complex intermingling of scents. Malt is almost as prominent and more forceful by virtue of presenting a single, united aroma. Strong, pleasant smell.

T: The taste is a mishmash of a whole bunch of different things. What are very nice flavours individually collide headlong like a trainwreck on the tongue. The most obvious is the extreme hop bitterness. This bitterness is mildly unpleasant, I think due to the disharmonious amalgamation of hop strains -- this beer may be trying to do too much (which is why, I suppose, they call it Whole Hog). The malt is very strong, but out-of-place and at odds with the bitterness. Overall, this beer is a mess, but all the individual elements are good.

M: Smooth malt and dry hops. Pleasant and stimulating.

D: Too bitter and confused to make for very good drinking. It took me a very long time to finish the glass. A very complex, intimidating brew, it may be over my head...or it may just be underdeveloped. Either way, I don't recommend it.

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Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
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