Whole Hog Six Hop IPA - Stevens Point Brewery
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3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
Whole Hog Six Hop IPA
Stevens Point Brewery
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.50 %
CG brought a six pack of IPA back from Chi Town. This is from our sampling 8/8/09.
Light amber color like a glass of tea. Excellent 2 finger head with excellent retention and lace. Smell has a timid hop nose on a toasty malt aroma - less hop aroma than expected. Taste hides the 8.5% abv very well. Tastes like a balanced smooth medium-body amber with roasty malts, not an IPA. Bonus points to the brewer for hiding the alcohol well, but marked down for lack of hop aroma and taste according to style. Medium carbonation with a medium+ body for an IPA. It is an enjoyable beer as a strong subtle hopped amber, it's just not much as an IPA.
10-14-2009 14:03:39 | More by unclejimbay
2.88/5 rDev -17.7%
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Lots of sweet sugary malt in the aroma. There are hops there as well, but they are overwhelmed by the malt. Flavor is more of the same, lots of caramel malt. There are plenty of hops, but the struggle to cut through the sweetness. Medium bodied. A lot of DIPAs are unbalanced to hops, this is the opposite.
10-08-2009 00:52:07 | More by homebrewhawk
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a brownish amber with a finger of solid off-white head. great retention and light lacings.
aroma is of thick hop oils, with a mildly piney character and a bit of citrus mixed in. spicey hops are present as well, mixed in with the piney notes. very rich with hop notes in the nose.
taste is more of the same with bitter dry hops and a base of bready malts. the hops are too bitter for the amount of aromatic and hop notes on the palate. the hops are thick, without any real piney or citrus notes on the palate, only bitter hop oils.
mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with hop oils, along with a bitter and dry finish of residual hop notes.
drinkability is decent. the hops here are too bitter and dry, without enough aromatic qualities. the piney note from the aroma is badly lacking on the palate. the hops are definitely overcooked, leaving little for the nose or the palate; only bitter dryness.
09-16-2009 20:19:28 | More by botham
3.5/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-13-2009 03:14:13 | More by indiapaleale
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
Color is a cherry red infused with orange hues. A two-finger tan head quickly dissipates and leaves some fine streaks of lace behind. Smells of oily hops with a sweet malt base. An undercurrent of yeast and sour fruits make things a bit more interesting. The initial sweetness of the taste is quickly overwhelmed by an extreme piny hop bitterness which shocks the palate into submission. After your mouth recovers some some malts and and slight notes of citrus are evident. This is a true hop-bomb, one which indiscriminately lays waste to the countryside like napalm in the morning, sparing not women nor children. Alcohol lays a bit heavy at the end, searing through the medium body. Run for cover folks, or maybe stand in the open and take your chances if you're looking for an interesting time.
09-08-2009 23:39:12 | More by stephens101
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper color with two fingers of creamy ivory head. Good lacing.
Big hoppy aroma of flowers, pineapple, and grapefruit along with some caramel maltiness.
A medley of floral and citrus hoppiness and sweet caramel maltiness going on here. Astringent bitterness in the finish along with some alcohol hotness.
Medium bodied, slightly dry, and moderately carbonated.
Maybe not up to the standards of a traditional IIPA, but still an enjoyable beer from the folks at Stevens Point.
09-06-2009 18:23:22 | More by Monkeyknife
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
pours a nice bright amber/copper, fluffy white head.
Not a lot of hop in the odor, i get some booze, but not much hop or citrus.
tastes sweet and malty, again not a lot of hop. I guess i would not put this in the category of Imperial IPA.
It is certainly good and drinkable but seems off for the style.
09-04-2009 03:40:58 | More by solargoat
3.85/5 rDev +10%
A: Orangey-brown in color. Clear. Forms about a finger or so of slightly off-white, slightly orange-tinted head, that quickly recedes to just a surface coating.
S: Predominantly caramel malts, with some citrus and floral hops. Some light alcohol pushing through as well.
T: Strong caramel maltiness fades to a metallic bitterness. Low hop bitterness develops on the tongue.
M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbs.
D: This beer was a bit disappointing. It was surprisingly malty for a beer being pimped on the amount of hops it has in it. Even more surprising is to see this beer is classified as a DIPA. Just don't see it. However, this is still a quality beer, just not the one I was hoping for.
09-02-2009 01:18:38 | More by Florida9
3.43/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-18-2009 22:12:05 | More by zeff80
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
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...
08-14-2009 03:08:51 | More by russpowell
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Clear copper with a thin off white head even with a vigorous pour. Slight spotty lacing but not much to speak of.
S - Sweet caramel with toasty malts and a slight grassy hop presence. Not the hop aroma I was expecting after reading the label.
T - Sweet caramel, slightly grainy toasted malts, a touch of grassy and maybe even piney hops but the hops are definitely missing on this one.
M - Medium body with some alcohol hotness and a lingering sweetness. Slightly watery in the aftertaste which makes it a little easier to drink.
D - The only thing DIPA about this is the abv. Rather disappointing.
08-04-2009 02:07:40 | More by brewcrew76
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
07-29-2009 13:25:36 | More by Durge
4.28/5 rDev +22.3%
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!
07-26-2009 18:04:20 | More by WJVII
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
07-21-2009 00:37:33 | More by emerge077
2.73/5 rDev -22%
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.
06-30-2009 06:35:32 | More by cokes
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
06-25-2009 21:26:34 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
pours light orange, decent head
Multiple hop aromas are indeed present: flowers, grass, butter, pine, and grapefruit.
But do they all go together? Starts out sweet, then buttery, then pine shows up, a bit of a grassy grapefruit aftertaste.
Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.
An ambitious attempt, but to me it suffers from a lack of direction. It's hoppy. And there are different hops. But they aren't really working together at this point. And I was never a fan of buttery/grassy flavors in an IPA anyway. Eh, it was an interesting experiment, but was not among my favorite IPAs.
06-25-2009 18:38:59 | More by Strix
2.75/5 rDev -21.4%
A - a lovely copper with startling clarity, it truly poured beautifully. If the review stopped here it would be a winner.
S - Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting, nor as hoppy as I hoped for.
T - I was very disappointed in the taste. Overly malty and unbalanced, I would hesitate to call this an IPA.
M - Mouthfeel was "mushy." I found it most unpleasant.
D - I finished the one but would not have been able to drink another. Overall I was very disappointed with this beer.
06-19-2009 03:20:21 | More by Dibujob
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks to Mike Mittendorf for his generosity.
A - Rich red colored body with a nice off-white to nearly tan head starting out at an inch and a half but fading thin rather quickly. The red color is really the eye-catcher with this pig.
S - I'm not really smelling anything here.
T - This is a smooth flavored brew. The hops are thick in the finish and hinting to start. The middle is a perfect acceleration that presses near perfectly.
M - I've never done this before but... see my "T".
~ Overall, I like this beer. I recommend you give it a try. It's great to see my local brewing offering a solid IPA. Thanks guys and gals.
06-17-2009 01:12:19 | More by cdkrenz
2.83/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
06-11-2009 02:40:21 | More by brow1901
3.43/5 rDev -2%
A: Copper-amber body with a decent sized offwhite head... Moderate retention and good lacing.
S: Slight pine. Rich caramel malt and a soft floral undertone. Not particularly hoppy.
T: Follows the nose, with a rich malt base, the hops don't really shine through. Considering it is brewed with six hops, its not particularly bitter nor strong in hop flavorings.
M: Smooth. Medium bodied.
D: Not bad. Somewhat bland. Nothing really makes me want to drink this beer again though.
05-31-2009 19:31:00 | More by callmemickey
2.42/5 rDev -30.9%
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.
05-31-2009 19:25:26 | More by blackearth
4.28/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
05-10-2009 02:14:32 | More by wheatyweiss
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
I had this beer as a sample yesterday. It poured a very clear gold/straw color with a small white head. Smell had a decent amount of Pine and citrus in it and I got excited for the taste. The taste however let me down a bit. It didn't match the smell, it was more malty sweet than the hops that were in the nose. Just average. M and D were OK, but each sip left something to be desired out of this beer.
05-04-2009 19:30:21 | More by madtowndmb1
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a pint. Extremely clear amber with a thick tan head that survived a surprisingly long time. Short on aroma. Initial flavor was overly crisp, lacking the sweet nuances I enjoy in better IPAs and DIPAs. Sharp citrus and pine notes begin with a fairly long bitter finish, some caramel notes complement the finish and support the next sip. While not deep or complex, it is a satisfying IPA that could be enjoyed as a session. Point Special was my college beer back in the "when you're out of Point, you're out of town" days. Today, it doesn't live up to my memories. But this beer was a welcome find. Too bad it's a limited release. Far from the best beer I have ever had. But a darn satisfying pint none the less!
04-25-2009 00:36:16 | More by biker30x
Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.