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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SykDoc on 04-12-2009)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Hazed dark amber beer. Tan head dissipated quickly to a micro-bubble-layer.

S-Caramel-toasty malts with a pretty clear resinous hop, perhaps with a hint of something herbal/perfumy, as well.

T-Slightly grapfruit hops leads to a hearty cara-toffee-toasty malt and a slight chocolate aftertaste. Hops on the line of resiny and herbal/earthy, similar to those caracteristics in the aroma, join this maltiness. Bitterness is apparent but feels surprisingly in balance for a DIPA.

M-Moderate body, a little slinky. The nearly 9% ABV is not evident in any way, really. Carbonation is moderate and feels quite appropriate. Overall, this beer feels pretty nice.

D-Fun flavor, pretty complex. I don't think it's a spectacular brew, but I really enjoy it. It's certainly a departure from Point's typical offerings, in a good way.

Photo of JamesS
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent, if light, copper color, with almost no head and with no lacing. Very hoppy scent, but not much more than hoppy water, no real malt sweetness at all to balance it out. Hoppy water taste; the hops don't even match very well with too many attributes (pine, citrus, jerky, etc); no maltiness to even it out at all. It has a very weak body for a higher ABV brew.

Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another big pig from da boys up north. Pours a semi-hazy amber into the Corsendonk tulip, a small ivory head pops up, dies and leaves a nice ring.

Aroma is a bit wimpy, just some weak notes of citrus and orange. Quaff is a raspy wood filled pine log. Not a lip smacker by a long shoot. A big boozer with a heavy 8.5% kick, but this one, just like the Whole Pig Pilsner disappointed me. They may have used 6 hops, but one ounce each in the kettle ain't gonna cut it.

Not a bad beer, but not one worth seeking out. I'm one and done with this one (but I will finish the other 3 in the pack).

Photo of deereless
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A tightly packed mat of cottony head, crystal clear, medium gold with an amber hue, lots of lacing - 4.25, S: Very malty and bready, aromas remind me of uncooked fruit cake dough, a touch of hops in the background but certain not to the degree I'd expect from an IPA - slightly floral and earthy - 3.00, T: The palate has a decent hop bite, yet the malts still seem to play a larger role than what I might expect from an IPA, more barley wine than IPA, slight alcohol burn and tastes that remind me of a rum soaked raisin, a hint of grapefruit and woodiness - 3.00, M: 3.00, D: A very drinkable beer and one that I enjoyed, my ratings were on the low side just because this one kind of misses the mark in terms of an IPA - 3.50

Photo of webbcreative
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep cooper color with 2 finger white head.

Aroma = Sweet caramel malt, BA calls this a DIPA and I would tend to agree more with that, BUT Point calls this an IPA, so I gotta review according to that, this is too sweet smelling to be an IPA, and the aroma is decent, but it doesnt have that nice, citrus, piney smell that I like so much.

Taste = Again, sweet caramel malt, with big hop bitterness, but no citrus or piney hops, and the taste comes across like medicine.

Mouthfeel = For an IPA to thick and sticky.

Drinkability = Although it's 8.5% abv, you would never know it, so its pretty drinkable in that aspect, but overall I wouldn't be able to put down more than one of these because of the flavor.

Overall = If im looking for an IPA [or a DIPA] I would look almost ANYWHERE else but this one for that fix. And its actually getting worse at it warms to me.

Photo of homebrew311
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I came across this new beer at my local liquor store. I am always intrigued by new imperial 4 packs, especially ones that are 7.99. It took me a moment to figure out that this was brewed by Point as it's label is entirely different than Point's other offering.

A: Pours a deep golden/amber color that is transparent. A 1 finger soapy white head forms and leaves a good deal of lacing throughout.

S: Given the style and the name of the beer, the aroma threw me for a loop. Sweet caramel notes first followed by more malts. There is a slight earthy hop flavor towards the end, but certainly not what you would expect from a "6 Hop IPA". That being said, it does have a nice aroma, just not for the style.

T: Well I found some hops on the tongue, but not the good kind. Very bitter hops without that nice bright citrus flavor that tones down the bitterness in other hoppy ipas. A lot of sweet malts coming through like the nose, this reminds me more of an amber or scotch ale over an IPA. Too bad...

M: A fairly heavy body that lends nicely to this high gravity brew. Lower on the carbonation than expected. Slightly sticky.

D: Well for 8.5%, the alcohol is well hidden and this beer is easy to drink. You are better off going into with out knowing its hoppy intentions. This is definitely a disappointment as it doesn't deliver what the packaging claims, however, it is not a bad beer.

Photo of shohog
1.83/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass and it has a nice clear amber copper color typical of IPAs. The head was 1-2 fingers which disappeared quickly.

Where is the smell of all these 6 hops? You would think at least one of the hops would have been detected in the beer loaded with 6 varieties of hops.

These hops must all have been bittering hops because this beer tasted like a chewed up aspirin. This beer has a extemely bad bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Steven's Point makes some nice beers but they totally blew it on this one. This one is pathetic and it should be TERMINATED!

Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of light tan head with poor retention. Clear copper liquid. More head please.
S: Spicy and fruity alcohol, almost like mulled cider. Not very hoppy. Smells okay, but I want hops! This is more like an American Strong Ale.
T: Mild start with slightly better middle and dry finish. Clean and crisp, which is surprising due to the strong-on-alcohol aroma. Almost a grain alcohol off flavor sneaks in there though. Kind of flat and bland. Wow, seems like a muddled, oxymoronic beer!
M: Dry finish, some bitterness. Way too hot.
D: Okay, but I would not order another or consider buying again.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.
bottle>wine glass

4/3/3/3/3

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.

Photo of homebrewhawk
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of botham
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of indiapaleale
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of solargoat
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

Photo of brewcrew76
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of WJVII
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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