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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: 244
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 244
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,656 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a nice creamy head and great lacing. The nose has lots of pine with a nice malty backbone. The taste is much the same with lots of pine, grapefruit and earthy, grassy bitterness but lots of butterscotch, caramel malt notes to balance. The alcohol is well hidden and it has a nice crisp, dry finish. This is a bit too malty for me but still a decent beer. (376 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,699 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A nice slow pour yielded a dark ruby orange liquid with a creamy head. Lacing, yes, but it dissolved halfway through the brew. Smell was hoppy, but much weaker than expected. Actually, it smelled sweeter than hoppy. This was surprising given the fact that the "six hop" aspect of the beer is clearly emphasized. Taste was sugary and sweet, with a bitter backbone from the hops. Thick sticky mouthfeel.

Ok, so I enjoyed this beer. I am not going to lie. They should stop emphasizing the hops in the beer because it really throws the drinker off. Still, it is a tasty brew. I wouldn't seek it out, but I would absolutely drink it again. (687 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from grassblue thanks buddy!

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear deep orange to faint copper with a 2 finger off white (slightly buttery) crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: A decent display of floral hops, minor grass notes, and minimal toffee to biscuit like malt.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a touch of cloying sweetness and minor fusels.

Mouthfeel: A touch syrupy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This brew needs work but it isn't quite terrible. (493 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (479 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Heavy caramel malts, earthy tones, hints of sour citrus and honey.

T - Flavour is heavily dominated by caramel malts, with the earthy cedar and bitter citrus hop notes coming through more as an afterthought. The sweetness of the malts are nicely balanced with the bitterness of the hops, but I would still prefer it if it were a more hop heavy.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty DIPA but a bit too malt heavy for my liking. Worth a try... Good, but not great. That being said, it's much better than any of the other offerings I've had from them to date. (699 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light copper gold with 2 finger near white, tight head. Faint retention and a couple of strands of light lace.

Nose is mostly floral hops, with some hop esters and a light citrus presence. Pretty decent, just wish it was stronger.

Taste is fairly mild. Get floral hops from beginning to end, with light hop oil, a faint bit of pepper, but miss the mark on a citrus presence. Alcohol is very apparent.

Feel is a bit thick, with hop oil providing most of that thickness. Not getting a heavy malt contribution.

Overall, slightly above average. Good choice if nothing else around. Faint praise. (599 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is fairly sweet and yeast for being an India Pale Ale. The taste is smooth, sweet, and fairly malty. In the finish there is a bit of a bitter taste but not anything you would expect from an IPA. Not bad by any means but certainly not very true to the style. (341 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium copper color with mild carbonaton and no head, barely any lacing at all.

S - Some mild citrus, toffee notes, and a little floral aroma. For a D-IPA, it's on the weak side.

T - Evenly balanced throughout the sip and I do mean "balanced". With using (6) hops, I would have expected much more bitterness and the malt backbone is the more dominating character of this beer, but only by a little bit. There is some floral and citrus tang thrown into the mix to keep the malt in check. The aftertaste is a little bitter and leaves some of the citrus left in the mouth is fairly clean for a bigger IPA. The 8.5% does come through underneath, though not overly huge, and it does exhibit slight warming in the throat as it heads south.

M - Medium thin body, fairly mild on the tongue, and lip smacking sticky.

O - Not what I expected but this beer has potential, especially if the hops are accentuated more in the aroma and the taste. I don't hate this beer, but I don't exactly love it either, I'm pretty much neutral on this one. Also, I can't comment on how old the bottle is so if it happens to be a little older, it may very well be more intense, it's hard to say. If you're an IPA lover (like I am), I think it's definitely worth trying. Needs more body. (1,275 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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 . (538 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of chemidtown
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An average example of the Imperial IPA style, but after sampling many more from the segment this seems a backup at best.

Copper appearance with little head and moderate lacing. Strong taste of alcohol masks even the hops, in both taste and smell.

Would not turn one down, but will not make it a staple in my fridge. (317 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear light copper with some bubbles clinging to the sides, short head retained at a thin cover
S - big caramel, there is a minty type aroma, some herbs, not bad aromas but a little confusing for the style
T - big butterscotch maltiness right away, herbal hops, lightly fruity and minty in the background, again doesn't taste bad but strange for the style
M - light and just a little on the thin or flat side, light bitter finish
O - a bit of an enigma for me, the maltiness seems to dominate, and while it is definitely tasty its not what i'm looking for in a DIPA (569 characters)

Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.