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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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BA SCORE
80
good

222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Rihup

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-07-2013 19:19:54 | More by Rihup
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 18:38:59 | More by Strix
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:44:57 | More by TheHoppiest
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-04-2012 05:15:35 | More by RDW
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:45:05 | More by beerdrifter
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

03-20-2013 03:57:04 | More by Beer21
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-29-2013 01:29:58 | More by mattparsons
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dstc

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusted ruby color with a big foamy tan head. Head falls very slow. Decent lace.

Has a nice floral hop nose. Smells like it could be good.

Pronounced hop flavor. Bit slick and oily with a nice alcohol finish. Pretty darn good.

Medium bodied in the mouth. Bit slick on the tongue and a slight alcohol bite.

I like it. Nice IPA coming from the Point brewery. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 17:50:35 | More by dstc
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Kaveman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-26-2013 02:49:23 | More by Kaveman
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a duvel glass.

Pours a clear copper; bubbly carbonation, thin near white lace head. Very small head settles to a lace ring around the edges. Some minimal lacing. OK looking brew.

Brew smells of floral and light grapefruit/citrus hops. Some pale malts, maybe even a bit of caramel malt. A pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy initially; peppery in the middle and dry and more hopped in the end. Sweet malts balance the hops, some decent array of hops with citrus and floral being the primary hops noticed. Some mellow alcohol is noticed in the finish. A pretty full bodied brew that just lacks good flavors. Decent flavors but more average then anything else. Pretty good.

A pretty good brew overall. Nice mouthfeel, but the flavors are just not that great. Good to get a nice buzz off of though and wouldnt offend anyone at 8.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:22:47 | More by magine
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dmamiano

West Virginia

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

pretty brass colored with small wispy head and not much lacing.
typical smell of heavy, thick malts fighting hops. Not real citrusy or floral though...kind of non descript.
Taste is thick on the tongue. Heavy malts and very bitter hoppiness, but once again not much else coming from the hop...
Bitter is where the hops end.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 00:12:31 | More by dmamiano
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip glass a nice looking blonde brew, with a scant head.

The aroma is of sweet tangerine and birthday cake. The malt comes across as a mild, wet cardboard and Rice Krispies in milk.

In the mouth the sweet citrus precedes a bitter pine. Whoa is the pine bitter! The malt backbone tries mightily to pull it all together, and is mostly successful, though the pine bitterness is a bit much. ABV is hardly there.

Medium-bodied and slick on the palate.

This is very much my style of IIPA: sweet, malty, fruity. The one drawback is, as it warms, the grain turns a bit leathery AND THE SWEETNESS GETS A BIT CLOYING -- starts to remind me of an over-sweet English barley wine, like Anchor Old Foghorn (though not as bad as North Coast Old Stock!) But at $7/four-pk., I'll take this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:44:21 | More by martyl1000
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juicebox

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

07-28-2013 05:45:38 | More by juicebox
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-01-2011 18:29:06 | More by scootercrabb
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AmitC

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2012 03:13:39 | More by AmitC
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:52:07 | More by homebrewhawk
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climax

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very cloudy caramel copper with a decent head that descended quickly leaving no trace.

For an imperial IPA, this one does not shock the senses with hops, more of a regular IPA, in my opinion. The hop bill consisted of a sturdy leafy/floral presence and was well matched by biscuity bread-like malts.

The flavor had a bit more pungent bitterness, but was still somewhat mild. The malt was almost heavier, giving out significant caramel, dark wheat bread, and even a cocoa and coffee flavors.

The body was a good consistency, medium weight, with sharp carbonation. The finish was dry with slight bitterness.

This is a good beer, but not the right beer if your looking for a heavy hitting IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 21:05:10 | More by climax
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steven's Point Whole Hog 6 hop IPA

Appearance: Orange-red, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Strong flowery hops.

Taste: Malty hop goodness and a slight caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and smooth.

Overall:
The first scent is strong hops. The first taste is not as strong as expected. It is fairly malty and hoppy. There is also a subtle alcohol tinge.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 06:26:44 | More by megahurts4
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

04-21-2013 14:55:00 | More by Blaze5445
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes before diminishing to a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops. Caramel malt.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Caramel malt and fruit somewhat overpowered by the floral hops. Slight taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty smooth and slightly dry.

O: Not a bad Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:22:18 | More by SolipsismalCat
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

10-13-2012 23:52:50 | More by RobinLee
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 17:59:04 | More by CHSLBrew
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:14:32 | More by wheatyweiss
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

11-26-2013 20:07:55 | More by Westuh
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 19:30:21 | More by madtowndmb1
Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.