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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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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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: 250
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a light gold color with a tiny white head.

It had a rather bland aroma: some caramel malt and citrus/peppery hops.

The taste came through more than the aroma promised. I got some sweet biscuit, piney/herbal notes, and a little bit of grapefruit.

This was an OK IPA. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this today at Jaspers for $8.99.

This bier is a medium-to-deep golden color, with an ever-so-slight touch of haze. Hardly any carbo is to be found, and the head is a wispy-thin layer of white bubbles, mostly hanging at the edges. Aroma has a tiny hint of malty sweetness, but is mostly pithy hoppiness. The body is a decent medium, and the lack of carbo, though not making the bier feel flat, makes for an easy passage over the tongue.

There's only a smidge of maltiness in this one, a very light hint of caramel sweetness. What there IS a lot of is hoppiness. There is a combo of puckery citrus, some sweeter fruit like tangerine and apricot, plus a bit of rindy, pithy action going on at the finish. This one is pretty damn tasty, and the 8.50% ABV is (dangerously) well hidden. Prosit!!

4.13 rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of alexgash
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

A hint of haze in an otherwise bright, glowing, orange-copper body. Small, short-lived, dirty off-white head. Citrus hops on the nose, along with notes of pineapple and fruit cocktail. Butterscotch malts and a faint metallic twang as well.

Taste starts off with toasted malts and herbal hops. Minty bitterness fills in as tropical fruit-laced butterscotch malts show up with a little sweetness. Aspirin and pine needle bitterness build into the finish. Notes of warming alcohol linger along with muddled, generic hop bitterness, and butter cookies. Medium-bodied with a lively feel. Not as creamy as I like. Not bad, but not that good either. Doesn't taste very fresh (and I have no idea when it was bottled since there is not date on the bottle).

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
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).

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Photo of Deuane
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Slightly hazy deep copper with a thin off-white head that hangs on strong and leaves decent coating lace.

S-Musty citrus and a touch of malt sweetness and that is really it. Not very aromatic....certainly you know there are malt and hops in this but....

T-What the? Yuk is the first word that popped into my head. Seriously out of balanced orange bitterness--almost like overripe fruit--strong rind notes riding on top of a weak caramel malt base. This simply does not work at all for me.

M-Medium body and at first OK but then the nasty lingering bitterness takes over and makes this totally unpleasant.

D-For a beer I was excited about getting...geesh! I am a person who LOVES and can handle my hops in abundance but this is just unbalanced and wrong! Was it suppose to come out this way, I certainly hope not! There is an art to adding a shit ton of hops to a brew and make it come out tasty-->this is an example of what NOT to do. I am not a drain pourer in general but this one came darn close to meeting that fate.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.64/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of koopa
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, copper-colored body with a thick, sudsy head. Nice aroma: mild citrus and pine notes infused a soft malt sweetness. Taste follows along closely with the aroma; biscuit and some caramel hints; a fair amount of hop bitterness; alcohol presence peeps out near the finish. Medium bodied with a sharp, malt sugar edge, dry finish.

A good but a bit understated for a DIPA. It's certainly tasty and decently balanced across the board. The beer's hop and malt flavorings seem to fit a regular IPA taste profile (a good thing) with the added punch of a DIPA's ABV. I was surprised at a rather subdued hop smell for something sporting six hop varieties in the mix. The hop flavor was also not as commanding a presence although the overall hop bitterness seemed fair enough. But, this is nit-picking for an otherwise good IPA.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite sure what the previous 49 reviewers were smoking when they rated this, but I thought Whole Hog Six Hop was a solid IPA. Perhaps a bit light for its 'imperial' status, but still nice and hoppy.

Twelve-oz bottle pours into the beer mug with a bright, brassy body that envelopes a deep, amber-copper core. Lots of carbonation fueling a thin tuft of tannish khaki head. Good retention on the foam and nice lacing to boot. Gobs of sweet caramel malts form a solid aromatic backbone for fruity tropical yeast notes of pineapple, mango, and papaya. The hops are gummy at times, piny & floral at others. A little erratic in its bouquet (must be that extra "6th" hop variety they added) but I can dig it.

Alone, the malts taste a little chalky and stale. But with a few bites of shortcake, the toffee notes become more pronounced and bready. A nice, herbal hop profile greets the mid-point of the tongue with pine and grapefruit bitterness, while yeasty tropical fruits linger in the finish. Medium body and a smooth consistency thanks to a nice carbonation level. All in all, a solid, hoppy beer; while not the most impressive for the style, it got the job done. I'd gladly have this again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium amber with an off white head, just a ring left. No lace.

Big boozy sweet fruit notes. Candied maltiness. Just short of some aromas I get from barley wine.

Booze and fruit up front, some toasty malt, growing straight bitterness, some vanilla
and sweet bread, and long bitter finish. I do want more hop notes here.

Fuller bodied, some good carbonation.

Nice brew, but a little flawed. The depth from the hops needs to add flavor other than bitter. Rich malt helps make up for any real issues. Worth a try.

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Photo of JamesS
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, fruity
Taste-Toast and marmalade, understated, underlying hop bite. Nice balance and well-hidden ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On our road trip across Wisconsin last fall we found lots of small, old breweries that were new to us who have changed their production from Miller clones to interesting beers. We didn't get any Stevens Points, but Saveon in Mentor just got a mess of them.

This double AIPA has it all working, but more than that, it is uniquely over the top hoppy. Those six hops make their presence known, and they blend into a mashup of hoppy goodness.

Everything else is going on here too. Like most AIPA's, it is mostly clear and dark yellow/orange. Even though there are so many hops tastes, the balance is there such that the malt and booze is still in there.

I will look for this again.

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Photo of soju6
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a smallish head and bits of lacing. Aroma of Grapefruit, bit of pine with some malt sweetness and grain.Taste of grapefruit, malt, mild caramel sweetness and bit of grain. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite dry. Medium body, crisp and clean. Nicely balanced as the 8.5% ABV is well hidden. Has a bit of character.Enjoyable beer, much better than I expected.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber orange that casts red light from the glass. A two finger off-white head that settles into a nice base of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet bread, buttery toffee malt. Very inviting aroma. Notes of pine and citrus.

T - Malt forward start. Rich malt wrapped with grapefruit and pine bitterness. It has a hefty bit of peppery spice that works with the malt and creates a welcomed dryness. The bitterness balances up on the finish.

Overall I love this beer. It's between an IPA and a DIPA. Great malt flavor going on. I love the gentle hops profile as well. I could drink this all night. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon first cracking open the bottle I am greeted by a momentary blast of pineapple / papaya-tropical hop scent that adjusts itself gradually into a more floral / resin spectrum punctuated by garnishes of cracked black peppercorns over a toffee malt scent. Poured into a tulip glass, it appears as a somewhat coppery amber hue with two fingers of eggshell colored soapy head that leaves medium levels of lacing behind. Body is medium thick yet strangely under carbonated. The taste starts out as grapefruit rind, transforms into toffee malt sweetness and goes back to standard pine resin for the drawn out finish. At no point would I have guessed that this is 8.5% ABV from taste alone, it is very well hidden. A pretty nice American IPA with some decent depth of character to the hop profile.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at my local watering hole.

Orange amber hue. Solid finger of white head. Aroma is a great bouquet of pine and citrus fruits. The flavors were much of the same. solid pine resin and grapefruit. Medium body. Shockingly good. I had zero expectations that this would wow me and it clearly did. I may have to pick up a bottle of this and see how it translates.

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