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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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:
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(Beer added by: SykDoc on 04-12-2009)
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz twist-off poured into a snifter
8.5% ABV

A - Awesome in color, this hazed beer is a rich, deep golden honey color that is crowned by a long-lasting cap of off-white foam. Rocky peaks of lace are left steadfast on the glass.

S - Firm, assertive hops have an explosive nose but they don't quite present a fresh hop scent. Combined with the sturdy, bread-like Munich malt backbone, the hops seem to have a musty, old cardboard oxidized aroma though they definitely bring the IBUs. The hop aroma is predominantly earthy but highlights biter grapefruit skin as well juice, lemongrass, and pine notes.

T - Hop forward like the aroma but nearly as "old" tasting, the flavor profile captures some of the same grapefruit undertones like jam thinly spread across a toasted English muffin.

M - Whole Hop Six Hop IPA might be a little dull in aroma and flavor but it shines when it comes to mouthfeel! A smooth and soft entry leads to faint alcohol warmth and a wonderful carbonation level before dry hop bitterness punctuates the finish!

O - Point's Whole Hog double IPA might not win over the hearts of every hop head out there but it's on the right track. Maybe the combination of six hops becomes a bit to muddled, producing the "old" character but the bitterness and balance with the smooth malt profile is wonderful.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like any other IPA. Clear amber in color with a 1/2 inch of sticky white foam.

S - To me it comes off rather English smelling with biscuit malts and citrus hops with a touch of herbal teas.

T - Well this is a surprise. I expected a malt forward beer from the English smell but got a rather good balance between hops and cracker malt. My only issue with the beer was once warmed the hops got a touch too bitter with hardcore pine.

M - Medium body pretty spot on for the ABV.

Overall not a bad DIPA the ABV is well concealed and it has an almost overbearing level of hops. Just a DIPA that could use a touch more balance.

Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a one fingered head atop a mid red hue beer. Slightly above average lacing.

S- Not a lot of smell in this one. Grainy...step above your average lager which is sad. Maybe a hint of citrus as it warms.

T- Assertive hops up front. Citrus. I enjoy this taste quite a bit more than would have expected from the smell. Pine. Alcohol.

M- The way this feels in the mouth area of my body is great.

D/O- I don't know about drinkability but I enjoyed this much more than what other BA's as a whole have. Whether it should be sought out depends on how big of a DIPA fan you are and whether you've tried all the great interpretations of that style. Having said that, it's nice to see Point expanding their lineup doing some "imperialized" beers nowadays.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, richly hoppy, almost evergreen aroma with a good undertone of grapefruit. It pours a clear coppery orange with a decent off-white head. Lively, hoppy flavor is typical of a good Imperial IPA and has tones of pine and grapefruit and even a hint of cinnamon. Smooth texture has a firm tingle and leaves behind a bit of a fizz, as well as some grapefruit flavor.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on January 13, 2012. It pours medium amber with little no head and decent clarity. Six Hops they say but in the aroma I really do not get much in the way of hops at all. It is more bready and malty with just a mellow hop bite. The body is creamy and smooth. But the taste was the life saver on this beer as it came on strong up front with a fruit-like sweetness followed by a hoppy bitterness that finished on the dryer side. Easy to drink though.

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of drpimento
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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 .

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 lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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).

Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +18%
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 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 AgentMunky
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Ruddy chestnut with a light, short-lived head. Very clear, but with a nice internal glow.

S: Delicious, delicious hops. The six varieties promised in the title really shine through here in a complex intermingling of scents. Malt is almost as prominent and more forceful by virtue of presenting a single, united aroma. Strong, pleasant smell.

T: The taste is a mishmash of a whole bunch of different things. What are very nice flavours individually collide headlong like a trainwreck on the tongue. The most obvious is the extreme hop bitterness. This bitterness is mildly unpleasant, I think due to the disharmonious amalgamation of hop strains -- this beer may be trying to do too much (which is why, I suppose, they call it Whole Hog). The malt is very strong, but out-of-place and at odds with the bitterness. Overall, this beer is a mess, but all the individual elements are good.

M: Smooth malt and dry hops. Pleasant and stimulating.

D: Too bitter and confused to make for very good drinking. It took me a very long time to finish the glass. A very complex, intimidating brew, it may be over my head...or it may just be underdeveloped. Either way, I don't recommend it.

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 Deuane
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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 Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of koopa
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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