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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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80
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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 4
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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Satchboogie, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -14.3%

DonFrap, May 01, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

jzeilinger, May 05, 2011
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.

JamesS, Nov 24, 2009
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.

Monkeyknife, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev 0%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

soju6, Dec 15, 2013
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.

brewcrew76, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of ummswimmin
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

ummswimmin, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

beergoot, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev 0%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

zekeman17, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Canada_Dan, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

beerwolf77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 12 FL. OZ. (355 ML) bottle of this @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $4. Poured from the maroon/tan labeled bottle w/ a hog & Six Hop IPA (w/ a 5 crossed out and Six labeled in place of it) into a 16oz Left Hand Brewing Co Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Huge load of hop hits the nose but then has a huge yeasty character following this. Citrus is big and malts are high. Sweetness and power are the main attributes of this one!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that stays for good time. Has a nice dark orange colored body and leaves great lacing behind.

Flavor- Good variety of hops in here! Can tell there is a citrus character, American hops, and tons of strength. A great amount of Belgian yeast/flavor is present also! Medium-high bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Low Carbonation, SMOOTH, a bit creamy, and leaves light hops with sweetness behind.

Overall Impression- An extremely interesting 2XIPA! Not quite the punch like many in this style but more Belgian qualities, flavorful, and creamy all the way through! A nice brew and would recommend if you see it around! My second brew from Steven's Point.

DCon, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

StaveHooks, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Beerlover, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

schoolboy, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Mar 2010.

Gift from R&S, thanks!

First beer tried at the new apartment.

Served in a Lakefront shaker pint. Small off white head. Lightly carbonated. Redish brown in color with a slight haze. Aroma is hoppy, treacley, butterscotch. Sweet and caramel to start. Mild bitterness throughout. Finish is peppery, toffee bitter aftertaste. Ethanol is hot in the finish, some butter too (ugh). Medium body.

Can't recommend this one...

htomsirveaux, May 26, 2010
Photo of Brams17
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev -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.

callmemickey, May 31, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out really clear light yellow to amber with a smidge of white suds. Plenty of effervescence and some lacing.
Smell is sugar and malt before the hop. Almost a cotton candy aroma.
Taste is a dirty mix of hop and sugar water. Not a lot going on here. The only thing good here is that it's hiding the alcohol very well.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky from the sugars. This one is a bit too sweet for me.
Overall I wouldn 't rate this a good IPA. Just average.

peabody, Jun 10, 2012
Whole Hog Six Hop IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.