Whole Hog Imperial IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

Whole Hog Imperial IPAWhole Hog Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
37.3%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 255 ratings
Whole Hog Imperial IPAWhole Hog Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Whole Hog Six Hop IPA

Added by SykDoc on 04-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,857
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
255
Liked:
95
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
15.3%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SykDoc
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color. A 1/2 inch off-white head forms and slowly reduces with a nice full coverage lacing. The carbonation is obvious.

The aroma is, as expected, heavy in pine and citrus up front. A mild earthy component lingers with a mild sweet malt backbone.

The taste is again strong on the citrus and pine but also has a solid earthy and malty sweet component that balances quite nicely. The nice bitterness lingers but not too long.

The mouthfeel starts out medium/full bodied with a nice crispiness from the carbonation. It is not too thick and goes down fairly smooth. The dry/bitterness that lingers makes this an enjoyable beer to sip because it sits around for a little while.

Overall, I was quite impressed with this beer. I saw it on the shelf at our local best place to get beer and figured I would give it a try. I certainly think this beer can compete with some of the best. It could have been a bit stiffer in aroma and the flavor could have punished a bit more, but this is a very good beer and I will be trying to get more.

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4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CDKrenz, thanks for the trade...
Poured into a pint glass this brew has the best red amber color that has a tint of ruby when held to the light. The head is a reddish cream color that settles to a thin cap with nice sticky lacing all on the glass. The aroma is HOP goodness! Some floral notes with a strong hint of spice. The taste is bold and balanced at the same time. You can almost chew through the bitterness that is left in your mouth taunting you to take another drink. Well done!

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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Whole Hog Imperial IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 37.3% out of 100 with 255 ratings
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