Whole Hog Imperial IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Imperial IPAWhole Hog Imperial IPA
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Whole Hog Imperial IPAWhole Hog Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

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

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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 cokes
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
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 ummswimmin
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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 alexgash
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +9.1%
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 schoolboy
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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Photo of Vancer
2.86/5  rDev -19%
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 -34%
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 deereless
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A tightly packed mat of cottony head, crystal clear, medium gold with an amber hue, lots of lacing - 4.25, S: Very malty and bready, aromas remind me of uncooked fruit cake dough, a touch of hops in the background but certain not to the degree I'd expect from an IPA - slightly floral and earthy - 3.00, T: The palate has a decent hop bite, yet the malts still seem to play a larger role than what I might expect from an IPA, more barley wine than IPA, slight alcohol burn and tastes that remind me of a rum soaked raisin, a hint of grapefruit and woodiness - 3.00, M: 3.00, D: A very drinkable beer and one that I enjoyed, my ratings were on the low side just because this one kind of misses the mark in terms of an IPA - 3.50

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Photo of homebrew311
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
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 koopa
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Can_if_you_can
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of stephens101
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a cherry red infused with orange hues. A two-finger tan head quickly dissipates and leaves some fine streaks of lace behind. Smells of oily hops with a sweet malt base. An undercurrent of yeast and sour fruits make things a bit more interesting. The initial sweetness of the taste is quickly overwhelmed by an extreme piny hop bitterness which shocks the palate into submission. After your mouth recovers some some malts and and slight notes of citrus are evident. This is a true hop-bomb, one which indiscriminately lays waste to the countryside like napalm in the morning, sparing not women nor children. Alcohol lays a bit heavy at the end, searing through the medium body. Run for cover folks, or maybe stand in the open and take your chances if you're looking for an interesting time.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Whole Hog Imperial IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 255 ratings