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

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Photo of Kegatron
2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber rose color, with a little over a finger of tight, off-white, foamy head. This retains with a rich 1/2 finger that leaves some thick spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is VERY sweet with tropical fruits and malt in the nose, which also provides a deep graininess to the proceedings. Some earthy and herbal hops character adds tanginess and sharpness to this.

The hops in the taste are quite earthy feeling, leaving a dirty and pithy bitterness in their wake that sticks to the tongue and is hard to shake. The bitterness is almost an afterthough here however, as they seem to play a distant runner-up to the sweetness here, which consists of bread, caramel, and a STRONG dose of tropical fruits. This is way unbalanced towards the almost cloying side at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creamiess to the carbonation that is actually pretty welcome here, as it helps move some rather obvious alcohol beef around. Speaking of which, the ABV never gets over warm here but does help bring out some of the stronger aspects of this, namely that sweetness and overly bitter finish.

Well I can't really say that I dug this one a whole lot beyond the initial look. Very unbalanced profile here, being overly sticky and sweet in some areas and then harshly bitter in others. I think that for 9%, this actually did a really good job of keeping the alcohol hidden for the most part, especially considering that the flavors sure didn't things any favors. This is one DIPA that I would not go back to.

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Photo of climax
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very cloudy caramel copper with a decent head that descended quickly leaving no trace.

For an imperial IPA, this one does not shock the senses with hops, more of a regular IPA, in my opinion. The hop bill consisted of a sturdy leafy/floral presence and was well matched by biscuity bread-like malts.

The flavor had a bit more pungent bitterness, but was still somewhat mild. The malt was almost heavier, giving out significant caramel, dark wheat bread, and even a cocoa and coffee flavors.

The body was a good consistency, medium weight, with sharp carbonation. The finish was dry with slight bitterness.

This is a good beer, but not the right beer if your looking for a heavy hitting IPA.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a nice creamy head and great lacing. The nose has lots of pine with a nice malty backbone. The taste is much the same with lots of pine, grapefruit and earthy, grassy bitterness but lots of butterscotch, caramel malt notes to balance. The alcohol is well hidden and it has a nice crisp, dry finish. This is a bit too malty for me but still a decent beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of chemidtown
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An average example of the Imperial IPA style, but after sampling many more from the segment this seems a backup at best.

Copper appearance with little head and moderate lacing. Strong taste of alcohol masks even the hops, in both taste and smell.

Would not turn one down, but will not make it a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thin 1/2" head that breaks down to a thick surface covering.

Smell: citrus, caramel, nice bitterness level is easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, orange, grapefruit, and a moderate bitterenss produces a nice flavor profile. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late. Surprisingly short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: decent beer but the high alcohol levels make this one a one or two beer per session.

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Photo of DarrinRasberry
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Head vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing. Body looks like an IPA. Nothing at all remarkable here.

S: Hops and earth over obvious booze.

T: It's all right. Bitter hops and malt dominate with little comparable citrus. Booze, earth, and onions.

M: Nice and thick, but the bitterness is never answered by the crisp finish that I've grown to expect from IPA's.

D: The high booze content is not well-hidden, and certainly does not grow on you.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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...

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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 BamaBeerBuff
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a totally clear light ruby color. The head is tall and frothy, and lays down some thin lace on the glass. Not really sticky or anything, but still a nice appearance.

S: Aromatics are quite faint, but showcase some C-hop citrus and pine, with a sweet caramel presence. Everything is a bit subdued for what's supposed to be a double IPA.

T&M: Well, it's got a good load of hop flavor, but it's kind of all over the place. Big citrus and pine up front yield to a very bitter leafy, metallic flavor on the finish. All the while, a sweet maltiness comes through mid-palate. Some alcohol flavor comes up on the end, too. The body is way, way too light for a DIPA, almost like a lighter pale ale. The beer lacks any measure of cohesiveness--it tastes like they just threw six random hop varietals into the boil at varying points and bottled the resulting beer.

D: Light body is actually a negative for drinkability here. It's impossible to savor any flavor, so I don't find myself taking gulps very frequently. An unimpressive beer.

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Photo of DrewHodges
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4/18/10--gave this one another chance after what I really thought was an old bottle. This time around it was much better. Citrus and Pine hop aroma were stronger, head retention better, and hop flavor a little better; mouthfeel still a little oily and slick and watery. Still not my favorite DIPA, but better than my first impression.

3/1/10, poured from bottle into tall lager glass.

Very clear, almost watery, golden brown color. Small head that quickly flattened to nothing. Not really smelling the hops, just kind of a weak aroma. Taste is nothing interesting at all, very disappointing. Almost like it was flat or old, although I couldn't find a date. Mouthfeel was slick and highly carbonated. Will try another later to see if it was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel copper amber body with a light khaki head, intricate lacing fine and even rings with each sips stick to the glass. Aroma has some earthy piney citrus notes with caramel and a touch of alcohol backing it all up. Flavor is lively with hop bitterness, citrus, earthy, slightly dirty notes. Pine and grassiness as well hell six hops that better add some character. Alcohol doesn't burn but it's evident, caramel malt with a grain driven finish does the job well in the balancing department that runs this beer's intent. Big balanced Hoppy beer isn't that kind of like a girly man, what a fuckin' oxymoron. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils and heavy with carbonation, can't say I'm loving the feel. Medium bodied other than that read above. Drinkability overall is solid as a lighter DIPA for the early on hop heads, I'm not saying I'm past this, but I'm past this.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusted ruby color with a big foamy tan head. Head falls very slow. Decent lace.

Has a nice floral hop nose. Smells like it could be good.

Pronounced hop flavor. Bit slick and oily with a nice alcohol finish. Pretty darn good.

Medium bodied in the mouth. Bit slick on the tongue and a slight alcohol bite.

I like it. Nice IPA coming from the Point brewery. Would have again.

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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 OlRasputin989
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Big 2 finger head atop a dark, old-gold brew. has a light haze. Leaves strips and spots of lacing

S: Caramel and roasted malts, candied grapefruit, honeyed-orange peel, spruce, and biscuity hop aromas. Not overly hoppy or malty.

T: sweet citrus up front with a caramel malt background. finishes in pine, grapefruit, honeyed-orange peel, spicey with a roasted malt note.

M: Medium-full body. slightly oily but decent carbonation and finishes resinous and bitter.

Overall, this is a pretty good double IPA. Has a well rounded hop profile(as it should with six hops) and also good malt flavors to give it a full body. Good balanced brew, but that doesn't necessarily make it the hop-head's IPA.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, caramel, slight nut, and a dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, alcohol, sweet malt, dark citrus, and slight pine. Overall, a great aroma, good blend, drinkability, but the body is a bit lacking.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pretty brass colored with small wispy head and not much lacing.
typical smell of heavy, thick malts fighting hops. Not real citrusy or floral though...kind of non descript.
Taste is thick on the tongue. Heavy malts and very bitter hoppiness, but once again not much else coming from the hop...
Bitter is where the hops end.

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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 EJNibs
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber. One finger of head that dissipates in seconds.

S: Flat. Practically snorting the beer, I almost dipped my nose in it to try to get something distinctive. Nothing to speak of.

T: Hmmmm....well, um....hmm. I really don't know what to say. I suppose it hides the 8.5% awfully well, but doesn't do much else. It is surprisingly smooth, but the hops just don't come through the way I thought they would, and they aren't compensated with much malt either.

M: Full as one would expect from an IIPA, with a little alcohol heat, but not much. The hops leave a bit of a bittering coat in the finish.

D: It's an IIPA, and though a fairly smooth one for the style, it's not a session beer.

Verdict: I don't really know what to say again. This REALLY isn't a bad beer; it also REALLY isn't a "good" beer. Maybe this will be the best way of putting it: if my double IPA homebrew turns out like this, I'll be somewhat nonplussed. If offered one, I wouldn't turn it down. That said, I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy, slightly soapy looking head that falls to decent lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet, with a slightly astringent edge. As it warms, it leads to a muddy, earthy character. The flavor is malty, to a surprising degree considering the big deal the company makes about its "Six Hop" mix. The flavor is indeed hoppy, but I don't find a particularly powerful overriding theme - there is some pine, some overripe flower, and a hint of bitter citrus. There is a decent bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelming. In fact, it is a little soapy. The alcohol punch is poorly hidden - in fact, the bitterness on the finish tends to call attention to the ABV, perhaps even exaggerate it. The mouthfeel is reasonably creamy.

I am not sure this is a great beer, but it si unusual and not unpleasant.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was rather enthused to write a review on this beer, until I saw it was categorized as a Double IPA. Certainly, this is not...in my opinion :)

Still, the light copper/caramel pour and nice, semi-dense and sticky head produces a really good beer.
Slighly sweet malt in the aroma, a hint of citrus. Mostly it's pine and dry grass, but not very powerful for a DIPA.
Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is very easy drinking. It is dry without an intense bite and well balanced.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Hazed dark amber beer. Tan head dissipated quickly to a micro-bubble-layer.

S-Caramel-toasty malts with a pretty clear resinous hop, perhaps with a hint of something herbal/perfumy, as well.

T-Slightly grapfruit hops leads to a hearty cara-toffee-toasty malt and a slight chocolate aftertaste. Hops on the line of resiny and herbal/earthy, similar to those caracteristics in the aroma, join this maltiness. Bitterness is apparent but feels surprisingly in balance for a DIPA.

M-Moderate body, a little slinky. The nearly 9% ABV is not evident in any way, really. Carbonation is moderate and feels quite appropriate. Overall, this beer feels pretty nice.

D-Fun flavor, pretty complex. I don't think it's a spectacular brew, but I really enjoy it. It's certainly a departure from Point's typical offerings, in a good way.

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Photo of JamesS
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
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 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 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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Whole Hog Imperial IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 255 ratings