Whole Hog Imperial IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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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 jsulko
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy goldish color with a white head that does not linger.

Smell is malty with a slight citrus smell.

Taste is quite odd for an IPA or DIPA. Malty and sweet with a fruity bitterness on the finish.

I have had quite a few different DIPA's ranging from the Piney to the Malty. This one is a complete miss for me and makes me wonder if the last run of this product just went south. Positive reviews in All About Beer make me wonder if we were tasking the same beer.

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Photo of blackcompg
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their 4-pak:

Appearance - Poured 2 foingers of lite honey colored head, larger bubbles though, and dissipated very quickly. Color is a perfectly transparent amber, like a liquid penny.

Smell - Really nice sweet citrus scent, pineapple, mango, touch of grapefruit, and a whiff of vanilla carmel in the background.

Taste - Damn...I really had higher expectations from the smell. Starts out with a clover honey flavor, not overly sweet, but no citrus either. Hop flavors are all very floral and meadowy, with a definite honey backbone, not carmel. After the first few sips you begin to notice a little alcohol too. Longer into the finish you get some medicinal bitterness, and some grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Hmmm...I'm going to say almost medium because the carb is somewhat low, and the cloying flavors and some alcohol are somewhat strong. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel on this beer seems to amplify the negatives here - I want more carb to cleanse my palate with this one, and the alcohol presence seems to build more after each sip, the alcohol is not hidden well at all here.

Overall - I'm just so disappointed. The price was pretty nice on this one, especially for a beer that had higher ABV and boldly advertises 6 hops. When you take a whiff from the bottle I'm telling you it really smells nice! But then the 2 finger head dissappeared quickly and left no lacing. The taste was avg at first, but then got worse as the beer warmed, not to mention much hotter. I will try to finish the other 3 beers in this 4-pack, but I can't recommend this one at all, especially since 2XIPA is a dollar more for a 6-pak.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of nelson4
2.14/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Light golden, straw. Seems very clear. I am excited

S - I am not excited. Heavy on malt with a slight lemon tinge on the finish (not in a good way)

T - Continues to be unbalanced. I don't want another sip. I would order this over a bud light, but it is close. Malty sweetness overpowers until it gives way to a sticky sharp bitter. I am not happy.

M - Average when considering the style. Slightly heavy and sticky. Flavors tend to linger. This would be okay if it was good. Carbonation is on point.

O - I am hoping that this is better fresh, or that maybe I got a bad bottle. Maybe I ate the wrong thing before trying (I didn't, but maybe). I have three more left. This makes me sad.

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Photo of BHopp12
1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: A lighter gold color with a thin white head that remains throughout

S: Some citrus hops maybe a little caramel malt

T: Very bland, not as hoppy as expected in a DIPA and mostly just a malt flavor

M: Low carbonation and a little piney note

O: Maybe this was a bad beer but the date on it was from October. Not very impressed with this one and will not have again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes before diminishing to a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops. Caramel malt.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Caramel malt and fruit somewhat overpowered by the floral hops. Slight taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty smooth and slightly dry.

O: Not a bad Imperial IPA.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of magine
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a duvel glass.

Pours a clear copper; bubbly carbonation, thin near white lace head. Very small head settles to a lace ring around the edges. Some minimal lacing. OK looking brew.

Brew smells of floral and light grapefruit/citrus hops. Some pale malts, maybe even a bit of caramel malt. A pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy initially; peppery in the middle and dry and more hopped in the end. Sweet malts balance the hops, some decent array of hops with citrus and floral being the primary hops noticed. Some mellow alcohol is noticed in the finish. A pretty full bodied brew that just lacks good flavors. Decent flavors but more average then anything else. Pretty good.

A pretty good brew overall. Nice mouthfeel, but the flavors are just not that great. Good to get a nice buzz off of though and wouldnt offend anyone at 8.5% abv.

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon first cracking open the bottle I am greeted by a momentary blast of pineapple / papaya-tropical hop scent that adjusts itself gradually into a more floral / resin spectrum punctuated by garnishes of cracked black peppercorns over a toffee malt scent. Poured into a tulip glass, it appears as a somewhat coppery amber hue with two fingers of eggshell colored soapy head that leaves medium levels of lacing behind. Body is medium thick yet strangely under carbonated. The taste starts out as grapefruit rind, transforms into toffee malt sweetness and goes back to standard pine resin for the drawn out finish. At no point would I have guessed that this is 8.5% ABV from taste alone, it is very well hidden. A pretty nice American IPA with some decent depth of character to the hop profile.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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 koopa
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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 kennylopez
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: a clear golden amber color with a finger thick head that faded rather quick to almost nothing and left no lacing.

Smells: i get a fresh hop smell that merges with a lemon citrus. I does have a grassy hay like hint in there too which is nice.

Taste: the nose leaded me on to think this ale was going to be a light on the flavor IPA, but boy was i wrong. There is a great bitter taste from the variety of hops used which is kind of floral behind the citrus backbone. A well balanced beer for someone who favors hops, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: the aftertaste is kind of like a biter grapefruit lemon feeling. the carbonation comes back into play and fizzles to leave a pleasurable sticky feeling making me thirsty for another sip.

Overall: I am really happy with the outcome of the taste of this brew considering I payed close to $8.50 for a four pack. I will happily buy more and if they raised the price by like a buck and a half, its still worth it. The looks and smells did not amaze me, however the taste is quite unique in a great way that set it apart from other four pack double IPAs available by me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At ta recent beer tasting soiree and I brought a Stevens Point 6-Hop Whole Hog IPA that I got from teh bargin bin at Binny's. The beer poured clear amber with decent white head that laced on my glass. The scent had subtle sweetness and hops. The taste mirrored the scent....because it started a little sweet by (I think) molasis then finished with a hop after tastethat left just a little bitterness on the pallet. The sweet malt was used I am sure to cover/mask the higher ABV...this beer is a big beer. Due to the big ABV there was alcohol present in the taste which downgraded the mouthfeel....for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack at the recommendation of one of the owners of the local bottle shop. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a light, bright, and vibrant gold coloring, with copper tones in the deepest areas. A slight hazing to the beer, it is lighter than I am used to for the style. The head is a low profile, big bubbled off-white that clings to the glass as it moves. The nose is deep and rich, with a robust aroma of fresh, wet hops, a light grapefruit-citrus balance, and earthy moss. The flavor has a very roasted note on the forward tongue accompanying a blast of hops. The bitter and forresty green that hits the tip of the tongue quickly transforms into a dry hop character in midtongue, with the grapefruit character coming back again. The back of the tongue is fairly untouched, but some of the bitter and pepper notes leak across as the beer settles in mouth. The aftertaste is short-lived, but it has a slight caramel sweetness that helps to balance the bitter hops and peppery notes. Very tasty. The finish is mostly clean and crisp, but the peppery notes remain in mouth for quite a bit longer. The beer remains light in mouth throughout, despite the heavier flavor characteristics. Good beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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 DavidSeanNJ
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A nice slow pour yielded a dark ruby orange liquid with a creamy head. Lacing, yes, but it dissolved halfway through the brew. Smell was hoppy, but much weaker than expected. Actually, it smelled sweeter than hoppy. This was surprising given the fact that the "six hop" aspect of the beer is clearly emphasized. Taste was sugary and sweet, with a bitter backbone from the hops. Thick sticky mouthfeel.

Ok, so I enjoyed this beer. I am not going to lie. They should stop emphasizing the hops in the beer because it really throws the drinker off. Still, it is a tasty brew. I wouldn't seek it out, but I would absolutely drink it again.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass a nice orangish yellow. First beer from Stevens Point and starting off well. Smell is a little malty and biscuity to start but the hops definitely round out the aroma. Some pine and some floral seem to be the prominent hop aromas. Taste is again bready with a real bitterness in the floral hops. Feel is well carbonated and slightly oily on the finish. Overall a good example of the Double IPA with a distinct English Style IPA lean. Nearly an English Double IPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stevens Point Whole Hog Six Hop IPA

Pours a light orange, white head stickage and some lace. In the aroma, floral, citrus, cat piss and honey. Very bitter on the palate, a nice onslaught of six varieties of hops. Earthy, rind like bitterness in the finish on the medium bodied brew. Overall I thought this was the best of the beer Ive had from Stevens Point.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I let this sit for a hour after I took it out of the fridge.

Light Copper body, like a lighter shade of Apple Juice and the fastest dissolving head I have ever seen. Sporadic bubbles, some shooting up very quickly.

Sweet smell of pine, citrus and caramel that blend very nicely.

Pine, some citrus and a bitter metallic taste at the end. Alcohol is a little noticeable but is more pronounce when it warms. I feel there is something really missing with this taste. It isn't complex at all, flavors don't meld well together. Quite a boring IPA. Very let down since the aroma seemed to make this a tease. I really thought this was going to be a quite enjoyable tasting beer.

Light to medium body, light carbonation but feels like a flat soda. Leaves the lips a little sticky. Slight alcohol warmth with a decent ABV with a 8.5.

I've had some great IPA's before and this isn't even close to any of them. Taste is lacking and is pretty much nothing more than average. It looks okay and feels average as well. Don't waste your time with an average IPA when they're so many better ones.

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Photo of brentk56
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three fingered head; excellent retention and it leaves behind strands of lace

Smell: More malty than hoppy, with a grainy, vegetal aroma

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, with a growing grainy aspect that moves into the pine forest by mid-palate; after the swallow, the piney hops dominate but the combination of the hops and malt bill seems rather unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather disappointing in many ways, unfortunately; looks good, but I didn't care for the aroma or the taste, and that is what it is all about, ultimately

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Whole Hog Imperial IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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