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 alexgash
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +17.7%
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 +14%
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 -8.1%
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 -32.3%
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 -28.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +15.4%
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 -2.6%
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 -22.1%
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 -16.9%
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 -8.1%
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 webbcreative
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep cooper color with 2 finger white head.

Aroma = Sweet caramel malt, BA calls this a DIPA and I would tend to agree more with that, BUT Point calls this an IPA, so I gotta review according to that, this is too sweet smelling to be an IPA, and the aroma is decent, but it doesnt have that nice, citrus, piney smell that I like so much.

Taste = Again, sweet caramel malt, with big hop bitterness, but no citrus or piney hops, and the taste comes across like medicine.

Mouthfeel = For an IPA to thick and sticky.

Drinkability = Although it's 8.5% abv, you would never know it, so its pretty drinkable in that aspect, but overall I wouldn't be able to put down more than one of these because of the flavor.

Overall = If im looking for an IPA [or a DIPA] I would look almost ANYWHERE else but this one for that fix. And its actually getting worse at it warms to me.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
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 shohog
1.84/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass and it has a nice clear amber copper color typical of IPAs. The head was 1-2 fingers which disappeared quickly.

Where is the smell of all these 6 hops? You would think at least one of the hops would have been detected in the beer loaded with 6 varieties of hops.

These hops must all have been bittering hops because this beer tasted like a chewed up aspirin. This beer has a extemely bad bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Steven's Point makes some nice beers but they totally blew it on this one. This one is pathetic and it should be TERMINATED!

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Photo of dfillius
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of light tan head with poor retention. Clear copper liquid. More head please.
S: Spicy and fruity alcohol, almost like mulled cider. Not very hoppy. Smells okay, but I want hops! This is more like an American Strong Ale.
T: Mild start with slightly better middle and dry finish. Clean and crisp, which is surprising due to the strong-on-alcohol aroma. Almost a grain alcohol off flavor sneaks in there though. Kind of flat and bland. Wow, seems like a muddled, oxymoronic beer!
M: Dry finish, some bitterness. Way too hot.
D: Okay, but I would not order another or consider buying again.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whole Hog Six Hop IPA
Stevens Point Brewery
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.50 %

CG brought a six pack of IPA back from Chi Town. This is from our sampling 8/8/09.
bottle>wine glass


Light amber color like a glass of tea. Excellent 2 finger head with excellent retention and lace. Smell has a timid hop nose on a toasty malt aroma - less hop aroma than expected. Taste hides the 8.5% abv very well. Tastes like a balanced smooth medium-body amber with roasty malts, not an IPA. Bonus points to the brewer for hiding the alcohol well, but marked down for lack of hop aroma and taste according to style. Medium carbonation with a medium+ body for an IPA. It is an enjoyable beer as a strong subtle hopped amber, it's just not much as an IPA.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Lots of sweet sugary malt in the aroma. There are hops there as well, but they are overwhelmed by the malt. Flavor is more of the same, lots of caramel malt. There are plenty of hops, but the struggle to cut through the sweetness. Medium bodied. A lot of DIPAs are unbalanced to hops, this is the opposite.

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Photo of botham
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a brownish amber with a finger of solid off-white head. great retention and light lacings.

aroma is of thick hop oils, with a mildly piney character and a bit of citrus mixed in. spicey hops are present as well, mixed in with the piney notes. very rich with hop notes in the nose.

taste is more of the same with bitter dry hops and a base of bready malts. the hops are too bitter for the amount of aromatic and hop notes on the palate. the hops are thick, without any real piney or citrus notes on the palate, only bitter hop oils.

mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with hop oils, along with a bitter and dry finish of residual hop notes.

drinkability is decent. the hops here are too bitter and dry, without enough aromatic qualities. the piney note from the aroma is badly lacking on the palate. the hops are definitely overcooked, leaving little for the nose or the palate; only bitter dryness.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whole Hog is a limited edition, highly hopped, high ABV beer from Stevens Point. This is also the first beer I've had from this brewery, yet another beer made possible via the wonderful world of beer trading.

From the Point Brewing site:

"It just wasn't enough to use a blend of 5 varieties of hops in our India Pale Ale. We needed more. We needed to go wholehog! So, we added a sixth hop and created a more pronounced hop nose and massive hop flavor for our American twist to this legendary style."

Whole Hog pours dark amber, almost brown in color. Its got a nice inch or so of head that slowly slinks below the surface and becomes one with its liquid brother. Very alluring looking beer.

The aroma is that of caramel, brown bread, toffee, butterscotch, citrus and perhaps a little of that alcohol heat (rum or whiskey?).

A mouthful of the Whole Hog and I am wondering where the hops are and when they will come out to play. There is a fair bit of the malty side of this IPA but the hops are not in the picture, instead their is some slight bitterness on the tongue that is also drying but not the piney/resiny flavor I was hoping for. No beer is a total loss though, remember that.

What Whole Hog lacks in hoppy IPA-ness, it makes up for as a malty, high-octane beer with some subtle hop characteristics that can't be totally overlooked. It also has a flavor of cherry that is may not be intentional but its not altogether a bad thing.

If you find yourself in posession of a bottle of this beer go ahead and make your own judgements, that is what beer sampling, reviewing and enjoyment is all about.

Note: A bottle of this beer has 259 calories.

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Photo of stephens101
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 solargoat
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a nice bright amber/copper, fluffy white head.
Not a lot of hop in the odor, i get some booze, but not much hop or citrus.
tastes sweet and malty, again not a lot of hop. I guess i would not put this in the category of Imperial IPA.
It is certainly good and drinkable but seems off for the style.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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 zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled floral with a good dose of citrus. There was also a sweet caramel aroma.

T - Good flavors come through, but they are all a little weak. There is some bubblegum, some citrus and some caramel. There isn't much in the way of a bitter hop bite, but again some is present.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This doesn't taste like a DIPA. It's more like an IPA but still a little weak.

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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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