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Whole Hog Imperial IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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3.53/5
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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:
#39,988
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
255
pDev:
15.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
14
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jerry906
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +13.3%

From notes on 8/31/2013

Nice grapefruit flavor. Interesting but delightful smell. Point did a nice job on this one. I recommend this one to anyone who wants to try an IPA that differs from the others.

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Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of drewfromboulder
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, richly hoppy, almost evergreen aroma with a good undertone of grapefruit. It pours a clear coppery orange with a decent off-white head. Lively, hoppy flavor is typical of a good Imperial IPA and has tones of pine and grapefruit and even a hint of cinnamon. Smooth texture has a firm tingle and leaves behind a bit of a fizz, as well as some grapefruit flavor.

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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 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 hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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 StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber orange that casts red light from the glass. A two finger off-white head that settles into a nice base of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet bread, buttery toffee malt. Very inviting aroma. Notes of pine and citrus.

T - Malt forward start. Rich malt wrapped with grapefruit and pine bitterness. It has a hefty bit of peppery spice that works with the malt and creates a welcomed dryness. The bitterness balances up on the finish.

Overall I love this beer. It's between an IPA and a DIPA. Great malt flavor going on. I love the gentle hops profile as well. I could drink this all night. Highly recommended.

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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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3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz twist-off poured into a snifter
8.5% ABV

A - Awesome in color, this hazed beer is a rich, deep golden honey color that is crowned by a long-lasting cap of off-white foam. Rocky peaks of lace are left steadfast on the glass.

S - Firm, assertive hops have an explosive nose but they don't quite present a fresh hop scent. Combined with the sturdy, bread-like Munich malt backbone, the hops seem to have a musty, old cardboard oxidized aroma though they definitely bring the IBUs. The hop aroma is predominantly earthy but highlights biter grapefruit skin as well juice, lemongrass, and pine notes.

T - Hop forward like the aroma but nearly as "old" tasting, the flavor profile captures some of the same grapefruit undertones like jam thinly spread across a toasted English muffin.

M - Whole Hop Six Hop IPA might be a little dull in aroma and flavor but it shines when it comes to mouthfeel! A smooth and soft entry leads to faint alcohol warmth and a wonderful carbonation level before dry hop bitterness punctuates the finish!

O - Point's Whole Hog double IPA might not win over the hearts of every hop head out there but it's on the right track. Maybe the combination of six hops becomes a bit to muddled, producing the "old" character but the bitterness and balance with the smooth malt profile is wonderful.

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Photo of HIllbilly_Epicurean
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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 biker30x
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. Extremely clear amber with a thick tan head that survived a surprisingly long time. Short on aroma. Initial flavor was overly crisp, lacking the sweet nuances I enjoy in better IPAs and DIPAs. Sharp citrus and pine notes begin with a fairly long bitter finish, some caramel notes complement the finish and support the next sip. While not deep or complex, it is a satisfying IPA that could be enjoyed as a session. Point Special was my college beer back in the "when you're out of Point, you're out of town" days. Today, it doesn't live up to my memories. But this beer was a welcome find. Too bad it's a limited release. Far from the best beer I have ever had. But a darn satisfying pint none the less!

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