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Whole Hog Imperial IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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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:
#39,770
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
255
pDev:
15.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -2.3%
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 Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like any other IPA. Clear amber in color with a 1/2 inch of sticky white foam.

S - To me it comes off rather English smelling with biscuit malts and citrus hops with a touch of herbal teas.

T - Well this is a surprise. I expected a malt forward beer from the English smell but got a rather good balance between hops and cracker malt. My only issue with the beer was once warmed the hops got a touch too bitter with hardcore pine.

M - Medium body pretty spot on for the ABV.

Overall not a bad DIPA the ABV is well concealed and it has an almost overbearing level of hops. Just a DIPA that could use a touch more balance.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of barczar
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium copper with a foamy half inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Pine, resin, grapefruit, and toasted caramel malt form the initial aroma. Onion and soapy floral hops emerge.

Fruity hops are initially a surprising flavor mid palate. Citrus pith begins the profile, which turns bitter and resinous fairly quickly. There's substantial bready, cloyingly sweet, toasted caramel malt forming the backbone. But the fruity character is intriguing and difficult to describe.

Body is a tad syrupy, fairly full, with low carbonation, significant alcohol warmth, and a fair bit of astringency at the finish.

Cloyingly sweet at the backbone and eventually becomes more bitter than I prefer. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Hop flavor is somewhat odd.

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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 drpimento
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is the best Point beer I've had by far. Poured with small to medium sized, cream colored head that didn't last too long and no lace. Color is an orange amber with plenty bubble trails. Aroma is is the best part and is very spicy. hop, and malt. Flavor doesn't have much of that spice, is highly bitter, then sweet, then carbonic tang. Body reflects the high bitterness and clashes with some of the other qualities. Finish is like flavor and body where the bitterness is overwhelming; lasting prominently to the end over a long time .

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Heavy caramel malts, earthy tones, hints of sour citrus and honey.

T - Flavour is heavily dominated by caramel malts, with the earthy cedar and bitter citrus hop notes coming through more as an afterthought. The sweetness of the malts are nicely balanced with the bitterness of the hops, but I would still prefer it if it were a more hop heavy.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty DIPA but a bit too malt heavy for my liking. Worth a try... Good, but not great. That being said, it's much better than any of the other offerings I've had from them to date.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Ruddy chestnut with a light, short-lived head. Very clear, but with a nice internal glow.

S: Delicious, delicious hops. The six varieties promised in the title really shine through here in a complex intermingling of scents. Malt is almost as prominent and more forceful by virtue of presenting a single, united aroma. Strong, pleasant smell.

T: The taste is a mishmash of a whole bunch of different things. What are very nice flavours individually collide headlong like a trainwreck on the tongue. The most obvious is the extreme hop bitterness. This bitterness is mildly unpleasant, I think due to the disharmonious amalgamation of hop strains -- this beer may be trying to do too much (which is why, I suppose, they call it Whole Hog). The malt is very strong, but out-of-place and at odds with the bitterness. Overall, this beer is a mess, but all the individual elements are good.

M: Smooth malt and dry hops. Pleasant and stimulating.

D: Too bitter and confused to make for very good drinking. It took me a very long time to finish the glass. A very complex, intimidating brew, it may be over my head...or it may just be underdeveloped. Either way, I don't recommend it.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of atone315
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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 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 Durge
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper caramel color with a goodly off-white head and solid lacing. The aroma is sweet pine and caramel malt, very enticing and smooth. The taste offers pleasantly toned down sweetness of the caramel malt with a nice grassy pine bitterness. The hops eventually suggest some orange citrus with a dry rye cover, kind of earthy and sort of burnt earth/pine. Well carbonated, mid to light bodied. Overall a little different and enjoyable. Plenty drinkable, however, I will say that I had no idea this was a double IPA until I called up the page for this review. It doesn't seem nearly powerful enough to warrant that label. It's more a middle of the road IPA with relatively mellow hop presence.

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Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, copper-colored body with a thick, sudsy head. Nice aroma: mild citrus and pine notes infused a soft malt sweetness. Taste follows along closely with the aroma; biscuit and some caramel hints; a fair amount of hop bitterness; alcohol presence peeps out near the finish. Medium bodied with a sharp, malt sugar edge, dry finish.

A good but a bit understated for a DIPA. It's certainly tasty and decently balanced across the board. The beer's hop and malt flavorings seem to fit a regular IPA taste profile (a good thing) with the added punch of a DIPA's ABV. I was surprised at a rather subdued hop smell for something sporting six hop varieties in the mix. The hop flavor was also not as commanding a presence although the overall hop bitterness seemed fair enough. But, this is nit-picking for an otherwise good IPA.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -15%

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