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Whole Hog Imperial IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Imperial IPAWhole Hog Imperial IPA
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
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
254
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 254
Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out really clear light yellow to amber with a smidge of white suds. Plenty of effervescence and some lacing.
Smell is sugar and malt before the hop. Almost a cotton candy aroma.
Taste is a dirty mix of hop and sugar water. Not a lot going on here. The only thing good here is that it's hiding the alcohol very well.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky from the sugars. This one is a bit too sweet for me.
Overall I wouldn 't rate this a good IPA. Just average.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 Jimmys
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: bright copper body. white head is foamy and has good retention/average lacing. very pretty copper color.

S: the earthy herbal hop aroma battles hard with brown sugar and caramel. a little bit of acetaldehyde/green apple?

T: lots of caramel candied malt flavor. cant really fight through the grain to get a real hop flavor/presence. a little nail polish-y. alcohol.

M: average carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: too many problems for me to really enjoy this too much. pass imo.

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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 htomsirveaux
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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 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 callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-amber body with a decent sized offwhite head... Moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Slight pine. Rich caramel malt and a soft floral undertone. Not particularly hoppy.

T: Follows the nose, with a rich malt base, the hops don't really shine through. Considering it is brewed with six hops, its not particularly bitter nor strong in hop flavorings.

M: Smooth. Medium bodied.

D: Not bad. Somewhat bland. Nothing really makes me want to drink this beer again though.

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Photo of beer2day
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light copper gold with 2 finger near white, tight head. Faint retention and a couple of strands of light lace.

Nose is mostly floral hops, with some hop esters and a light citrus presence. Pretty decent, just wish it was stronger.

Taste is fairly mild. Get floral hops from beginning to end, with light hop oil, a faint bit of pepper, but miss the mark on a citrus presence. Alcohol is very apparent.

Feel is a bit thick, with hop oil providing most of that thickness. Not getting a heavy malt contribution.

Overall, slightly above average. Good choice if nothing else around. Faint praise.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Saw this at a local grocery store. Emphasis on the hops really drew me in

A- a full amber body of a beer. Virtually no head at all. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a golden yellow look (given the focus on the hops)

S- malt out the ying yang. Strong as all heck. However, guess what's missing? Anytime type of a hop profile. I guess there is some slight earthy presence. The caramel malt is just overwhelming

T- this might be as unbalanced as it gets. Nothing but malt. Not really what I wanted as far as a dipa goes. There is consistan bitterness that makes the bre decent though. You need some type of hop flavor when you write six hops on the label though

M- creamy and overwhelming taste that attacks your mouth. The flavor is absolutely overwhelming. I do like this aspect of it

D- just being honest... If your battle cry is hops, you need to have some. The unstoppable malt attack makes this not enjoyable. This really halted my steven's point experience

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Mildly in-the-middle copper color, fluffy, lacing-left retention of the top bulbous part of the glass, and good sniper-like singular carbonation floating to the top.

Smell: Earthy and candied bitterness overall. A lot of citrus and lemon with a swirl, caramel, husk, and woodiness. It's a little imbalanced, but it has balls, and I like that, and there's a lot going on.

Taste: I mostly like the finish here, which goes from sweet to bitter and from bitter to sweet, all fairly quickly. There's honey and caramel, there's some bitter rind earthiness and tree bark. I don't mind the morphine flavors here. There's a lot going on, and I like it. Every second with each sip there's good stuff going on. I think that should be admired. And the finish is long, and the same.

Mouthfeel: Good and medium-bodied, though it should be deemed heavier, more cloying. Alas, I feel it's not, and the carbonation does its work and cuts through overall.

Drinkability: This is a weird brew for me, mainly because of it's morphing and shiftiness, but I like it after everything. I don't think most of the reviews do it justice. It's a more candied IPA, but it's got a weird, earthy nature that I like overall. And the 4-pack was only around $7, meaning I'd like to get another one at some point, and since this is my first Stevens Point brew, I won't mind trying a few more if I can find them.

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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 Lemke10
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is fairly sweet and yeast for being an India Pale Ale. The taste is smooth, sweet, and fairly malty. In the finish there is a bit of a bitter taste but not anything you would expect from an IPA. Not bad by any means but certainly not very true to the style.

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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 martyl1000
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a nice looking blonde brew, with a scant head.

The aroma is of sweet tangerine and birthday cake. The malt comes across as a mild, wet cardboard and Rice Krispies in milk.

In the mouth the sweet citrus precedes a bitter pine. Whoa is the pine bitter! The malt backbone tries mightily to pull it all together, and is mostly successful, though the pine bitterness is a bit much. ABV is hardly there.

Medium-bodied and slick on the palate.

This is very much my style of IIPA: sweet, malty, fruity. The one drawback is, as it warms, the grain turns a bit leathery AND THE SWEETNESS GETS A BIT CLOYING -- starts to remind me of an over-sweet English barley wine, like Anchor Old Foghorn (though not as bad as North Coast Old Stock!) But at $7/four-pk., I'll take this any day of the week.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike Mittendorf for his generosity.

A - Rich red colored body with a nice off-white to nearly tan head starting out at an inch and a half but fading thin rather quickly. The red color is really the eye-catcher with this pig.

S - I'm not really smelling anything here.

T - This is a smooth flavored brew. The hops are thick in the finish and hinting to start. The middle is a perfect acceleration that presses near perfectly.

M - I've never done this before but... see my "T".

~ Overall, I like this beer. I recommend you give it a try. It's great to see my local brewing offering a solid IPA. Thanks guys and gals.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 Strix
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours light orange, decent head

Multiple hop aromas are indeed present: flowers, grass, butter, pine, and grapefruit.

But do they all go together? Starts out sweet, then buttery, then pine shows up, a bit of a grassy grapefruit aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

An ambitious attempt, but to me it suffers from a lack of direction. It's hoppy. And there are different hops. But they aren't really working together at this point. And I was never a fan of buttery/grassy flavors in an IPA anyway. Eh, it was an interesting experiment, but was not among my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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 TheHoppiest
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear copper-amber color, witha 3/4" cream colored head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing as it reduces.

The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet, with a grape-Nerds like smell. Alcohol, caramel malt, tangerine all combine underneath for a more pleasant aroma.

Starts malty and thick, resinous and mildly astringent, with honey malt, piney hops, orange zest and ruby red grapefruit, ending bitter and pithy.

Medium to full bodied, the IBU's must be high in this one 'cuz it is leaving my tongue and gums tingling.

The label advertises this as a six hop extravaganza, with Cluster, WIlliamette, Sterling, Cascade, Lettananger and Perle hops. Clearly there was both dry hopping and hops added during the boil, as it gives you up-front resin and finishing bitterness. Maybe the brewer was concerned this was too much, and dosed it with extra malt to balance the bitter. Or, perhaps this is an older bottle; I can't locate a bottled-on date, though the neck bears a stamp of "0553", which I would guess is a batch number. I'm not saying this has aged too long, especially given its abundant hoppiness, but it does have a maltier taste, and that odd grape-like aroma, you get sometime from a beer that seems a bit aged. Still, I bought this three days ago, and this was the first time I had seen this on the shelf at the place I bought it, so I am guessing that the maltiness is intended. Whichever it is, I find that the malt is overpowering the six varieties of hops and generally taking away from what could be a great brew. I'd love to get a hold of some of this fresh from the brewery and on tap so I could see if the maltiness was intended.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer as a sample yesterday. It poured a very clear gold/straw color with a small white head. Smell had a decent amount of Pine and citrus in it and I got excited for the taste. The taste however let me down a bit. It didn't match the smell, it was more malty sweet than the hops that were in the nose. Just average. M and D were OK, but each sip left something to be desired out of this beer.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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 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 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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Whole Hog Imperial IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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