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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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It just wasnít 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 a massive hop flavor for our American twist to this legendary style.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3561) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pour is a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is at first caramel malt with a decent helping of pine hops. Flavor is a decent bitter pine hops, nothing outstanding though. Its ok and something i would get again but it seems like a dumbed downed DIPA for the masses. The hops are there but just for show.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
alassio (82) - USA - SEP 10, 2009
I really liked their Imperial Pilsner, but this is a cascading wall of hops that disappears into a big palate black hole. I would say that you have to work hard to enjoy it, but even working hard doesnít do it. It has an empty minerally soda pop body that is going into the masaman curry tonight, where it should nicely offset some of the sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4429) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is light hops, citrus, pine, and caramel. The look is golden in color, clear, and has a off white head. The taste is light bitterness, hops, pine, and some alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Stevens Point has made it to Kansas City! I grabbed this IPA along with Point Oktoberfest since it was inexpensive and a brewer I hadnít tried before. I got: a coppery amber pour with a big, dense off-white head that laced and sheeted nicely (can you say fresh hops?) Smell is amazingly malty and nutty, hiding the 8.5% ABV and the half-dozen varieties of hops well. Caramel malts come through in the flavors as well, but the hops come out of hiding and explode in series, flowery, spicy, bitter, citrus, bitter (I should probably learn which variety is which). Yes, the malt takes some of the spotlight from the 6 hops. Yes, itís a bit thin. And yes, you donít get much of a sense of alcohol other than the tingly aftertaste. However, that doesnít mean this isnít a good beer. In fact, with a bit less alcohol, you could fit this in the plain IPA category and it would do very well!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 1, 2009
This was just disappointing. Aroma was mainly note of grass and pine...as was the flavor. Malt presence was overly sweet. No alcohol presence. Iíve had far better DIPAs, and even better ones that are really only average. Iím a huge hophead, but after this I just wanted to cry.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12301) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain, grass, earth, and caramel. Flavor of hops (citrus, pineapple, grass), toasted grain, and caramel malt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Moving onto the second beer offering from my affable sister is the Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA. MmÖ IPA good. I do love me some hops, whether they be more hoppy or more malty, an IPA is always a palate-pleasing journey.

A beautifully polished amber and mahogany brew spreads out before me, topped by a miniscule coppery head that flees the scene as quickly as his previous brethren had. Scattered bubbles of fragile girth linger while a faint stream of carbonation breaks through, releasing a gentle nose of hops. A very wet nose, he crunches with caramelized maple, brown sugars, and dances with succulent esters of orange and pine. Her coppery hues indicate, rightly so, that she is a malty IPA, balancing the best of both sides. I stand below a forest of dew-dropped fir trees with wood esters wafting through the air as old leaves bleed beneath my feet. Herbs such as rosemary and thyme mingle with his crunchy sweet and foresty nose for an intriguing mix. Curiosity peeked, I raise my glass to curious lips and am let down by how thin and weak his touch is. Watery and far more meager in palate, if I try hard enough I can detect faint flavors of wood, fir, dry leaves, rosemary, and thyme. His most prominent feature is actually his crunchy sweet malty profile which dominates from start to finish. He leaves an eye-pleasing trail of lace as his contents continue to lessen in volume in my glass. Little body, little mouthfeel, and little palate equals out to a less than impressive beer, especially considering he is supposed to be a 6-Hop IPA. Now, a lot doesnít have to mean A LOT, but when boasting of great ingredients, I at least expect something close to great taste, big or not.

I enjoyed the Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner, but the Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA was a thin disappointment. A drain-pour by no means, but lacking in oomph everywhere except the nose. Now, for those who are hop novices, this might be an excellent stepping-stone beer since, for all its meager flavor, it still manages to find a medium balance of flavor between hops and malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle: Pours a transparent amber orange with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee and mild butterscotch (not necessarily the diacetyl kind) with some juicy piny hops. Starts with good fullness and a sugary sweet maltiness with some light fruity notes and some orange and spruce character before a slightly more bitter finish. An ok IPA, but could use a bigger citrusy hop profile.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a reddish/amber with a thin white head. aroma of caramel, orange, and peach. flavor was sweet, pine, slight grass. light body as well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5183) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Second try, a little better this time. Less citrus and more dry. Old review follows. Dark copper colored body with a fluffy khaki head on top. The initial nose is oranges with some almonds and toast. Up front, it smells like most big IPAís. Toasted almonds and grapefruit and fairly strong up front. However, the finish is a syrupy sweet mess of orange juice and pistachios. I wanted to like this one more, but the finish ruins it for me.


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