Review: Stevens Point Whole Hog IPA & Imperial Pilsner

Stevens Point releases these two new brews — be careful, as the labels and bottles look nearly identical — in time for summer. Both are limited edition releases, so shop early and shop often if you want to nab them.

Whole Hog Six-Hop IPA is a beer with a gimmick, but it’s a fun gimmick at least. It uses six kinds of hops in its quest to create what is a quite flavorful IPA with a bracing degree of bitterness to it. Big and malty, with a heavy 8.5% alcohol level and a quite hoppy finish, it’s IPA but without so much of the citrus character that many ales of this style exhibit. Pretty good, but a little boozy. B+

Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner is somewhat lighter than the Six-Hop, but not by a huge margin. Lemony in body, it also has a strongly hoppy character (and again that 8.5% alcohol level) that gives it serious legs to stand on. Reminiscent of a wheat beer, it’s got more fruitiness than a standard pilsner, and more hop character than either a regular pilsner or a wheat brew. I like it about as much as the Six-Hop. B+

both $6 to $7 per four-pack / pointbeer.com

stevens point whole hog ipa Review: Stevens Point Whole Hog IPA & Imperial Pilsner

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