Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery
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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Pours a clear amber with orange highlights and a decent amount of white head that disappears quickly.
S: A gourd-like sweetness is the main character, with a hint of pumpkin pie following with an almost burnt sugar character.
T: The flavor is a sweet gourd character up front, followed by the same pumpkin pie spice and burnt sugar character on the finish. Very restrained, and refreshing.
M: Light, with moderate carbonation. The flavors are distinct, but work well together.
O: Overall, an excellent example of a pumpkin ale. You get the feeling that there is actually pumpkin used in this recipe from some of the residual flavors, and the spices aren't ridiculously in your face as they are in so many other examples of the style. Definitely a good example of the style.
01-03-2012 21:56:39 | More by RedSpecial1
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4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a lightly hazed, deep amber body. On pour, a nice, white inch thick head is present but fades to a small ring pretty quick. Light carbonation, no lacing, and light legs.
In a word; Fantastic! This is pumpkin pie in a glass! Plenty of pumpkin character with roasted pumpkin seeds. Traditional pie spices are in attendance (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and even a hint of clove) with a sweet pie crust coated in cinnamon and sugar. Whipped cream tops this one off. Yum!
What more do want from a pumpkin beer than this: It taste like pumpkin pie in a glass? Follows the nose beautifully. A bit more spicing than the benchmark (Pumpking) and there is a definite bite from alcohol but it almost enhances the flavor instead of detracting from it. Nicely spiced aftertaste.
Smooth and enjoyable. Fairly heavy body with low levels of carbonation. Clean, sweet finish.
I love a good pumpkin ale, I'd go as far as saying it pretty much my favorite style. While this doesn't dethrone the king of pumpkin beers, Pumpking, it riding on its coat-tails, it's patiently waiting its for its turn to sit in the iron throne. Additionally, if I want to get my hands on Southern Tier's nectar of the gods, I have to drive 4 hours, giving Whole Hog a hell of an advantage. Do yourself a favor and snag this if you see it!
05-22-2014 02:21:10 | More by alphagnome
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Pretty run of the mill appearance: Clear body of red/amber with a bubbly off-white head that recedes moderately.
S - VERY pungent, with aromas of freshly baked pumpkin pie dominating. The pumpkin pie spice specifically is very forward. I don't know any other way to describe it than saying it smells just like a pumpkin pie. Literally.
T - As with the nose, pumpkin pie is forward with nutmeg and cinnamon being upfront, ginger and allspice taking the backseat. The malt notes are very reminiscent of a pie crust... I'm now starting to think that this is actually a pumpkin pie in liquid form.
M - Smooth, carbonation relatively low.
O - I think this surpasses Pumpking as my new favorite pumpkin beer. Really good if you are looking for something that is forward with the pumpkin pie spice.
10-12-2013 00:31:13 | More by ChimRichels
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):
Deep and inviting brownish amber. Creamy spicy aroma of fall pies, yeah ... it smells like pumpkin pie. Smooth and bity mouthfeel. The body, the maltiness and the spicing are all amazing with this thickness that slowly rolls across the palate and down the throat. Packs a small kick at 7.5-percent ABV, so this would be considered an Imperial Pumpkin. Some esters show off a ripe fruit flavor middle to end. Caramelized sugars from the malt bounce off the pie spice. With 10 IBUs, the hops are pretty much nonexistent, which is fine as it lets the pie spice do all of the work. Spicing is most definitely here, but does not become tiresome. Yes! We can taste a smidgen of pumpkin, which makes all of the difference.
This Imperial Pumpkin Ale has some meat. The complexities make you think about the style all over again, while it begs to be paired with your typical turkey dinner.
11-15-2010 21:53:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.9/5 rDev -30.8%
Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a reddish amber body with a short white head that quickly fades. Aroma is of pumkin pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Caramelized sugar and cinnamon are too over the top and dominate in the taste. No other flavors get a chance to come through. This is just too one-dimensional and not very good.
10-06-2009 17:33:51 | More by blackearth
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label info includes a nice description and its ABV which is 7.5%. No freshness date is noticeable.
Appearance: From the aggressive pour I got a two finger tall soapy head which is light tan in color. It quickly fades leaving just a thin film covering with slightly thicker ring at the edge. Under this is a deep amber body with good clarity and nice visible carbonation.
Smell: There is pie spice and sweet malt in the nose here with just a hint of herbal hops coming through as well.
Taste/Palate: As the aroma foreshadows there is a sweet bready and almost pie crust like maltiness with a heavy hit of pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the standouts. The pumpkin/squashy character is light but noticeable. The finish has plenty of lingering pie spice and a little herbal flavor with mild hop bitterness. I also notice a little of the 7.5% ABV here too.
Notes: Overall I liked it and think it is a solid all-around Pumpkin Ale. With its ABV and heavy spicing you may not want too many in a row however.
10-12-2010 18:12:43 | More by generallee
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours clear, deep red-copper with a modest tan head. A small amopunt of sediment lurking at the bottom of the bottle was added to the pour.
Despite plenty of pie spices, the pumpkin shines thru as well. More spicy in the flavor and feel than in the nose, particular the cinnamon component. Perhaps due to a richer malt base, even with rather bold spicing this pumpkin is not over-spiced. Those not liking cinnamon probably will disagree; this has enough cinnamon to, I think, add a slight burn to the feel. Still, very nice mix of flavors.
10-14-2013 21:38:24 | More by chinchill
5/5 rDev +19.3%
Pumpkin dark orange pour with white head that clears quickly and recedes to the edges.
The aroma is the same as opening a can of pumpkin spiced filling. Pumpkin flesh with mace, clove, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg--am I missing anybody--it' all there. I can only imagine the graham cracker crust.
The taste is the same as the smell. Caramel malts, hops and biscuit balancing this out well. Not too sweet and not one ingredient outdoes the other but works well like a World Series baseball team. Grandma blended this concoction well and baked to perfection. Nothing obtrusive about this. Love just sipping this.
Mouthfeel is creamier than all in class I've had thus far. Lush, full, rounded and chewy. Juz 'nuff carbonation to sparkle this craft.
I really wanted to give this all fives but the only thing this Whole Hog is missing is the Cool Whip. Now if they can master that for next year--one can only imagine. Thanks Grandma!!
**Update Sep 22--Just had a homemade pumpkin pie from my wife and had this Whole Hog and tastes were matched. This now goes a 5 for me.
09-08-2013 03:12:31 | More by joeseppy
3.65/5 rDev -12.9%
A - Pours orange with a creme colored head. Mild lacing and lsight carboantion noted.
S - Scents of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, connamon, & cloves). Behind that the scent of pumpkin is felt. Subtle and well done.
T - Good balance, flavors are present and consistent. Spices hit the back of the tongue but don't dominate or taste artificial.
M - For a 7.5% this goes extremely easy. Slightly raspy, and feels lighter than it is.
O - Good beer. I'd try this and the other Whole Hog line again. I find their seasonals and limited releases are *much* better than the year round offerings.
11-05-2011 19:49:56 | More by socon67
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
A: Orangish copper hue with a steady one-inch head--it fades eventually; not too much lacing
S: Lots of pumpkin, cloves, and other spices--nutmeg, allspice, etc.--but the cloves and pumpkins are the stars; there is some toasted malt presence on the back side, which eventually comes to the forefront
T: Pumpkin and spice aren't over-powering but they are there; I wish there was a stronger bready malt base--pretty pumpkin forward and yet somewhat simple
F: A touch thin on the back end with some creaminess up front that does kind of make up for it
O: A pleasant, straight-forward pumpkin beer; decent option though there are better options out there--but considering the price point, this will work
03-12-2013 01:56:54 | More by dbossman
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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