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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

342 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 60
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

dbossman, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/burgundy color with a small, off-white, bubbly head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty standard for the style but pretty good.

T - This has a good pumpkin flavor. You can tell they use real pumpkins. The spices were just right. Nice nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. I found it much better than the Whole Hog IPA.

zeff80, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a hazy amber color, half a finger of thin fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Smell isnt too appeasing to me, some burnt caramel, roasted hazelnut, tart pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.
T - Taste has some nice roasty kind of pumpkin flavor to it, then gets warmed up with some spice, and fades on the end to a dark floral and semi tart kinda taste.
M - More on the bitter side, kinda chalky too.
O - I really didnt care for this a whole lot, its more of a roasty kind of pumpkin brown ale, but its not the worst.

Omnium, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Tiernan, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of blackearth
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

blackearth, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

generallee, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

richkrull, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Gbell
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Gbell, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

JMS1512, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -4.1%

The color is almost bronzed, a pretty dark brown color with some amber hue in the depths. The tan head doesn't make much of a show, falling off quickly and barely leaving spotting.
The aroma is outstanding, and it's all about the integration of the pumpkin spices and making it all work together. They're strong and, while the main aspect, allow for the notice of the underlying malts, brown sugar and caramel sweetness, and the pumpkin. The spicing is both sweet and savory, and the show made by the nutmeg and cinnamon is very strong.
The flavor is much the same, spicing foremost but very well integrated. There's even a hint of pie crust, and the pumpkin meat is evident without being vegetal or overbearing.
The feel is brisk, a biting crispness and a bit of zing in its medium body. As such, it's not entirely smooth, but it's pretty clean and great for a cool Autumn day.

Brenden, Yesterday at 03:01 PM
Photo of DCHritz
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

DCHritz, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of RogerSterling
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

RogerSterling, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of En29356
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

En29356, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DerekQXQX
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Shawner
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev -4.1%

optimator705, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Oshi
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Oshi, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

whatname, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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!

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and enjoyable. Fairly heavy body with low levels of carbonation. Clean, sweet finish.

Overall:
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!

alphagnome, May 22, 2014
Photo of McMatt7
2/5  rDev -52%

Must have been something wrong with this one or i didn't get the beer i ordered.

McMatt7, Today at 04:30 PM
Photo of socon67
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

socon67, Nov 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

schmidtmattsays, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Damian74Shensky, Oct 01, 2013
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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.