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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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124 Reviews

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 626
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 29.34%
Wants: 91
Gots: 137 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 626
Photo of donmonkey1
2.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy brown with very little head that leaves immediately. It dissapeared so fast I don't remember the color of the head.

Smell: Spices. Maybe mild corriander, nutmeg, cloves.

Taste: At first a really good pumpkin taste not noticed in the smell, but quickly is overtaken by crappy spices that ruin everything.

I love pumpkin pie, but this beer can cause someone to hate pumpkin pie because it sucks horse ass so bad.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a copper color with a thin head which dissipates quickly and little lacing. Low carbonation.

The smell is has some pumpkin and spices in it; possibly cardamom and allspice. Caramel malts and brown sugar.

The taste is light on both the pumpkin and the spices. Not much pumpkin taste at all.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery

Overall I think this is a complete miss as a pumpkin ale. In don't understand the high ratings for this brew. Little pumpkin smell or taste. Little pumpkin spice smell or taste; this brew is even light on the caramel malts. There are much better pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of blackearth
2.97/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Murky orange-copper color with a small head that disappates very quickly. Aroma consists of the typical pumpkin pie spices. The flavor is not bad but the spices are very prominent. Mouthfeel is way too thin and watery. Very underwhelming pumpkin beer. There are many better versions out there.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty flavourless overall. Nothing special going on in the appearance, dark ruby brown with no head. Really not much smell at all, a bit of caramel and sweet malts. The taste was equally bland. One could detect a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon in the mix. It was interesting, but much much weaker than I expected.

The only real redeeming quality of this beer was the high ABV was unnoticeable. You could look pretty cool getting wasted of your ass at a frat party. O_o

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Photo of KnappStout
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Almost too much pumpkin taste. It literally is like drinking a pumpkin pie. I can handle some amount of pumpkin, but this was borderline ridiculous. Just too overpowering.

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Photo of Drogon
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is basically pumpkin pie in a bottle. But the recipe is high on nutmeg and cinnamon. A wee bit strong not in alcohol but pumpkin spices for me. I love pumpkin pie but if it was more creamy smooth pie it would be better. I will be trying some others to compare but I thought the Dogfish head pumpkin was much more drinkable and not so overpowering.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A tawny brown with a dark copper hue. Reasonalbly clear with quite apparent carbonation. The very light tan head falls pretty quickly and while it does keep a ring doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S: Squash right up front and center! Nice. And then spices jump in - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg - not overly strong, but they do smack you around a bit. Also as whiff of alcohol in there. Malts peak through a bit and lean toward dark crystal with distinct toffee notes and some pale chocolate or something else dark and toasty. Then it is back to the vaguely boozy pumpkin pie.

T: Pumpkin pie spices and alcohol are right there and quite strong. Almost too much. Pumpkin itself starts off more muted in the palate than in the nose. Spices are heavy on cinnamon (with a bit of that spicy character of those red hot candies) and nutmeg, but also the impression that others (allspice, touch of ginger) may be present. Spices are moderated by a sugar cookie sweetness that has strong toffee notes and hints of burnt/caramelized sugars. Any hops are probably getting lost in the spices. As the initial spice wallop fades, some malty, toasty grain comes out along with more pumpkin. Good pumpkin flavor - it even seems that it may have been roasted a bit. Rich in a sweet, boozy, spicy way. I would like to see more middle - more malts - to help carry and smooth the rest. The spice load starts to get to me without an adequate base behind it.

M: Just medium body - which is a bit light for the style and abv. CO2 just over medium which is ok, but along with the spices contributes to finish that seems more drying than it really is. Spices get a bit prickly at the very end.

D: With the initial boozy & spicy hit ( and the apparent and relatively high abv) this, for me, is no easy drinker. I really like the well done pumpkin in this one, but would like more malty flavor and body to provide a richer base for the booze and spice, and to round out the beer. The added heft would also contribute to the sipper quality of this fine seasonal. I could actually go for a tad less spice and booze too, and maybe a touch more pronounced on the pumpkin.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear brown in color with head that diminished really quick

Smell: Smells like the spices that may go into a pumpkin pie, with plenty of sweetness

Taste: It really tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie. I am not really a fan of this flavor but I am trying to be unbiased. If you like pumpkin pie this would be a really good beer, probably better then most pumpkin beers I have had.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pie crust, spices/cinnamon, slight mustiness and a hint of pumpkin. The flavor is spices/cinnamon, bread/pie crust, a hint of fruit and a tart finish.

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Photo of drizzam
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given to me by my good BA buddy jdostal. Thanks man!

A - Pours a clear red/orange color with a one finger off white head to top off the body. The head receded to a foamy cap in a couple of minutes, leaving some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass, but not a lot.

S - Pumpkin pie dominates the nose...cinnamon and nutmeg are also unmistakably part of the nose of this brew. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but this brew actually smells pretty appealing.

T & M - You know, I was a little scared of this brew when I got it. The thought of a Pumpkin brew didn't seem like a good idea to me. This beer actually surprised me. The taste was definitely Pumpkin Pie, but not in an overwhelming sort of way. Malty body with no hop presence. The spices I smelled in the nose were well represented. Medium bodied and creamy. Finishes pretty clean.

D - To me, they went overboard on the ABV. The usual range for this style is 4-7%...the 7.5% alcohol in this isn't really hidden that well, and I think it would be a better brew if it had a lower ABV. They seemed to be right there with the pumpkin taste in this brew though. If you enjoy Pumpkin Pie, you may very well enjoy this beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Quick-lived, medium brown, very bubbly head fading very quickly to nearly nothing. The body is a transparent brown with moderate rising carbonation.

S - Spicy aroma with a hint of fruit.

T - Rather spicy over a base of malt. No hops presence to note considering much of the flavor is made up of the nutmeg.

M - Thick through until the end where it offers a coarseness on the tip of my tongue.

~ This has some interesting character. It offers a spicy change to the lineup of the brewers in Stevens Point.

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Photo of taigor
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear orange copper color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Pumpkin and spices dominate with a little earthiness.

T - Starts off a little malty with very strong flavor of pumpkin and cinnamon. Very intense flavors are followed by nutmeg and a slightly dry bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good and intense pumpkin ale with ABV well hidden.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a 12 ounce standard shaker.

Pours a light ruby to amber with a nice head that recedes to a cap and ring, leaving decent clumps. Clarity is perfect, no bubbles visible.

Aroma is of, holy shit pumpkin pie. I'm not exaggerating. Pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of clove, the aroma is fucking amazing!

Flavor is..honestly the same as pumpkin pie. I can't pull out any specific grain profile. There is clove, allspice, cinnamon and a healthy helping of nutmeg, with brown sugar and CANNED pumpkin pie filling flavors. No hop profile can be pulled out, their is just too much spice. I really think someone pureed a pumpkin pie and added....alcohol. Finishes sweet, but the one redeeming quality is there is no estery alcohol going on here. The alcohol is hidden very well, which I would hope with all the spice.

Mouthfeel is good and thick, very slick with plenty of proteins to keep the body up. This is less than admirable though, as this is the LEAST of a pumpkin ale.

Overall, a very good one or two beer with decent flavor for a gateway beer, but the flavors just seemed to artificial.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up from my local bottle shop. Poured into my pint glass the beer is brownish slightly red hue. A half inch of tan head rests on top. No lacing left at all. The aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove. Nutty roast malt is present as well. It smells rather close to pumpkin pie. The flavor however is not as strong. Light pumpkin flavor up front but, it fades rather quick. Luckily as it fades a nice buttery nuttiness takes over. Cinnimon,nutmeg and clove are also very noticeable. Just not as pumpkin as i would have liked. Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Some alcohol can be picked up. A decent beer overall. Not the worst pumpkin I've had but, far from the best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt orange with bright pumpkin highlights when backlit with sunshine. Almost two fingers of toasted marshmallow colored foam was created on the pour. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the world's greatest texture and isn't exactly slathering the glass with lace.

The aroma has the 'spiced pumpkin ale' thing down pat. Cinnamon and ginger are both appreciated (especially the former) and there's no hint of alcohol, despite the beer's quasi-Imperial status. This could be pretty good stuff.

Stevens Point took a slightly different approach by using roasted malt, along with caramel and Munich. The result is a beer that is different enough to be interesting, while still tasting like the prototypical pumpkin ale.

Extremely subtle chocolate notes add another facet to a style that is sometimes lacking in facets. As in the nose, the spices are very well done. For whatever reason, warming is doing the beer no favors. It's still good, it just isn't bold enough or deep enough to deserve the next highest taste score.

The mouthfeel is a trifle thin for the ABV. Come to think of it, more malt would have helped this seasonal in any number of ways. Carbonation is fine the way it is.

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale would have been better beer if Stevens Point had gone whole hog. The spice used, the spice load and the ABV are perfectly fine. More malt, though, would have bulked this little piggy up and might have turned him into a blue ribbon hog that could have shared the stage with some of the style's best.

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a nice brown reddish color body with a small white head. The aroma has a sweet pumpkin smell and spice. The taste is simple, pumpkin and spice, its like a liquid pumpkin pie. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

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Photo of Samp01
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a quickly fading white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, some cinnamon notes. Taste is sweet pumpkin spices, nutmeg with some malt and mild hops bitterness. A medium body with good carbonation. Has sweet pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg flavor, with some moderate hops bitterness on the end for balance. Overall has some back bone and flavor for a pumpkin ale, a good brew.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Better than I thought it would be. I think the Whole Hog Series is starting to improve. My criticism of this beer would be that it didn't have much of a mouthfeel.

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Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of botham
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a rich orangish-amber with a half finger of tan head that has poor retention and leaves light lacings.

aroma is of pumpkin spice, with notes of nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon, and some pumpkin seeds. spicy in the nose without much malt quality other than a bit of caramelized malts in the background. reminiscent of an Oktoberfest with a kick of pumpkin spices.

taste is malty, with caramelized malts up front and a more restrained spiced character. very mellow on the palate when compared to the aroma, which works to the brews benefit. finishes with an alcoholic tinge and some residual spice. very well crafted without overdoing the spiced notes on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich with flavor, along with a malty finish of residual spice and some caramel malts.

drinkability is suprizingly good. for a pumpkin brew, the aromatic notes are heavy on the spice, but on the palate the profile is cleverly well balanced and much less spiced. a solid pumpkin brew that has the spice, but does not overdo it.

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Photo of magine
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear dark copper amber. Thin fast fading off white head. Some minimal patchy lace. Average looks.

Brew smells of spices; big cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin rind. Nice malty flavors in the nose as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is a little thin, crisp and carbonated; finishes clean and a little warming from the alcohol. Has a somewhat drying aftertaste. Good spices; cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. There are some nice caramel malts as well. Some hops in here as well. Not overly sweet, nice flavors. Good, balanced flavors. A little thin, but good stuff.

This is a good all around sessionable pumpkin ale. I enjoy this one and with it being 7.5% abv it goes down way easy. Good stuff.

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Photo of freakspank
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

I would have rated this higher but I'm not a super fan of the high fruity issued beers. This is defiantly a pumpkin beer as you can taste the pumpkin and spices right away. It even has a "crust" bread type after taste that makes this much like drinking a pumpkin pie. If you like the full all out taste of pumpkin pie this is the beer for you.

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.