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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

330 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 59
Gots: 48 | 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 donmonkey1
2.23/5  rDev -46.5%

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.

donmonkey1, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

MaseFace, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of microbrewlover
2.84/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

microbrewlover, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of blackearth
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%

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 APB
3/5  rDev -28.1%

APB, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of 8string
3/5  rDev -28.1%

8string, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of pwoody11
3/5  rDev -28.1%

pwoody11, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -28.1%

skaboom420, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%

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

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of krat
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%

krat, Friday at 01:27 AM
Photo of wpqx
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

wpqx, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of lauries444
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

lauries444, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of rsvp
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%

rsvp, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

SickGnar, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

ruckus232, Feb 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

JMS1512, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

ALLISON01, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

green_plastic, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

OldTime, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Way too much cinnamon.

rspauldi, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

LoveStout, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

BrianPlatz, Sunday at 08:20 PM
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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.