Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Pumpkin AleWhole Hog Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 519
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 5.35%
Wants: 71
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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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: 105 | Hads: 519
Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of pumpkin pie are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bright flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie, but there's no associated sweetness. There are flavors of nutmeg and other spices, but these aren't too strong.
M:It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this beer because it had lots of pumpkins and pumpkin pie spices, but it wasn't really sweet or spicy. It has excellent drinkability. (732 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out with a clear pumpkin color; a massive head dominates the pint glass and leaves strips of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel and pumpkin aromas balance out the base, with soft spicing wafts of cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Caramel and pumpkin flavors set the tone, with the spicing building on top through the middle; the balance between the malt and the spices works very well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some tingling on the tongue from the spices

Overall: I have been waiting for several years to try this beer and am delighted to finally have tasted this; the Munich and caramel malts really make a difference here as does the delicate spicing (696 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,510 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared glass mug.

I'll say it again: I'm getting increasingly proud of my brother's beer selections. This one pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, French vanilla, brown sugar, and graham crackers. The taste runs very similarly, with that pumpkin pie kinda flavor, but the sweetness of it all is dulled slightly by a splash of pumpkin seeds and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a tasty gem of a pumpkin beer, something you don't find too many of these days. (597 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a burnt amber color with a slight chill haze, and a small bubbly cap of whitish head. Nice aroma of pumpkin pie and ginger snaps. The taste was a bit more subtle, but still adequately pronounced: right up front, caramel, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, a touch of cinnamon; entering mid-palate is a bit more bitterness from the pumpkin pulp, and just a tiny hint of leafy hoppiness. Light-medium body, crisp, and drinkable. (469 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whole Hog Limited Edition Pumpkin Ale, Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI. 7.5% alc./vol.

Hazy, dark amber, going towards bronze, under a tan head that disappears quickly.

Aroma: sweet pumpkin notes hit first, then swallowed up by cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etcetera. Beautiful.

Taste: In the mouth, this one is not shy with the spices at all. Full-flavored, with a warming heat, and a solid, malt body below. In between blasts of spice, some hops are present on the palate. Classic caramel malt body. Easy drinker, despite the high-ish a.b.v. Tasty stuff, and highly likable.

Much thanks to Dave for providing the bottle. He wanted to share a pumpkin ale he thought I would like, after I wrote that perhaps I didn't like them anymore. I like them, when they're as good as this, but can't see having more than one in a sitting. (874 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

O: tasty! (587 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am getting a little tired of pumpkin beers, especially ales, at this point, but I wanted to make this the year to review as many as possible while they were available.

From the bottle: "Hand-crafted using real pumpkin and savory pumpkin pie spices with hints of all natural cinnamon and nutmeg. Perle hops perfectly balance with Munich, roasted, and caramel malts."

This is one orange beer! The fizzy, foamy finger of head had a definite light-orange cast while it lasted. Color was an orangish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity and pumpkin highlights. Nose was more sweet than spicy and I was put in mind of cinnamon toast. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very pleasant with the cinnamon and the malt, especially the caramel malt, interacting beautifully. I really felt like it was liquid cinnamon toast! Finish was semi-dry with the spices being balanced out nicely. I feel renewed in my attempt to review such beers. YMMV. (957 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dull copper color, short white head. Nice lacing, cap and collar.

Fall potpourri smelling. Sweet aromas.

Real sweet, cinnamon dominates. Hints of vanilla? Leaves the mouth watering. Would guess 7.5%abv.

Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel for the style. Smooth carbonation fits.

Consider me pleasantly surprised with the Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin. Well integrated spices with the base beer, everything fits well. Highly recommended, trust me. (455 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear burnt orange color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The flavors in this brew as just like I smell in the aroma, but the taste isn't quite as strong as I thought it would be (but it's still good). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Not a bad overall pumpkin ale, I'd buy this again in the future. It's definitely worth a try. (594 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at my Local D's for around 3 bucks.

A - Pours a nice shade of amber with slight orange hue. Head is a half an inch and surprisingly creamy.

S - First whiff was musty pumpkin and sweet malts. In the glass I can easily pick up other layers of cinnamon, all spice, and solid nutmeg.

T - Far from perfect since as always it could use more spice but it was tasty. First wave was a solid sweet malt base surrounded in earthy pumpkin yet its balanced. Next layer is spice mostly cinnamon and all spice which includes mild nutmeg and it finishes sweet with no hops (since its a mere 10 IBU's)

M - I found this beer between medium and heavy bodied. Very on par for an imperial pumpkin.

Overall I liked it. It was a big surprise to find it and even better to try it. The sweetness wasn't overbearing and the pumpkin/spices were balanced. One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried, I would recommend it. (918 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
7.5% ABV

A - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale pours a tarnished copper color, showing some orange highlights around the edges. Loose light khaki foam disappears quickly, sinking to a halo of bubbles below minimal lace.

S - Pumpkin pie city; the aroma of Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has got it all! Biscuity malt provides the pie crust while pumpkin puree and heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice makes for a rich and thick filling

T - It's malt base brings complimentary notes of caramel and toffee to the table while toasted nuances continue to suggest pie crust, perfectly transitioning into smooth pumpkin pie filling loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spiciness.

M - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has a wonderful creaminess texture that smoothly carries through sweetness to a perfectly balanced finish of faint earthy hop bitterness and delicate spice lingering on the tongue.

O - Perfect for the cooler fall days, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is pumpkin pie in a glass; as it warms up, so too do you with it's inciting aroma, delectable flavor, luscious mouthfeel and complex, warming finish. If it's a rich pumpkin ale you crave, this one is not to miss and make sure you keep some on hand for Thanksgiving, as it almost certainly requests a pairing with the classic turkey dinner. (1,315 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really impressive pumpkin ale. I like the way the pumpkin/gourd flavor combines with the spicing. This is not a spice bomb but it add a nice touch with cinnamon and nutmeg most prevalent. Really like the aroma and flavor. Only slight knock would be it could use a bit fuller body for 7.5%. Finishes a little thin rather than rounded but I am splitting hairs....one of the better pumpkin ales out there.. (423 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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. (883 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured this at a perfect temperature with a small fizzy head that promptly disappeared, no lace and a clear brown color. Aroma is spicy pumpkin pie and more bold than the flavor. This is one of the better pumpkin beers where the flavors are not so overpowering. There is some balance; malts can be tasted; still not one of my favorite kinds of beers but this isn't bad. Good body. Decent finish with a very slight hint of alcohol. (430 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazed copper orange color. Produced some solid white froth.

(S)- Superb combo of gingersnaps, pumpkin, and a subtle hint of vanilla. Very closely reminds me of pumpkin pie. Very inviting.

(T)- Almost just like the smell. Just an awesome component of gingersnap & cinnamon meets a slightly sweet vanilla character rounded out by some rustic and ever so slightly rich pumpkin.

(M)- A good carbonation level. It has almost the perfect balance of spice, sweet bits, and of course pumpkin. Not overly bitter or overly sweet. It is actually a touch higher in the ABV for the style I think, but it does not show.

(O)- Easily my favorite of this season so far. Really reminds me of a rich yet slightly sweet pumpkin pie. We had Southern Tier's Pumking along side this and I would choose this over Pumking all day long. (864 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

The beer comes in an amber and slightly copper.

The aroma is lots of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, medium pumpkin, some caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows of that spice in the front, a big pop of clove along with pie spices. Pumpkin comes through in the middle as the beer gets sweeter with vanilla, brown sugar, and toasted malt of that brown ale back bone.

Even with Schlafly and ahead of Pumking in a blind taste test of the three. (435 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a minimal head that leaves a little lacing.

Very fragrant nose of pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are pretty prevalent.

Much like the nose. Picking up the pumpkin for sure. Spices? Oh yeah. Lots of spices, maybe a bit too much. Spicy cinnamon, along with nutmeg and a sweet pie crust presence. The overall flavor is like a heavily spiced pumpkin pie.

About medium bodied. The feel is smooth, maybe even a bit slick.

One or two of these would be the most I would have. If the spices were a bit more subdued, this one would be even more drinkable. For the style, it fits in nicely. If you're a pumpkin pie fan, this one is a must try. (669 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bluephie's in Madison, Wisconsin. 16oz served in a shaker pint glass 10/14/2014.

A- Clear light brown-amber body, minimal head, not a whole lot of lacing. Pretty generic-looking. [3.25]

S- Pumpkin pie galore. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. Good lord, there is certainly a lot of it. The sweet grainy caramel malt services quite well as a pie crust here. [4.25]

F- Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. Even a little bit of whipped cream with the malt sweetness also providing some of that sweet grainy crust. Very intensely spiced up, this is quite close to what actual pumpkin pie tastes like. [4]

M- Thinner bodied, but still packed with flavours. Nicely carbonated, peppy on the palate with a nice spiced up finish. [4]

O- This is the opposite of New Glarus' Pumpkin Pie Lust. This is all spices, all the way. It's very interesting to see how the two contrast. Not sure which one I'm more impressed with, but this is pretty impressively spice-forward. If that's your thing, I certainly recommend this one. [4] (1,030 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful reddish brown with nice clarity. Cream colored head was two fingers following my semi-aggressive pour, but has now settled to a thin layer with decent retention.

Pumpkin spices, brown sugar, and caramel bready malts.

A little bit of hop-bite towards the front, but then it quickly fades allowing for the spices and smooth pumpkin flavor to come through. A little heat from the alcohol, and a nice malt backbone to round things out.


Morey's Bottom Line: A very good example of the style. Reminds me a bit of Schlafly Pumpkin Ale which is a huge compliment! (589 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A cloudy dark-brown beer. I gave it a vigorous pour but only got a very slight head out of it, though it seems persistent.
S: Lots of cinnamon, and more nutmeg than most breweries add to their PAs. Very nice to smell.
T: Loads of cinnamon upon first drink. Once it settles down, there's a good amount of sweet caramel malt, and, again, great nutmeg.
M: Creamy texture with a good body.

For those that like their PumpAles spicy, this is a good choice. It also has great malt interest. (489 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending me this brew here recently.

Presently #8 in the pumpkin ale category here on BA.

A: Poured a very murky, pumpkin color, with a small, whisky head that still had staying power. RESILIENCE!!

S: My wife got mint on the nose. I got fresh, clean linen with cinnamon and nutmeg. Also, it had sort of a marshmallowy center that broke up what could have been a true spice bomb.

T: This had a really nice brown ale quality about it, yet still it retained its pumpkin ale roots. I'll change my assessment of "marshmallow" to "Mallow Creme."

M: Really nice on the palate: Low carbonation, not overly sweet, and certainly drinkable. A bit of a booze burn, but it was of the candy-coated variety.

O: Thanks for the honor, Andy! Definitely a keeper! (782 characters)

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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