Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-21-2013 00:45:53 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
03-30-2010 12:48:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.46/5 rDev +6.7%
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
10-01-2013 22:40:12 | More by brentk56
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
12-14-2010 01:35:20 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-28-2009 16:15:05 | More by zeff80
3.76/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-22-2013 03:44:15 | More by feloniousmonk
3.93/5 rDev -6%
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.
11-07-2011 12:09:17 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
11-19-2013 23:32:43 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
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
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
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.
08-13-2013 23:57:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-01-2011 02:11:06 | More by DrDemento456
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
10-29-2010 22:07:17 | More by bluejacket74
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-15-2012 22:18:26 | More by Duff27
4.69/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
10-01-2013 13:56:56 | More by sweemzander
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-19-2010 02:19:23 | More by jera1350
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.