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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

335 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 60
Gots: 50 | 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 Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Duff27, Sep 15, 2012
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, Today at 03:01 PM
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -4.1%

IPAchris, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

sweemzander, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.1%

smartassboiler, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

st9647v3, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

gtermi, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

tommyguz, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

jera1350, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

LoveStout, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

millerbuffoon, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -4.1%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Chaney, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of allengarvin
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

allengarvin, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

smithj4, Yesterday at 11:39 PM
Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

WDJersey, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev -4.1%

muskiesman, Sep 06, 2014
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
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

egrace84, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

hilgart1, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 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!

Morey, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

DaPan, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

whatname, Sep 08, 2014
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.