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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

107 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 530
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 81
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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Photo of ruckus232
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled yesterday on 3/8/15. Been almost 3 years since I had one of these. My friend bought a case (4-4packs) last September and gave me 3 bottle last Thursday. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer coolr and pouted in to a handled-glass stein.

This seasonal 'Pumpkin Ale' pours a hazy mahogany in color with about a half-finger off-white foamy head. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip, close to ring-like even. Sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. The aroma is like a fresh pumpkin pie. Fantastic! Even more going on with the taste as their are the perfect amount of spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and even a hint of clove in the mix. Really smooth and goes down so easy. One of the BEST pumpkin ales on the market. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Love this one but I do remembered how good it was from back in 2012. This is as good as it gets! (895 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C- Attractive clear copper with a thin khaki head.

A- Pumpkin spices, cinnamon & nutmeg.

MF- Medium in body.

T- Nice malty body that delivers on a solid pumpkin flavor, in addition to your typical pumpkin pie spicing. There's flavors of cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg.

D- Spot on for a perfect Fall pumpkin beer to be enjoyed right up until to Thanksgiving dinner. (368 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange/amber with a fluffy white head. Not much retention and just a hint of laceing. Aroma is of spiced pumpkin and cinnamon.Body is light and crisp with some carbonation. Taste is of creamy pumpkin pie. Spicy,with hints of dark fruit and maybe even some chocolate. Excellent! (297 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, amber hue with a nice glow around the edges. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple (apple pie), and some pumpkin. Tasted the pumpkin, definitely not a spicy mess... very delicate cinnamon and spice. Could use a bit more hop bitterness in my opinion for balance, but very good. Smooth, medium body and mouthfeel with very little aftertaste. Overall this was outstanding, I can see why it won a blind pumpkin tasting in my bottleshop 2 years running. (461 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber-orange with medium head that slowly dissipates
into a thin lacing. Aroma of baked pumpkin pie. As already noted by numerous reviewers this beer is as close to pumpkin pie in a bottle as any brewery has achieved so far. The finish is superb, possibly the best part of the experience. Pumpkin pie spices and caramelized pumpkin including the baked crust linger on the palate demanding another sip. Amazing how far this style has been developed over the years. I still wish there was a bit less ABV, but that may be impossible to achieve at this level of flavor richness. (597 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

From notes on 9/26/13

Pours a brownish orange with a creamy head. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is unbelievably pumpkin for a beer. Easily the best pumpkin beer I’ve tasted. I didn’t try this, but you could probably add whip cream or vanilla ice cream for a great beer float. (287 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If the point of a pumpkin beer is to evoke the smells and tastes of pumpkin pie, then this beer succeeds better than any I have tried to date. Better still, the flavor is exceedingly balanced to the last drop, never veering into overly-spiced or overly-sweet territory. This beer was completely off my radar, so it was a really great surprise. First rate.

All that said, I am going to ding this beer a little for seeping from the bottle in transit, something I blame entirely on the twist-top. The smell when I unwrapped it was nasty. Lose the twist-offs, guys.

Great thanks to st9647v3 for this autumn treat. (611 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1-finger foamy cream-colored head. Decent retention but no lacing. Clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – Caramel malt, gingerbread, pumpkin, cinnamon, and a little bit of nutmeg. The aroma really develops nicely as the beer warms.

T – Sweet all the way through with caramel, toasted malt, molasses, and pumpkin. Spice picks up mid-taste with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger flavors that last through the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and slightly spicy mouthfeel. Gingerbread sweetness and spice lingers nicely. There may be a very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol here.

O – This is a really tasty and different pumpkin beer. It’s definitely darker and maltier than most pumpkin ales that I’ve had, giving the beer a nice caramel-sweet aroma and flavor. There’s also a solid amount of gingerbread in the aroma and flavor, something that I haven’t experienced in a pumpkin beer yet. The 7.5% is hidden very well, too. This is the first I’ve ever heard of Stevens Point, but I’ll be looking for more from them in the future. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of magine
3.74/5  rDev -9%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raul got this as an extra, and it is pretty much makes him wanna scream, "read all about it!"

Now, Pumpkin Ales are a delicate thing: love em or hate em. And Raul, well, he borders more on love. And what we have here... woo! Like they way your county pumpkin patch should taste like. Looks all pumpkin-ish...yah yah yah. But the aroma. The aroma! Like Ariana Grande baking a grande pumpkin pie. My oh my are these aromas delicate, yet robust and ready to rumble. Taste is ok, a bit lighter than the smell, while the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A good pumpkin, a good gimmick beer. Nothing to take seriously here, my peeps. (621 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Hazy red, burnt orange nice medium off-white head

S- Nice spices that and pumpkin with a malty sweetness. Not to much and not to little which is the thing with pumpkin beers

T- Similar to aroma, medium cinnamon and nutmeg, mellow pumpkin, faint sourness.

M- Nice viscosity, creamy, yet not too much that makes it a chore to drink

O- Balance it the key with pumpkin beers and this one has it. Not too much alcohol, nice spice level that keeps the pumpkin noticeable and a clean aftertaste. (539 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this pumpkin in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body has a nice dark amber with look turning into orange hues in the light. The head sat at about a finger's width before the tawny cap dwindled to pencil width. Some carbonation is jetting up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- This basically smells like pumpkin pie. No, not even basically, it smells like pumpkin pie! It smells like pounds of pumpkin pie filling were used to make this. I ain't even mad. Of course, that means the flavors of nutmeg, brown sugar, and sweet pie crust are oozing out of the glass.

Taste- I am almost tickled to bits to say that the taste is an almost exact copy of the nose! The reins have been pulled a bit to slow down the flavor, nevertheless, that great pumpkin pie flavor comes through. There is a slight heat in the finish, but it isn't doing any damage to the overall flavor. I also appreciate a mineral water flavor throughout.

Mouth feel- Very smooth feel and a nice medium body, I wish it stuck a little more to the cheeks. That way the pumpkin pie flavor could be relished long after the drink.

Overall- What a surprise this pumpkin was! Maybe I really am just looking for pumpkin pie in a glass. I suppose that isn't a bad thing. Talk about a beer that goes well with the season, and tastes great to boot! (1,311 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy with a very pumpkin like orange color. Little to no head on pour. Slight lacing down glass.

S: Perfect. This is fall. It smells like the best pumpkin pie you have ever tasted. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.

T: Incredible. I have had pumpkin ales before, but nothing like this. I simply can't imagine something tasting more like pumpkin pie than this beer. Very smooth, hides the alcohol content well.

F: Medium to low carbonation and body. Smooth going down.

O: As close to perfect as I have tasted in a long time. I love pumpkin which only makes this beer all the better. It is a must have for any true beer fans. (628 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Brown like a brown ale. Little head with a nice lace that stayed

S: Pumpkin Pie, as advertised. If I had whipped cream.. Not quite as sweet smelling. Weak alcohol smell at the back as well.

M: Creamy finish that left little taste. Hole in the middle.

T:Another beer I had high hopes of tasting like a slice of pumpkin pie and well, it does, on steroids. Strong alcohol takes control and punches in the palette. Prune and raisin with just a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin off to the sides with the linger of pumpkin finish and molasses.

O: One man's pumpkin ale is not another mans pumpkin ale. This is a great beverage, just a bit stronger than my holy grail of pumpkin pie in a glass with whipped cream. (712 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous deep amber with a nice 1" head that leaves good lacing.

S- Pumpkin pie. Plain and simple. Pie spices and nice meaty pumpkin

T- Little bit of a let down after the smell but still great. Spices along with actual pumpkin come through and some booze.

M- Really smooth with some carbonation on the back end

O- Smells amazing and has a ton of nice flavor but not quite perfect (396 characters)

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Nothing but spices. Drink this alongside any quality pumpkin ale and you'll immediately notice the utter lack of any pumpkin in this beer. I bought an entire case based on the high rating (highest of the 20-30 pumpkins my distributor had). I feel duped and have a very rare buyers remorse of a beer purchase. So I have plenty to trade if anyone has interest in doing so? (370 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a loud, fizzy, off-white head that has surprising persistence. Aroma is absolutely pumpkin pie; pumpkin in front of a nice, soft, clovey-spiciness. Burnt sienna color. Starts off with a great biscuity/cookie sweetness and spiciness; reminiscent of good gingerbread. Clears a little for the malt to surface more, a touch of floral hoppiness, and then back down to spiciness. Finish is lingering pumpkin and spice; clove, nutmeg (?), allspice, cinnamon.

This is maybe the best pumpkin bier I've had yet. It's dead-on for Pumpkin pie, but it has a GREAT balance of pumpkin and spice. Every bottle I drink, I just think, "Jeez...I need to buy more of this." Absolute PERFECT start to Autumn! (694 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Nice autumn evening.

A: This looks like apple cider with a small head and good lacing.

S: Like a pureed pumpkin. Some spice

T: Pumpkin. They nailed it on the pumpkin. Great for one glass but don't want another. Some spiciness and nutmeg in the background.

M: Nearly perfect. Thick and creamy this is one full-bodied beer.

O: Liked it a lot, just like the balance of some others I've tried. (420 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Amber with orange hues. One finger head which fades fast to a ring around the glass.

S- Pumpkin pie! Nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling.

T- Fantastic pumpkin flavors. Featuring caramelized sweetness, nutmeg and spice. Ends with a bit of a heat which helps exemplify the spicy notes.

M- Smooth medium bodied brew complemented with a spicy bite and heat.

O- Hands down, the best pumpkin ale I have had. This one ACTUALLY tastes like pumpkin. I will definitely be having this beer with my thanksgiving meal this season. For those you who are down on pumpkin ales, give this take a try and it might change your opinion. (668 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this on a whim while at my local beer store. Wasn't getting my hopes up too high, as I am quite picky about my pumpkin beers. I do not like a lot of spice overpowering everything. Several other pumpkin ales have almost nauseated me, and consequentially became instant drain cleaner. I really have to say that this is THE BEST pumpkin ale I have ever had. And I've had quite a few. I liked this even more than Southern Tier Pumking, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, and several others. I liked this so much I was inspired to write this, my first full review. I'm not going to break down the taste, mouthfeel, etc., just want to note that I found this to be the best pumpkin ale I've had to date. I am going out to my local homebrew store soon to get ingredients to try and clone this. Way to go Whole Hog!! (805 characters)

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.