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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

491 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 63
Gots: 85 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

WDJersey, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of allengarvin
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +9%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

egrace84, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

hollywood_15063, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

vermilcj, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

whatname, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Morey
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Morey, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

dar482, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

hilgart1, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

mklisz, Nov 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

atone315, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Redrover
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz longneck poured into a pint glass, the beer is orange with amber highlights. There is a stick beige head.

Great aroma of pumpkin pie spices, toffee and caramel malts.

This is by far one of the best tasting pumpkin beers. Point has managed to balance the spices & pumpkin flavors over a great bas beer. It is not overly cloying or sweet but instead has remarkable balance.

The mouth is thickish and coating. Midlevel carbonation seems well calibrated to the beer.

I wish I had bought more than one four pack, a mistake I won't make next year. Well Done!

Redrover, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

MacQ32, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

DaPan, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

JohnBender, Sep 02, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy copper body, trace white head, solid lacing

S: allspice, pumpkin, graham cracker malt

T: cinnamon, graham cracker, big pumpkin, smooth malt finish

M: med body, hint of creamy mouth

O: This beer shocked me; usually not huge Point
fan. Whole Hog series is obviously amazing.

DELICIOUS; GRAB A BOTTLE!

BeerLover99, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Herky21, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mikeincharleston, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Lukass, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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]

Stevedore, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

CTJman, Nov 02, 2014
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.