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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

493 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 63
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

zeff80, Nov 28, 2009
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
Photo of alphagnome
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a lightly hazed, deep amber body. On pour, a nice, white inch thick head is present but fades to a small ring pretty quick. Light carbonation, no lacing, and light legs.

Aroma:
In a word; Fantastic! This is pumpkin pie in a glass! Plenty of pumpkin character with roasted pumpkin seeds. Traditional pie spices are in attendance (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and even a hint of clove) with a sweet pie crust coated in cinnamon and sugar. Whipped cream tops this one off. Yum!

Taste:
What more do want from a pumpkin beer than this: It taste like pumpkin pie in a glass? Follows the nose beautifully. A bit more spicing than the benchmark (Pumpking) and there is a definite bite from alcohol but it almost enhances the flavor instead of detracting from it. Nicely spiced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and enjoyable. Fairly heavy body with low levels of carbonation. Clean, sweet finish.

Overall:
I love a good pumpkin ale, I'd go as far as saying it pretty much my favorite style. While this doesn't dethrone the king of pumpkin beers, Pumpking, it riding on its coat-tails, it's patiently waiting its for its turn to sit in the iron throne. Additionally, if I want to get my hands on Southern Tier's nectar of the gods, I have to drive 4 hours, giving Whole Hog a hell of an advantage. Do yourself a favor and snag this if you see it!

alphagnome, May 22, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev -9%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of microbrewlover
2.84/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a copper color with a thin head which dissipates quickly and little lacing. Low carbonation.

The smell is has some pumpkin and spices in it; possibly cardamom and allspice. Caramel malts and brown sugar.

The taste is light on both the pumpkin and the spices. Not much pumpkin taste at all.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery

Overall I think this is a complete miss as a pumpkin ale. In don't understand the high ratings for this brew. Little pumpkin smell or taste. Little pumpkin spice smell or taste; this brew is even light on the caramel malts. There are much better pumpkin ales out there.

microbrewlover, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of ChimRichels
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty run of the mill appearance: Clear body of red/amber with a bubbly off-white head that recedes moderately.

S - VERY pungent, with aromas of freshly baked pumpkin pie dominating. The pumpkin pie spice specifically is very forward. I don't know any other way to describe it than saying it smells just like a pumpkin pie. Literally.

T - As with the nose, pumpkin pie is forward with nutmeg and cinnamon being upfront, ginger and allspice taking the backseat. The malt notes are very reminiscent of a pie crust... I'm now starting to think that this is actually a pumpkin pie in liquid form.

M - Smooth, carbonation relatively low.

O - I think this surpasses Pumpking as my new favorite pumpkin beer. Really good if you are looking for something that is forward with the pumpkin pie spice.

ChimRichels, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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

brentk56, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  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.

metter98, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a hazy amber color, half a finger of thin fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Smell isnt too appeasing to me, some burnt caramel, roasted hazelnut, tart pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.
T - Taste has some nice roasty kind of pumpkin flavor to it, then gets warmed up with some spice, and fades on the end to a dark floral and semi tart kinda taste.
M - More on the bitter side, kinda chalky too.
O - I really didnt care for this a whole lot, its more of a roasty kind of pumpkin brown ale, but its not the worst.

Omnium, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Cloudy dark amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and heavy carbonation.

Nose
Pie crust, pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Nailed it!

Taste
Toasted pie crust and pumpkin meat. A balanced bouquet of traditional pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Caramel malts with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Touches of pumpkin rind and stem linger.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus bodied, crisp and slightly drying.

Overall
A really refreshing and solid Pumpkin Ale. This is up there with the best of them.

justintcoons, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Orangish copper hue with a steady one-inch head--it fades eventually; not too much lacing

S: Lots of pumpkin, cloves, and other spices--nutmeg, allspice, etc.--but the cloves and pumpkins are the stars; there is some toasted malt presence on the back side, which eventually comes to the forefront

T: Pumpkin and spice aren't over-powering but they are there; I wish there was a stronger bready malt base--pretty pumpkin forward and yet somewhat simple

F: A touch thin on the back end with some creaminess up front that does kind of make up for it

O: A pleasant, straight-forward pumpkin beer; decent option though there are better options out there--but considering the price point, this will work

dbossman, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of donmonkey1
2.23/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy brown with very little head that leaves immediately. It dissapeared so fast I don't remember the color of the head.

Smell: Spices. Maybe mild corriander, nutmeg, cloves.

Taste: At first a really good pumpkin taste not noticed in the smell, but quickly is overtaken by crappy spices that ruin everything.

I love pumpkin pie, but this beer can cause someone to hate pumpkin pie because it sucks horse ass so bad.

donmonkey1, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty flavourless overall. Nothing special going on in the appearance, dark ruby brown with no head. Really not much smell at all, a bit of caramel and sweet malts. The taste was equally bland. One could detect a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon in the mix. It was interesting, but much much weaker than I expected.

The only real redeeming quality of this beer was the high ABV was unnoticeable. You could look pretty cool getting wasted of your ass at a frat party. O_o

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label info includes a nice description and its ABV which is 7.5%. No freshness date is noticeable.

Appearance: From the aggressive pour I got a two finger tall soapy head which is light tan in color. It quickly fades leaving just a thin film covering with slightly thicker ring at the edge. Under this is a deep amber body with good clarity and nice visible carbonation.

Smell: There is pie spice and sweet malt in the nose here with just a hint of herbal hops coming through as well.

Taste/Palate: As the aroma foreshadows there is a sweet bready and almost pie crust like maltiness with a heavy hit of pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the standouts. The pumpkin/squashy character is light but noticeable. The finish has plenty of lingering pie spice and a little herbal flavor with mild hop bitterness. I also notice a little of the 7.5% ABV here too.

Notes: Overall I liked it and think it is a solid all-around Pumpkin Ale. With its ABV and heavy spicing you may not want too many in a row however.

generallee, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of blackearth
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a reddish amber body with a short white head that quickly fades. Aroma is of pumkin pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Caramelized sugar and cinnamon are too over the top and dominate in the taste. No other flavors get a chance to come through. This is just too one-dimensional and not very good.

blackearth, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of MonicaC
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

MonicaC, Yesterday at 04:28 AM
Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A - Pours amber brown with a head that dies down pretty quickly.
S - Pumpkin and spices fill your nose. You can smell the pumpkin as you are pouring the beer into the glass.
T - A mouthful of pumpkin. You get a great balance of sweet/sour/spice in this pumpkin ale.
M - Medium to thin mouth feel, but the flavor does hang around for awhile.
O - This is really a model pumpkin beer that others should aspire to. Full, rich pumpkin flavor but balanced and very drinkable. Top 5 Pumpkin of 2014 for me.

spacecake9, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of ShaneSmith
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ShaneSmith, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of MaxWillis
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

MaxWillis, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

apasternak, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of BeerDirigible
3.76/5  rDev -9%

BeerDirigible, Nov 16, 2014
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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.