Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 72
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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Ratings: 519 | Reviews: 115
Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of dudemuskie
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single 12oz bottle at The Andersons in Toledo.

Appearance- Clear, deep orange with burnt orange highlights. Very nice color. Quickly fading, loose, very light beige head.

Aroma- Bright fresh baked pumpkin/squash-like aroma with an interesting perfume like essence. Subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spice that is supportive, not overwhelming. Undertones of toasty malt and burnt sugar pull everything together nicely. Great aroma!

Flavor- Starts with a moderately sweet maltiness and a nice subtle blend of spices. Fresh pumpkin fills the mouth in the middle to mute the spices bring the flavors together and push into a nicely balanced, softly spiced slice o' pumpkin pie finish. Notes of herbal hop bitterness throughout. Well balanced spice, pumpkin, malt, and hops!

Mouthfeel- Slightly creamy feel that really helps make this quite drinkable. Medium bodied, moderate CO2, low-moderate residual sugars. Nice balance of all flavors. Slight warming sensation but its pretty subtle.

Overall- A new favorite pumpkin ale! Finally, a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie without being overly spiced! Excellent work balancing everything out without losing the spice, pumpkin, hop, and malt flavors. Great job on this beer, and a well hidden 7.4% to boot! Wish I would have grabbed a whole 4 pack!

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
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

Photo of generallee
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of riversider76
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of ruckus232
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of drizzam
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given to me by my good BA buddy jdostal. Thanks man!

A - Pours a clear red/orange color with a one finger off white head to top off the body. The head receded to a foamy cap in a couple of minutes, leaving some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass, but not a lot.

S - Pumpkin pie dominates the nose...cinnamon and nutmeg are also unmistakably part of the nose of this brew. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but this brew actually smells pretty appealing.

T & M - You know, I was a little scared of this brew when I got it. The thought of a Pumpkin brew didn't seem like a good idea to me. This beer actually surprised me. The taste was definitely Pumpkin Pie, but not in an overwhelming sort of way. Malty body with no hop presence. The spices I smelled in the nose were well represented. Medium bodied and creamy. Finishes pretty clean.

D - To me, they went overboard on the ABV. The usual range for this style is 4-7%...the 7.5% alcohol in this isn't really hidden that well, and I think it would be a better brew if it had a lower ABV. They seemed to be right there with the pumpkin taste in this brew though. If you enjoy Pumpkin Pie, you may very well enjoy this beer.

Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of blackearth
2.97/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of botham
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a rich orangish-amber with a half finger of tan head that has poor retention and leaves light lacings.

aroma is of pumpkin spice, with notes of nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon, and some pumpkin seeds. spicy in the nose without much malt quality other than a bit of caramelized malts in the background. reminiscent of an Oktoberfest with a kick of pumpkin spices.

taste is malty, with caramelized malts up front and a more restrained spiced character. very mellow on the palate when compared to the aroma, which works to the brews benefit. finishes with an alcoholic tinge and some residual spice. very well crafted without overdoing the spiced notes on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich with flavor, along with a malty finish of residual spice and some caramel malts.

drinkability is suprizingly good. for a pumpkin brew, the aromatic notes are heavy on the spice, but on the palate the profile is cleverly well balanced and much less spiced. a solid pumpkin brew that has the spice, but does not overdo it.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up from my local bottle shop. Poured into my pint glass the beer is brownish slightly red hue. A half inch of tan head rests on top. No lacing left at all. The aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove. Nutty roast malt is present as well. It smells rather close to pumpkin pie. The flavor however is not as strong. Light pumpkin flavor up front but, it fades rather quick. Luckily as it fades a nice buttery nuttiness takes over. Cinnimon,nutmeg and clove are also very noticeable. Just not as pumpkin as i would have liked. Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Some alcohol can be picked up. A decent beer overall. Not the worst pumpkin I've had but, far from the best.

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.