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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 595
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 30.15%
Wants: 92
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This was a slightly foggy orange brew with a creamy finger of head that settled to a collar. Not much lacing.

S) The aroma is spot on pumpkin pie from the moment you crack the bottle. Seriously, pass the whipped cream! Plenty of pumpkin, perfectly spiced, and a buttery crust.

T) The flavor is not quite as intense as the aroma. A nice amount of pumpkin, and a spicy finish, that I could see mistaken for alcohol tingle. Never overly sweet...

M) Medium body with mild carbonation. Spices coat the mouth and the finish is semi-dry. Nice aftertaste.

O) I enjoy pumpkin beers, but generally only knock back one in a sitting, then move along to another style. I could legitimately see myself throwing back a four pack of this without much regret. Well done Whole Hog. Well done...

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in pint glass

A) Dark orange, cloudy, medium amount of visible carbonation, thick amber color head.

S) Pumpkin Pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, honey, malt, bread

T) Same as the smell but a tasted a lot of brown sugar and pumpkin.

M) medium carbonation and thick

O) very tasty beer great series by Steven's Point. So far this one may be my favorite.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of rhamning
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chilled tulip glass. Bright amber orange, moderately cloudy appearance. Pumpkin and nutmeg dominate the aroma. True pumpkin aroma and taste, clean, and refreshing. Balanced nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin aroma and taste develop in 3-5 minutes: smooth, no sharp edges and nothing overwhelming. Simply a very pleasant and true pumpkin ale that I would recommend highly. My wife dislikes beer with a passion, and she asked for more after her first taste. The only pumpkin ale I have liked more was Southern Tier on tap in a tulip glass, which was a revelation. From the bottle in a tulip glass, Whole Hog has a slight edge with its balance and smooth feel.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pumpkin dark orange pour with white head that clears quickly and recedes to the edges.

The aroma is the same as opening a can of pumpkin spiced filling. Pumpkin flesh with mace, clove, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg--am I missing anybody--it' all there. I can only imagine the graham cracker crust.

The taste is the same as the smell. Caramel malts, hops and biscuit balancing this out well. Not too sweet and not one ingredient outdoes the other but works well like a World Series baseball team. Grandma blended this concoction well and baked to perfection. Nothing obtrusive about this. Love just sipping this.

Mouthfeel is creamier than all in class I've had thus far. Lush, full, rounded and chewy. Juz 'nuff carbonation to sparkle this craft.

I really wanted to give this all fives but the only thing this Whole Hog is missing is the Cool Whip. Now if they can master that for next year--one can only imagine. Thanks Grandma!!

**Update Sep 22--Just had a homemade pumpkin pie from my wife and had this Whole Hog and tastes were matched. This now goes a 5 for me.

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Photo of CleJB
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. If you want a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin this ale is for you. The only Pumpkin ale I have had that compares is Southern Tier Pumking Ale (which is much more expensive). I have tried roughly 20 different pumpkin ales and this one is #2 overall and #1 bang for my buck. Worth every bit of $8.99 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.96/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hazy amber, quarter finger of head that slips quickly into a ring of foam.

Smell is pumpkin pie, graham cracker crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel... Pumpkin pie

Taste is amazing, best in style that is for sure. Graham cracker crust hits you in the first wave with bready malt in the finish, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, glove and a wee bit of ginger) whip cream sweetness. Wow!

Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy just like pie should be!

Wow, had this last year but not a whole one so I could not review it.... I got a case this year! It is amazing. Pumking used to be my pumpkin beer of choice. This takes pumking outside and kicks it in the balls and a 4 pack cost about the same as 1 bomber... I love being able to taste the crust of the pie in the beer!! Ya, I know some people think of Point as a Faux craft brewery but this beer WORLD CLASS.

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Photo of Chip_Diddie
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell - on the nose, cinnamon graham crackers, sweet brown sugar, gingerbread and pumpkin spices.

Taste - on the palate, picking up all those same notes as I did on the nose. The smell is amazing. This is a big contender against Southern Tier PumKing!

Mouthfeel - seems to dance around as its smooth and tantalizing.

Do yourself a favor and go buy a 4pk. I'm sad this was the last one left at our local liquor store. As I said earlier, this is a solid medium body beer that gives Southern Tier PumKing a run for there money. It's big on the "pumpkin" flavor, which imo how a pumpkin beer should be.

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Photo of TequilaTom
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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!!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark orange/light brown body with a one-finger head
S: Just like fresh from the oven pumpkin pie. Great blend of pumpkin and all of the pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
T: Ditto on the palate. A bit light but great balance again of the pumpkin and spices
M: Lighter than I expected but well balanced overall
O: One of the better pumpkin beers I've had just because of how darned authentic & balanced it is. They really took the essence of a pie and put it in a bottle of beer

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Pie crust, pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Nailed it!

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.

Medium plus bodied, crisp and slightly drying.

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

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Photo of Stew
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a bronzy Thanksgiving holiday orange. Thin head that disappears quickly. Looks tasty!

S – Delicious pumpkin pie aroma…Provides the November sweet ‘made from scratch’ pumpkin pie crust and all the filling with pumpkin pie spices exceptionally present. I get the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. Pure Perfection!!!

T – Malty flavor filled with notes of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Has the toasted pumpkin complimented by the aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. A slight bitterness, not nearly as sweet as it smells. Yet, perfectly capturing the sweet taste of pumpkin pie in liquid form loaded with creamy spiciness.

M - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale definitely has a slight creamy texture-like sweetness, balance with a slight earthy hop bitterness and smooth lingering pumpkin spice flavor.

O - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is definitely the equivalent of a piece of pumpkin pie in a glass; Whole Hog got it right from smell, color and texture. A must to have on thanksgiving with friends and family. Very rich in flavor and character with all the classic pumpkin pie qualities. Finally a pumpkin ale that’s not too boozy, but still has a kick. Not water down a faint taste of pumpkin, yet still a full-flavored winter beverage. Probably the best drinkable pumpkin ale I’ve had so far and I love pumpkin ales.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.61/5  rDev +13%
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.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
7.5% ABV

A - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale pours a tarnished copper color, showing some orange highlights around the edges. Loose light khaki foam disappears quickly, sinking to a halo of bubbles below minimal lace.

S - Pumpkin pie city; the aroma of Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has got it all! Biscuity malt provides the pie crust while pumpkin puree and heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice makes for a rich and thick filling

T - It's malt base brings complimentary notes of caramel and toffee to the table while toasted nuances continue to suggest pie crust, perfectly transitioning into smooth pumpkin pie filling loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spiciness.

M - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has a wonderful creaminess texture that smoothly carries through sweetness to a perfectly balanced finish of faint earthy hop bitterness and delicate spice lingering on the tongue.

O - Perfect for the cooler fall days, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is pumpkin pie in a glass; as it warms up, so too do you with it's inciting aroma, delectable flavor, luscious mouthfeel and complex, warming finish. If it's a rich pumpkin ale you crave, this one is not to miss and make sure you keep some on hand for Thanksgiving, as it almost certainly requests a pairing with the classic turkey dinner.

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Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper colored, and with a thin head that melts quickly to a white ring. A thin layer of yeast or sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Sweet malt and spice in the aroma. Not an overwhelming spice profile like some pumpkin ales I've tried.

Great flavor. Reminiscent of a graham cracker. Cinnamon, ginger, and plenty of sweetness. I was not expecting the flavor to be so delicious!

Smooth, heavy bodied beer with a very wet lingering finish. A nice, sharp carbonation.

The appearance and aroma was a little misleading. But, this is a really great pumpkin ale. Bold, heavy, sweet and flavorful.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of MaximalC
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, murky caramel color with a minimal khaki head that soon dissipates. The aroma smells EXACTLY of pumpkin pie, and not in the contrived, artificial way that is so often the case. Probably the most authentic smelling pumpkin ale I've tried. Traces of raisin and alcohol manifest as well as the beer warms.

Flavors are subtle and complex, slowly progressing from start to finish. Pumpkin, hops, gingerbread, and some caramel malt present up front. This is followed by a dose of pumpkin spices that tickle the back of the tongue, awash in pumpkin and mild hop bitterness. Alcohol hits at the finish in a way that is slightly more caustic than I would prefer, and the hops overstay their welcome a shade as well, but these are fairly minor grievances. Maybe it's my imagination, but there appear to be traces of golden delicious apple lurking near the finish as well. This is a complex brew indeed.

The mouthfeel is pretty robust for a pumpkin ale and complements the flavor profile nicely. The overall experience only enhances as the beer warms, lending even more vitality and depth of flavor. I think it would be fair to say that Whole Hog is the closest I've come to finding a pumpkin ale that embodies what I've always imagined a pumpkin ale should be: a smooth, rich, flavorful beer infused with the essence of authentic pumpkin pie. A real winner.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa hoping that a 4-pack like this would be worth the value. Sure enough, it was and for anyone who is a fan of this style, this dark and filling beer could easily hit the spot. While it wasn't as spicy as some of the others that I've had, there's enough here to enjoy, even if the alcohol is just a notch too high.

Nice, dark pour to this with lighter edges and a rich, tan head that held its own before quickly fading. As to be expected, this smelled like pumpkin pie and tasted like it too. A bit less on the spicy side - vanilla, cream, and some brown sugar could be found here and the mouthfeel was full and nicely balanced. This packed quite a taste and punch for a beer of this style and it was refreshing to have a Pumpkin Ale like this that begged for an Autumnal dessert to be paired with it.

To be fair, this was not a quick sipper like so many other beers that are out during this season. It added a bit of a warming effect as I finished this up but it didn't detract from the taste or mouthfeel. This would never dare be labelled as an Imperial Pumpkin Ale but this was right up there with the Southern Tier Pumpking on the must-haves for the season. I can't wait to finish the rest of the 4-pack!

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.