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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 588
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 30.15%
Wants: 92
Gots: 129 | 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 rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thin head that quickly fades into a ring around the edge of the glass. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma is one of the best I've experienced in a pumpkin beer. Spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are there but there is an added sweetness. Almost like whipped cream.

The taste carries the same characteristics as the aroma and again that whipped cream touch the makes it perfect. There is also a little bit of caramel and never does the beer become too sweet and cloying. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and finishes pretty clean.

Overall, a really amazing pumpkin beer that more people need to try. I wish more could be made like this.

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Photo of donmonkey1
2.2/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky burnt orange. This is clearly unfiltered with some minor sediment. Small white head fades pretty quickly, leaving little lacing and nice retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts, similar to the candy caramels. There's also a touch of maple syrup. I can pick up some squash and other vegetables. It also has an apple aroma. To sum it up, it smells like a caramel apple, but malty. The spices aren't very present in the aromas at all. The flavors come out of left field. I wouldn't expect these flavors based on the aromas. It starts off with your typical sweet brown sugar and nutmeg, but then you get slapped with some tasty cinnamon and sugar. And not the yucky powdered cinnamon, but fresh vibrant tasty cinnamon from a stick. The finish is a huge blast of flavorful spices. There's a touch of vanilla. It basically tastes like a cinnamon sugar cookie. Mouthfeel is the fuller side of medium-bodied. The carbonation is pretty active and prickly, but it's smooth and slightly oily. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed.

This is a really nice pumpkin ale. It has some qualities I've never come across in the style. It's traditional with a unique, original twist. The best part about it is that it tastes very good.. which is always a good thing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear deep orange amber with an off-white head which dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, with some brown sugar.

Tastes of brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg. More spiced than sweet.

Medium body with soft carbonation over the roof of the mouth.

A pretty decent and enjoyable pumpkin ale. Good flavor, would have this again. There are other pumpkin ales that I'd rather have, but not a lot.

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Dray
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Pumpkin ale is now my champ! Ive done a pumking side by side test and this one is off the charts. Please be sure to let this beer warm a bit. The pumpkin characteristics really come through at a warmer temp than typical beers. Think of it like a stout.
Just to reiterate how good this beer is, I had a fall beer fest with a handful of my good beer friends and this one stole the show.

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Photo of areich6
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful amber/dark orange color with a little bit of white head.

S: Extremely powerful hints of cinammon and pumpkin. Fantastic.

T: Strong pumpkin flavor, very good. I wish there was a little more cinammon quality to the taste, but overall very tasty. The 7.5% ABV is barely noticable.

M: A little light, but very creamy, with a very small amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

O: This is a fantastic pumpkin ale, would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a beer that fits the season.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Doesn't look too bad. Hazy dark orange liquid with a one finger white head that fades quickly. Halfway through the drink, there is no head.

S: Smells heavily of pumpkin pie. Sweet malt, pumpkin, and subtle spices.

T: Yum, yum, yum, yum. This has one of the best, most flavorful pumpkin profiles I've ever had. The sweet pumpkin is there, but it's supported by your usual dose of pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. However, the spices don't overpower the pumpkin.

M: It's a bit thin and bubbly. It's not too distracting, but it could weaken the flavor. The 7.5% is no where to be seen. Very drinkable.

O: Pumpkin ales are extremely hit or miss. This one is very, very good. Typically, the brewers overload the beer with spices that one would associate with pumpkin pie, but not add real pumpkin (or just add some type of artificial pumpkin flavor.)

With this one, you get a lot of actual pumpkin taste with the spices supporting it instead of overpowering it.

Aside from the appearance and mouthfeel, this is the perfect pumpkin ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of pschul4
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with orange highlights and a decent amount of white head that disappears quickly.

S: A gourd-like sweetness is the main character, with a hint of pumpkin pie following with an almost burnt sugar character.

T: The flavor is a sweet gourd character up front, followed by the same pumpkin pie spice and burnt sugar character on the finish. Very restrained, and refreshing.

M: Light, with moderate carbonation. The flavors are distinct, but work well together.

O: Overall, an excellent example of a pumpkin ale. You get the feeling that there is actually pumpkin used in this recipe from some of the residual flavors, and the spices aren't ridiculously in your face as they are in so many other examples of the style. Definitely a good example of the style.

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Photo of clareo
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 2011 vintage.

A - Pleasant amber with an orange cast. Thin white head.

S - Squashy pumpkin smell dominates with light pumpkin pie spicing. Some malts. Well-balanced spice to pumpkin aroma.

T - Sweet pumpkin pie; this one is very competent - the spice doesn't overwhelm the pumpkin, the pumpkin is distinct enough while avoiding the squashy, gourd-y flavor of some pumpkin ales.

M - A little effervescent on the tongue, mostly smooth and silky, light-medium bodied.

O - An exceptionally well-balanced, refreshing pumpkin ale that avoids tipping the scales too far in any direction. A great find, and one of the better in the style I've had.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle deep amber brown with a nice tan head that leaves lots of lace.
Smells of sweet breads and fresh baked Pumpkin Pie, with cinnamon. Now the best part the taste. Liquid Pumpkin Pie with a kick. A nice semi sweet Pumpkin pie taste hits your mouth with a nice hit of Alcohol and spices. Clean semi sweet and filled with real pumpkin flavor this is the best Pumpkin Ale I have ever had. Mouth feel, It is also very creamy in your mouth. It makes your mouth feel totaly refreshed and ready for another one. This is one Pumpkin Ale everyone should try! It is Exceptional in flavor and refreshment and very balanced and at 7.50 ABV very drinkable anyway.
Give this one a try you will thank yourself. Overall I give it a 4.5 A truely Amazing Pumpkin Ale!

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Photo of taigor
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured an orangey amber color with some haziness to it. Had an aroma of spices, vanilla, caramel...pumpkin pie-esque. Taste was similar to the aroma but a little bit buttery...tasted pretty much like pumpkin pie. Very, very light hop taste...but still present. Complex and well-balanced!

Light to medium bodied, good carbonation and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a burnt amber color with a slight chill haze, and a small bubbly cap of whitish head. Nice aroma of pumpkin pie and ginger snaps. The taste was a bit more subtle, but still adequately pronounced: right up front, caramel, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, a touch of cinnamon; entering mid-palate is a bit more bitterness from the pumpkin pulp, and just a tiny hint of leafy hoppiness. Light-medium body, crisp, and drinkable.

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange with a creme colored head. Mild lacing and lsight carboantion noted.

S - Scents of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, connamon, & cloves). Behind that the scent of pumpkin is felt. Subtle and well done.

T - Good balance, flavors are present and consistent. Spices hit the back of the tongue but don't dominate or taste artificial.

M - For a 7.5% this goes extremely easy. Slightly raspy, and feels lighter than it is.

O - Good beer. I'd try this and the other Whole Hog line again. I find their seasonals and limited releases are *much* better than the year round offerings.

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Photo of magine
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at my Local D's for around 3 bucks.

A - Pours a nice shade of amber with slight orange hue. Head is a half an inch and surprisingly creamy.

S - First whiff was musty pumpkin and sweet malts. In the glass I can easily pick up other layers of cinnamon, all spice, and solid nutmeg.

T - Far from perfect since as always it could use more spice but it was tasty. First wave was a solid sweet malt base surrounded in earthy pumpkin yet its balanced. Next layer is spice mostly cinnamon and all spice which includes mild nutmeg and it finishes sweet with no hops (since its a mere 10 IBU's)

M - I found this beer between medium and heavy bodied. Very on par for an imperial pumpkin.

Overall I liked it. It was a big surprise to find it and even better to try it. The sweetness wasn't overbearing and the pumpkin/spices were balanced. One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried, I would recommend it.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota, New Jersey.

Copper color body, off white head.

Mostly cinnamon and pumpkin with the aroma.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, and even a detection of mint comes through with the taste. Quite tasty.

Light carbonation, very easy to drink but I can see how it can get a little heavy in the tummy after another one.

This is a tasty pumpkin ale; I have had others where it was too unbalanced but this is quite tasty. All the flavors work well together and nothing is too overpowering. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is able to pour a large, creamy head with fine bubbles into a glass. Pale, off-white in color, like a couple of whipped egg whites. Fall to a thin foam on the surface within a few minutes. Beer itself is a strong orange-brown color that is quite transparent. Carbonation is readily visible, fine sheets of small bubbles rising up in aves. Leaves clusters of bubbles as lacing after each sip.

First scent I get is cinnamon and allspice (though they say they brew with nutmeg). Next up is the pumpkin, which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Malts dance around the pumpkin aspect, though I find them to be somewhat cloudy as to type.

Cinnamon and nutmeg/allspice open up the palate, the malt sugar producing a candy-like flavor. Pumpkin arrives, somewhat lacking in presence. Pumpkin pie spices drown out some possible subtleties, like hops, and become a bit cloying with their dominance. Despite the mention of using roasted malts, I don't pick up much in the way of caramelized sugars. Alcohol is more prominent towards the latter end of tasting, perhaps could be hidden a bit better.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with a medium-heavy body that suits the moderate carbonation well. Finish is relatively dry, probably via undetected hops and alcohol.

This is generally a quality pumpkin beer, though the alcohol level is perhaps a bit too high and unmasked. Spices are a bit overpronounced. None of these qualities ruin the beer. I would like to see a bit more malt character to smooth things out; perhaps a decrease in alcohol levels would facilitate the same thing.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A tawny brown with a dark copper hue. Reasonalbly clear with quite apparent carbonation. The very light tan head falls pretty quickly and while it does keep a ring doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S: Squash right up front and center! Nice. And then spices jump in - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg - not overly strong, but they do smack you around a bit. Also as whiff of alcohol in there. Malts peak through a bit and lean toward dark crystal with distinct toffee notes and some pale chocolate or something else dark and toasty. Then it is back to the vaguely boozy pumpkin pie.

T: Pumpkin pie spices and alcohol are right there and quite strong. Almost too much. Pumpkin itself starts off more muted in the palate than in the nose. Spices are heavy on cinnamon (with a bit of that spicy character of those red hot candies) and nutmeg, but also the impression that others (allspice, touch of ginger) may be present. Spices are moderated by a sugar cookie sweetness that has strong toffee notes and hints of burnt/caramelized sugars. Any hops are probably getting lost in the spices. As the initial spice wallop fades, some malty, toasty grain comes out along with more pumpkin. Good pumpkin flavor - it even seems that it may have been roasted a bit. Rich in a sweet, boozy, spicy way. I would like to see more middle - more malts - to help carry and smooth the rest. The spice load starts to get to me without an adequate base behind it.

M: Just medium body - which is a bit light for the style and abv. CO2 just over medium which is ok, but along with the spices contributes to finish that seems more drying than it really is. Spices get a bit prickly at the very end.

D: With the initial boozy & spicy hit ( and the apparent and relatively high abv) this, for me, is no easy drinker. I really like the well done pumpkin in this one, but would like more malty flavor and body to provide a richer base for the booze and spice, and to round out the beer. The added heft would also contribute to the sipper quality of this fine seasonal. I could actually go for a tad less spice and booze too, and maybe a touch more pronounced on the pumpkin.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Quick-lived, medium brown, very bubbly head fading very quickly to nearly nothing. The body is a transparent brown with moderate rising carbonation.

S - Spicy aroma with a hint of fruit.

T - Rather spicy over a base of malt. No hops presence to note considering much of the flavor is made up of the nutmeg.

M - Thick through until the end where it offers a coarseness on the tip of my tongue.

~ This has some interesting character. It offers a spicy change to the lineup of the brewers in Stevens Point.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Morey
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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