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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

Whole Hog Pumpkin AleWhole Hog Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

220 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%


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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 12:09:17 | More by Rifugium
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 18:27:41 | More by MsRif
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 16:15:05 | More by zeff80
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generallee

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 18:12:43 | More by generallee
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 23:12:38 | More by Cylinsier
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 03:39:28 | More by Givemebeer
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 19:05:56 | More by PaulyB83
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

The smell is a touch on the mellow side, but the spices are definitely there, and there's nothing offensive about the aroma. A touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

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, but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor.

Medium body with a good carbonation level.

I could drink a few of these, but that's about it.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pretty good example of the style. Not elite, but solid for sure. Worth a try if you've never had it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:00:34 | More by Morey
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:40:53 | More by falloutsnow
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botham

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 16:35:54 | More by botham
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:07:17 | More by bluejacket74
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:35:20 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:44:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:13:01 | More by magine
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:14:14 | More by Omnium
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -12%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:56:54 | More by dbossman
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a nice brown reddish color body with a small white head. The aroma has a sweet pumpkin smell and spice. The taste is simple, pumpkin and spice, its like a liquid pumpkin pie. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 01:48:38 | More by chefhatt
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socon67

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2011 19:49:56 | More by socon67
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 12:48:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:36:33 | More by beerwolf77
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:58:01 | More by cdkrenz
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taigor

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 20:06:00 | More by taigor
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:29:24 | More by wheatyweiss
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 21:46:48 | More by drizzam
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:22:24 | More by ruckus232
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.