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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

439 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 63
Gots: 74 | 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 SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

SickGnar, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

ruckus232, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

WVbeergeek, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

JMS1512, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Jordanmtate
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Jordanmtate, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of ALLISON01
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ALLISON01, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of BoJengs
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

BoJengs, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Michaeldmanley
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Michaeldmanley, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of green_plastic
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

green_plastic, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Doodamis-Maximus
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Doodamis-Maximus, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

OldTime, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Way too much cinnamon.

rspauldi, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

LoveStout, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of BrianPlatz
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

BrianPlatz, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of lunarbrew
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

lunarbrew, Thursday at 08:27 PM
Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Lukass, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of einman
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

einman, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of drizzam
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

drizzam, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Westuh
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of ctrevino
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ctrevino, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

wheatyweiss, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

beerwolf77, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

cdkrenz, Dec 16, 2010
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.