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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

232 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 43
Gots: 14 | 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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:53:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-04-2013 22:17:28 | More by tommyguz
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WDJersey

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2012 06:10:47 | More by WDJersey
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-11-2012 19:29:48 | More by JohnK17
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-08-2013 03:26:54 | More by st9647v3
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-01-2014 19:45:27 | More by egrace84
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

DELICIOUS; GRAB A BOTTLE!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 16:33:59 | More by BeerLover99
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-02-2014 03:55:24 | More by DaPan
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-01-2014 20:23:20 | More by hilgart1
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-09-2014 18:29:40 | More by TX-Badger
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-29-2012 22:03:05 | More by atone315
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Herky21

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-05-2013 15:45:48 | More by Herky21
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-10-2013 02:19:01 | More by MacQ32
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-21-2013 20:53:51 | More by vermilcj
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Pie crust, pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Nailed it!

Taste
Toasted pie crush 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.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus bodied, crisp and slightly drying.

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

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:15:34 | More by justintcoons
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-11-2013 00:44:06 | More by richkrull
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-01-2013 00:33:41 | More by Damian74Shensky
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-22-2012 05:18:58 | More by JeffTheJuice
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-10-2013 01:52:42 | More by OldTime
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-29-2012 14:49:19 | More by bacher468
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-22-2013 03:41:34 | More by Kunstman
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generallee

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7%
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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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.