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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 636
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 28.85%
Wants: 93
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 martyl1000
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Another surprisingly good pumpkin beer -- Dogfish Head Pumpkin ale being the first good pumpkin beer I've tried in a long line of disappointments.

This actually doesn't taste much like beer. It's a pumpkin soda that cloaks its 7.5% abv completely. It's much sweeter than the Dogfish Head, which isn't a good thing. Wish there were more malt flavor (the "pie crust" flavor found in the Dogfish Head) and bigger body.

But it's definitely better than ten pumpkin beers I've tried in the past month.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, screw-cap
Glassware: Mini snifter
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a dark orange-red beer with a small white head. The head has fair retention and lacing.

The smell features a pleasing array of pumpkin pie aromas, with nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. It also has aromas of pumpkin fruit and graham crackers, for a sweet smell.

The taste is similar to the aromas; semi-sweet flavors of pumpkin fruit and pumpkin pie spices. Body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. A toasty alcohol warmth is present. The finish is dry with a lingering dose of spices like cinnamon and clove.

Overall an excellent pumpkin ale -- one of the best I've tried.

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Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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 botham
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C- Attractive clear copper with a thin khaki head.

A- Pumpkin spices, cinnamon & nutmeg.

MF- Medium in body.

T- Nice malty body that delivers on a solid pumpkin flavor, in addition to your typical pumpkin pie spicing. There's flavors of cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg.

D- Spot on for a perfect Fall pumpkin beer to be enjoyed right up until to Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of riversider76
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange/amber with a fluffy white head. Not much retention and just a hint of laceing. Aroma is of spiced pumpkin and cinnamon.Body is light and crisp with some carbonation. Taste is of creamy pumpkin pie. Spicy,with hints of dark fruit and maybe even some chocolate. Excellent!

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Murky orange-copper color with a small head that disappates very quickly. Aroma consists of the typical pumpkin pie spices. The flavor is not bad but the spices are very prominent. Mouthfeel is way too thin and watery. Very underwhelming pumpkin beer. There are many better versions out there.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.5/5  rDev +10%

From notes on 9/26/13

Pours a brownish orange with a creamy head. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is unbelievably pumpkin for a beer. Easily the best pumpkin beer I’ve tasted. I didn’t try this, but you could probably add whip cream or vanilla ice cream for a great beer float.

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Photo of TooGood
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bets pumpkin beer I've ever had the privilege of drinking. It's liquid pumpkin pie, whereby the main taste is pumpkin, with the spices as a side note. Typically the spice dominates the beer and ruins it, this one is spot on!

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Photo of wattoclone
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber-orange with medium head that slowly dissipates
into a thin lacing. Aroma of baked pumpkin pie. As already noted by numerous reviewers this beer is as close to pumpkin pie in a bottle as any brewery has achieved so far. The finish is superb, possibly the best part of the experience. Pumpkin pie spices and caramelized pumpkin including the baked crust linger on the palate demanding another sip. Amazing how far this style has been developed over the years. I still wish there was a bit less ABV, but that may be impossible to achieve at this level of flavor richness.

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Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, amber hue with a nice glow around the edges. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple (apple pie), and some pumpkin. Tasted the pumpkin, definitely not a spicy mess... very delicate cinnamon and spice. Could use a bit more hop bitterness in my opinion for balance, but very good. Smooth, medium body and mouthfeel with very little aftertaste. Overall this was outstanding, I can see why it won a blind pumpkin tasting in my bottleshop 2 years running.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If the point of a pumpkin beer is to evoke the smells and tastes of pumpkin pie, then this beer succeeds better than any I have tried to date. Better still, the flavor is exceedingly balanced to the last drop, never veering into overly-spiced or overly-sweet territory. This beer was completely off my radar, so it was a really great surprise. First rate.

All that said, I am going to ding this beer a little for seeping from the bottle in transit, something I blame entirely on the twist-top. The smell when I unwrapped it was nasty. Lose the twist-offs, guys.

Great thanks to st9647v3 for this autumn treat.

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Photo of Samp01
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a quickly fading white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, some cinnamon notes. Taste is sweet pumpkin spices, nutmeg with some malt and mild hops bitterness. A medium body with good carbonation. Has sweet pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg flavor, with some moderate hops bitterness on the end for balance. Overall has some back bone and flavor for a pumpkin ale, a good brew.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of JGlitz87
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
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 magine
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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 PaulyB83
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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 rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Nothing but spices. Drink this alongside any quality pumpkin ale and you'll immediately notice the utter lack of any pumpkin in this beer. I bought an entire case based on the high rating (highest of the 20-30 pumpkins my distributor had). I feel duped and have a very rare buyers remorse of a beer purchase. So I have plenty to trade if anyone has interest in doing so?

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raul got this as an extra, and it is pretty much makes him wanna scream, "read all about it!"

Now, Pumpkin Ales are a delicate thing: love em or hate em. And Raul, well, he borders more on love. And what we have here... woo! Like they way your county pumpkin patch should taste like. Looks all pumpkin-ish...yah yah yah. But the aroma. The aroma! Like Ariana Grande baking a grande pumpkin pie. My oh my are these aromas delicate, yet robust and ready to rumble. Taste is ok, a bit lighter than the smell, while the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A good pumpkin, a good gimmick beer. Nothing to take seriously here, my peeps.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Brown like a brown ale. Little head with a nice lace that stayed

S: Pumpkin Pie, as advertised. If I had whipped cream.. Not quite as sweet smelling. Weak alcohol smell at the back as well.

M: Creamy finish that left little taste. Hole in the middle.

T:Another beer I had high hopes of tasting like a slice of pumpkin pie and well, it does, on steroids. Strong alcohol takes control and punches in the palette. Prune and raisin with just a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin off to the sides with the linger of pumpkin finish and molasses.

O: One man's pumpkin ale is not another mans pumpkin ale. This is a great beverage, just a bit stronger than my holy grail of pumpkin pie in a glass with whipped cream.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy brown color with a small head which dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of ginger and pumpkin. Also smells of sweet biscuits, and nuts.

Taste is fairly conventional, yet tolerable, if not outright delightful.Bitterness is kept at minimum, and sweetness is perfectly nuanced. Mouthfeel is light, as is carbonation.

I am admittedly not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, yet this is pretty much the best pumkin ale I've had. Rock-solid!

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.