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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,200
4.17 | pDev: 12.23%
Whole Hog Beer
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh baked pumpkin pie. Taste is strong of nutmeg, it also has pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: October 4, 2019... OCCASION: a full week of work and play finishes with a cold night of football... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin pint... pours a dark brown body that holds its white, fizzing head briefly before a halo forms... apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, and robust hops that invite a sip... its body is a brown ale, sippable and smooth at 7.5%... a vibrant finish, bubbly and lingering... its flavor profile is solid, with apple, cinnamon, cardamom, pear, clove, and some odd citric notes... a brown ale pervades the experience.... a sweet, substantial ale that is drinkable but nuanced--its big candied apple is front and center in the profile.... clean, flavorful, and befitting the season, this works well... with the nutmeg and caramel, a rather well-rounded offering, well beyond its grunt price point of $5.99...

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Photo of klarcbarr3
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite pumpkin ale. It is always perfectly spiced, and is more representative of a slice of pumpkinpie than any other 12 oz. brew. The color is beautiful, the nose is perfect, the quantity of actual pumpkin in the blend is substantial. It ages nicely, too. A classic, and better than most of the overpriced 22 oz. bottles with the fancy designs and sky high prices. This is a pragmatic, delicious everyday pumpkin beer.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Impenetrable burnt amber color. Thin, off-white head had no retention and left minimal lacing. The head actually acted like it was a 14% ABV beer instead of 7.0%.

S---Massive pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, & ginger. Not much else going on besides the spices.

T---Sweet, like a pumpkin pie. Again, it's all about those pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, & clove are all apparent, but nothing else really. I'm not picking up the advertised pumpkin.

F---Fairly light mouthfeel, but I'd still call it medium, if at the low end of medium. Very low carbonation, again acting like it's a 14.0% beer.

O---Like too many pumpkin beers, it's just all about the pumpkin pie spices that were added. I'd assume any novice homebrewer could do that.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whole Hog Brewery "Pumpkin Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1079 B2 0... illegible"
$2 @ Wegmans Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's very hazy but it's got a great color like fall leaves: dark copper, orange with a little red, and some small golden highlights at the base of the glass. The head is a short cap of creamy yellowish foam that's unfortunately already falling. Is that common for spiced beers, I don't recall? The aroma is sweetish with bready, biscuity and toasty malt topped by a firm note of cinnamon and lighter notes of ginger and nutmeg. It smells like a spiced oatmeal cookie. On to the flavor... as expected it's pretty much the same but there's also some yeasty fruitiness that reminds me of dark raisins, apple, and light berries. I can see why the head dropped, it's not very carbonated. The trade-off is that it's quite smooth with a medium, dextrinous body, and the carbonation doesn't amplify the spices which can sometimes make it seem too spicy. Wow, it really does taste like a spiced oatmeal cookie with raisins. Did I miss anything? I don't think so. Overall, as a "pumpkin" beer this is really nice. I usually have a few of these on Halloween and I'll have to run back to the store to get some before it's all gone.
Review #6,716

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Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with short lived white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Pumpkin, spices, herbal hops and caramel malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Taste like pumpkin pie.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; mahogany in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: predominantly pumpkin spice; a little caramel as well; with the higher ABV level, I expected more malt character;

T: very nicely balanced between malt and pumpkin spices; mild bitterness; relatively long lasting flavor;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; alcohol is warming, but not hot;

O: a very nice beer to sip in front of a fireplace;

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Photo of ajm5108
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would agree with the consensus that this beer is the closest you’ll get - both aromatically & taste wise - to pumpkin pie in a glass. The aromatics especially are delectable - it isn’t over-spiced with cinnamon / nutmeg, the pumpkin isn’t necessarily natural but it recalls pumpkin pie filling and there is a sweet cream element to cut it down a little. It is a bit sweet to drink a lot of, though - great to split a sixer at a Halloween party but after one or two it maybe just a bit too treacly.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at The Nook in Huntsville, Alabama. It poured a hazy brownish amber with white head that left some lace. The scent had pumpkin pie flare. The taste was sweet and need whip cream to balance the pumpkin pie spice. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its perfect for desert.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany cherry color with some light brown notes. Thin, tan head

S: straight pumpkin purée. Brown sugar, caramel malts, pie crust, and roasted malts. A touch of nutmeg as well

T: pumpkin purée and brown sugar up Front. A touch of cinnamon and nutmeg behind that, but it’s very subtle - too not spicy at all. Dark caramel malts with a touch of pie crust

M: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

O: real nice Pumpkin Ale here. It has a nice harmonization of pumpkin flavor to spice

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Ale brewed by Whole Hog Beer, with an ABV of 7.00% This pumpkin beer pours out of a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass a nice brownish color with a thin white head. The head to this brew goes away fast, really thin spotty lacing to this brew as well. The smell of pumpkin ale is rich with spices and pumpkin. The spices are nutmeg , cinnamon, an mirror ginger. You pick up on some mirror grains and malts in the smell as well. Now for the taste, it is Bold with spices at first then pumpkin goodness. This brew dose remind you of pumpkin pie, not saying that is a bad thing. The spices a bit much but not to bad. The body of Pumpkin Ale is a solid medium there is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew,it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich , Pumpkin, Spicy, Clean, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give this brew a 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Whole Hog Beer, did a real nice job with this pumpkin brew. If you are a fan of pumpkin pie you should look this brew up.

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Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange in color with a heavy, slightly murky haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy, light beige foam with low retention. Sweet pumpkin aromas with supporting cinnamon and brown sugar notes. Light, spicy nutmeg and malt aromas in tow. Medium light bodied with low carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel through the middle with pleasant boozy warmth near the end. Sweet malt and pumpkin flavors up front followed by cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium light spicy, bitter bite in the middle followed by caramel malt, coriander and sweet spices to the end. Finished with a caramel malt and light spicy notes and a delayed dryness. This is closest to smelling like pumpkin pie that I've tried. The lingering spiciness at the finish is even reminiscent of pumpkin pie filling. Carbonation was a bit too light and would have boosted the feel. Nevertheless, tasty, well-balanced, not too sweet or spicy, and a nice mellow boozy kick. Trick or treat brew for 2018.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


A: Murky red-brown, white creamy head.

S: Big cinnamon and nutmeg. Some banana bread or toffee notes too.

T: Very similar to the smell. There's big cinnamon and nutmeg upfront, with a prominent pumpkin spice. You could say there's also brown sugar and toffee pudding there too.

M: Perfect. Not too thick and not too thin. Awesome amount of carb yet creamy when it slides down.

O: This is still the best pumpkin beer I've tasted. It trumps even the almighty Saint Arnold Pumpkinator (it's got the same viscosity with twice the flavors and mouth feel), although that's a "pumpkin stout". Anyway, pick this up if you see it. Cheers.

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Photo of aleigator
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded dark amber, light brown color with a small, stable head.

Offers a plethora of spices, blending into fresh cut pumpkin, lead by cinnamon and cardamom. Quite sweet on the nose, this is the closest to a cake I ever experienced.

Has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly effervescent finish, sweet and spicy.

Has a soft, aqueous beginning, with a slowly evolving toffee malt backbone, handling the uprising spiciness easily. Heavy on the cinnamon, with a sandy note to it and a light dryness from kardamom. Finishes sweeter with a note of rock sugar and caramel.

Tastes less sweet and more diverse than it smells. This is still relying heavily on the spices, thriving from a slight dry note.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin ale pours a dark copper color, with a small long last head. Smells just like fresh pumpkin pie. Flavor is also exactly like pumpkin pie, lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, cream, allspice and cloves. Great creamy feel. Overall a top notch pumpkin pie beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, 7.5% ABV, 10 IBU. Pours brown with a slight white head. Nose is pumpkin and spice, taste follows with slight sweetness and very little bitterness. A bit dry, but decent mouthfeel. Overall excellent, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at D's Six Packs and Dogz in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a nice reddish brown, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, and brown bread.

This has a surprising but great creamy vanilla flavor, with the usual warming pumpkin pie spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, with only the slightest hint of actual pumpkin. The base beer itself is very good, beefy, with some caramel and toffee- this is not the spiced nightmare the style can sometime become.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

This deserve it's reputation as one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of JRed
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep red in body that's rather flat. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice juice, gingerbread. Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice overload, pie crust, pumpkin, gingerbread, some booze, medicinal flavors. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Missing some of my favorite pumpkin ales this year, but this seems to be a promising one.

Pours a deep reddish orange with a fizzy head.

The aroma is like very strong, spicy herbal tea, believe it or not. Somewhat like apples too. Very autumnal.

The way this tastes throws me for the usual loop. It doesn't taste like pumpkin really. It tastes like birch and vanilla, cinnamon and cloves,typical seasonal spices. It's not bad actually but again, another pumpkin beer wherein pumpkin is hardly existent.

The mouthfeel is also a little weak, which is to my dismay. It's good and conveys the flavor in a general sense of spicy character, but it's not full bodied either.

Pumpkin beers feel like something everyone makes and they're always different despite trying to do the same thing. This one packs a little more fall flavor than most and it's good, but the pumpkin character should actually be there, right?! Oh well, still not too bad.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown iced tea color with a firm cap of 1 finger.

Aroma is heavenly. Brown sugar, maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, pumpkin, and clove. Slight malt aroma.

Even months later the spices hold up. Lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other spices. A slight bittering sour pumpkin flavor does poke through, but that's not a huge hindrance. Fresh, this beer is even better (as expected).

Feel is pretty starchy with some heavy handed carbonation lending to an easy drinking ale overall.

Overall, SP Pumpkin Ale is a very good choice for any fall drinker. It's practically world famous, and if you haven't tried it it's worth checking out.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 2015 vintage. 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded twist-off crown cap.

7.50% ABV. "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices."

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

HEAD: Pale khaki colour. Fizzy. Not too frothy or creamy, but it's robust enough. Retention is average - ~2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant auburn. Translucent and semitransparent. Ample yeast particulate is plainly visible floating within, giving it a lively appearance.

Appears well-carbonated.

It's a nice look for a pumpkin ale, but lacks any unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Autumnal spice marries well to the pumpkin notes. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, cassia.

The cinnamon/cassia amplifies the perceived sweetness of the brew. Malt backbone is lovely, with rich caramel malts and clean Munich malts letting the spices and pumpkin shine. Apparently this was also brewed with roasted malt, but none is overt. A hint of faint floral hop character rounds out this seemingly impeccably balanced ale.

Evokes pumpkin expressively and authentically, with a spice profile that doesn't eclipse it. So many pumpkin ales fail to deliver basic pumpkin, drowning the drinker in spices, but this seems even-keeled and well-executed. I hope the taste measures up to the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The levity of the Munich malts is countered nicely by the richer more bready caramel malts, which are the perfect foundation for a pumpkin ale, bending a bit sweeter than the amber malt based pumpkin ales out there to good effect. All the spices you'd expect are in play, from the rich cinnamon/cassia to nutmeg and clove. I perceive brown sugar, but that's probably just the perceived sweetness engendered by the cinnamon. Pumpkin is present throughout, tasting authentic unlike the pumpkin puree ales out there.

There's not a lot happening hopwise or yeastwise, nor should there be in a pumpkin ale.

I remembered this more balanced than it is structurally speaking; it's a bit weak and thin right on the open, with most of its flavour emerging in the late first act and lingering through the finish. But in terms of flavour, it's certainly well balanced, marrying its one-two punch of pumpkin and spice well. Still, I think the (unintentional) ~1-2 years of age I've given it hasn't done it any favours.

Mouthfeel is smooth and wet, but there is a tingling subtle coarseness that coaxes out a bit more depth of flavour; I blame the cinnamon/cassia bark, which has a tendency to give beers more dryness and roughness. Medium-bodied and not unrefreshing, with near ideal carbonation. Mouthfeel complements the taste well, but no specific flavours are accentuated thereby.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable for its well disguised ABV. This brings everything to the table one would want in a pumpkin ale, but there's room for improvement in terms of depth of flavour and nuance; I'd like a bit more roasted barley presence (if you're going to use it, commit to it) and still more autumnal spice and pumpkin couldn't hurt. I think this is worse for having been aged and I remembered it better; I'm happy to have an excuse to revisit it fresh in future. Definitely a pumpkin ale I'd recommend to friends, and highly preferable to the artificially flavoured zero pumpkin pumpkin ales being put out by brewers who don't want to deal with the production demands of this troublesome style, but not world class work.

B- (3.38) / WORTHY

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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers and this past "pumpkin season" didn't purchase any at all. Today is January 12th, and I found a four pack of this ale on clearance for $3 so I had to get it. I know it's probably past its "best by" date but it is awesome! Very smooth, Smells wonderful. Not overbearing spiciness. Very clear. Good aftertaste. It may be more the fact that I only paid 75 cents a bottle, but I'm extremely pleased with this beer. As far as pumpkin beers go, Stevens Point beats out Ballast Point.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. The pumpkin flavor is at the forefront and it has such a nice sweetness to it. It almost tastes like it's a mix of pumpkin and maple syrup, and it's fantastic.

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Photo of Slack
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber in color and a bit cloudy. A ring of white head and a bit of a lacing on a sip.

Nose is cinnamon, sweet sugar, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

Taste is a mix of spice and sweetness - cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of clove, mild sugar, and pumpkin throughout.

Mouthful is medium and smooth but a bit syrupy and thin on the finish. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi sweet.

This is very good, one of the better/best non barrel aged pumpkin ales I've had. The nose is pumpkin pie, the taste is pumpkin pie, and it looks like pumpkin pie. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Minor drawback is the mouthful. Very desirable.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can really taste the pumpkin and spice in this one! Had one off of draft. Little to no head. Minor fizzy (I don't like too fizzy anyway). Orangish brown color. But the biggest thing I look for is the taste. This one has a lot of that!

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 724 ratings