Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,303
4.18 | pDev: 12.2%
Whole Hog Beer
Wisconsin, United States
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Firm and spongy tan head is one inch and rests above a dark, sunset orange colored body. In the chalice, the color appears more of a candy apple red. Slow streaming effervesce with a slow collapsing head leads to a skim coating.

S: Its all about the fresh pumpkin pie, in its natural form. Cinnamon and brown sugar, and pie filling with moist crust is abundant. Wet pumpkin puree and yams, with a milky caramel sweetness.

T: Toasted caramel sweetness for flavor contributes to the full malty base along with some nuttiness and strong cinnamon spicing. Cloves, sugary vanilla cream and fresh wet pumpkin puree. Brown sugar and honey add depth and sweetness with some almond crust while hints of apple brown betties round out.

M: The mouthful had a strong vibe of carbonation, vibrant bringing the malty base to life. Full bodied and creamy, lots of depth here and deep lush.

O: Overall if you smelled this blindfolded you'd swear it was a slice of fresh pumpkin pie, nailed it spicing and balance wise. Huge full bodied base, creamy malts, pumpkin puree that is solid and natural per style.

Jan 02, 2021
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber / pumpkin color, good head retention. Nice aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Really great pumpkin pie flavor, reminds me of my mom’s pumpkin pie with heavy cream. Carbonation adds to a creamy feel. Overall a really good pumpkin beer, would buy again.

12 oz bottle, no date, bought in Kent OH
4.25 rating

Nov 03, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Swirling pour yields two fingers worth of khaki fizzy froth with modest retention... The color is a deep rich dark amber... The nose is of pumpkin pie highlighted by authentic cinnamon... The nose also reveals notes of sugar cookie... The palate adheres closely to the nose... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Prickly carbonation... A memorable and unique pumpkin beer... Lots of unique and authentic notes you don't see in other offerings...

Nov 01, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly thin body with about average carbonation.
Aroma is definitely pumpkin pie spice with some malt and brown sugar
Taste is pumpkin pie spice forward but some pumpkin and malt.
Overall it was a very good attempt at the style and would try it again .

Oct 10, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has a very thick, ivory head, which fizzes right away, no lacing, and a translucent orange appearance. The aroma is of pumpkin pulp with background spices. The taste is spice forward, although that fades, after the initial hit, pumpkin, and generalized ale flavor. There is some bitterness. Whole Hog has a high-medium body and a moderately-sweet finish.


Oct 08, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a bit less than a finger of orangey-white head that quickly fizzed away to nothing. Deep burnt orange color, not quite opaque. Very nice pumpkin smell. Taste is an impressive combination of pumpkin, spices, and even a bit of breadiness. Almost a pumpkin pie-imitator, but only a touch sweet. Definitely a favorite on taste alone. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. So good I almost wish I got a second 6-pack.

Sep 29, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3 Way comparison between Sam Jack-O Ale, Whole Hog Brewing Pumpkin Ale, and Southern Tier Pumpking.

L: Molasses brown in color. Less hazy and more vibrant than Sam's Jack-O. Much darker in color to Pumpking.

S: Overall the best smelling of the three. Seasonal spice; Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. More boozy than Jack-O (4.4% ABV vs. 7.0% ABV). More spicey than Pumpking. I'm not picking up the gourd note that Jack-O had and it smells lighter as a result.

T: It's more of an ale than a malt beverage. The pumpkin spice flavor is there, but it's a flavor and not the entire experience. The ale itself is quite nice, strong blonde, and quite direct. If you want to drink pumpkin pie, go for Jack-O. If you want ale, go for Whole Hog. If you want max alcohol, go for Pumpking.

F: Lighter and more alcoholic warming than Jack-O. Better mouthfeel than Pumpking.

O: Good price and high alcohol % make this a good pick.

Aug 09, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been awhile since I reviewed a pumpkin ale, definitely a negative rating deviation for me overwhelmingly. This was better than average for me though. Had it on the booze bus on the way to the Giants games.

Poured a dark pumpkin like color that I actually don't see too often. 1/4" light tan head, not the best at retention or lace. Aroma really hits all the pumpkin pie filler notes, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg. One of the best smelling pumpkin beers I've ever come across.

No complaints here, this brewery has managed to get all the spices in conformity with their relative proportions out in the wild when having pumpkin pie. This is the best creation in that relation. Sure there are a few good ones that use barrel aging, but that is getting askew, even if good, from the pie itself. Malt body is nice, complimentary use of crystal malt here, works much better than in other styles it gets bashed (often appropriately so) for (ipa). Has enough strength but didn't go the imperial route. Its a high rated pumpkin beer for good reason.

Jun 22, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Nov 05, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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...

Oct 05, 2019
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Oct 01, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Sep 29, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Sep 25, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Nov 19, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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;

Oct 23, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Oct 20, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Oct 17, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Sep 25, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Sep 21, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Sep 19, 2018
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Feb 13, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Dec 27, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Nov 01, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Oct 12, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Oct 09, 2017
Pumpkin Ale from Whole Hog Beer
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 747 ratings