Pumpkin Ale
Whole Hog Beer

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Whole Hog Beer
Wisconsin, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #15
Ranked #4,651
4.14 | pDev: 12.32%
Today at 12:01 AM
Sep 01, 2009
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Notes: None
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of DarkLordScott
Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a clean golden amber, or pumpkin colored, with a two finger head that dies quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma is spice, specifically nutmeg, cinnamon as well as pumpkin. Taste is spice, again nutmeg (though less so), cinnamon and brown sugar. Pumpkin is present in the profile, though less so. Taste is clean and quick, with no lingering.
Today at 12:01 AM
Photo of mfnmbvp
Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, no bottling information. A new pumpkin beer to me, and my second beer from Whole Hog Brewery. Expectations are decent, considering this beer's high ratings here on BeerAdvocate, rated as the #15 pumpkin beer as of this writing.

Poured to Camp Crystal Lake stemless tumbler.

Deep coppery body, almost ruby-ish, Less than a finger of cola colored head falls to a ring quick, and then a surface skimming. Leaves some good sticky sugary looking lacing. Lesser carb, looks dessert-ish, on par for the style.

Awesome authentic pumpkin pie aromas - baked pie crust, burnt brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, some must. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie in a glass.

Authentic flavor profile - semi-spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, spice rack, pie crust, earthiness,

Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, fluid. Lightly carbonated. Easy drinking for the high 7.0% abv.

A nice pumpkin ale from Whole Hog, would like to see what some of their other year round offerings are like.

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale -----4/5.
Monday at 11:51 PM
Photo of jkblr
Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz undated bottle split with Mrs Jkblr. Poured into a tiny becher glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours bright medium amber with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and little else. The aroma is lots of spice, especially cinnamon. The taste is semisweet pumpkin with a full complement of pie spice (cinnamon and nutmeg jump out) with nearly no bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good version of a pumpkin pie ale.
Monday at 12:34 AM
Rated: 4.47 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Sunday at 12:44 AM
Rated: 3.92 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Sep 26, 2022
Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
Reviewed by SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fresh pumpkin. At first threw me a bit. Intial hit is pumpkin. Balance is maybe a hair off. Leans sweet but still good. Starts to finish dry. Surprised on the finish. Unique brew. CHEERS!
Sep 26, 2022
Photo of CruzinCooler
Rated by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Too much after taste
Sep 22, 2022
Photo of beerbuddy11735
Rated by beerbuddy11735 from New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Best pumpkin ale ever tried.
Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Sep 11, 2022
Photo of LSchleicher12
Rated by LSchleicher12

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Hands down the best pumpkin beer.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Jnash22

Aug 29, 2022
Photo of Kiiz
Reviewed by Kiiz

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Stemless wine glass after a few hours in the fridge

L: dark amber orange, off white head.

S: smells like someone mixed pumpkin purée with applesauce. I actually like it a lot.

T: follows the nose. Rich cinnamon, pumpkin purée, a hint of apple. Simple but very well executed.

F: medium body, a little thick like apple cider, mild carbonation.

O: no gimmicks, just super rewarding to drink. Ranks among the best pumpkin ales out there imo, will definitely be a staple fall rotational beer from now on.
Aug 13, 2022
Photo of KT3418
Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very very cinnamon heavy so I'm sure some dont like that but I enjoyed the pumpkin flavors being more in your grill this time as opposed to the other pumpkin beers I've had this year for the first time. I will have this again
Aug 04, 2022
Photo of keithmurray
Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - murky crimson body with tan head

Smell - cinnamon and nutmeg, clove

Taste - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin flesh

Mouthfeel - medium.bodied, lower level of carbonation, sweetness from the cinnamon upfront, somewhat spicy,

Overall - decent pumpkin ale here, cinnamon dominates the landscape, mouthfeel could use some "oomph" as it comes off as kind of flat but overall a good beer

Price point - $3.99/16 oz can
Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by MICAMD from Maryland

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Sep 24, 2021
Photo of chitoryu12
Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Look: Hazy light brown with an orange tinge. Two fingers of thick off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Strong, sweet, and spicy pumpkin pie.

Taste: Milder version of the scent. A little watery and thin.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with very mild carbonation.

Overall: It promises a lot, but crashes on the landing.
Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by jkane101 from New Jersey

Sep 09, 2021
Photo of maddogruss
Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: pours an amber body with small white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet, nutmeg notes
T: sweet, smooth nutmeg notes with hints of cinnamon and sweet pumpkin
M: medium bodied and smooth
O: nice feel and taste combo; good beer
Sep 05, 2021
Photo of NCSapiens
Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Pours a slightly cloudy brownish-orange color with no head. Doesn’t look especially appealing.
Smell: The pungent aroma of pumpkin spices delight the nose: clove, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice, just like a thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Taste: Taste has the same spices along with notes of yeast, malt, and a bit of candied yam sweetness.
Mouthfeel: My biggest nit pick is with the feel, which was evident in the appearance. It is too watery. And while there is the odd carbonation bubble floating to the surface, it tastes flat and something seems off; kind of reminds me of a day old Coke.
Overall: A solid fall pumpkin ale, really fun “liquified pumpkin pie” vibe, but a bit hollow.
Sep 05, 2021
Photo of md3kcn
Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Purchased as a six-pack from The Cellar (Troy) for $10.99. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Hazy orange with a foamy three-finger pale khaki head. Laces well. Head reduces quickly.
S - Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice hit you like a bus! Wheat, pumpkin, and clove slowly come into the mix. Bits of brown sugar here and there.
T - The aforementioned spice mix is definitely the star here. Notes of canned pumpkin, spiced yam, and caramel are present after the initial wave of spices. There's unfortunately a rather noticeable ethanol flavor throughout the glass, and it only gets more intense towards the bottom; it's a little distracting.
F - Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation. Warmth-inducing. Silky for sure.
O - A fantastic brew that gave me goosebumps upon it hitting my tongue for the first time. The embodiment of fall, and the ale that sets the bar for future pumpkin beers I'll be reviewing throughout the season. Would be a perfect accompaniment to a crackling campfire, or a freshly roasted hog. A must-try for sure! Will purchase again.
Sep 02, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by lsudduth from Ohio

Sep 02, 2021
Photo of Nass
Rated by Nass from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
The pour is yam colored. The taste is fall spices with pumpkin puree, reminds me of pumpkin pie in a glass. Cheers! A-
Aug 31, 2021
Photo of deleted_user_995920
Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a semi translucent ruddy,orange color with an off white fast dissipating head.Looks as still as a glass of red wine,(no bubbles,no head or lacing) Smell is primarily pumpkin, and the spices that would be used in the winter, cinnamon, nutmeg,allspice etc.. Taste is solid pumpkin with an array of pie spice. Feel is contrary to the look. It tastes almost adequately carbonated. Overall this is a solid Pumpkin beer.If you really like pumpkin beer as I do. this is a must try-
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by Kevin72 from Kentucky

Aug 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by buking21 from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2021
Photo of SmoothOverEverything
Rated by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Immediate delicious nutmeg spice taste, with a bit of a sour and short finish.
Apr 16, 2021
Photo of beerthulhu
Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Rated: 4.1 by Sellen from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2020
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Dec 02, 2020
Photo of Tony210
Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Photo of philbe311
Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Photo of PSYCLST
Rated by PSYCLST from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Excellent smell and taste, the most pumpkin I have detected in my trials. Not washed out by excess hops or alcohol.
Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2020
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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
Pumpkin Ale from Whole Hog Beer
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 777 ratings