Pumpkin Ale | Whole Hog Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Whole Hog Beer
Wisconsin, United States
wholehogbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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#3,343
Reviews:
151
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706
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
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Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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 lrend13
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lastmango
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTHomer
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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 chiefz1
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 +11.8%
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.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ian_graf
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopsputin
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of Z-man
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too sweet.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +1.7%
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.

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Photo of robotic_being
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mik5
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Absolute Best

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Photo of Half-full
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(2018)

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 JerryHelper
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aleigator
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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 CaptainHate
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pumpkin Ale from Whole Hog Beer
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 706 ratings