Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Pumpkin AleWhole Hog Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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131
Ratings:
644
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
28.36%
 
 
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Photo of TTAmod
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Doesn't look too bad. Hazy dark orange liquid with a one finger white head that fades quickly. Halfway through the drink, there is no head.

S: Smells heavily of pumpkin pie. Sweet malt, pumpkin, and subtle spices.

T: Yum, yum, yum, yum. This has one of the best, most flavorful pumpkin profiles I've ever had. The sweet pumpkin is there, but it's supported by your usual dose of pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. However, the spices don't overpower the pumpkin.

M: It's a bit thin and bubbly. It's not too distracting, but it could weaken the flavor. The 7.5% is no where to be seen. Very drinkable.

O: Pumpkin ales are extremely hit or miss. This one is very, very good. Typically, the brewers overload the beer with spices that one would associate with pumpkin pie, but not add real pumpkin (or just add some type of artificial pumpkin flavor.)

With this one, you get a lot of actual pumpkin taste with the spices supporting it instead of overpowering it.

Aside from the appearance and mouthfeel, this is the perfect pumpkin ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, murky caramel color with a minimal khaki head that soon dissipates. The aroma smells EXACTLY of pumpkin pie, and not in the contrived, artificial way that is so often the case. Probably the most authentic smelling pumpkin ale I've tried. Traces of raisin and alcohol manifest as well as the beer warms.

Flavors are subtle and complex, slowly progressing from start to finish. Pumpkin, hops, gingerbread, and some caramel malt present up front. This is followed by a dose of pumpkin spices that tickle the back of the tongue, awash in pumpkin and mild hop bitterness. Alcohol hits at the finish in a way that is slightly more caustic than I would prefer, and the hops overstay their welcome a shade as well, but these are fairly minor grievances. Maybe it's my imagination, but there appear to be traces of golden delicious apple lurking near the finish as well. This is a complex brew indeed.

The mouthfeel is pretty robust for a pumpkin ale and complements the flavor profile nicely. The overall experience only enhances as the beer warms, lending even more vitality and depth of flavor. I think it would be fair to say that Whole Hog is the closest I've come to finding a pumpkin ale that embodies what I've always imagined a pumpkin ale should be: a smooth, rich, flavorful beer infused with the essence of authentic pumpkin pie. A real winner.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Cloudy dark amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and heavy carbonation.

Nose
Pie crust, pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Nailed it!

Taste
Toasted pie crust and pumpkin meat. A balanced bouquet of traditional pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Caramel malts with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Touches of pumpkin rind and stem linger.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus bodied, crisp and slightly drying.

Overall
A really refreshing and solid Pumpkin Ale. This is up there with the best of them.

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Photo of Lucular
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes like pumpkin pie more so than any other pumpkin beer I've tasted to date, including some pumpkin beers I also love (Selin's Grove, Pumking).

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Photo of 57md
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%

Cloudy brownish copper. The nose has notes of both pumpkin and cinnamon. There is a potent taste of fresh pumpkin with a blend of spices that are pleasantly present but do not overwhelm the taste of the gourd. There is no sweetness here. This is NOT a dessert beer, this is meant for the main course. Highly recommended to those who do not like sweet over-the-top pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Morey
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful reddish brown with nice clarity. Cream colored head was two fingers following my semi-aggressive pour, but has now settled to a thin layer with decent retention.

Pumpkin spices, brown sugar, and caramel bready malts.

A little bit of hop-bite towards the front, but then it quickly fades allowing for the spices and smooth pumpkin flavor to come through. A little heat from the alcohol, and a nice malt backbone to round things out.


Morey's Bottom Line: A very good example of the style. Reminds me a bit of Schlafly Pumpkin Ale which is a huge compliment!

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell is pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla. Nutmeg stands out. The taste is all of the same and perfectly balanced with just the right level of sweetness. The best pumpkin beer by far. yb

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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 farrago
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Close to a finger of deep tan, not dense nor airy, just a scattershot of larger bubbles, boils down to the surface at a steady clip, the lacing is not that sticky but certainly better than most in the category. Not cloudy but darn close to opaque liquid, sunset red up close, more a mix of browns and oranges further away, few bubbles visible. The nose is clean and direct, cinnamon to clove spice, orange peel, the pumpkin is ripe but not sweet, light breadiness without it being pie-like, touch of cocoa powder too, nothing here overdone or unnecessarily flamboyant. Medium-bodied, has enough prickle from the carbonation to keep the sweetness in check, even has a sort of tart, metallic edge at times. Otherwise, straight up fresh pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg spice, chocolate and vanilla accents. Less citrus here, mostly orange, some lemon. Stays balanced and the flavors cruise at a steady altitude, you don’t get worn out by it. Finishes cleanly yet with bite. Easy to like and, again, doesn’t try too hard, always a plus in my book.

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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 Chaney
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending me this brew here recently.

Presently #8 in the pumpkin ale category here on BA.

A: Poured a very murky, pumpkin color, with a small, whisky head that still had staying power. RESILIENCE!!

S: My wife got mint on the nose. I got fresh, clean linen with cinnamon and nutmeg. Also, it had sort of a marshmallowy center that broke up what could have been a true spice bomb.

T: This had a really nice brown ale quality about it, yet still it retained its pumpkin ale roots. I'll change my assessment of "marshmallow" to "Mallow Creme."

M: Really nice on the palate: Low carbonation, not overly sweet, and certainly drinkable. A bit of a booze burn, but it was of the candy-coated variety.

O: Thanks for the honor, Andy! Definitely a keeper!

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Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a caramel brown with a thin tan head. Imagine a pumpkin pie baking in the oven for the aroma along with some hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. Sensational! Flavor is a delicious sweet pumpkin pie with a side of cinnamon rolled vanilla ice cream. Thinner feel, which seems to be normal for this style and a spicy sweet finish. Very tasty and priced well.

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Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thin head that quickly fades into a ring around the edge of the glass. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma is one of the best I've experienced in a pumpkin beer. Spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are there but there is an added sweetness. Almost like whipped cream.

The taste carries the same characteristics as the aroma and again that whipped cream touch the makes it perfect. There is also a little bit of caramel and never does the beer become too sweet and cloying. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and finishes pretty clean.

Overall, a really amazing pumpkin beer that more people need to try. I wish more could be made like this.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Brown w/ reddish hues, opaque
Smell - pumpkin, cinnamon, malt sweetness, clove, candy, yams. Makes your mouth water
Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, hints of vanilla type sweetness, roasty

Overall - One of the better pumpkins I've had this year. Gives Schlaflys a run or it's money but doesn't quite surpass it.

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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 Bone53
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright pale red color when put up to the light and a one and a half finger off white head

Smell: Fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice notes

Taste: Same as smell; pumpkin pie all in harmony, but less in your face than the aromas

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Goes down very smooth with very little bitterness

Overall: im not the one to rave about pumpkin beers, in fact im typically not a fan at all, but this one is as advertised. I much prefer it to Pumking. Its less spicy and more balanced between natural pumpkin and pumpkin spice notes. It's a winner folks! Try it for yourself

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of pumpkin pie are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bright flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie, but there's no associated sweetness. There are flavors of nutmeg and other spices, but these aren't too strong.
M:It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this beer because it had lots of pumpkins and pumpkin pie spices, but it wasn't really sweet or spicy. It has excellent drinkability.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A cloudy dark-brown beer. I gave it a vigorous pour but only got a very slight head out of it, though it seems persistent.
S: Lots of cinnamon, and more nutmeg than most breweries add to their PAs. Very nice to smell.
T: Loads of cinnamon upon first drink. Once it settles down, there's a good amount of sweet caramel malt, and, again, great nutmeg.
M: Creamy texture with a good body.

For those that like their PumpAles spicy, this is a good choice. It also has great malt interest.

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Photo of surfrogue1
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark. Cloudy. Almost a muddy, brown pour with an approximate 2-finger head. Definite smell of pumpkin pie spices. Tastes more like pumpkin than most, but the sweetness pushes too much towards caramel. Not overly viscous, so not too heavy...for a heavy (7.5% ABV). Unlike some, I think some additional hopping would have helped. Overall a very nice Pumpkin Brew. Ale. Beer. Whatever. Not what I'd call the best, but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a minimal head that leaves a little lacing.

Very fragrant nose of pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are pretty prevalent.

Much like the nose. Picking up the pumpkin for sure. Spices? Oh yeah. Lots of spices, maybe a bit too much. Spicy cinnamon, along with nutmeg and a sweet pie crust presence. The overall flavor is like a heavily spiced pumpkin pie.

About medium bodied. The feel is smooth, maybe even a bit slick.

One or two of these would be the most I would have. If the spices were a bit more subdued, this one would be even more drinkable. For the style, it fits in nicely. If you're a pumpkin pie fan, this one is a must try.

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Photo of Murphious
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like a brown ale. Decent head disappears quickly and no lacing. Probably flat/weak carbonation due to the twist off capping used, my pet-peeve. Why use twist offs on a quality craft product? Back to the drinking; aroma is perfect pumpkin pie like my mom makes. Could probably be improved with more or stronger malt flavor. Not really outstanding but if you want more spice in your pumpkin ale, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa hoping that a 4-pack like this would be worth the value. Sure enough, it was and for anyone who is a fan of this style, this dark and filling beer could easily hit the spot. While it wasn't as spicy as some of the others that I've had, there's enough here to enjoy, even if the alcohol is just a notch too high.

Nice, dark pour to this with lighter edges and a rich, tan head that held its own before quickly fading. As to be expected, this smelled like pumpkin pie and tasted like it too. A bit less on the spicy side - vanilla, cream, and some brown sugar could be found here and the mouthfeel was full and nicely balanced. This packed quite a taste and punch for a beer of this style and it was refreshing to have a Pumpkin Ale like this that begged for an Autumnal dessert to be paired with it.

To be fair, this was not a quick sipper like so many other beers that are out during this season. It added a bit of a warming effect as I finished this up but it didn't detract from the taste or mouthfeel. This would never dare be labelled as an Imperial Pumpkin Ale but this was right up there with the Southern Tier Pumpking on the must-haves for the season. I can't wait to finish the rest of the 4-pack!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark orange/light brown body with a one-finger head
S: Just like fresh from the oven pumpkin pie. Great blend of pumpkin and all of the pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
T: Ditto on the palate. A bit light but great balance again of the pumpkin and spices
M: Lighter than I expected but well balanced overall
O: One of the better pumpkin beers I've had just because of how darned authentic & balanced it is. They really took the essence of a pie and put it in a bottle of beer

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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 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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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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