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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
645
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
28.36%
 
 
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Photo of freakspank
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

I would have rated this higher but I'm not a super fan of the high fruity issued beers. This is defiantly a pumpkin beer as you can taste the pumpkin and spices right away. It even has a "crust" bread type after taste that makes this much like drinking a pumpkin pie. If you like the full all out taste of pumpkin pie this is the beer for you.

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Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Nothing but spices. Drink this alongside any quality pumpkin ale and you'll immediately notice the utter lack of any pumpkin in this beer. I bought an entire case based on the high rating (highest of the 20-30 pumpkins my distributor had). I feel duped and have a very rare buyers remorse of a beer purchase. So I have plenty to trade if anyone has interest in doing so?

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whole Hog Limited Edition Pumpkin Ale, Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI. 7.5% alc./vol.

Hazy, dark amber, going towards bronze, under a tan head that disappears quickly.

Aroma: sweet pumpkin notes hit first, then swallowed up by cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etcetera. Beautiful.

Taste: In the mouth, this one is not shy with the spices at all. Full-flavored, with a warming heat, and a solid, malt body below. In between blasts of spice, some hops are present on the palate. Classic caramel malt body. Easy drinker, despite the high-ish a.b.v. Tasty stuff, and highly likable.

Much thanks to Dave for providing the bottle. He wanted to share a pumpkin ale he thought I would like, after I wrote that perhaps I didn't like them anymore. I like them, when they're as good as this, but can't see having more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear burnt orange color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The flavors in this brew as just like I smell in the aroma, but the taste isn't quite as strong as I thought it would be (but it's still good). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Not a bad overall pumpkin ale, I'd buy this again in the future. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared glass mug.

I'll say it again: I'm getting increasingly proud of my brother's beer selections. This one pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, French vanilla, brown sugar, and graham crackers. The taste runs very similarly, with that pumpkin pie kinda flavor, but the sweetness of it all is dulled slightly by a splash of pumpkin seeds and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a tasty gem of a pumpkin beer, something you don't find too many of these days.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is able to pour a large, creamy head with fine bubbles into a glass. Pale, off-white in color, like a couple of whipped egg whites. Fall to a thin foam on the surface within a few minutes. Beer itself is a strong orange-brown color that is quite transparent. Carbonation is readily visible, fine sheets of small bubbles rising up in aves. Leaves clusters of bubbles as lacing after each sip.

First scent I get is cinnamon and allspice (though they say they brew with nutmeg). Next up is the pumpkin, which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Malts dance around the pumpkin aspect, though I find them to be somewhat cloudy as to type.

Cinnamon and nutmeg/allspice open up the palate, the malt sugar producing a candy-like flavor. Pumpkin arrives, somewhat lacking in presence. Pumpkin pie spices drown out some possible subtleties, like hops, and become a bit cloying with their dominance. Despite the mention of using roasted malts, I don't pick up much in the way of caramelized sugars. Alcohol is more prominent towards the latter end of tasting, perhaps could be hidden a bit better.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with a medium-heavy body that suits the moderate carbonation well. Finish is relatively dry, probably via undetected hops and alcohol.

This is generally a quality pumpkin beer, though the alcohol level is perhaps a bit too high and unmasked. Spices are a bit overpronounced. None of these qualities ruin the beer. I would like to see a bit more malt character to smooth things out; perhaps a decrease in alcohol levels would facilitate the same thing.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Hazy red, burnt orange nice medium off-white head

S- Nice spices that and pumpkin with a malty sweetness. Not to much and not to little which is the thing with pumpkin beers

T- Similar to aroma, medium cinnamon and nutmeg, mellow pumpkin, faint sourness.

M- Nice viscosity, creamy, yet not too much that makes it a chore to drink

O- Balance it the key with pumpkin beers and this one has it. Not too much alcohol, nice spice level that keeps the pumpkin noticeable and a clean aftertaste.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/burgundy color with a small, off-white, bubbly head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty standard for the style but pretty good.

T - This has a good pumpkin flavor. You can tell they use real pumpkins. The spices were just right. Nice nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. I found it much better than the Whole Hog IPA.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a clear deep orange amber with an off-white head which dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, with some brown sugar.

Tastes of brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg. More spiced than sweet.

Medium body with soft carbonation over the roof of the mouth.

A pretty decent and enjoyable pumpkin ale. Good flavor, would have this again. There are other pumpkin ales that I'd rather have, but not a lot.

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Photo of generallee
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label info includes a nice description and its ABV which is 7.5%. No freshness date is noticeable.

Appearance: From the aggressive pour I got a two finger tall soapy head which is light tan in color. It quickly fades leaving just a thin film covering with slightly thicker ring at the edge. Under this is a deep amber body with good clarity and nice visible carbonation.

Smell: There is pie spice and sweet malt in the nose here with just a hint of herbal hops coming through as well.

Taste/Palate: As the aroma foreshadows there is a sweet bready and almost pie crust like maltiness with a heavy hit of pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the standouts. The pumpkin/squashy character is light but noticeable. The finish has plenty of lingering pie spice and a little herbal flavor with mild hop bitterness. I also notice a little of the 7.5% ABV here too.

Notes: Overall I liked it and think it is a solid all-around Pumpkin Ale. With its ABV and heavy spicing you may not want too many in a row however.

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Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, amber hue with a nice glow around the edges. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple (apple pie), and some pumpkin. Tasted the pumpkin, definitely not a spicy mess... very delicate cinnamon and spice. Could use a bit more hop bitterness in my opinion for balance, but very good. Smooth, medium body and mouthfeel with very little aftertaste. Overall this was outstanding, I can see why it won a blind pumpkin tasting in my bottleshop 2 years running.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Nice autumn evening.

A: This looks like apple cider with a small head and good lacing.

S: Like a pureed pumpkin. Some spice

T: Pumpkin. They nailed it on the pumpkin. Great for one glass but don't want another. Some spiciness and nutmeg in the background.

M: Nearly perfect. Thick and creamy this is one full-bodied beer.

O: Liked it a lot, just like the balance of some others I've tried.

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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured an orangey amber color with some haziness to it. Had an aroma of spices, vanilla, caramel...pumpkin pie-esque. Taste was similar to the aroma but a little bit buttery...tasted pretty much like pumpkin pie. Very, very light hop taste...but still present. Complex and well-balanced!

Light to medium bodied, good carbonation and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy brown color with a small head which dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of ginger and pumpkin. Also smells of sweet biscuits, and nuts.

Taste is fairly conventional, yet tolerable, if not outright delightful.Bitterness is kept at minimum, and sweetness is perfectly nuanced. Mouthfeel is light, as is carbonation.

I am admittedly not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, yet this is pretty much the best pumkin ale I've had. Rock-solid!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Brown like a brown ale. Little head with a nice lace that stayed

S: Pumpkin Pie, as advertised. If I had whipped cream.. Not quite as sweet smelling. Weak alcohol smell at the back as well.

M: Creamy finish that left little taste. Hole in the middle.

T:Another beer I had high hopes of tasting like a slice of pumpkin pie and well, it does, on steroids. Strong alcohol takes control and punches in the palette. Prune and raisin with just a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin off to the sides with the linger of pumpkin finish and molasses.

O: One man's pumpkin ale is not another mans pumpkin ale. This is a great beverage, just a bit stronger than my holy grail of pumpkin pie in a glass with whipped cream.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells like pumpkin pie; light pumpkin aroma with cinnamon and other spices more prevalent.
flavor is caramel, light pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar
very sticky and slightly dry
pretty good pumpkin beer, better than most. night owl still reigns supreme in my mind though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a burnt amber color with a slight chill haze, and a small bubbly cap of whitish head. Nice aroma of pumpkin pie and ginger snaps. The taste was a bit more subtle, but still adequately pronounced: right up front, caramel, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, a touch of cinnamon; entering mid-palate is a bit more bitterness from the pumpkin pulp, and just a tiny hint of leafy hoppiness. Light-medium body, crisp, and drinkable.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Another surprisingly good pumpkin beer -- Dogfish Head Pumpkin ale being the first good pumpkin beer I've tried in a long line of disappointments.

This actually doesn't taste much like beer. It's a pumpkin soda that cloaks its 7.5% abv completely. It's much sweeter than the Dogfish Head, which isn't a good thing. Wish there were more malt flavor (the "pie crust" flavor found in the Dogfish Head) and bigger body.

But it's definitely better than ten pumpkin beers I've tried in the past month.

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, sweet malt, slight pumpkin, hint of all spice, and a hint of cream. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of all spice, hint of hops, slight licorice, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raul got this as an extra, and it is pretty much makes him wanna scream, "read all about it!"

Now, Pumpkin Ales are a delicate thing: love em or hate em. And Raul, well, he borders more on love. And what we have here... woo! Like they way your county pumpkin patch should taste like. Looks all pumpkin-ish...yah yah yah. But the aroma. The aroma! Like Ariana Grande baking a grande pumpkin pie. My oh my are these aromas delicate, yet robust and ready to rumble. Taste is ok, a bit lighter than the smell, while the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A good pumpkin, a good gimmick beer. Nothing to take seriously here, my peeps.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Amber with orange hues. One finger head which fades fast to a ring around the glass.

S- Pumpkin pie! Nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling.

T- Fantastic pumpkin flavors. Featuring caramelized sweetness, nutmeg and spice. Ends with a bit of a heat which helps exemplify the spicy notes.

M- Smooth medium bodied brew complemented with a spicy bite and heat.

O- Hands down, the best pumpkin ale I have had. This one ACTUALLY tastes like pumpkin. I will definitely be having this beer with my thanksgiving meal this season. For those you who are down on pumpkin ales, give this take a try and it might change your opinion.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look = 3.75 Pours a cloudy, murky brown with red highlights and 1 finger of light brown head that fades away quickly, light lace. Clumpy sediment is obvious, either yeast or maybe pumpkin? Nice color, but the rest of the look isn’t great.
Aroma = 4.5 Great strong aroma on this one; distinct pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg dominate the aroma on top of a sweet caramel backbone.
Taste = 3.75 Some mild pumpkin flavors upfront and good spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg on the backend that lingers into the aftertaste. Doesn’t live up to the aroma though.
Feel = 3.75 Light bodied with high carbonation; thin and fizzy.
Drinkability = 3.75 Flavors and feel don’t lend itself to great drinkability.
Overall = 3.9375 Great aroma is not backed up in the other categories; still, a pretty solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish orange in color and not much light will seep through this brew. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering about half of the top. That aroma is very dialed in with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. I taste a heavy, yet somehow balanced mélange of spices. Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg are the dominant players. The body is moderately carbonated and lightly sticky.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Deep and inviting brownish amber. Creamy spicy aroma of fall pies, yeah ... it smells like pumpkin pie. Smooth and bity mouthfeel. The body, the maltiness and the spicing are all amazing with this thickness that slowly rolls across the palate and down the throat. Packs a small kick at 7.5-percent ABV, so this would be considered an Imperial Pumpkin. Some esters show off a ripe fruit flavor middle to end. Caramelized sugars from the malt bounce off the pie spice. With 10 IBUs, the hops are pretty much nonexistent, which is fine as it lets the pie spice do all of the work. Spicing is most definitely here, but does not become tiresome. Yes! We can taste a smidgen of pumpkin, which makes all of the difference.

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale has some meat. The complexities make you think about the style all over again, while it begs to be paired with your typical turkey dinner.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -2.2%

The color is almost bronzed, a pretty dark brown color with some amber hue in the depths. The tan head doesn't make much of a show, falling off quickly and barely leaving spotting.
The aroma is outstanding, and it's all about the integration of the pumpkin spices and making it all work together. They're strong and, while the main aspect, allow for the notice of the underlying malts, brown sugar and caramel sweetness, and the pumpkin. The spicing is both sweet and savory, and the show made by the nutmeg and cinnamon is very strong.
The flavor is much the same, spicing foremost but very well integrated. There's even a hint of pie crust, and the pumpkin meat is evident without being vegetal or overbearing.
The feel is brisk, a biting crispness and a bit of zing in its medium body. As such, it's not entirely smooth, but it's pretty clean and great for a cool Autumn day.

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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