Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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91
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662 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
662
Reviews:
136
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
12.68%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 2015 vintage. 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded twist-off crown cap.

7.50% ABV. "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices."

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

HEAD: Pale khaki colour. Fizzy. Not too frothy or creamy, but it's robust enough. Retention is average - ~2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant auburn. Translucent and semitransparent. Ample yeast particulate is plainly visible floating within, giving it a lively appearance.

Appears well-carbonated.

It's a nice look for a pumpkin ale, but lacks any unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Autumnal spice marries well to the pumpkin notes. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, cassia.

The cinnamon/cassia amplifies the perceived sweetness of the brew. Malt backbone is lovely, with rich caramel malts and clean Munich malts letting the spices and pumpkin shine. Apparently this was also brewed with roasted malt, but none is overt. A hint of faint floral hop character rounds out this seemingly impeccably balanced ale.

Evokes pumpkin expressively and authentically, with a spice profile that doesn't eclipse it. So many pumpkin ales fail to deliver basic pumpkin, drowning the drinker in spices, but this seems even-keeled and well-executed. I hope the taste measures up to the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The levity of the Munich malts is countered nicely by the richer more bready caramel malts, which are the perfect foundation for a pumpkin ale, bending a bit sweeter than the amber malt based pumpkin ales out there to good effect. All the spices you'd expect are in play, from the rich cinnamon/cassia to nutmeg and clove. I perceive brown sugar, but that's probably just the perceived sweetness engendered by the cinnamon. Pumpkin is present throughout, tasting authentic unlike the pumpkin puree ales out there.

There's not a lot happening hopwise or yeastwise, nor should there be in a pumpkin ale.

I remembered this more balanced than it is structurally speaking; it's a bit weak and thin right on the open, with most of its flavour emerging in the late first act and lingering through the finish. But in terms of flavour, it's certainly well balanced, marrying its one-two punch of pumpkin and spice well. Still, I think the (unintentional) ~1-2 years of age I've given it hasn't done it any favours.

Mouthfeel is smooth and wet, but there is a tingling subtle coarseness that coaxes out a bit more depth of flavour; I blame the cinnamon/cassia bark, which has a tendency to give beers more dryness and roughness. Medium-bodied and not unrefreshing, with near ideal carbonation. Mouthfeel complements the taste well, but no specific flavours are accentuated thereby.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable for its well disguised ABV. This brings everything to the table one would want in a pumpkin ale, but there's room for improvement in terms of depth of flavour and nuance; I'd like a bit more roasted barley presence (if you're going to use it, commit to it) and still more autumnal spice and pumpkin couldn't hurt. I think this is worse for having been aged and I remembered it better; I'm happy to have an excuse to revisit it fresh in future. Definitely a pumpkin ale I'd recommend to friends, and highly preferable to the artificially flavoured zero pumpkin pumpkin ales being put out by brewers who don't want to deal with the production demands of this troublesome style, but not world class work.

B- (3.38) / WORTHY

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out with a clear pumpkin color; a massive head dominates the pint glass and leaves strips of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel and pumpkin aromas balance out the base, with soft spicing wafts of cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Caramel and pumpkin flavors set the tone, with the spicing building on top through the middle; the balance between the malt and the spices works very well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some tingling on the tongue from the spices

Overall: I have been waiting for several years to try this beer and am delighted to finally have tasted this; the Munich and caramel malts really make a difference here as does the delicate spicing

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours clear, deep red-copper with a modest tan head. A small amopunt of sediment lurking at the bottom of the bottle was added to the pour.

Despite plenty of pie spices, the pumpkin shines thru as well. More spicy in the flavor and feel than in the nose, particular the cinnamon component. Perhaps due to a richer malt base, even with rather bold spicing this pumpkin is not over-spiced. Those not liking cinnamon probably will disagree; this has enough cinnamon to, I think, add a slight burn to the feel. Still, very nice mix of flavors.

O: tasty!

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt orange with bright pumpkin highlights when backlit with sunshine. Almost two fingers of toasted marshmallow colored foam was created on the pour. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the world's greatest texture and isn't exactly slathering the glass with lace.

The aroma has the 'spiced pumpkin ale' thing down pat. Cinnamon and ginger are both appreciated (especially the former) and there's no hint of alcohol, despite the beer's quasi-Imperial status. This could be pretty good stuff.

Stevens Point took a slightly different approach by using roasted malt, along with caramel and Munich. The result is a beer that is different enough to be interesting, while still tasting like the prototypical pumpkin ale.

Extremely subtle chocolate notes add another facet to a style that is sometimes lacking in facets. As in the nose, the spices are very well done. For whatever reason, warming is doing the beer no favors. It's still good, it just isn't bold enough or deep enough to deserve the next highest taste score.

The mouthfeel is a trifle thin for the ABV. Come to think of it, more malt would have helped this seasonal in any number of ways. Carbonation is fine the way it is.

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale would have been better beer if Stevens Point had gone whole hog. The spice used, the spice load and the ABV are perfectly fine. More malt, though, would have bulked this little piggy up and might have turned him into a blue ribbon hog that could have shared the stage with some of the style's best.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am getting a little tired of pumpkin beers, especially ales, at this point, but I wanted to make this the year to review as many as possible while they were available.

From the bottle: "Hand-crafted using real pumpkin and savory pumpkin pie spices with hints of all natural cinnamon and nutmeg. Perle hops perfectly balance with Munich, roasted, and caramel malts."

This is one orange beer! The fizzy, foamy finger of head had a definite light-orange cast while it lasted. Color was an orangish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity and pumpkin highlights. Nose was more sweet than spicy and I was put in mind of cinnamon toast. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very pleasant with the cinnamon and the malt, especially the caramel malt, interacting beautifully. I really felt like it was liquid cinnamon toast! Finish was semi-dry with the spices being balanced out nicely. I feel renewed in my attempt to review such beers. YMMV.

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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