Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

Whole Hog Pumpkin AleWhole Hog Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
87.8%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 670 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
Ranking:
#1,717
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
670
Liked:
588
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
12.56%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
151
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 670 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmoot
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Casey_L
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown iced tea color with a firm cap of 1 finger.

Aroma is heavenly. Brown sugar, maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, pumpkin, and clove. Slight malt aroma.

Even months later the spices hold up. Lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other spices. A slight bittering sour pumpkin flavor does poke through, but that's not a huge hindrance. Fresh, this beer is even better (as expected).

Feel is pretty starchy with some heavy handed carbonation lending to an easy drinking ale overall.

Overall, SP Pumpkin Ale is a very good choice for any fall drinker. It's practically world famous, and if you haven't tried it it's worth checking out.

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Photo of Mindsculptor
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin pie in a glass. Yum.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers and this past "pumpkin season" didn't purchase any at all. Today is January 12th, and I found a four pack of this ale on clearance for $3 so I had to get it. I know it's probably past its "best by" date but it is awesome! Very smooth, Smells wonderful. Not overbearing spiciness. Very clear. Good aftertaste. It may be more the fact that I only paid 75 cents a bottle, but I'm extremely pleased with this beer. As far as pumpkin beers go, Stevens Point beats out Ballast Point.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive. Not a pumpkin guy, but good enough for me to write a review. Great.

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Photo of DubiousGopher
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmeehan
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. The pumpkin flavor is at the forefront and it has such a nice sweetness to it. It almost tastes like it's a mix of pumpkin and maple syrup, and it's fantastic.

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Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of acp21178
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slack
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber in color and a bit cloudy. A ring of white head and a bit of a lacing on a sip.

Nose is cinnamon, sweet sugar, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

Taste is a mix of spice and sweetness - cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of clove, mild sugar, and pumpkin throughout.

Mouthful is medium and smooth but a bit syrupy and thin on the finish. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi sweet.

This is very good, one of the better/best non barrel aged pumpkin ales I've had. The nose is pumpkin pie, the taste is pumpkin pie, and it looks like pumpkin pie. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Minor drawback is the mouthful. Very desirable.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can really taste the pumpkin and spice in this one! Had one off of draft. Little to no head. Minor fizzy (I don't like too fizzy anyway). Orangish brown color. But the biggest thing I look for is the taste. This one has a lot of that!

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Spices were perfect with this pumpkin!

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 670 ratings
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