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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Pumpkin AleWhole Hog Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beerwolf77 on 09-01-2009

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a four pack of this beer last month at a local grocery store and I thought this would be a good time of year to finish it off. This is the first of the Point Brewery's Whole Hog series I have tried.

Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale pours a dark amber hue with a nice thick head but there is very little lacing left after a few minutes.

The aroma is really solid. It is sweet and spicy with hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. It smells just like a pumpkin pie.

The flavor is strong and spicy. All of the above mentioned spices are present however there is a stronger bitterness in the finish than I was expecting. Despite this the flavor overall is pleasant though.

This is a really good pumpkin beer from the Point Brewery. However it does not top Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale as the best pumpkin beer I have had so far.

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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

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin ale pours a dark copper color, with a small long last head. Smells just like fresh pumpkin pie. Flavor is also exactly like pumpkin pie, lots of pumpkin, cinnamon, cream, allspice and cloves. Great creamy feel. Overall a top notch pumpkin pie beer.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of cejaev
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, 7.5% ABV, 10 IBU. Pours brown with a slight white head. Nose is pumpkin and spice, taste follows with slight sweetness and very little bitterness. A bit dry, but decent mouthfeel. Overall excellent, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at D's Six Packs and Dogz in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a nice reddish brown, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, and brown bread.

This has a surprising but great creamy vanilla flavor, with the usual warming pumpkin pie spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, with only the slightest hint of actual pumpkin. The base beer itself is very good, beefy, with some caramel and toffee- this is not the spiced nightmare the style can sometime become.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

This deserve it's reputation as one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of Tokyob
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigRed10
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JRed
2.79/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep red in body that's rather flat. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice juice, gingerbread. Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice overload, pie crust, pumpkin, gingerbread, some booze, medicinal flavors. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Missing some of my favorite pumpkin ales this year, but this seems to be a promising one.

Pours a deep reddish orange with a fizzy head.

The aroma is like very strong, spicy herbal tea, believe it or not. Somewhat like apples too. Very autumnal.

The way this tastes throws me for the usual loop. It doesn't taste like pumpkin really. It tastes like birch and vanilla, cinnamon and cloves,typical seasonal spices. It's not bad actually but again, another pumpkin beer wherein pumpkin is hardly existent.

The mouthfeel is also a little weak, which is to my dismay. It's good and conveys the flavor in a general sense of spicy character, but it's not full bodied either.

Pumpkin beers feel like something everyone makes and they're always different despite trying to do the same thing. This one packs a little more fall flavor than most and it's good, but the pumpkin character should actually be there, right?! Oh well, still not too bad.

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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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