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 | website

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:
130
Ratings:
640
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
28.36%
 
 
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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 Chris_Huston
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As many have noted, super mega pumpkin pie. Initial whiff of cinnamon is soon overtaken by that creamy sweet pumpkin pie and crust smell.

If sweet isn't your thing, then this is one to avoid. A paltry 10 IBUs, this brew is all candy. Very similar to Southern Tier's Pumking, but with more pie than spices. If you're looking for a sweet-spiced pumpkin beer, this one can hold its own with the best of them.

The only thing that was a bit un-beer-like was the head. It foamed up and fell a lot more like a soda than a beer. But color, smell, taste, and feel are all exquisite for this style.

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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 KnappStout
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Almost too much pumpkin taste. It literally is like drinking a pumpkin pie. I can handle some amount of pumpkin, but this was borderline ridiculous. Just too overpowering.

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Photo of TooGood
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bets pumpkin beer I've ever had the privilege of drinking. It's liquid pumpkin pie, whereby the main taste is pumpkin, with the spices as a side note. Typically the spice dominates the beer and ruins it, this one is spot on!

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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 Wyurm
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was awesome!!! It tastes just like pumpkin pie in a bottle. I definitely recommend it but it does have that pumpkin pie taste so you probably won't be drinking more than one or two.

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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 mjpolzin
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Better than I thought it would be. I think the Whole Hog Series is starting to improve. My criticism of this beer would be that it didn't have much of a mouthfeel.

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Photo of Drogon
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is basically pumpkin pie in a bottle. But the recipe is high on nutmeg and cinnamon. A wee bit strong not in alcohol but pumpkin spices for me. I love pumpkin pie but if it was more creamy smooth pie it would be better. I will be trying some others to compare but I thought the Dogfish head pumpkin was much more drinkable and not so overpowering.

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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 jdwilliamson79
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic pumpkin beer. Thick on the mouth feel, incredible smell, full bodied and deep pumpkin flavor. Best pumpkin beer I've had, tops PumKing for me.

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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 wattoclone
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber-orange with medium head that slowly dissipates
into a thin lacing. Aroma of baked pumpkin pie. As already noted by numerous reviewers this beer is as close to pumpkin pie in a bottle as any brewery has achieved so far. The finish is superb, possibly the best part of the experience. Pumpkin pie spices and caramelized pumpkin including the baked crust linger on the palate demanding another sip. Amazing how far this style has been developed over the years. I still wish there was a bit less ABV, but that may be impossible to achieve at this level of flavor richness.

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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 Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, with a large, dense, fine-beaded off-white head. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet. Sparse streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Massive pumpkin pie spice aroma, gloriously over-the-top. The pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger are spot on. The malt contributes a remarkable note of pie crust. Were I blindfolded, by the aroma, I would think this was a pumpkin pie from the refrigerator.

Taste: The taste begins with caramel, roasted pumpkin, and a surge of pumpkin pie spices,. A wave of sweet and spicy alcohol soon follows, offering a distinct warming quality. These flavors compliment each other throughout the lingering taste, with pie crust, somewhat like graham cracker, bringing the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, exceptionally soft, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, like drinking pumpkin pie. This would be an elegant compliment to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled yesterday on 3/8/15. Been almost 3 years since I had one of these. My friend bought a case (4-4packs) last September and gave me 3 bottles last Thursday. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and pouted in to a handled-glass stein.

This seasonal 'Pumpkin Ale' pours a hazy mahogany in color with about a half-finger off-white foamy head. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip, close to ring-like even. Sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. The aroma is like a fresh pumpkin pie. Fantastic! Even more going on with the taste as their are the perfect amount of spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and even a hint of clove in the mix. Really smooth and goes down so easy. One of the BEST pumpkin ales on the market. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Love this one but I do remember how good it was from back in 2012. This is as good as it gets!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pie crust, spices/cinnamon, slight mustiness and a hint of pumpkin. The flavor is spices/cinnamon, bread/pie crust, a hint of fruit and a tart finish.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A - Pours amber brown with a head that dies down pretty quickly.
S - Pumpkin and spices fill your nose. You can smell the pumpkin as you are pouring the beer into the glass.
T - A mouthful of pumpkin. You get a great balance of sweet/sour/spice in this pumpkin ale.
M - Medium to thin mouth feel, but the flavor does hang around for awhile.
O - This is really a model pumpkin beer that others should aspire to. Full, rich pumpkin flavor but balanced and very drinkable. Top 5 Pumpkin of 2014 for me.

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Photo of Redrover
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz longneck poured into a pint glass, the beer is orange with amber highlights. There is a sticky beige head.

Great aroma of pumpkin pie spices, toffee and caramel malts.

This is by far one of the best tasting pumpkin beers. Point has managed to balance the spices & pumpkin flavors over a great base beer. It is not overly cloying or sweet but instead has remarkable balance.

The mouth is thickish and coating. Midlevel carbonation seems well calibrated to the beer.

I wish I had bought more than one four pack, a mistake I won't make next year. Well Done!

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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 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 ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really impressive pumpkin ale. I like the way the pumpkin/gourd flavor combines with the spicing. This is not a spice bomb but it add a nice touch with cinnamon and nutmeg most prevalent. Really like the aroma and flavor. Only slight knock would be it could use a bit fuller body for 7.5%. Finishes a little thin rather than rounded but I am splitting hairs....one of the better pumpkin ales out there..

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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 rob111270
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OUTSTANDING BREW!!!!! Tough to find in my neck of the woods, but I was able to find a few 4 packs so that I could give this one a try...boy did it NOT disappoint!!! So far, this one has been my favorite pumpkin ale that I have had so far this year...just a tad better than the Dog Fish Head Punkin...great flavor, spices are perfectly blended and it is one smooth brew!!! I highly recommend you gove this one a try...it is pure bliss...pumpkin pie in a bottle!!!

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.
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