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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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134 Reviews
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
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
656
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4.1
pDev:
12.68%
 
 
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Photo of TheSSG
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a loud, fizzy, off-white head that has surprising persistence. Aroma is absolutely pumpkin pie; pumpkin in front of a nice, soft, clovey-spiciness. Burnt sienna color. Starts off with a great biscuity/cookie sweetness and spiciness; reminiscent of good gingerbread. Clears a little for the malt to surface more, a touch of floral hoppiness, and then back down to spiciness. Finish is lingering pumpkin and spice; clove, nutmeg (?), allspice, cinnamon.

This is maybe the best pumpkin bier I've had yet. It's dead-on for Pumpkin pie, but it has a GREAT balance of pumpkin and spice. Every bottle I drink, I just think, "Jeez...I need to buy more of this." Absolute PERFECT start to Autumn!

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Photo of TooGood
4.51/5  rDev +10%
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 theamericanpsycho79
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fan of pumpkin ales, this one is probably my second favorite out of all the ones I have tried. Its smooth, its refreshing, it has all the right flavors. I say it is up there with Pumking, some may like it more, only I like Pumking for its sweet candy-ish characteristics, buttery pie crust flavors. This though is an absolutely outstanding pumpkin ale for all the right reasons.

L: poured into my Duvel goblet, its a beautiful cloudy copper color with a slight head which lingers for a bit.

S: delightful pumpkin scent and pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, sweet malty scents, its all in there.

T: perfection. This is what a pumpkin ale should taste like. You know you are drinking a beer as its not overly sweet but its not bitter either in any way. Its balanced, its smooth and refreshing with mild carbonation. The flavors of pumpkin blend together perfectly with the spices and smooth beer, non-hops flavor.

F: good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, creaminess which I found to be enjoyable.

O: Worth getting. Grab a case, enjoy. Serve it slightly above refrigerator temperature and really hold it in your mouth to enjoy all the great flavors which hit you one after another. Creamy, spicy, refreshing and very delicious.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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 kkleu357
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

From notes on 9/26/13

Pours a brownish orange with a creamy head. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is unbelievably pumpkin for a beer. Easily the best pumpkin beer I’ve tasted. I didn’t try this, but you could probably add whip cream or vanilla ice cream for a great beer float.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with orange highlights and a decent amount of white head that disappears quickly.

S: A gourd-like sweetness is the main character, with a hint of pumpkin pie following with an almost burnt sugar character.

T: The flavor is a sweet gourd character up front, followed by the same pumpkin pie spice and burnt sugar character on the finish. Very restrained, and refreshing.

M: Light, with moderate carbonation. The flavors are distinct, but work well together.

O: Overall, an excellent example of a pumpkin ale. You get the feeling that there is actually pumpkin used in this recipe from some of the residual flavors, and the spices aren't ridiculously in your face as they are in so many other examples of the style. Definitely a good example of the style.

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Photo of areich6
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful amber/dark orange color with a little bit of white head.

S: Extremely powerful hints of cinammon and pumpkin. Fantastic.

T: Strong pumpkin flavor, very good. I wish there was a little more cinammon quality to the taste, but overall very tasty. The 7.5% ABV is barely noticable.

M: A little light, but very creamy, with a very small amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

O: This is a fantastic pumpkin ale, would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a beer that fits the season.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If the point of a pumpkin beer is to evoke the smells and tastes of pumpkin pie, then this beer succeeds better than any I have tried to date. Better still, the flavor is exceedingly balanced to the last drop, never veering into overly-spiced or overly-sweet territory. This beer was completely off my radar, so it was a really great surprise. First rate.

All that said, I am going to ding this beer a little for seeping from the bottle in transit, something I blame entirely on the twist-top. The smell when I unwrapped it was nasty. Lose the twist-offs, guys.

Great thanks to st9647v3 for this autumn treat.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single 12oz bottle at The Andersons in Toledo.

Appearance- Clear, deep orange with burnt orange highlights. Very nice color. Quickly fading, loose, very light beige head.

Aroma- Bright fresh baked pumpkin/squash-like aroma with an interesting perfume like essence. Subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spice that is supportive, not overwhelming. Undertones of toasty malt and burnt sugar pull everything together nicely. Great aroma!

Flavor- Starts with a moderately sweet maltiness and a nice subtle blend of spices. Fresh pumpkin fills the mouth in the middle to mute the spices bring the flavors together and push into a nicely balanced, softly spiced slice o' pumpkin pie finish. Notes of herbal hop bitterness throughout. Well balanced spice, pumpkin, malt, and hops!

Mouthfeel- Slightly creamy feel that really helps make this quite drinkable. Medium bodied, moderate CO2, low-moderate residual sugars. Nice balance of all flavors. Slight warming sensation but its pretty subtle.

Overall- A new favorite pumpkin ale! Finally, a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie without being overly spiced! Excellent work balancing everything out without losing the spice, pumpkin, hop, and malt flavors. Great job on this beer, and a well hidden 7.4% to boot! Wish I would have grabbed a whole 4 pack!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Hazy brown with medium bubbles, oranges tinted white head coming off thin. Rises low to roughly 1/8", granted a gentle pour but looks really good.

Smell: Hits you like a truck, wow...strong nutmeg and pumpkin scent.

Taste: Complex, literally like liquid pumpkin pie. Lightly spicy nutmeg, sweet pumpkin, comes off creamy like it has a dose of half and half. Absolutely delish.

Mouth: Sticky and smooth

Overall: Absolutely a pleasure and delight. Already one of my top pumpkin beers ever had. Seriously. When you want dessert after dinner this is it. Salud.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a lightly hazed, deep amber body. On pour, a nice, white inch thick head is present but fades to a small ring pretty quick. Light carbonation, no lacing, and light legs.

Aroma:
In a word; Fantastic! This is pumpkin pie in a glass! Plenty of pumpkin character with roasted pumpkin seeds. Traditional pie spices are in attendance (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and even a hint of clove) with a sweet pie crust coated in cinnamon and sugar. Whipped cream tops this one off. Yum!

Taste:
What more do want from a pumpkin beer than this: It taste like pumpkin pie in a glass? Follows the nose beautifully. A bit more spicing than the benchmark (Pumpking) and there is a definite bite from alcohol but it almost enhances the flavor instead of detracting from it. Nicely spiced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and enjoyable. Fairly heavy body with low levels of carbonation. Clean, sweet finish.

Overall:
I love a good pumpkin ale, I'd go as far as saying it pretty much my favorite style. While this doesn't dethrone the king of pumpkin beers, Pumpking, it riding on its coat-tails, it's patiently waiting its for its turn to sit in the iron throne. Additionally, if I want to get my hands on Southern Tier's nectar of the gods, I have to drive 4 hours, giving Whole Hog a hell of an advantage. Do yourself a favor and snag this if you see it!

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of KLLG1021
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to try some pumpkin beers, since its starting to cool down in Texas, so we grabbed this at the local liquor store in a mix a six. Glad we did! This beer was fantastic. Great pumpkin spice aroma, almost like Thanksgiving dinner. The taste follows the aroma, almost like homemade pumpkin puree from your moms pumpkin pie. It carries this taste throughout the finish. Went back to the store to grab a sixer but they were already out, and said they would be out till next year. Bummer! Definitely worth a try!!!

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

This Pumkin is top hog! Pumkin beer is and should be , a brief seasonal affair. You break up in November. But September and October it's on! This beer is syrupy sweet Pumkin spice w a bit of hop. Deelish. Right there at the top w southern tier
pumpking.

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Photo of clareo
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 2011 vintage.

A - Pleasant amber with an orange cast. Thin white head.

S - Squashy pumpkin smell dominates with light pumpkin pie spicing. Some malts. Well-balanced spice to pumpkin aroma.

T - Sweet pumpkin pie; this one is very competent - the spice doesn't overwhelm the pumpkin, the pumpkin is distinct enough while avoiding the squashy, gourd-y flavor of some pumpkin ales.

M - A little effervescent on the tongue, mostly smooth and silky, light-medium bodied.

O - An exceptionally well-balanced, refreshing pumpkin ale that avoids tipping the scales too far in any direction. A great find, and one of the better in the style I've had.

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Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +8%

The beer comes in an amber and slightly copper.

The aroma is lots of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, medium pumpkin, some caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows of that spice in the front, a big pop of clove along with pie spices. Pumpkin comes through in the middle as the beer gets sweeter with vanilla, brown sugar, and toasted malt of that brown ale back bone.

Even with Schlafly and ahead of Pumking in a blind taste test of the three.

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Photo of rhamning
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chilled tulip glass. Bright amber orange, moderately cloudy appearance. Pumpkin and nutmeg dominate the aroma. True pumpkin aroma and taste, clean, and refreshing. Balanced nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin aroma and taste develop in 3-5 minutes: smooth, no sharp edges and nothing overwhelming. Simply a very pleasant and true pumpkin ale that I would recommend highly. My wife dislikes beer with a passion, and she asked for more after her first taste. The only pumpkin ale I have liked more was Southern Tier on tap in a tulip glass, which was a revelation. From the bottle in a tulip glass, Whole Hog has a slight edge with its balance and smooth feel.

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Photo of BB1313
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky burnt orange. This is clearly unfiltered with some minor sediment. Small white head fades pretty quickly, leaving little lacing and nice retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts, similar to the candy caramels. There's also a touch of maple syrup. I can pick up some squash and other vegetables. It also has an apple aroma. To sum it up, it smells like a caramel apple, but malty. The spices aren't very present in the aromas at all. The flavors come out of left field. I wouldn't expect these flavors based on the aromas. It starts off with your typical sweet brown sugar and nutmeg, but then you get slapped with some tasty cinnamon and sugar. And not the yucky powdered cinnamon, but fresh vibrant tasty cinnamon from a stick. The finish is a huge blast of flavorful spices. There's a touch of vanilla. It basically tastes like a cinnamon sugar cookie. Mouthfeel is the fuller side of medium-bodied. The carbonation is pretty active and prickly, but it's smooth and slightly oily. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed.

This is a really nice pumpkin ale. It has some qualities I've never come across in the style. It's traditional with a unique, original twist. The best part about it is that it tastes very good.. which is always a good thing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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 57md
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy brownish copper. The nose has notes of both pumpkin and cinnamon. There is a potent taste of fresh pumpkin with a blend of spices that are pleasantly present but do not overwhelm the taste of the gourd. There is no sweetness here. This is NOT a dessert beer, this is meant for the main course. Highly recommended to those who do not like sweet over-the-top pumpkin beers.

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Photo of sommersb
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, screw-cap
Glassware: Mini snifter
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a dark orange-red beer with a small white head. The head has fair retention and lacing.

The smell features a pleasing array of pumpkin pie aromas, with nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. It also has aromas of pumpkin fruit and graham crackers, for a sweet smell.

The taste is similar to the aromas; semi-sweet flavors of pumpkin fruit and pumpkin pie spices. Body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. A toasty alcohol warmth is present. The finish is dry with a lingering dose of spices like cinnamon and clove.

Overall an excellent pumpkin ale -- one of the best I've tried.

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Photo of Redrover
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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 ChimRichels
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty run of the mill appearance: Clear body of red/amber with a bubbly off-white head that recedes moderately.

S - VERY pungent, with aromas of freshly baked pumpkin pie dominating. The pumpkin pie spice specifically is very forward. I don't know any other way to describe it than saying it smells just like a pumpkin pie. Literally.

T - As with the nose, pumpkin pie is forward with nutmeg and cinnamon being upfront, ginger and allspice taking the backseat. The malt notes are very reminiscent of a pie crust... I'm now starting to think that this is actually a pumpkin pie in liquid form.

M - Smooth, carbonation relatively low.

O - I think this surpasses Pumpking as my new favorite pumpkin beer. Really good if you are looking for something that is forward with the pumpkin pie spice.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, small foamy off-white head dissipates to leave just a ring around the edge

S- the aroma almost perfectly mimics a pumpkin pie. Sweet and toasted malt gives an aroma of pie crust, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg complimenting. Also picking up a nice vanilla cream/lactose aroma that further plays into the pumpkin pie aroma, finally closing with aromas of pumpkin flesh, very nice

T- nice malty sweet backbone provides a canvas for spicing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Mid-palate brings a sweetness of vanilla, brown sugar, pie crust & caramel. The finish brings flavors of pumpkin and more nutmeg

M- medium-thick body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly chewy finish

O- definitely one of the better pumpkin beers available, that successfully mimics many aspects of a pumpkin pie

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Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 656 ratings.
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