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:
#1,723
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
670
Liked:
588
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
12.56%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
152
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 670 |  Reviews: 137
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
7.5% ABV

A - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale pours a tarnished copper color, showing some orange highlights around the edges. Loose light khaki foam disappears quickly, sinking to a halo of bubbles below minimal lace.

S - Pumpkin pie city; the aroma of Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has got it all! Biscuity malt provides the pie crust while pumpkin puree and heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice makes for a rich and thick filling

T - It's malt base brings complimentary notes of caramel and toffee to the table while toasted nuances continue to suggest pie crust, perfectly transitioning into smooth pumpkin pie filling loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spiciness.

M - Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale has a wonderful creaminess texture that smoothly carries through sweetness to a perfectly balanced finish of faint earthy hop bitterness and delicate spice lingering on the tongue.

O - Perfect for the cooler fall days, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is pumpkin pie in a glass; as it warms up, so too do you with it's inciting aroma, delectable flavor, luscious mouthfeel and complex, warming finish. If it's a rich pumpkin ale you crave, this one is not to miss and make sure you keep some on hand for Thanksgiving, as it almost certainly requests a pairing with the classic turkey dinner.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -3.4%

The color is almost bronzed, a pretty dark brown color with some amber hue in the depths. The tan head doesn't make much of a show, falling off quickly and barely leaving spotting.
The aroma is outstanding, and it's all about the integration of the pumpkin spices and making it all work together. They're strong and, while the main aspect, allow for the notice of the underlying malts, brown sugar and caramel sweetness, and the pumpkin. The spicing is both sweet and savory, and the show made by the nutmeg and cinnamon is very strong.
The flavor is much the same, spicing foremost but very well integrated. There's even a hint of pie crust, and the pumpkin meat is evident without being vegetal or overbearing.
The feel is brisk, a biting crispness and a bit of zing in its medium body. As such, it's not entirely smooth, but it's pretty clean and great for a cool Autumn day.

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Photo of gtermi
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cp45
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange with a creme colored head. Mild lacing and lsight carboantion noted.

S - Scents of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, connamon, & cloves). Behind that the scent of pumpkin is felt. Subtle and well done.

T - Good balance, flavors are present and consistent. Spices hit the back of the tongue but don't dominate or taste artificial.

M - For a 7.5% this goes extremely easy. Slightly raspy, and feels lighter than it is.

O - Good beer. I'd try this and the other Whole Hog line again. I find their seasonals and limited releases are *much* better than the year round offerings.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Deep and inviting brownish amber. Creamy spicy aroma of fall pies, yeah ... it smells like pumpkin pie. Smooth and bity mouthfeel. The body, the maltiness and the spicing are all amazing with this thickness that slowly rolls across the palate and down the throat. Packs a small kick at 7.5-percent ABV, so this would be considered an Imperial Pumpkin. Some esters show off a ripe fruit flavor middle to end. Caramelized sugars from the malt bounce off the pie spice. With 10 IBUs, the hops are pretty much nonexistent, which is fine as it lets the pie spice do all of the work. Spicing is most definitely here, but does not become tiresome. Yes! We can taste a smidgen of pumpkin, which makes all of the difference.

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale has some meat. The complexities make you think about the style all over again, while it begs to be paired with your typical turkey dinner.

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Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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