Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale Wins Gold Medal at 2012 Great
American Beer Festival
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, a bold, spicy beer for autumn, is the first seasonal
specialty beer in the Stevens Point Brewery’s Whole Hog Limited Release
Brewmaster’s Series. Full-bodied and spicy, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is brewed
with real pumpkin and pumpkin-pie spices for a big, bold flavor perfect for
Halloween parties, Thanksgiving celebrations or football tailgates. Sold in
four-packs of 12-ounce bottles starting September 1 in Point’s core Midwest
markets, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale will be available only while supplies last.
A pumpkin ale was selected as the first Whole Hog seasonal brew because pumpkin
beer is one of the fastest-growing subcategories in the thriving craft-beer
segment, according to Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery Operating Partner.
“Pumpkin beers have been growing rapidly in popularity over the last two or
three years. When it comes to fall seasonal specialty beers, pumpkin beers are
now a close second behind Oktoberfest beers,” Martino said. “There are more than
200 different pumpkin beers brewed by American breweries large and small. We
would be out of our gourd not to go whole hog with the beer styles craft-beer
drinkers are demanding.”
Dark amber in color with an alcohol content of 7.5% by volume, Whole Hog Pumpkin
Ale stands out in the pumpkin-beer patch because, like its Whole Hog siblings
Whole Hog Six-Hop India Pale Ale and Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner, it is a “big
beer” brewed in small batches to appeal to the most discerning craft-beer
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance- The body has a nice dark amber with look turning into orange hues in
the light. The head sat at about a finger's width before the tawny cap dwindled
to pencil width. Some carbonation is jetting up from the bottom of the glass.
Smell- This basically smells like pumpkin pie. No, not even basically, it smells
like pumpkin pie! It smells like pounds of pumpkin pie filling were used to make
this. I ain't even mad. Of course, that means the flavors of nutmeg, brown
sugar, and sweet pie crust are oozing out of the glass.
Taste- I am almost tickled to bits to say that the taste is an almost exact copy
of the nose! The reins have been pulled a bit to slow down the flavor,
nevertheless, that great pumpkin pie flavor comes through. There is a slight
heat in the finish, but it isn't doing any damage to the overall flavor. I also
appreciate a mineral water flavor throughout.
Mouth feel- Very smooth feel and a nice medium body, I wish it stuck a little
more to the cheeks. That way the pumpkin pie flavor could be relished long after
Overall- What a surprise this pumpkin was! Maybe I really am just looking for
pumpkin pie in a glass. I suppose that isn't a bad thing. Talk about a beer that
goes well with the season, and tastes great to boot!
Brewing Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
The flavor profile of many pumpkin beers emphasizes the pumpkin, but Whole Hog
Pumpkin Ale is all about the spices. Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is brewed using real
pumpkin along with Munich, caramel and roasted malts, but it is the spices –
cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and a pinch of ginger – that define its unique, robust
character, according to Ken Carlson, Stevens Point Brewery Director of Brewing.
“Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is a very bold beer,” Carlson explained. “The spices and
complement each other, and the roasted malt adds a hint of roasted character to
the flavor. We add just enough Perle hops to balance the sweetness of the malt
“All of these ingredients must blend together just right,” he continued. “I
think pumpkin-beer fans will agree that we did just that.”
Steven Point Brewery History
The Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the
trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150
years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality
beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857.
This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery
remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be
Wisconsin-owned and independently operated.