623. Stevens Point Brewery – Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

623. Stevens Point Brewery - Whole Hog Pumpkin AleI’m finally getting caught up on my reviews from all the beers I had during my trip to Atlanta a few weeks ago, so I dove into the beer fridge to see what I could find. As I’ve mentioned several times, I’m a big fan of great pumpkin beers, so when I saw this one at the grocery store, I picked up a four pack. I couldn’t tell who the brewer was, but after getting, home, saw it was Stevens Point Brewery.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 10 IBUs, 251 Calories

Ingredients: Caramel, Munich, Roasted; Hops: Perle

Appearance & Aroma: It’s rusty red in color and somewhat hazy. It’s got a cream colored head that fell after a minute to a creamy ring around edge of glass. There’s a nice pumpkin pie aroma, with the cinnamon spice being slightly prominent.

Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium and mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. There’s a sweet brown sugar-like maltiness up front with a pumpkin flavored transition in the middle. There’s a great mix of pumpkin pie spices in the finish, with cinnamon slightly edging out other spices. The pumpkin pie flavor lasts for a little bit in the finish

Food Pairing: This beer tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie and would go perfectly with a slice or a bowl of ice cream (like the whipped cream on top). It would also go perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

Overall Impression: This is probably the best commercial pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. Overall, it has a great mix of sweet maltiness, true pumpkin flavor, and a perfect mix of spices. It truly tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass, and reminds me more of my own homebrewed pumpkin ale than any other beer I’ve had. This has surpassed other beers as my favorite pumpkin beer. It was a bit pricey for a four pack, but definitely worth it.

Rating: ★★★★½ Reader

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Author: Kevin

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