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Highballer Pumpkin Ale - Grand River Brewing

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Highballer Pumpkin AleHighballer Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 09-29-2007

Pumpkins for the Highballer Pumpkin Ale are all grown by our owner Bob Hannenberg in his Garden.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 45
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't sure what to expect from my first pumpkin beer. What I got was a very good sipping ale. Wouldn't want to drink more than a couple at a sitting.
Would I buy it again...heck, yeah!

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Appearance: bright, light copper, not quite clear; head does an ok job of sticking around

Aroma: kind of funky, real pumpkin aroma like pie filling, with some cooked apple, caramel sweetness, spices accompanying it

Taste & Mouthfeel: thin and watery is the first impression, with little carbonation - there's no backbone; light flavour, barely anything to speak of, just hints of spice and caramel, nominal pumpkin; minerally

Overall: a boring brew, feel led astray by an interesting aroma, may as well have been a glass of water; not worth the time

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into nonic pint. "Bottled on: 2014/AUG/22", consumed on september 12, 2014

a: extremely transparent deep golden yellow. just under a finger of white-ish head

s: has a mild but nice sweet malty pumpkin aroma with the slightest hints cinnamon and gingerbread

t: malty all around with flavours of cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, and gingerbread here and there. i think i just tasted some apple notes too. a very easy-going bitterness on the back end to balance things out, along with lingering but mild spice and pumpkin flavours

m: light-to-medium mouthfeel, slightly watery, mild carbonation

o: my first pumpkin beer and a very pleasant one

Photo of Cycle69
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into a Murphy's pint glass. Purchased for under $4 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a pumpkin colored beer that is hazy. A half finger of white frothy head rests on top. Minimal lacing and visible carbonation.

Smell - AN earthy pumpkin aroma dominates. A bit of caramel some spice as well as a general dankness. Works really well here.

Taste - Plenty of pumpkin, not as much of the spices as was picked up on the nose. However some cinnamon and spice is noticeable throughout. Well balanced and more of an earthy pumpkin flavor rather than pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, yet somewhat thin tasting. The spiciness stays in the mouth and perks things up a bit. Weak carbonation.

Overall - Very solid pumpkin ale, quite tasty with great aromatics and good flavor. More earthy and squash tasting that pumpkin pie flavored, but its a nice change of pace as far as pumpkin ales go.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding all around

LCBO for $3.90 less $0.70 missing a label

500ml bottle at 8deg C

A- amber, opens well and pours high

S- Spicey goodness

T- Very good. Enjoyable for the season. Super well blended

M- Nice and tart with crispness to spare

O- Enjoyable. Will buy a few for the winter and spring.

Pretty good little Pumpkin Beer

Food Pairings

You better believe this pairs with... Roast Turkey

With those root veggies and gravy this wonderful beer will match well. Try a coffee desert.
Enjoy

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Highballer Pumpkin Ale from Grand River Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.