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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
86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pumpkins for the Highballer Pumpkin Ale are all grown by our owner Bob Hannenberg in his Garden.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 09-29-2007)
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Photo of BGDrock
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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

BGDrock, Yesterday at 09:46 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GoHabsGo, Saturday at 06:50 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

cam477, Thursday at 01:35 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

CRObighit2, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

kevinlater, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Cycle69, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

DenisKolkin, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

4ster, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jotora, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +5%
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

DaveBar, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Long813, Nov 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Boozecamel, Oct 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

WillAndSarah, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

andrenaline, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

irishkyle21, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mpgillett, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Vyronian, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

yancot, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

evil_liver, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle that was bottled 9 days ago, had this after Nightmare on Mill St as a comparison. This was noticeably lighter, an amber brown colour, large visible carbonation and a lot of creamy white head, and really solid lacing. 4

S – ginger, sweet pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, resembles fresh baked pumpkin pie in a good way. Some pleasant biscuit malt, the pumpkin is sweet and appetizing. Awesome. 4.25

T – a gingery lemony start, with the fresh pumpkin coming across. Pleasant lightness of body, some malt comes through and compliments well, nutty for sure, the pumpkin is there but not as intensely as Mill St. This is a smooth session ale, with light spices, more hops (grassy and fruit, apple, some citrus) and a much sweeter profile. Finish is crisp, malty with a pumpkin twist. Refreshing. 4

M – mild, sweet profile with a full feel, quite sessionable with appropriate carbonation and a balanced profile, leading to a smooth crisp finish. 3.75

Of the two, this one despite the marginally higher ABV seems to be playing it safer spices and making a really tasty pumpkin session ale that I could and would drink all evening (fall?) long. I admire some of the boldness in Nightmare, and theyre both quality beers, this seems to be more of a malty session pumpkin ale. Great flavor without being dominated by pumpkin, and worth trying. 4

mick303, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ive had this beer every year since its introduction ( i still have the bottles to prove it! ) and it never disappoints. So glad to have growlers back from GRB also.

Served from a 500ml bottle in to a Snifter. Bottle Aug 27th 2013

A- Clear bronze color with a fluffy white head of foam that diminishes fast with some lace.

S- The smell is rich with aromas of Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie mix, caramel sweetness with aromas of fresh baked shortbread cookies and pumpkin spice muffins.

T- Rich and creamy. Liquified pumpkin pie with whip cream is the best way to describe it. Nice malty brew with the perfect amount of spices and incredibly well balanced. The nose translates into the palate very well. As you tilt the glass towards your lips the aroma enters your nose and as you sip the aroma and flavors meet with perfect execution.

M- Smooth, medium bodied with soft carbonation that works wonders for the beer.

D- this is hands down one of the most ( if not the most ) drinkable pumpkin beers in Ontario.

Overall Highballer Pumpkin ale has always been good but as the years go on GRB is continuing to perfect this brew. For someone like me who likes more spice and a nice malty chew to a pumpkin ale this is as good as it gets i believe. So fresh and delicious. A few growler fills for thanksgiving are in order for sure.

drinkininthewood, Sep 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

esto, Sep 09, 2013
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Highballer Pumpkin Ale from Grand River Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.