Highballer Pumpkin Ale | Grand River Brewing

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94 Ratings
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Highballer Pumpkin AleHighballer Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada
grandriverbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

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

Added by Viggo on 09-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
8.99%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of JahTurbo
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Boo-urns
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSS
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark orange and no head to speak of
S-Very feignt aroma of spice but not much else to go by
M-Very low carbonation and light watery mouthfeel
T-Sweet and watery upfront with some warming spices appearing in the aftertaste, cinnamon and nutmeg is what I get, Christmas flavours
O-On the pour this had some potential aromas, but ultimately fell flat and underwhelming.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark golden color, with low activity. Slightly creamy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate lacing. Flavors of pumpkins, ginger, cinnamon, sweet grains, lemon, faint caramel and hops. Highly sugary, minimal bitterness, but the sharpness is good, and well spiced. Smooth full body with nice zesty carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, ending with a fruity pumpkin feel, gingerbread and red ale spices. Overall good quality craft. Tasty pumpkin flavor that is well intensified. Although a little flat, too oily, and missing some freshness.

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Photo of al_al1357
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaisell
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atsir
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfreeze
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Clear Coppery colour with a good 1 finger off-white head with good retention.

S- Cooked pumpkin (pie filling), malty caramel sweetness, and a healthy dusting of cinnamon (other pumpkin pie spices?)

T- Similar to aroma but with more malt and a lingering bitterness to finish off. Nice...

M- Light Body and Moderate Carbonation.

O- For my first true Pumpkin Ale (not pumpkin pie spice), I quite liked this beer. The pumpkin flavour came through better than I expected and it sat well with me. Will definitely be picking up this one again before the Autumn draws to a close.

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Photo of mikemands
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

head dissipated fast,
smells fair, not too pumpkiny, more like a patch of uncut pumpkins
taste little pumpkin, little caramel, little...cinnamon/ginger? kinda flat
feel is also somewhat flat, little carbonation, pumpkin taste is the only thing left, but faint and fleeting.
overall not too bad, like a low carbonated pumpkin ginger ale, probably my fault, this beer was bottled almost 5 months ago

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Photo of FRANKIE65
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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Photo of R_Kole
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of BGDrock
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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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of CRObighit2
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

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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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Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Highballer Pumpkin Ale from Grand River Brewing
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