Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Cambridge, Canada


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Appearance: Orange colour, of course! with a white frothy cream topping Aroma: Think pumpkin pie, with contributions from cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla Flavour: Subtle pumpkin and spice flavour balanced by a pale ale malt profile and hop contributions from amarillo and liberty hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
Pours a hazy amber colour with almost no head. Aroma is pumpkin, flowers, vegetables. Taste is spices, pumpkin. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
djjodskins (28) - CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Way too much nutmeg. Weak body. Not the best pumpkin ale i’ve ever had. Not worth 4$ a pint at the LCBO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Trying out a new burger joint: Mano Burger Bar. Ends up that they have a craft beer menu. Even better it has two beers on it I haven’t tried. This is the first Highballer Pumpkin Ale by Grand River Brewing. Just slightly hazy yellow/orange pour with a foamy head. Weak scent. Some hops and just a bit of pumpkin. I expected more. Nice light taste. Hoppy with quite a bit of pumpkin taste followed by just a bit of bitterness. Some good ale qualities, just a touch of caramel. Really digging this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
samzim (349) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
Scents of dough, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Clear orange colour with a minimal head. Slight sweetness with mild bitterness; malty on the tongue with slight pumpkin flavour. A decent beer, but a bit of a let-down with the lack of festive flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alpha10 (451) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
2013/09/14 - Pours a clear, burnt orange/amber colour with a soapy, off white head that laces nicely. Aroma is pumpkin purée, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vegetables. Taste is pumpkin, grass, subdued spices and an odd, ash-like flavour. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat watery, with low to medium carbonation and an acidic aftertaste. An ok seasonal beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dandeman (691) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
Aroma: Slight acidity was picked up first along with traditional cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, fruitcake and crystallized fruits. Not sticking out very strongly. Appearance: Orange. Looks like a pumpkin with a candle in it when looked through with light. Head looks good, creamy, generous with a nice lacing. Taste: Attack is soft with all traditional spices of a pumpkin ale. Slightly acid, texture is watery and missing a bit of spark. Very traditional pumpkin ale with flavors working hard to stick out, but half succeeded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
500Ml bottle from the LCBO. Nice pumpkin and spice. Flavour is quite balanced sweet fruit, spices and grassy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2671) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
Pours a clean amber colour with a frothy warm top, average retention and nice thick lacing. Nutmeg nose with hints of cinnamon. Unfortunately, the spices are pretty mild in the taste, and only the pumpkin puree (without spices) come out. Was bottles in September, so not the freshest (does not keep well, long) as a few months after, feel the sour going-bad notes. Medium-bodied with a little creaminess. Very light caramel malt appear in the aftertaste, with notes of grain. Wish I could try this fresh. Gets a little hazy near the last pour. Average pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmacleod75 (112) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Poured reddish brown colour with thin white head. Aroma of pumpkin (obviously), all spice, sweetness. Similar taste with a bit of cinnamon. Not a big fan of pumpkin ales, but good for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hungarian_G (90) - - DEC 10, 2012
Pours a clear, coppery orange with a very thin and quickly receding head of white foam. Thin lacing around the rim. Aroma of nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and sweet caramel malts. Some alcohol notes. Nice carbonation carries the taste of pumpkin pie, malts and earthy, yeasty notes. Short, pumpkin-tinged finish with some mild bitterness. A nice seasonal ale.

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