Grand River Highballer Pumpkin Ale

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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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

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2.7
AleRider78 (1388) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Pours a very thin foamy head and has more of a pale golden appearance with orange hues as opposed to most pumpkin ales. Pretty weak aromas, not much in the way of pumpkins. Seems more like squash if you ask me. Extremely watered down pumpkin spice flavours with some notes of cinnamon. Mostly flavours of barley malts, oats and grains. Very mild spices. I find this one very disappointing, very watery and has a weird kinda flavour in the finish. Might have something to do with having the Great Lakes pumpkin ale beforehand (which is a helluva lot better)

1.6
Tranquillity (2465) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2016
Bottled. The body is clear ruby and the head is white. The aroma is very seeet, like bubble gum. The taste is decent, malty, but sweet.

3
ChadPoole (478) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2016
Pours orange copper with a white head. Aroma and taste are pumpkin spice and malt. Almost ceamy body with a clean finish. Pretty good.

3.4
Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2016
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.

3
Karol (932) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 15, 2016
Bottled from aj LCBO/Toronto/Canada. Overall a medium good pumpkin ale. Arome of pumkin, cinamon, spices. Not so nose piercing, rather mild. I wish it had more aroma power. Taste mirrors the aroma. Refreshing, pumpkinish. Not bad. Anytime again.

3.5
___Steve___ (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Earthy, herbal, spice and licorice scents with pumpkin aroma. Orange rusty colour with thick white foamy head, filtered and lightly carbonated. Upfront with spice notes, dry nutmeg and vanilla followed by some woody licorice flavours. Clean, crisp and complex ale.

3.1
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden with a resilient white head. Aroma is pumpkin, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh grains. Finish is cloves, ginger, some pumpkin. A rather spicy finish. Light to medium body, weak to average carbonation.

3.4
TaktikMTL (7880) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez ANBL (Caraquet, N-B) au coût de 4,90$. Arôme: Légère odeur d’épices à citrouilles. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de canelle et de clous de Girofle. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence canelle en arrière goût. (Rating #6611)

3
Raistlin (433) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
Pours hazy orange amber with a small off-white head. The head fades to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of pumpkin and vanilla, along with typical fall spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavour is mildly sweet and slightly spicy with huge pumpkin and spice notes. The finish introduces subtle hops and pale malts but the overall impression is of pumpkin. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation.

3.3
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
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Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy ginger, light nutmeg, cinnamon, light pumpkin, and a hint of butterscotch. It’s a slightly hazy golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. The flavor starts with a hint of pumpkin. The finish has light-moderate ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of butterscotch. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation.


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