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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Tranquillity (1941) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPoole (353) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierdimpfe (550) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Karol (883) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
___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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7136) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
Bouteille de 500 ml achete chez ANBL (Caraquet, N-B) au cot de 4,90$. Arme: Lgre odeur dpices citrouilles. Apparence: La couleur est orange lgrement voile avec une trs faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Lger got de canelle et de clous de Girofle. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence canelle en arrire got. (Rating #6611)

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (334) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6498) - Plymouth, 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. Its 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. Its light-medium bodied with mild carbonation.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Helsdon (354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2015
Fruit/veg beers have to be the hardest to get right. And pumpkin might be the toughest of all. This one pours a clear caramel brown with a bit of big-bubble head. The nose is heavy on the pumpkin, as one would expect with allspice and a little clove-ish spice, with a dry-hay malt. The taste is lacking in balance. The pumpkin and spice comes in first with a little to much pie-ish-ness for me, followed by some astringent bitterness, all sitting on sweet hay malt back. Overall not my ideal.


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