Sunday, 6 January 2013

Gourd-geous Brews--Highballer Pumpkin Ale

Highballer Pumpkin Ale is the product of Grand River Brewery out of Cambridge, Ontario. It's sold in 500mL bottles and the label features a train and a pumpkin--it maybe isn't super cool looking. It contains a respectable 5.2% alcohol.
Highballer pours a slightly hazy golden-copper colour, topped with a fluffy white head. It has a spicy, pumpkin pie aroma.  The flavour is heavy on the pumpkin, as well as on nutmeg and clove. A mild bitterness that runs parallel to the pumpkin flavour makes for a pretty decent finish.
The weak point in this beer is its thin mouthfeel. With a bit more body, this beer would warrant a significantly higher rating. As it is, it tastes good and is definitely worth a go. However, when I crack open a pumpkin ale, I want it to be heavy, like a dessert.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.

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