Grand River Brewing Highballer Pumpkin Ale – Spice/Herb/Vegetable at 5.2% ABV

Grand River Brewing Highballer Pumpkin Ale Spice/Herb/Vegetable at 5.2% ABV

Pours a clear (first glass) to slightly hazy (second glass) deep gold with a short white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. Nose is somewhat earthy pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Taste follows suit, with pale malt sweetness and a little more spice on the finish (allspice? vanilla?). Light to medium body, somewhat watery, initial prickly carbonation drops back quickly, and a mildly bitter finish.

Well, I’ve had worse pumpkin ale. At least this one actually smells and tastes like pumpkin – especially the second glass, when the lees came into play. Almost pumpkin pie flavoured. It’ll do.

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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