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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin AleGood Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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195 Reviews
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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,272
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 579
Gots: 329 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009

Legend has it that when a pumpkin comes into the world it is possessed by either a good or an evil spirit. Ours got all the good baby! Bursting with real pumpkin flavor and yummy pumpkin spices including Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg, Good Gourd is a celebration of Fall and that spookiest of holidays, Halloween. Pair Good Gourd with pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and costume parties.

35 IBU
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Reviews: 195 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of ryanonline
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep fiery orange with a very hazy look, and some big and fluffy off white head. not a lot of lacing.

smells deliciously pumpkiny and it has lots of cinnamon and clove notes. even what seems to be a slight chocolate scent as well.

the taste is slightly less pumpkiny and more beer like, even has a bit of sourness and a touch of that trademark cigar city funk.

the mouthfeel is very creamy with a slightly foamy and prickly carbonation. full bodied with a dry finish.

moderate drinkability and it has quite a bitter finish and is very full bodied, leaving you a bit full half-way through.

delicious pumpkin beer but it is a bit bitter in the finish, the smell however is totally where it's at. love cigar city beer.

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Photo of enzocc
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber, Orange, caramel color. Perfect, average color for this style of beer. Almost two fingers of head, but it didn't last too long.

S - The aromas that this beer has is incredible. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, almost toffee, and a light chocolate, and ofcourse Pumpkin are all over the essences of this beer.

T - Pumpkin, Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, and a touch of chocolate are predominant on the flavor. Lightly floral hops. Alcohol almost not noticeable.

M - I will prefer a dense, sticky beer, but this beer is watery, but almost sticky at the end. Its not so thin so you cant get use to it. Drinkable!

O - Excellent aroma flavor. Fits perfectly in his style. Very pumpkin flavor with his popular ingredients. A pumpkin beer that I could recommend!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red tinged orange with a thin wispy head.

Pumpkin spices dominate. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Don't get too much real pumpkin out of this.

More pumpkin in the flavor. The spices are more subdued than the nose. A bit of nutmeg still comes in, but pumpkin is the featured flavor. Finishes with a little nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pushing toward medium as is carbonation level.

I like when my pumpkin beers aren't overwhelmed by spices and this one fits the bill. It's nothing mind blowing, but a good large format pumpkin ale to share.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into Chimay goblet.

Pours a reddish amber that is mostly clear. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet from lots of grain and pumpkin. Graham cracker shows up too.

Taste: More bitterness than I would have expected from the smell, but still very nice. Graham cracker, pumpkin, and some caramel. Not much pie spice to be found, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: A really nice change from the pumpkin spice beers. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of adam42381
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a medium orange-caramel with a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with pumpkin and a nice mix of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The smell is a little more subdued than I had hoped for, but the aroma that is there smells good.

Taste: Delicious mix of pumpkin pie spices up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with a decent hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is spicy with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The elevated ABV% is very well-masked and it goes down very smooth.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the best pumpkin ales on the market. Like almost everything from Cigar City, I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this today and just cracked it open. The aromas of Fall now waft through my room.

Pours a deep amber, almost a burnt sienna color, perfectly clear, with a short lived off-white head that diminishes into a slight ring in my snifter. Aromas are quite abundant and include tones of overripe squash (I believe the butternut variety... although sometimes when you carve a jack-o-lantern and leave it out for a week, you develop a pre-rotting pumpkin smell that is actually pleasant), vanilla, maple, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. This reminds me deeply of walking into Yankee Candle during October/November. I think emphasis is mainly of the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon; this is a spice bomb. The flavor is akin to the bouquet. It begins sweet with maple and sweet caramel malt, evolving quickly into the spices aforementioned, and finishes sweet with much nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon residue. I will add that the spices come as an explosion and leaves little subtlety for the imagination. Vanilla may be an afterthought, but very diminished. The feel is slick and rich with smooth carbonation. This beer is nearly cloying in my opinion and I am one who enjoys intensely sweet beers. However, the body is appropriate for supporting the plethora of flavors.

Overall, I think this is a big, bold treat that is intensely flavorful and will definitely sneak up on those unaware of its potency. It is probably one to be shared amongst friends on a chillier evening after a nice meal. I can see this pairing well with desserts during the Thanksgiving holidays. In my current position in hot, humid Florida, probably not the best thing. A well made beer by CCB, probably one of the better ones they have to offer. If I were to make changes, I would balance the spices a little more, maybe less clove and cinnamon.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewpub. Pours a deep dark reddish orange with a nice fluffy off white head with a slightly orange hue. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe some sweet vanilla, and some faint pumpkin, sweet sugar, and some booze when I take a big whiff. Sweet pumpkin flavor and some cinnamon and clove spice. Lingering sweet vanilla cream and pumpkin is definite a highlight here. Finishes nice, medium carbonation. Would be even better if it weren’t 105 with the humidity outside. Neat beer even for non pumpkin beer fans.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into mini cognac tulip 12/9/15

A glows amber, even a small pour has a little head that hangs around for a few sips, looks thick like the the little bubbles are struggling to get to the surface

S big on vanilla, some allspice and nutmeg, yams and faint pumpkin, hard toffee a plenty, and a hint of ginger and cinnamon with a little booze

T mimics the nose but a little more booze and the individual spices are harder to pick out

M medium bodied, creams up, fine grit, a little heat, heaps of spice lingering

O solid pumpkin beer, well spiced, not exactly unique but well made

I told myself I was only having one pumpkin beer this year and this one just popped up at my place, cheers Corson!!

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Photo of Shaw
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin ale of the season.

The first time I've had this beer in the bottle. Last was a growler in 2010.

A lovely orange/amber in color with lots of carbonation and a short tan head.

Big aroma of spices like cinnamon.

It's sweet, but not cloying, with lots of spice and pumpkin flavors.

Big body is great.

Overall this is one of the better pumpkin ales out there. Seek it out.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with a thick off white head.
Great aroma, roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.
Flavor keeps up with the nose. A great balance between the pumpkin and spice. I get more clove in the taste balanced by brown sugar.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with a one finger head that sticks around in my bruery tulip. Aromas of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and a bit of ginger. Taste follows nose, really creamy, smooth and easy to drink. This is a great pumpkin beer, I could drink it all year!

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Photo of claspada
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque blood red orange with a very small white soapy heady. Small off-white soapy cap lingers ever so slightly on the top of the goblet of beer. Some light soapy lacing remains as the relatively small head quickly dissipates.

Aromas begin like no other pumpkin beer I have ever had. This literally smells like a piece of Pumpkin pie candy (I don't think that even exists but I guess the closest thing would be those pumpkin candy-corn candies with spices added in). You get the bready crust, brown sugar sweetness, cooked pumpkin pie flesh and of course the traditional nutmeg, clove and lighter cinnamon and allspice. You can get a little phenolic yeast smell in there as well as it warms. It becomes a bit sweet as you attempt to consume the entire 750ml.

The taste directly follows the nose, which isn't totally a good thing. I get some banana yeast initially with some lesser clove notes also possibly from the yeast. Plenty of toasted graham cracker/bready notes with brown sugar and supported by a nice cinnamon/allspice lingering bite on the finish. As you make your way through the 750, the overall taste profile becomes a bit cloying and sweet, more so than any Pumpkin beer I have ever had. While this was beneficial on the nose to add to the whole Pumpkin Pie theme, it really hurts the flavor profile in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. The finish teeters on being cloyingly sweet with a mild spice bite on the back end of the palate.

Overall this is a very good Pumpkin beer for me. Definitely on the sweeter side like many Cigar City beers tend to be, so if you are opposed to the sweeter end of beers, this may not be for you. That being said this is still quite impressive, recommended and worth seeking out for fans of this style.

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Photo of cejaev
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love pumpkin beer, they are what really got me into craft beer. I've been anxiously waiting to try this beer, #1 pumpkin beer in the world... It's way too sweet!!! Never tasted a beer so sweet, hurt my teeth. The aroma and taste are great but if they knocked the sweetness down a touch it would be perfect.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this growler.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with white bubbles. There is not much, if any, real head on the beer.

The aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very nice smelling.

The flavor is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. I get a lot of sweet pumpkin, as well as some allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel malt.

Medium body with low carbonation. A very nice pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark hazy orange.

Smell: Cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice. A lot of cinnamon.

Taste: Just like the smell cinnamon is the superior taste. Then pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: A very good pumpkin ale. I had the pleasure of drinking this with my wife's best friend. She enjoyed this ale a lot too. I am impressed with every Cigar City brew I try. Whatever it is they do there I hope they never stop! This is my second favorite pumpkin ale next to Dogfish Heads. Cheers!

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -5.4%

The nose is like pumpkin bread with a malty pumpkin tone. The spices of nutmeg and clove are obvious in the aroma.

The flavor tends strongly to the creamy pumpkin sweetness, almost like the whipped cream on top of the pie was included. There is little to no spiciness, that I can tell and nothing in the way of malty pie crust, but mostly the pumpkin pie filling.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly orange colored beer with a little bit of brown on the edges. Moderate head that left some decent lace and spots on the sides.

S - Has some nice pumpkin notes with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Not a whole lot else to say, but pretty solid.

T - This is actually pretty nice. Some good pumpkin flavor with nice spice and caramel. Very smooth tasting with a bit of brown sugar.

M - Pretty nice carbonation, velvety, full bodied.

O - A nice beer for a pumpkin beer. Good flavor, not cloying. Would drink this occassionally without a problem.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bomber into a tulip glass. Pours burnt orange along with a frothy off-white head that laces decent throughout. Aromas are crisp toast and caramel, vanilla and toffee, biscuits, and pumpkin puree, a bit sweeter with decent pie spice. Flavors of allspice, nutmeg, mild vanilla, and some caramel. Some crispness. Fairly balanced for a sweeter beer, spice and vanilla, sweet malts. Finish is nice, gentle spice and sweetness linger. It’s not complex, but it’s tasty, sweet slanted without being anywhere near cloying. Fairly balanced and quite a smooth pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night side by side with Elysian Great Pumpkin. I am actually a big fan of most of the Cigar City offerings, so I was interested in trying their pumpkin presentation. Thanks to Bryanole for shooting this my way.

A - Pours nicely, a dark orange red with a fairly strong white head that rises up and quickly pulls back.

S - Pretty standard pumpkin fare in that it presents a strong profile of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspince, what you would normally expect in a pumpkin beer.

T - Again, pretty standard in that it focuses on the traditional spices although there is a slight bitterness towards the end, almost a hoppy profile on top of the pumpkin beer.

M- Pretty good, not thick in any way, pretty much what you would expect.

O - Against the Great Pumpkin, this one came out the loser. I would say that CCB has done a nice job but it sits there with most other pumpkin offerings. Nothing allows this one to stand out versus the Weyerbacher and others. A good effort noting noteworthy here.

Thanks again to Bryanole for shooting these my way. I have a couple of extra bottles for the fall football tailgating season that will come in handy.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue with a translucent clarity. Nose expresses nutmeg, clove, peppery notes and a hint of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose - what I like about this beer is that the spice profile is not in your face. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, a solid pumpkin beer. Generally not a style in my wheelhouse; however, I enjoyed this one. Definitely in my top three for the style thus far.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this one. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a orange-brown color, cream-colored head, thin cap, thin collar, some slight spotty lacing.

S - Pumpkin, sweet pumpkin pie notes, brown sugar, cinnamon. Not overly sweet and not overly pumpkin...a nice mix of both.

T - Similar to the nose, less spice and more pumpkin. Still, a nice mix of the sweetness in the pumpkin pie notes without being overly so. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Solid pumpkin brew but not as good as my favorite, Schlafly Pumpkin. That said, I would def have it again and it's on the better side of my experiences with this style. Recommend.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in secret halloween '11, thanks Michael. I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep orange pour, big white head. The aroma is strong with pumpkin pie spice, especially allspice. The flavor is in good balance, good amounts of pumpkin, and spices are mixed, it has a dry finish. The body is medium, light alcohol notes, good carbonation. One of the better pumpkin beers I have ever had.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with a more sweet pumpkin aroma with cinnamon although some spices do come out.
Beer is full bodied, smooth, a little bready like pie crust, mostly sweet pumpkin and cinnamon in the taste profile although there is balance from some peppery spices and nutmeg on backend that lead to crisp finish.
Overall, a well-balanced pumpkin ale that highlights both sweet and spicy aspects of style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

got to be the smoothest pumpkin beer ever. been mellowing for a year now. bronze and lazy in looks, but angry and temperamental and impatient in taste. so much here, all orange and frothy. nose of gourd, its true, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric, and all kinds of liquor. smooth and comfortably spiced, this is a beer of sharing proportions. vanilla, brown sugar, and cardamom. so much going on here, but so little comprehension for me as I sip away, tasting something new each time. barrel and attitude percolate heavy, as does a soft sort of pokey vibe. spice is robust, yet I am as mellow as anything. delicate feel, needs more oomph overall, but this is special stuff. the name gourd makes me want more gourds, its reciprocal in that way, special yet understated. impress me it does, perfect it is not...

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -5.4%

The beer pours a clear dark amber/brown with a thin off-white head that fades quickly. The nose is spice forward, but not distinctly pumpkin pie-like, instead it has a slightly cinnamon and bubble gum aroma. The taste has a similar bubble gummy/plastic spice presence, which dominates the sweet malty base and leaves little room for other expected pumpkin beer flavors i.e. caramelized sugars, vegetal gourd, grain, and yeast. Drinking this beer leaves the palate saturated by a medium-heavy bodied, boozy, punishing spice bomb. It's reasonably carbonated and sweet. This is a distinct and different kind of pumpkin ale, but the dominating bubble gummy spice profile is off putting

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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.