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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 449
Gots: 203 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009)
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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%

I'm glad pumpkin beer season is coming to an end. I keep buying them but I've never found one that stands out above the rest.

A: Golden caramel in color with a small white head.
S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and some sweetness.
T: Cinnamon and cloves mainly but it has a fresh gourd taste to it. If you have ever broken a gourd in half and smelled it thats exactly how this one finishes. Sort of odd after taste.

Drinks a little bit bigger than your typical pumpkin ale. Decent beer but nothing that really sets it apart from the others.

IdrinkGas, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

stereosforgeeks, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

millerbuffoon, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%

A - pours a nice orange color without too much of a head

S - nose is a little weak, however there is some light spice and subtle pumpkin

T - starts off with sweet pumpkin flavor with a bit of caramel malts. These fade to a light spice flavor, predominantly cinnamon and all spice. This strikes a nice balance between the pumpkin flavor and the spice.

M - medium body that leaves a dry finish from the spices

D - pretty solid pumpkin ale here. As mentioned, good flavor profile but a little lighter on the nose and palate than I would have hoped.

birchstick, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a glowing deep amber hue, glowing edges with some sunfire, well hazed with a frothy off white head that laces ok, a decent sized ring. Aromas are crisp toast and caramel, vanilla and toffee, biscuits, and pumpkin puree, a bit sweeter with decent pie spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and more vanilla, caramel. Some crispness. Initial is medium bodied offering a touch more sweetness, vanilla and caramel blast, toffee and toast, gentle spice moves in, with cinnamon and brown sugar, toffee and biscuits. More pie spices and pumpkin puree, sweeter with caramelized malts, touches of sweetness dance, with just a hint of dryness. 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. Very nice.

jbaker67, Sep 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

atlbravsrno1, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

Picked up about 8 of these after my wife tried this at Cigar City and fell in love with it.

Served in a Disney Polynesian Resort shaped-glass.

A: Poured fairly clear, dark orange in color, and with a slight off-white head that didn't add up to much.

S: Not quite as marshmallowy as "Pumpking," but still quite dessert-like. I got some of the spices for sure, but it had a sweet potato-like quality that was to die for.

T: The best pumpkin ale I've ever tasted. Seriously, I got the pumpkin pie, of course, but it also had a bit of salt and pumpkin seeds to boot. Remarkable. The off-kilterness (eg. Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg) definitely paid off.

M: The prickle was perfect, the sugar content was there, but it was totally appropriate for Thanksgiving.

O: It lived up to the hype and then some.

Chaney, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

On-tap at BA Hunahpu's release. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

Pours a nice copper-orange with a thin white head that settles to a slight haze and ring. Nice pumpkin aromas mixed with brown sugar and the usual Pumpkin Pie spices. Moderately sweet, the brown sugar/molasses character comes out nicely. Taste is similar to the nose, but with a very pronounced pumpkin flavor. This is probably the most "pumkin-y" Pumpkin Beer I've had in a while, it's definitely more pumpkin then spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall one of my new favorite Pumpkin beers, love that you can really taste the pumpkin!

jsanford, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -13%

ADTaber, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -7.2%

ncstateplaya, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -7.2%

ncaudle, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

IrishColonial, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Deep shades of orange with a semi fluffy yellow colored head that fades very quickly into a foamy topper.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of clove, hints of corriander, all spice, brown sugar and what I would assume to be some pumpkin like squash type aromas.

Man just a lovely pumpkin ale here. Very round, soft, and velvety on the palate. So soft and feminine in mouthfeel and flavors. Things meld greatly with out being overly spicy. Cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, quince, clove, pumpkin flavors, some graham cracker, all spice, nutty flavors and more. Just a fantastic pumpkin, rivals pumking....it's a close one.

mcallister, Sep 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

akang, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Tyrawlings, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

2dogbrew, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

BMMillsy, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

egrace84, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -7.2%

seeswo, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Morey, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mrebeka, Sep 16, 2012
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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