Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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District of Columbia
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.
08-04-2013 01:54:38 | More by Chaney
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.
09-16-2011 20:40:57 | More by birchstick
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!
10-02-2011 15:32:50 | More by jsanford
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.
09-15-2013 12:32:15 | More by jbaker67
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.
10-19-2011 03:40:57 | More by IdrinkGas
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.
09-25-2011 19:16:11 | More by mcallister
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.
08-11-2013 22:47:50 | More by BMMillsy
2.7/5 rDev -37.4%
Chilled growler into a glass. Shared by the late chswimmer, who received them courtesy of HonusWagner. Thanks Ted and Mike.
Consumed as part of a pumpkin beer lineup. From notes.
A: Pours a cloudy amber body with at most a half pinky of off-white head.
S: It's... almost totally lacking in aroma. The main thing I pick up is a floral, soapy note. Weird.
T: It has a good flavor for the most part. It's sweeter than some of the other pumpkin beers on the table, with less emphasis on spice. More brown sugar and caramel than nutmeg and cinnamon, though those are also there.
M: A very well hidden 9%. It's not syrupy, but it is on the sweeter end of the spectrum against the others I've tried.
D: It's good, but in the tasting it was lower-end, and out of what I've tried in the style, it's near the middle. I'd skip it.
12-09-2010 08:09:56 | More by Arbitrator
3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
A - pours a radiant orange-amber hue capped with a pie-crust-colored head, lots of tan lace, very appropriate for this seasonal brew.
2011 Update: It does not smell like dial soap anymore, just nice pumpkin, spice and golden Belgian-style beer. Score goes from 2.5 to 3.5.
S - At first I really despise the nose. It seems like I am picking up an aroma of Dial soap. It is either after I have had a few sips, or once it has aired out for a couple minutes that it becomes palatable, and after that the nose is pretty good.
T - The taste is an obvious winner. Imperial Pumpkin seems to work fairly well as a style. Big pumpkin and sweet potato flavors are lightly spiced and decently hopped. It seems that there are more hops and more caramel malt in this brew than one would usually find. Has an intangible, yet distinct CCB taste.
M - Big and rich, well-carbonated.
D - Easy to put down a few. Not something easily said of many pumpkin beers.
11-10-2010 01:49:40 | More by ktrillionaire
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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