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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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849 Ratings
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 347
Gots: 179 | FT: 16
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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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-18-2013 05:36:42 | More by duff247
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-10-2012 20:38:08 | More by millerbuffoon
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-22-2013 06:25:54 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

11-10-2013 19:06:44 | More by st9647v3
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Arbitrator

California

2.7/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2010 08:09:56 | More by Arbitrator
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 01:49:40 | More by ktrillionaire
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 12:32:15 | More by jbaker67
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-06-2011 01:17:30 | More by IrishColonial
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-25-2012 23:52:46 | More by DonFrap
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

04-13-2014 14:24:25 | More by nrbw23
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Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-30-2013 20:04:53 | More by Brew33
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-06-2013 14:35:36 | More by Morey
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-22-2013 01:55:43 | More by egrace84
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-07-2013 04:41:13 | More by Zbeetleman
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:47:50 | More by BMMillsy
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jegross2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-21-2013 18:36:32 | More by jegross2
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-30-2013 00:30:45 | More by 2dogbrew
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 18:50:48 | More by CuriousMonk
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

11-24-2013 16:15:11 | More by Stinger80OH
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jampics2

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

09-18-2013 14:10:36 | More by jampics2
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into pint glass split between 3 people. 2011 version.

A: Pours a orange brown color.  About a half finger of off white head that fades quickly.  There is some lacing on the swirl.  Some alcohol feet seeing as its 8.5 ABV.  Carbonation isn't that crazy.

S: This smells of more natural pumpkin flavor then some of the others I have tried this season.  It's very subtle all around: mild pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.  For a person, me, who isn't a big fan of seasonals....this smells good.

T: Much like the nose, a very nice subtle flavor on this one.  Natural pumpkin notes are there.  The spice bill is very nicely hidden and doesn't overpower.  You do get a little alcohol in the back of the throat, but again not overpowering.  It's just a little warmth. 

M: Medium bodied beer.  Doesn't COAT the mouth like a porter or stout but it lingers.

O: I'd go B+ or A- on this one.  Mainly because I don't like pumpkins.  It's Bette than the artificial flavored ones for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 02:13:48 | More by inlimbo77
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-26-2013 03:31:46 | More by akang
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-03-2012 23:45:56 | More by atone315
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Brownish, orangish amber, hazy, with a one-finger off-white head that fairly quickly dissipates into a ring. Decent lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, caramel malts. Unfortunately, I'm also getting a a little dry cardboard aroma here too.

T: Flavor follows the nose, which is pleasant at first - pumpkin, spiciness, nice round flavors. But, the flat cardboard flavor is there again in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation, no alcohol presence to speak of. This is a sweeter brew but with a relatively dry hang.

O: This one is overall OK, but I deducted significant points for the off flavor. The only think I know to cause this would be oxidization, but I know that it's fresh, and one wouldn't think there would be high-temperature exposure between the brewery & the tasting room, as they're literally connected. Either way, this had promise but didn't deliver. I did buy a bottle, so if it is significantly different I will update this review.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 21:32:49 | More by macrosmatic
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-13-2013 02:29:49 | More by SpdKilz
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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