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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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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 347
Gots: 179 | FT: 16
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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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Zach136

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-11-2013 04:46:06 | More by Zach136
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

10-02-2013 06:12:05 | More by beergorrilla
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Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-28-2014 16:04:50 | More by Dicers
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dar482

New York

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep amber orange color.

The aroma huge of sweet pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, tons of sweetness of a pumpkin crust, and some brown sugariness.

The flavor follows with this perfect melding of sweetness, pumpkin, a hint of spices, and then a creamy mouthfeel to back it up. There's almost this whip cream pumpkin flavor that combines with it that gives it a bigger body than it should have. What this beer does so well is that it's not pretending to be pumpkin pie, but really has that punch of juicy fruit real pumpkin in the front.

This really represents a perfect pumpkin pie in a beer. Pumking does a good job, but is a bit cloying on the sweetness. This has the perfect balance that really makes this the best pumpkin beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:08:00 | More by dar482
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-05-2013 03:29:50 | More by Satchboogie
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-16-2012 15:26:31 | More by mrebeka
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-deep orange brown color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-caramel, pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, malt, brown sugar

T-pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, toasted bread, mild bitterness at the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, alcohol well-integrated

O-a well-made pumpkin beer with great flavor and not overly sweetened as many of this style are, probably my favorite of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 16:52:53 | More by MDDMD
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Kickbacks with a gramham cracker crust rim. wasn;t my choice, but hey it turned out awesome.

appearance: hazy cloudy coper color

smell: Could totally smell those pumpkin pie spices. Huge nose and even a little graham craker aorma proably from the rim.

taste: really nice balance with great pumpkin and spice flavor. not over sweet at all. This is probably one of the best pumpkin beers I have had.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: great pumpkin beer, probably one of the best I have had. Amazing nose and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 00:12:46 | More by CampusCrew
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to johnyb. Poured into CCB snifter. Enjoyed as my Halloween beer!

A- Pours a orange reddish brown with a thin layer of yellowish brown head that quickly subsides to leave no head at all. Decent carbonation with consistently rising carbonation bubbles. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some other spices. Very nicely balanced without any spices dominating too much which I hate in a lot of pumpkin beers. About average aroma strength.

T- Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and some more cinnamon on the finish that lingers for a little bit. Nice flavorful balance between everything, if anything the cinnamon dominates a little bit, but not in a bad way (there's a lot of cinnamon beers I can't stand).

M- Fairly thin, nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

O- This was a fantastic pumpkin ale. Easily one of the best I've had. Pumpkin ales are not easy to master- a lot of breweries don't get enough pumpkin to come out and some overspice. CCB did a great job in creating this pumpkin ale and I highly recommend trying it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 22:29:12 | More by jaasen64
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CoolEthan

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-25-2013 04:22:59 | More by CoolEthan
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates extremely quick. A Moderate stream of tiny carbonation bubbles from the center of the glass. Large lacing careens down the edge of the glass.

N: Clean caramel, pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells very refreshing and inviting.

T: Bready pie crust, caramel, pumpkin, toasted grains, and allspice upfront. Mid-palette brings in more heavy, clean malt along with nutmeg, brown sugar, hints of molasses, green apple and tobacco. Finishes with cinnamon, burnt pie crust, allspice, pumpkin flesh along with some earthy hop bitterness and clove.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, slick and a bit chewy.

O: Definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales! Complex, malty, bready, caramelly and filled with pumpkin flavors. Spicing is mild and artfully done, only lending support to the brew as a whole. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:02:04 | More by justintcoons
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

11-19-2011 04:05:27 | More by DoctorB2B
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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours orange with a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: pumpkin spices up front with creamy vanilla aromas followed by yam and pumpkin notes with a sweet bready aroma.

T: again, pumpkin spices at first with some vanilla flavors. Slightly bitter pumpkin and bread flavors follow. Very slight alcohol presence.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: a good pumpkin ale that could use a creamier body and more depth of flavor. Still, it smells great and is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:04:01 | More by n2185
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrives a dark amber/ light brown color. Clear and brigjt with a small, off-white head that dissipates to a ring rather quickly. Some light, scattered lacing.
Smell is faint with notes of malt, root beer and naught else.
Taste is malty with some slight pumpkin and hop notes as well as the same root beer-like spices. Balance is good but lacking in depth and complexity.
Full body, lightish effervescence. Slighty drying finish with a hatsh, almost peppery burn on the tip of the tongue. Nutmeg perhaps? Not up to the usual standards of CCB.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 15:51:45 | More by PorterLambic
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-28-2014 05:02:26 | More by bennetj17
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

11-25-2013 16:00:40 | More by ncstateplaya
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JohnBender

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2012 22:58:54 | More by JohnBender
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-11-2013 03:08:04 | More by tbeq00
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

10-19-2013 20:00:35 | More by ajzy
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

11-18-2012 19:48:35 | More by BeerHunter76
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-20-2011 15:07:41 | More by nh2032
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Total Wine about 1 month ago and have looking forward to trying this one. I got two bottles; one for before Halloween and one to consume on Halloween. Lets give er a go.

Pours from a 750ml bottle into a Stella Artoios chalice type glass. Fills the glass with a chocolate amber colored beverage. There is a small wispy head that disappears almost immediately. There is no lacing and no retention. This was a bit of a bummer.

Aroma is very nice. Filled with the potpourri of pumpkin spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, molasses, even a hint of chocolate and toffee. Rather complex. However, there is a bit of vegetable/cabbage that slightly detracts from the overall pleasantness of the aroma.

I liked the flavor. I still think Pumking is the king of pumpkin beers, but this one follows suit nicely. Slightly synthetic pumpkin flavors. There is a nice pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookie and pumpkin donut thing going on with the flavor. Very heavy on the spices, certainly the limit of spice flavor has been reached with this one. Quite bready. Kind of sweet and gets a little syrupy as it warms.

This was very enjoyable overall. Notmy favorite of the pumpkin beers, but this is definitely a solid beer in the category. Nice body, medium in the feel. Carbonation could be a little higher, but a nice ber.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 00:17:33 | More by SaCkErZ9
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brystmar

Texas

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

A: orange-gold with less white head than expected. Decent retention, though, and leaves a beady lace.

S: fresh pumpkin that's smooth and mellow. Truly smells like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet malts, hints of Challah bread too.

T: smooth mixture of sweet malts, spices, and fresh pumpkin. Great balance here: not too sweet, spicy, or pumpkin-y. Finishes with a delicious, lingering pumpkin pie aftertaste and just a tiny hint of bitterness.

M/D: nice & creamy and nearly full-bodied. Velvety texture is sublime. Could drink this entire bottle myself.

Practically every brewery in the country makes a pumpkin ale these days, and nearly every one of them misses the mark. Even beers from top-rated brewers seem to miss more often than they hit. Good Gourd is a hit!

That said, it still falls short of my top tier. Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin by Hoppin Frog and Devious Imperial Pumpkin by Bethlehem Brew Works tie for top honors among pumpkin ales. But Good Gourd ranks a solid #3, snugly above ST PumKing and DFH Punkin. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:58:22 | More by brystmar
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-11-2013 04:45:04 | More by Keith_R
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-10-2013 02:32:50 | More by MacQ32
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.