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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: 1,274
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 579
Gots: 331 | 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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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Enjoyed on Thanksgiving.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a reddish hue and leaves a finger of off-white head which slowly fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, mild pumpkin. The spices are incredible and come through really well in the aroma. Mouth-watering.

Taste: Light pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, some malts. Decent amount of sweetness. Really tasty.

Mouth-feel: Nice medium body and medium carbonation. Fits the flavor profile very well. A bit sweet and sticky, but not too much.

Overall: I think this might be the perfect pumpkin beer (for me at least). Delicious spices, the right amount of "pumpkinness", right amount of sweet - just really delicious. This was a great beer to enjoy on Thanksgiving. See you again next year, Good Gourd.

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Photo of tpd975
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Cigar City

A: Pours a nice clear brillant punkin' orange hue with a nice tall creamy head. The retention is very good with spotty lace noted.

S: In the aroma department this one is hard to beat, it is neck and neck with Southern Tier Pumpking here. Huge real pumpkin aromas with a wonderful mix of spices. There is a real buttery crust element in here as well that I have never picked up in another beer. Even after the beer was gone from the glass the aroma still wafted from the empty glass. This one smells better than those $20 candles the wife brings home.

T: The flavors are wonderful as well. Real pumpkin, a perfect mix of pie spices, and oooh that gooey butter I detected. The pumpkin stands out without the spice overpowering. This one is a perfect mix between the pumpkin beers of DogFish Head and Southern Tier. I will quickly become a favorite of the pumpkin beer lovers.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: I tasted this one when it was first finished and the booze could really be detected. Since it has aged a bit, the alcohol flavors have died and the pumpkin, spice, and buttery goodness have come together to create one wonderful brew.

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Photo of Zach136
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque babyfood orange, virtually no head.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and pumpkin pulp.

Flavor: Toasty, nutty, molasses. Balanced assorted spices -- cinnamon, pumpkin spice, etc.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not over spiced.

Greatest pumpkin beer out there.

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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 ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via LIF
Thanks dfclav!

A combination of orange, auburn, and copper with a very thin light, creamy off-white head. Not much lace or cling is left on the glass.

A nice Fall collection of aromas, especially as the beer warms: a bit of earth pumpkin, but not a ton, as well as a handful of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. An appropriate and pleasant aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely, with the spices leading the way. My favorite part of this beer is the sweet and earthy vanilla character that lingers after the swallow.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A very nice, somewhat spice-forward, pumpkin ale with a tasty creamy vanilla character also.

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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 harrymel
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled: 20AUG11

A: pours an autumnal orange with really no head production and only some sheeted off-white bubbles. Hazy with spotty lace.

S: cloves, nutmeg, yams, sweet

T: Sweet malts with plenty of spices. Just what you would expect. Nothing really special here, I guess it's what people are after in a pumpkin.

M: Medium body with slight carbonation, it is nice with a slightly dry finish.

O: Well, this taste pretty much like pumking to me. I can tell it's high quality, but I'm still not on board pumpkin beer should be anything but a stout.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of Chaney
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of n2185
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red with excellent clarity and a small head of foam that dissipates rather quickly.
Smells rather sweet with a lot of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and caramel.
The taste is fairly similar. Pretty sweet, but not overly so. Lots of spice, brown sugar, caramel, and surprisingly, cherries. Pretty low carbonation and a smooth finish.

The most hyped pumpkin ale in the world? I think so. But does it live up to the hype? Yes, I would say it does. It is truly unique, memorable, and delicious. CCB does it again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.74/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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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 Arbitrator
2.66/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter. Whether this is good or not, I'm hoping to never drink another pumpkin beer.

Good looking beer. Deep copper color with a cream-colored head. Sudsy and creamy head. Persists well. 4.5

It's not overly spiced, so that's awesome. Has a hint of some tartness and fruit. Caramel malt sweetness. Not a ton on the nose. 3.75

Interesting first sip. Seems like a Belgian Dubbel with the candi syrup flavor. Reminds me of a lollipop for the candied sweetness. Pumpkin appears subtly and imparts a vegetal, squash quality and some light spice creeps in that again, is understated. 3.75

Candy-like sweetness and feel, akin to sucking on a lollipop. This is a dessert drink if anything. Smooth but with a tickle of carbonation and spice that accentuate the sweetness at times and other times downplay it. 3.75

I appreciate that this isn't a spice bomb, but it seems a sweet, syrupy bomb in place of that.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Nice spice notes yet still very smooth at the same time. Sweetness was spot on. Not too much or too little. Fabulous beer!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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