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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: 853
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 354
Gots: 180 | 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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -13%

10-24-2012 01:07:13 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 15:32:53 | More by ehammond1
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-25-2011 19:28:09 | More by Exiled
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harrymel

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 08:50:35 | More by harrymel
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2014 22:46:25 | More by mattmarka1
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cosmicevan

New York

4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was shocked to find this locally the other day. supposedly got the last bottle of a single case that the shop got. we've always gotten cigar city, but never saw good gourd anywhere.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. beer poured a thin pumpkiny orange with a bubbly oily head that bubbled away quick. in the glass, the beer was lush and rich and transparent.

s - as soon as i opened the beer an AMAZING aroma filled the air. upon closer inspection...just marvelous. picture pumpking but better. pumpkin, cinnamon, apples...autumn.

t - wow, tastes just as good as it smells. very potpouri. festive. literally tastes like autumn. pumpkin, subtle balanced sweetness.

m - very smooth and medium bodied. booze is invisible.

o - overall, i think i may have just tasted the best pumpkin beer i've ever tried. it really is phenomenal...but if you don't like pumpkin beers, don't expect to like this one. here's hoping i see it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:55:45 | More by cosmicevan
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warnerry

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange-brown with almost two fingers of tan head. Head fades to a collar pretty quickly, but leaves some lacing.

S - Nice aroma. A bit of sweetness, but not too sweet. Smells of a bit of pie crust, with some cinnamon and other pumpkin spices coming through. Also some subtly sweet pumpkin note and a bit of brown sugar.

T - All of the notes of the smell are there, but with a nice subtlety. Tastes of a nicely spiced beer up front, with the pumpkin coming later. I like that this isn't overly sweet, or overly spiced. All the elements of a pumpkin pie, but in good balance with each other, and with the malt profile.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Has the mouthfeel of a spiced lager. A bit of creaminess.

O - A very nice pumpkin beer, one of the better examples I've had. Not too sweet, not overly spiced. Just a nicely balanced flavor profile that has the spice elements of a good pumpkin beer in combination with more of an earthy pumpkin profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:12:46 | More by warnerry
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2013 21:26:19 | More by Whiskeydeez
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-21-2014 13:22:01 | More by BMart
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

10-20-2013 10:57:43 | More by williamjbauer
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-15-2012 00:10:31 | More by thegerm87
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my cousin from Tampa for getting me this. Reviewed from notes on Christmas Eve.

A- Dark brown body poured into a pint glass with some red around the edges. Creamy off white head forms and a nice ring does too. Decent cap retention and a few spots of lace here and there.

S- Pumpkin, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. Dark fruit and raisin as well as some toasted brown malts. Medium spice level.

T- More like a pie here with a sweet, somewhat dessert creamy feel. Spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger at a moderate level. Dark fruit is slightly medicinal. Pumpkin, toasted malts and brown sugar hints round it all out.

MF- Creamy and fairly thick body. Carbonation has a silky feel and is on the lower-medium level. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Solid for a higher ABV pumpkin ale. Not too spicy and a pretty good balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 06:11:19 | More by cbutova
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-27-2014 16:10:07 | More by Hanzo
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jsanford

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 15:32:50 | More by jsanford
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-26-2014 13:08:51 | More by koopa
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:54:38 | More by Chaney
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birchstick

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 20:40:57 | More by birchstick
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-15-2012 15:05:56 | More by ncaudle
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mcallister

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:16:11 | More by mcallister
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-25-2013 23:14:21 | More by ADTaber
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:40:57 | More by IdrinkGas
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2013 02:59:27 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-20-2014 00:00:39 | More by Tyrawlings
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-15-2013 10:37:09 | More by RedneckBeerz
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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