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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: 892
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 454
Gots: 205 | FT: 18
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

BrewsandBlues, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

SourAddict, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stopped by a grocery store on my way to the Cigar City taproom, and found this! Tasted 2 October 2013.

Pour is weird. The first one looked totally flat, with 0 head, and was murky. The second pour yielded 1 finger of head, and was mostly clear. Strange. Wonder if that was a temperature issue? Regardless of cause, my review is on the second pour. Color is a rusty orange. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is full of pumpkin and spices. It's sweet and bready, and reminds me of a spiced pumpkin muffin! Really nice, though it's shading towards overdoing it.

Taste is a lot like the smell: heavy on the pumpkin, and jam-packed with spices, with a topping of sugar. Seriously, this is probably the most spiced-up pumpkin beer I've had, and it's an amalgam of so many that I can't pick out any one, though I suspect cloves and cinnamon are in there. Very nice. Main complaint is that there's just too much going on, and the pieces don't all work together so well.

Feel was like the appearance. My first pour was totally flat, and I had to swish it around to even get any bubbles to come out. But that may have been temperature. After letting it sit, it acquired some life, though the carbonation was still lower than I'd like. Medium-bodied and sticky.

A very solid, if slightly overdone, pumpkin beer.

zeledonia, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

ali1987, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

MightiestBeard, Nov 01, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

got to be the smoothest pumpkin beer ever. been mellowing for a year now. bronze and lazy in looks, but angry and temperamental and impatient in taste. so much here, all orange and frothy. nose of gourd, its true, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric, and all kinds of liquor. smooth and comfortably spiced, this is a beer of sharing proportions. vanilla, brown sugar, and cardamom. so much going on here, but so little comprehension for me as I sip away, tasting something new each time. barrel and attitude percolate heavy, as does a soft sort of pokey vibe. spice is robust, yet I am as mellow as anything. delicate feel, needs more oomph overall, but this is special stuff. the name gourd makes me want more gourds, its reciprocal in that way, special yet understated. impress me it does, perfect it is not...

StonedTrippin, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

sgoro, Nov 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

user785335, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

nharres, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

sfr26, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

travisdiener32, Oct 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

itsscience, Oct 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

hopslam11, Oct 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

wesside89, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +7%
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.

dar482, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Phillyz, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

uncccegr, Oct 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

FLenoci, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Wide tulip....

A: Darker than your normal pumpkin ale, except maybe something like DFH Punkin'. This has more of a light brown/amber murky look to it. Imperial looking, no doubt. I'm diggin it, sums up fall in a glass. Not much head to stick around.

S: WOW! This is not your ordinary Pumpkin Ale by any means... Huge sweet notes, desert beer qualities. Vanilla, pumpkin, apple pie, molasses, sweet dark figs, candied yams, brown sugar - fall beer heaven? More of an Autumn and fall smell than a strait up pumpkin spice, absolutely obsessed with this smell!

T: Just like the nose, the sweetness follows through with the best spice profile I can think of, almost too rich but just right! Drinks really smooth, not boozy like I heard last years version might have been. No off putting flavors what so ever, very easy and smooth drinking. This is an easy bottle to take down yourself. Imagine an organic pumpkin pie flavored apple sauce, that is what this reminds me of.

MF: Amazingly smooth and easy drinking, not bubbly or over carbonated. This is what I've been looking for in a fall beer.

O: I'd be surprised if you did a blind taste test of this and didn't pick out each flavor I listed. They are all there and so prominent, yet in perfect harmony. CCB went over the top with this beer, my new favorite fall release. Thankfully I have friends willing to send me bottles of this :D

GlassFreeek, Oct 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

MannyFL, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

campfirebrew, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

akang, Oct 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mmcnaughton, Oct 26, 2013
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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