Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.34/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750 ml poured into a coffee mug (my girlfriend's glassware [ceramicware?] of choice). Big thanks to woodsyy for the hook up; great trade!
A - what an interesting, cloudy looking brew. It pours dark orange and brown off the bottle, settling almost grey in the cup. Big foam takes a bit of time to recede, leaving that nice filmy lacing on top as it goes down.
S - there's something a little off here, almost like copper, but it's not dominating. It smells a whole lot like pumpkin spice, but not in a unique way. Other pumpkin beers (Pumking notably) smell nearly identical.
T - GG isn't sweet by any means, and the spices aren't overpowering and chemical-packed like they are in virtually every other pumpkin beer. However, it's really very pleasant, almost like a carbonated pumpkin latte. There's a hint of vanilla beneath some of the more intense spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, but it's very well balanced and smooth.
M - again, incredibly smooth. Very little carbonation makes GG drinkable, and 8.5% isn't high enough to intimidate even lightweight beer drinkers. Not artificial at all, which is really remarkable for the style.
O - great beer that I'd love to drink again in high season. GG is most definitely a crowd pleaser, and by far the best in a style that's almost always mediocre.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 01:28:04 | More by JamesShoemaker
4.98/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
First time I had this beer was on tap at Cigar City Brewing' s taproom.
A. Beer was slightly cloudy with thick creamy head.
S. First there was lots of malts and hops followed by pumpkin and spices. The combination was awesome.
T. First the hops smacks your taste buds followed by a nice spice pumpkin after taste.
M. Very smooth for a hippy beer and does not taste boozy for an 8.5% beer.
O. The best pumpkin ale I have ever tasted!
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2013 04:31:34 | More by BradTheHophead
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.