Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-13-2011 02:55:45 | More by cosmicevan
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
Thank you for sharing, Jay
Appearance -- Pours an orange/amber hue with a mild haze and wispy beige head.
Smell -- Very nicely spiced with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, et al. Lots of sweet pie pumpkin as well, as well as yeasty/estery character. Really nice.
Taste -- Sweet pumpkin flesh and pie spices are the overarching flavor components, but at the same they aren't overstated; no artificial pumpkin spice latte effect. Lots of Belgian character, with yeast, mild spicy phenolics and bubblegum esters. Really unique and well-executed.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation.
Overall -- This must be my favorite pumpkin beer to date. Just amazing how well balanced and nuanced it is while still tasting like pumpkin and spice. It's the beer I wish Pumking was.
11-10-2011 04:53:04 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to leschkie for bringing this to share! Poured into tulip...
A- Opaque orange color. Inch of bubbly, rocky head that settles quickly not leaving much behind. It's not any huge inherent flaw per style or anything, but it should be noted how hazy this is...
S- Great pumpkin aroma. Cinnamon is prevalent as well. Has a warm, sweet, pumpkin pie aroma that isnt too obtrusive, but very balanced and nice. Has a very rustic, beautifully earthy finish in the nose.
T/M- Has a very fresh, green pumpkin taste. The spice followed the pumpkin almost instantly with a cinnamon kick and soft allspice rounding. Everything just pops as an individual component and an overall blend on the taste buds; flavors are separate, yet together. Finishing flavor is a more vegetative (not anything close to DMS) squash aspect. Sweet and earthy. Medium bodied, nice full carbonation.
O- Very well done. Not quite able to top Schlafly, but this is a top contender. The way the beer feels and the way the ingredients are so individualistic while still forming a unique, lingering blend is incredible. Would come back to this again and again in season...
11-08-2011 19:31:24 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
Acquired via LIF
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.
11-06-2011 15:32:53 | More by ehammond1
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
11-06-2011 01:02:04 | More by justintcoons
3.88/5 rDev -10%
A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a deep orangish amber color with an off-white head.
S- The nose is classic pumpkin ale aroma with pumpkin and spices.
T- The taste is really good. Not as sweet as some pumpkin ales, this one is a little more dry. The spices come out up front with some warmth from the alcohol. There is also a mile level of bitterness in the finish from some hops.
M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, Good Gourd is a really tasty pumpkin ale. I would put it in the upper tier of pumpkin beers. Recommended!
11-02-2011 03:08:08 | More by cjgator3
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.
A – Poured out a slightly hazy orange with one finger of bubbly white head that left a bit of lacing.
S – Very nice aroma. Pumpkin pie spice all the way. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.
T – Beautiful taste here. This is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and cinnamon everywhere on the palate. Strong pumpkin taste with. Think filling in a great pumpkin pie. Some very light sweetness but not sweet. Slight warming alcohol at the end.
M – Medium bodied with good lively carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the palate but remains bubbly.
O – Just jumped Pumking as my favorite pumpkin ale. Excellent all around here.
11-01-2011 01:27:51 | More by GallowsThief
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours an orange amber with a one finger head that sticks around in my bruery tulip. Aromas of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and a bit of ginger. Taste follows nose, really creamy, smooth and easy to drink. This is a great pumpkin beer, I could drink it all year!
11-01-2011 01:15:13 | More by jcartamdg
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
Thanks to DosBeerigos for the trade on this one. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed amber color with a white head that fades to just a thin film that holds around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish cream that again slowly fades down to a thin lacing. Some spots of lace cling to the glass.
The smell of this brew is earthy and spiced. A touch of green pumpkin character mixes with yeast and some fruity alcohol hints. Cloves are present along with cinnamon and an earthy indication of nutmeg and hops. More smells reveal a residual sweetness to the nose that is caught between a caramel malt and toffee character. The fruity inclusion is a bit perplexing and distracts a bit from the overall theme of pumpkin/earth character.
The taste is sweet toffee/caramel with a contrasting bitterness of herbal hops and a spice of earthy nutmeg. Some spices are evident with a flavor of cinnamon and clove. A fruity backing is evident that starts to move focus on the the alcohol aspect of this brew. The aftertaste is quite earthy with nutmeg and spices expected of the pumpkin offering. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a bit of a molasses to gram cracker type of malty inclusion which is interesting.
This is a medium bodied brew that is quite creamy with a light level of carbonation. There are lots of fruity alcohol notes and a solid balance of modest spices that keep everything in check. For an 8.5% offering, the alcohol is well integrated. Overall this is a solid take on the style, not the best I have had bu tone that is worth trying at least once... or twice.
11-01-2011 01:14:49 | More by stakem
3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
750ml bottle into pint glass split between 3 people. 2011 version.
A: Pours a orange brown color. About a half finger of off white head that fades quickly. There is some lacing on the swirl. Some alcohol feet seeing as its 8.5 ABV. Carbonation isn't that crazy.
S: This smells of more natural pumpkin flavor then some of the others I have tried this season. It's very subtle all around: mild pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. For a person, me, who isn't a big fan of seasonals....this smells good.
T: Much like the nose, a very nice subtle flavor on this one. Natural pumpkin notes are there. The spice bill is very nicely hidden and doesn't overpower. You do get a little alcohol in the back of the throat, but again not overpowering. It's just a little warmth.
M: Medium bodied beer. Doesn't COAT the mouth like a porter or stout but it lingers.
O: I'd go B+ or A- on this one. Mainly because I don't like pumpkins. It's Bette than the artificial flavored ones for sure though.
10-31-2011 02:13:48 | More by inlimbo77
4/5 rDev -7.2%
I picked this up in secret halloween '11, thanks Michael. I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep orange pour, big white head. The aroma is strong with pumpkin pie spice, especially allspice. The flavor is in good balance, good amounts of pumpkin, and spices are mixed, it has a dry finish. The body is medium, light alcohol notes, good carbonation. One of the better pumpkin beers I have ever had.
10-30-2011 14:40:30 | More by bonkers
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
A: pours an amber orange color with a one inch tan head, and some brownish sediment as i received the last bit of the bottle. The head remains 2 mm throughout the glass.
S: pumpkin and spice are the largest flavors, with malt and sweetness. A bit weak on the smell.
T: first the malt hits, then some pumpkin and spice, and then some extra spice and malt on the back end. It's not overwhelmingly sweet like a few other pumpkin beers, and that makes it fantastic.
M: first strikes me as incredibly smooth for such an amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel. Medium-thick body.
O: very drinkable, as it's smooth but not ridiculously sweet at all. Favorite pumpkin beer that I've had so far. This was $8 at the brewery and a couple of places around Gainesville. I'm picking up another bottle.
10-29-2011 00:34:37 | More by Holland
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
My last bottle of this one, figured now the best time to review.
This has taken over as my favorite pumpkin beer. Most of the pumpkin beers tend to have to much pumpkin spice in them, or tend to be too sweet like pumking, although i like pumking just fine. Good Gourd strikes the balance the best for me between pumpkin flavor and just enought added spice to make me think of this time of the year. The 9% abv doesn't hurt either, rounding this one out perfectly for the style.
I'll be looking for more bottles, or i just will have to wait til next year.
10-28-2011 19:15:40 | More by calcio360jrd
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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