Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.6/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
09-29-2011 08:50:35 | More by harrymel
4.18/5 rDev -3%
Good Gourd has arrived on the Northeast Coast. Glad to see this as I had stared at this in wonder last year if it would ever make it up.
Smell of caramelized sugars, roasted malts, light english yeast I presume by lack of any real character outside of the spices.
Taste of fresh light cinnamon, sweet spices, buttered sweet potato, a bit of Jamaican allspice in moderation and tons of caramelized sugars.
Medium to light body with a creamy buttered slick mouthfeel.
Overall I really enjoyed this. The closest pumpkin Ale I can compare it to is Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale which I have not had since last year but I really enjoyed that beer. I like pumpkin ales a lot but after having a few pumple Drumkin , this just blows it out of the water and I had thought it was only mediocre on the low side. Good Gourd should probably be renamed Great Gourd? or maybe that is for the sequel that has been aged in bourbon barrels.
09-29-2011 02:14:42 | More by alpinebryant
3.03/5 rDev -29.7%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head
smell: nutmeg, cinnamon,
taste: pumpkin spices, sweet, malts
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body
overall: rather disappointing the beer needed some more body in my opinion. glad I got to try it just doesn't stand up to the better pumpkin beers.
09-28-2011 20:59:48 | More by THECPJ
2.78/5 rDev -35.5%
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.
09-28-2011 15:51:45 | More by PorterLambic
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Finally.. thank you CCB.. for bottling this amazing brew.
Poured into my CCB snifter.. half finger of head disspates to thin white lace around inner glass.. dark amber orange color.. lacey
smells like real fresh pumpkin, sweet hints of cinnamon, clove and all spice.
medium body, rich creamy, well balanced carbonation
Rich creamy pumpkin, taste.. immediately destroys the palate, subtle cinnamon, nutmeg undertones with a slight alcohol twinge to indicate its presence.
This is the catalina wine mixer of Pumpkin beer this season!!
get you some!! PaaaaHHH
09-27-2011 03:29:11 | More by hopking311
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
pours a deep fiery orange with a very hazy look, and some big and fluffy off white head. not a lot of lacing.
smells deliciously pumpkiny and it has lots of cinnamon and clove notes. even what seems to be a slight chocolate scent as well.
the taste is slightly less pumpkiny and more beer like, even has a bit of sourness and a touch of that trademark cigar city funk.
the mouthfeel is very creamy with a slightly foamy and prickly carbonation. full bodied with a dry finish.
moderate drinkability and it has quite a bitter finish and is very full bodied, leaving you a bit full half-way through.
delicious pumpkin beer but it is a bit bitter in the finish, the smell however is totally where it's at. love cigar city beer.
09-27-2011 02:28:06 | More by ryanonline
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a hazy reddish orange with one finger of cream colored head, settles to a thin ring, couple thin rings left on the glass. Smell: pretty substantial cooked (canned) pumpkin, sweet... a little butterscotch, nutmeg and allspice, with mild toasted and twangy grain in the back. Really mild note of clove. Taste: pretty close to a liquid bite of pumpkin pie with a little whipped cream on it. The pumpkin is the star but with ample doses of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon, and a little clove in the finish. Mild spicy + earthy hopping (get the impression of a belgian pale -ish base beer) mixes really well with the pie spices. Very good.
09-26-2011 02:32:27 | More by babaracas
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-25-2011 19:16:11 | More by mcallister
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
A-murky dark orange with a nice cream colored head. good lacing.
S-pumpkin with a spicy and tangy aspect to it. the spicyness isn't the typical autumn spices though. it reminds me more of belgian witbier. smells really tasty and unique, though faint. actually there are some autumn spices too...i don't know...this is complex.
T-wow this is going to be talked about for years to come. this is great. comes in with a great taste of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and sweet potato! its a great taste with strong flavors. it goes in to a slight bitterness then ends with a long lasting after-taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, and sweet potato. this is amazing.
M-creamy low carbonation with a semi-dry finish
O-as far as pumpkin ales go, i've only ever liked pumpkin and pumpking. i've now added good gourd. in fact, this puts punkin to shame. its such a complex and balanced blend of great flavors.
09-25-2011 05:38:30 | More by AdamBear
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Had this last night side by side with Elysian Great Pumpkin. I am actually a big fan of most of the Cigar City offerings, so I was interested in trying their pumpkin presentation. Thanks to Bryanole for shooting this my way.
A - Pours nicely, a dark orange red with a fairly strong white head that rises up and quickly pulls back.
S - Pretty standard pumpkin fare in that it presents a strong profile of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspince, what you would normally expect in a pumpkin beer.
T - Again, pretty standard in that it focuses on the traditional spices although there is a slight bitterness towards the end, almost a hoppy profile on top of the pumpkin beer.
M- Pretty good, not thick in any way, pretty much what you would expect.
O - Against the Great Pumpkin, this one came out the loser. I would say that CCB has done a nice job but it sits there with most other pumpkin offerings. Nothing allows this one to stand out versus the Weyerbacher and others. A good effort noting noteworthy here.
Thanks again to Bryanole for shooting these my way. I have a couple of extra bottles for the fall football tailgating season that will come in handy.
09-24-2011 13:18:15 | More by Beerisheaven
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.
Appearance - Slightly hazy deep amber body. Not as dark as other pumpkin ales. A nice healthy head also distinguishes it from other pumpkins. And finally, it's got lacing! It looks like a real beer.
Smell - A great balance of pumpkin and spices. It's not dominated by spices, but they complement the pumpkin nicely. Nutmeg especially, I think.
Taste - Good pumpkin flavor up front, but the spices are less involved. The pumpkin flavor seems to fade and come back in the end. Maybe even a bit of earthiness with it at the end and possibly some bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Thick, but not as creamy as I'd like. I imagine a perfect pumpkin ale like drinking a pumpkin pie and it comes close, but just not quite creamy enough. Are my standards too high?
Overall - The best pumpkin ale I've had to date, but not perfect. The smell is wonderful but the taste is not quite as good.
09-21-2011 21:55:17 | More by Alieniloquium
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a deep amber with a one finger creamy head. The aroma is typical pumpkin pie spices like cardamom, cinnamon, all spice, etc. There is also a nice pumpkin/squash aroma behind the spices. The taste is heavy on the spices and I get a good amount of whipped-cream. The alcohol is hidden well for a 9% beer. The mouthfeel is medium with medium to high carbonation. I'd prefer this to be a little less carbonated. Overall, the second best Pumpkin ale I have ever had. I think this would benefit from some aging and I will try to review this some time next year. Highly recommended!
09-20-2011 05:18:43 | More by hmf05
4.18/5 rDev -3%
For a pumpkin beer this has very good head retention and carbonation, though the carb is slightly loopy. Nice half a finger white head. Orange, auburn in color, slightly opaque, it looks warm and fall like. Full aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Really nice fresh spice pop, not muted at all. There is also some toasty malted aroma. Off the bat I can taste warm and toasted malts, some roasted squash flavor coupled with a good hit of vanilla. Mid palate all the way to the finish is freshly ground pumpkin pie spices. A tad cloying but not really too sweet just a really full bodied, full flavored pumpkin ale. I wish this beer had some more true pumpkin flavor, but otherwise this is very, very, good. This is so close to my favorite but Pumking still rains supreme for me.
09-19-2011 01:14:11 | More by pmlondrigan
3.88/5 rDev -10%
On tap at the Blind Tiger 9/15
Pours a orangy brown color with a minimal egg-shell colored head that quickly disipates into a barely there cap. Typical for imperial pumpkins.
The aroma is of a solid bready malt. The pumpkin spices are light, with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice making their presence known. There is also an odd spice that I wasn't able to put my finger on.
While the aroma was light, the pumpkin spice flavor was big. Big nutmeg and clove presence with cinnamon and nutmeg. There seemed to be some vanilla as well. Again there was a sweet spice that I couldn't quite get. There was an earthy quality to the brew and it finished with a tea like bitterness.
The feel was light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet upfront but finishes lightly bitter and dry.
A good pumpkin ale, not great but surely didn't disappoint.
09-19-2011 00:36:32 | More by Gmann
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Dark amber with medium bodied off white head.
S: Nutmeg, pumpkin spice, malty and buttery pie crust.
T: Wow, very nice pumpkin beer. Spices up front, pumpkin, followed by a nice buttery finish.
M: Thick, coats the tongue.
O: Very nice example of a pumpkin ale. Best I have had.
09-17-2011 02:23:18 | More by injuredreserve
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-16-2011 20:40:57 | More by birchstick
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml bottle with cool labelwork & has me excited with the beefed up abv! Damn I love big beers!
Blood orange red color in the glass plays to the theme. Fluffy off white head fills the glass out well, making for a good looking beverage. Suprise, suprise! Sweet pumpkin spices, cinnamon & nutmeg hit the nostrils. Expected this for an imperial pumpkin. Smells fucking good. Same on the palate but with a full body, neatly creamy in texture, but well carbonated.
Overall, this is my favorite pumpkin ale of the season. At $11.99 per bottle, its a bit price to get again. Well worth trying it once though - loved it.
09-15-2011 19:31:27 | More by hoptualBrew
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured from a 1 pint 9.4oz btl into a nucleated tulip/snifter.
Cloudy opaque orange/amber color with an off-white head that diminishes into a light almost non-existent head that remains edged at the glass.
The upfront nose is spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a strong pumpkin smell that provides an excellent backing. Quite inviting!
The taste is well balanced with a strong pumpkin flavor and cinnamon spice pronouncing itself sharply on the back half. Wonderfully full bodied and creamy like an imperial pumpkin should be.
--Overall this will be a repeat buy. So far the best release of 2011 for my palate. Full bodied, creamy, with spice and a REAL pumpkin flavor. Delicious...
09-15-2011 01:40:06 | More by Berrmecca13
4.29/5 rDev -0.5%
750 ml bottle poured into my bruery tulip.
A: Almost like a ruby orange color. The beer dropped a 2 finger cream colored head, that retained very well but left little lace.
A: Sweet malt, pumpkin pie spice, and piney hops. Dominate notes of nutmeg, followed by cinnimon, slight clove, and allspice. Piney hops are suprisingly strong. All in all the nose is not that strong, and falls a little short.
T: Sweet malt flavor is prominent. The pumpkin pie flavors are there towards the middle of the brew, and it finishes with a hoppy bitterness. I like bitterness in my pumpkin brews, but not his much. I think they could've toned down the early hop additions here. The pumpkin is a nice addition, it gives the brew an earthiness that the pumpkin pie spice alone wouldn't. No hint of the 9% tho.
M: Pumpkin beers that actually use pumpkin always have a great full mouthfeel for me, but I think it is a bit overcarbonated.
O: I think this is a solid pumpkin brew, but the aroma falls way short. I would put this one above average, but not on the level of pumking, IMHO. Skal.
09-09-2011 00:23:00 | More by Gtreid
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
Appearance: Pours a medium orange-caramel with a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt with pumpkin and a nice mix of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The smell is a little more subdued than I had hoped for, but the aroma that is there smells good.
Taste: Delicious mix of pumpkin pie spices up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with a decent hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is spicy with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The elevated ABV% is very well-masked and it goes down very smooth.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the best pumpkin ales on the market. Like almost everything from Cigar City, I highly recommend this one.
09-08-2011 21:56:23 | More by adam42381
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
orange tinted amber. This was very cloudy and hazy which kind of surprised me to be honest. A good two inch or more of white foamy lace formed as a head on top and actually had some really good retention
highly spiced but yet not overpowering as you see a lot with these pumpkins. nutmeg, and cinnamon and a good amount of fresh grass or even a tree like smell to it. Lots of spice running through it though and I could pick up even on some apple in there as well. I thought the aroma was very well put together overall. a nice grainy almost yeast like back to it which really served to lighten it up. This was followed by loads of fall spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of spiced apple, just a good all around mix. There was a noticeable hoppy presence and this definitely could not be hidden. Great finish
08-20-2011 01:59:40 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance is orange-amber color with small white fluffy cap.
Aromas of pumpkin fruit and spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very nice aroma without being overly spiced.
The flavor suggests pumpkin pie. Semi-sweet pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel malt. Nice balance of these flavors without being overly spicy, sweet or artificial.
Medium body with low carbonation.
This is one of the more enjoyable pumpkin ales I have had to date. I dont usually pursue pumpkin beers, but I would drink a pint of this given the right seasonal timing.
Thanks to digita7693 for bringing a growler up to Jax the same day for tasting fresh from the Tap Room. ~9/2010
12-09-2010 18:24:32 | More by unclejimbay
2.7/5 rDev -37.4%
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.
12-09-2010 08:09:56 | More by Arbitrator
3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
11-10-2010 01:49:40 | More by ktrillionaire
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-09-2010 00:12:46 | More by CampusCrew
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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