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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Reviews: 180
Hads: 1,163
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 3.55%
Wants: 510
Gots: 272 | FT: 25
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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
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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 1,163
Photo of Mangbus
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

One of the better Pumpkin beers being made today. I've had this on Nitro at the brewery and also from the bottle. Nitro gives it a bit better mouth-feel but overall, they both pack a lot of spices and pumpkin flavor without taking away from the beer. One of the only pumpkin brews that I see out annually. (308 characters)

Photo of Jon_Rueben
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Very good beer. I won't do the breakdown, because I tried one week ago. It was very complex, and not overdone. I loved this brew. Cigar City rarely disappoints. (163 characters)

Photo of EricTKole
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

2013 bottle poured into a white wine glass. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Good mouthfeel, full but not heavy. Plenty of spice but good balance with the pumpkin. Neither one dominates the other. This was good pumpkin pie in a glass. Perfect for thanksgiving dinner or special fall dinners. Probably not something I would drink on a random Tuesday night. (353 characters)

Photo of hopking311
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (562 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery with JJ. What a cool spot.

A - Amber/Brown with an off white head.

S - Cinnamon, burnt sugar, toffee, and PUMPKIN.

T - Allspice, nutmeg, molasses, sugar, pumpkin, caramel, Damn this tasty. They have so many good beers on tap, Marshal Zhukov, Vanilla Brown Maduro, Jai Alai, and multiple other brewery only releases. I love pumpkin so tried this beer and I was not disappointed.

M - Smooth, Sweet but not overly so, well balances, light carbonation.

O - Fantastic pumpkin beer. Another hit from CC. Hardly taste the booze for the ABV. Another reason I love Cigar City. Beers like this make me wonder why there's not more love for pumpkin beers... but I suppose to each their own. (709 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty brown amber with nice clarity. Thin finger of foam leaving very little lacing. The nose hits with nutmeg, a dry vegetal pumpkin quality, cinnamon candy and baking spices - it is very much like pumpkin pie, spices are prevalent with almost a creamy pie crust scent. The nose is what gets me - multilayered complex chocolate notes - this beer looks like Theobroma and drinks like what Theobroma wishes it could be. Straight pumpkin pie in the mouth, full of spices and rich pumpkin flavor that finishes with nice carbonation and a dry vegetal quality at the end. Almost a touch astrigent on the finish and not a huge fan of the vegetal quality it presents but this is by far and away the best pumpkin beer i have had. (730 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Enjoyed on Thanksgiving.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a reddish hue and leaves a finger of off-white head which slowly fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, mild pumpkin. The spices are incredible and come through really well in the aroma. Mouth-watering.

Taste: Light pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, some malts. Decent amount of sweetness. Really tasty.

Mouth-feel: Nice medium body and medium carbonation. Fits the flavor profile very well. A bit sweet and sticky, but not too much.

Overall: I think this might be the perfect pumpkin beer (for me at least). Delicious spices, the right amount of "pumpkinness", right amount of sweet - just really delicious. This was a great beer to enjoy on Thanksgiving. See you again next year, Good Gourd. (816 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (526 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Nice spice notes yet still very smooth at the same time. Sweetness was spot on. Not too much or too little. Fabulous beer! (155 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good Gourde! Another Pumpkin Ale to grace our shelves, cellars and palates for the ground-gaining fall season. So what sets this guy apart? Its the way it sells not the pumpkin, but the pumpkin pie in all its glory. And it does so consistently and boldly from start to finish.

Burnish-orange in color, the connection to the pumpkin begins in the beer's look. Its haze causes the hue to take on a dark caramel and rust appearance. Topped with a creamy froth, its head is creamy, seemingly of whipped cream. Its like I just took a cross section of pumpkin pie.

Savory aromas are sweet, starchy, and crusty. Sweet grains are both of caramel and "Grape Nuts" for a nutty-sweet scent. A marshmallow-type type of heavy cream presence folds into the spiciness that turns up next. Rather than lead by cinnamon, its the nutmeg and clove that gives a hearty-soft spiciness and then the sharpness of cinnamon to give final impressions, before that first sip.

Its three-headed attack is first of caramel with a hearty backbone of biscuit for a taste that comes together as much like pumpkin pie desserts as beer can get. Its praline-type sweetness is rich, caramelly, and with creamy corn syrup. But the cream and pumpkin flavor of blends with a taste of heavy whipping cream for a pumpkin "fluff" flavor. Again, the spices are paramount, but merely balance the sweetness with soft clove, nutmeg and spicier cinnamon. But there's more- the crusty, toasted barley flavors allow the beer to take on a graham cracker dry breadiness and a toasted hazelnut taste for a savory taste that's not easily quantified.

Medium-full in its body, the ale doesn't shy away from its richer character. Instead of trying to become beer, it tries to become pumpkin pie and it is very good at it. Its deep savory and sweet interplay extends well into finish with spicy rum-like warmth and a slight pang of spice-derived astringency to supplant hops. Without promoting dryness or drinkability, the ale instead promotes another sip!

I love when asked what this beer will likely pair well with, as they likely expect desserts like pumpkin pie. I enjoy explaining that it doesn't pair with dessert, it replaces the dessert! (2,192 characters)

Photo of Tone2467
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass(all that my friend has)

A: Pours a deep orange with red tint. Almost like a bright blood moon. Produced a small slightly off white head which quickly receeded to outer ring of the glass with very little lacing. These aren't my glasses so head retention and lacing might not be accurate due to cleanliness.

S: The smell here is amazing! Immediately hit with a strong spice presence. Allspice and cinnamon with pumkin and sugar sweetness bringing in the back end. Smells just like I want a pumpkin ale to.

T: The taste is nice with good amounts of pumpkin and allspice. I don't notice the cinnamon on my palate but I do pick up a nice clove flavor. A decent bit of sweetness in this one reminding me of a nice pie.

M: Very light on my tounge. I was expecting this one to be a bit thicker at 8.5% abv. The medium amount of carbonation is nice for this beer. Another factor is the sweetness that registers on the tounge. At first I thought it was a bit much but after a glass I think it's very nice for the season.

O: Another great CCB brew. Pumkin beers aren't usually in my must have category but, after drinking this one I picked up a few bottles from my friend to consume later into the season. A definate must try. (1,266 characters)

Photo of mcb4538
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alieniloquium for the beer!

Appears as a dark orange and with a finger thick head. A decent amount of nutmeg on the nose. Tastes lighter than the average pumpkin ale. Is refreshing and could be a great session beer. Nutmeg hits on the back end of the tongue. It’s a faint amount and definitely not overpowering. The mouthfeel enhances the nutmeg notes. A great overall pumpkin beer that doesn't overdo it. (418 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (898 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Acquired in a trade with tranquilocigars, thanks man!

Pours a deep amber transparent body with a fair white 1 finger head that reduces quickly. No lacing, little retention. Nice color though.

Heavy spices on the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, butterscotch, holiday spices, and PUMPKIN! It's nice to smell pumpkin in a pumpkin beer.

On the tongue is sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon-sugar upfront. The follow through is super pumpkiny, earthy, squashy, and real tasting. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Superb, balanced, and flavorful without being overbearingly sweet or spicy. Medium body and carbonation. A nice sipper.

This may be my new favorite pumpkin beer. Not artificial tasting, nice pumpkin-spice balance, and super tasty. Seek.It.Out. (800 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of my CCB hook up fogdog. Thanks again Kevin.

Poured into my duvel tulip.

A: Dark orange brown, about one finger of light beige head, tiny soapy lace ring

S: The aroma is rather sweet pumpkin pie with subtle spices come through as well. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The abv gives off a touch of heat reminding you it's present.

T: The malt is a bit more agressive in the flavor. Smooth pumpkin pie with hints of pie crust and tiny bit of black pepper in the finish. No bitterness that tends to ruin most Pumpkin ales. Huge bonus points for that. Nothing but a trace of the high abv can be picked out in the taste.

M: velvety creamy body that seems to slowly slide off the tongue. Modest to low carbonation.

D: This is an absolute winner of a pumpkin ale. Finally a pumpkin beer that rivals pumpking. I hope they end up bottling this one. I would love to stock up every fall. (905 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque babyfood orange, virtually no head.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and pumpkin pulp.

Flavor: Toasty, nutty, molasses. Balanced assorted spices -- cinnamon, pumpkin spice, etc.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not over spiced.

Greatest pumpkin beer out there. (284 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don’t review as much as I used to and it seems that I only feel motivated when I have time and am really impressed with a beer. Hats off to my buddy Chris for bringing me this beer.

Thick tan head that’s about 2+ fingers thick. As it melts some lace clings to the glass. The beer is a deep amber color with more brown notes than anything else

The aroma is wonderful.. Bright and full of spice. A bit like pumpkin bread.

Ok, this is a very good beer. The first thing I think of is this creamy nature to the flavor. My wife makes awesome pumpkin pancakes which are among my favorite. This taste very much like those including the creamy notes. Lots of spice and almost a nice almond flavor. The abv is not hot, but there is a subtle liqueur note to the finish. Quite nice and warming actually. The more it warms the more the actual pumpkin flavor comes to the forefront.

As mentioned a creamy nature to this and a bot warming. Wonderful and smooth.

A very good beer, bordering on special. This makes my top list of pumpkin beers with Pumking and DFH Punk’n. Definitely top 3.

Thanks Chris. (1,099 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (788 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to EgadBananas for the bottle!

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a very thin whitish head that fades quickly, nice splotchy lacing on the sides of my tulip.

Smell: Cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin hit first. I also get a nice dose of brown sugar, some nutmeg, caramel, and malty sweetness. Awesome aroma. Reminds me of Thanksgiving when dessert (think apple and pumpkin pie) is just coming out of the oven.

Taste: Follows the nose with cinnamon up front, mild spiciness, but a nice pumpkin kick. Not overly sweet but the brown sugar, caramel and nutmeg all come through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp, low to moderate bitterness with mild carbonation. Nice texture with a smooth finish, well masked alcohol.

Overall: Wow, this is absolutely fantastic. I don't love pumpkin beers but this is just great. I would expect no less from CCB, and this certainly delivers. (889 characters)

Photo of indesertum
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous head. nice retention and lacing. amber brown gold

nice pumpkin on the nose. typical spices, but pretty rich aroma compared to most pumpkin beers i've had.

wow. the first thing i taste is oddly rich dark chocolate. pumpkin in the back ground. turkey day spices. nice bitterness in the finish. really well balanced. rich. dark. complex.

mouthfeel is nice. good carbonation. finish lasts for awhile.

honestly speaking this is the best pumpkin beer i've had this year and i've had way too many. (503 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange. A decent dense foamy white head. Aroma is a nice blend of fall spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. The flavor is more of the same but just bolder and with the added hint of pumpkin. Very creamy and tasty. This is EASILY one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Carbonation is spot on and it has a nice balanced mouthfeel. The 9% is hidden amazingly well making this very drinkable. Would LOVE to try this again sometime. Yes that is a trade offer. (458 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. thanks to an at Mekong for sampling out the bottle.

pours a dark orange with a small head. smell is BIG on nutmeg and pumpkin. taste is identical. amazing flavor and perhaps the best pumpkin beer I've ever tried. lingering pumpkin taste. love it. thoroughly recommended. (301 characters)

Photo of calcio360jrd
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (556 characters)

Photo of biggsbowler
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vine & Barley. Umm Pumpkin!!! This is why I love the fall and Cigar City. Its good to drink a beer, where I taste pumpkin and not a lot of spices. Now there are some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla), but just enough to enhance the flavor of the pumpkin. There is nothing artificial about this beer. I can and will drink a lot of this beer. Great job, Joey and Wayne. (378 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle share thanks to doppelbockulus
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Good Gourd pours a burnt sienna hue with some mild haziness to it. Definitely a deep caramel-orange color with a half finger of thick khaki whip over the top. Solid retention efforts with some soft dots and doodles of stick adhering to the glass.

S: Smells like pumpkin pie in a bottle!!! It is dead on spiced pumpkin fruit with some caramelized sugars. Exactly what I had hoped for. Has legitimate spice aromatics of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg with a sort of persimmon cookie likeness. Amazing aroma overall really.

T: Tastes of pumpkin caramel spice. Like liquid pie filling with an expressive and well constructed spice flavor profile. Exotic almost with the pronounced cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice combination. It is all there in good balance. Each delicately layered and not overbearing to the pumpkin fruit. Toasted grains, rich with a toffee sweetness. Again much like persimmon cookie or gingerbread to me. Hints of anise in there. The brew is mostly sweet but with just the right hit of hop bitterness at the end that acts as a counter balance. Mild earthy quality towards the finish and alcohol is completely masked. This beer is more so about the spices than the pumpkin really. Really great overall.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouth feel with a moderate body. Small amount of bitterness with a decent drying finish and relatively clean retreat.

D: Really well done and quite enjoyable. You get the pumpkin and the spice in great balance. I don’t have much experience with Pumpkin beers but this is what I imagine one should be like. (1,662 characters)

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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