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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin AleGood Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.44%


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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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-deep orange brown color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-caramel, pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, malt, brown sugar

T-pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, toasted bread, mild bitterness at the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, alcohol well-integrated

O-a well-made pumpkin beer with great flavor and not overly sweetened as many of this style are, probably my favorite of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 16:52:53 | More by MDDMD
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Nugganooch

California

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:40:39 | More by Nugganooch
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mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12/12/13 notes. Huge thanks to Nugganooch for sharing this one; I love pumpkin beers and tihs was a big Want of mine. 750ml bottle poured into my Cigar City tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Lots of head retention and lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, toasted malts, bread, oats, cloves, gingerbread cookies, and sugar. Great nose, just like pumpkin pie.

t - Tastes of sweet pumpkin fillings, toasted malts, cinnamin, pumpkin, bread, oats, wheat, toasted malts, spice, nutmeg, cloves, and bready malts. Even better than the nose; I like it a lot.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and creamy, quite easy to drink. Doesn't feel 8.5% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; while not my favorite pumpkin beer ever it is in the mix with the top ones out there for sure. Easy to drink and the taste was great, I think I like Schlafly's pumpkin ale the best, followed by Elysian The Great Pumpkin, this, Pumking, and Alewerks Pumpkin Ale all slightly under it. Well worth checking out if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 21:57:44 | More by mdfb79
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy and very dark copper/burnt orange color that spears almost chestnut brown in the glass with dark orange edges and a two finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy, autumnal aroma with lots of sweet pumpkin along with tons of earthy, zesty spice. Smells like an aggressively spiced pumpkin pie puréed into a glass. Has a similar dessert-like quality as Pumking with more malt and complex spice profile and less sweetness. Hints of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg and vanilla along with clove, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice. Sweet caramel malts underneath with hints of toffee, tobacco and leather. The spice profile is very musty, earthy and is a nice counter to the sweeter pumpkin pie characteristics. One of the better smelling pumpkin beers that I've had.

Full bodied for the style with a nice balance of pumpkin pie sweetness and earthy, zesty spice notes. Strong organic tasting pumpkin and pumpkin purée/pie filling up front with prominent nutmeg, vanilla, brown sugar and allspice countered by a more musty, rustic spice profile that has hints of peppery clove, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. There's a nice malt backbone giving off more sweetness with hints of caramel, toffee, toast and biscuit. Slight boozy sweetness in the finish but there is no heat at all. Drinks incredibly well for 8.5%. In addition to the complexity, there is incredible balance. The spice presence is really strong taming the pumpkin pie/dessert sweetness and there's just enough sweet malt and pumpkin character preventing it from feeling overwhelmingly spicy. I can see how this could be a bit too much for some but I think it's a great take on the style. One of the better examples of what a pumpkin beer can be.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 05:34:57 | More by corby112
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 21:05:11 | More by Resuin
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Luekens (Oldsmar, FL). 11.99. Bottled 8/26/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a deep, clear orange ruby with a quarter finger pale head. The head dissipates quickly leaving little lace.

Smells of ripe pumpkin, clove, nutmeg and sweet dough. Rather inviting.

Taste follows the nose but sweeter with considerably more spice. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon rolls, clove, allspice, burnt caramel, nutmeg and a mild touch of alcohol. The spices are bold and forward without ever covering up the nice, authentic notes of gourd. Delcious.

Semi sticky medium full feel with mild carbonation. Slick spiced pumpkin pie finish.

I might have a new favorite pumpkin beer here. Rich, sweet, smooth and utterly drinkable- it's certainly not often that I go through a 750 so quickly and easily on my own. This is one definately worth seeking. I can't wait to try Almighty!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 05:12:47 | More by ThickNStout
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:03:38 | More by zeledonia
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 07:12:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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dar482

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:08:00 | More by dar482
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GlassFreeek

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:57:14 | More by GlassFreeek
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vfgccp

New York

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking pumpkin ale. Maple amber body. Yellowed-paper head has ok retention and nice lace.

S - Whoa. Outstanding nose. Fresh banana nut bread and carrot cake. Banana, walnuts, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar canned pumpkin, allspice, raisins.

T - Awesome flavor profile. This beer definitely lives up to the hype. Canned pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, butterscotch, allspice, maple syrup, sweet molasses, cinnamon, graham cracker, vanilla. The only think missing are leaf piles and sweaters.

M - Thick, rich, smooth, and full bodied.

O - If you distilled fall, had your grandmother bake it into a pie, and then brewed a beer with it, this would be that beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:08:30 | More by vfgccp
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to say it. This is overall a 5, spot on perfect.

Rather than bore you with details of the beer, I'll tell you what this beer really is. This is the rightful owner of the pumpkin throne. Pumking was my ruler, but no longer. A new sherriff is in town, and he's slaying all the others.

This is the cat's meow. Meow. Pumpkin and spice and everything glorious and amazing people! There is pumpkin, there is spice, there is sweetness, there is bitterness, there is no competition for the starring role. Instead these flavors choose to meld harmoniously together and become greater than any could be on their own.

Oh the epiphany. Where have you been every fall for the last 7 years dear Good Gourd? Out of distribution, sadly. But thanks to kayaksandbeer, my clutch trading partner, I can now imbibe in what I consider the PERFECT pumpkin beer. All others have been warned, this is legit.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:27:28 | More by taylor714914
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dirtylou

Washington

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

on-tap @ star bar in denver

A remarkably good pumpkin beer - really great balance. Liquefied pumpkin pie, vanilla creme, yam, cinnamon, nutmeg and other autumnal spices, nice touch of warmth from the booze, pie crust. I was very impressed by this one - wish I had access

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 04:09:49 | More by dirtylou
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pjkelley82

New York

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one during a Pumpkin tasting which included 23 pumpkin beers.

There were 5 judges and we voted on our top 5. Out of the 5 judges 4 of them had Good Gourd in the top 5.

Good Gourd was #1 for me.

Had the Pumkin taste you were seeking. Was not too heavy and had a vanilla creamy taste to it and it almost seemed like it was barell aged with a good amount of booz to it.

To me it was perfectly balanced with the spice and the pumpkin flavor.. not cloyingly sweet but just about...which I liked... and perfect carbonation and smooth sweet finish that leaves you wanting more.

If you like Pumpkin beers then definitely try it out. To me.. I have yet to taste s better pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:32:22 | More by pjkelley82
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Much thx to my man velcrogrip! 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Orange cloudy rust with a half finger of white head. Hold it up to a light and it glows like a jackolantern...awesome.

Smell: Pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. There's also this raspberry/strawberry hard candy type of smell going on. This definitely smells a lot different than any pumpkin brews I've had. It's like all those other pumpkins, but on steroids.

Taste: Big sweet pumpkin and cloves up front. The middle gives some nutmeg and cinnamon. The end sees the pumpkin sweetness fade out nicely into a dry finish with spices lingering in the background. Just amazing.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, viscous and almost a bit syrupy. However, it is just perfect for this beer. Coats the tongue formidably with modest carbonation.

Overall: This is a big, sweet, syrupy beer and I love it. The huge pumpkin/clove sweetness and dry finish makes this a winner for me. I've found my new favorite pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:44:03 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

wow, big and boozy pumpkin beer. Strong nutmeg & cinnamon notes. Slightly thin tasting, so sweet no real character develops. Big time boozy aftertaste, reminds me of a fat Tuesday drink that tastes like a dessert and then you swallow and say 'damn, there was a ton of alcohol in that thing'. Glad I tried it, wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:05:22 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: color was of burnt orange and toffee. Minimal head retention.

Smell: Picked up some pie crust, some nutmeg, and white chocolate. It smelled absolutely delicious. Its spices are there (nutmeg, cloves, allspice) but it does not attack you. The aroma is simple, not complex. Very satisfying.

Taste: This beer is pretty intense. It starts out fantastic; I tasted pumpkin pie - most notable was the pie crust, its had that nice biscuity buttered crust flavor. There was also that subtle burnt sweetness you get in baked goods, like toasted or melted brown sugar. As the beer start to warm up, the spices and other flavors I cannot describe became more prominent. The crust became harder to pick up and the spices became a bit overwhelming. A single glass of this is plenty. It was quite sweet, no bitterness. The crust, sugar and the spices were the most prominent aspect of this beer and like other pumpkin beers I have tried, I am missing the flavors of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel. With the intense flavors of this beer, it's hard to cover all the bases of the beer.

Overall: this is something I'd like to share with someone. Not something to drink yourself. It holds well over night. I opened it the first night, did not finish it. Put a wine cork in, reopened it the next day and it tasted fine.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 02:31:42 | More by Benish
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:11:53 | More by Mikecap
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed candy apple color with an immense cap of off-white head. Nice retention and just a hint of lace.

Nose is red apples, cinnamon, sugar and maybe some nutmeg. Very much like apple pie.

Wow, this is really amazing. Tastes like someone put some Cool Whip, apple pie, pumpkin pie and a few cones of hops in a blender with maybe a few shots of whipped vodka. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 22:15:05 | More by twiggamortis420
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Culture

Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Pours amber in color. Head fades fast. Lace is decent.

S-Aroma is amazing, Cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg shows above all else.

T- Pumpkin spice, Cinnamon nutmeg and brown sugar. The pumkin is so "pumpkiney" (if thats not a word it is now). Very Sweet to me.

M- Medium . covers the mouth with flavor.

O-Beautiful beer. CCB has not made anything that i don't like. This is by far the best Pumpkin beer in the world. Amazing A+++

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:22:51 | More by Culture
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beerswamie

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and amber into the glass
Smell is not exciting but the taste more than makes up for this, the mouthfeel is sooo good! This beer has taken the place as my favorite pumpkin beer! This is coming from someone who gets Schlaflys Pumpkin beer on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:15:49 | More by beerswamie
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing deep amber hue, glowing edges with some sunfire, well hazed with a frothy off white head that laces ok, a decent sized ring. Aromas are crisp toast and caramel, vanilla and toffee, biscuits, and pumpkin puree, a bit sweeter with decent pie spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and more vanilla, caramel. Some crispness. Initial is medium bodied offering a touch more sweetness, vanilla and caramel blast, toffee and toast, gentle spice moves in, with cinnamon and brown sugar, toffee and biscuits. More pie spices and pumpkin puree, sweeter with caramelized malts, touches of sweetness dance, with just a hint of dryness. Fairly balanced for a sweeter beer, spice and vanilla, sweet malts. Finish is nice, gentle spice and sweetness linger. It’s not complex, but it’s tasty, sweet slanted without being anywhere near cloying. Fairly balanced. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 12:32:15 | More by jbaker67
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 17:02:01 | More by BEERchitect
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle shared with Doug and Matt today, 9/11/2013. Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Going to have to preface this review by saying that this is rated vs other pumpkin beers, and not necessarily overall. Review #206.

Looks fairly decent, a clear brown-orange mixed body with good carbonation but not overwhelming. The head was probably a 1cm white head that didn't retain particularly well.. but I'm not complaining.

Smell is amazing- so much spices, it sets itself from any other pumpkin beer I've ever had. There is a lot of pumpkin gut presence, but the cinnamon and nutmeg make for an awesome combination of nose. Strong and balanced. I'm not going to lie, this is so much better than Pumking.

The flavour is really something else too. It's not as overwhelming sweet as Pumking (e.g. Dark Lord sweet) but is intense on the spices- lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, while being sweet enough to balance these out. This is really a great pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet it feels so thick and flavourful. Very sweet maltiness with a nice refreshing finish that is very filling. No indication of the 8.5% ABV at all. Aftertaste is so much of the spices, its like pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Its great.

Probably the best pumpkin beer out there. I reserve my final judgment as I haven't tried all the amazing pumpkin beers, but this one deserves the #1 spot for pumpkin beers that it's got right now. CCB, I love you guys and keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 06:01:22 | More by Stevedore
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter
8.5% ABV,

A - Completely clouded, this deep chestnut brown beer has beautiful pumpkin orange highlights and maintains it's thick ivory head wonderfully, leaving dots of lace around the snifter.

S - Good Gourd smells familiar but has an aroma unlike any other pumpkin beer. This hefty brew incorporates enough pumpkin to make you think you poked your head inside one after you gutted old Jack. The spice, while smelling somewhat typical, has a fantastic twist; nutmeg is in the presence of Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, and Zanzibar cloves for a blend that sure to raise an eyebrow. And let's not forget the smooth and sweet caramel and toffee base. Absolutely wonderful.

T - How much difference does spice from another region make, you ask? Good Gourd is clearly similar to other pumpkin beers in many regards but the one thing that, from the first sip, immediately sets this beer apart is it's use of unique spices giving it incredible distinction. Beyond the spices, wonderful roasted pumpkin and sweet, sweet malt beef up the beer with sticky melted caramel pumpkin seed flavor.

M - Good Gourd is a hefty beer boasting 8.5% ABV but it's hidden very well behind a rich, full body and sweet maltiness that's balanced exceptionally by wonderful spice. This filling, pie-like beer is equally as smooth as a slice for a luscious and enjoyable sipping experience.

O - In a sea of pumpkin beers released all too early, Good Gourd stands head and shoulders above the crowd, with a wonderful familiarity like that pie your aunt always brings to Thanksgiving, but this time it's tweaked. Cigar City's use of intercontinental spice gives Good Gourd a truly one-of-a-kind aroma and flavor. If you can get it, make this the one must-try pumpkin beer of the season.

Serving type: bottle

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