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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: 195
Hads: 1,271
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 579
Gots: 329 | FT: 37
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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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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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of GlassFreeek
4.78/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of vfgccp
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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 things 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.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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Photo of pjkelley82
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of Benish
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Culture
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
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+++

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Photo of beerswamie
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thank you Brandon.

The beer is copper to amber hued with a quarter inch of off white head. Crimson highlights in the body. The aroma brings cinnamon, pumpkin pie, pie filling, sugar, while cream. Sweet and spicy with a smooth malty body. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. Really solid. Splitting the bottle a few ways is probably best.

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Photo of TheChef18
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy, orange in color. Pretty dark as you would expect pureed pumpkin to be.

S- smells of strong pumpkin, cinnamon, roasted nuts, and other winter spices I can't quite put my finger on

T- absolutely fantastic. pumpkin and spice through and through, but without being overly heavy for an imperial pumpkin ale. Truly the most reminiscent beer I have had to my grandmothers pumpkin pie

M- thick and coats your mouth, but not so much that you couldn't drink this on a warmer day

O- favorite pumpkin beer, and I have had many. Saw some people mixing it with Zhukov's the other night. interesting, but I love both just alone

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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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this today and just cracked it open. The aromas of Fall now waft through my room.

Pours a deep amber, almost a burnt sienna color, perfectly clear, with a short lived off-white head that diminishes into a slight ring in my snifter. Aromas are quite abundant and include tones of overripe squash (I believe the butternut variety... although sometimes when you carve a jack-o-lantern and leave it out for a week, you develop a pre-rotting pumpkin smell that is actually pleasant), vanilla, maple, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. This reminds me deeply of walking into Yankee Candle during October/November. I think emphasis is mainly of the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon; this is a spice bomb. The flavor is akin to the bouquet. It begins sweet with maple and sweet caramel malt, evolving quickly into the spices aforementioned, and finishes sweet with much nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon residue. I will add that the spices come as an explosion and leaves little subtlety for the imagination. Vanilla may be an afterthought, but very diminished. The feel is slick and rich with smooth carbonation. This beer is nearly cloying in my opinion and I am one who enjoys intensely sweet beers. However, the body is appropriate for supporting the plethora of flavors.

Overall, I think this is a big, bold treat that is intensely flavorful and will definitely sneak up on those unaware of its potency. It is probably one to be shared amongst friends on a chillier evening after a nice meal. I can see this pairing well with desserts during the Thanksgiving holidays. In my current position in hot, humid Florida, probably not the best thing. A well made beer by CCB, probably one of the better ones they have to offer. If I were to make changes, I would balance the spices a little more, maybe less clove and cinnamon.

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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.