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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 187
Hads: 1,229
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 30.02%
Wants: 575
Gots: 326 | FT: 36
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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 babaracas
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Changing it up a bit, I poured this ale into my SA Perfect Pint. This brew pours a pretty pumpkin orange with a cream colored head.

S: The aroma is definitely amplified. There is a depth to the complexity of this brew that many others lack. Notes of pumpkin spice (as opposed to raw pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a delicious tinge of nutmeg.

T: The flavor profile is equal as complex with pumpkin shining through. I love how all the spices in the nose come together on the pallet.

MF: Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale. Definitely top 5 for me, and one of the most noticeably complex pumpkins that I've had. On a side note, I noticed the bottle was a little better than on tap, and definitely better served a little warmer.

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Photo of aepb1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Orange brown, light brown head

S- Sweet pumpkin pie malts with pumpkin pie spices to boot

T- More malts, smooth pumpkin pie. I feel like I'm getting the crust tasted in there too with the malts. High abv warming and pumpkin is what is in the aftertaste

M- Creamy medium/heavy bodied.

D- Great pumpkin ale and will revisit when able!

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a coffee mug (my girlfriend's glassware [ceramicware?] of choice). Big thanks to woodsyy for the hook up; great trade!

A - what an interesting, cloudy looking brew. It pours dark orange and brown off the bottle, settling almost grey in the cup. Big foam takes a bit of time to recede, leaving that nice filmy lacing on top as it goes down.

S - there's something a little off here, almost like copper, but it's not dominating. It smells a whole lot like pumpkin spice, but not in a unique way. Other pumpkin beers (Pumking notably) smell nearly identical.

T - GG isn't sweet by any means, and the spices aren't overpowering and chemical-packed like they are in virtually every other pumpkin beer. However, it's really very pleasant, almost like a carbonated pumpkin latte. There's a hint of vanilla beneath some of the more intense spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, but it's very well balanced and smooth.

M - again, incredibly smooth. Very little carbonation makes GG drinkable, and 8.5% isn't high enough to intimidate even lightweight beer drinkers. Not artificial at all, which is really remarkable for the style.

O - great beer that I'd love to drink again in high season. GG is most definitely a crowd pleaser, and by far the best in a style that's almost always mediocre.

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Photo of hmf05
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of thetomG
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 32oz growler from my boy Matt (50belair) - thanks dude!

Nice mostly clear orange colored pour. Some 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 very tasty - this is EASILY one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Carbonation is spot on and it has a nice balanced mouthfeel - not too thin, not too syrupy. The 9% is hidden amazingly well making this very drinkable.

Would LOVE to try this again sometime...

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Poured out a slightly hazy orange with one finger of bubbly white head that left a bit of lacing.

S – Very nice aroma. Pumpkin pie spice all the way. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.

T – Beautiful taste here. This is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and cinnamon everywhere on the palate. Strong pumpkin taste with. Think filling in a great pumpkin pie. Some very light sweetness but not sweet. Slight warming alcohol at the end.

M – Medium bodied with good lively carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the palate but remains bubbly.

O – Just jumped Pumking as my favorite pumpkin ale. Excellent all around here.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ever so controversial pumpkin ales. What to do with them? Had the "IPA" at the tasting room. Pumpkin ales are very up and down and are ususally very pricey. Well this guy was way up!. Poured a very nice fall brown color. With a medium density white head. For me CCB does the best job balancing beers flavors. This pumpkin was balnced in the hops, spice, and pumpkin flavors. My favorite pumpkin. Dont try to convince me otherwise.

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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 brystmar
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-gold with less white head than expected. Decent retention, though, and leaves a beady lace.

S: fresh pumpkin that's smooth and mellow. Truly smells like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet malts, hints of Challah bread too.

T: smooth mixture of sweet malts, spices, and fresh pumpkin. Great balance here: not too sweet, spicy, or pumpkin-y. Finishes with a delicious, lingering pumpkin pie aftertaste and just a tiny hint of bitterness.

M/D: nice & creamy and nearly full-bodied. Velvety texture is sublime. Could drink this entire bottle myself.

Practically every brewery in the country makes a pumpkin ale these days, and nearly every one of them misses the mark. Even beers from top-rated brewers seem to miss more often than they hit. Good Gourd is a hit!

That said, it still falls short of my top tier. Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin by Hoppin Frog and Devious Imperial Pumpkin by Bethlehem Brew Works tie for top honors among pumpkin ales. But Good Gourd ranks a solid #3, snugly above ST PumKing and DFH Punkin. Cheers!

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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 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 Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the UFC tasting. Thanks guys! Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a very solid orange with some darker hues intertwined. Splotchy lace followed the beer down the glass.

S: Big pumpkin. Very pure in nature, definitely the best pure pumpkin smell I've got from a pumpkin ale. Light cinnamon and some pie crust were also present.

T: The pumpkin is integrated very well with the spice and neither dominates. The pure pumpkin is nicely woven with the cinnamon and slight hint of nutmeg as well. This is laid nicely on a pie crust backbone that is leaning towards the sweet side.

M: Light bodied, very drinkable. Nice sweetness is left on the palate. Nice carbonation.

O: This is definitely the best pumpkin beer I've had to date. The pumpkin was purest in this one and nicely integrated in with the spices.

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Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of gatorguy
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice light ruby color, with a big creamy white head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Wow. Pumpkin smell hits hard here, with the spices adding a light, complimentary touch. This smells fantastic.

T - The nose was mostly right. Spices come up front first, maily cinnamon and cloves. Next comes the pumpkin, and a healthy amount of it. The taste of it is natural and mellow. The balance between the pumpkin and the spices is about perfect. Next comes a buttery, graham crust hint, not overly strong but you can pick it up. All spices comes in, along with some earthy hops to finish and balance it out. Slight pine bitterness in the very finish, and leaves an awesome alcohol warmth on the throat. Winner!

M - Pretty light for an imperial pumpkin ale, carbonation is slightly low but about right for the most part.

O - Excellent imperial pumpkin. Nails a nice balance, isn't too heavy, and comes off as natural. This is what an imperial pumpkin should taste like!

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

October 28, 2014

Nitro tap, Snifter glass

A – Dark brown, mostly opaque but some ruby highlights where light passes through. Nice clarity. Firm, thick foam head, tan-white, an inch or so tall and it goes nowhere. Impressive nitro pour.

S – Just a slight hint of fall/pie spice. More of a sweet character from the use of actual pumpkin. Minor bitter hops on the nose.

T – Very strong harvest / fall / pumpkin flavor, melded well with a sweet malt backbone and perhaps some spicy yeast notes.

M – Creamy, foamy texture, very smooth from the effect of the nitro dispense. Mild sweetness, a touch of bitterness, all in harmony.

O – Of all the harvest/pumpkin beers, this is one of the best (if not THE best) I’ve had. The creaminess from the nitro puts it over the top.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of kswartz
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a brewery tour the day after it was bottled (8/16). One of the spiciest pumpkin beers I've tasted, tasted like a delicious, mildly boozy, pumpkin pie. Had it with dinner, but it was definitely more of a dessert or sipping beer as it is intensely pumpkin-pie like. Definitely wish I had picked up multiple bottles, highly recommend if you can get your hands on one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: no head to speak of on a murky brown with a marroon tinge. no lacing really.

S: lots of cinnamon, spices, pumpkin pie, nutmeg.

T: wow, this one has all of the flavors of the season without being too sweet. fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and maple wood.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: one of the best of this genre and style. Very flavorful, each flavor is well represented and distinct. a must try.

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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.

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

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.

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

Poured from that beautiful 750ml into a pint glass.

Look: It pours out a very bronze color, with a light, puffy head, which so far, hasn't completely dissipated. (I've almost drank it all.) It has a nice solid lacing as well. Overall, a very welcoming look, that makes me wish it was actually fall.

Smell: Man this has a lot going on. I'm not very experienced in these particular ingredients, so it's been fun trying to distinguish what is going on. I'm getting an apple/cinnamon smell that is very pronounced. There are a couple of other things that, that I can't quite articulate. Maybe nutmeg.

Taste: Completely satisfying. It has a strong cinnamon/pumpkin spice right up front. I'm getting a bit of the malt near the end. I'm still getting a bit of the apple that I scented earlier as well. A very complete taste beginning to end.

Feel: This is where the imperial kicks in for sure. You can detect a bit of the 8.5% abv here, but it is still pretty well hidden. It's light feeling, but not because of the carbonation. I'd say the carbonation is a bit low, but this doesn't come off as a heavy brew at all. Very enjoyable.

Overall: I didn't want to get a fall beer this soon, but it being CCB, I went ahead and picked up a bottle. VERY GLAD I DID. It just makes me hate that it's summer now. I want to be cold and enjoying this fantastic beer. It looks great, the aroma last throughout, and the taste seemed to have something new throughout it's entire session. I've finished this glass, now I'm off for a refill.

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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.