Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4/5 rDev -7.2%
Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this one. Poured into Bell's tulip.
A - Pours a orange-brown color, cream-colored head, thin cap, thin collar, some slight spotty lacing.
S - Pumpkin, sweet pumpkin pie notes, brown sugar, cinnamon. Not overly sweet and not overly pumpkin...a nice mix of both.
T - Similar to the nose, less spice and more pumpkin. Still, a nice mix of the sweetness in the pumpkin pie notes without being overly so. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar.
M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.
O - Solid pumpkin brew but not as good as my favorite, Schlafly Pumpkin. That said, I would def have it again and it's on the better side of my experiences with this style. Recommend.
10-10-2011 17:41:59 | More by Sean9689
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
Acquired via LIF
A combination of orange, auburn, and copper with a very thin light, creamy off-white head. Not much lace or cling is left on the glass.
A nice Fall collection of aromas, especially as the beer warms: a bit of earth pumpkin, but not a ton, as well as a handful of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. An appropriate and pleasant aroma.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely, with the spices leading the way. My favorite part of this beer is the sweet and earthy vanilla character that lingers after the swallow.
Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.
A very nice, somewhat spice-forward, pumpkin ale with a tasty creamy vanilla character also.
11-06-2011 15:32:53 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
A - Pours a hazy orange-brown with almost two fingers of tan head. Head fades to a collar pretty quickly, but leaves some lacing.
S - Nice aroma. A bit of sweetness, but not too sweet. Smells of a bit of pie crust, with some cinnamon and other pumpkin spices coming through. Also some subtly sweet pumpkin note and a bit of brown sugar.
T - All of the notes of the smell are there, but with a nice subtlety. Tastes of a nicely spiced beer up front, with the pumpkin coming later. I like that this isn't overly sweet, or overly spiced. All the elements of a pumpkin pie, but in good balance with each other, and with the malt profile.
M - Medium mouthfeel. Has the mouthfeel of a spiced lager. A bit of creaminess.
O - A very nice pumpkin beer, one of the better examples I've had. Not too sweet, not overly spiced. Just a nicely balanced flavor profile that has the spice elements of a good pumpkin beer in combination with more of an earthy pumpkin profile.
10-11-2011 03:12:46 | More by warnerry
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
was shocked to find this locally the other day. supposedly got the last bottle of a single case that the shop got. we've always gotten cigar city, but never saw good gourd anywhere.
a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. beer poured a thin pumpkiny orange with a bubbly oily head that bubbled away quick. in the glass, the beer was lush and rich and transparent.
s - as soon as i opened the beer an AMAZING aroma filled the air. upon closer inspection...just marvelous. picture pumpking but better. pumpkin, cinnamon, apples...autumn.
t - wow, tastes just as good as it smells. very potpouri. festive. literally tastes like autumn. pumpkin, subtle balanced sweetness.
m - very smooth and medium bodied. booze is invisible.
o - overall, i think i may have just tasted the best pumpkin beer i've ever tried. it really is phenomenal...but if you don't like pumpkin beers, don't expect to like this one. here's hoping i see it again soon.
11-13-2011 02:55:45 | More by cosmicevan
3.6/5 rDev -16.5%
A: pours an autumnal orange with really no head production and only some sheeted off-white bubbles. Hazy with spotty lace.
S: cloves, nutmeg, yams, sweet
T: Sweet malts with plenty of spices. Just what you would expect. Nothing really special here, I guess it's what people are after in a pumpkin.
M: Medium body with slight carbonation, it is nice with a slightly dry finish.
O: Well, this taste pretty much like pumking to me. I can tell it's high quality, but I'm still not on board pumpkin beer should be anything but a stout.
09-29-2011 08:50:35 | More by harrymel
3.55/5 rDev -17.6%
Thanks to my cousin from Tampa for getting me this. Reviewed from notes on Christmas Eve.
A- Dark brown body poured into a pint glass with some red around the edges. Creamy off white head forms and a nice ring does too. Decent cap retention and a few spots of lace here and there.
S- Pumpkin, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. Dark fruit and raisin as well as some toasted brown malts. Medium spice level.
T- More like a pie here with a sweet, somewhat dessert creamy feel. Spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger at a moderate level. Dark fruit is slightly medicinal. Pumpkin, toasted malts and brown sugar hints round it all out.
MF- Creamy and fairly thick body. Carbonation has a silky feel and is on the lower-medium level. A bit of alcohol warmth.
Solid for a higher ABV pumpkin ale. Not too spicy and a pretty good balance.
12-26-2012 06:11:19 | More by cbutova
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Picked up about 8 of these after my wife tried this at Cigar City and fell in love with it.
Served in a Disney Polynesian Resort shaped-glass.
A: Poured fairly clear, dark orange in color, and with a slight off-white head that didn't add up to much.
S: Not quite as marshmallowy as "Pumpking," but still quite dessert-like. I got some of the spices for sure, but it had a sweet potato-like quality that was to die for.
T: The best pumpkin ale I've ever tasted. Seriously, I got the pumpkin pie, of course, but it also had a bit of salt and pumpkin seeds to boot. Remarkable. The off-kilterness (eg. Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg) definitely paid off.
M: The prickle was perfect, the sugar content was there, but it was totally appropriate for Thanksgiving.
O: It lived up to the hype and then some.
08-04-2013 01:54:38 | More by Chaney
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
A - pours a nice orange color without too much of a head
S - nose is a little weak, however there is some light spice and subtle pumpkin
T - starts off with sweet pumpkin flavor with a bit of caramel malts. These fade to a light spice flavor, predominantly cinnamon and all spice. This strikes a nice balance between the pumpkin flavor and the spice.
M - medium body that leaves a dry finish from the spices
D - pretty solid pumpkin ale here. As mentioned, good flavor profile but a little lighter on the nose and palate than I would have hoped.
09-16-2011 20:40:57 | More by birchstick
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
On-tap at BA Hunahpu's release. Poured into a CCB Snifter.
Pours a nice copper-orange with a thin white head that settles to a slight haze and ring. Nice pumpkin aromas mixed with brown sugar and the usual Pumpkin Pie spices. Moderately sweet, the brown sugar/molasses character comes out nicely. Taste is similar to the nose, but with a very pronounced pumpkin flavor. This is probably the most "pumkin-y" Pumpkin Beer I've had in a while, it's definitely more pumpkin then spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall one of my new favorite Pumpkin beers, love that you can really taste the pumpkin!
10-02-2011 15:32:50 | More by jsanford
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
09-15-2013 12:32:15 | More by jbaker67
3.73/5 rDev -13.5%
I'm glad pumpkin beer season is coming to an end. I keep buying them but I've never found one that stands out above the rest.
A: Golden caramel in color with a small white head.
S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and some sweetness.
T: Cinnamon and cloves mainly but it has a fresh gourd taste to it. If you have ever broken a gourd in half and smelled it thats exactly how this one finishes. Sort of odd after taste.
Drinks a little bit bigger than your typical pumpkin ale. Decent beer but nothing that really sets it apart from the others.
10-19-2011 03:40:57 | More by IdrinkGas
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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