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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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin AleGood Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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#1,379
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
1,464
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,464 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of Justinprintz
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Djoneil
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Best 'new' (to me) pumpkin ale of the season.

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Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. 2017 release, so a year old

dirty dark orange/brown body. lots of slow streams of carbonation up the sides of the glass, giving it a syrupy look. Small cream colored head leaves little lacing.

Only getting some maltiness on the nose.

The spices are quite muted, which is fine by me. It's fairly sweet, and there is a soothing warmth from the abv. A very faint hit of vanilla. I'm not getting the taste of a pumpkin pie as noted on the bottle, but it is a nice drink. As it warms, the pumpkin comes through now and then.

Mouth closing in on full. finish is sweet and barely spicy.

Overall, a pleasant enough drink, rolls around the tongue very nicely.

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Photo of leantom
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've got to admit, this one gave Alewerks' Pumpkin Ale a run for its money. Perhaps just a tad bit beneath the Alewerks offering, but it's a still a very close second, and I would gladly have it again. here goes:

A: Beautiful brown-amber color. Pours very dark, but it's still quite clear. Pours a massive head that lingers and leaves great lacing. I can't find any fault with its appearance, so I have to start by giving it a perfect score.

S: A little bit muted. Can still detect the pumpkin spices, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and brown sugar. However, in comparison to Alewerks, the scent is nowhere near as powerful.

T: But the flavor is quite great. Just a hair beneath Alewerks, but the pumpkin spices really shine forth in the flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and loads of sweet sugar. Also a hint of vanilla. It's also surprisingly refreshing for such a heavy beer. However, the flavors are somewhat less powerful and complex relative to Alewerks' Pumpkin Ale. Still great, though.

F: Very smooth and refreshing. Great.

O: A very good beer. Just a hair beneath Alewerks, but still quite good.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely can taste he pumpkin with the spices and sweet biscuit malt, which is very appreciated. But there is not a lot of depth, even for style. Not aromatic for style, but not bad either. Feel is decently bodied and smooth, vanilla comes through on finish with pumpkin and clove. Would like a tad more cinnamon.

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Photo of Diura
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish brown with a sticky head. Smells like cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin and a little booze. Tastes a lot like raw pumpkin and cinnamon with a little boozy heat.

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Photo of Bbock13
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirspins
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange/ amber color, scents of cinnamon and nutmeg off the nose, not overpowering but strong enough to be delightful. Similar tastes follow through, with a very natural pumpkin and allspice aftertaste. Overall one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve tasted.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: lots of fresh pumpkin, a little cinnamon and caramel, some bready and caramel malts to round out the aroma

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F: lots of green gourd, vegetative with hint of cinnamon clove and other pie spice, Caramel and some bready malts.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation nice mouth feel. Lingering Caramell and light pie spice with some balanced bitterness in malt flavor

O: Interesting beer but someone vegetative for me. Interesting beer appropriately named

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/5/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper/light reddish color, with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, gingerbread, pie crust, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of roast, vanilla, golden raisin, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, gingerbread, pie crust, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of roast, vanilla, golden raisin, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, gingerbread, pie crust, toasted biscuit, light roast/vanilla/raisin, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.8%. Overall this is an amazing imperial pumpkin ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. This is definitely one of the top in the style I've had as far as authentic pumpkin fruit presence. Perfectly balanced pumpkin, spices, and rich malts. Not overwhelming on any aspect. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier style example as expected. Very similar to what I have had from Elysian.

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been in the autumn mood lately (even though it’s still way too hot in Florida) so finding this and having it in my fridge couldn’t be better timing. Celebrating the end to a long six months. Bottle date is etched on the side above the label, 08/31/18. So it took about a month for it to make it up to Jax from Tampa??

I always appreciate a good pumpkin beer and this is one of the better ones that isn’t brewed with actual pumpkin (according to the label). The balance of the spice and malt is delicious and sweet with a bit of vanilla. The feel/body/finish are superb, not cloying nor overly spiced. Has a bit of winter warmer/old ale going on. I’ve been looking forward to this beer for a while and it did not disappoint. Well done, Cigar City!

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Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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