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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,330
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,449
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,449 |  Reviews: 238
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

Photo of hermit990
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gonna be enjoying this while I watch the Flyers season start. Ahhh. Pouring from a bomber into a snifter. This beer pours out a beautiful brown color with highlights of Ruby and forms a pinky worth of tightly formed tan bubbles. Crown has great retention and heavy lacing all the way through. The smell is pumpkins! Nutmeg and cinnamon come through as well and it smells like a pumpkin cinnamon roll. I've had pumpkin beers smell this good before though and still let me down on flavor. So let's see. The taste comes in beautifully sweet with some vanilla like smoothness to round out the cinnamon and nutmeg. This is really good. Not quite autumn maple level for me, but definitely right behind it for the ones I've had of the style.

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Photo of pstam87
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/orange/cinnamon color with an off white creamy head, with lacing in the glass. Smells of mild cherry and pumpkin and some hops. Glad it did not smell or taste like a spice rack. Tastes like mild melon,pumpkin. Feels very smooth and well put together. Nice carbonation. This is obviously a different recipe for 2018. My "good gourd" clocks in at 8.8% ABV vs 8.5 for the one shown with older label.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Aged 1 year:
L - Opaque brown with orange highlights around the edges with a thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing behind.
S - Fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves), pumpkin, vanilla, caramel with notes of warming alcohol
T - Follows the nose with fall spices up front - cinnamon is prevalent, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, followed by pumpkin throughout with hints of vanilla, caramel, raisins, and warming alcohol on the backend (almost reminds me of a little bit of rum)
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - This is a really nice pumpkin ale. It reminds me of a more natural tasting Pumking - the flavor profile is very similar, yet this one tastes more organic and real - which is a good thing. This is a great pumpkin ale to be enjoyed on a cool Fall evening.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjg584
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The spices sure are prevalent in this beer but it's almost unbearable. This is an amazing fall seasonal concoction I tell you. It's almost getting to the point where it's too spiced forward and almost undrinkable like the sam adams 20 lbs. of pumpkin is. This is a tasty and healthy pumpkin ale with real pumpkin puree with a blend of spices added to it, although it's quite expensive at $12.99 for a bomber size serving. Wow! this label design is also intriguing it says that this beer has Zanzibar cloves, Jamaican allspice, Ceylon cinnamon, & Nutmeg. That was a genius idea to add spices from different parts of the world to market your beer. This is a well made pumpkin beer but it falls short of world class in my opinion. I would suggest that they add some more pumpkin & lessen the spices just a little bit. Cheers! A-

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

Photo of mltobin
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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