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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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4.27/5
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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 Ale

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:
#713
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,421
pDev:
11.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,421 |  Reviews: 228
Reviews by Beeranator:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and slightly stronger than moderate mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin with some light to moderate pumpkin sweetness and moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove with a hint of ginger). Underneath this is a moderate aroma of toasted + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin all of which contribute a light to moderate amount of caramel + pumpkin sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove with a hint of ginger) and a light presence of earthy hops. Light hint of bitterness from the hops + spices which fades quickly leaving a light lingering pumpkin + malt sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable with the stronger pumpkin flavors and the lighter pumpkin pie spices. Easy to drink and the perfect beer for the start of the NFL season.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud as he purchased this on our trip up to VT.

Big fizzy head of 1 finger fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, crystal clear auburn ruby molasses brown color lots of light coming through.

Nose loaded with pumpkin, light fruity aroma, pumpkin pie, light spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, nutty, etc. light bready malts, toasty, crust, caramel, molasses, etc.

Taste is creamy, toasted malts, bready, pie crust then pumpkin pie filing, nice pumpkin, light spices nutmeg and cinnamon, allspice, etc. light spicy taste. Very pumpkin pie autumn taste. Light hazelnut, semi sweet caramel. Then light canned pumpkin, light bitterness. Very nice. Finish gets a little astringent with the spices and bittering hops.

Mouth is slightly heavy bodied, good carb, little sticky, nice.

Overall great, one of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Nice pumpkin flavors, earthy hops and spices, great malt balance, great pumpkin pie.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared with friends while watching MLB playoffs 2017.

There are basically two kinds of pumpkin beers:
- Spiced pumpkin beer
- Earthy, fleshy pumpkin

My personal preference is the latter, beer than tastes like fresh pumpkin flesh with minimal spice (think Schlafly Pumpkin or Alewerks Pumpkin). I feel like these have more body and are more refreshing. Good Gourd is the former, with a stronger emphasis on the spicing - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. Thus, it seems more artificial and thinner. Not as overtly spiced as Pumking, thank god.

Given the high ratings this beer has received, I was disappointed. Basically a spiced brown ale. The pumpkin flavor was insufficient for me. Strong, though.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a tall glass a clear rich auburn color but really not much head to speak of,a thin soapy-like mass really.Big warming slightly spicy cinnamon in the nose along with a hint of vanilla,slightly floral and just well rounded.Cinnamon and nutmeg give off a slightly spicy opening to the palate,some graham cracker and vanilla combine with a hefty alcohol presence making a somewhat sweet finish.A fuller almost creamy feel adds to the beer style,one of the better pumpkin ales I have had in the last couple years.At least so far this year to be sure.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice copper color. Aroma is mostly spice; nutmeg & allspice. Aroma is slightly boozy. Nice mouthfeel, good body. Taste is a nice balance of spice, pumpkin, and malt. A little sweet at first but smooths out as the beer warms up.

Overall this is an excellent pumpkin ale. It is not a sickly sweet pumpkin pie ale. The spices, although prominent are not over powering. I highly recommend.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Krafty34
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sicilian
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jamato3000
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mverity
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fall I had my first Good Gourd as my first beer for a tailgate; after most of the pumpkin hype season had died down. I poured it into a red wine glass (my best option) and immediately noticed that I liked the color and aroma much more than certain other pumpkin ales. My first sip, I was hooked. I bought up several more, two for this winter, and a few to age for next year. I picked the first one up for $13, and the next few for $14; and they were certainly worth the price IMHO.

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Photo of 77apm
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Florida_Hop_Head
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,421 ratings
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