Good Gourd
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #2
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #936
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 10.72%
Reviews:
273
Ratings:
1,522
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 1,522 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by biggsbowler:
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biggsbowler from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vine & Barley. Umm Pumpkin!!! This is why I love the fall and Cigar City. Its good to drink a beer, where I taste pumpkin and not a lot of spices. Now there are some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla), but just enough to enhance the flavor of the pumpkin. There is nothing artificial about this beer. I can and will drink a lot of this beer. Great job, Joey and Wayne.

Oct 07, 2011
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Oct 05, 2018
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Nov 08, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

got to be the smoothest pumpkin beer ever. been mellowing for a year now. bronze and lazy in looks, but angry and temperamental and impatient in taste. so much here, all orange and frothy. nose of gourd, its true, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric, and all kinds of liquor. smooth and comfortably spiced, this is a beer of sharing proportions. vanilla, brown sugar, and cardamom. so much going on here, but so little comprehension for me as I sip away, tasting something new each time. barrel and attitude percolate heavy, as does a soft sort of pokey vibe. spice is robust, yet I am as mellow as anything. delicate feel, needs more oomph overall, but this is special stuff. the name gourd makes me want more gourds, its reciprocal in that way, special yet understated. impress me it does, perfect it is not...

Nov 01, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Sep 12, 2013
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
2017 release
Served in a tulip

The nearly crystal clear, orange-tinged mahogany body was topped by a tight, creamy, finger-tall, tan colored crown. Solid retention. The head fell to a thick, clingy, lasting collar. Spotty, streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was really punchy and reminded me of a vanilla-infused pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice came through strong. Loads of fresh vanilla extract. Bit of dried ginger. There was a good amount of sweetness without being excessive. Brown sugar came to mind. A sweet boozy note appeared as well. Very solid overall.

The flavor closely mimicked the nose. Big pumpkin pie spice notes. Clove, allspice, ginger and cinnamon were most noticeable. Strong vanilla cream presence. The beer was anchored by a biscuity malt backbone. Somewhat toasty and caramel-ish too. Like the nose, the beer was fairly sweet on the palate, but it dried out as the liquid moved along the palate. Some booze came through on the finish. Toasted malts and a hint of earthy bitterness lingered after the swallow.

Nice creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style but a touch thin given the high ABV. The liquid contained a zippy, moderate effervescence that lent the beer a slick smoothness. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Really good pumpkin ales are surprisingly difficult to come by in New England, but I was lucky to score this bottle on a recent trip to Brooklyn. Unlike Southern Tier’s Pumpking, which seems excessively sweet after a few sips, Good Gourd hits hard with big pumpkin pie spice notes and just the right amount of booze and malt sweetness to maintain balance. This is a terrific pumpkin beer and one that hopefully gets distributed in my region sometime soon.

Nov 16, 2017
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SlothB77 from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Oct 10, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Nov 18, 2011
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Sep 08, 2017
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patriotsXLIX from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had my fair share of pumpkin beers from Weyerbacher to Southern Tier and this is by far the best I've come across. The mouth-feel is generous and inviting just as the taste guides you through complex flavors without losing touch. Simply phenomenal.

Dec 13, 2015
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Oct 01, 2018
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: This has a dark amber color, cloudy, with a frothy white head.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice really dominate the aroma. Some other spices in the periphery.

Taste: Some light caramel malt lead into the main attraction - strong, spiced pumpkins. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the most dominant.

Mouthfeel: This only has a medium body despite the high ABV. There is what seems to be an off-feel to it, maybe some pumpkin residue. The finish is a little bit grainy and my mouth feels coated in plastic after my glass is done.

Overall: There was something about this beer that struck me as off. The feel was a little bit light, and there is some pumpkin residue flavor that is not appealing

Oct 22, 2011
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mctizzz from California

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

May 11, 2014
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Oct 13, 2012
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jtladner from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Nov 10, 2013
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N_Overholt from Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.6%

Nov 01, 2014
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DubiousGopher from Nebraska

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 19, 2016
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 08, 2015
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bomber into a tulip glass. Pours burnt orange along with a frothy off-white head that laces decent throughout. Aromas are crisp toast and caramel, vanilla and toffee, biscuits, and pumpkin puree, a bit sweeter with decent pie spice. Flavors of allspice, nutmeg, mild vanilla, and some caramel. Some crispness. 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 and quite a smooth pumpkin ale.

Jan 19, 2012
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Jasonrm72 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Jan 06, 2013
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muzzy from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Nov 03, 2013
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Afroman from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Oct 26, 2014
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 06, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit disappointed by this beer which has excellent reviews.

There is definitely the pumpkin flavor, the spice, nutmeg and cinnamon in the taste profile.

None of the flavors are pronounced. There isn’t a richness of flavor I’ve experienced in other pumpkin beers- especially Pumking.

Excellent beer, but not a standout in the style for me.

Sep 19, 2020
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Dec 09, 2013
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