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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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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin AleGood Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,421 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of TerryMills
2/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is what it is but it isn't my thing lol.. Smooth but too much pumpkin/cinnamon flavor for me.

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Photo of Grizzarky
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage

A: dark ruby red, quarter inch head faded quickly and left zero foam.

S: graham crackers, vanilla, nutmeg

T: potent cloves dominate the other spices, with a graham cracker like malt base, followed by cinnamon in the finish.
M: medium body, easy drinking for the higher abv
O: great fall beer, has a stronger clove like punch than most in the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – thanks Michael!
2017 vintage stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Cinnamon and nutmeg with just a hint of cloves. No vanilla. Lasts. The second pour produces more of an earthy, pumpkin-y smell with less spice.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.2cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a four mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete layer with a large rocky center island. No drag marks.
Lacing – Poor. A single arch of tiny bubbles remains from the initial ring. No additional lacing is formed as the level drops.
Body – Garnet, chill haze, effervescent.
Flavor – Nutmeg and cinnamon predominate with some clove tagging along. The earthy tones of the pumpkin are well hidden behind the spices, so well hidden they may not even be there. No hops, no alcohol, no pumpkin, no vanilla, no diacetyl. The second pour seems less spicy but still doesn’t accentuate any gourdy goodness.
Palate – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: A spiced ale, too low in alcohol (8.8%ABV) to be considered a winter warmer. The cloves do counteract the nutmeg well, pushing the flavor into the drinkability range. I’m not sure, from personal experience, what allspice is supposed to smell or taste like so I can’t determine its presence. I would drink this as a spiced ale, but not if I wanted a pumpkin ale.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall, 3.75.

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Photo of rpjterp
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwalters
3.19/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Grizzarky
22 oz bottle, dated 8/18/17, poured into a tulip

A- A clear ruby red with a small off white head.

S- Vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, some nutmeg, touch of caramel malts, some graham cracker. Very much like pumpkin pie with vanilla.

T- Pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, graham crackers, cloves, some nutmeg. Very well balanced pumpkin beer.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Quickly moved to the top of my favorite pumpkin ales. With I could find this around me, I would definitely grab two or three bottles every year.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlothB77
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 Luscious_Malfoy
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of silverblaze540
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky amber color with lots of sediment. Minimal head that dissipates in about a minute. Moderate bubbling.

S - Pumpkin, sweet malts, dark fruits.

T - Pumpkin with a very mild bitterness. Malty and pruney. Not quite as sweet as the smell. A bit boozy.

M - Pretty heavy. Average carbonation and smoothness.

O - A solid pumpkin ale. Complex and heavy. Good for dark beer drinkers.

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a clear consistency. . There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A fantastic aroma of pumpkin, an array of spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of a whole bunch of different spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, to name some), a tinge of malt, a fair amount of pumpkin, and a hint of vanilla. This is an incredibly well-balanced, focused flavor. They go pretty heavy on the spices, but this isn't a bad thing at all.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've tried this season. Well made and drinkable.

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

Photo of richj1970
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 8/22/2017.

A: Red tinted brown with 1-2 finger off white head. Lasting retention and moderate lacing.

S: All of the aromas you might expect. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and all spice. A bit of vanilla

T: Nice blend of sweet and spice with all of the memories of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and some brown sugar.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: Pumpkin beers can be hit or miss with me, but this is a good one.

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Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Cigar City branded tulip/snifter.

Muted and bulb red mix of garnet red, and mahogany brown body color. Settles down, but makes a good tan two finger creamy head, and a good settling collar. Nice body, and a simple presence.

Big aroma. Large amounts but beautifully stated clove and nutmeg, with a controlled but small sweet character. Light and airy sugars mixing with very nice brown spices, and a dry malt backbone it seems. This almost comes off crisp and hot, but wonderfully.

Palate sticks to basics, but also stays away from large sugars. Nutty tasting, and slightly vegetative mid palate. A flavorful rich but light bodied mid palate consisting of hot cinnamon and nutmeg. Tannic dry slightly on the finish, with a large stuck brown spice heat. Minimal carbonation, kind of flat but also supportive.

It's not a pumpkin bomb, or a sugary mess, but it's a good show case of spice. The beer particularly for an imperial just needs some more depth.

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Photo of msumike89
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mkh012
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep ruby red with an inch of off-white head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin ring behind.

The taste and nose are medicinal cherry, cinnamon, raisin, and pumpkin pie. Super smooth for 8.8% alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium. Could use a little bit more pie crust character, maybe, to balance things out. Medium minus sweetness. Has some almost Belgian dark ale characteristics, off-set by pumpkin spice. Very mild but present alcohol on the finish.

Overall, definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Schlafly is still my favorite, but this is close. Not cloying or overdone like some others in this style. 8+/10.

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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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