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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
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:
#712
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,421
pDev:
11.01%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,421 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color. It poured with wisps of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin are present in the nose along with hints of spices—ginger seems to be the most prominent.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of pumpkins along with some hints of cinnamon and allspice.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot more pumpkin flavors compared to other beers in the style and isn't dominated by aromas and flavors of spices. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-pumpkin color with a respectable head that leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Freshly-baked pumpkin pie aromatics - more spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and crust than pumpkin itself

Taste: Spices galore from the get-go, with the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove most pronounced; biscuity malt, underneath and a bit of pumpkin flavor, as well; overall, the spicing is very nice, though the clove is just a bit too pronounced in the finish, lending a slightly harsh character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice, spice-forward example of the style; I would modulate the clove a bit but otherwise this is a very nice beer

Thanks, voxomkid, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into Chimay goblet.

Pours a reddish amber that is mostly clear. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet from lots of grain and pumpkin. Graham cracker shows up too.

Taste: More bitterness than I would have expected from the smell, but still very nice. Graham cracker, pumpkin, and some caramel. Not much pie spice to be found, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: A really nice change from the pumpkin spice beers. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber with a off-white head that has decent retention.

Aroma: Pumpkin nose with malt taking a background role. Hints of spicing; certainly not overdone.

Promising aroma is not followed by good taste. There is a nice bit of pumpkin/squash flavor, but it is surrounded by a rather unpleasant earthy gourd flavor.

Medium body with moderate carbonation

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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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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of oberon
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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Leuken's. Served in a Pumking goblet.

Pours a moderate orange-copper with a good off-white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carried a lot of squash and pumpkin with a bit of cinnamon and miscellaneous spice in the background. The flavor didn't have quite as much spice and really focused on the squash element. Not too sweet, which was nice. Chewy medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of spice zest in the finish. Good brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a healthy head of off white foam on top of a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles at a moderate lace and leaves decent lace on the glass,

S - Brown, malty notes of toffee with lots of spices, including allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

T - Bready malt notes up front with some brown sugar. A bit of cinnamon and allspice in the middle. Finishes with clove, more dark sugar, and lightly herbal hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but I don't think it lives up to what some have said about it. Despite CCs penchant for high end spices, the pie character here is kind of bland and flabby with a malt character that only serves to reinforce that impression. I had this beer when it first came out and remember it being less sweet and spicy with more hops in the balance, but it has been so long that I might be misremembering it at this point.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking pumpkin ale. Maple amber body. Yellowed-paper head has ok retention and nice lace.

S - Whoa. Outstanding nose. Fresh banana nut bread and carrot cake. Banana, walnuts, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar canned pumpkin, allspice, raisins.

T - Awesome flavor profile. This beer definitely lives up to the hype. Canned pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, butterscotch, allspice, maple syrup, sweet molasses, cinnamon, graham cracker, vanilla. The only things missing are leaf piles and sweaters.

M - Thick, rich, smooth, and full bodied.

O - If you distilled fall, had your grandmother bake it into a pie, and then brewed a beer with it, this would be that beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a darker, amber orange color with a thin, sticky white head clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice color to it.

The aroma shows cinnamon, nutmeg and canned pumpkin. A malty sweetness helps cut through the spices smoothing it out. Nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows more of the cinnamon and nutmeg spices up front while more of the canned pumpkin flavors come out in the finish. A malty sweetness balances out all the spices in the finish very nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a fantastic pumpkin beer. The spices weren't overdone and the sweetness definitely helped smooth them out even more. Very nice pumpkin pie like flavor to it overall. Definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I've had, but it doesn't quite beat out Pumking for me.

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Photo of smithj4
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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