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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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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199
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Avg:
4.23
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11.35%
 
 
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Photo of adam42381
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a medium orange-caramel with a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with pumpkin and a nice mix of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The smell is a little more subdued than I had hoped for, but the aroma that is there smells good.

Taste: Delicious mix of pumpkin pie spices up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with a decent hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is spicy with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The elevated ABV% is very well-masked and it goes down very smooth.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the best pumpkin ales on the market. Like almost everything from Cigar City, I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a short off white head that fades quickly to nothing. Clear amber to orange body. No lacing.

Aromas a nice - authentic pumpkin meat is strong, along with allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the balance. As it warms, it turns a bit artificial, and seems strongly herbal/peppery.

Flavors are very nice. Nothing is overdone. It's a great blend of pumpkin, spices, and sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden - this will sneak up on you.

Good richness - full, but not thick on the mouthfeel. Slightly cloying with the aftertaste/film, but actually a bit lighter than most imperial pumpkin ales.

Really well done Pumpkin Ale - CC just continues to impress. Glad I picked up two of these.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pumpkin orange with a finger of off white head. Decent legs and spotty wet lacing.

Smell was very faint. Some gourd, cinnamon, all spice and maybe some nutmeg.

Taste is very gourd forward with just the right amount of spice. Very tasty and worth bringing back from Florida.

Light to medium body with just enough carbonation.

Overall, this is a fantastic pumpkin ale. Just the right amount o spice and pumpkin. Not too much of either which I feel is the case with most. Very well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Changing it up a bit, I poured this ale into my SA Perfect Pint. This brew pours a pretty pumpkin orange with a cream colored head.

S: The aroma is definitely amplified. There is a depth to the complexity of this brew that many others lack. Notes of pumpkin spice (as opposed to raw pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a delicious tinge of nutmeg.

T: The flavor profile is equal as complex with pumpkin shining through. I love how all the spices in the nose come together on the pallet.

MF: Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale. Definitely top 5 for me, and one of the most noticeably complex pumpkins that I've had. On a side note, I noticed the bottle was a little better than on tap, and definitely better served a little warmer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass. Huge thanks to cfrances33 for this bottle.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a slight one finger head. Decent retention, but eventually turns into a minimal lacing.

Aroma: Really interesting spice note upfront. Cinnnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg all stand out. Some pumpkin and molasses tones complement the spice. I think the allspice note really seperates this from other pumpkin beers.

Taste: Again, big pumpkin pie spices dominate. Tons of bright allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove all contribute. Manages to stay interesting and bright throughout. The spice tone is completely unique and intriguing. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness matches well with the pumpkin to create a really nice background. Really drinkable for the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Lower than average carbonation.A bit syrupy.

Overall, a really unique, interesting and complex take on the pumpkin beer style. The spice note is one of a kind and doesn't overwhelm the base beer. One of my new favorites of this style. Definitely want to try this again. Balanced, smooth and complex.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter tulip.

Look is brown with amber highlights with thin head.

Aroma is malt and brown sugar with pumpkin spice notes. Lots of clove cinnamon and nutmeg, but well balanced. Like a delicate spice cake.

Taste is initially very spice, but it then mellows into this wonderful blend of malt and spice. Best pumpkin beer ever.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you for sharing, Jay

Appearance -- Pours an orange/amber hue with a mild haze and wispy beige head.

Smell -- Very nicely spiced with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, et al. Lots of sweet pie pumpkin as well, as well as yeasty/estery character. Really nice.

Taste -- Sweet pumpkin flesh and pie spices are the overarching flavor components, but at the same they aren't overstated; no artificial pumpkin spice latte effect. Lots of Belgian character, with yeast, mild spicy phenolics and bubblegum esters. Really unique and well-executed.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall -- This must be my favorite pumpkin beer to date. Just amazing how well balanced and nuanced it is while still tasting like pumpkin and spice. It's the beer I wish Pumking was.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Acquired in a trade with tranquilocigars, thanks man!

Pours a deep amber transparent body with a fair white 1 finger head that reduces quickly. No lacing, little retention. Nice color though.

Heavy spices on the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, butterscotch, holiday spices, and PUMPKIN! It's nice to smell pumpkin in a pumpkin beer.

On the tongue is sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon-sugar upfront. The follow through is super pumpkiny, earthy, squashy, and real tasting. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Superb, balanced, and flavorful without being overbearingly sweet or spicy. Medium body and carbonation. A nice sipper.

This may be my new favorite pumpkin beer. Not artificial tasting, nice pumpkin-spice balance, and super tasty. Seek.It.Out.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into my bruery tulip.

A: Almost like a ruby orange color. The beer dropped a 2 finger cream colored head, that retained very well but left little lace.

A: Sweet malt, pumpkin pie spice, and piney hops. Dominate notes of nutmeg, followed by cinnimon, slight clove, and allspice. Piney hops are suprisingly strong. All in all the nose is not that strong, and falls a little short.

T: Sweet malt flavor is prominent. The pumpkin pie flavors are there towards the middle of the brew, and it finishes with a hoppy bitterness. I like bitterness in my pumpkin brews, but not his much. I think they could've toned down the early hop additions here. The pumpkin is a nice addition, it gives the brew an earthiness that the pumpkin pie spice alone wouldn't. No hint of the 9% tho.

M: Pumpkin beers that actually use pumpkin always have a great full mouthfeel for me, but I think it is a bit overcarbonated.

O: I think this is a solid pumpkin brew, but the aroma falls way short. I would put this one above average, but not on the level of pumking, IMHO. Skal.

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Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (dated 05Aug15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that shrivels to a white line after 20 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are very subtle in quantity and are both medium and very small in size. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has very strong aromas of pumpkin that combine with mild aromas of nutmeg, caramel, cinnamon, and cloves.
TASTE: Strong pumpkin flavors whether initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. As the taste unravels, pumpkin and caramel flavors grow stronger as spices persist in strengh. However, hints of aluminum enter towards the very end. It almost seems like I am drinking this out of a can.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Subtly carbonated and ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This was a work of art. I am not sure where the aluminum flavors are coming from. But they were only hints, so they did not interfere too much.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

wow, big and boozy pumpkin beer. Strong nutmeg & cinnamon notes. Slightly thin tasting, so sweet no real character develops. Big time boozy aftertaste, reminds me of a fat Tuesday drink that tastes like a dessert and then you swallow and say 'damn, there was a ton of alcohol in that thing'. Glad I tried it, wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Zraly
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally had this on tap during my last trip to Tampa. Bought a 750 home and am currently enjoying the last few swigs.

Pours a hazy, dark amber with a rich two-finger head. Out-of-this-world nose: heavy allspice and cologne notes. Smells so rich and tasty, and definitely conjures all of the elements of pumpkin pie.

Taste follows the smell. Malty, spicy goodness up front with rich, creamy gourd backbone. Clear pumpkin pie spices predominate (cinnamon, allspice, clove, and nutmeg). Medium to full-bodied. The finish is a heavy on the spice with a mild, analgesic burn that is pleasant; this finishing piece reminds me a bit of pickled ginger. Two things I appreciate the most about Good Gourd: the booze is hidden and the finish is not cloying. These latter points are sometimes missed by heavier pumpkin ales.

A really wonderful pumpkin ale that would pair nice by the fireside. Probably also good with traditional fall desserts (i.e., pumpkin and apple pie) as well as homemade french vanilla ice cream. You might take a chance, too, and try pairing it with grilled pork loin.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing Amber color. Has a sweet boozy aroma with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin. Flavor is sweet, lightly boozy and reminds me of pumpkin pie. You get notes of pumpkin and fall spices ( cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice ) overall this is a really nice pumpkin ale

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Photo of 2ellas
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful deeeeep copper color with and average amout of head
smells deliciously of pumpkin pie and spices
taste is where is loses a bit. Almost like eating straight from a can of pumkpin pie filling. Just a bit to concentrated
Has a nice thick silky feel
overall a good beer thats just a bit to over the top on the pumpkin

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Photo of dstc
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-brown color with a thick, foamy tan head. Excellent head retention. Full, clinging lace.

Has that nice pumpkin spice aroma. Plenty of clove, nutmeg and allspice.

Awesome flavor. Just the right amount of pumpkin flavor with excellent spicing. Awesome ale beer as a base and a nice warming from the alcohol.

Rather full in the mouth, almost chewy and rather smooth.

Awesome pumpkin. One of the best I've found.

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Photo of mverity
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Benish
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: color was of burnt orange and toffee. Minimal head retention.

Smell: Picked up some pie crust, some nutmeg, and white chocolate. It smelled absolutely delicious. Its spices are there (nutmeg, cloves, allspice) but it does not attack you. The aroma is simple, not complex. Very satisfying.

Taste: This beer is pretty intense. It starts out fantastic; I tasted pumpkin pie - most notable was the pie crust, its had that nice biscuity buttered crust flavor. There was also that subtle burnt sweetness you get in baked goods, like toasted or melted brown sugar. As the beer start to warm up, the spices and other flavors I cannot describe became more prominent. The crust became harder to pick up and the spices became a bit overwhelming. A single glass of this is plenty. It was quite sweet, no bitterness. The crust, sugar and the spices were the most prominent aspect of this beer and like other pumpkin beers I have tried, I am missing the flavors of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel. With the intense flavors of this beer, it's hard to cover all the bases of the beer.

Overall: this is something I'd like to share with someone. Not something to drink yourself. It holds well over night. I opened it the first night, did not finish it. Put a wine cork in, reopened it the next day and it tasted fine.

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Photo of nick76
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very spicy with pumpkin, cardboard, and caramel malt. The appearance is amber with an average head. The taste is a little like the aroma but has an astringent bitterness but it is definitely a pumpkin. The mouth feel is average. Overall I like this beer but I want more pumpkin and less bitter.

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Photo of EricTKole
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

2013 bottle poured into a white wine glass. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Good mouthfeel, full but not heavy. Plenty of spice but good balance with the pumpkin. Neither one dominates the other. This was good pumpkin pie in a glass. Perfect for thanksgiving dinner or special fall dinners. Probably not something I would drink on a random Tuesday night.

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Photo of beergod1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange. A decent dense foamy white head. Aroma is a nice blend of fall spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. The flavor is more of the same but just bolder and with the added hint of pumpkin. Very creamy and tasty. This is EASILY one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Carbonation is spot on and it has a nice balanced mouthfeel. The 9% is hidden amazingly well making this very drinkable. Would LOVE to try this again sometime. Yes that is a trade offer.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to say it. This is overall a 5, spot on perfect.

Rather than bore you with details of the beer, I'll tell you what this beer really is. This is the rightful owner of the pumpkin throne. Pumking was my ruler, but no longer. A new sherriff is in town, and he's slaying all the others.

This is the cat's meow. Meow. Pumpkin and spice and everything glorious and amazing people! There is pumpkin, there is spice, there is sweetness, there is bitterness, there is no competition for the starring role. Instead these flavors choose to meld harmoniously together and become greater than any could be on their own.

Oh the epiphany. Where have you been every fall for the last 7 years dear Good Gourd? Out of distribution, sadly. But thanks to kayaksandbeer, my clutch trading partner, I can now imbibe in what I consider the PERFECT pumpkin beer. All others have been warned, this is legit.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Poured out a slightly hazy orange with one finger of bubbly white head that left a bit of lacing.

S – Very nice aroma. Pumpkin pie spice all the way. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.

T – Beautiful taste here. This is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and cinnamon everywhere on the palate. Strong pumpkin taste with. Think filling in a great pumpkin pie. Some very light sweetness but not sweet. Slight warming alcohol at the end.

M – Medium bodied with good lively carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the palate but remains bubbly.

O – Just jumped Pumking as my favorite pumpkin ale. Excellent all around here.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured into my Surly goblet....
A - Pours a hazy amber brown with a small foamy head that reduces quickly to a thin cover and ring. Looks great.
S - Not overpowering but a pleasant aroma of pumpkin and spices.
T - Medium strong pumpkin flavor with a hint of spices.
M - Medium creamy mouth feel, flavor hangs around for a good long time.
O - The key to any great beer is balance and this beer has it. The pumpkin and the splices are well matched to the beer, nothing is overpowering. Delicious, the best pumpkin beer I've tasted in 2014.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark orange/copper bordering on amber. Two fingers of off-white/eggshell head.

S -- Spices for days. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Pumpkin of course, but it doesn't dominate.

T - Much larger pumpkin presence on the taste. All the spices are here, but it is spicy like a top-shelf rum. Excellent vanilla or cream flavor with a big cinnamon finish.

M - Big and full mouthfeel. Makes full use of the 8.5%. Slight alcohol taste. Lots of carbonation moves everything along.

O - Fantastic pumpkin beer, one of the best (prolly the best) I've ever had. Complex and drinkable.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with ruby tones and an off white head that fades to a small ring and doesn't leave much lacing, if any. A bit flat looking, but I experience this with the style. Caramel, graham crusty malt, gord meat,cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and do I detect a hint of cream?! Starts off with a nice vegetal gord meat flavor that is wrapped in caramel and graham flavors. The spice weaves in early bringing a perfect level of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg spiciness. Lower carbonation and the body feels slightly thin. Overall it's a great pumpkin ale. It's top two for me next to Pumking.

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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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