Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Cigar City Brewing

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin AleGood Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
4.27/5
1,408 Ratings
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:
#706
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
1,408
pDev:
11.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
582
Gots:
354
Trade:
37
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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thank you Brandon.

The beer is copper to amber hued with a quarter inch of off white head. Crimson highlights in the body. The aroma brings cinnamon, pumpkin pie, pie filling, sugar, while cream. Sweet and spicy with a smooth malty body. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. Really solid. Splitting the bottle a few ways is probably best.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DosBeerigos for the trade on this one. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed amber color with a white head that fades to just a thin film that holds around the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish cream that again slowly fades down to a thin lacing. Some spots of lace cling to the glass.

The smell of this brew is earthy and spiced. A touch of green pumpkin character mixes with yeast and some fruity alcohol hints. Cloves are present along with cinnamon and an earthy indication of nutmeg and hops. More smells reveal a residual sweetness to the nose that is caught between a caramel malt and toffee character. The fruity inclusion is a bit perplexing and distracts a bit from the overall theme of pumpkin/earth character.

The taste is sweet toffee/caramel with a contrasting bitterness of herbal hops and a spice of earthy nutmeg. Some spices are evident with a flavor of cinnamon and clove. A fruity backing is evident that starts to move focus on the the alcohol aspect of this brew. The aftertaste is quite earthy with nutmeg and spices expected of the pumpkin offering. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a bit of a molasses to gram cracker type of malty inclusion which is interesting.

This is a medium bodied brew that is quite creamy with a light level of carbonation. There are lots of fruity alcohol notes and a solid balance of modest spices that keep everything in check. For an 8.5% offering, the alcohol is well integrated. Overall this is a solid take on the style, not the best I have had bu tone that is worth trying at least once... or twice.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 22Blue
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AlexFields
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malfunxion
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some slight lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a really maple-ly sweet maltiness running over top of some bready and spiced pumpkin notes. Light vanilla slightly runs in and out. The taste was mainly sweet through the maple and allowing a gentle pumpkin pie - esque vanilla to come through. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation hit my tongue nicely - good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty good pumpkin ale with a nice dose of maple added.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pretty dark russet brown, with no head or lacing. Looks fairly lightly carbonated.

This smells pretty great- caramel, toffee, pumpkin pie puree, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. All the spices are there, but not overwhelming.

This almost tastes like a lighter barleywine with pumpkin, which is nice. The base beer is actually good, here- with nice caramel, toffee, and a breadiness that reminds me of flaky pie crust. That's cool. The spices described on the label are all there, and described in the paragraph above, so I won't repeat myself. The cinnamon and nutmeg are probably the strongest. There's actually real pumpkin flavor too, which is appreciated- definitely get a feeling of real pumpkin pie here.

This is medium bodied, with a lower level of carbonation, and no sign of booze.

One of the best pumpkin ales on the market, for sure. It's pretty decadent and tasty.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,408 ratings
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