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
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
Ratings:
1,370
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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578
Gots:
349
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37
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Kiefdog
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of JRedner. Pours a golden caramel color with thin white head. Aroma is pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, cream. Flavor is much of the same with some stronger pumpkin and spice notes, heavy cream flavors, slightly boozey. Generally medium body with a pleasing herb/spice finish. This was an amazing pumpkin beer and likely the best that I have had.

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Photo of BradTheHophead
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time I had this beer was on tap at Cigar City Brewing' s taproom.

A. Beer was slightly cloudy with thick creamy head.

S. First there was lots of malts and hops followed by pumpkin and spices. The combination was awesome.

T. First the hops smacks your taste buds followed by a nice spice pumpkin after taste.

M. Very smooth for a hippy beer and does not taste boozy for an 8.5% beer.

O. The best pumpkin ale I have ever tasted!

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Photo of jazzer
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Valentno7
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tranquilocigars
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of patriotsXLIX
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
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 CLanda
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of spacecake9
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

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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4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter
8.5% ABV,

A - Completely clouded, this deep chestnut brown beer has beautiful pumpkin orange highlights and maintains it's thick ivory head wonderfully, leaving dots of lace around the snifter.

S - Good Gourd smells familiar but has an aroma unlike any other pumpkin beer. This hefty brew incorporates enough pumpkin to make you think you poked your head inside one after you gutted old Jack. The spice, while smelling somewhat typical, has a fantastic twist; nutmeg is in the presence of Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, and Zanzibar cloves for a blend that sure to raise an eyebrow. And let's not forget the smooth and sweet caramel and toffee base. Absolutely wonderful.

T - How much difference does spice from another region make, you ask? Good Gourd is clearly similar to other pumpkin beers in many regards but the one thing that, from the first sip, immediately sets this beer apart is it's use of unique spices giving it incredible distinction. Beyond the spices, wonderful roasted pumpkin and sweet, sweet malt beef up the beer with sticky melted caramel pumpkin seed flavor.

M - Good Gourd is a hefty beer boasting 8.5% ABV but it's hidden very well behind a rich, full body and sweet maltiness that's balanced exceptionally by wonderful spice. This filling, pie-like beer is equally as smooth as a slice for a luscious and enjoyable sipping experience.

O - In a sea of pumpkin beers released all too early, Good Gourd stands head and shoulders above the crowd, with a wonderful familiarity like that pie your aunt always brings to Thanksgiving, but this time it's tweaked. Cigar City's use of intercontinental spice gives Good Gourd a truly one-of-a-kind aroma and flavor. If you can get it, make this the one must-try pumpkin beer of the season.

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Photo of sicilian
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tampalocal5577
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours orange in color leaving very little head and tracing. Cinammon and nutmeg spices are prevelant in the smell. Very well balanced between sweetness and tart. Tastes like a liquified pumpkin pie with a slight alcohol aftertaste. For an 8%, the alcohol aftertaste isn't inappropriate or intruding. Nice warm feeling in the stomach! Try it!

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4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Seriously one of the best pumpkin beers out there. I look forward to this release every year, and I have to race the other beer geeks in the city just to snag a bottle. But it's worth it!

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4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,370 ratings.
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