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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 kevindp9
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
2017 release
Served in a tulip

The nearly crystal clear, orange-tinged mahogany body was topped by a tight, creamy, finger-tall, tan colored crown. Solid retention. The head fell to a thick, clingy, lasting collar. Spotty, streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was really punchy and reminded me of a vanilla-infused pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice came through strong. Loads of fresh vanilla extract. Bit of dried ginger. There was a good amount of sweetness without being excessive. Brown sugar came to mind. A sweet boozy note appeared as well. Very solid overall.

The flavor closely mimicked the nose. Big pumpkin pie spice notes. Clove, allspice, ginger and cinnamon were most noticeable. Strong vanilla cream presence. The beer was anchored by a biscuity malt backbone. Somewhat toasty and caramel-ish too. Like the nose, the beer was fairly sweet on the palate, but it dried out as the liquid moved along the palate. Some booze came through on the finish. Toasted malts and a hint of earthy bitterness lingered after the swallow.

Nice creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style but a touch thin given the high ABV. The liquid contained a zippy, moderate effervescence that lent the beer a slick smoothness. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Really good pumpkin ales are surprisingly difficult to come by in New England, but I was lucky to score this bottle on a recent trip to Brooklyn. Unlike Southern Tier’s Pumpking, which seems excessively sweet after a few sips, Good Gourd hits hard with big pumpkin pie spice notes and just the right amount of booze and malt sweetness to maintain balance. This is a terrific pumpkin beer and one that hopefully gets distributed in my region sometime soon.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Dark Amber coming off an almost all brown body with medium bubbles on the body creating an off-white head rising just about half a finger's length. Zero lacing on the glass but the brew looks superb.

Smell: pumpkin and cinnamon scent which feels like a liquid dessert.

Taste: Speaking of dessert, the brew is like gulping a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is super evident with a light spice nutmeg feel which is strong and mellow all at the same time.

Mouth: Stixky brew, sweet syrupy finish which leaves a pumpkin crust finish at the end. You know that fresher baked cake feel...this beer has it lingering at the end.

Overall: great pickup, love the brew... personally I can say I prefer this over many pumpkin beers. It is a little pricey but would definitely grab again if I'm lucky enough to see it on a shelf again. Always with love and always in a glass, salud!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reebtaerG
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter.
Has a brown orange appearance with a thin white head that leaves minimal lacing. Pumpkin and cinnamon aromas and taste on spot and gets better as it warms up. Has some vanilla as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth I think the vanilla helps with that. Overall great pumpkin ale would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of jak
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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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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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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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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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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