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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
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
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
1,358
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
28.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 1,358
Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear, dark caramel with a tiny head that poofs quickly. nose; light clove, allspice, cinnamon, pie crust, & brown sugar. taste; caramel malt, toffee, nutmeg, mellow hops, cinnamon, clove, & allspice. slightly boozy on the end, and nutmeg & clove stick around fairly heavily. high carbonation & thick, velvety mouthfeel. it's always a roll of the dice for me with pumpkin beers, and i don't see how good gourd could have done it any better. some pumpkin beers end up being a slightly modified barleywine or imperial brown ale, and those that go all out "pumpkin pie" usually end up tasting artificial and nasty. good gourd manages the pumpkin pie taste like a champ! delicious.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy brown/orange with minimal lacing. Smells of pumpkin spices,...and more pumpkin spices.....

Taste, buttery, pumpkin pie spices...all of them..... and some pumpkin..and more pumpkin. Nice and sweet. Almost

Feel is medium, and tarty. Nice and sweet but not too sweet, that I can tell you. That would have been a disaster.

Much better than Southern Tier....but not as good as Dogfish Punkin....the original...I was hoping it would have been but they still own the Pumpkin beer market.

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

2015 Bottle

Pale amber in color and clear. Some head in the pour which is retained on the edges. Minimal lacing.

Nose is sweet, pumpkin, minimal nutmeg, and minimal cinnamon.

Taste is caramel, pumpkin, minor cinnamon, nutmeg, booze, and maybe clove.

Mouthful is medium and syrupy. Carbonation is average. Finish dry.

With a year on this beer, it transforms into a barleywine and is very enjoyable. The balance is there, the vegetative aroma and flavor present in some pumpkin ales is not. The pie portion is absent but it's not a bad thing. Very much recommend this as much as I would Schlafly.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with something less than a finger of head. The nose has bready essence and also a hint of pumpkin and seasonal spices. The flavor has more malt than the average pumpkin beer (even for an imperial). There is also a hint of molasses and something with a slightly sweet edge. The body is hearty for the style.

This is not quite what I expected but it is certainly a well done effort.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jeffdr123
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overdone, and I kind of like that. If you're going to pour nutmeg, allspice, caramel, and raisins into a beer, you might as well go large. The taste is stronger than the nose. It's a pretty beer, too. A dark pumpkin, molasses color. Got it on tap at the Cigar City Brewery.

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Photo of TH28
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. 8/11/16 bottle date. Appearance: Brown with a deep amber hue, clear, with a light khaki foam head. Aroma: Nice pumpkin spice heavier on the allspice, nutmeg and clove, with a light cinnamon and vanilla. Light caramel. Very nice Taste: Surprisingly sweet maltiness, a touch of bread crust, then turning to a allspice and nutmeg forward pumpkin spicing. Cinnamon is restrained. Moderate bitterness to balance the intense malt sweetness and spicing. Comes across like a pumpkin spiced piece of toast. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low to moderate carbonation. No noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Toasted malt stand out, with some nutmeg and allspice. Overall: A really well done pumpkin ale that nicely balances the maltiness, spicing, and high ABV. Nice toasted and caramel malt backbone and spicing heavier on allspice and nutmeg, compared to the cinnamon bombs of some pumpkin ales. Alcohol well hidden for it’s strength.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber, pretty close to pumpkin color, sustaining a thin tan head throughout.

Big squash on the nose, largely pumpkin but less of the pie variety and more of the actual crop, with caramel, and brown sugar.

Taste of tangy ale with pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, fig and graham cracker sharing the stage.

Good Gourd is balanced and not overly spiced. This is a commendable pumpkin ale that is more in the beer realm than an attempt at pleasing the non-beer-drinking girlfriend that has been begrudgingly dragged along.

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Photo of deebo
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. This is one of the spiciest pumpkin beers I've had. Tons of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg atop a roasted pumpkin flavor. Warms once inside you like pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Marius
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at CBC 2016. Dark caramel with a tan head. Tons of cinnamon, caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut. A damn good beer, one of the highlights of the show for me.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker Amber pour, ruby red highlights in the light. Thin pour, tight white bubbled head with moderate lacing.

Very subtle nose. Nothing in your face. Getting slight nutmeg and cinnamon. Some pumpkin, pie crust and graham cracker. Sweet maltiness in the back end.

Surprisingly multi dimensional flavor compared to the weakness of the nose. Some solid pumpkin flavored spices, pretty noticable nutmeg and cinnamon. Quite boozy in the middle, caramel and raisins in the back end.

Mouthfeel is very thin, not heavy carbonated and definitely not an easy drinker. The booziness carries a little.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep ruby-amber color with a small fizzy off-white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- nice sweet caramel malt aroma provides a sturdy backbone to the array of pumpkin spicing. Highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice & clove. Hints of pie crust and vanilla whipped cream close it out, with more sweet malt on the linger

T- near perfect balance of the spices up front with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove & all-spice, followed by stewed apples and raisins. There is a strong sweet malty base that adds elements of caramel, vanilla and pie crust. More raisin, cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish with a sweet malty linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy on the finish, abv is hidden well

O- definitely one of the best pumpkin ales on the market. Unlike most of the style, this has a sweet and strong malt backbone that match up perfectly with the spices, very well done

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Photo of patriotsXLIX
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
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 rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More pumpkin than spice, a good spice though. A good burnt/roasted cinnamon that makes for a great pie crust like flavor. Easily one of the best pumpkin beers around.

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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 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 FBGordon
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft into an Irish pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber/copper with an off-white head that thins out somewhat but maintains and laces nicely.

S: Notes of cinnamon, raisin, apples and nutmeg. The complex aromas mask the faint smell of pumpkin, which is a pleasant surprise in the typically overwhelmingly artificial pumpkin beer market.

T: Rich, spicy pumpkin casserole flavors complimented with spices that settle thickly and deliciously on the palate. A little boozy at 8.5% but pleasantly so.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation that actually dances on the tongue somewhat.

O: One of the better (if not best), richer, non-artificial tasting pumpkin beers on the market. A delicious ale great for bringing in the cooler Fall weather, this is definitely a beer that needs to be on the pumpkin beer drinker's list.

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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 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 Dolphinsmarlins1
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber (or at least part of it) into a 16 ounce snifter. Copper color with minimal head, though the little did stick around for awhile. Aromas were faint, which wasn't surprising upon tasting. Very mild flavor. Not overly spicy, though you could taste the undertones of them. Glad I tried it, but I prefer Pumking, something that is readily available in my area.

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Photo of Dawsonk
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Almost taste like the drink horchata but with a gourd taste too it. Would love to get more of thus amazing beer. Only have two bombers left unfortunately.

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Photo of BuckeyeBeers
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not necessarily the best pumpkin beer of all time but it was on nitro at the brew pub and it creates the sensation of whipped cream topping and makes the beer smooth like pumpkin pie filling.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter. Whether this is good or not, I'm hoping to never drink another pumpkin beer.

Good looking beer. Deep copper color with a cream-colored head. Sudsy and creamy head. Persists well. 4.5

It's not overly spiced, so that's awesome. Has a hint of some tartness and fruit. Caramel malt sweetness. Not a ton on the nose. 3.75

Interesting first sip. Seems like a Belgian Dubbel with the candi syrup flavor. Reminds me of a lollipop for the candied sweetness. Pumpkin appears subtly and imparts a vegetal, squash quality and some light spice creeps in that again, is understated. 3.75

Candy-like sweetness and feel, akin to sucking on a lollipop. This is a dessert drink if anything. Smooth but with a tickle of carbonation and spice that accentuate the sweetness at times and other times downplay it. 3.75

I appreciate that this isn't a spice bomb, but it seems a sweet, syrupy bomb in place of that.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this few times past few years and it's been great but this years batch seems different 2016. Still good but lacking that pumpin spice feel of years past. Adjusted my rating down.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into mini cognac tulip 12/9/15

A glows amber, even a small pour has a little head that hangs around for a few sips, looks thick like the the little bubbles are struggling to get to the surface

S big on vanilla, some allspice and nutmeg, yams and faint pumpkin, hard toffee a plenty, and a hint of ginger and cinnamon with a little booze

T mimics the nose but a little more booze and the individual spices are harder to pick out

M medium bodied, creams up, fine grit, a little heat, heaps of spice lingering

O solid pumpkin beer, well spiced, not exactly unique but well made

I told myself I was only having one pumpkin beer this year and this one just popped up at my place, cheers Corson!!

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