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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
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:
#712
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,421
pDev:
11.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
580
Gots:
358
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,421 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a clear consistency. . There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A fantastic aroma of pumpkin, an array of spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of a whole bunch of different spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, to name some), a tinge of malt, a fair amount of pumpkin, and a hint of vanilla. This is an incredibly well-balanced, focused flavor. They go pretty heavy on the spices, but this isn't a bad thing at all.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the best pumpkin ales I've tried this season. Well made and drinkable.

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

Photo of richj1970
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 8/22/2017.

A: Red tinted brown with 1-2 finger off white head. Lasting retention and moderate lacing.

S: All of the aromas you might expect. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and all spice. A bit of vanilla

T: Nice blend of sweet and spice with all of the memories of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and some brown sugar.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: Pumpkin beers can be hit or miss with me, but this is a good one.

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Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 msumike89
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mkh012
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep ruby red with an inch of off-white head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin ring behind.

The taste and nose are medicinal cherry, cinnamon, raisin, and pumpkin pie. Super smooth for 8.8% alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium. Could use a little bit more pie crust character, maybe, to balance things out. Medium minus sweetness. Has some almost Belgian dark ale characteristics, off-set by pumpkin spice. Very mild but present alcohol on the finish.

Overall, definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Schlafly is still my favorite, but this is close. Not cloying or overdone like some others in this style. 8+/10.

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Photo of Tim725
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrederickTatum
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of brocktune
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imperialjake
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Aeroscorp
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lukass
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 release. Poured into Cigar City tulip glass. It pours a dark brown-cola color with two fingers of khaki-colored head and lacing with excellent retention. Myriad bubbles ascend the glass. The nose features sweet malt, fairly subtle pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a whiff of tobacco. The first thing I taste, not surprisingly, is the pumpkin; and it is very sweet. There is also lots of spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. What surprises me is that there follows a cracker and caramel taste that has a spice cake-like quality. This is increasingly prevalent as the glass warms. This ale has a pleasantly creamy feel with moderate carbonation. The ABV is a deceptive 8.8% It doesn't drink that high. Overall, this is an excellent pumpkin ale that grew on me as I sipped it. It has unexpected complexity of taste and feel. I'm glad this ale is now distributed in New Jersey. It will be part of my autumn rotation.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a tall glass a clear rich auburn color but really not much head to speak of,a thin soapy-like mass really.Big warming slightly spicy cinnamon in the nose along with a hint of vanilla,slightly floral and just well rounded.Cinnamon and nutmeg give off a slightly spicy opening to the palate,some graham cracker and vanilla combine with a hefty alcohol presence making a somewhat sweet finish.A fuller almost creamy feel adds to the beer style,one of the better pumpkin ales I have had in the last couple years.At least so far this year to be sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and slightly stronger than moderate mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin with some light to moderate pumpkin sweetness and moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove with a hint of ginger). Underneath this is a moderate aroma of toasted + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin all of which contribute a light to moderate amount of caramel + pumpkin sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove with a hint of ginger) and a light presence of earthy hops. Light hint of bitterness from the hops + spices which fades quickly leaving a light lingering pumpkin + malt sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable with the stronger pumpkin flavors and the lighter pumpkin pie spices. Easy to drink and the perfect beer for the start of the NFL season.

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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 papabeer
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best pumpkin beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Python6586
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,421 ratings
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