Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Cigar City Brewing

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin AleGood Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
91.8%
Liked This Beer
4.27 w/ 1,381 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:
#703
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
1,381
Liked:
1,268
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
11.01%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
581
Gots:
354
Trade:
37
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Ratings: 1,381 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep amber body. Not as dark as other pumpkin ales. A nice healthy head also distinguishes it from other pumpkins. And finally, it's got lacing! It looks like a real beer.

Smell - A great balance of pumpkin and spices. It's not dominated by spices, but they complement the pumpkin nicely. Nutmeg especially, I think.

Taste - Good pumpkin flavor up front, but the spices are less involved. The pumpkin flavor seems to fade and come back in the end. Maybe even a bit of earthiness with it at the end and possibly some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not as creamy as I'd like. I imagine a perfect pumpkin ale like drinking a pumpkin pie and it comes close, but just not quite creamy enough. Are my standards too high?

Overall - The best pumpkin ale I've had to date, but not perfect. The smell is wonderful but the taste is not quite as good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with some brown and copper hues in there as well. A short lived off-white head is there as well.

S: A nice blend of spices, but not overdone. I get some nutmeg, all spice, and a hint of cinnamon. Some pumpkin aroma, more than I usually get in pumpkin beers. Some light vanilla, too.

T: Fairly well balanced in terms of all the different flavors going on. The cinnamon flavor seems to be more pronounced with the other spices sort of falling into the background. A decent amount of sweetness, mild pumpkin, and a hint of bitterness.

M: The body is medium, as is the carbonation.

D: Pumpkin ales are sort of hard to do, since the spicing can really mess them up. I'm happy that CCB has managed to keep things within reason and make for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 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 dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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 InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Not bad.

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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 dvmin98
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91.8% out of 100 with 1,381 ratings
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