The Gourd Standard
Flying Dog Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #221
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3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
The Gourd StandardThe Gourd Standard
Notes: The Gourd Standard and it is a Pumpkin IPA…yes and IPA brewed with pumpkin puree and spices.
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pumpkin ipa. enjoy by 01.19.17. consumed 11.16.16. in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Rose burgundy color with a steady flow of effervesce. Short living creamy beige head is slight in size but leaves a generous amount of band lacing.

S: Sweet brown sugar, whole cinnamon stick with hints of toasty malt and nutmeg.

T: Pumpkin pie spicing. Toasted malt and toasted pumpkin puree. Warming cinnamon stick, nutmeg, caramelized apple. Munich, dark crystal raisiny malt with a small touch of earthy green hops.

M: Crisp and lively carbonation, light to medium body, lightly creamy texture.

O: Nice drinkability, balance with good natural pumpkin elements and a spicing that is well balanced and complimentary. Hops, malt and spice all blend together for a very good drinker per style.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/30/16....pours dark murky brown with some white foam residuals. Cinnamon/nutmeg smell, pumpkin too. Slightly woodsy. Edge pumpkin bitter taste, starts sweet and then firm. Different take on a pumpkin. Tasty bitter.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours mostly clear amber orange, yellowish white head starts about an inch thick, firm and fine, retains as a sudsy lacing.

Smells of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin.

Flavor is of pumpkin, toasted bready malts, and clove. Finishes dry bitter like strong nutmeg.

Medium to full body with fluffy carbonation on the tongue.

A very tasty marzen-like pimpkin ale. Mostly good mixture of flavors, nice body. The bitter finish feels somewhat out of place in this style. It's mildly off-putting but not a deal-breaker. Worth trying for a little twist on a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mynie
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like pumpkin ales, and I like IPAs, but a combination of the two sounded gross as fuck. But I stopped at Flying Dog on the way back from a hike, and Flying Dog never really made a *bad* beer, and the people there said it was good, so I grabbed a sixer. Whatever.

Pours a dark, filtered red. Much more like a typical pumpkin ale than an IPA.

Smells of caramel and cereal with just a hint of pie spice. Nothing too great.

Tastes like a good pumpkin ale with a unique hop finish. It actually comes together really well, in spite of my prejudices, and in spite the kinda off aroma. Pie spice up front, bread and cinnamon in the middle, light english hops in the end.

It's nothing weird. It's barely innovative. But that's probably a good thing. This is solid.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear deep amber color with beige head. Aroma has lots of pumpkin pie notes. Baked pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, cinnamon, no real IPA notes. Taste follows with the pumpkin pie flavors but you also get earthy hops with the associated bitterness. Aftertaste lingers with grapefruit pith and nutmeg. Medium body and carbonation. A quite interesting combination, really tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of spice, sweet malt, slight pumpkin, hint of vanilla, and hops. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, spices, hops, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of a pale malt.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/12/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, peppercorn, clove, light citrus, pine, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices, earthy hops, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, peppercorn, clove, light citrus, pine, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, peppercorn, clove, pine, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, and and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices, earthy hops, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.7%. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices, earthy hops, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This didn’t feel much like an IPA as I expected other than the bitterness; but the noble hops worked well to compliment the spice notes, and it was very enjoyable as such.

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Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the back of the label: "Enjoy By 01.19.17"

Appearance: The body is dark bronze in appearance with hints of dark orange in the light. The beer looks very transparent. The head is a fluffy, rocky, medium-sized cap with good retention.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spice right from the get-go. It has a nice clove and cinnamon aroma with a bit of a cookie scent. I should note that even though the beer says "pumpkin IPA" on the front it doesn't have any hop aroma.

Taste: I am getting a very nice ginger flavor up front followed by some woody cedar and a nice bitter finish. It tastes great. I wasn't sure how well hops would work with pumpkin spice but it tastes like they have nailed down the right combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer feels rather light. It just doesn't support the flavors well. It has this almost thin quality to it. The carbonation is good and the bitterness is good.

Overall: The overall drinking experience was very good. The flavors and aromas were just right. The only downside was the thin feeling body but as a whole the drinking experience was still very good. I would recommend that if you like bitter beers and enjoy pumpkin spice that you try this. It might be carving a very specific niche but it is doing it very well.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a moderate head. It soon recedes into a foamy cap and frothy collar that leaves some lacing. Good retention.
In the nose; pumpkin of course, cinnamon, toasted biscuit, light florals and intermittent whiffs of cherry.
Although there is some caramel malt sweetness, upon first tasting, it is soon coated by spices and subtle herbal hops that become gradually bitter and linger in the aftertaste. The pumpkin taste is of course there throughout, but more as a backbone. Despite the increasing hoppiness, there is some sweetness in the finish and, interestingly enough, some grapefruit zest.
Medium bodied and smooth with gentle carbonation. It goes down pretty easily.
I would definitely consider this a pumpkin ale despite the unique hoppiness. Definitely not an IPA. I thought it was pretty decent and a nice autumn drink. I rated it higher than most.

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Your typical seasonal pumpkin ale. Color is a deep pumpkin with minimal head and spotty lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin pie spice and taste is decent and definitely NOT too overpowering with the dry spice. Nice that the hops are a player in this one, a good seasonal

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi cloudy Amber body with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Off-white head rising high at first but before first sip maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: bland hops. You do smell small touch of pumpkin but nothing else.

Taste: Malts and pumpkin, a bit bitter but still smooth.

Mouth: medium body and medium stickiness.

Overall: Nice beer but better out there, I rather have a normal pumpkin beer or just straight IPA. Salud.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet glass. Did you just drink a pumpkin brew? Uh oh.

Deep muddy brown body color, with a touch of orange to it. Nice creamy head with a frothy like top, only about two fingers and does settle to a very thick collar and small puck. Some faint hints of sheet lacing. Decent for a pumpkin ale.

Aroma is pretty solid as well. Nice mix of subdued pumpkin quality, and light nutmeg and sweet like spices. A mild sensing but at least noticeable hop presence that seems to be a bit of earth and possibly pine. Very nicely balanced.

Palate comes off a little bit skeltered. Slight pumpkin qualities with minimal vegetative flavors on first sip. Wet bodied for an IPA with a touch of actual peppery accenting like spices and hot clove. Negligible if any sweetness, with a good hop bitter finish. Lingers with more pepper than spicy nutmeg and clove, which makes an interesting accent on the hop flavor on the aftertaste.

My only issue is that I wish the beer had more body, and it also doesn't come across as much as an IPA either. But as a pumpkin brew I can get behind it at least, things could be worse.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD 035/16. Pours a slightly hazy amber. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of pumpkin spice - cinnamon and nutmeg - over a caramel base.

Light medium body that is very smooth and has a touch of creaminess. Normal carbonation level with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good. It is spice heavy and cinnamon leads the pack. Pumpkin makes a minor appearance in the middle as does a mild bitterness. Caramel lurks underneath and makes its strongest showing near the finish giving just a hint of sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of slightly bitter cinnamon over pumpkin.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy, orange-brown with 3/4 inch head. Noticeable sediment. Taste is cinnamon, clove, pumpkin pie spices with sharp citrus hops at the end. Aftertaste is slightly dry. Interesting combination, glad I tried, but I doubt I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. The IPA aspect probably brings this down a bit.

L: Orange brown. Very cloudy with particles throughout. Moderate to high carbonation. Finger of head which lasts a while leaving lacing,

S: Pumpkin and spices. Not much hops.

T: Pumpkin and spices with a piney, bitter hop kick on the end.

F: Medium bodied. Some creaminess.

O: Not bad. Just not sure that the ipa works well with the pumpkin. If they had toned down some of the hops this would be a damn fine pumpkin beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A new day, a new combo of styles. Looking forward to see how hops compete with spices.

A- 12oz bottle into obligatory Pumking goblets for Halloween with a deep amber-toasty brown body that has strange flecks suspended throughout. Frothy, thick cap builds to a finger with good retention dying out to a foamy ring. A few thin sheets of lacing.

S- Spices and malts win out to the hops here which are still fairly strong. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and clove leading to toasted, caramel and bready grains. Hops are earthy and pine centric at this juncture.

T- Hops push out a bit of the maltiness but the spices still reign supreme with the pie mix of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and ginger. Hops bring earthiness, pine, herbal and spicy tones of their own while the malt provides the canvas of toasted nuts, bread, cereal and caramel. Creamy pie and graham cracker hints.

MF- Smooth from the get go with a silky creaminess on the palate. Moderately high level of carbonation and a pumpkin spice bitterness in the finish.

More or less a pumpkin beer with a slight extra shot of hops. The bitterness of the hops compounds with that of the spices and it gets a bit sharp. I would like to see a hoppier version to see how that works out.

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Photo of jlindros
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Used to love this brewery, but haven't had anything new from them for quite a while. Hopefully this is good, but has potential to be bad, a strange combination of flavors that don't seem to go well on paper.

Pours a decent fizzy creamy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly, decent foamy lacing, a clear but darker cranberry reddish color.

Nose is loaded with pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon allspice, etc, with an earthy gourd like pumpkin aroma, juicy pumpkin, with some toasty bready malts, grainy toasty, with a little caramel and sweet sugary malt.

Taste brings more pumpkin out front, herbal gourd like pumpkin, fresh pumpkin though, with more spices, thankfully not too big but def there, pumpkin pie flavors, with a bready toasty malt crust like character, some caramel and sweet light brown sugar malts, creamy taste to it too. A little earthy spicy hop, not a ton of hop character out front at least. Finish is drier but a little sticky, a big wave of bitterness washes over with spicy earthy hops, spices and pumpkin mostly die off, but sticky caramel toasty malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, touch syrupy note, decent carb.

Overall eh, not much of an IPA profile, the pumpkin, spices, and sweet malt flavors overpower the hops and not only is it not very bitter but very little actual hop flavor too, more like a generic pumpkin pie ale, but IPA not really. Otherwise not too bad, not very vegetal thankfully, spices are not overpowering, pumpkin is fresher, malts are OK for a pumpkin beer but def not for an IPA.

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Photo of Zanico
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally!!! I keep trying these pumpkin beers because I really like pumpkin, but they are all too sweet and way over spiced. I usually end up choking down half and drain pouring the rest. Well, I saw this today at the beer store and decided to give a try. I'm glad I did, because I have finally found one that I actually enjoy. It has a nice subtle pumpkin flavor that isn't overpowering and a good little hop bite. Certainly not the best beer I've ever had but definitely the best pumpkin beer I've tried to date.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hehehehe, you got hops in my pumpkin ale! The standard notes for the style are all there on the nose (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, a little pumpkin), yet there are also some gently fruity/piny hops lurking around. It's an interesting twist that adds a little something to an other wise bland pumpkin ale. And tasting it, there is a bitter bite to open this one up. The gentle bitterness seems to clash with the spice-laden finish, and also obscures some of the actual pumpkin character. It feels tingly and astringent on the palate, with powerful carbonation. I don't really like it, but I don't really like a lot of pumpkin ales regardless - even when they're hoppy. Objectively, however, it's just plain unfocused and imbalanced.

2.76/5: Fool's gourd

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear deep orangish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint garnet red + mahogany highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), pumpkin, caramel malts, and spicy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, cardamon, and nutmeg). Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of spicy + herbal hops which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Interesting hybrid styled beer - not sure that I could get behind a pumpkin IPA but I actually enjoyed this one. There are a few bits that seem a bit disjointed but still easy to drink. I would give this one another shot.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on October 24, 2015.

It pours mainly orange-amber with a huge, long lasting foamy white head.

Basically a clean aroma with mild spice, grassy hops, vague sweet fruit, and a touch of soap.

Medium body.

The taste has a kind of pumpkin spice character that evolves into a bitter finale. Some nutmeg. OK, not bad but there are better pumpkin spice beers out there.

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Photo of Myotus
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that doesn't dissipate (this is an awesome first). Amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There are both medium and small rising bubbles and both are high in quantity. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: A bunch of mild aromas: nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy hops, piney hops, caramel, bready malts, and pumpkin. This smells great, but there is too many aromas going on.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong nutmeg, cinnamon, piney hops, and earthy hop flavors that meet with mild pumpkin flavors. Mild caramel and bitter hops flavors along with subtle bready malt flavors enter right after as all previous flavors persist, but piney hops grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied with hints of carbonation (I just love that combination, as mentioned several times before). Goes down creamy and smooth. Finish with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Every aspect about this beer was amazing, except the taste. The taste was mediocre. It was horribly unbalanced between the spices, hops, pumpkin, and malts. I would advise to use less spices and more pumpkin.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper colored pour with slight off white cap and not much lacing. Pumpkin spices on the nose and the flavor follows suit. Smooth and actually pretty easy to drink even for an ipa. Not bitter by any means with some hops on the finish. I found that I actually really enjoyed this brew with was better than what I was expecting. Well done!

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Photo of mrndcmch
4.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I found this to be exceptional. For me, the first flavor I noticed was the vegetal taste of the pumpkin, then came the variety of pumpkin spices which were bold, this was followed by a pop of sweet then I found the temperance and balance of this composition with the hops which brought it all together. I was both surprised and impressed.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber with a tall tan head that has some decent retention.

Smells of pumpkin, spice, citrus, and pine.

Taste is a pumpkin ale with bitter spice - nutmeg and cinnamon, competing with bitter citrus and piney hops. Some nice tropical fruit notes vie for attention then quickly fade. This is interesting and tasty but a bit confused.

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The Gourd Standard from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 200 ratings