dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally, a pumpkin ale that I like. About damned time on this one. Thanks to my good friend Hopscotch for this one! Pours a cloudy deep copper color with medium off-white head, lots of lacing. Aroma obvious of pumpkin, herbal hops, decent but not overdone spice, just a nice balance of nutmeg, coriander, and an herbal balance. Flavor matches well and only gets better as it warms to room temperature. This is just a great beer that doesnít try to make pumpkin pie out of a beer. Itís a beer. Not pumpkin pie. Want me to say it again? Thanks CC!
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love pumpkin pie and I adore pumpkin beer, and this might be the best one. The thick pour and rich aroma caught me right away. The pumpkin really sticks with you throughout and itís smoothness canít be exaggerated.
GreatDane1632 (297) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vertical Tasting of 2011, 2012, 2013; Thanks to PaulUnwin for providing me with the ability to do this tasting -- All of these beers are great pumpkin beers. The 2011 is the most subtle, perhaps the spices have mellowed to give it the most "blended" flavor. The 2012 has a great pumpkin, brown sugar, carmel flavor. Really great. The 2013 is by far the brightest beer with the spices shining through very nicely. 2012 was the concensus favorite by me and my buddies that tried this. All together these beers were all nicely done.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Horizontal" Tasting: Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale (GG), Cigar City Good Gourd Almighty (ALM) and Cigar City Brewpub Gourds of Thunder (GoT), via Hopscotch, thanks buddy!
APP: (GG) Muddy coppery brown, fading head, minimal lace (3). (ALM) Slightly darker, longer lasting head and better lacing (4), (GoT) Unlike the others as it is a black ale (I did not know that until I poured it), quickly fading head and almost no lace (2)
NOSE: (GG) The expected pumpkin pie spices readily available along with good caramel and herbal esters (8). (ALM) Boozy barrel vapours along with lots of sweet malts. Oaky and sort of leathery too. Hint of an oncoming infection, sourness and lactic acidic roams about (6). (GoT) Roast, charred wood, leather, light spices and honestly underwhelming. (5) A clear win for the more traditional Good Gourd Impy.
TASTE: (GG) Much like the aroma, the taste is quite as expected. Sweet malts, light pumpkin flesh and a good amount of spices but not too much. Light alcohol presence along with some finishing earthiness. Quite enjoyable (8). (ALM) Much like the aroma, lots of barrel influence, quite noticeable rum and oak notes. Spice are there too add roundness but it seems a tad flushed out. Does taste far better than it smells (7). (GoT) Much like the aroma it is heavy on the roast, nutty and charred character with faint spices and little to no squash notes. Some dirty earthy coffee tones as well... and just like the aroma it is underwhelming on the palate( 6). Yet another victory for the more traditional brew!
Mouth Feel The GG is just where I expected, smooth and slick, right amount of heft (4). The ALM is sharper and still oily, yeah I like this palate slightly better (5). More disappointment for the GoT, ashy and thin, minimal carbonation makes it worse (1).
OVERALL: A clear win for the straight forward Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale (15) over the rum barreled GG Almighty (14) and the distant inbred cousin Gourd of Thunder (9) which before this I would have figured would have been my favorite but alas was a huge letdown.
WillRunForBeer (545) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Pours a slightly murky amber brown with a scant off white head. Smells like pumpkin bread thereís cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, candied sugar. Taste follows nose, this is good homemade pumpkin bread in a glass.
gendv138 (998) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared, poured into a tulip. Pours a dark caramel/honey orange brown with off-white head. Smells of pumpkin, squash, cinnamon and spices. Tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, caramel, light vanilla. Medium body, semi-dry finish.
nimbleprop (4553) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full disclosure, if you had told me Cigar City was making a pumpkin beer, I would have been my house that it would be a train wreck. If I had done that, I would be homeless. 750ml bottle pours a clear copper amber with some white head. Nose of chai tea, vanilla, a little cardamom, nutmeg. Flavor is very sweet, roasted sweet potato with marshmellow, vanilla, chai. Finishes sweet with some spice. Really good.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Adam! Gusher... wasnít expecting an overflowing bottle from a pumpkin ale. Head quickly settles to a cloudy orange/tan color. Very well defined aroma of brown sugar, spices, cloves, and all spice. Lively mouthfeel, medium body, a very slightly sweet and spicy finish with a earthy bitter aftertaste. Some earthy undertones come across as a slight bitterness. Certainly different from almost every pumpkin beer Iíve had.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy head. Aroma of pumpkin, earth, spice, vanilla. The taste is pumpkin, spice, vanilla. Tart finish. Medium bodied, lingering spice.
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: pours an autumnal orange with really no head production and only some sheeted off-white bubbles. Hazy with spotty lace.
S: cloves, nutmeg, yams, sweet
T: Sweet malts with plenty of spices. Just what you would expect. Nothing really special here, I guess itís what people are after in a pumpkin.
M: Medium body with slight carbonation, it is nice with a slightly dry finish.
O: Well, this taste pretty much like pumking to me. I can tell itís high quality, but Iím still not on board pumpkin beer should be anything but a stout.
Serving type: bottle
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was given to me by a friend from Florida (thanks, Matt!). He said it retails for $11.99 ($0.47 per ounce). It was bottled on 8/26/13.
Appearance: Absolutely beautiful shade of flame orange/ruby red/burgundy. Pours to a large, off white, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Pungent aroma of cinnamon, clove, vanilla, plus general potpourri and pumpkin pie scents.
Taste: It takes a lot for a pumpkin beer to wow me these days. Lately, Iíve been finding most tend to be pretty standard at best, so for one to knock my socks off is practically a miracle. I guess thatís quite a buildup for Cigar City Good Gourd, since itís not only a great pumpkin beer, but a great beer in its own right. And for good reason - itís complex, delicious, looks great, smells great and is easy to drink. Itís pretty much perfect.
Iíve always said pumpkin beer tend to be either liquid pumpkin pie or liquid potpourri, but this beer is actually both simultaneously. Right off the bat thereís a strong sensation of cinnamon, allspice and clove. They bristle across the palate, imparting an interesting sweet and spicy dynamic. On the second half itís all pumpkin pie. The clove remains, followed by a sweet confectionery-like taste of pumpkin pie filling and CrŤme BrŻlťe. This is a flavor palette Iíve never experienced before, which makes this beer all the more impressive when put into complex. There seems to be a slight alcohol sensation as well, itís akin to spiced rum and accentuates the palette perfectly.
Drinkability: Not only is Cigar City Good Gourd is darn tasty beer, but the drinking experience itself is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is thick, but not sticky, with a smooth, velvety texture. It actually feels good in the mouth, and its smoothness going down is nothing short of amazing. At 8.5% ABV itís extremely efficient, making full use of its potential as it has a vast amount of flavor and a full body, but isnít boozy or obese in any way.