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Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale ~ Cigar City Brewing

Appearance: dirty orange and pumpkin hue with some bloody hues settling along the bottom. No head or foam; second-hand growler fill (thanks hopscotch).

Nose: spices, stewed pumpkins and not just of the Halloween variety – gourds and more gourds. Nutmeg, all spice. Apples, red please. Raw brown sugar, raw cane sugar. Earth and farm.

Palate: light to medium mouthfeel and very clean which carries the flavors well. No evidence really of her generous 9.9%ABV. Starts to dry palate, lingering with dry spices, apple skins, and gourd bits; stem and skin. Brown sugars and cane sugar, raw and unpolluted with sweet saccharine sugars. Nutmeg lingers in the breath. Apple pulp. Starts to grow a faint tart twang/nip in the back as warms up a smidge. Spices are subtle, appearing then disappearing then reappearing here and there. The sense of real gourds and not just the pumpkin kind (in a can) really stands out, mingling with the raw spices.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this take on a spiced pumpkin beer from Cigar City. Choosing not to go the usual route of sugary maple sweetness with spices and the pumpkin in a can that we all have grown to know and love. This was all about pure raw gourds, the orange kind included, along with natural spices and sugars with zero hint of her potency. Yum!
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