Monday, November 12, 2012

Cigar City Good Gourd

Type: Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
Origin: Tampa, FL
Price: ?
ABV: 8.5%
NSP: ?

This is a very highly regarded pumpkin beer that we can't get around here, just like everything else from Cigar City (there will be another CCBC effort at some's currently being cellared).  My buddy John (lurking in the picture background), and more accurately his lady Natalie, was kind enough to furnish me with a bit while we watched Peyton carve up the Saints like, well, a pumpkin.

The nose on this is unlike anything I've ever smelled.  It's pumpkiny and full of spices (each of the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice with which it's brewed are all right up front, particularly the former two), and also pretty acidic- like there's some apple cider vinegar added in.  Actually, on further inhalations, the cider vinegar character is really remarkable.  I kind of want to bathe in it.  But I'm a little weird.

Oh man is this good.  As I've said before, I don't generally like pumpkin beers, but that's because up until now none of them have tasted even remotely close to this.  The pumpkin and spice are precisely balanced, and the vinegary aspect provides an ideal counterpoint and keeps the body really light.  Even though it's imperial, there's no booze punch.  You could easily blindly session this all Thanksgiving day, and you'd end up passed out in your own filth in front of another shitty Detroit Lions game before Grandma's even had time to give the turkey an elbow-deep prostate exam.  But you'd love every second of the journey.  

This is, so far, my ideal pumpkin beer.  Full stop.

P.S. I haven't yet had Southern Tier's renowned Pumking.  Someone send me some so I can do a proper comparison.


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