The leaves haven't started changing in the Sunshine State, but that doesn't mean you can't pour autumn out of the bottle. Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing's Good Gourd is one great brew for the cooler months. The pumpkin-style ale is only around once a year in CCB's 750mL bottle. Get one at the brewery or pick one up at your favorite beer stop (this one came from the Rally on Fourth Street and 22nd Avenue N. in St. Petersburg).
At 8.5 percent ABV, this is definitely a sipping ale. It has the natural sweetness of a certain bright orange gourd, which doesn't overwhelm or disappoint. It pours a burnt orange with a frothy white head. It is spicy, like one of those cinnamon brooms at the grocery store. Think nutmeg, cloves and all-spice.
Remember the smell of a homemade pumpkin pie baking in the oven? Or at least remember one of those frozen pumpkin pies baking in the oven? That's what it tastes like.
The first time you take a sip, you may find yourself shouting it's name. Lips smacking, flavor exploding, "Good Gourd! This is delicious."
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