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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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261 Reviews

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 906
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 59
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 10-06-2009

Although this is a pumpkin beer, it is a lager and therefore doesn't belong in the pumpkin ale category. Originally a Side Project, now a Fall seasonal in six-packs.
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Reviews: 261 | Hads: 906
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, copper colored with a huge off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, hazy

S: nutmeg, clove, light malt

T: malty and nutty, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin pie, pecan, walnut, ginger

M: thin, light body

O: flavors are present without being overpowering

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkinfest in cans!? Best before on the topic of the cardboard packaging. Poured into a snifter. Deep amber with white inch head that leaves mild lacing. Blanket of foam slides down the glass as I sip. Smell is cinnamon, nut meg and pumpkin pie. Taste is Oktoberfest style with nut mug and spices. Not a heavy beer, very refreshing. Cheers!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep orange in color with an attractive light tan head. Everything else about the beer is light too from mouthfeel to flavor profile. Modest dry spices on nose, cloves and ginger. Light yam flavor. Trends to crusty bready end of spectrum with gentle honey sweetness. Floral and light lemon.

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Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too many pumpkin beers last year, but had to try this one. Nice flavors of pumpkin and squash in this one, not too heavy on the dry spice which makes this one a decent beer to drink. Flavors blend well and at a lighter abv, drinks pretty good with a dry spice finish.

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Photo of abastias
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured to shaker pint glass. ABV:5.5% BBD:01.07.16

A: Rich medium amber, lightly hazy with dark khaki foam of moderate duration. Many light strings of bubbles.
S: Spice, clove, allspice. pumpkin,
T: Light pumpkin spice, caramel/coca cola flavor.
M: Smooth start with a lightly dry finish.
O: Good fall beer with great drinkability and spice aroma profile. A little soft on the flavor.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby with a 1 finger head that leaves a bunch of great lacing.

S- Smells like fall. Mostly allspice and nutmeg but some pumpkin.

T- A little thin on the taste, and not as prevalent as on the nose.

M- Good mouthfeel. Taste doesn't linger.

D- An above average pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz beer glass.

Look: Beautiful deep copper color. Slight bubbles. 2 finger cream-colored head.
Smell: Lightly spicy, just a hint of the pumpkin
Taste: Like the smell...light pumpkin spice. Toasty. Very slight hop. Little after taste
Feel: Clean, crisp, drinkable.

My second pumpkin beer. This seems like the time and effort has been put into it. I like it. If on tap again, I would get it.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - copper color, two finger fluffy off white head, clear in appearance
Smell - pumpkin, candied yams, spice, cinnamon....smells delicious
Taste - This is where this beer falls off. You definitely get some pumpkin/spice notes but you also get like this soapy/sour type taste along with it.

Overall - There are better pumpkin beers out there to try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can this beer was amber in color with a small tan head.

Nice aroma of pumpkin and spice.

Taste was a little less impressive. Pumpkin and nutmeg, but underwhelming.

Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- copper/orange color, with about 3/4 inch head that is off white, and fades after a couple minutes
S- nutmeg and pumpkin. getting a bit of caramel also
T- pumpkin and spices. taste of both octoberfest beers and pumpkin flavor. caramel is present
F- medium feel. with just the right amount of carbonation
O- one of my favorite seasonal beers I have tried. to me its perfect for the fall season and as much as I hate to see it go, I hope it will be that much better next year. terrapin has really made a great thing here

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Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had the Terrapin Pumpkin at the World of Beer Birmingham, AL. Served in standard shaker, the beer is orange/Amber with a nice beige head.

It has a nose pumpkin pie spices and grains.

The taste tracks the smell. Spices (clove allspice and maybe cinnamon) Laid over a base of slightly sweet cracker like malts. As the beer warms, it loses a bit of its luster as it thins and something sour emerges.

The mouth is a solid, just above average.

The beer starts well but fades in the end.

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Photo of sassylaurysa
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with a copper/amber color. Thick and creamy off white/tan head

S: All of the pumpkin pie smells with a touch of caramel.

T: Caramel malts with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The spices are present but I don’t find them overbearing.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp.

O: This is my first pumpkin beer! I think it’s pretty decent, although I would have liked it to be a bit more sweet.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, copper color, 2 inch off white head, good lacing

S: Pumpkin, spice, clove, ginger, a lot like pumpkin pie

T: Spices on front end, pumpkin comes in, maltiness of an octoberfest comes in, spicy aftertaste

M: Medium

O: Probably one of my favorite pumpkin beers. To me it is the perfect beer for fall, you have the base of a marzen with the pumpkin and spices added, both fall beers in one.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste is spices up front, cinnamon and ginger in particular, some pumpkin and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer, maybe just a bit heavy handed with the spices.

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Photo of JRed
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Clear Amber in body with off-white head that fades to a thin film. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, and sweets. Tastes of cinnamon, sweets, apple, ginger in the finish with mild hops. Light in body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Medium brown with an orange glow when held to the light. Hazy, with some light tan head.

S: Pumpkin pie spice with nutmeg being the principal aroma, perhaps a touch of ginger as well.

T: Bready with pumpkin, nutmeg, and more pie spice.

M: Medium light with very active carbonation. There is a little bit of a carbonic bite in the finish.

O: It's a pumpkin beer. That's about it.. Better than some, lesser than others.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a St Bernardus goblet.
Ruddy amber honey. White head fades quickly.
It smells delightful, if typical-- cinnamon, allspice, clove.
Weirdly, the spice is dominant without being overpowering. It's a light, crisp, cleanish beer, backloaded with baking spices. Fun and lively.
A really (shockingly) enjoyable pumpkin beer. Recommended!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color. The smell is malty with some pumpkin and spices like clove and cinnamon. The taste is mainly cinnamon. It dominates most of the other flavors. Right at the end a little pumpkin and sweetness peek through but are swiftly beat down by the cinnamon and heat from the cinnamon. This is so close to being a great beer and I like it a lot but I just wish the pumpkin was the main attraction.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Harris Teeter, poured into snifter glass.
A: pours a 2 finger dense white foam head, crystal clear amber body, bits of spotty lacing
S: pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, some nutmeg, and alcohol
M: light body brew with a bit of lite syrup on the tongue.
T: pumpkin, nutmeg, slight watery flavor, hints of allspice and cinnamon, metallic flavor at the finish
O: good pumpkin brew to try if you have not had before, easy drinking and not an overkill.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Orange amber
-No head
-Light carbonation

-Slight alcohol

-Bitter in the front
-nice back end

Mouth Feel:
-Nice to have

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Small dark tan head, creamy smooth covering, sits above a dense cardinal red colored body with a fine, misty rise of carbonation. Weak, washy, low lace coverage on glass.

S: Cinnamon forward nose, graham crackers, pumpkin toast with a hint of nutmeg, cola, and ginger spicing. Toasted caramel sweetness, lightly dry.

T: Flavor was toasted pumpkin and graham crackers with a helping of cinnamon dusting, ginger, and nutmeg spicing. Toasted caramel bread crust, pumpkin with a warmth of cinnamon dusting on the finish.

M: Tight mouthful, crisp and lively from carbonation, syrupy and malty depth.

O: Heavy on the cinnamon spicing and nutmeg, nice abv% of 6.1% sits well with a gentle warmth for the chilly season drinking. Sweet upfront with a dry pumpkin spice finish.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle. Orange/copper in color with thin head. Lots of pumpkin pie spice in the aroma. The nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the flavors with some malty sweetness.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Definitely smell the pumpkin and cinnamon along with some malt.
Appearance- Pours a murky orange color with a small white head.
Taste- The pumpkin and spices come through with the flavor. a very nice Pumpkin beer.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with little carbonation.
Overall- Another good beer from Terrapin.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy golden, copper/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Lots of cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg and brown sugar. Some good notes of malt and freshly baked bread. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Very good. Really strong pumpkin and spice flavors up front. Really good notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Really good malty backbone too. Not as sweet as other pumpkin beers that I’ve had, which is a nice change, rather, this beer is slightly tart. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good pumpkin ale. I really like the little bit of tartness that this beer has. It’s very original. I’m definitely getting a few bottles of this next year.

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Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like this brewer and I like the idea of this brew (O-fest meets Pumpkin)
But it's Jan and I'm so done with Pumpkins, they are long composting in my garden.
It's unsafe to buy a wfm craft pack until Feb for fear of it being filled with pumpkin beers and god forbid St Johns Mango the worst drain pour ever.

But this one is right center of the pumpkin patch and in some ways more suitable.

A: It's hazy amber orange in color and w low carbonation and a meager fast fade head and lacing as with most vegetal beers.
S: Light malt to bigger aromas of ginger and spice.
T: More complexity w ginger followed by pumpkin meat and lots of malt and spice. a good battle between sweet malts and spice, but little hop.
M: Medium, nice feel.
O: Oktoberfest meets pumpkins and spice. makes total sense. I found this to be as good as most Märzen but closer to and akin to most pumpkins, perhaps just ahead of mid-pack.

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.