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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 47
Gots: 79 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 10-06-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Immortale25:
Photo of Immortale25
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Seasonal 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with an 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light, small wisps of surface foam. Small clots of surface foam.

S- Powerful aroma of cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin pie. It's actually the first pumpkin beer I've ever encountered that truly replicates pumpkin pie in the smell.

T- Heavy clove and nutmeg in the flavor, especially nutmeg. Light toasted malt. The nutmeg does not cease and almost becomes too much. Not as much actual pumpkin as in the aroma.

M- Some spice sting with medium-low carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- You'd better like nutmeg if you wanna get into this brew. A good stab at the style but could use some toning down in the spice department.

Immortale25, Nov 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mix of a Fest lager and pumpkin ale now thats a mix.Poured ino a imperial nonic a clear burnt orange with a tinge of bronze,a thinner slight off white head atop.Light pumpkin pie spice in the nose,clove,cardamom,and cinnamon mainly,it is pretty light though.A nice mix of pumpkin spice and a crisp toasty finish,one of the better pumpkin ales I have had in awhile flavor wise.This pumpkin ale is not overly sweet and spiced up and is very drinkable,very nice.

oberon, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-amber color, completely opaque in a strange kind of way - not exactly "hazy" looking like many witbiers, but you definitely can't see through it. Small, gray head that barely lasts seconds and leaves no lacing. The smell contains a hefty dose of spices, the most prominent to me being nutmeg, followed up by a little bit of cinnamon and maybe even allspice. The concoction of flavors may cause your mind to think "pumpkin" but this beer, to me, was more reminiscent of holiday spices in general. Slight peppery aftertaste, with a thick, malty base throughout, finished with a touch of yeast and bread on the palate. A bit watery overall, but still holds a nice amount of spice and malt flavor. Low bitterness and hops might be present, but at that point, you're just reaching. Medium body, medium carbonation.

This was a pumpkin beer that was closer to "holiday spice" than "pumpkin". Why exactly? I'm not too sure. Maybe it was the balance of spices? Though I would definitely say nutmeg was the most prominent and may even argue it was slightly overpowering compared to the rest. All in all, a decent brew, definitely a nice holiday warmer.

tectactoe, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jonny1138, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of BigMarty1980
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

BigMarty1980, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Lazaro, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Golden amber/brown color. Minimal head when poured to a chilled pint glass. Very shuttle hint of pumpkin and spices. Overall a good beer to drink on a fall day.

TTripp725, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of ps6756
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%

ps6756, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +8.7%

bellce0, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Rudy amber hue, clear, decent stickage

SMELL: Pie spice, light pumpkin meat, malty, faint caramel, sweet

TASTE: Very spicy, lots of pie spice, medium bodied, malty, hint of pumpkin, clean, slightly sweet, malty finish

Love the concept of taking an O-fest and a Pumpkin Ale and smashing them together. A good brew all around I just have a problem with the spicing upfront, needs to be dialed down a bit. A fun brew to quaff back.

Jason, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Kevo87
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Kevo87, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mctizzz, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Very enjoyable pumpkin ale. Very rich and spicy. Nice bready and caramel notes to go along with the usual pumpkin spices. One of the better 12 ounce bottle versions I have had.

tigg924, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JayEvans813
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JayEvans813, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Side Project No. 8 version, not the re-released falls seasonal version. Drank in December 2010 so the beer is aged one year.

The beer pours a dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves as well as some caramel and toffee malts.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Very enjoyable, but it tastes like a regular pumpkin beer to me. I don't really get any of the Oktoberfest characteristics from the beer, other than the caramel and toffee which are typically present in other pumpkin beers.

Mora2000, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of dankjohn
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

dankjohn, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with good clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers half of the top of the brew. Aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg,and pumpkin pie spice greets my nose. The taste is a blend of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way with pumpkin pie spice in the mix. The mouth is moderately carbonated and somewhat rich.

Franziskaner, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Cynic-ale, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TKEbeerman, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

amstokesdb9, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

wo87810, May 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

WVbeergeek, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage served as part of a pumpkin beer tasting session.

A nice orange color; clear with a moderate off-white head.
Visible carbonation.

M - nicely carbonated; medium-light body but not watery.

Nicely spiced: enough to lend a Pumpkin pie character but not so much as to mask everything else. Only a hint of pumpkin in the aroma, however, more comes through in the taste. Spicing is largely nutmeg.

{May 2013 update: drinking a ~9 month old 2012 which is, if anything, better}

chinchill, Oct 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

mrosenfeld32, Sep 16, 2012
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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.