Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 835 | Reviews: 245
Reviews by Lawl3ss:
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a stemless tulip pint. 2012 vintage.

Look- Clear medium amber with an interesting orange tint. Pour leaves three fingers of dense off-white foam that settles to a finger and a half of craggy head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Standard but pleasant pumpkin and spice aromas, sweeter than expected with a distinct biscuity graininess. Swirling brings out a more floral, savory pumpkin spice aroma. This one quite reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Taste- Lighter and a bit plainer than anticipated after the aroma, strong toast and dry spice (nutmeg, allspice, ginger.) Overall impression of brown sugar, but not what I would consider particularly sweet. Herbal, tealike hops compliment nicely, leaving a savory gingerbread flavor that lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, very light but present soft carbonation. Silky, rich texture. Comfortable autumnal heft. Not too heavy, I could have a couple of these with dinner.

Overall- A distinctly better-than-average spiced pumpkin ale. Not too flashy, not quite a dessert beer, packs plenty of distinctive flavor without being overbearing and feels like something you'd want to drink on Thanksgiving with mashed potatoes and stuffing. Recommended, I'd buy it again in season if I had the opportunity.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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}

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a copper-orange color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of spices - nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of allspice - and underlying amounts of lightly bready malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the spices are toned down a bit. Sweet and slightly bready malt flavors up front are joined by mild amounts of spices midway through the sip. The spices fade a bit before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought the bottle version was a bit smoother but other than that there weren't many differences between the two versions. Worth a shot.

Photo of BethyBo0op
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely beer. Smells fresh and spicy, and can taste cloves and cinnamon immediately with almost a fresh apple cider finish. Light and lovely. I don't taste tons of pumpkin, but this is not a sweet beer at all, very spicy. Really great fall beer.

Photo of lanamj
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a trolls tulip.

A- Looks just like a pumpkin-marzen should. Amber and orange with a nice foamy head that falls to a thin sustainable head.

S- Has a nice pumpkin and spice balance that blends nicely with a sweet malt and butter background. It really smells like thanksgiving.

T- Wish it tasted as good as it smelt. It finishes nicely but rather one sided. Spiced , lager.

M- Nicely carbonated. The viscosity is perfect for the style.

O- A good pumpkin beer but not the best. I love the smell but the taste is lacking.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopDiggityDawg for throwing this one in.

Pours a nice amber, almost pumpkin colored with an off white head. Smell is not what I was expecting from a pumpkin beer. Smelled more like a Belgian Wit to me, with a touch of nutmeg. To me it tasted like a Belgian wit, with a saison-pumpkin mouthfeel. Not sure that I am describing it well, but I definitely got a soft mouthfeel from the pumpkin but the spices were on the dry side for your typical "pumpkin beer". I was going to say that it almost reminded me of a lager in terms of the mouthfeel and then I read the bottle and saw that it is a hybrid of a pumpkin beer and a märzen. Overall it is an interesting brew, not what I was expecting going in and it definitely doesn't fit the typical pumpkin beer genre, but an enjoyable brew.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this pour from a bottle into a tasting glass. This was on a night when I was trying several other beers so there is an accurate benachmark to go off of. This Was one of the lower ranking pumpkins that felt like it had a higher ABV than most others I've had. I like my pumpkins mild and this one was hoppy like other Terrapin beers I've had. It was also spicy with a tough finish. On the darker golden side where as I prefer the lighter pumpkins. Overall finishes in the lower half of pumpkins I've had. Picked this up in a mixed 6 pack from whole foods in PA.

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is auburn with a warm glow. Head is rather small and turns quickly to a bubbly ring. The beer itself is crispy clear. Aroma is pretty delightful. Full of delicious chewy spiced malts. Pumpkin aromas are fairly subtle. Taste is sweet and spicy. There's some lingering spiciness through the finish reminiscent of cayenne pepper. This is a perfect combo of Oktoberfest style meets pumpkin. This doesn't have the pumpkin pie filling thing going on (which is fantastic when done right), it is more of a spiced Oktoberfest with pumpkin nuances. Pumpkin pie like spicing comes through strongly though. Mouthfeel is entertaining. Dry and gritty with a smooth base. Medium body.

III like it!

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a quarter inch of head. Good retention. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and rich pumpkin. Taste is spicy up front but smooth pumpkin in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied though a little thin.

There's no hint of the lager yeast in this one so it's surprising that this is a pumpkin lager and not a pumpkin ale. Pretty good all around.

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is pumpkin and spices. Good solid aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma features pumpkin flavors with some spices that are not too strong or overpowering. Pretty good stuff, and very drinkable for a pumpkin ale.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is up there with some of the better pumpkin ales. Another solid brew in the Side Project series. Recommended!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. I like this one. There was a lot more natural pumpkin flavor and less spice dominance that a lot of pumpkin beers have. It tasted like I was eating pumpkin or some other squash, not just drinking pumpkin pie spice beer. It was backed up with a toasty chocolate barley character, making a cocoa pumpkin taste. It's great to find a fresh take on the pumpkin beer that also happens to be delicious. Check this one out.

Photo of dahlen22
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange with a decent head.

Aroma: Vanilla, cloves, pumpkin.

Taste: Spices hit you right from the start, medium in body, and then it mellows out more like a Oktoberfest with the breadiness, caramel and malts.

Overall: I too like the idea of combining these two fall styles (and favorites of mine in the fall). It feels and tastes more like an Oktoberfest with pumpkin flavor. Easy to drink at 6.10%, but has enough pumpkin flavor to not be a session beer. Cheers!!

Photo of Mavajo
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Although this was just re-released in 4-packs, this tasting is from one of the original bombers. So about a year old at this point.

Pours an amber color with a very thin white head - a brisk pour barely even yielded a finger thick. No lacing.

Nose is brilliant. Loaded with notes of pumpkin, spice and another character that I can only describe as floral potpourri. I came into this beer with very low expectations, but this aroma is starting to make me think I shouldn't have been so quick to judge...

Never mind. The taste blows. Very faint pumpkin notes, with a healthy kick of spice. There's also a bit of a chemical taste here - it reminds me of when you thought something smelled good as a kid, so you took a taste, and then realized that the chemicals that made that wonderful aroma in no way translated to the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK. Medium bodied but overly carbonated. Too much tingling across the tongue for a taste this flat.

All in all, what a disappointment. This beer is mediocre in every way, except for that fantastic aroma. What a waste.

Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, heavily carbonated, but only about one finger of head. Good lacing, 4

S: Much more on the pumpkin/squashy side than many pumpkin beers. The usually spices are there, but really only a hint is present. 4

T: Definitely a showcase of how a pimpkin tastes. More along the lines of a pumpkin soup than a pumpkin bread. Sweetness is not high nor is the spice. 4

M: The carbonation is a bit higher than I would like, but it has alot of flavor and texture. 4

D: An entire bomber will suffice. Very tasty beer that is great for the season.

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bhalter8 for this brew. Pours a nice clear amber into my Terrapin pint glass with a one inch white head. This is a nice looking lager. The smell is a little disappointing, it smells like the over use of pumpkin spices. Luckily the taste doesn't match the smell. The spices mix well with sweet malts to create a pretty unique beer. Light to medium body, very smooth and drinkable. Sweet pumpkin spice aftertaste. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had to date.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a thick tan head that retains very well, quite appealing. The aroma is pretty heavy on the spices (cinnamon, cardamom, clove, orange zest, black pepper), along with caramel malt, pumpkin, and brown sugar. The flavor is also heavy on the spices upfront (notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, orange zest, white pepper), along with caramel and brown sugar, toasted bread, and some slight floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is limited by the heavy spicing. Pretty solid pumpkin ale, but the heavy spices seem out of balance.

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
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