Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

241 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 837
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 51
Gots: 93 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 241 | Hads: 837
Reviews by silver0rlead:
Photo of silver0rlead
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (565 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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. (160 characters)

Photo of ps6756
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Kevo87
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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. (178 characters)

Photo of JayEvans813
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of dankjohn
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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} (487 characters)

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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