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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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245 Reviews

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 845
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 52
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of JLSIV
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass, amber with a light tan head, one finger on pour, then rapidly dimished to a thin small bubble film, some lacing

Aroma is above average, allspice, cinnamon, definite smell of pumpkin pie

Taste is cinnamon up front, followed by the pumpkin in the finish

Mouthfeel is decent although the cinnamon left an off-aftertaste. Carbonation was okay,

I think there are better representations of this type, I think the flavor is good as a novelty, but I don't think I would go again on this one. (534 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A pretty standard feeling pumpkin brew. It displays a beautiful orange clarity and hanging white collar. The aroma and flavor falls into the typical pumpkin pie category. A nice balance of malty sweetness verse cinnamon spice addition. Fairly clean, crisp and easy drinking. (274 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange brown with a one finger toffee head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Pumpkin as well as brown sugar and molasses. Spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Lots of pumpkin and brown sugar. Nutmeg cinnamon, lots of cloves.

M: Slightly creamy, lots of carbonation, and the body is a bit to watery.

O: Solid pumpkin beer one I will revisit. If the Body was thicker this would be a winner for sure. (459 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured out of the 12oz bottle into a chalice with a slightly hazy caramel amber hue. Creamy white cap forms to about half a finger with decent retention and dies down to a small frothy ring. Spotty lacing here and there.

S- Spicy pumpkin pie mix off the top with a fair deal of caramel and toasted malts to support it. Notes of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and some pumpkin squash feel.

T- First and foremost is the pumpkin pie spice mix with a lot of ginger followed by clove, nutmeg and allspice. Base brew has nice fresh cracked grains, slight caramel and toasted nutty malts. This certainly tastes like a pumpkin pie overall.

MF- Highly carbonated lighter end body. Somewhat creamy and fizzy texture which is certainly appropriate in this type of brew. Finishes with slight spicy bitterness on the palate.

One of the spicier pumpkin brews that I actually enjoy quite a bit. The ginger spice feel is super fresh and there is a nice maltiness and some pumpkin to support those spices. (989 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is bright orange with just a mild haze. Beige head that settles as a thin ring on top. Aromas of lager, fall spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg with some squash character. A bit sweet, but not too. An interesting take on a fall seasonal, going the lager route as opposed to the typical ale choice. Crisp finish with a subtle hop bitterness. A solid beer, especially if you're a fan of Oktoberfest and/or pumpkin brews. (419 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Head small (1.5 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing quickly.
Aroma of pumpkin pie spices - good!
Lacing spotty, basically none.
Body clear medium orange.
Flavor starts with a moderate, not too intense, pumpkin pie taste which slowly fades from my palate, leaving only a slight sweetness.
Body is mediun, dry.
Carbonation is lively.

This is a good example of a seasonal fruit beer, not overpowering, not too cloying - to my taste just right. Spike and the crew have done it again! (517 characters)

Photo of roger617
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Nonic glass.

A: Pours with 1 finger of white head. Color is very close to copper, with a slightly red hint.
S: Pumpkin and spices. Very fitting, and what I would expect for the style and name.
T: I get the spices first, with a residual sweetness that tampers quickly. Not a whole lot of pumpkin in the flavor, and not very balanced or complex. For 6% it almost tastes watered down a little bit.
M: Very drinkable, does not leave your mouth with a dry after taste.
O: I think this style is very hard to bring an impressive offering to the table. Terrapin did succeed with this one, being a very drinkable pumpkin beer, which is just on the heavy side of a session beer. I wouldn't seek it out by any means, but I am glad I was able to get one! Overall to improve this, I think it needs more depth in the flavor profile. The biggest turn away for me is how watered down it comes across.

This is beer #1 of my pumpkin week of Thanksgiving. Can't wait to continue the line up as the week progresses! (1,017 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has been my year for reviewing pumpkin beer, both ales (primarily) and lagers. It kind of bothers me that Stoudt's Pumpkinfest is listed as an Oktoberfest/Marzen, while this one is a Fruit/Vegetable beer. A decision may need to be made ...

From the bottle: "Pumpkin beers have been an American tradition since the Pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock, while Oktoberfest beers have been brewed in Germany since Prince Ludwig got hitched in 1810. Now Terrapin is 'CARVING OUT A FALL TRADITION' by combining these two great styles into a unique PumpkinFest beer."

My pour produced two dense fingers of tawny head that slowly fell away to wisps, leaving some nice, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, ~ 17). Nose smelled heavily of cinnamon and nutmeg and I will be honest here - I am getting really tired of smelling the whole spice rack in these beers! Balance, people! And this coming from a self-avowed hophead who likes DIPAs. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, creamier than many of its ale counterparts. The taste was really muted and frankly kind of watery. What happened to the spices from the nose? They seemed to have disappeared! Finish was rather bland and nondescript. Unless they tweak the recipe for next year, I will not be revisiting this beer after the 2013 edition. (1,327 characters)

Photo of scanny24
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer in Total Wine, who gives a brief write up of each of their 6 packs(or 4 packs, in this case). The beer was described, more or less, as a cross between a pumpkin beer and an Oktoberfest, both of which I enjoy. The color was a nice amber with very little head, much of what you would expect from a beer of this kind. I thought it smelled fantastic, however, the taste was where I was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer. I was just expecting a bit more. The pumpkin was a bit overwhelming and, to be honest, it tasted extremely similar to Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin Ale, which is roughly the same price for a 6 pack. I realize this beer is not an Ale, however, to me, the taste was pretty close. Like I said, it is a good beer, just gave me nothing that made it stand out and made me want to look for it again next fall. (862 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy almost brown amber color. There was no head produced on the pour but a small fowmy ringlet is noticeable.
The aroma is faint spices and pumpkins.
The taste was good. It had a balanced flavor of malts and pumpkin and spices. All intermingled fairly well.
Pumpkinfest finishes with a low amount of diacetyl and a tad bitter.
A desent beer. (352 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up in Alabama at Wish You Were Beer. Made with real pumpkin, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Aroma: Plump real pumpkin aroma! Sweet malty notes, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. No hops noted. A hint of ginger as it is swirled.

Appearance: Deep gold color with a slight protein haze. Rocky off-white head with large bubbles at edge of glass. Very persistent head.

Flavor: Sweet and malty at first, but ends off-dry and very drinkable. Not a cloying sweetness at all. Strong nutmeg/allspice and ginger flavors after the first malt hit. Cinnamon flavor trails behind but distinct. I do taste pumpkin flesh and ends with a subtle astringency that I've come to associate with real pumpkin. Medium mouthfeel, almost creamy.

Overall: A very good Octoberfest beer, that is well balanced in its own right. The malty sweetness plays well with the spicing and evens out any of that astringency from spice and pumpkin. Very drinkable! (948 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter on Halloween

A: Burnt orange, opaque. A tan one finger head that dissipates down to spooky bubbles. Spectral lacing.

S: Cinnamon, pumpkin and clove dominate. Some malts, too.

T: Semi-sweet. A nice blend of Oktoberfest and pumpkin notes. Cinnamon and spices slide in to give it a tangy bite. A dry finish.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Very sessionable. I bet it's great on tap. A nice Halloween treat. (445 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of ACinSC
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wait, this is a lager? Okay ... I was originally going to give this one a lower rating.

I went into this thinking it was going to be just a regular pumpkin ale. Upon closer inspection, the bottle said "malt beverage" so I thought hmm ...

Poured into a glass and the result was bright orange with an inch of bubbly white head. Wow! This is really a beautiful looking beer. I was expecting a moderate amount of hops, which was there included with the nutmeg and something that tasted of apples and light cinnamon. Dark pears and licorice came through toward the end.

Good mouthfeel, as is characteristic of most lagers.

The pumpkin spice is muted vs. other seasonal beers that claim to cater to pumpko-philes tastes, but it comes through quite well. Overall, a great seasonal offering by Terrapin. (799 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color that is not transparent. It glows like a jack o lantern when you hold it up to the light. Good thick off white head that stays a few seconds and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smell is all pumpkin spices a lot like pumpkin pie. Taste just like it smells. Full bodied feel in the mouth with a slight bitter aftertaste. Not the best pumpkin or Oktoberfest beer I have had but I definitely would drink another. (437 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out an amber orange color. It glows like a jack-o-lantern when held up to the light and has decent clarity, but not completely, there's some particles floating a little. Frothy eggnog colored head with mostly small bubbles, has great lacing to it.

It's evident in the smell that Terrapin takes a SLIGHTLY different approach here than most pumpkin beers. Pumpkin pie spices are evident, heavy nutmeg and dashes of cinnamon, but there is decent malt/hop backbone as well. Munich malts and maybe some noble hops.

Taste is pretty decent, slight step down from the smell though. The pumpkin spices dominate the flavor bill. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and hints of brown sugar. After that there's some biter earthy natural pumpkin flavors. Malt and hop bill detectable, but overpowered by the pie spices.

Decent carbonation level, and very full bodied, flavor lingers for quite a bit. Not smooth, a little gritty. Not as balanced as it good be, it's sweet, bitter than sort of sweet again at the end. Still pretty drinkable. I think the recipe could be tweaked just a tad and it could be great, not just good like it is now. Still, glad to try another Terrapin beer, even if it's not my preferred style. (1,271 characters)

Photo of Gk187
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- average nothing special to note

S- nice balance of spice was not overpowering

T- very reminiscent of an Octoberfest style with slight bitter and only a hint over actual pumpkin flavor

O- very drinkable however i would not rate it as a top pumpkin ale or an Octoberfest (274 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Highlands Brewing snifter

A - hazy amber pour with a one finger butter colored head eventually giving way to a thin retention ring with lots of visible lacing.

S - pumpkin spices and nutmeg

T - subdued taste, sort of dry, pumpkin notes abound, clean finish

M - average, not much of an aftertaste

O - my previous experience with pumpkin beer is Blue Moon and Shipyard. This is a step up and very drinkable, but it is never gonna be my favorite seasonal. (479 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a thin but dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste has a little more complexity with initial flavors of ginger followed by notes of pumpkins and nutmeg. Neither bitterness nor sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly clean and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is supposedly a variation of an Oktoberfest with pumpkins and spices, but I don't get any of the malts that is usually associated with a Märzen. It tastes more like a pumpkin ale, but with a slight bit of a clean mouthfeel that you would expect from a lager. (901 characters)

Photo of Plattler01
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark, amber color with a one finger head that goes away in a minute.

S- Smells of pumpkin, but more of spices.

T- Starts with a pumpkin flavor that move to a stronger taste of spice, particularly nutmeg.

M- A bit too much carbonation take away slightly from the pumpkin taste. I think it would be too heavy for a sessionable beer.

O- A decent interpretation of the pumpkin style popular around fall, but overall not impressive enough to warrant a second purchase. (471 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber/copper into a pint glass with a half inch head that quickly fades into a thin lacing.
Lots of pumpkin spice on the nose, hints of nutmeg and caramel.
Again the pumpkin spices in the palate, light hop bitterness just to keep it fresh. Malt sweetness very present.
Overall a very decent brew.
Would recommend! (326 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper with hints of gold on the edges. The big two fingers of head dissipated quickly leaving only a touch of lace behind. The nose has notes of both pumpkin and seasonal spices present. The upfront feel is relatively full bodied with pumpkin and malt flavors leading the way. The finish has some nice dry bitterness that blends well with the spices.

This offering is a lager, unlike most pumpkin beers which are ales. Still, this is a solid effort and a tasty fall seasonal. (485 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first "Pumpkin lager". Pours a clear copper color with a fairly big white head. Good head retention and lacing. Smell is a bit mild, malty and pumpkin spices...not overdone but not too robust either.

Solid flavor. Good light malty beer with a mild amount of pumpkin pie spices.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Not a bad Pumpkin based beer. Worth a try. (355 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a large stein

A: Dark amber with no head and small bubbles

S: Sweet pumpkin pie, all spice, cinnamon

T: Like the taste sweet pumpkin pie and lots of all spice, smoothing spicy in the back

M: Very thin

This is a good offering. Interesting pumpkin offering and would be worth trying again. (320 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Amber burnt orange color with nice white head. Aromas of bready malts, spices (mainly clove) and a crisp maltyness. Taste of biscuit and spice...again mainly clove and nutmeg - almost like a hot cider. Its actually a pleasant flavor. Nicely balanced and the spices work well with the lager crispness. Overall, a good pumpkin. I imagine it would work well with a nice thanksgiving dinner. Its light and flavorful...
too bad I cant get it in CT. (479 characters)

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.