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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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259 Reviews

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 892
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 56
Gots: 120 | 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 KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

The nose is light but presents a nice aroma of pumpkin spices, pumpkin pie and caramel malt.

The description reveals this is a pumpkin lager and it tastes and feels like a lager. Very thin and a tone of wateriness, this is not one of Terrapin's best offerings. There is a spicy thread of clove, nutmeg, ginger and anise but I don't get much of the pumpkin gourd or pumpkin pie.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/orange, with a thin tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, with a spicy aroma. I can smell the pumpkin influences.

Taste: Very nice and a unique taste. I can definitely taste the pumpkin influences, which makes for a unique taste. This is sweeter than other pumpkin brews I have tried.

This is an interesting and different seasonal beer by Terrapin. A little thinner and sweeter than other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Earlycsquid for sharing this one at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Look: Poured into a tulip, it pours a deep copper color with a white head, which quickly disappears.

Smell: Pumpkin is very forward in the aroma, with some lingering cinnamon and spices.

Taste: Again, pumpkin is very forward, and it fades off to a malty and spice finish.

Feel: Very drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher side.

Overall: Pretty good pumpkin ale. The pumpkin flavor is very up front but it's not over bearing. It's not overly sweet, but it has the right hint of sweetness. I'd certainly consider it a go-to pumpkin ale for this time of year.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -19.6%

This is an attempt to cross two fall styles into one. Interesting but not really. It has all that malty sweet Marzen stuff going on. But then it brings in the fall bouquet of cinnamon, clove and maybe some other pumpkin spices. My bottle did not have a date on it, but it did say 2013 edition. I just bought this one, off a singles rack, but surely it hasn't been sitting around that long. Maybe I will give it another go, but this one tasted pretty lackluster, especially up to the standards I have previously had with Terrapin. But, with me fall beers can be phenomenal or down right boring. This one was almost interesting but was not quite there. Maybe it was an old edition, or maybe it was a typo. I am not sure. The store I bought it from was pretty reputable so the likelihood they kept an old one around is pretty low, but there is always a possibility.

It did keep a pretty decent amount of carbonation but it did taste a bit moldy. I am going back and try this one again and make sure it has a 2014 date. If I get the same profile I will leave this review as is, otherwise, drink with caution!

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Photo of benloho
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Beer pours a reddish copper brown. Half a finger head that fades.
S: It is what it says it is, pumpkin pie in a glass. All spices are present, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and pumpkin. There is a malt bready smell as well.
T: Everything melds well. Mostly sweet with a very slight bittering balance to it. The malt is mostly present in the taste with pumpkin pie following through.
MF: Crazy drinkable which is the goal of this "seasonal session".
O: A very seasonally festive brew that is tasty and easy drinking. Definitely worth a try and worth your money.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3/5  rDev -19.6%

The pumpkin flavor is overall pretty mild, and I don't get much pumpkin spice flavor either. I wouldn't say that that is a bad thing. But this beer tastes more like a brown ale to me, than anything else. There is a nice bit of nuttiness to it though.

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Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Pumpkin lager. Light. Refreshing. Hint of pumpkin and spices. Not over powering. Could drink on a hot fall day. Pours to a light slightly opaque golden brown orange. Little to no head. Traditional lager smell with a little hint of seasonal spices. Clean and crisp in The mouth. No real aftertaste. Hints of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon but again really light and subtle. I like it. Could drink multiples unlike pumpkin ale or stout.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. It has both good retention and a solid creaminess to it. Some streaks of lacing are left behind. (3.25)

Smell: This leans closer to a pumpkin beer than a marzen. Because of that, it's the fall spicing that dominates. There are also slight notes of gourd and caramel malts. While I can't help but feel (as is the case in too many pumpkin beers) it's slightly over-spiced, it does feature a nice aroma. (3.25)

Taste: The first half of this beer is pretty much a pumpkin lager, with a healthy spice profile and a lesser kiss of gourd. Its lighter finish helps give it a bit more balance compared to a traditional pumpkin ale. I still think it's over-spiced at the end of the day, but it's more easygoing than other (lesser) pumpkin beers. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: While it's a fairly sweet beer, it being a lager means it's more crisp and dry on the back end. Almost refreshing, even. Almost. Carbonation bites the tongue slightly; it's not as fizzy as it could have been. (3.25)

Overall: Not bad - it's more drinkable than other pumpkin beers. This fusion of two archetypal fall styles yields satisfactory, but not amazing results. (3.25)


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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Terrapin Pumpkinfest has a thick, cream-colored head, a bit of lacing here and there, a mostly clear, deep orange/brown appearance, with a slight haze to it, and lots of streaming bubbles. Aroma is mainly of malt, but it gets spicier as the beer settles down. Flavor is of sweet malt, a mix of spices, and a touch of pumpkin. No bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Terrapin Pumpkinfest finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red with a small white head. 4.25

S- Very pumpkin bread like, cinnamon, some cloves, pumpkins, the spice is slightly too much. 3.9

T- Cinnamon, all spice, cloves, pumpkin, fairly earthy, has better balance than the nose, but isn't as big as the nose. 3.9

M- Smooth, medium body. 4

O- An enjoyable pumpkin beer, nice balance to the taste. Worth picking up, spices really drive the beer. 4

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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Photo of watermelon
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of roger617
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of scanny24
3.17/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.