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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

594 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 36
Gots: 30 | 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)
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear amber, moderate head. Scent brings ample pie spices and pumpkin to the front with a nice cinnamon and vanilla whiff. Taste follows suit, slightly brown sugar sweet, ample spices, creamy pumpkin pie with some nice vanilla notes. A touch lighter than prefered, needs a bit more creaminess. Solid seasonal beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 15:41:38 | More by rfgetz
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julian89

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice translucent amber body with a short-lived half inch off white head.

Smell: Ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, and of course pumpkin pie.

Taste: Sweet maltiness followed by a dominance of cinnamon and pumpkin. Has a more developed taste of pumpkin puree, but not as much as Southern Tier's pumking.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good, nice new pumpkin beer to add to my list.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 15:19:02 | More by julian89
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jagada

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-09-2012 02:28:36 | More by jagada
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-09-2012 01:55:27 | More by GaryMarkle84
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-09-2012 01:30:49 | More by brewdude1982
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-09-2012 00:36:24 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Sabrewolff


3/5  rDev -18.7%

09-08-2012 19:28:25 | More by Sabrewolff
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Slikpitt

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

09-08-2012 12:46:56 | More by Slikpitt
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Decent retention and lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S – Bready and caramel malt, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Definitely a pumpkin pie beer with hints of an Oktoberfest.

T – Starts off with the sweet taste of the caramel malts and the pumpkin pie flavors (pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon). The taste eventually shifts to bready and nutty malt flavors at the finish. Definitely equal parts Oktoberfest and pumpkin beer.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky sweet mouthfeel, and a bready, nutty, and slightly dry finish. Malt flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is an interesting beer. It is definitely tasty and drinkable, and I think it’s a cool undertaking to combine two great fall styles – Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers. However, this beer is only an average example of each style. It doesn’t have the abundance of hearty malt aromas and flavors that I’d like in an Oktoberfest and it only has a mild and subtle pumpkin pie aroma and flavor. I’ve kind of run into this a lot with Terrapin when they try to combine styles, but they definitely get bonus points for trying and for creating a beer that is both tasty and unique.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:22:24 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-06-2012 23:02:25 | More by Hanzo
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clickyourfingers


4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

09-05-2012 03:51:47 | More by clickyourfingers
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

09-05-2012 01:46:02 | More by lauries444
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marshmeli

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-04-2012 21:38:11 | More by marshmeli
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been quite eager to try this one this season...

A - Less than a fingers worthy of audibly fizzy perfectly level khaki colored head that quickly settles into an even lacing... The color is exceptional and is a slightly burn amber teetering on medium brown... There is the slightest of chill hazes... A limited bit of slightly sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...

S - Delectable pumpkin pie spices are first to greet the nose - nutmeg and cinnamon are the predominate players... Pureed pumpkin... Perhaps some light sweet potato notes... Ginger snaps... A light touch of brown sugar as well... Some light bready malts...

T - The pumpkin pie sweetness is at the start... Then then spices kick in... Bready malts and bread crust are next... Ginger snaps... A very mild passively aggressive hop presence... A slightly charred finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Light yet brisk carbonation... Even and consistent... The finish has just a hint of dryness...

D - A solid seasonal offering from Terrapin... While this is supposed to be a hybrid of a Marzen and a Pumpkin Ale this one definitely drifts towards Pumpkin Ale status (except for the fact that it is actually a lager)... Deserves to be mentioned in the large second tier of pumpkin beers falling a bit short of world class status, but is still better than many of the other offerings out there...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:26:46 | More by philbe311
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-04-2012 00:56:46 | More by ADTaber
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brwnchrstpher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-03-2012 23:16:05 | More by brwnchrstpher
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Head is not very impressive quickly reducing to a mild sticky lace ring. Color is a touch darker than other pumpkin beers with a deep brown hue that is clear.

S - Coriander and cinnamon highlight with a very enjoyable level of biscuit malts and a touch vegital pumpkin bitterness.

T - Eh it's ok really it taste like a mildly spiced Oktoberfest. Allspice and spicy coriander lead the palate and it finish's with a squash like vegital bitterness but balanced. Good but not great.

M - It has a nice chewy body but with a lower ABV it does make for better drink ability with a medium body.

Overall I give points for originality since I can't think of any other pumpkin Oktoberfest's. Not really worth a six pack or case but a good beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:54:50 | More by DrDemento456
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GTB

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-01-2012 02:49:47 | More by GTB
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scottyshades

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

08-29-2012 21:07:22 | More by scottyshades
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-28-2012 23:35:10 | More by ejimhof
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012 Pumpkinfest.

A toasted red-orange color. A great deal of light gets through this brew. A weak head only formed by default of a rigorous pour. Still managed a mere quarter of an inch that clings as a thin layer. Blotchy foam along the sides of the glass.

Not much gourd poking through. Coriander and cinnamon and some allspice. Very toasty dark malts. Noticeably a lager in the nose. The malts are trying to show off, but they don't truly captivate. Hops are inconsequential. Hint of ginger root. Lots of spice.

Spiced pumpkin, butternut squash, hot cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and coriander. Vegetable quality that is very appropriate. Toasted grains are rather smooth and burnished. Enough hops to provide some relieving bitterness, but not much flavor. Too much grated spiciness pillows the finish. Touch of booze picks up midway through and clutches.

Medium in body with some implied fill-out. Probably an implication brought about by the low carbonation levels. A tad warming at just over 6%, but works all the same.

A few frills aside, this is a plainy-decent and well-spiced pumpkin lager. Can't say that I've had a pumpkin lager before. I get the mashup of styles between pumpkin beer and Oktoberfest, but it's a spiced lager with a lot of seasonal flair and some pumpkin meat. Awarding a higher rating as a promising pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 04:22:54 | More by thecheapies
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-23-2012 23:47:03 | More by Keith_R
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bespin15

Washington

3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-21-2012 00:51:14 | More by bespin15
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-17-2012 04:59:07 | More by Rojada1988
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-17-2012 04:32:40 | More by st9647v3
Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.