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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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819 Ratings

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 83 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Pumpkin beers have been an American tradition since the Pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock while Oktoberfest lagers 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." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Lager, this beer is in a style of its own.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Terrapin pint glass. Served north of 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin crispy frothed caramel white head that recedes quickly. A little bit of spotty lacing is left behind on the sides. Color is a deep bold orange with mild haziness. Medium carbonation. Not bad but the head and lacing could vastly improve. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma is forward with mild pumpkin, medium nutmeg and allspice. It certainly leans this beer far more to the pumpkin beer category than it does an Oktoberfest, although the lager yeast gives it a clean, crisp smell. There even seems to be a tiny bit of clove and cinnamon to the aroma as it warms. Potency is medium. Aroma is crisp and clean beyond the pumpkin and spice, and there isn't much else to discern beyond a stable malt and pumpkin sweetness with a complimentary spice blend. If you're into pumpkin beers, this will be an enjoyable fragrance to behold. 4

(Taste) There's a mild nutmeg and bolder allspice front, a light malty caramel and pumpkin interior and a toasted caramel and cinnamon sugar finish.The pumpkin is surprisingly well utilized in this beer. Nonetheless, the spices make for a drying finish and could be toned down a touch to make way for the pumpkin and the pumpkin increased a notch. I get slight interpretation of this as an Oktoberfest, but I find that to be due to the clean finish, which is slightly muddied by the pumpkin and spice blend, it's probably difficult to pull off completely. Nicely done and very flavorful, this beer is on the right track of a style that could be done horribly wrong. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) In addition to a mild perky introduction complete with spice, alcohol, this beer has medium carbonation throughout with a dry, mildly tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden. The body is a solid medium amongst pumpkin beers, medium amongst all beers. The carbonation is very good for the beer, just enough to mildly accentuate the pumpkin spices while keeping the malt base in tow. It could increase a notch but it's well fitting for between a pumpkin beer and a märzen. 4.25

(Overall) I've had some over-spiced and under-pumpkined beers in my experience, but this one comes really close to finding a decent balance between the two. It's probably an Oktoberfest in texture and body alone at this stage, but the pumpkin beer component is great. Worth trying. 4

Terrapin Beer Company's

Vintage Notes:

2011 (1 year, 6 months aged):
Head quality and consistency is identical to the fresh, although a touch lighter cream tone in complexion. Body color is identical as well, no color loss and similar haze tone. Most of the potency of the spices has been lost to time, some evident tartness from the yeast or pumpkin is the most notable flavor difference, although there's still decent body to it. Due to a repeal in spice presence, the malt flavor has been revealed significantly as the spices have died down and the pumpkin has been revealed as a presence in this beer, and the finish is far more clean than in the fresh batch. In terms of flavor, this is where the Oktoberfest flavor comes in, deep malty caramel with a mild bitterness, it's still very fall-like. Carbonation is still mild like in the fresh batch, although the milder spice in this age makes it seem more lacking. I was glad to have saved a bottle of this, and recommend that you do too!

Recommended Vintage: Try a bottle at 1 year!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Pumpkin Ale/Oktoberfest hybird poured a hazy orange color, produced a small off white head, poor retention and it left an average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh roasted pumpkin, caramel and pumpkin pie spice. Medium in body, this ale had a malted grain base, pumpkin, caramel and a nice amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice- in fact it borders on being over spiced. With that said it is a very worthy Pumpkin ale- Nice session beer = first example of a Oktoberfest/Pumpkin Ale I have sampled.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sommersb
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-17-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Color is copper and clear, with a modest off-white head. Retention is low but lacing is good.

S: Aromas feature nice pumpkin pie notes such as nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and, of course, pumpkin.

T: Malty and somewhat sweet in the taste, with pumpkin fruit and pumpkin pie spices rounded out by earthy hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium body and moderately carbed for a crisp mouthfeel, the finish is of pumpkin fruits and spices, balanced by the hops.

O: I thought they did a good job marrying the styles of an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale.

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3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to some splotchy foam on top of the beer.

Spices dominate the aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg being quite prominent. I can detect clove and apple along with some graham cracker. It is pleasant but a little bit overwhelming.

The same spice is up front in the taste to a nearly overwhelming degree as well. It really drowns out any malt that is present. The spice eases up a bit midway through but never really enough to taste the malt. A moderate bitterness helps balance out a somewhat sweet mouthfeel leading to a fairly dry finish.

Overall, a nice unique attempt at a pumpkin beer and it just barely misses the mark. If the spice was dialed back a little bit this would be an outstanding drinkable pumpkin beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.