1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

807 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 807
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 47
Gots: 81 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Terrapin Pumpkinfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 807 | Reviews: 238 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of blinker97
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jfoley84
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sommersb
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of rangerred
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Circleo12
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IrishHockey
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (that I recieved from awesome trader Immortale25) into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Look: nice copper color with very little white head. The head was only half a finger and disappeared quickly.

Smell: nice pumpkin pie smell. Not over done. Subtle.

Taste: disappointment hit here. I get malt and yeast. Not a lot of pumpkin or spices. Even as it warms it still is not great. More pumpkin and cinnemmon would really help this out

Mouthfeel: very watery. I know it's supposed to be a lager, maybe a touch more creaminess would be great.

Overall: what can I say. I'll give this one a whirl again, but I was kinda bummed out by this. I'm hoping its because I've been on a porter and stout kick that this one came off as watery and bland.

Photo of rolive
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of BrakeDance
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Blair
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kosmak125
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cackalacky
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of flyersfan900
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.