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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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245 Reviews

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 848
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 53
Gots: 102 | 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 mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper color with sparse bubbles rising to a cream colored head.

Aroma is malty like an Oktoberfest but not any real pumpkin in the nose. Lots of pumpkin spice present though mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Something seems a little off but I am thinking its just the lager notes in my pumpkin beer.

Taste is light malts then blam spice that continues through out the the flavor . So there is some pumpkin notes in the taste spice just over powering it in the nose, almost in the taste also. Finish is like an Oktoberfest with lingering pumpkin spice not a good idea.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with pretty smooth carbonation that seems to peak with the spice.

Overall worth a try but not something that I would see continuing to produce they would be better off making a real pumpkin ale. Think of Terrapin as the DFH of the south they make some good brews but other times its like wtf were you thinking. (931 characters)

Photo of BeerMark
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company is copper colored in my pint glass. Not a lot of foam here. I can smell faint pumpkin with some spices thrown in. As far as flavor goes, it's decent. Everything is accounted for. There just ain't much special going on here. I would probably pass on this in the future at the current price. As a note of interest, my beer was a 4-pack and cost $9.99. To me, this is a little pricey for an average beer. Terrapin, put these in 6ers and I could see myself buying some more in the future. (532 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is dark copper almost bronze with good clarity and thick beige cream with fine bead. The smell is great, lots of spice aromatics bringing to mind pumpkin pie with a cinnomon and light nutmeg aroma. The feel is very good with nice crisp lager like presence and not overdone spice with malty texture and low bitterness. The alcohol is restrained and a nice level of sweetness is there with slightly creamy body.

The taste is slightly caramel tinged with some woodiness of cinnamon and nutmeg with a mild grain toastiness and light herbal hop flavor with a gentle fruity tinge of pumpkin flesh adding an almost melon or vegetal taste with a mild spice in the finish giving a unified flavor profile. Overall this is a very drinkable pumpkin beer whether it is a lager or not …I actuall like the way the lager qualities work with the spiciness and adds to the drinkability with a more dry character in general. (919 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A nice amber color that leans towards the darker side. There was some head on the pour and some residual remains afterwards and lingers. Exactly what I'd expect from a pumpkin beer.

Smell: A lot of sweet spices come to mind when i first get a whiff of this brew. Then the pumpkin hits you. This smells great. I am looking forward to tasting it.

Taste: This is a very neutral tasting pumpkin beer. It is nor bitter nor sweet. The pumpkin is obvious and so are the spices. This isn't something i would particularly look forward to every yr, but something that i could definitely drink and be happy drinking.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, but the thickness of the beer makes this tolerable. It feels light and therefore very drinkable, but the carbonation makes it more of a sipping beer. All in all, they balance each other out quite nicely.

Overall: I really like this beer, but it could only get better if the taste if the taste was better. I don't think i'd go out of my way to grab this, but if it was there and i had a choice, i might choose this over other pumpkin ale-like beers. (1,125 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a nice orange color, 1 finger of an off white soapy head, minor lacing.
S - Some fresh pumpkin up front, then a barrage of spices, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and underneath it somewhere there's this weird smoky flavor.
T - Starts out ok, there's very little pumpkin here, but it does exist, its hidden under tons of spice, has a slight tartness mid way, but mid way comes this burnt bacon fat flavor, its flat out awful, and as it warms up it gets prominent.
M - The spice doesnt crush your palate, but that diacetyl like bacon fat flavor is sooo off color for this beer.
O - Just a big disappointment, I liked the idea of this beer, but I have no clue where that weird bacon flavor is coming from, just unbearable. (751 characters)

Photo of dahlen22
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange with a decent head.

Aroma: Vanilla, cloves, pumpkin.

Taste: Spices hit you right from the start, medium in body, and then it mellows out more like a Oktoberfest with the breadiness, caramel and malts.

Overall: I too like the idea of combining these two fall styles (and favorites of mine in the fall). It feels and tastes more like an Oktoberfest with pumpkin flavor. Easy to drink at 6.10%, but has enough pumpkin flavor to not be a session beer. Cheers!! (478 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a tall, creamy white colored head with decent retention. Foam leaves a fair mount of lacing on the sides of the glass

S-All spices, no pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, some faint tart orange peel.

T-Follows the nose. There is a flash of pumpkin at the front of the palate, but the rest is overpowered by the aforementioned spices leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste

MF-Crispy, dry, too carbonated.

O-Terrapin makes great beer, but this one was disappointing. It is a spice bomb. I was expecting more pumpkin. (552 characters)

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

A: Pours a medium copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint reddish amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized medium thick patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices with lighter notes of pumpkin. There are also some light amounts of brown sugar sweetness from the malts as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted bready malts along with some brown sugar sweetness. There are light to moderate amounts of spices including nutmeg and cinnamon with a light amount of pumpkin. The finish is lightly earthy and lightly bitter which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I think of this more as a hybrid of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beer rather than just a pumpkin beer - kind of interesting that it is a lager rather than an ale. I generally like pumpkin beers but I was not the hugest fan of this one - it reminds me of a spiced Oktoberfest with a hint of pumpkin. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very nice super cloudy dark orange. Medium sized fizzy tan head despite the aggressive pour. Fades slowly with decent retention. Surprisingly decent thick waves of lacing everywhere.

S: Really nice mild pumpkin and associated pumpkin spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon are prominent. Nice sweet vanilla along with it.

T: Pumpkin with caramel and vanilla up front. Spices kick in as the sweetness fades, leaving the bitter nutmeg primarily, but with hints of cinnamon. Spices linger in the crisp finish, long into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: A nice pumpkin lager, but a little simplistic. Lagering seems to have made smoother and easier drinking, however. Nutmeg stands out a little strong but I enjoyed it. (743 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (3,808 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reddish amber, middling head that poofs. nose; sweet cinnamon and light clove - absolutely no bitter smells, just a pleasant pie-spice sweet aroma. taste; graham-y malt, white grape and light pumpkin pie spices. pumpkin and allspice appear moderately on the aftertaste. this beer isn't very bitter, and it's not sweet either. it's always hard to strike a balance of artificial sweetness and unpalatable vegetable representation in these types of beers, but this one gets it right. (483 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice bright copper color, there was only a hint of head at the top but barely anything, left almost no lacing at all.

S: Strong notes of cinnamon and pumpkin, nice warming malt note on the tail end.

T: Well Balanced, nice cinnamon notes and different spices throughout, nice flavor, perfect for the season.

M: Medium bodied, well balanced, moderate carbonation.

O: This was one of the pumpkin brews that I thoroughly enjoyed, well balanced and great tasting, great fall beer! (485 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown orange color. Off white head. Very clear. Retention could be better.

Funky vegetal aroma with spices. Malt in background.

You can taste the pumpkin upfront. Spices and malt in the finish.

Medium bodied with a relatively dry finish.
4.5 (262 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-amber color, completely opaque in a strange kind of way - not exactly "hazy" looking like many witbiers, but you definitely can't see through it. Small, gray head that barely lasts seconds and leaves no lacing. The smell contains a hefty dose of spices, the most prominent to me being nutmeg, followed up by a little bit of cinnamon and maybe even allspice. The concoction of flavors may cause your mind to think "pumpkin" but this beer, to me, was more reminiscent of holiday spices in general. Slight peppery aftertaste, with a thick, malty base throughout, finished with a touch of yeast and bread on the palate. A bit watery overall, but still holds a nice amount of spice and malt flavor. Low bitterness and hops might be present, but at that point, you're just reaching. Medium body, medium carbonation.

This was a pumpkin beer that was closer to "holiday spice" than "pumpkin". Why exactly? I'm not too sure. Maybe it was the balance of spices? Though I would definitely say nutmeg was the most prominent and may even argue it was slightly overpowering compared to the rest. All in all, a decent brew, definitely a nice holiday warmer. (1,158 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a copper color body with no head or lace to it. The smell has a very nice aray of pumpkin spices and pumpkin flesh. The taste is upfront of spices and then a mellow flavor of pumpkin come throug. The mouth feel is good, almost the constincey of a lager. well balanced and carbonated. Overall this is a good pumpkin beer. (364 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Seasonal 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with an 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light, small wisps of surface foam. Small clots of surface foam.

S- Powerful aroma of cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin pie. It's actually the first pumpkin beer I've ever encountered that truly replicates pumpkin pie in the smell.

T- Heavy clove and nutmeg in the flavor, especially nutmeg. Light toasted malt. The nutmeg does not cease and almost becomes too much. Not as much actual pumpkin as in the aroma.

M- Some spice sting with medium-low carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- You'd better like nutmeg if you wanna get into this brew. A good stab at the style but could use some toning down in the spice department. (834 characters)

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Medium amber, small yellow tinged head

S- little sweet pumpkin smell with subtle vanilla, not really spicy but something I can't put my finger on

T- sweet pumpkin, not too bitter - lacks a spice I was expecting. Very light, but not watery.

Mf - standard little more smooth and less bubbles than what I'd consider average

Overall - good, like the lack of bitter and the sweetness isn't too much. Very drinkable for 6.1% with no real presence of alcohol flavor. (473 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Pumpkinfest

Look: Orangeish hue with a bit of sediment. Soapy yellowish head forms and leaves lace.

Smell: Bready , biscuity smell with vanilla and pumpkin scents. A very pleasing and sweet smelling pumpkin lager.

Taste: Caramel, pumpkin and very light spices , mild hop bitterness, and leaves a vegetable aftertaste; definitely like fresh pumpkin. A little cinnamon and allspice. Pretty tasty brew but a bit tame.

Feel: Medium bodied, moderately low carbonation.

Overall: A decent pumpkin brew, interesting its a lager. Solid and from a beer geek standpoint, a pretty cool idea. Lacks the fullness of the its ale brethren. (637 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this one for quite a while and I'm now taking the plunge. Observation: It seems that most of Terrapin's stuff sold in 4-packs is money!

A: Poured out clear as a bell, dark orange in color, and with a solid white foamy head with teeny tiny bubbles.

S: True to its title, I got pumpkin spices imbedded in a German mothball-like concoction. A Marzen, if you will.

T: I had problems with this one. I didn't like how this has all the makings of a pumpkin pie brew, but instead of getting the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc., this was spoiled by the German malt additive.

M: The carbonation was fine, but this was far too hoppy to be a great pumpkin ale to my mind. Quite bitter indeed. The lacing left on the glass was ridiculous.

O: This was an interesting experiment, but it proved one thing to my mind: Don't mix pumpkin and Marzens... the ingredients just don't mesh well together. (912 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber pour with 2 fingers of head. Best looking pumpkin ale I've had so far this year.
Smells of ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin pie.
holy crap this tastes like patchouli.. Lots of spices, floral.. Very nice very sweet.
medium body (on the lighter side), nice carbonation, slightly creamy on the lips - chalky on the roof.
as far as pumpkin beers go, this is the most unique do far this year. Very tasty. (405 characters)

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