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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

From fall brew ranking notes (2010): Clear cola coloured body with a thin tan head that fades relatively quickly. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, alcohol and a touch of cherries. Medium-bodied; Strong spicey bite at first with a lot of nutmeg and allspice and a touch of cardamom with some pumpkin flavours and a touch of alcohol coming through at the end. Aftertaste shows some sweet caramel and a bit of malt, but the spices dominate the palate. Overall good beer.

02-10-2011 21:31:00 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter

Pours a amber-brown with one finger of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, clove cinnamon.

First sip is big on cinnamon. Spice flavor dominates all else. Could use some more sweetness to balance. Finishes very dry, and that is not a positive quality in this beer... leaves you thirsty, the barky cinnamon flavor dries your mouth.

I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers in general, and this does nothing to change my mind. In my opinion, this needs more malt, more sweetness, and less spice.

12-24-2010 04:56:06 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +8.4%

This is the Side Project No. 8 version, not the re-released falls seasonal version. Drank in December 2010 so the beer is aged one year.

The beer pours a dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves as well as some caramel and toffee malts.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Very enjoyable, but it tastes like a regular pumpkin beer to me. I don't really get any of the Oktoberfest characteristics from the beer, other than the caramel and toffee which are typically present in other pumpkin beers.

12-22-2010 01:38:02 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

A: A clear copper body capped with a foamy off-white head that's minimal in size and disipates quickly.

S: A strong sweet pumpkin spice aroma where the cinnamon mostly stands out with hints of allspice, nutmeg, and toasted caramel malts.

T: Strong cinnamon flavor back bone along with other spices and a pumpkin background. There are also hints of brown sugar and sweet toasted malts, but almost an overwhelmingly spicy beer. Definitely taste like a lager which I feel like it hurts the flavor- almost makes the pumpkin flavor taste artificial.

M: Crisp texture with a light body and medium carbonation.

D: I know this isn't in the pumpkin beer category, but I still consider it to be one. Not my favorite and I think there are better ones out there. Needs to pull back from the spices a bit and I think it would be a bit better.

12-01-2010 17:14:08 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear amber color. About 1/4 inch frothy off-white head that falls quickly and leaves a small spot of lacing.

4.5 S: Awesome nose. Plenty of pumpkin spice with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Toasty, caramel, and grainy malts. Very, very nice.

3.5 T: Taste doesn't live up to the nose. Spiciness is there, but it is strangely strong on cinnamon and weak on the other components. Caramel is present and perhaps a bit too strong. Bitterness is also a bit too aggressive. Overall not bad, but the flavors just don't mesh together well.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which makes me wonder why I got no head. Average creaminess and smoothness. No problems here, but not outstanding either.

3.0 D: Again, not bad, but there are other pumpkin beers I'd pick over this everytime.

11-30-2010 00:10:06 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7%

Pours a nice dark amber with a tan head. Aroma of pumpkin sweet caramel, cinnamon. Taste is sweet malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and sweet spices. Palate is nice med body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet malts and spices, pumpkin, some brown sugar with some slight bitterness adds some balance. Has lingering sweet pumpkin aftertaste almost like a pumpkin pie. Overall a nice and interesting brew for the holiday season.

11-24-2010 17:33:17 | More by Samp01
Photo of thain709


4/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Poured with a chilled haze, copper body...the head was about one finger, thin, and white...it disappeared quickly but came back with a quick swirl...some lacing

S - The first thing I picked up was caramel malt...I was thrown off and sniffed again...this time I got a whiff of spices (cinammon and nutmeg)...that's more like it...I never got the two together but they shined on their own rather well

T - The flavors were more balanced at first sip...the caramel malt was first and it provided a nice sweetness to the beer (the oktoberfest part)...in the middle of the beer was a subtle pumpkin flavor...and I'm talking real pumpkin...the beer finished with a pleasant spice profile...not overdone but you could detect the cinammon and nutmeg (the pumpkin beer part)

M - Medium bodied...boardered on being light bodied...creamy, a nice spicy finish

D - After reading the lable I was wondering how this was going to work out...and to my surprise I think it turned out pretty well...I was able to pick out each part of the beer and it wasn't overly spiced or overly sweet...a nice beer that you should try and determine whether you like the premise or not

11-18-2010 13:21:19 | More by thain709
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a clean deep amber to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet pumpkin and spice, almost creamy. In the taste, spicy, hints of cinnamon, and pumpkin, more flavor at the end than in the beginning. A spice bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry cinnamon and spice in the aftertaste. By far one of the top pumpkin beers that I have had.

11-17-2010 17:23:13 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%

Enjoyed today at Tyler's Taproom down the road in Apex this afternoon As part of my birthday celebration with my wife and four month old son. Minimal off white head and plenty of pumpkin and spice in the nose. Malt, grains, and a little sugar round out the intro.

Extremely well balanced throughout and very tasty, with the cinnamon and nutmeg leading the malt and tiny hop bite along by the nose. Not too thick on the tongue and extremely easy to drink, this one was gone before I knew it.

11-12-2010 04:54:14 | More by daliandragon
Photo of sweemzander


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish caramel color. Produced a good tan colored head with good retention.

(S)- A good blend of spice (nutmeg & cinnamon) with some creamy pumpkin. Simple, but great for the style; not overpowering with spice.

(T)- Drops off alot from what the smell led me to believe. Subtle pumpkin is there, but primarily a bitter spice profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Spicy, with a present and sometimes annoying bitterness. A bit one sided than I would like to see.

(D)- Not bad. Far more spicier than what the smell led me to believe. The bitterness started to really bother me.

11-09-2010 18:39:52 | More by sweemzander
Photo of GPHarris


3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell colored head into a snifter. the body was a clear and bright copper color.
s - malty with a hint of cinnamon sweetness. as the beer warms some breadiness comes through.
t - more fruity than pumpkin but a slight hint of sweetness. there is a little hop bitterness in the finish.
m - medium and slick.
d - decent beer but one of my least favorite pumpkins.

11-04-2010 01:47:58 | More by GPHarris
Photo of nick76


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

The appearance is amber with a small head. The smell is pumpkin pie with a decent amount of both pumpkin and spices but also a sweet caramel malt. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter and spicy finish not unlike pepper and cinnamon. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer.

11-02-2010 01:19:36 | More by nick76
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +8.4%

Had a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. I like this one. There was a lot more natural pumpkin flavor and less spice dominance that a lot of pumpkin beers have. It tasted like I was eating pumpkin or some other squash, not just drinking pumpkin pie spice beer. It was backed up with a toasty chocolate barley character, making a cocoa pumpkin taste. It's great to find a fresh take on the pumpkin beer that also happens to be delicious. Check this one out.

11-01-2010 14:21:23 | More by tempest
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass. Thanks Onenote81 for the hook-up!

A: Darker, ruddy orange-amber colored with a one-finger head of tan foam which settles quickly to a thin veil, leaving soapy lace. Carbonation is ample and clarity is a bit muddled by a slight chilled haze.

S: Sweet, roasted malt nose with hints of pumpkin seed and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. A fairly nice malty aroma with the addition of pumpkin mash and blended spices.

T: The sweet, bready malts of a fine marzen combine with the roasted, fruity flavor of pumpkin right off the bat. A bit of buttery diacetyl gets wrapped up with the spicy blend of malts and cinnamon. The finish lingers with a bit of floral bitterness and some cloying sweetness. Pretty good and balanced all around.

M: Medium-full bodied with a bit of sticky, cloying sweetness in the finish. Carries a bit of a grainy, marzen lager feel around mid-palate as well.

D: An interesting hybrid of Oktoberfest and pumpkin ale, this 6.1% ABV fall amalgamation is pretty darn drinkable. It takes the best of two great seasonal styles, the smooth, malty drinkability of a marzen and the spicy, roasted sweetness of a pumpkin ale, and levels the difference out. I'd certainly try it again if i came across it.

10-31-2010 02:42:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Clear, amber/caramel in color. Hardly any lacing.

S - A little pumpkin, a little traditional German malt. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar are also detected.

T - A little bland for me, maybe because it's a combo of two different styles so each style can't shine independently. but there are hints of both pumpkin and oktoberfest beers, but again mixed together I think they take away from each other. Light spices and good malt sweetness at the end.

M/D - Medium body, clean finish, and a nice semi-sweet aftertaste. No alcohol presence, obvioulsy.

Average beer, nothing too earth-shattering but a nice fall seasonal for sure.

10-26-2010 02:37:22 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearamce: pours a clear dark orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and some caramel sweetness creates a nice aroma.

Taste: follows the nose as the the spices are pretty dominant, and the malt sweetness is a bit in the background. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: decent pumpkin beer that hits the mark for the style. Easy drinking. Worthy of a try.

10-24-2010 19:02:07 | More by Gavage
Photo of Thorpe429


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours orange copper with a nice off white head. Good deal of lacing on the way down. The nose is nice and definitely quite interesting. Can definitely understand the concept. Undertones of pumpkin and squash with a bit of bread and some slight sweetness. The taste is pumpkin, bread, squash, and a bit of caramel. Nice carbonation and a medium body. Drinks fairly well and definitely a unique concept.

10-23-2010 01:13:56 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of CAP1868

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -23.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a thin coppery orange color, minimal head with no lacing while consuming the brew.

S-smells lightly like pumpkin, not much to note here. Maybe some nutmeg and clove floating around somewhere.

T-Tastes about how it smells, lightly of pumpkin notes, decent but not great.

M-Light, watery mouthfeel.

D-easy drinking pumpkin brew, good to start some friends out on who normally drink busch light.

10-22-2010 03:13:26 | More by CAP1868
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "Seasonal 2010", no other info.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for a few bottles of this! I've been looking forward to trying it since last year!

A - Pumpkinfest pours a beautiful brassy amber color that's brilliantly clear. From the tall pour, a noisy, effervescent bone head rose to two fingers. It sank down slowly but left no trace of lace on the glass.

S - Ripe pumpkin gourd wafts out of the nose with an allspice-heavy spice component. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all add contributions. Faint notes of sweet caramel come through but it purely smells of a pumpkin beer, not an Oktoberfest. It does smell much more like crisp pumpkin lager than an ale though.

T - Much more pumpkin in aroma and Märzen in flavor, the typical dry, metallic notes with the toasted malt comes through first and foremost. Pumpkin and its compatriot, spice, follow up but are merely an afterthought. The spice is felt more on the mouthfeel. Good Vienna malt backing, not real hop inclusion in this.

M - Crisp and refreshing, the lager qualities really shine through here. It's clean even with the lingering spiciness. The dry, lightly metallic finish is a little annoying but not enough to really damage my enjoyment of the beer.

D - The blend is good...save for the lack of pumpkin carry-over into the flavor. The nose is predominantly pumpkin while the flavor is Oktoberfest. The should marry the two with a better blend to become one great super-beer! Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager is a far superior pumpkin lager. This has a few adjustments to go before it gets to the next level but it's certainly drinkable as-is.

10-21-2010 12:03:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

I think this is another Bill offering. Thanks Bill! If it wasn't, BM me!

A- Mild head formation reminiscent of white walls within a pack-per-day smokers house. Quickly dissipates to nothing but a thin thin collar. Average amount of carbonation on the bottom of the glass.

The liquid itself is this odd ruby-red hue with an orange background. Disturbingly different enough to beat the average score by a bit.

S- Decent amount of aroma. It isn't hiding itself in here. There just isn't much to enjoy. Pumpkin comes froward with a bit of cinnamon backing and nutmeg edge. The pumpkin is the main start with the spices playing deep safety.

T- Flavor is strong in pumpkin. Big boy with nothing overbearing. It should be proud how well it nailed this flavor down. However, there is this annoying yeasty presence that claws at me. The spices bite at the back of my tongue before they become apparent, again cinnamon and nutmeg the mainstays. The finish and the opening both get a thumbs up from me. The ending notes are pumpkin and caramels playing around like a memory.

M- Decent body that is almost full. The carbonation is very mild for me. What I must note is a biting alcohol presence. For a six percent this shouldn't exist at the beginning of the sip. It hits the middle of the tongue along the same battle lines as the spices do giving it an unfortunate shock value.

D- I'd bring this as an example of where pumpkin beers should start, and where they can go from. Sure it is decent, but would I want this over other offerings? Probably not again. Still nice one to tick off and try.

10-19-2010 22:07:10 | More by Khazadum
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New Jersey

1.78/5  rDev -51.8%

Like Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, this beer SHOULD be classified as a Fruit/Vegetable beer. Anyone looking for a real Marzen / Oktoberfest should steer way clear of this one -- you've been warned. The numbers above reflect my rating as a Marzen / Oktoberfest, and I will change them when and if this beer gets properly categorized.

Served from a 12oz. bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Bright, deep orange with an initially decent head that subsides to a thin mat after a minute or two. Noticeable viscosity during the pour. Barely any lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy, with a wet cardboard undertone which isn't too uncharacteristic (or unpleasant) for the style. Lots of cinnamon and ginger right up front. Perhaps some vanilla in there as well. No sticky caramel. No warm biscuit. Nothing that would let the drinker think this was a Marzen.

T - A massive spice bomb that hits even before the malty sweetnes does. Cinnamon attack. Slight tartness in the middle that might be due to the inclusion of pumpkin in the mash, followed by more cinnamon. The finish is crisp and bitter, leaving you with a dry cinnamon-powdery throat. The lack of balance and absence of typical maltiness in the front keeps this from tasting anything like a Marzen.

M - Decent effervescence, rising up to a creamy, spice-laden whipped froth. Down the throat the beer causes some uncomfortability as the heavy-handed use of spice leaves you feeling like you just ate a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon.

D - Not sure where to go with this one, so I'll break it out based on what the drinker might be looking for:

As a Marzen / Oktoberfest beer, this beer is really unpalatable. The requisite malts are crushed under the weight of the spices, and any hops are lost in the wreckage. Having more than one of these would be a punishment. My rating above reflects this, and I would recommend seeking something German if you're really looking for a Marzen / Oktoberfest beer.

As an experimental hybrid Oktoberfest/Fruit-Vegetable beer (or even a straight Fruit-Vegetable beer like Lakefront Pumpkin Lager), it would be passable if not for the crazy overuse of spices that throws it way out of balance. In this style, it would get a 2.5 at best.

Against Pumpkin Ales however, where the spices are expected, this one sits at the low end of the center of the mediocre pulp that dominates the field. In this style it would get about a 2.5 as well. Being a Pumpkin Ale enthusiast, there are a dozen other beers I would recommend before this one.

10-18-2010 19:50:32 | More by EPseja
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

I got this beer in a trade with Tilley4. Thanks Jason!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear orange/amber color with a beige head that thinned to a light layer/ring and left a trail of lacing.

S - cinnamon, all spice and Munich malt.

T - the pumpkin and spices start things out and then the sweet malt flavor kicks in before finishing somewhat dry.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy.

10-16-2010 21:10:15 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep orange color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices up front, with a solid malty backbone in the finish. A nicely done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a solidly made, drinkable beer.

10-15-2010 12:11:53 | More by avalon07
Photo of awalk1227


3.8/5  rDev +3%

Consumed 10/11/10

I love this time of year. I drink with the seasons, and as a lover of both darker beers and hoppy IPAs, this is my favorite season. Pumkin/Oktoberfest beers are on the shelves, Winter Warmers are starting to pop up or are right around the corner, and the hop harvest is over with fresh hop beers hitting the stores.

A: Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Burnt orange-amber shade, minimal head with no lacing. Clear.

S: Spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Bananas and pumpkin!

T: Same spices, I like tasting what I smell. Pumpkin is there, but faint. Being a lager, they needed to be careful with this one. Sadly, it's got that aftertaste of lagers of which I'm not a fan, and the flavor of the beer fades too quickly off the tongue.

F: Too thin. I haven't had a ton of Pumpkin beers, but I'm searching for something reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Sweet, syrupy, spices present, with a high enough ABV to warm me on the inside.

D: Good, but too good for the style, in my opinion. This is almost...refreshing when cold. It finishes too quickly like any other lager, making it something I could drink on a hot day, honestly.

Until I find something I love, I think this style just isn't for me. I've heard the Weyerbacher and Hoppin' Frog Imperial Pumpkins are both good, so I'll try to get those and review before the season is over.

10-14-2010 16:37:40 | More by awalk1227
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4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Notes from 10/11/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a mostly clear copper color with a thin layer of creamy head that leaves behind some decent lacing.

S: It sports some caramel maltiness, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

T: Pumpkin, banana, cloves, caramel, and delicious German malt flavors intermingle to form a lovely blend.

M: It's somewhat creamy and a bit on the sweet side.

D: This is a perfect blend of pumpkin ale and Marzen. Bravo.

10-14-2010 04:37:29 | More by bucklemyshoe
Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.