Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 239
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)
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Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More nutty than pumpkin. Nice clove and spice taste. Dirty brown and slightly opaque. Slightly under carbonated. Paired nicely with pumpkin pie gelato. Nice was more clove. Light feel of a lager. Thought the low carbonation was that first bottle but it was the same for the next two.

Photo of dkchandler
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of AdmiralKirk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Terrapin shaker pint, they need better glassware. Beer is dark amber and clear with moderate to low carbonation and soft white head of small bubbles, looks nice at least.

Aroma is sweet, mildly lagery and has a lot of pumpkin / squash in the nose.

This beer really should be moved to Oktoberfest since that is what it is...says so on the label at least, but I digress, beer is medium in body, sweet and gourdy on the front with a decent but slightly heavy on the finish. A little too sweeet for an Oktoberfest but overall it is fine. I'd consider having it again.

Photo of farrago
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You get a finger’s worth of fizzy foam which dissolves down at a steady clip, mostly smaller bubbles, dark off-white color, the lacing is wispy to close to nonexistent. Very clear and bright brownish amber hued liquid, becomes more zinc orange towards the outer reaches with a final shift into yellow, hardly any visible carbonation. Big clove and nutmeg in the nose, vanilla and cocoa along with, of course, pumpkin, pie crust to scone for breadiness, mild yeastiness, has a liqueur like quality even as at times there’s a short burst of grass and pepper. Medium-bodied, has a hard mouth feel, lacks graceful movement and flow. The carbonation is light, what’s there has a tight prickle. Dry on the whole, the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon has a spicy cumin edge too. Cocoa powder more than honey, brown sugar or caramel, in keeping with dryness. Whisper of peach, apricot fruit, any sweetness more derived from that pie dough, baked goods component. Loses any hoppy bite here but does have a mineral water feel which aids a fresher finish. Not sure it finds a clear direction and then takes it but pleasant enough, if quaffed uncritically.

Photo of srhoadsy
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of Terrapin beers, but this one falls flat.

It pours a burnt orange with 1/2 to 3/4 inch quickly fading beige head.

Smells of pumpkin, minerals with a slight hint of spices.

Tastes follows through. The pumpkin flavor is there, along with some carmel malts, but not much beyond that.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but just does not stand up to the offerings from Southern Tier, Cigar City, Weyebacher and others.

Photo of BeerTaster727
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kneeland
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got really excited when I saw that Terrapin has a pumpkin beer. Taste has really nice nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice with a smokey flavor. A pretty strong beer. Medium body, decent head. A good brownish orange color. I will buy again.

Photo of JJStorm
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pumpkin lager, very interesting. Nice orange and amber glow with about a 1.2 finger of well retaining off white head. Smells extremely spicy.; pickled pumpkins, allspice, cinnamon and clove. Some dried out pie crust as well.

Thin bright body, light effervescence. A littler watery and overall pretty light in flavor. For being barren of flavor though the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Semi-sweet with very light pumpkin taste and just a dash of spice on the back end of the tongue. Dry clean finish with something left to be desired. In a reasonably priced 6 pack this beer could do pretty well because of it's light flavor and drinkability but for an expensive 4 pack not so much. It's a session beer, a bland one at that, at high end beer prices.

I see what they were going for, a pumpkin octoberfest combo, but really the octoberfest side of this beer doesnt come out at all.

Photo of RJ32S
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of siege06nd
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a burnt orange, like the color of fall leaves at sunset. Half a finger of eggshell white head emerges and persists. Lacing is sticky and lingers nicely.

S. Interesting, pretty much as advertised. Light pie spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) and roasted pumpkin in the initial wave, but then some of the biscuity, grainy, sweet malt notes that are so typical of Oktoberfests begin to kick in. Balanced, enjoyable. Mildly resembles a dunkel bouquet.

T. This actually works pretty well. Oktoberfest side of this is much more dominant, but light pumpkin pie spices and roasted squash flavors kick in on the back end. The finish is dry, spicy, and has a faint malt sweetness.

M. Pretty good with a nice balance between the dueling characteristics of the Pumpkin Ale and the Oktoberfest. Medium bodied and crisp, this is a lager with a little more heft, but not nearly as sickeningly sweet as most pumpkin ales.

O. A good beer and unique combination that actually works pretty well. The big question is: why is this necessary? Answer: I'm not sure it is. I'm also not sure I'd return, as there's just not enough here to keep me coming back. Too light for a pumpkin and too spicy for an oktoberfest, it leaves me wanting one of each just to drink to style. But I like to reward ingenuity and good craftsmanship, and this is certainly that in spades. A nice little beer that I'll return to next fall, but I'm not sure I'd ever want more than one in a season.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep amber, with a 1-finger head of golden foam; fair retention, not much lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spice is the 1st aroma to hit me. Then a sweet, cake-like aroma. Floral hops are faint but detectable

T: The malt is only minimally sweet, with more of a rich flavor. Fresh pumpkin flesh flavors come through in the middle. The hops in the finish are a little more bitter than I'd like for the style, but by no means overpowering. The allspice, cloves, and other spice flavors are present start to finish, but not to the point of drowning out the pumpkin or beer flavors.

M: Clean and refreshing, although a little weak when it comes to carbonation.

O: Another tasty seasonal pumpkin beer, certainly worth another sampling.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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%

Photo of JWU
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- Color and clarity are very nice. Amber with orange and ruby highlights. The head is disappointing, and dissipates quite quickly. No real lacing.

S- Cinnamon, Nutmeg, a touch of brown sugar sweetness, and some lager yeast. Smelly pretty good actually.

T- The crispness of the lager yeast really kind of kills the complexity of the brew. It really mutes the pumkin flavor (even though pumkin isn't a huge flavor) but especially the spices. It ends up tasting like a mediocre octoberfest with some spices thrown in to make it unique. Aftertaste is kind of sour with the interplay between the lager yeast and spices. Weird.

M- Medium to high cabonation, slightly slick which is attributable to the pumpkin and finishes pleasently dry.

O- If only it tasted as good as it smells. Overall, not bad though.

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
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