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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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784 Ratings

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 80 | 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 SGDJosh
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Pumpkinfest 2012 Seasonal.  Poured from a bottle on 9/15/2012

Appearance. Amber with golden edges when held against the light. The small bit of head it gets dissipates into nothing.

Smell. Nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, pumpkin (of course)...

Taste. Pumpkin pie and lager yeast. Sweet malt gives way to fall spices.  

Mouthfeel. Light bodied with a serious bit of carbonation. 

Overall. It's light but flavorful. I don't feel that the spices are over done in this one. Light sweetness that is washed down with a tight carbonation.

SGDJosh, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of bcostner1
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish-brown; transmits light. Not particularly dark. Head is small...less than 1 finger khaki head that quickly dissipates.

S: Light aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin. Very faint clove presence. Aroma doesn't particularly "wow" me like some other pumpkin ales do but this isn't offputting by any stretch. Just a little on the light side.

T: Follows the nose. Elements of: cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, some nutmeg and very faint clove to me (which is not overpowering or forward at all...a bonus for me b/c I don't like clove-forward brews). All spices are present but not overdone which is nice. Definite pureed pumpkin in the finish. Sweet, bready malts present throughout. Muted hop presence.

M: Easy drinker for sure. Could easily be a session brew. Wish it had just a little more body as it is a bit on the thin side for me but not offensively so.

Overall, a solid brew from Terrapin. I had it 2 years ago and was happy to be able to revisit it this year. Would definitely drink again; nice fall ale.

bcostner1, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with poor retention on a clear amber body.

S: spices, pumpkin pie, brown sugar and caramel.

T: a little of fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie flavor. Light on the spices. caramel malt base. standard really, nothing off-putting

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: These are usually good or bearable beers. Just dont think many of these that have pumpkin as the feature flavor as oppose to an addition/note can be great. But for the genre, this one is good.

kylehay2004, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MightiestBeard, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of bhawk1
4/5  rDev +8.7%

bhawk1, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Acforster2
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acforster2, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mgironta
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright copper colored brew, with maybe a 1/2 finger of head that doesn't last long at all and leaves very little lacing. The color of the beer is, I admit, rather appropriate for the season.

S: Big smell of cinnamon and cloves on top of a nice, light crystal malt backbone. A good smelling beer.

T: A nice beer. The base flavor is that of light malts, then there is a hefty hit of cinnamon with a touch of the clove/allspice flavor. The finish has just a small amount of hops, but a good deal of bitterness coming from the cinnamon. Instead of being off-putting, the undercooked spice bitterness actually fits the beer quite well.

M: Moderately light body, and low on the carbonation make this an easily drinkable beer.

O: Not about to become my favorite beer, but a good fall beer. Really captures some good autumnal flavors, though (like most "pumpkin" beers) the taste of actual pumpkin is nowhere to be found. Thoroughly decent.

DaveBlack, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of twizzbeatz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

twizzbeatz, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of LouDogg114
4/5  rDev +8.7%

LouDogg114, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of psdonnelly
4/5  rDev +8.7%

psdonnelly, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +8.7%

AndrewMichael, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Naterobsnyk4, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber and good strong carbonation that fizzles quickly

S - pumpkin, cloves, spices, bready rich malty.

T - Starts off like a marzen then the pumpkin and pumpkin spice takes over. Not overbearing though, well balanced between octoberfest/pumpkin.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. smooth and easy to drink.

O - Good beer. Definitely a combo of a Octoberfest and Pumpkin. It's great for those Fall football days.

jtd1969, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Partridge
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Partridge, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear amber, moderate head. Scent brings ample pie spices and pumpkin to the front with a nice cinnamon and vanilla whiff. Taste follows suit, slightly brown sugar sweet, ample spices, creamy pumpkin pie with some nice vanilla notes. A touch lighter than prefered, needs a bit more creaminess. Solid seasonal beer.

rfgetz, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of julian89
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice translucent amber body with a short-lived half inch off white head.

Smell: Ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, and of course pumpkin pie.

Taste: Sweet maltiness followed by a dominance of cinnamon and pumpkin. Has a more developed taste of pumpkin puree, but not as much as Southern Tier's pumking.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good, nice new pumpkin beer to add to my list.

julian89, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jagada, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GaryMarkle84, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

brewdude1982, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Sabrewolff
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Sabrewolff, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Slikpitt
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Slikpitt, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Decent retention and lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S – Bready and caramel malt, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Definitely a pumpkin pie beer with hints of an Oktoberfest.

T – Starts off with the sweet taste of the caramel malts and the pumpkin pie flavors (pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon). The taste eventually shifts to bready and nutty malt flavors at the finish. Definitely equal parts Oktoberfest and pumpkin beer.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky sweet mouthfeel, and a bready, nutty, and slightly dry finish. Malt flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is an interesting beer. It is definitely tasty and drinkable, and I think it’s a cool undertaking to combine two great fall styles – Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers. However, this beer is only an average example of each style. It doesn’t have the abundance of hearty malt aromas and flavors that I’d like in an Oktoberfest and it only has a mild and subtle pumpkin pie aroma and flavor. I’ve kind of run into this a lot with Terrapin when they try to combine styles, but they definitely get bonus points for trying and for creating a beer that is both tasty and unique.

BlackBelt5112203, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Hanzo, Sep 07, 2012
Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.