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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 57 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of quirkzoo
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopDiggityDawg for throwing this one in.

Pours a nice amber, almost pumpkin colored with an off white head. Smell is not what I was expecting from a pumpkin beer. Smelled more like a Belgian Wit to me, with a touch of nutmeg. To me it tasted like a Belgian wit, with a saison-pumpkin mouthfeel. Not sure that I am describing it well, but I definitely got a soft mouthfeel from the pumpkin but the spices were on the dry side for your typical "pumpkin beer". I was going to say that it almost reminded me of a lager in terms of the mouthfeel and then I read the bottle and saw that it is a hybrid of a pumpkin beer and a märzen. Overall it is an interesting brew, not what I was expecting going in and it definitely doesn't fit the typical pumpkin beer genre, but an enjoyable brew.

quirkzoo, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Pours a very clear amber with a 1-2 finger white head.

Spices upfront, clove & nutmeg & cinnamon. Sweet but not overpowering. Slight hop presence.

Caramel malts and spices.

Fairly thin bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

This is my first pumpkin beer and while not bad I would've liked a little more depth. Overall a decent beer from a great brewery.

CrookedStill, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage served as part of a pumpkin beer tasting session.

A nice orange color; clear with a moderate off-white head.
Visible carbonation.

M - nicely carbonated; medium-light body but not watery.

Nicely spiced: enough to lend a Pumpkin pie character but not so much as to mask everything else. Only a hint of pumpkin in the aroma, however, more comes through in the taste. Spicing is largely nutmeg.

{May 2013 update: drinking a ~9 month old 2012 which is, if anything, better}

chinchill, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet bready malt with some pumpkin and spices, mostly nutmeg.

Taste: Just like the smell. Some bready malt hits the mouth first. There is some pumpkin and spice in there as well. A bitterness takes over the other flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly slick and dry finish.

Overall: Just alright. The bitterness in the finish doesn't really go with the rest of the beer.

oline73, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint vlass. Review from notes.

A: Pours a pretty clear copper color. A good finger and a half head stuck around for a while and left some spotty lace.

A: very stron pumpkin pie type aroma. Nose consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. I get a breadiness from the malts and a spicy, earthy character from the hops.

T: Similer to the nose. The spice dominates and takes a bit away from the pumpkin. The flavor is good though, and I don't miss the pumpkin as much as I thought I would. It finishes sweet and spicy with no hint of the abv.

M: a bit thin, but I guess technically this is a lager. Good carbonation.

O: Pretty solid for what it is. A good pumpkin beer and one I would pick up again. Skal.

Gtreid, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a fairly clear coppery golden with one finger of off white fluffy head.

S – Nice smell of the requisite holiday spices with pumpkin, clove, allspice, nutmeg and brown sugar.

T – First taste is the allspice and clove. Pumpkin flavor comes next though somewhat lighter then the smell. Light sweetness. This switches over to a fest type beer at the finish with a bready, biscuity taste. Good amount of malt at the end as well.

M – Medium bodied with average carbonation. Drying at the end.

O – Interesting mix of beers here. I liked the back end better then the front. I was looking for a little more pumpkin at front and the heavy spice presence overshadowed it a bit. Overall though this is a solid good tasting brew.

GallowsThief, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the side notes, this is now out in 6 packs, but I found this as a 22 ounce bomber with original side project label.

I had though about making my own oktoberfest/pumpkin beer mix at some point so i was super excited to find this.

A-murky chestnut with a very thin cream colored head. looks more like a pumpkin beer at this point.

S-smells like great pumpkin puree. not getting the oktoberfest aspect in this one yet, but it sure does smell great!

T-comes in with a decent taste of pumpkin and autumn spices. its not a strong taste, but its good. it slowly transforms in to a good oktoberfest taste of dark honey, roasted barley, and good autumn spices. its a great taste that makes up a good after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a smooth finish

O-as far as tastes go, this is awesome. however, i do have a big complaint...$11 for a bomber? seriously? now this beer was sitting between a CCB Good Gourd and a Southern Tier Pumking, both being much cheaper than this. The only reason i picked this up was because I've never had it before. I realize its supposed to be different from those, but let's face it...this is just another pumpkin beer. As long as the price stays, i promise I'll never buy this again. If it were to come in 6-packs for the same price, then yes, I'd definitely pick up one of those. It it a great and unique beer, but for the price I'd rather mix some pumking with my favorite german oktoberfests.

AdamBear, Oct 09, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out amber with a nice frothy white head. Active carbonation visible. Lots of pumpkin and spice in the nose mixed in with cinnamon and stewed vegetables. Noticeable bitterness about halfway through the sip, good lager character to it. Again, cinnamon shines through in the taste, along with some pumpkin and a hefty blend of spices, pretty much smells like it tastes. This beer is crisp and refreshing, has a nice moderate mouthfeel to it, and is extremely smooth. Overall, I'd prefer this pumpkin-lager to a pumpkin ale any day.

jsdunlop, Oct 07, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pint with a clear amber-orange color, just like a pumpkin beer should be. I only had a one finger head which disappeared rather quickly with a little lacing.

S: very aromatic, predominately nutmeg/allspice along with some pumpkin

T: Similar to the aroma but not as upfront, the taste is slightly spicy with a kinda pumpkin pie sweetness

M: Nice and clean

O: A very nice fall beer that does not overwhelm you with the pumpkin or spices. The smell is great and the taste is delightful and smooth.

This one really surprised me. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

skywizzard, Oct 06, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent amber, small off white head that recedes to a ring.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malt and a earthy grain in the nose.

T: Very balanced blend of malt and spice. Very marzen up front, with toasty quality mixed with caramel sweetness before lighting up with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, and the other spices.

M: Definite Oktoberfest body, with a creamyness to it while remaining light. Leaves a nice coarseness to the mouth on a crisp finish.

D: A pumpkin spiked Oktoberfest, hard to disagree with such an idea. This may be my definitive Fall beer from here on out.

ncfranklin, Oct 05, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a trolls tulip.

A- Looks just like a pumpkin-marzen should. Amber and orange with a nice foamy head that falls to a thin sustainable head.

S- Has a nice pumpkin and spice balance that blends nicely with a sweet malt and butter background. It really smells like thanksgiving.

T- Wish it tasted as good as it smelt. It finishes nicely but rather one sided. Spiced , lager.

M- Nicely carbonated. The viscosity is perfect for the style.

O- A good pumpkin beer but not the best. I love the smell but the taste is lacking.

lanamj, Oct 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you brstls4drmrs!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. poured a nice transparent but rich orange with a finger of frothy white head with nice bubbling...kinda creamy looking. lacing was pretty slick.

s - good beery festive pumpkin with cinnamon. definite lager malts as well.

t - exactly as advertised. a lager with a pumpkin twist. more lager in the flavor than in the smell, but a nice mix.

m - medium to light. good carbonation. leaves a bit of a bready after vibe.

o - overall, exactly as advertised..."Although this is a pumpkin beer, it is a lager" - certainly not an in your face pumpkin beer. more beery than most pumpkin beers and overall pretty good.

cosmicevan, Sep 30, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this beer, poured into chalice...

A- Deep rusty red color. Nice finger of dirty caramel colored head, settles to a ring and a few islands of foam in the glass.

S- I freaking love this style! Damn the pumpkin in this is a bit softer than others but has a very precise blend with the incredible bready malt from the oktoberfest aspect. I will say it ends with a bubblegum aroma which is neither lager nor pumpkin like, but could be from sweet spices added?

T/M- So great. Pumpkin is smooth and balanced. This is a pumpkin beer, but not liquid pumpkin pie beer like others attempt to be. The oktoberfest is a prefect base beer. Damn this marriage of styles is awesome. Bready toasted flavors mesh so well. Lightish medium body with that creamy moderate carbonation of a fest.

O- In top 3 favorites with Schlafly and Pumking so far, but I have a ways to go with Greater Pumpkin, TREAT, and Double Pumpkin all waiting to be drank. Nothing was overpowering or unbalanced. Can't wait to relax and drink this more this fall...

TheGordianKnot, Sep 28, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper-orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front followed by sweet vanilla and pumpkin aromas. There are some Munich malt aromas in there as well along with a clean, biscuity aroma on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some spice notes up front with vanilla and pumpkin flavors that follow. There is a slight bitterness along with clean Munich malt and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is clean and pretty crisp.

O: A good beer that is a nice combination between the Marzen and pumpkin ale styles. It doesn't overwhelm with pumpkin spices and finishes clean and dry like a Marzen.

n2185, Sep 28, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange copper,.. solid white layer of head.. lacey.

Rich pumpkin pie nose.. creamy aroma, cinnamon nutmeg.. clove..

Well carbonated.. medium body

Taste creamy, nice natural pumpkin, spicey finish.

overall.. Definately one of the best pumpkin beers this season by far.. Glad I bought a sixer.. Picked up some more in Georgia this weekend. up date..
Did a side by side comparison with last years Side project 8 Thanks to Jimmy! Definately different but both good in their own rights.

hopking311, Sep 27, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a transparent orange/amber color with a reddish tan head. A very thin ring sticks around afterward but the clarity on this brew looks great.

S - Malts and nutmeg hit real nice with some cloves and pumpkin as well. All the good autumn scents.

T - Very malty with a splash of nutmeg and clove. It sits on your tongue a little bit and then some faint pumpkin drops in for a visit. Not at all what I expected after the smell. Expected just a bit more.

M - Powdery feel to it with low carbonation.

O - A solid pumpkin brew. It needs more flavor to it though. Perhaps some more pumpkin and/or spices.

brstls4drmrs, Sep 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a nice, clear amber, with a finger or so of head. Barely any retention, and not much in the way of lacing.

S - Pumpkin, unsurprisingly. Some clove and allspice, a bit of nutmeg, and brown sugar. I have to struggle some to get the aroma out of it, but it actually smells a lot like pumpkin bread. Very pleasant if a little faint.

T - The spiciness is more pronounced in the flavor, and the pumpkin not as strong. Fresh grated nutmeg and clove, mostly. Carrot cake elements, and a surprising bitterness toward the finish. Nice, much more enjoyable than the Pumpking I had prior.

M - While the feel is full, the carbonation is almost aggressive, and a little on the harsh side. It could benefit from a more velvety feel.

O - This was a nice surprise. It's not far from my favorite example (Good Gourd) and had some nice flavors. It was particularly good as it warmed. I'd be happy to buy a 6pk when I see it next.

djmichaelk, Sep 20, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a six pack over the weekend and found it to worthy of the ten dollar price tag. Nice amber appearance and good head. I found the nose to be excellent with cinnamon, nutmeg, and spice. Each one tasted better than the one before, would highly recommend.

rroberts1013, Sep 19, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a quarter inch of head. Good retention. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and rich pumpkin. Taste is spicy up front but smooth pumpkin in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied though a little thin.

There's no hint of the lager yeast in this one so it's surprising that this is a pumpkin lager and not a pumpkin ale. Pretty good all around.

tdm168, Sep 18, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with hints of orange and is very clear, thick creamy head too with a few tiny bubbles, great looking beer.

Smell is mostly of malts with a slight hint of spice, cinnamon.

Mostly toasty malts then and ending of pumpkin that sticks around in your mouth with slight hints of cinnamon and clove.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly creamy with light carbonation, very nice on the mouth.

It needs more of either spice or pumpkin to make it great. But, is a very good tasting beer and one that I will gladly drink.

Jerone, Sep 18, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well the only thing that really separates this from other pumpkin beers is the head. It actually has a measurable head! Thank god!

Smells of a very spicey pumpkin ale. Brown sugar and pumpkin are present with other pumpkin pie spices. Pumpkin is the main flavor.

Some of the flavors that make a pumpkin ale great are kind absent and replaced with a smooth lager flavor. And this is where it went downhill. That smooth lager flavor really doesnt mix well with the pumpkin. Its like a hot n cold thing. I get pumpkin flashes. Then I get mediocre Oktoberfest flavor. Then the next drink is all spices.

The biggest knock I have is that as a standalone Oktoberfest, it would be really good, but Im reviewing this as a Pumpkin beer. It really cant hang with Pumking or Post Road.

This was the hardest review Ive done because its so damn hot and cold. Some drinks are world class, some drinks are failures. Inconsistencies really ruined this one for me.

VncentLIFE, Sep 18, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh I love Terrapin, it has been at least a couple months since I've had one of there beers. I am really looking forward to this one. I've only had Dogfish and Weyerbaucher's pumpkin beers this season so I'm still getting my pallet back in stride. Not sure what to expect being a lager.

A: A dark reddish-orange color with a clear body, looks extremely well filtered. Head is beautiful, lacey and sticky as it calms down, but still leaves a nice thin dirty white foam on top. Looks frothy. Lots of bubbles streaming to the top after several minutes.

S: The best smelling pumpkin beer to me because there is delicate balance between pumpkin and spices. My guess is there was some biscuit malts or vanilla type flavoring to act as a neutralizing element.

T: Whoa, this is going to be a quick 12 oz. Typical lager finish, dry biscuity, bitter malts that I don't really care for but the pumpkin pie taste up front, then spices before the finish really complete a worthwhile transition of flavor. Extremely creamy at the end to make for a deliciously enjoyable drinking experience.

M: It feels like cinnamon and all spice hit every taste bud, just exploding with flavor. Lingerings with a hefty spice finish for a couple seconds before turning completely ending with a creamy lager bitterness that stays. Heavy cinnamon through out, but more like a bittering cinnamon, could use some sugar to warm up the taste.

D: My favorite pumpkin beer so far this year. It is not dominant on either pumpkin pie or pumpkin spices which I can appreciate. I feel like Dogfish head is more like eating pie and Southern Tier's is more like warming spices; which both are good in their own regard but Pumpkinfest is a great balance between the two, by far my favorite lager I've ever had:) I love Terrapin.

One2Remeber, Sep 17, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had the pumpkinfest before but did not really remember it so I had to get it again and try it.

A- Has a really nice orange amber like color. A nice mellow white ring of foam with little to no carbonation.

S- It has a delicious smell, very potent. A really strong scent of a spicy cinnamon with a strong pumpkin smell along with nutmeg and other spices as well. Has a nice string of caramel flavor to go along with it.

T- Has a fantastic flavor a nice bold pumpkin and cinnamon taste right up front with packs a nice smooth sweet finish.

M- Great drinkablitly, Has a pretty sticky taste which is great. Nice and smooth all the way to the very end. Carmamel gives it a nice sweet aftertaste.

Overall- I was extremely impressed, they did a great job and I will continue to buy and enjoy this beer. Cheers!

yankeej13, Sep 10, 2011
Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.