Cranberry Pumpkinfest
Terrapin Beer Company

Cranberry PumpkinfestCranberry Pumpkinfest
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 13.42%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
67
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  13
SCORE
83
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Cranberry PumpkinfestCranberry Pumpkinfest
Notes: Cranberry Pumpkinfest is brewed with traditional pumpkin pie spices and contains real cranberry juice for just the right amount of tartness. We add pumpkin to the mash for yet another layer of flavor for a beer that is reminiscent of the upcoming season.

20 IBU
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TH28:
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TH28 from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. 2/9/17 code date. Appearance: Hazy brown with a touch of red, with a thick off white head and brilliant lacing. Aroma: Strong cranberry over the top of an underlying pumpkin pie spicing with strong cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste: Starts with strongly tart cranberry juice, some toasted maltiness and a moderately high bitterness on the swallow a light pumpkin pie spicing appears and intensifies with cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Pumpkin pie character comes out of nowhere and shines in the finish, with some nutmeg/allspice/ginger combo. Overall: Quite an interesting take on the pumpkin ale. Cranberry adds a welcome tart contrast throughout the profile of the beer. Amazing how the taste profile completely changes in the swallow into a completely different beer with the pumpkin pie spicing. The tartness breaks up the spicing, which makes this more easy drinking than a traditional pumpkin ale

Oct 15, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige/reddish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cranberries, light pumpkin. Taste is sour, dry, cranberries, up front, some spices, pumpkin in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I did not care for this beer, although I will admit that cranberries are one of my least favorite fruits.

Oct 16, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been sidetracked from The CANQuest (tm) for a while as I attempt to winnow down the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody. However, I now find myself jonesing for the Crack & Glug of a CAN. 8=( I have a few CANs on-deck for today and I want to get them in while the getting is good.

From the CAN: "Spice [*] Tart [*] Harvest [*] Patch"; "Seasonal Sessions Limited Release"; "Cranberry Pumpkinfest is brewed with traditional pumpkin pie spices and contains real cranberry juice for just the right amount of tartness. We add pumpkin to the mash for yet another layer of flavor for a beer that is reminiscent of the upcoming season."; "'Carving out a NEW Fall Tradition'".

Following a loud Crack!, I could not help myself! I was CANmitted to an inverted Glug, just as I performed on Wednesday afternoon for Iron Hill Brewery (Lancaster) brewer, Pim Harmsen. The ex-Old Lady used to rant at me for trying to make "a big mess in [her] kitchen", but properly executed, it will bring forth a lot of foam and release the esters of the beer. In this case, it foamed right up to the lip of the glass & stopped, settling into just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & deep-amber highlights. This is going to sound like a cop-out, but the nose had a tart spiciness. I keep cautioning people that "tart" & "sour" are not interchangeable, and here is an example. The tartness of the cranberry juice gave me a light puckering of my lips, but not the outright duckface look of a sour. CANversely, there was a good deal of spice, especially cinnamon and allspice to cut the tartness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really interesting - I could easily pick out both the cranberry juciness as well as the spiciness of (especially) the cinnamon. They commingled well, as opposed to layering atop one another, which is what I CANticipated as happening. Finish was dry, natch! I mean, figure, between adding spices to tartness, how could it be anything else? Now, the one caveat that I want to add here is that I do not think that it should be served cold. If you own or CAN fashion a double-boiler, I highly recCANmend mulling this beer on the stovetop, almost like a cider. I would also suggest perhaps adding more spices to taste as it warms. This beer seems more geared towards Thanksgiving than Hallowe'en and I would even serve it during Christmas holiday gatherings. Nicely done!

Oct 28, 2016
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shivtim from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 17, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. The nose is pretty well balanced between pumpkin and cranberry, neither dominated the aroma. The taste is pumpkin spiced up front with a lingering tartness from the cranberries. The tartness quickly becomes overpowering for my tastebuds.

This is an interesting take on a pumpkin style that screams Thanksgiving but not a beer I'd want to drink in large quantities. In fact, the single can is more than enough for me.

Nov 30, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 24, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 28, 2016
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 05, 2017
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, dark ruby amber with a medium head that poofs. nose; cranberry, allspice, graham cracker, & strawberry reduction. taste; tart bittersweet cranberry, lemon, graham cracker malt, pumpkin spice, & citrus hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. feels like it should - the original pumpkinfest with cranberry added.

Oct 17, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 24, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep reddish golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate dark ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tart cranberry with light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) and light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts. Light aromas of roasted pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with light to moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin. There is a light amount of initial caramel sweetness which is quickly overtaken by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tart cranberry. Finally there is a light flavor of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) but the lingering flavor is a light to moderate amount of cranberry tartness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I enjoy the combination of tart cranberry, sweet pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices - it reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoyable and relatively easy to drink but not sure that I could have more than one of these at a session.

Oct 09, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 03, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy medium brown in color with orange highlights when held to the light.

S: Traditional pumpkin pie spice aroma; clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but with a nice cranberry aroma with bread backing it up.

T: A nice bread flavor, followed immediately by bitter cranberry and pumpkin pie spice. Tart, acidic, and but with bread and spice adding complexity.

M: Medium light in body, crisp with aggressive carbonation.

O: Overall a really crisp and refreshing take on the style with an interesting twist. I like the acidity, and think that it adds a nice bit of complexity to a style that can be overdone, and boring.

Nov 01, 2016
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brauseboof from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2016
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jeffthepony from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 03, 2016
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 30, 2016
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 14, 2016
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 30, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oct 01, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into stemware.

Pours a murky reddish brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, gingerbread, breads malts, and cranberries. Taste is lightly tart and where the cranberry shines through. Little over carbonated.

Overall a solid beer and a nice change of pace from all the normal pumpkin beers.

Dec 17, 2016
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 14, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a goblet

A- pours an amber color with a ruby-orange hue, small foamy white head reduces to a ring around the edge

S- cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove, followed by pie crust, pumpkin pie sweetness and a hint of cranberry tartness

T- light but noticeable cranberry tartness up front followed by spice flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The finish is slightly toasted with a linger of more pumpkin spice

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, semi-dry finish, good drinkability

O- somewhat surprisingly, the cranberry works well with the pumpkin spicing and makes for a highly drinkable beer

Oct 26, 2016
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 30, 2016
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nov 28, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Dark amber red, 1 finger of amber head and some lacing left on top of the brew and glass

S - cranberries, tart, and pumpkin. Spices

T - Spices, tart, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet

F - Well carbonated and sizzles a bit on the tongue. Light body.

O - Definitely tastes like pumpkinfest but much sweeter.

Dec 16, 2016
Cranberry Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 67 ratings