Terrapin Pumpkinfest | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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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Reviews by EPseja:
Photo of EPseja
1.81/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, copper color, 2 inch off white head, good lacing

S: Pumpkin, spice, clove, ginger, a lot like pumpkin pie

T: Spices on front end, pumpkin comes in, maltiness of an octoberfest comes in, spicy aftertaste

M: Medium

O: Probably one of my favorite pumpkin beers. To me it is the perfect beer for fall, you have the base of a marzen with the pumpkin and spices added, both fall beers in one.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - copper color, two finger fluffy off white head, clear in appearance
Smell - pumpkin, candied yams, spice, cinnamon....smells delicious
Taste - This is where this beer falls off. You definitely get some pumpkin/spice notes but you also get like this soapy/sour type taste along with it.

Overall - There are better pumpkin beers out there to try.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mix of a Fest lager and pumpkin ale now thats a mix.Poured ino a imperial nonic a clear burnt orange with a tinge of bronze,a thinner slight off white head atop.Light pumpkin pie spice in the nose,clove,cardamom,and cinnamon mainly,it is pretty light though.A nice mix of pumpkin spice and a crisp toasty finish,one of the better pumpkin ales I have had in awhile flavor wise.This pumpkin ale is not overly sweet and spiced up and is very drinkable,very nice.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-amber color, completely opaque in a strange kind of way - not exactly "hazy" looking like many witbiers, but you definitely can't see through it. Small, gray head that barely lasts seconds and leaves no lacing. The smell contains a hefty dose of spices, the most prominent to me being nutmeg, followed up by a little bit of cinnamon and maybe even allspice. The concoction of flavors may cause your mind to think "pumpkin" but this beer, to me, was more reminiscent of holiday spices in general. Slight peppery aftertaste, with a thick, malty base throughout, finished with a touch of yeast and bread on the palate. A bit watery overall, but still holds a nice amount of spice and malt flavor. Low bitterness and hops might be present, but at that point, you're just reaching. Medium body, medium carbonation.

This was a pumpkin beer that was closer to "holiday spice" than "pumpkin". Why exactly? I'm not too sure. Maybe it was the balance of spices? Though I would definitely say nutmeg was the most prominent and may even argue it was slightly overpowering compared to the rest. All in all, a decent brew, definitely a nice holiday warmer.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby with a 1 finger head that leaves a bunch of great lacing.

S- Smells like fall. Mostly allspice and nutmeg but some pumpkin.

T- A little thin on the taste, and not as prevalent as on the nose.

M- Good mouthfeel. Taste doesn't linger.

D- An above average pumpkin beer.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tend to stray away from pumpkin beers, but this was good

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Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can this beer was amber in color with a small tan head.

Nice aroma of pumpkin and spice.

Taste was a little less impressive. Pumpkin and nutmeg, but underwhelming.

Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Golden amber/brown color. Minimal head when poured to a chilled pint glass. Very shuttle hint of pumpkin and spices. Overall a good beer to drink on a fall day.

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Photo of ps6756
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Rudy amber hue, clear, decent stickage

SMELL: Pie spice, light pumpkin meat, malty, faint caramel, sweet

TASTE: Very spicy, lots of pie spice, medium bodied, malty, hint of pumpkin, clean, slightly sweet, malty finish

Love the concept of taking an O-fest and a Pumpkin Ale and smashing them together. A good brew all around I just have a problem with the spicing upfront, needs to be dialed down a bit. A fun brew to quaff back.

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Photo of Kevo87
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Very enjoyable pumpkin ale. Very rich and spicy. Nice bready and caramel notes to go along with the usual pumpkin spices. One of the better 12 ounce bottle versions I have had.

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Photo of JayEvans813
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with good clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers half of the top of the brew. Aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg,and pumpkin pie spice greets my nose. The taste is a blend of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way with pumpkin pie spice in the mix. The mouth is moderately carbonated and somewhat rich.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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