Pumpkinfest
Terrapin Beer Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #223
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,180
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
924
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  66
Gots
  140
SCORE
83
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Notes: 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 JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 29, 2014
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Sep 16, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Sep 28, 2015
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "Seasonal 2010", no other info.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for a few bottles of this! I've been looking forward to trying it since last year!

A - Pumpkinfest pours a beautiful brassy amber color that's brilliantly clear. From the tall pour, a noisy, effervescent bone head rose to two fingers. It sank down slowly but left no trace of lace on the glass.

S - Ripe pumpkin gourd wafts out of the nose with an allspice-heavy spice component. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all add contributions. Faint notes of sweet caramel come through but it purely smells of a pumpkin beer, not an Oktoberfest. It does smell much more like crisp pumpkin lager than an ale though.

T - Much more pumpkin in aroma and Märzen in flavor, the typical dry, metallic notes with the toasted malt comes through first and foremost. Pumpkin and its compatriot, spice, follow up but are merely an afterthought. The spice is felt more on the mouthfeel. Good Vienna malt backing, not real hop inclusion in this.

M - Crisp and refreshing, the lager qualities really shine through here. It's clean even with the lingering spiciness. The dry, lightly metallic finish is a little annoying but not enough to really damage my enjoyment of the beer.

D - The blend is good...save for the lack of pumpkin carry-over into the flavor. The nose is predominantly pumpkin while the flavor is Oktoberfest. The should marry the two with a better blend to become one great super-beer! Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager is a far superior pumpkin lager. This has a few adjustments to go before it gets to the next level but it's certainly drinkable as-is.

Oct 21, 2010
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kizyle from Georgia

3/5  rDev -18.7%

Dec 31, 2011
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ryho from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tastes a lot like pumpkin pie spice, but not overly sweet. I thought it was a solid pumpkin beer.

Sep 05, 2015
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kayrex from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Aug 06, 2013
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LouDogg114 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Sep 13, 2012
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KevinDixonBeer from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Nov 17, 2013
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish caramel color. Produced a good tan colored head with good retention.

(S)- A good blend of spice (nutmeg & cinnamon) with some creamy pumpkin. Simple, but great for the style; not overpowering with spice.

(T)- Drops off alot from what the smell led me to believe. Subtle pumpkin is there, but primarily a bitter spice profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Spicy, with a present and sometimes annoying bitterness. A bit one sided than I would like to see.

(D)- Not bad. Far more spicier than what the smell led me to believe. The bitterness started to really bother me.

Nov 09, 2010
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BlackBelt5112203 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Sep 07, 2012
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MJHolsey from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Sep 19, 2014
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sep 24, 2012
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Bubbalito from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Nov 15, 2013
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber pour wit garnet tint. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of mild pumpkin and spice.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, but rather weak. Light pumpkin, light spice (so light I can't tell what it is), a hint of bitterness and a subtle sweetness that proves a very good balance. The finish is a slow fade of spiced pumpkin.

Dec 31, 2015
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HoppyBastard1 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Oct 10, 2014
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ScubaSteve00 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Sep 13, 2013
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WMD-1002 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Oct 07, 2013
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Sep 19, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber pour with 2 fingers of head. Best looking pumpkin ale I've had so far this year.
Smells of ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin pie.
holy crap this tastes like patchouli.. Lots of spices, floral.. Very nice very sweet.
medium body (on the lighter side), nice carbonation, slightly creamy on the lips - chalky on the roof.
as far as pumpkin beers go, this is the most unique do far this year. Very tasty.

Oct 24, 2012
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Head small (1.5 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing quickly.
Aroma of pumpkin pie spices - good!
Lacing spotty, basically none.
Body clear medium orange.
Flavor starts with a moderate, not too intense, pumpkin pie taste which slowly fades from my palate, leaving only a slight sweetness.
Body is mediun, dry.
Carbonation is lively.

This is a good example of a seasonal fruit beer, not overpowering, not too cloying - to my taste just right. Spike and the crew have done it again!

Dec 08, 2013
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Anthony1 from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cask at aromas Athens ga

(thought i already wrote this review... but guess it got deleted?)

Pours a cloudy hazy, with little to no head, could have been the cask though. very hazy orange hue.

Smells of straight spice. Pumpkin spice galore, but not much else. sweet and spicy. taste is similar, needed a bit more pumpkin flavor insted of straight spice. light body with a bit of tingle. very easy to drink. great beer

Oct 06, 2009
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 15, 2013
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BigMarty1980 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%

Aug 30, 2014
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GeezLynn from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malt, pumpkin, allspice and cloves. Taste is a wallop of malt, light pumpkin and an allspice/cinnamon spicy finish. Improved noticeably as beer warmed. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and moderately carbonated.
All things considered, a good pumpkin beer. 22 oz was plenty though.

Oct 16, 2009
Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 924 ratings