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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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Aroma is of nutmeg, brown sugar and pumpkin pie. People at my bar can't stop drinking this shit. Memo to Terrapin/Spike: Thank you for making this side project but please do what you did with Gamma Ray and make this one an annual beer. It's too good to be a one time offering, you know it, I know it, everyone knows it. I understand that this one is a hybrid, either way its at the top of the pumpkin heap of beers. Taste follows the aromas pretty well and I do detect some of the traditional "Octoberfest" flavors in the background, but pumpkin flavors dominate the taste profile and its truly a tasty and refreshing joy to drink.

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Photo of BethyBo0op
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely beer. Smells fresh and spicy, and can taste cloves and cinnamon immediately with almost a fresh apple cider finish. Light and lovely. I don't taste tons of pumpkin, but this is not a sweet beer at all, very spicy. Really great fall beer.

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Photo of Roose13
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Dark caramel color. Finger-width head. Bubbles after the pour that linger and rise throughout.

S: Probably the best-smelling pumpkin beer I have ever had. Brown sugar, cinnamon, spices. Just a wonderful aroma that's strong and just radiates out of the bottle and glass and lingers on your lips.

T: Smooth and easy to drink. Slightly bitter. Hints of brown sugar and spices. Gourdy.

M: Feels great in the mouth. Carbonated.

Overall this beer rocks. One of the best fall beers out there and right up there in the argument for a top-notch pumpkin beer. Would drink this again and again.

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Photo of tchenery
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice dark red-brown. It has an awesome even, slightly off-white head that is lacing the glass. Very bright, as a lager should be.

Smells like pie. Enough said.

Very smooth beer. Pumpkin doesn't overpower but does control the flavor. It's rich, but not over the top - it's very creamy

So smooth, mouthfeel doesn't leave you too dry.

Probably too drinkable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a capped and gold foiled 22oz bottle into a snifter. Emerges clear and ruby amber in color. A small, thin white head forms and leaves a bit of lacing. The head is a bit thin and fizzy.

Aroma is very festive. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem to dominate but are not overwhelming. It seems like there might even be a bit of cranberry tartness and sweetness in the aroma. Smells like pumpkin pie and cinammon spiced apples. Really nice aroma.

Fruity cinnamon apples up front and followed by cinammon sugar and a sweet fruitiness. Nutmeg and allspice round out the wonderful flavor and spice profile.

I wasnt expecting anything from this one. All of the other beers in this series have been average at best. Not only is this the best one in the series by far, it may be one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. Not overwhleming, subtle, spicy, very flavorful and very festive. A really hard style to get correct and Terrapin really nailed this one. Loved it!

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Photo of JISurfer
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good pumpkin beer by Terrapin. Got this one on my first trip to Charleston Beer Exchange. I saw they had it on draught and immediately got it. They nailed this one pretty good. Apperance was ok, nothing to write home about. The stuff that matters though, smell and taste, were great. Smell was just like a fresh pumpkin pie and oh so buttery. Taste was just like you'd imagine a good pumpkin pie would be. Not too much cinnamon, slight earthiness of the pumpkin, and buttery goodness. The more it warms up, the more I like it. Definitely in my top 3 favorite pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Definitely smell the pumpkin and cinnamon along with some malt.
Appearance- Pours a murky orange color with a small white head.
Taste- The pumpkin and spices come through with the flavor. a very nice Pumpkin beer.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with little carbonation.
Overall- Another good beer from Terrapin.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- copper/orange color, with about 3/4 inch head that is off white, and fades after a couple minutes
S- nutmeg and pumpkin. getting a bit of caramel also
T- pumpkin and spices. taste of both octoberfest beers and pumpkin flavor. caramel is present
F- medium feel. with just the right amount of carbonation
O- one of my favorite seasonal beers I have tried. to me its perfect for the fall season and as much as I hate to see it go, I hope it will be that much better next year. terrapin has really made a great thing here

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Photo of rebel1771
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong aroma of pumpkin pie spices with a slight malt backbone. Smells awesome.

T: Nice malt base that pairs well with sweet pumpkin pie flavor. Not overpowering, nicely balanced.

D: This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have had. The spice flavor is spot on, this brew is gonna be hard to beat.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of JCB14
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer was about average with okay retention. The aroma was excellent with strong (but good) overtones of pumpkin pie spice. The beer had a great hop flavor that is often missing in this style. This is a beer that I would gladly have a second. In general a good beer for this style it was great.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed today at Tyler's Taproom down the road in Apex this afternoon As part of my birthday celebration with my wife and four month old son. Minimal off white head and plenty of pumpkin and spice in the nose. Malt, grains, and a little sugar round out the intro.

Extremely well balanced throughout and very tasty, with the cinnamon and nutmeg leading the malt and tiny hop bite along by the nose. Not too thick on the tongue and extremely easy to drink, this one was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Clear amber with a frothy off-white head, looks like a fall beer, although that can be stereotypical...I'm expecting good things though

S: Cinnamon and allspice stand out to me, it smells like pumpkin pie, not necessarily like pumpkin, but like the filling itself

T: Tastes exactly like pumpkin pie, the flavor hits you and tastes just like you bit into the filling, then there is a breadiness that resembles the crust, in some beers a buttery taste would be off-putting, but here it adds to the experience that you are actually tasting pie, it tastes like crust

M: Very pleasant, enhances flavors, again in some cases the slight butter hint would detract, but here it enhances

D: This is what I was waiting for in a pumpkin beer, I can't stop drinking this

Notes: I had high expectations for the marriage of two good styles and Terrapin didn't disappoint. I'm sure some will not like it because some people don't like pie tasting beer, but this is what I have been waiting for. Most pumpkin beers are too spicy and hoppy for me, but this one is just right. I literally tastes like pie in your mouth, all the way down to the crumbly crust.

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Photo of FattyJLE
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Pumpkin pie spice but not quite as sweet. Almost potpourri like. A hint of raisins at room temp.

A - Clear, deep orange/brown sunburst with minimal head.

T - Spicy, pumpkin pie spices. Low hop bitterness. Malt flavor is a combination of biscuit malts and light caramel sweetness. With warmth, a cinnamon, brown sugar, raisin-like flavor emerges. Finishes semi-sweet.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body.

O - A delicious seasonal beer. An interesting blend of pumpkin ale and Oktoberfest styles. Terrapin absolutely nailed the level of spice for my taste. I don't know exactly what this beer is, but I don't care. I'll definitely have again.

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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 hopking311
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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

I picked this up in Alabama at Wish You Were Beer. Made with real pumpkin, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Aroma: Plump real pumpkin aroma! Sweet malty notes, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. No hops noted. A hint of ginger as it is swirled.

Appearance: Deep gold color with a slight protein haze. Rocky off-white head with large bubbles at edge of glass. Very persistent head.

Flavor: Sweet and malty at first, but ends off-dry and very drinkable. Not a cloying sweetness at all. Strong nutmeg/allspice and ginger flavors after the first malt hit. Cinnamon flavor trails behind but distinct. I do taste pumpkin flesh and ends with a subtle astringency that I've come to associate with real pumpkin. Medium mouthfeel, almost creamy.

Overall: A very good Octoberfest beer, that is well balanced in its own right. The malty sweetness plays well with the spicing and evens out any of that astringency from spice and pumpkin. Very drinkable!

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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 twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Side Project No. 8 in a 22 oz bomber, pumpkin beer with a marzen for a base...interesting. Pours a very hazed copper color with a rich, orange-tinted head. Decent retention, not much lacing.

Nose leans towards the pumpkin end of the spectrum as expected with a healthy dose of pie spices coming through and a touch of gourdy influence. Caramel maltiness is there and I dig the cleanliness of the lager as opposed to a fruitier ale base.

Nutmeg and cinnamon are on the forefront of the taste with an exceptionally clean feeling that I am guessing is due to the lager. Spicing is kept at moderate levels and is actually pretty dry overall, with a light toasty malt presence. Goes down so very smooth and quick, tasting great even though it is nearly a year old. Not much negative I can say about this one, an excellent melding of two fall classics. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear beautiful amber/orange in color. Small off white layer of head.

S- Rich pumpkinbread aroma with hints of cinnamon. Very lively smell.

T- Huge malt note up front.. followed through by a pumpkin spice and a very toasty finish. Malt dominance throughout.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation gives it a refreshing feeling on the palate.

D- Easy drinking and refreshing. One of the better Octoberfest/pumpkin beers I've had. The smell is unique and the taste is great. Good job Terrapin.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a deep amber-hued body showing good clarity with a short-lived, finger-high, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, toasty, bready nose with a good backing of spices, particularly notable is the ginger and cinnamon, and, of course, the wholesome, Autumunesque pumpkins.

Taste: German malts display tastes of sweet, toasted bread crusts lightly brushed with sugary caramel and served up with a full side of nice, vibrant cubed pumpkin. From the very beginning, the spice character is fairly bold and upfront, with the cinnamon and ever spicy ginger hitting first and the cloves and allspice following close behind. Mildly spicy, earthy hops with a light bitterness blend in well with the surrounding spice character. Bounces back and forth like an airborne pumpkin between the sweet maltiness and the spice blend until you arrive at the dry, somewhat spicy finish, with that ginger lingering into the aftertaste as it is often wont to do.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, with some carbonic crackling on the tongue.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Pumpkinfest, for me, was a nice amalgam of a pumpkin beer and a wholesomely bready Oktoberfest. Minus a few ounces portioned out to Roommate Chuck, I had no qualms in clearing through the entire bomber.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Look: Poured into a tulip, it pours a deep copper color with a white head, which quickly disappears.

Smell: Pumpkin is very forward in the aroma, with some lingering cinnamon and spices.

Taste: Again, pumpkin is very forward, and it fades off to a malty and spice finish.

Feel: Very drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher side.

Overall: Pretty good pumpkin ale. The pumpkin flavor is very up front but it's not over bearing. It's not overly sweet, but it has the right hint of sweetness. I'd certainly consider it a go-to pumpkin ale for this time of year.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice bright copper color, there was only a hint of head at the top but barely anything, left almost no lacing at all.

S: Strong notes of cinnamon and pumpkin, nice warming malt note on the tail end.

T: Well Balanced, nice cinnamon notes and different spices throughout, nice flavor, perfect for the season.

M: Medium bodied, well balanced, moderate carbonation.

O: This was one of the pumpkin brews that I thoroughly enjoyed, well balanced and great tasting, great fall beer!

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