Terrapin Pumpkinfest | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
84
good
923 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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.

Added by mikesgroove on 10-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
923
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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 jtierney89
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pumpkin lager, very interesting. Nice orange and amber glow with about a 1.2 finger of well retaining off white head. Smells extremely spicy.; pickled pumpkins, allspice, cinnamon and clove. Some dried out pie crust as well.

Thin bright body, light effervescence. A littler watery and overall pretty light in flavor. For being barren of flavor though the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Semi-sweet with very light pumpkin taste and just a dash of spice on the back end of the tongue. Dry clean finish with something left to be desired. In a reasonably priced 6 pack this beer could do pretty well because of it's light flavor and drinkability but for an expensive 4 pack not so much. It's a session beer, a bland one at that, at high end beer prices.

I see what they were going for, a pumpkin octoberfest combo, but really the octoberfest side of this beer doesnt come out at all.

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Photo of mwar
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Jkharris200634
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of skaboom420
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of NODAK
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells quite a bit like many other pumpkin beers, even though this is a mix with an oktoberfest. Nutmeg and cinnamon are apparent. Pretty much like a pumpkin pie on the nose.

In the taste, the nutmeg and cinnamon are there upfront, but there only a slight sweetness to this beer. It seems somewhat watery in that aspect. There's also a fairly big hop bitterness on the back that has an aspirin-like quality about it, which was definitely unexpected for this style. There's a bit of a funky aftertaste too, which I will call "soapy" for lack of a bitter term. It's offputting.

All in all, I'm disappointed. The sweetness is nearly non-existent, the spices are downplayed and it just doesn't seem done well for style.

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Photo of jfoley84
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of JRed
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Clear Amber in body with off-white head that fades to a thin film. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, and sweets. Tastes of cinnamon, sweets, apple, ginger in the finish with mild hops. Light in body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lantern
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of SalamanderPusi
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chooch5
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of DocAJ
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I love pumpkin beers, and I have partaken in more than a few this fall. However, I found this one to be lacking, and fell short of my hopes for it. It came across to me as flat and having some spice but really missing the essence of pumpkin that some really good pumpkin beers possess (Southern Tier Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin). And while I know that the dirty little secret of this style is that there is no actual pumpkin in many pumpkin beers, with this particular example there was no doubt in my mind that there was no pumpkin in this example. It's just sort of there - a touch like a one-dimensional winter warmer.

Color was a dark orange/gold color with a medium amount of white, densely-packed head. Aroma was nutmeg but not much else - the lack of pumpkin was apparent. Flavor was spice and that's it. Mouthfeel was disappointing - watery.

I am not a fan.

I bought this bottle at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As pumpkin beers go, I would not choose this one again. Nice places, but little else.

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Photo of maizymouse
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of bieltzc
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of scm2787
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of reynolds2121
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of twax
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of aakerman
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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