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 kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with poor retention on a clear amber body.

S: spices, pumpkin pie, brown sugar and caramel.

T: a little of fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie flavor. Light on the spices. caramel malt base. standard really, nothing off-putting

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: These are usually good or bearable beers. Just dont think many of these that have pumpkin as the feature flavor as oppose to an addition/note can be great. But for the genre, this one is good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Earlycsquid for sharing this one at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking amber color. The head is a little fizzy and tan in color. The lacing is minimal for sure. The spices on the nose scream autumn loud and clear. The taste of the beer is balanced nicely between the spicy pumpkin flavor to the beer hidden inside of it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a good charge of carbonation to it. Overall I enjoyed this pumpkin ale and wouldn't mind trying it again one day.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a thin but dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste has a little more complexity with initial flavors of ginger followed by notes of pumpkins and nutmeg. Neither bitterness nor sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly clean and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is supposedly a variation of an Oktoberfest with pumpkins and spices, but I don't get any of the malts that is usually associated with a Märzen. It tastes more like a pumpkin ale, but with a slight bit of a clean mouthfeel that you would expect from a lager.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice head that leaves many strands of lace

Smell: Munich malt dominated aroma, with pronounced brown sugar and nutmeg characteristics

Taste: Caramel Oktoberfest character with a developing brown sugar and nutmeg aspect; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit cloying and lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like pumpkin beers, but as I am not a big fan of the Oktoberfest style, this one does not do much for me

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet bready malt with some pumpkin and spices, mostly nutmeg.

Taste: Just like the smell. Some bready malt hits the mouth first. There is some pumpkin and spice in there as well. A bitterness takes over the other flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly slick and dry finish.

Overall: Just alright. The bitterness in the finish doesn't really go with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange copper with a nice off white head. Good deal of lacing on the way down. The nose is nice and definitely quite interesting. Can definitely understand the concept. Undertones of pumpkin and squash with a bit of bread and some slight sweetness. The taste is pumpkin, bread, squash, and a bit of caramel. Nice carbonation and a medium body. Drinks fairly well and definitely a unique concept.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed the original, side project version of this beer in 2009, I am adding a review of the season version as it seems to be a bit better than the original.

Seasonal Version:

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Light, pie spice notes of cinnamon and clove with a background of caramel, and smooth, malty lager notes.

T - Smooth malt up front with a little bit of spice character creeping up in the middle. Finishes with notes of caramel, clove, and nutmeg.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Surprisingly nice. The spice character is present, but restrained such that it adds to the experience without becoming unpleasant the way it does in many examples of the style. Much better and more balanced than it was the first time around.

Original Review:

A - Pours with just over one finger of off-white head on top of a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Typical sweet, spicy aroma. Notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice with sweet toasted malt and a hint of spicy hops in the background.

T - Amber, toasty malt up front with nutmeg and clove flavors. Some light cinnamon and caramel in transition to a finish of dry, toasted malt, light hops, and somewhat phenolic spices.

M - Medium body, moderately light carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable, it is well balanced despite being a bit on the dry side. The aroma is very nice, but the flavor suffers from the cloying, medicinal spice character that is unfortunately common to the style. The malt character is the saving grace, it is thick and rich but not at all sweet and it gives the beer enough depth to survive the spices. This is a decent limited release, but I wouldn't buy it again if they made it next year.

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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 chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage served as part of a pumpkin beer tasting session.

A nice orange color; clear with a moderate off-white head.
Visible carbonation.

M - nicely carbonated; medium-light body but not watery.

Nicely spiced: enough to lend a Pumpkin pie character but not so much as to mask everything else. Only a hint of pumpkin in the aroma, however, more comes through in the taste. Spicing is largely nutmeg.

{May 2013 update: drinking a ~9 month old 2012 which is, if anything, better}

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz into a bottle.

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, with just about 2 fingers of tight looking light tan head. Retains with a thin creamy layer, that stays pretty strong, leaving some decent spotty foam back. The aroma is an even mix of pumpkin spices and sweet bready malts. There's a bit of a green smell in the back, but I'm having a tough time discerning if it's pumpkin meat or hop character.

Sweet bread and caramel shore up the front and back of the taste, while green pumpkin meat and firm hop bitterness fill out the middle of the profile. Spice mingles in with the overall sweetness but also really comes out in the finish of this, along with a dry earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big mellow creaminess to it that really fills out the back of the swallow. There is a decent little amount of beef to this but no real alcohol flavors to speak of. Just a bit of heaviness on the breath after each sip.

I like the effort here by Terrapin to try for a mix of two different fall favorites, as I think that they are really on to something here. The taste comes off a bit better than the aroma does but I just wish that the flavors were just a little more memorable overall. Still, this is definitely worth a look and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see this as a new seasonal in 12 oz bottles next fall.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a medium copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint reddish amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized medium thick patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices with lighter notes of pumpkin. There are also some light amounts of brown sugar sweetness from the malts as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted bready malts along with some brown sugar sweetness. There are light to moderate amounts of spices including nutmeg and cinnamon with a light amount of pumpkin. The finish is lightly earthy and lightly bitter which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I think of this more as a hybrid of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beer rather than just a pumpkin beer - kind of interesting that it is a lager rather than an ale. I generally like pumpkin beers but I was not the hugest fan of this one - it reminds me of a spiced Oktoberfest with a hint of pumpkin.

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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, enormous fan of the style so I naturally could not wait to try and get a hold of it. When I saw it pouring that's where I was.

The pour was nice, light brown in color with a nice head of off white on top trying to balance it out. Faded evenly leaving only a touch of nice lacing down the side of the glass. Nice and rich looking though. Aroma was all at once pumpkin and all spice. Really nicely done here. Lots of things going on in here for sure. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, hints of a light hop note are all coming together quite nicely. Smooth and even flavor, just what it should be. Lots of sweet notes playing around with brown sugar and pumpkin, but at the same time it is nice and balanced without anything really jumping out at you. Nice and easy to drink, not too heavy,

Overall I was really pleased with this one. I am a big fan and to do this style right takes a bit of finesses. Quite impressed with the way they pulled this one off and I would have no issue in trying it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is dark copper almost bronze with good clarity and thick beige cream with fine bead. The smell is great, lots of spice aromatics bringing to mind pumpkin pie with a cinnomon and light nutmeg aroma. The feel is very good with nice crisp lager like presence and not overdone spice with malty texture and low bitterness. The alcohol is restrained and a nice level of sweetness is there with slightly creamy body.

The taste is slightly caramel tinged with some woodiness of cinnamon and nutmeg with a mild grain toastiness and light herbal hop flavor with a gentle fruity tinge of pumpkin flesh adding an almost melon or vegetal taste with a mild spice in the finish giving a unified flavor profile. Overall this is a very drinkable pumpkin beer whether it is a lager or not …I actuall like the way the lager qualities work with the spiciness and adds to the drinkability with a more dry character in general.

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Photo of billab914
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured amber orange in color with a half inch white bubbly head. The head faded down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is mostly filled with spices such as nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The taste is also pretty strong with all the spices found in the nose. The cinnamon and nutmeg seem to be the most present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was OK, although all the spices made it a little less drinkable. Would have really liked more actual pumpkin flavors and aroma rather then all the spice flavor. If it had xmas label on it instead of pumpkin I probably would have thought it fit that season just as well.

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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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a cream colored head. Definitely a strong pie spice aroma to this. Lots of nutmeg and all spice with perhaps a hint of vanilla. A nice malty sweetness, too. The flavor is quite nice. Plenty of malt sweetness to it with a solid, but not overdone, pie spice flavor. Good nutmeg, all spice, and a hint of cinnamon, too. Light in body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you read my original, bottle review dtd 20 November 2013, I said that I will not be revisiting this beer. I was not so prescient as to foresee them putting it in CANs, which I why I am having another go at it today, H, 10 December 2015. The CANQuest (tm) lives!

From the CAN: "Harvest [-] Spice [-] Gourd [-] Autumn"; "Seasonal Sessions Limited Release"; "Like the changing leaves, the Terrapin Pumpkinfest remids you that the Fall season is soon approaching. Brewed with real pumpkin and delicately spiced, this amber colored beauty will make for an easy pick."; "'Carving Out a Fall Tradition'".

Hoo ha! A loud Crack! CAN only mean that an inverted Glug is on its way. Oops! There was foam coming through the vent, so I may not be able to pull it off. Sure enough, as soon as I got it started, the foaming action was too much to deal with. Still, it settled into two fingers of foamy, tawny head with good retention and without breaching the rim of the glass. I am always glad for small favors. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was spicy with cinnamon, but that seemed like the extent of it. Is this a one trick pony? The taste was spicy, but that was about the extent of it. It was easy-drinking, but kind of ho-hum. Finish was dry, thanks to the spice, but I just felt unfulfilled. My original numbers stand out of sheer laziness, although they should probably be lower.

This has been my year for reviewing pumpkin beer, both ales (primarily) and lagers. It kind of bothers me that Stoudt's Pumpkinfest is listed as an Oktoberfest/Marzen, while this one is a Fruit/Vegetable beer. A decision may need to be made ...

From the bottle: "Pumpkin beers have been an American tradition since the Pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock, while Oktoberfest beers have been brewed in Germany since Prince Ludwig got hitched in 1810. Now Terrapin is 'CARVING OUT A FALL TRADITION' by combining these two great styles into a unique PumpkinFest beer."

My pour produced two dense fingers of tawny head that slowly fell away to wisps, leaving some nice, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, ~ 17). Nose smelled heavily of cinnamon and nutmeg and I will be honest here - I am getting really tired of smelling the whole spice rack in these beers! Balance, people! And this coming from a self-avowed hophead who likes DIPAs. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, creamier than many of its ale counterparts. The taste was really muted and frankly kind of watery. What happened to the spices from the nose? They seemed to have disappeared! Finish was rather bland and nondescript. Unless they tweak the recipe for next year, I will not be revisiting this beer after the 2013 edition.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is bright orange with just a mild haze. Beige head that settles as a thin ring on top. Aromas of lager, fall spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg with some squash character. A bit sweet, but not too. An interesting take on a fall seasonal, going the lager route as opposed to the typical ale choice. Crisp finish with a subtle hop bitterness. A solid beer, especially if you're a fan of Oktoberfest and/or pumpkin brews.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

A pretty standard feeling pumpkin brew. It displays a beautiful orange clarity and hanging white collar. The aroma and flavor falls into the typical pumpkin pie category. A nice balance of malty sweetness verse cinnamon spice addition. Fairly clean, crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Nice ruby copper color. Off-white head with a loose bubble structure. Ok retention and low lace.

S – Round pumpkin and apple with bright, fresh cinnamon and a touch of sweet apple vinegar.

T – That trace of apple cider vinegar in the nose unfortunately finds its way into the opening of the profile, and then gives way to fresh red apples, light allspice, nutmeg, and a kick of cinnamon. Nice pumpkin pie flavor on the backend.

M – Nice carbonation. Medium body.

O – Nice cinnamon character, but the vinegar note really throws things off and the profile is relatively light on the pumpkin.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a quarter inch of head. Good retention. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and rich pumpkin. Taste is spicy up front but smooth pumpkin in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied though a little thin.

There's no hint of the lager yeast in this one so it's surprising that this is a pumpkin lager and not a pumpkin ale. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of 1.3.15 - had two days earlier.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.

The taste is the same, with some bread in the finish.

It could have a fuller body, but it works.

A lager that is heavy on the pumpkin spicing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Terrapin shaker pint, they need better glassware. Beer is dark amber and clear with moderate to low carbonation and soft white head of small bubbles, looks nice at least.

Aroma is sweet, mildly lagery and has a lot of pumpkin / squash in the nose.

This beer really should be moved to Oktoberfest since that is what it is...says so on the label at least, but I digress, beer is medium in body, sweet and gourdy on the front with a decent but slightly heavy on the finish. A little too sweeet for an Oktoberfest but overall it is fine. I'd consider having it again.

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