Terrapin Pumpkinfest | Terrapin Beer Company

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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:
264
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 923 |  Reviews: 264
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
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