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Terrapin Pumpkinfest | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
915
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
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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 scanny24
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer in Total Wine, who gives a brief write up of each of their 6 packs(or 4 packs, in this case). The beer was described, more or less, as a cross between a pumpkin beer and an Oktoberfest, both of which I enjoy. The color was a nice amber with very little head, much of what you would expect from a beer of this kind. I thought it smelled fantastic, however, the taste was where I was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer. I was just expecting a bit more. The pumpkin was a bit overwhelming and, to be honest, it tasted extremely similar to Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin Ale, which is roughly the same price for a 6 pack. I realize this beer is not an Ale, however, to me, the taste was pretty close. Like I said, it is a good beer, just gave me nothing that made it stand out and made me want to look for it again next fall.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy almost brown amber color. There was no head produced on the pour but a small fowmy ringlet is noticeable.
The aroma is faint spices and pumpkins.
The taste was good. It had a balanced flavor of malts and pumpkin and spices. All intermingled fairly well.
Pumpkinfest finishes with a low amount of diacetyl and a tad bitter.
A desent beer.

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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 brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter on Halloween

A: Burnt orange, opaque. A tan one finger head that dissipates down to spooky bubbles. Spectral lacing.

S: Cinnamon, pumpkin and clove dominate. Some malts, too.

T: Semi-sweet. A nice blend of Oktoberfest and pumpkin notes. Cinnamon and spices slide in to give it a tangy bite. A dry finish.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Very sessionable. I bet it's great on tap. A nice Halloween treat.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this pour from a bottle into a tasting glass. This was on a night when I was trying several other beers so there is an accurate benachmark to go off of. This Was one of the lower ranking pumpkins that felt like it had a higher ABV than most others I've had. I like my pumpkins mild and this one was hoppy like other Terrapin beers I've had. It was also spicy with a tough finish. On the darker golden side where as I prefer the lighter pumpkins. Overall finishes in the lower half of pumpkins I've had. Picked this up in a mixed 6 pack from whole foods in PA.

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Photo of ACinSC
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wait, this is a lager? Okay ... I was originally going to give this one a lower rating.

I went into this thinking it was going to be just a regular pumpkin ale. Upon closer inspection, the bottle said "malt beverage" so I thought hmm ...

Poured into a glass and the result was bright orange with an inch of bubbly white head. Wow! This is really a beautiful looking beer. I was expecting a moderate amount of hops, which was there included with the nutmeg and something that tasted of apples and light cinnamon. Dark pears and licorice came through toward the end.

Good mouthfeel, as is characteristic of most lagers.

The pumpkin spice is muted vs. other seasonal beers that claim to cater to pumpko-philes tastes, but it comes through quite well. Overall, a great seasonal offering by Terrapin.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color that is not transparent. It glows like a jack o lantern when you hold it up to the light. Good thick off white head that stays a few seconds and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smell is all pumpkin spices a lot like pumpkin pie. Taste just like it smells. Full bodied feel in the mouth with a slight bitter aftertaste. Not the best pumpkin or Oktoberfest beer I have had but I definitely would drink another.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out an amber orange color. It glows like a jack-o-lantern when held up to the light and has decent clarity, but not completely, there's some particles floating a little. Frothy eggnog colored head with mostly small bubbles, has great lacing to it.

It's evident in the smell that Terrapin takes a SLIGHTLY different approach here than most pumpkin beers. Pumpkin pie spices are evident, heavy nutmeg and dashes of cinnamon, but there is decent malt/hop backbone as well. Munich malts and maybe some noble hops.

Taste is pretty decent, slight step down from the smell though. The pumpkin spices dominate the flavor bill. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and hints of brown sugar. After that there's some biter earthy natural pumpkin flavors. Malt and hop bill detectable, but overpowered by the pie spices.

Decent carbonation level, and very full bodied, flavor lingers for quite a bit. Not smooth, a little gritty. Not as balanced as it good be, it's sweet, bitter than sort of sweet again at the end. Still pretty drinkable. I think the recipe could be tweaked just a tad and it could be great, not just good like it is now. Still, glad to try another Terrapin beer, even if it's not my preferred style.

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Photo of Gk187
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- average nothing special to note

S- nice balance of spice was not overpowering

T- very reminiscent of an Octoberfest style with slight bitter and only a hint over actual pumpkin flavor

O- very drinkable however i would not rate it as a top pumpkin ale or an Octoberfest

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Photo of Mojo
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -&gt; Highlands Brewing snifter

A - hazy amber pour with a one finger butter colored head eventually giving way to a thin retention ring with lots of visible lacing.

S - pumpkin spices and nutmeg

T - subdued taste, sort of dry, pumpkin notes abound, clean finish

M - average, not much of an aftertaste

O - my previous experience with pumpkin beer is Blue Moon and Shipyard. This is a step up and very drinkable, but it is never gonna be my favorite seasonal.

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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 Plattler01
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark, amber color with a one finger head that goes away in a minute.

S- Smells of pumpkin, but more of spices.

T- Starts with a pumpkin flavor that move to a stronger taste of spice, particularly nutmeg.

M- A bit too much carbonation take away slightly from the pumpkin taste. I think it would be too heavy for a sessionable beer.

O- A decent interpretation of the pumpkin style popular around fall, but overall not impressive enough to warrant a second purchase.

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

Pours a deep amber/copper into a pint glass with a half inch head that quickly fades into a thin lacing.
Lots of pumpkin spice on the nose, hints of nutmeg and caramel.
Again the pumpkin spices in the palate, light hop bitterness just to keep it fresh. Malt sweetness very present.
Overall a very decent brew.
Would recommend!

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper with hints of gold on the edges. The big two fingers of head dissipated quickly leaving only a touch of lace behind. The nose has notes of both pumpkin and seasonal spices present. The upfront feel is relatively full bodied with pumpkin and malt flavors leading the way. The finish has some nice dry bitterness that blends well with the spices.

This offering is a lager, unlike most pumpkin beers which are ales. Still, this is a solid effort and a tasty fall seasonal.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first "Pumpkin lager". Pours a clear copper color with a fairly big white head. Good head retention and lacing. Smell is a bit mild, malty and pumpkin spices...not overdone but not too robust either.

Solid flavor. Good light malty beer with a mild amount of pumpkin pie spices.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Not a bad Pumpkin based beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Shumania
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a large stein

A: Dark amber with no head and small bubbles

S: Sweet pumpkin pie, all spice, cinnamon

T: Like the taste sweet pumpkin pie and lots of all spice, smoothing spicy in the back

M: Very thin

This is a good offering. Interesting pumpkin offering and would be worth trying again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Amber burnt orange color with nice white head. Aromas of bready malts, spices (mainly clove) and a crisp maltyness. Taste of biscuit and spice...again mainly clove and nutmeg - almost like a hot cider. Its actually a pleasant flavor. Nicely balanced and the spices work well with the lager crispness. Overall, a good pumpkin. I imagine it would work well with a nice thanksgiving dinner. Its light and flavorful...
too bad I cant get it in CT.

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Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper color with sparse bubbles rising to a cream colored head.

Aroma is malty like an Oktoberfest but not any real pumpkin in the nose. Lots of pumpkin spice present though mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Something seems a little off but I am thinking its just the lager notes in my pumpkin beer.

Taste is light malts then blam spice that continues through out the the flavor . So there is some pumpkin notes in the taste spice just over powering it in the nose, almost in the taste also. Finish is like an Oktoberfest with lingering pumpkin spice not a good idea.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with pretty smooth carbonation that seems to peak with the spice.

Overall worth a try but not something that I would see continuing to produce they would be better off making a real pumpkin ale. Think of Terrapin as the DFH of the south they make some good brews but other times its like wtf were you thinking.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company is copper colored in my pint glass. Not a lot of foam here. I can smell faint pumpkin with some spices thrown in. As far as flavor goes, it's decent. Everything is accounted for. There just ain't much special going on here. I would probably pass on this in the future at the current price. As a note of interest, my beer was a 4-pack and cost $9.99. To me, this is a little pricey for an average beer. Terrapin, put these in 6ers and I could see myself buying some more in the future.

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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 Fergyx825
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A nice amber color that leans towards the darker side. There was some head on the pour and some residual remains afterwards and lingers. Exactly what I'd expect from a pumpkin beer.

Smell: A lot of sweet spices come to mind when i first get a whiff of this brew. Then the pumpkin hits you. This smells great. I am looking forward to tasting it.

Taste: This is a very neutral tasting pumpkin beer. It is nor bitter nor sweet. The pumpkin is obvious and so are the spices. This isn't something i would particularly look forward to every yr, but something that i could definitely drink and be happy drinking.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, but the thickness of the beer makes this tolerable. It feels light and therefore very drinkable, but the carbonation makes it more of a sipping beer. All in all, they balance each other out quite nicely.

Overall: I really like this beer, but it could only get better if the taste if the taste was better. I don't think i'd go out of my way to grab this, but if it was there and i had a choice, i might choose this over other pumpkin ale-like beers.

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Photo of Omnium
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle &gt; Pint Glass

A - Pours out a nice orange color, 1 finger of an off white soapy head, minor lacing.
S - Some fresh pumpkin up front, then a barrage of spices, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and underneath it somewhere there's this weird smoky flavor.
T - Starts out ok, there's very little pumpkin here, but it does exist, its hidden under tons of spice, has a slight tartness mid way, but mid way comes this burnt bacon fat flavor, its flat out awful, and as it warms up it gets prominent.
M - The spice doesnt crush your palate, but that diacetyl like bacon fat flavor is sooo off color for this beer.
O - Just a big disappointment, I liked the idea of this beer, but I have no clue where that weird bacon flavor is coming from, just unbearable.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange with a decent head.

Aroma: Vanilla, cloves, pumpkin.

Taste: Spices hit you right from the start, medium in body, and then it mellows out more like a Oktoberfest with the breadiness, caramel and malts.

Overall: I too like the idea of combining these two fall styles (and favorites of mine in the fall). It feels and tastes more like an Oktoberfest with pumpkin flavor. Easy to drink at 6.10%, but has enough pumpkin flavor to not be a session beer. Cheers!!

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a tall, creamy white colored head with decent retention. Foam leaves a fair mount of lacing on the sides of the glass

S-All spices, no pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, some faint tart orange peel.

T-Follows the nose. There is a flash of pumpkin at the front of the palate, but the rest is overpowered by the aforementioned spices leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste

MF-Crispy, dry, too carbonated.

O-Terrapin makes great beer, but this one was disappointing. It is a spice bomb. I was expecting more pumpkin.

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.
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