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.

Added by mikesgroove on 10-06-2009

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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 265
Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in the typical Terrapin side project 22 oz. bomber, and poured out the classic pumpkin orange colored, and clear. The carbonation appeared lively, and the head was one finger small but stable. The aroma was pumpkin and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). The taste was herbal, and full of pumpkin pulp. The finish was dry, which probably was the effect of the spices. The body felt medium thick, but fluffy due to the carbonation. The aftertaste was sweet and spicy and lingered for a very long time after each sip. A very well made beer with a good deal of pumpkin flavor. If you don't like pumpkins, this would be over the top for you.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
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 gford217
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with a thick off-white head that recedes to a small cap and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is massively spicy with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon and enough pumpkin to think I am sniffing a pumpkin pie. The taste is more of the same but seems to have a more prevalent pumpkin sweetness as well as some sugary sweet malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely creamy, leaving a slightly dry and very spicy finish. I'm actually pretty impressed with this one.

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Photo of bert13tj
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color, good head

S: Good spice presence, lots of pumpkin notes

T: Taste is similar to a pumpkin pie, sweet, and somewhat malty

M: Carbonation is mild and full of flavor

D: A little too sweet for me to have more than a pint, shared the bomber.

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Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, heavily carbonated, but only about one finger of head. Good lacing, 4

S: Much more on the pumpkin/squashy side than many pumpkin beers. The usually spices are there, but really only a hint is present. 4

T: Definitely a showcase of how a pimpkin tastes. More along the lines of a pumpkin soup than a pumpkin bread. Sweetness is not high nor is the spice. 4

M: The carbonation is a bit higher than I would like, but it has alot of flavor and texture. 4

D: An entire bomber will suffice. Very tasty beer that is great for the season.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a copper-orange color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of spices - nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of allspice - and underlying amounts of lightly bready malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the spices are toned down a bit. Sweet and slightly bready malt flavors up front are joined by mild amounts of spices midway through the sip. The spices fade a bit before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought the bottle version was a bit smoother but other than that there weren't many differences between the two versions. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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 tpd975
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden copper hue with a nice off white head. Okay retention with some nice chunks of spotty lace.

S: Mostly spice in the aroma. Lot so nutmeg and cinnamon. Subtle canned pumpkin.

T; Taste mostly spice as well. Nice blend of pie spices. Notes of real pumpkin with bold caramel malt notes.

M: Medium on body, nice carbonation.

D: Pretty tasty, nice spice with subtle pumpkin. What seperates the good from the great when it comes to pumpkin beers (for me) is a bready pie crust like flavor. This one does not have it. Tasty for sure, not at the very top of pumpkin beers though.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange almost brown body with minimal head and minor lacing. A good pumpkin and nutmeg spice smell along with some minor sweet caramel malt. Smooth, medium-bodied with a mild pumpkin and cinnamon taste. Slightly creamy, goes down easy along with a little spice and some sweetness as well. A good pumpkin ale but not at the top of the heap.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this guy up at Capone's in Norristown. Fourth imperial pumpkin I'm trying this year in hopes it matches up to ST Pumking. Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pretty, crystal clear copper/amber color. Some carbonation bubbles hang on the side of the glass while other flow from the center of the bottom to the top. One finger head fades after about a minute to just a spotty ring on top.

Smell: Pretty balanced aroma's of pumpkin and spice. Doesn't have the sweetness of Pumking, nor the strong spice aroma, but the pumpkin and spice aroma of this one match well together. Nutmeg and Cinnamon are the dominant spice notes.

Taste: As the aroma indicated, a nice balance of spice and pumpkin flavors with a solid malt backbone that is present throughout. Semi-sweet at the beginning as the malt hits you first. Spices are in and out between malt and some pumpkin flavors. Semi-sweet finish as well with a little but of lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation as it hits your tongue and lingers all the way to the swallow. Leaves a nice coating of flavor on the tongue and all over the mouth for a few seconds after the sip is gone.

Drinkability: Medium bodied and no overpowering flavors that would deter this from being a real drinkable double pumpkin ale.

I like this one, but it lacks the great coalescence of spice and sweetness that I love so much about Pumking, which has become my benchmark for imperial pumpkins.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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 GeezLynn
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malt, pumpkin, allspice and cloves. Taste is a wallop of malt, light pumpkin and an allspice/cinnamon spicy finish. Improved noticeably as beer warmed. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and moderately carbonated.
All things considered, a good pumpkin beer. 22 oz was plenty though.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
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 jdubjacket
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottle of these at Green's on Buford.

Pours a copperish color with orange hues. Very little carbonation and/or head.

Smell is spicy with pumpkin, obviously. Hint of malt presence.

The taste is a very unique for a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin and spicy are evident up front but the malt presence makes itself known as you get deeper into this beer. I didn't care for it much at first, but it definitely grew on me as I kept drinking.

A tasty pumpkin ale overall.

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Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a white head. Carbonation looks like its a decent level. This looks like an oktoberfest more than a pumpkin (Not a bad thing. Just pointing it out)

Cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice take over this aroma...the maltiness of an oktoberfest is lost here. But I somewhat expected that. Pumpkin pie spices in pumpkin ales usually overshadow a lot..cinnamon especially will be a fairly strong scent on its own.

Taste..Now I can get the mix of the styles, and I like it. The pumpkin ale aspects are somewhat muted..I get the spices, but they are a bit subdued. But the malty backbone balances so well with it.

Moutlfeel is medium. There is some carbonation, but this has a very oktoberfest mouthfeel, I'd say

Drinkability...well it tastes good but this is a 22 oz. I don't know about having a few. Still..I won't take down the rating on this category for that.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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 NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Deep copper under a medium white head. No lace and very thin retention.

S: Pumpkin and spices (go figure). Very well balanced between the two. Pie spice mostly of all spice, clove and cinnamon but the pumpkin is never too far behind.

T: Spice kind of dominates the taste, all spice, clove, cinnamon but it isn't overpowering. Pumpkin has more of a "fruity" quality I feel here, giving a good sweetness along with the malt. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Very well put together.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is slightly prickly but goes well. Good drinkability. Perhaps a bit more body than most pumpkin ales which takes a little away slightly from the session quality, but very tasty and entirely drinkable, although perhaps a bit slower.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cask at aromas Athens ga

(thought i already wrote this review... but guess it got deleted?)

Pours a cloudy hazy, with little to no head, could have been the cask though. very hazy orange hue.

Smells of straight spice. Pumpkin spice galore, but not much else. sweet and spicy. taste is similar, needed a bit more pumpkin flavor insted of straight spice. light body with a bit of tingle. very easy to drink. great beer

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy cloudy copper orange, had a marzen like appearance.

smell: some good pumpkin rind smell and spices

taste: some nutmet and pumpkin spices

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, had a mzrzen lager feel

drinkability: great pumpkin beer, and maybe the best pumpkin. I have thought about someone combining these fall favorites together and Im glad Terrapin did. Nice beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
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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