Terrapin Pumpkinfest | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin PumpkinfestTerrapin Pumpkinfest

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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

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - copper color, two finger fluffy off white head, clear in appearance
Smell - pumpkin, candied yams, spice, cinnamon....smells delicious
Taste - This is where this beer falls off. You definitely get some pumpkin/spice notes but you also get like this soapy/sour type taste along with it.

Overall - There are better pumpkin beers out there to try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can this beer was amber in color with a small tan head.

Nice aroma of pumpkin and spice.

Taste was a little less impressive. Pumpkin and nutmeg, but underwhelming.

Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- copper/orange color, with about 3/4 inch head that is off white, and fades after a couple minutes
S- nutmeg and pumpkin. getting a bit of caramel also
T- pumpkin and spices. taste of both octoberfest beers and pumpkin flavor. caramel is present
F- medium feel. with just the right amount of carbonation
O- one of my favorite seasonal beers I have tried. to me its perfect for the fall season and as much as I hate to see it go, I hope it will be that much better next year. terrapin has really made a great thing here

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Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had the Terrapin Pumpkin at the World of Beer Birmingham, AL. Served in standard shaker, the beer is orange/Amber with a nice beige head.

It has a nose pumpkin pie spices and grains.

The taste tracks the smell. Spices (clove allspice and maybe cinnamon) Laid over a base of slightly sweet cracker like malts. As the beer warms, it loses a bit of its luster as it thins and something sour emerges.

The mouth is a solid, just above average.

The beer starts well but fades in the end.

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Photo of sassylaurysa
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with a copper/amber color. Thick and creamy off white/tan head

S: All of the pumpkin pie smells with a touch of caramel.

T: Caramel malts with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The spices are present but I don’t find them overbearing.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp.

O: This is my first pumpkin beer! I think it’s pretty decent, although I would have liked it to be a bit more sweet.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, copper color, 2 inch off white head, good lacing

S: Pumpkin, spice, clove, ginger, a lot like pumpkin pie

T: Spices on front end, pumpkin comes in, maltiness of an octoberfest comes in, spicy aftertaste

M: Medium

O: Probably one of my favorite pumpkin beers. To me it is the perfect beer for fall, you have the base of a marzen with the pumpkin and spices added, both fall beers in one.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste is spices up front, cinnamon and ginger in particular, some pumpkin and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer, maybe just a bit heavy handed with the spices.

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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 Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Medium brown with an orange glow when held to the light. Hazy, with some light tan head.

S: Pumpkin pie spice with nutmeg being the principal aroma, perhaps a touch of ginger as well.

T: Bready with pumpkin, nutmeg, and more pie spice.

M: Medium light with very active carbonation. There is a little bit of a carbonic bite in the finish.

O: It's a pumpkin beer. That's about it.. Better than some, lesser than others.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a St Bernardus goblet.
Ruddy amber honey. White head fades quickly.
It smells delightful, if typical-- cinnamon, allspice, clove.
Weirdly, the spice is dominant without being overpowering. It's a light, crisp, cleanish beer, backloaded with baking spices. Fun and lively.
A really (shockingly) enjoyable pumpkin beer. Recommended!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color. The smell is malty with some pumpkin and spices like clove and cinnamon. The taste is mainly cinnamon. It dominates most of the other flavors. Right at the end a little pumpkin and sweetness peek through but are swiftly beat down by the cinnamon and heat from the cinnamon. This is so close to being a great beer and I like it a lot but I just wish the pumpkin was the main attraction.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Harris Teeter, poured into snifter glass.
A: pours a 2 finger dense white foam head, crystal clear amber body, bits of spotty lacing
S: pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, some nutmeg, and alcohol
M: light body brew with a bit of lite syrup on the tongue.
T: pumpkin, nutmeg, slight watery flavor, hints of allspice and cinnamon, metallic flavor at the finish
O: good pumpkin brew to try if you have not had before, easy drinking and not an overkill.

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

-Orange amber
-No head
-Light carbonation

-Slight alcohol

-Bitter in the front
-nice back end

Mouth Feel:
-Nice to have

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

A: Small dark tan head, creamy smooth covering, sits above a dense cardinal red colored body with a fine, misty rise of carbonation. Weak, washy, low lace coverage on glass.

S: Cinnamon forward nose, graham crackers, pumpkin toast with a hint of nutmeg, cola, and ginger spicing. Toasted caramel sweetness, lightly dry.

T: Flavor was toasted pumpkin and graham crackers with a helping of cinnamon dusting, ginger, and nutmeg spicing. Toasted caramel bread crust, pumpkin with a warmth of cinnamon dusting on the finish.

M: Tight mouthful, crisp and lively from carbonation, syrupy and malty depth.

O: Heavy on the cinnamon spicing and nutmeg, nice abv% of 6.1% sits well with a gentle warmth for the chilly season drinking. Sweet upfront with a dry pumpkin spice finish.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle. Orange/copper in color with thin head. Lots of pumpkin pie spice in the aroma. The nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the flavors with some malty sweetness.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Definitely smell the pumpkin and cinnamon along with some malt.
Appearance- Pours a murky orange color with a small white head.
Taste- The pumpkin and spices come through with the flavor. a very nice Pumpkin beer.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with little carbonation.
Overall- Another good beer from Terrapin.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy golden, copper/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Lots of cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg and brown sugar. Some good notes of malt and freshly baked bread. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Very good. Really strong pumpkin and spice flavors up front. Really good notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Really good malty backbone too. Not as sweet as other pumpkin beers that I’ve had, which is a nice change, rather, this beer is slightly tart. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good pumpkin ale. I really like the little bit of tartness that this beer has. It’s very original. I’m definitely getting a few bottles of this next year.

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Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like this brewer and I like the idea of this brew (O-fest meets Pumpkin)
But it's Jan and I'm so done with Pumpkins, they are long composting in my garden.
It's unsafe to buy a wfm craft pack until Feb for fear of it being filled with pumpkin beers and god forbid St Johns Mango the worst drain pour ever.

But this one is right center of the pumpkin patch and in some ways more suitable.

A: It's hazy amber orange in color and w low carbonation and a meager fast fade head and lacing as with most vegetal beers.
S: Light malt to bigger aromas of ginger and spice.
T: More complexity w ginger followed by pumpkin meat and lots of malt and spice. a good battle between sweet malts and spice, but little hop.
M: Medium, nice feel.
O: Oktoberfest meets pumpkins and spice. makes total sense. I found this to be as good as most Märzen but closer to and akin to most pumpkins, perhaps just ahead of mid-pack.

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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 Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-12-15 in Columbia, PA from a bottle.

A - Moderately clear orange-brown with a 3/4-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Pumpkin pie spices with a good bit of graham cracker crust influence. Nice but nothing extraordinary.

T - Different. The bready-lager aspects are enjoyable with the pumpkin pie spices (with plenty of cinnamon) complimenting this nicely. The pie spicing is certainly evident but not over-the-top for this type of beer. Finish is dry, crisp with plenty of residual spice and a touch of sourdough.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Pretty crisp. Not thick but not watery.

O - I like this brew. It stands out because of the lager base.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

The nose is light but presents a nice aroma of pumpkin spices, pumpkin pie and caramel malt.

The description reveals this is a pumpkin lager and it tastes and feels like a lager. Very thin and a tone of wateriness, this is not one of Terrapin's best offerings. There is a spicy thread of clove, nutmeg, ginger and anise but I don't get much of the pumpkin gourd or pumpkin pie.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/orange, with a thin tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, with a spicy aroma. I can smell the pumpkin influences.

Taste: Very nice and a unique taste. I can definitely taste the pumpkin influences, which makes for a unique taste. This is sweeter than other pumpkin brews I have tried.

This is an interesting and different seasonal beer by Terrapin. A little thinner and sweeter than other pumpkin beers.

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

Amber in color with good clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers half of the top of the brew. Aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg,and pumpkin pie spice greets my nose. The taste is a blend of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way with pumpkin pie spice in the mix. The mouth is moderately carbonated and somewhat rich.

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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 EvoRich
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Look: Poured into a tulip, it pours a deep copper color with a white head, which quickly disappears.

Smell: Pumpkin is very forward in the aroma, with some lingering cinnamon and spices.

Taste: Again, pumpkin is very forward, and it fades off to a malty and spice finish.

Feel: Very drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher side.

Overall: Pretty good pumpkin ale. The pumpkin flavor is very up front but it's not over bearing. It's not overly sweet, but it has the right hint of sweetness. I'd certainly consider it a go-to pumpkin ale for this time of year.

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 918 ratings.
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