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 awalk1227
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/11/10

I love this time of year. I drink with the seasons, and as a lover of both darker beers and hoppy IPAs, this is my favorite season. Pumkin/Oktoberfest beers are on the shelves, Winter Warmers are starting to pop up or are right around the corner, and the hop harvest is over with fresh hop beers hitting the stores.

A: Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Burnt orange-amber shade, minimal head with no lacing. Clear.

S: Spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Bananas and pumpkin!

T: Same spices, I like tasting what I smell. Pumpkin is there, but faint. Being a lager, they needed to be careful with this one. Sadly, it's got that aftertaste of lagers of which I'm not a fan, and the flavor of the beer fades too quickly off the tongue.

F: Too thin. I haven't had a ton of Pumpkin beers, but I'm searching for something reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Sweet, syrupy, spices present, with a high enough ABV to warm me on the inside.

D: Good, but too good for the style, in my opinion. This is almost...refreshing when cold. It finishes too quickly like any other lager, making it something I could drink on a hot day, honestly.

Until I find something I love, I think this style just isn't for me. I've heard the Weyerbacher and Hoppin' Frog Imperial Pumpkins are both good, so I'll try to get those and review before the season is over.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/11/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a mostly clear copper color with a thin layer of creamy head that leaves behind some decent lacing.

S: It sports some caramel maltiness, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

T: Pumpkin, banana, cloves, caramel, and delicious German malt flavors intermingle to form a lovely blend.

M: It's somewhat creamy and a bit on the sweet side.

D: This is a perfect blend of pumpkin ale and Marzen. Bravo.

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Photo of weeare138
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a semi transparent orange toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly baked bread, pumpkin spices, brown sugar, coked zucchini, pepper, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with vanilla cream, spice, sweet brown sugar, candied yams, and Peppercorn.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, sourdough lingering with effervescent carbonation tickling the palate.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Quick Hits review

Pours an sun tea looking coppery body. Very little white head forms. No lacing to speak of.

Smells mostly like a Marzen. Nutty, very slightly toasted malts shine here. A light spice component plays well with the aromas of actual pumpkin - a vegetal squash scent.

This definitely tastes like a Marzen/Oktoberfest beer. The pumpkin is slight in flavor, the spices fairly mute relative to a pumpkin ale, but they work in the context of livening up the oft-brewed Marzen style. This is a malty lager with subtle pumpkin flavor - approach the beer that way and you'll likely enjoy it.

This is one of the thicker Marzens I've had in terms of mouthfeel. The heft of the body suits the vegetal flavor profile of this beer. Drinkability is pretty damn good. A lowish ABV and refreshing lager sensibility make for a nice Fall session candidate.

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Photo of tchenery
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice dark red-brown. It has an awesome even, slightly off-white head that is lacing the glass. Very bright, as a lager should be.

Smells like pie. Enough said.

Very smooth beer. Pumpkin doesn't overpower but does control the flavor. It's rich, but not over the top - it's very creamy

So smooth, mouthfeel doesn't leave you too dry.

Probably too drinkable.

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Photo of Dionysius86
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though Terrapin is brewed near where I lived most of my life, I've never been a huge fan. However, Pumpkinfest (a hybrid of Pumpkin ale and Octoberfest) is a winner.

Appearance = Dark copper / reddish. Very thin beige head. Transparent, a little bit of carbonation bubbles but not a lot.

Smell = Smells just like pumpkin pie, not overly spicy like some other pumpkin ales.

Taste = Pumpkin taste up front with some other typical pumpkin-related spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.). Bubble gum-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel = Medium body

Drinkability = Not the best pumpkin ale (Dogfish Head is still the champ on that one), but definitely much better than most I've had. Very smooth and easy to drink. Perfect for sitting on the porch as the leaves fall.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

I love the beers of fall, that being said I have really been looking forward to trying this beer, as it combines the two beers most closely associated with the season.

The beer pours a clear deep amber/dark copper color. An aggressive pour produces a small (one inch) off white head that recedes quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

The smell is that of a pumpkin pie; pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, and nutmeg. When cold the base beer is nearly undetectable. As the beer warms the bready malts of the base beer start to open up.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely, with the exception being that the toasty, bready malts are much more present. The taste is light on the pumpkin and heavy on the spices. I also get a good amount of the alcohol burn, not too much, but a little more than I would like to see for the style. Body is medium, a bit heavier than I expect from the Märzen / Oktoberfest style, but a bit lighter than I typically see in a traditional Pumpkin beer, all in all a nice mix. Moderate to heavy carbonation, and very easy to drink.

A very nice mix of two great fall styles.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have not had good luck with standard releases from this brewery. Let's give this onr a try. 12oz bottle, 2010 bottle...

A: A nice dark brown / ruby red color with a small off white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Some nice autumn spices upfront with some brow sugar and cinnamon in the middle and a slight bubble gum scent on the backend. Decent.

T: Pumpkin flavor upfront blended with brown sugar and some hints of rye and spice in the middle with autumn tastes on the backend. I know that might sound odd, but once you taste this, you will understand. Good.

M: Thin body with a thick carbonation. Decent.

D: Once you get through the strange pumpkin wall, this one goes down good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Many better brews in the style, ahem, Pumpking, ahem, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, ahem! Not the first to hunt down for the style. Many better, unbiased, brews to try prior to this one.

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Photo of NODAK
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells quite a bit like many other pumpkin beers, even though this is a mix with an oktoberfest. Nutmeg and cinnamon are apparent. Pretty much like a pumpkin pie on the nose.

In the taste, the nutmeg and cinnamon are there upfront, but there only a slight sweetness to this beer. It seems somewhat watery in that aspect. There's also a fairly big hop bitterness on the back that has an aspirin-like quality about it, which was definitely unexpected for this style. There's a bit of a funky aftertaste too, which I will call "soapy" for lack of a bitter term. It's offputting.

All in all, I'm disappointed. The sweetness is nearly non-existent, the spices are downplayed and it just doesn't seem done well for style.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong aroma of pumpkin pie spices with a slight malt backbone. Smells awesome.

T: Nice malt base that pairs well with sweet pumpkin pie flavor. Not overpowering, nicely balanced.

D: This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have had. The spice flavor is spot on, this brew is gonna be hard to beat.

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Photo of cjohnson
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale up on a not-frequent-enough trip to the nearest serious beer store (45 minutes away). Looking forward to comparing this to the Punkin Ale.

Pours a nice deep tea/orange color. Very small head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

Smell has some slight uncooked, unspiced pumpkin. Not noticing much else.

Taste is very much like pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon are the most noticeable. A bit malty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Not too thin, not terribly carbonated.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass. Thanks goes out to atsprings for the extra!

Pumpkinfest produces a crisp, copper-orange body with a few sluggish trails of carbonation. The paperboard-colored head crackles and fizzles down to a wispy covering and ring of bubbles, leaving little in the way of lacing. Nice aroma--full of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, graham cracker and other Autumn delicacies. There's even some whipped cream vanilla notes: pumpkin pie in a bottle!

The flavor honors the Oktoberfest base with a crisp, nutty malt presence. Solid backing of aforementioned spices don't overwhelm the palate, but definitely accentuate the maltiness. Mouthfeel is spot-on: crisp, medium-thin body with a tightly packed carbonation level that complements the spice levels to a "T". Overall, a more-than-serviceable Pumpkin/Oktoberfest hybrid. Easy drinking, lots of flavor. Don't pass this one up!

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Photo of terrapinfan88
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger spongy head, great hazel color with amber tones. No lacing or head retention to speak of.

Smell: Bubble gum which I was not expecting out of a pumpkin ale or a marzen, great pumpkin smell, cinnamon and other spices, caramel and sweet malts.

Taste: I wish the pumpkin had been as present in the taste as it was in the nose. cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, an odd savory taste that I cant place possibly the yeast? Very minuscule hop taste hidden in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy carbonation makes the swallow prickly but easy on the pallet itself.

Drinkability: Very drinkable a little underwhelming as far as stand out flavors but overall well balanced. It favors the marzen part of its heritage which to me makes it much more potable in large quantities then a super sweet pumpkin ale.

Over all a good beer that I would certainly have again.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Pit served in a 10oz glass a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was crisp pumpkin spice and sweet caramel malts. The taste was a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice balance of pumpkin and spice, especially in the lingering finish. The beer is very crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. This is just an all around great beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this from JohnQVegas. This is last year's batch-- and it seems to have held up pretty well for being only a 6% lager!
I am now 49 reviews behind on my notes... So what the hell... good time to sit and do a live review of a year old pumpkin beer!

The beer poured a nice bright orange-tinted copper color with a off-white head of 3 fingers that disappeared rather quickly and left virtually no lacing.

The smell is sweet. A sugary candy corn sweetness and big caramel malts. The pumpkin is pleasant, but mild, and the spices are there-- allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very nice and easy-drinking. Enjoyable and flavorful enough that it is tasty, but not making me swear off pumpkin pie for the year.

The body is a little light of medium with a tad too little carbonation.

Overall-- highly enjoyable, easy to drink, and pretty darn tasty... for a pumpkin lager!

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Photo of Xul
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a perfectly translucent amber, capped by just shy of a finger of creamy off-white head. Retention is rather poor as it quickly dissipates to moderate lacing and a healthy ring of foam.

S: Big fresh pumpkin right up front, followed by a heavy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some pie crust lurks in the background along with some green apples.

T: The pumpkin and spice characters are both very muted compared with the nose - the marzen base is solid but unremarkable. The spices become slightly stronger towards the backend and remain through the finish, but are still too weak.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Bubbles feel just too sharp and lively for the style.

D: Easily drinkable, partly because the flavors are overall lacking in complexity or strength. Disappointing flavor after a very good aroma.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Although this was just re-released in 4-packs, this tasting is from one of the original bombers. So about a year old at this point.

Pours an amber color with a very thin white head - a brisk pour barely even yielded a finger thick. No lacing.

Nose is brilliant. Loaded with notes of pumpkin, spice and another character that I can only describe as floral potpourri. I came into this beer with very low expectations, but this aroma is starting to make me think I shouldn't have been so quick to judge...

Never mind. The taste blows. Very faint pumpkin notes, with a healthy kick of spice. There's also a bit of a chemical taste here - it reminds me of when you thought something smelled good as a kid, so you took a taste, and then realized that the chemicals that made that wonderful aroma in no way translated to the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK. Medium bodied but overly carbonated. Too much tingling across the tongue for a taste this flat.

All in all, what a disappointment. This beer is mediocre in every way, except for that fantastic aroma. What a waste.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a thick tan head that retains very well, quite appealing. The aroma is pretty heavy on the spices (cinnamon, cardamom, clove, orange zest, black pepper), along with caramel malt, pumpkin, and brown sugar. The flavor is also heavy on the spices upfront (notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, orange zest, white pepper), along with caramel and brown sugar, toasted bread, and some slight floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is limited by the heavy spicing. Pretty solid pumpkin ale, but the heavy spices seem out of balance.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle picked up in VA this week. The beer is clear, copper colored, with a thin off-white foam. It smells exactly as you'd hope a pumpkin ale would smell, all the pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and nutmeg but with a substantially malty base. The malt lends a bread-like quality that makes this seem even more like pumpkin pie, in aroma and taste. As with most pumpkin beers the spices give an unpleasant aftertaste, at least not to my preferences. Still though this is one of the best stabs at the style, I could definitely go for it again.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Side Project 8 (almost a year old). Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with a quickly diminishing frothy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet and pale malts, pumpkin, allspice, a hint of bubblegum, and a bit nutty. Flavor is caramel, light pumpkin and spice, a touch of cinnamon, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation, slightly dry and bitter finish. Good beer, nice flavors, well drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Side Project No. 8 in a 22 oz bomber, pumpkin beer with a marzen for a base...interesting. Pours a very hazed copper color with a rich, orange-tinted head. Decent retention, not much lacing.

Nose leans towards the pumpkin end of the spectrum as expected with a healthy dose of pie spices coming through and a touch of gourdy influence. Caramel maltiness is there and I dig the cleanliness of the lager as opposed to a fruitier ale base.

Nutmeg and cinnamon are on the forefront of the taste with an exceptionally clean feeling that I am guessing is due to the lager. Spicing is kept at moderate levels and is actually pretty dry overall, with a light toasty malt presence. Goes down so very smooth and quick, tasting great even though it is nearly a year old. Not much negative I can say about this one, an excellent melding of two fall classics. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on a rainy day in Georgia.

A - Dark copper with a thin ring of creamy tan foam. Lively carbonation, minimal lacing.

S - Whew! Smells like a spicy pumpkin pie. Tons of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet malts.

T - Spot-on with the nose, tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. Bit of spicy ginger in the finish helps give an extra dimension I wasn't expecting.

M - Nice prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly crisp for a pumpkin beer, I would have expected it to be more syrupy.

D - Very solid pumpkin beer, 2nd only to DFH Punkin' as my favorite. Really wish I would have been able to try this fresh, may have easily been my favorite. Can't wait for Fall to get here so I can get some more pumpkin beers!

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Photo of bamadog
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this one in a trade a few months back as an extra, and a pumpkin ale was sounding really good so I cracked it open -- seasonal, schmeasonal! Review is from notes taken on 6/9/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coppery color with some hints of amber in it and starts with a 1/2 finger off-white head that fades quickly to nothing at all, not even a ring around the surface; the body has a little bit of haze and shows moderately strong carbonation in spots, and weaker carbonation in others; no lacing is left behind at all.

Smell: Absolutely wonderful! Smells of pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, nutmeg; a crackery sweet breadiness and a slight caramel maltiness in the smell. The nose is pretty potent and this is great! I really can't wait for September when this style starts showing up again.

Taste: Pretty close to the nose, but not as robust; the crackery breadiness gives way to a bit of a tall, wet and mulchy graininess; the pumpkin flavors are definitely there and the cinnamon and nutmeg round it out nicely. I believe that if this was fresh, it would be an unstoppable beer; however, being a few months old now, it's lost a little of its luster.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad -- the carbonation starts well but fades a little too quickly; body is of medium weight and the finish is really pretty wet and it leaves a bit of a moist film on the roof of the mouth and the insides of the cheeks.

Drinkability: I really like the flavors, and I absolutely love the nose; I do wish the mouth was a bit thicker and creamier and that the carbonation was more consistent. Overall though, as noted earlier, if this was fresh, I believe this beer may be unstoppable.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 10/2009

This one pours a crystal clear orangey copper with a thin ivory colored head. Clove and all spice in the nose. Maybe cinnamon. Sweet caramel malt too.

First sip tastes like pumpkin pie. Sweet caramel malt, lovely mix with the spices, sweetish finish with the sweet spice in the aftertaste (allspice, cinnamon and ginger). Sweetish finish and creamy body.

Terrapin does it again. They manage to strike the right note while combining two disparate styles.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Euro pint. Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger white head that quickly subsides to a minimal height. There was slight lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of pumpkin and cloves. The flavor was of pumpkin, sugar, and spicy. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not that bad for a pumpkin-style ale. Actually I typically do not like them, but this one was quite enjoyable and is by far my favorite pumpkin ale tried thus far.

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Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 923 ratings.
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