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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Pumpkin beers have been an American tradition since the pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock while Oktoberfest beers have been brewed in Germany since not long after Prince Ludwig got hitched in 1810. Now Terrapin is “carving” out our own special brew by combining these two great styles into a unique PUMPKINFEST beer...This Side Project has all the complex maltiness of a great Oktoberfest lager with the delicate spiciness of grandma’s fresh baked pumpkin pie.

Formerly Terrapin Side Project Pumpkinfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2010
This beer pours an orange brown color with no head, which seems to be typical of pumpkin beers. Aromas of pumpkin, malt, cinnamon, and other spices. Taste is pumpkin with a nice malty backbone. Not as subtle as some pumpkin brews, but not intense either. They should turn this into a every year seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is some sweeter pumpkin pie, lean caramels, and light spices. The spices include some ginger, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A touch of florals, toasted nut, and vanilla. Flavor is similar. Sweeter pumpkin up front with a nice, lightly sweetened caramel. The spices kick in during the finish along with a hint of smooth vanilla. Finishes smooth and slowly dries while leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium body, very smooth, and a light amount of soft carbonation. Well balanced and very easy drinking. Overall, a pretty cool beer. Not the most intense pumpkin beer, but I don’t think that’s what they were going for with this hybrid. Plenty of flavor with a nice mix of sweet and spicy. Great body and quaffable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pours a bright copper orange with a one finger foamy offwhite head. Nose shows lots of spice, notes of star anise, nutmeg, and allspice. Malty sweetness and mild undertones of pumpkin meat. Flavor is spicy upfront, sweet pie spices, earthy pumpkin, sweet malt character. Palate is also dominated by the spice with a full supporting mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1680) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2010
As someone not crazy about either style, this one was surprisingly drinkable. Tastes a bit like a lightly spiced brown ale, drinks like one, easy to down, not over the top flavor explosion but not watery or flavorless either. Side Projects have been mostly interesting if not really all that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
Beautiful fresh pumpkin flesh aroma with a touch of brown sugar and nutmeg. Bright ruby amber, sparse off tan head. More of a canned pumpkin body, coats the mouth with a film. Rosy herbal finish. Pie spices are gentle and doesn’t fully match the vegetable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle from Smith’s circa 9/09. Pours deep copper with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, pumpkin, significant pumpkin spice. Tastes caramel malty, with a lot of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, a soplid caramel malt bill, and a semi-sweet, refreshing flavor and above average palate heft. This one is good, and gets a tiny bit hot late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bomber from Jrob21. Pours clear dark orangish copper with off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and some malt. Flavors nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, and malts. Pumpkin is not overdone and this is a very drinkable pumpkin beer. I was dreading this as I usually do not care much for the style, but this was a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle pours reddish orange with a medium tan head. Aroma is spicy pumpkin pie. Lots of spiced pumpkin and nutmeg, a little hot and peppery in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3211) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours a clear dark amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Nice spicy nutmeg aroma. Well balanced flavor that follows the aroma. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, florals, and cinnamon. Flavor of pumpkin pie, allspice, cinnamon, and clove.

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