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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
bottle thanks to kiefdog. poured copperish gold with a white head. aroma was pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices. flavor was pumpkin and spice. body was medium with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Bomber from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Pours a clear orangish-copper color with a nicely formed whitish-yellow head. Aroma is pumpkin pie for the most part. Spice level is just about right. Flavor also has the spice level dialed in pretty well. Mildly sweet caramel malt, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice. Smooth and fairly creamy on the mouthfeel with medium-full body. A very nice and well-balanced pumpkin beer overall. Not quite the best pumpkin beer I’ve had, but up there. I killed the entire bomber fairly easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cereal and roasted, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with notes of brwon sugar, nutmeg and cooked pumpkin. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with no lcing and is fully diminishing. Color is clear orange/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic, bitter and a little sour. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Smells like pumkin pie and tastes like a bowl of raosted oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5025) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. poured a deep gold/amber with a cream head. nose is pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, and more pumpkin. nice on the palate, pumpkin is not as strong as the nose, nutmeg, spices, and a pumpkin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrmac (331) - 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 (1743) - 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.

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