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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 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 (8593) - 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 (2216) - 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 (3253) - 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 (12314) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Forte odeur d’épices à citrouille. Apparence: La couleur est doré avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices à citrouille avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Épices à citrouille en arrière goût. (Rating #2928)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (904) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2010
This defines what I think and feel about a winter pumpkin / spice beer. Great!!! Can’t say enough about the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12291) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 11/19/14, 12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, ginger, allspice, light cardamom. Taste is moderately sweet, ginger, bread, allspice, light caramel. Light-medium body, light stickiness, low carbonation. 7/3/6/3/12

3/15/10. 22oz bottle, RBWG Tampa bus. Crystal clear amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, ginger, some allspice. Taste is moderately sweet, allspice, some coriander, ginger. Medium body. 6/3/6/3/12.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Pumpkin pie spices dominate this otherwise simple brew, taking advantage of the body’s dryness and its mellow carbonation to take hold of the finish too.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A gorgeous head of foam prances atop the shiny amber.
-Lenient caramel sweetness roams within.
-Even though the spices are readily available throughout, I cannot say they are overdone or tiring, if you like nutmeg and cinnamon, of course.
-This is very drinkable, but remains a rather generic example of a pumpkin brew.


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