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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 14/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2009
22 oz bottle courtesy of GAManiac, I think... Thanks, Grant! 2nd SP brew, with about 4-5 more to go in the cellar. Pours a nice dull copper, clear, good bright reddish notes, with a decent whitish head that settles like soapy merangue, dies to a decent layer that laces not bad. Aromas are pumpkin fruit, spicey cinnamon and nutmeg, some vanilla and caramel.. largely pie in a glass to a T. I get a touch of graham crackers, but really some good actual pumpkin aroma, not just spices. Initial is a firm grasp on pumpkin, a touch of soapy and floral bitterness, moving to cinnamon and nutmeg that stick to the palate, vanilla and caramel sweetness come into play in less of a roll than anticipated. A lighter side of medium type of brew, going down pretty easy, not weighing the palate down with a lot of sweetness. Instead, if anything, this brew is a bit underbodied for it’s purpose. Still, I enjoy it, preaching an impressive aroma and more subtle flavors, which seems to be what most people complain about really.. too much pie in their pumpkin beers. I liked this. Finishes a bit spicey, sweet, light hoppy bitterness lingers.. leaving a trailing pumpkin spice on the palate and some graham cracker/biscuity crust. A better pumpkin beer. Perhaps I’m overrating this a bit, but I truly love a good pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerFanDan17 (1039) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Pretty solid pumpkin ale. Sweetness for sure with cinnamon, light cloves, spice, brown sugar and sweet pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Clear light copper medium head. First thought out of my head was this tastes like soda more than beer. Little malt presence. Spice isn’t overdone, but it’s boring.Moderate bitterness. Wow...quite bad actually. My fiance loves a good pumpkin beer, and she declares she won’t waste her sobriety with this one. Sorry, Terrapin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from Kingdom Liquors. Poured clear dark orange color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Solid spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy pumpkin spicy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet cinnamon sugar, nutmeg and toasty caramel malt with a touch of nutty notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet doughy grainy caramel malt well balanced with holiday spices and a touch of cranberries and noble hops before a slightly drier bittersweet smooth finish. Very drinkable and true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22 oz bottle from Grant. Pours a deep copper with a small off white head that quickly dissipates to a small ring. Aroma is sweet bready malt and pumpkin pie. Mostly sweet flavor with some bitterness and a very light sourness in the finish. Medium body with mild carbonation and a soft smooth mouth feel. I like the blend of the styles, very nice for the fall. Thanks again Grant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bomber pours pure copper with gold edges and smooth yet bumpy tan head. The full aroma emits canned pumpkin, spices and cinnamon as well as lesser amounts of malts and graham cracker. The taste begins sweet with malts quickly turning a bit tart with tannins along with pumpkin and spice. The spice notes pick up a bit midway and then give way to a modest level of pumpkin. It ends with malts, a touch of grains, faint pumpkin and fading spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (3664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
bomber. copper pour with a thin white head. pumpkin spice and caramel aroma. roasted caramel taste with spiced hops and a relatively quick finish. light to medium lively palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2009
22 oz bottle from Capones. Poured a good looking clear super deep burnt orange, almost reddish, with an average size foamy off off white head. Aroma is nice with lots of pumpkin pie notes, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, malty. The mouthfeel is thin to medium but there is some serious creaminess once it gets past your lips that doesn’t compliment the spice malty aroma. Flavor is malt dominant with the spices coming in towards the end, notreally a great combo though. Interesting stuff but give me a Pumking anyday over this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. The pour is as expected, dark amber with a moderate head and very little lacing. The nose, however, promises something more, a bit to my surprise. Hints of malt and, of course, pumpkin pie, but I got a far more pronounced character of gingerbread cookie. This suited me just fine. And the relatively vibrant hop presence paired well with the dusty spices to make this one drinkable and better than I expected.

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