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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2009
This may have seemed like a good idea, but didn’t really come out that way. I think this was a mediocre pumpkin mixed with a mediocre Ofest and.. well you can guess what the result is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
I love pumpkin beers, and I have partaken in more than a few this fall. However, I found this one to be lacking, and fell short of my hopes for it. It came across to me as flat and having some spice but really missing the essence of pumpkin that some really good pumpkin beers possess (Southern Tier Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Hoppin’ Frog Double Pumpkin). And while I know that the dirty little secret of this style is that there is no actual pumpkin in many pumpkin beers, with this particular example there was no doubt in my mind that there was no pumpkin in this example. It’s just sort of there - a touch like a one-dimensional winter warmer. Color was a dark orange/gold color with a medium amount of white, densely-packed head. Aroma was nutmeg but not much else - the lack of pumpkin was apparent. Flavor was spice and that’s it. Mouthfeel was disappointing - watery. I am not a fan. I bought this bottle at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bomber from Whole Foods Tampa. Pours a copper-orange color with an off-white head. Nose is light malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, with some caramel and a hint of sugar. Flavor melds Oktoberfest and Pumpkin style well. Starts with mild malty Oktoberfest, but then that gets out of the way for a pumpkin assertion. Light malt up front, pumpkin mid, cinnamon and spice finish. Mild to medium bodied and very nice overall. This one should become a fall seasonal, guys!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bomber shared with maniac and maltdawg. Pours a clear orange amber with small light tan head. Nose is solid pumpkin spices and flavor is fairly typical for the style. Sweet finish, but with lots of dry spicy finish. I’m not a real fan of pumpkin beers, but this one is pretty spot on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2009
pours a clear orange-ish copper with small head. aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. mouthful has a big pumpkin ale upfront then finishes more like a marzen. very interesting and a well blend of the styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2012 Bomber bottle: Pours a thin amber/orange color with virtually no head @ all. Aroma brings out the nutmeg and cinnamon. Malty flavor is spicy, creamy and has flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a pumpkin pie after taste in the finish. Well balanced and smooth. If your going to be drinking pumpkin beers this is a good one to add to your list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3076) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2009
there a lot of flavor in the pumpkin end. too much adjuncts though. flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. the malts are crisp and rich. another great beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2009
The aroma does have some pumpkin and spices but it also has some funkiness and adjunct malts. The appearance is amber with a medium sized head. The flavor is like the aroma but kind of boring. The palate is smooth. Overall this is just better than average.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rustyham (1804) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2009
bright redorange color, glorious smell of nutmeg and cinnamon. flavor is light warm pumpkin and spices. overall very crispy and smooth, the light body could let me drink a few of these but the spices might not sit right. On tap at Abraxas Lounge, Miami Beach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2098) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2009
bottle poured a dark amber in color with a thin off white head. aroma has plenty of seasonal spices, malt, and some faint pumpkin. mouth feel is a nice medium with plenty of carbonation. flavor rocks out the nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. malt is rich enough to keep up but the spicing takes the show here. overall a rich fall time type brew.

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