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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4366) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2009
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a deep amber-hued body showing good clarity with a short-lived, finger-high, off-white head. Smell: Sweet-scented, toasty, bready nose with a good backing of spices, particularly notable is the ginger and cinnamon, and, of course, the wholesome, Autumunesque pumpkins. Taste: German malts display tastes of sweet, toasted bread crusts lightly brushed with sugary caramel and served up with a full side of nice, vibrant cubed pumpkin. From the very beginning, the spice character is fairly bold and upfront, with the cinnamon and ever spicy ginger hitting first and the cloves and allspice following close behind. Mildly spicy, earthy hops with a light bitterness blend in well with the surrounding spice character. Bounces back and forth like an airborne pumpkin between the sweet maltiness and the spice blend until you arrive at the dry, somewhat spicy finish, with that ginger lingering into the aftertaste as it is often wont to do. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, with some carbonic crackling on the tongue. Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Pumpkinfest, for me, was a nice amalgam of a pumpkin beer and a wholesomely bready Oktoberfest. Minus a few ounces portioned out to Roommate Chuck, I had no qualms in clearing through the entire bomber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Pours a nice rich amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, toasty, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, and some brown sugar. Flavor is caramel, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and a slightly peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Big sample at Durham WBF. Pours bright orange with foamy off-white head. Smells of pumpkin fruit... not just pumpkin pie spices, though those are there, too. Low on the nutmeg for a pumpkin beer, which is good in my opinion. Higher in the cinnamon, and ends with a spicy dry finish. Dare I say that I might actually buy a bottle of this? Probably so, which is rare for me and a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1309) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
22 oz. bottle purchased from Greens Liquor Store. Dark brown transparent beer. Looks pretty good, but doesn’t leave that much head. Nice pungent spice cinnamon aroma. Nice pumpkin aroma with plenty of spices. Nice cinnamon spice flavor. It is not as thick as I would like it to be, but the cinnamon flavor is rather nice. Cinnamon flavor really develops, but again the beer is too damn thin for me. I couldn’t find the ABV on the bottle. Not exactly a top-notch spice/herb/vegetable beer, but fairly decent. I will say the cinnamon flavor is unmatched. I love the spices. Overall, fairly decent spice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3755) - - OCT 3, 2009
22oz bottle. clear orange under a medium sized beige head. quick release...terrapin is really turning out the side project series quickly now. aroma of pumpkin and spices. a nicely spiced pumpkin beer. typical pumpkin flavors which makes me focus on the palate. nice and smooth and easily drinkable. not overly spiced or sweet. a nice rendition of this style. good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Cask. Poured a deep hazy pumpkiny orange with a nice big head and plenty of lace. The aroma is really well spiced, like a pumpkin pie, though not overly sweet. The taste is also well spiced, with a good amount of pumpkin and malt sweetness. A very well balanced taste and aroma. Not too much pumpkin and an appropriate amount of spice. It’s good to see a pumpkin done well. Mouth is smooth and well carbonated. Overall, a solid fall ale that will hopefully make an appearance every autumn.

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