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RATINGS: 396   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (3584) - 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 (4858) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adwileski (3) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009 does not count
Not an overwhelmingly pumpkin pumpkin beer, if that makes sense. Was a nice reddish-copper color with a nice head that hung around for a little while. Being one that does not care for pumpkin anything I found this to be drinkable, though I probably wouldn’t consume more than one or two at one time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2718) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2009
A murky orange color with a moderate white head. The aroma contains pumpkins, cinnamon, and ginger. The flavor contains a bit of spices and some pumpkin flavor but it is not overwhelming. Overall a nice seasonal but not something you could drink all day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Via trade from TurdFurgeson. Thanks Sam. Clear copper/amber pour with a medium off white head which dissipates. Aroma of spices, toasted malts - light vegetal hops. Taste has spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, the usuals, with some toasted malt/caramel flavor. Overall easy drinking and light to medium bodied. A tad thin, overall decent but not too interesting for a one-off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
douglas88 (7455) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2009
22 ounce bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. The aroma is spices, loads of pumpkin. The flavor is decent; tons of spices, sweet pumpkin, a thin mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear orange amber with a small bubbly off white ring, spotty lacing. Nose of nutmeg, cinnamon and roasted malts. Flavor was much of the same with some added spice on the finish.

   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.

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