Terrapin “Pumpkinfest” Pumpkin Beer is 6.1% ABV.
I poured all of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: A steady pour produced absolutely no head. The beer is a bright and rich red/orange. The appearance is very clear, with no noticeable haziness. It appears to have heavy carbonation. This has a beautiful and rich color.
Smell: I get roasted pumpkin and spices. The spices seem to be cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. This smells warm, and somewhat sweet. The pumpkin flavor pairs well with the spices, such that neither is too dominant. Overall, nice and inviting smell.
Taste: I get roasted pumpkin up front, which is followed by some sweetness and warm spicing. The spices I am getting are cinnamon, (I think, some) nutmeg, and a good dose of ginger. This starts out roasty with the pumpkin flavor, and then turns to sweetness and spice. The malt is caramel-like sweet, and this pairs with the white-peppery spicing. These flavors are very nice. As the spices take shape, the peppery (I think) ginger takes over a bit, leaving a sweet but slightly bitter finish that has some notes of lemon. The aftertaste is mostly the peppery bitter spicing, which hangs on for a good bit.
Feel: This is medium bodied, with light carbonation. The beginning is smooth and warm. This is nice. As the spices come in, the feel gets more complex. The sweetness of the malt and the spices add interesting additions to the feel. This ends to leave a bitter aftertaste that lingers for a good bit. This is dynamic, though I wished the aftertaste wasn’t so bitter.
Drinkability: This is decently drinkable. The flavors are nice and round. The ABV is sort of middle of the road, so no impediments there. The one detraction is the bitter aftertaste that just hangs on. The flavors up front and throughout are quite nice and warm, though. So this gets alright marks for drinkability.
Overall: I was excited to see the Terrapin “Pumpkinfest” in the store, especially this early in the season. Last year, I only got to taste it on tap at a pumpkin beer tap takeover out of town. I wanted to be able to sit down and focus more just on this beer, without the distractions of many other pumpkin beers. This is what I did this year. This is a good one. It is like the Williamsburg Alewerks in having the roasted pumpkin and warmth, though it has some more bitter aspects towards the finish and aftertaste. So its flavor and feel are dynamic. The Terrapin “pumpkinfest” isn’t as warm as the Williamsburg, nor does it have as much roasted pumpkin flavor as the Williamsburg. Nevertheless, it is pretty good. My main complaint is with the bitter aftertaste that hangs for (I think) too long. I’m really glad I got to try this one in a more relaxed setting this year.