Drinking It All is a document of my attempt to try every beer in circulation. It’s a Herculean and tragic attempt at best. But it’s the means, not the end that counts here.
I’ve been drinking some of the the fall pumpkin/acorn squash/butternut squash beer that I recently kegged, and I realized that I had a couple of other fall beers hiding out in the refrigerator. The beer I reached for today is Terrapin’s Pumpkinfest.
I’ve previously hinted at the fact that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, and I’ve even managed to find slight fault with a Dogfish Head pumpkin beer. I guess there are always exceptions to rules/personal opinions.
This Terrapin beer is a strong pumpkin beer with a pretty prominent nutmeg and cinnamon taste. The label isn’t exactly clear, but it seems to hint that the beer is an Oktoberfest lager-style with pumpkin and spices added. And it is a very visibly clear beer–so all signs point to lager. The feel of the beer has the signature crispness that lagers have also. And the taste. Like I said, it’s noticably spicy–tastes like cinnamon and nutmeg. These spices give the beer a meaty kind of taste, too. It is heavier on the malt than the hops but easy enough on both to let the pumpkin and spices come through very clearly.
One disconcerting caveat on the label indicates that what I’m drinking is actually a ‘malt beverage’ brewed with pumpkin and spices. Malt beverage? I am not putting the shit on you–it actually claims and advertises to be a malt beverage. I have no idea why, and, to be honest, it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) change my opinion of the beer (i.e., malt beverage). And neither the label nor carrier offers any explanation. Categorization aside, it’s still a good beer.
Thumbs up or thumbs down? Up. If I’m going to look for a pumpkin beer, this’d be the one I look for.