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Terrapin Golden Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

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206 Reviews

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aracauna on 05-10-2003

Formerly Terrapin Cream Ale.
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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 418
Photo of ordybill
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Corn and grains, pretty bland
Appearance- A golden yellow with slight murkiness. Has a small white head.
Taste- Malt and corn, not much for me.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A fairly average beer, I expect more from Terrapin.

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Photo of BWED
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into tumbler

A- Pale golden yellow. White head dies quickly and leaves no lacing, let alone any sign of the head's existence.

S- Mild toasty biscuit background, and a fruity hop character. Mild cobbler-like aroma. Lots of esters.

T- More toast and grain, with a very subtle sweetness.

M- Wet, light and clean. Just faint bittering hop, in an attempt to balance things.

O- Mediocre. Esters come out too much, and jut a bland flavor.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-3.0: Pours out a typical, lagery, light golden yellow. Weak head. Lacing is just OK.

Smell 3.0: Lots of lagery business swirling around here. Smells sweet with a distinct bouquet of every lager-lover's favorite: corn.

Taste-3.0: Front is sweet, with little to remark about other than that. Middle is where a sweet wave of light malt washes over the palate, along with a taste of boiled veggies and...yes...corn. Finish is smooth, sweet and pleasant. Aftertaste is all about those lager tastes like corn, bubblegum but no hops.

Mouthfeel-3.5: Smooth and pleasant in the mouth. Conditioning level is good.

Overall-3.0: Meh. I was not impressed with this beer. Why try to make a lager and call it an ale? I found this beer too sweet with not nearly enough hops. I cannot imagine sessioning this one, or how it would go with food. Definite pass for me.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Goldish, orange to straw with a slight haziness with a 1inch white head, really good lacing down the glass

S: Grains, maybe some corn, little bit of hops in background

T: Grains, sweet maltiness, slight hop bitterness at the end

M: Medium to light, well carbonated

O: Great beer to transition a non craft drinker into the realm of great beer. It is all that an American lager should be but usually isn't. Great beer for what it is.

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Photo of sbling1993
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Too bad it's only sold in Georgia... Smooth through and through, and it has a really nice balance of hops. I'm not the biggest hops-lover out there, so I'm definitely biased towards this creamy ale.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet. Bottle says best by November 2014.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: rather sweet right up front, with a light malty character and just a hint of a corn aroma. Basically no hops are present. Decent for a cream ale, if a bit sweet.

Taste: much like the aroma at first; sweet with a hint of corniness. As the flavor rounds out, the corn gets a little more conspicuous, but a light noble hop character also appears. There's a little bit of bitterness, appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Not bad.

Overall: it's a pretty standard cream ale, if a bit sweet and a little heavy-handed on the corn flavor. Still, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams lager glass, served cold

Very clean and slightly hazy golden yellow with a creamy half inch head nice small bubbles, and surprisingly decent lacing on the glass. Head dissipated appropriately and the carbonation was good

Aroma mostly malt with some biscuit, very little hay or grain

Taste mostly malt with some hop at the finish, slight apricot as it warmed, a little bit of alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel was refreshing, slightly dry, with very bright carbonation, finishing dry. Reminds me of a session beer or ale, very drinkable something that would please or at least not offend non-crafters in a crowd. This is a very good bridge beer for those new to crafts.

Overall I like this type of beer, and appreciate Terrapin offering it. By including it, they show that their brewing chops are very virtuoso.


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Photo of JayEvans813
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this one up at Publix while up at school, since it's only available in GA.

Pours a clean white head and golden in color. Very crisp, tastes highly carbonated, and that's the main taste you get as it finishes. Refreshing, with a malty smell and flavor. Overall a good summer beer.

Didn't really feel like going into detail, basically covered the main points of it. Drinkable.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“At Terrapin we enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and just plain having fun in the great outdoors. This is why we created the perfect session beer - the Terrapin Golden Ale.” Brewed in the style of a Golden/Cream Ale, this is one of Terrapin’s Year-Round lineup beers, and the only beer in their repertoire that is uniquely available only to Georgian consumers.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pearly white head of a medium-thick creamy consistency, a touch crisp and fluffy. Body color is a pale straw yellow, mildly hazed with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and clingy. There aren’t any big shortcomings in the presentation of this beer. 3.75

(Smell) Malt forward, this beer carries aromas of clean pale cracker and a pinch of biscuit. There is a notable presence of light fruit, apricot and peach most distinctively that add a faint complexity to the beer. A touch of grassy hop oil with a sustained bitterness permits the sweet side of this beer to permeate the aroma. The aroma has medium potency. It’s an attractive aroma, despite its lightness and limited bitterness to balance. 3.75

(Taste) Up front is pale malt, very clean with a subtle grassy hop flavor and a mild, balancing bitterness. Finishes mildly dry with a crispy pilsner cracker malt and a puff of wheat. There’s not as much yeast participation in the flavor as there was in the aroma, with a touch of acidity but not as much fruit essence. It’s a relatively simple and highly drinkable ale that focuses mostly on malt profile with hops and yeast presence taking a pass in general. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, lightly acidic cracker malt with a mild chalkiness and joined with carbonation on high, it has a moderate fizz for an accentuating crispness. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. The texture works out fine for the style, and the acidity of the yeast choice makes for a decent balance to the malt profile for a high drinkability. 3.75

(Overall) Terrapin keeps it simple and to the quaffable point with this beer, with a beer that focuses mostly on a light, sessionable malt profile, with balance coming from the yeast and a touch of light hop character. Unlike some cream ale choices, the flavors aren’t muddled and the beer drinks very clean. It may be a mundane style for most beer enthusiasts, but this is a nice choice for a sessionable, light and approachable ale when in Georgia. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company’s
Terrapin Golden Ale

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Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

This offering pours up a pale hazy gold with a one finger white head, not much retention, and not much lacing. Smell is fruity. Taste is kind of apples up front follwed by a dry, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is inoffensive but nothing special either. This would be a very easy beer for someone who is not used to craft beer. It is fairly weak with no prominent hop profile and a mild taste that neither delights not offends.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, hops, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of cream, and hint of pine. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of metallic, hint of hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, better aroma than body or blend.

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Photo of rangerred
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light orange with barely a quarter finger head. Just a little head retention and no lacing.

Corn is quite prominent in the aroma along with a very slight bit of DMS. Some wet grass and hay comes through.

A little apple and orange up front in the flavor followed by corn and a little bit of cooked vegetables. Mild hop bitterness with a little bit of grass. Drying mouthfeel that is very refreshing.

Overall, a pretty middle of the road beer but good for the style. One I would pick up on occasion if it were available near me.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: 2 finger clean white foamy head, carbonation, light golden straw color
S: crackers, corn and grains, herbal
M: medium and creamy
T: crackers, grains, wet light hops, grass, earth tones,
O: creamy refreshing brew, light and easy drinking

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear straw yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of lemon/citrus along with some adjunct malts (corn and grain) and a light amount of light fruit (apple) sweetness.

T: Light flavors of cracker and adjunct malts (primarily grain) with some light amounts of sweetness. There are very light notes of lemon/citrus and green apple.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and definitely sessionable - the best aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of lemon, corn and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of green apples along with hints of corn and other adjunct malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes similar to an American Blonde Ale but has a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of justincolts
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this largely based on the sweet label, me being a Deadhead and all. I was heading back from Wanee 2012 to Indiana and we stopped in Dalton GA. I was in the festival mood so I picked up this, a Sweetwater 420, a Sweetwater Road Trip Ale, which I won't review because it was in the hotel, but it was decent.

It pours a pretty solid gold color, more golden than a typical ale,slightly above average looking. It has a thin head, which dissipates quickly. The smell was kind of weak, maybe my olfactory is off. The taste is that of a typical summer ale of decent quality, but has a kick of light citrus, creamy, highly drinkable on a summer day, or any time really. Mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of texture but if you want a refreshing beer that isn't a crappy light beer, this is a decent pick.

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Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear bright yellow/gold. Half finger worth of head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- biscuits and crackers with some mild herbal hops and sweetness. Smells pretty nice.

T- The taste is pretty "cracker-like". Saltines, and a bit of Ritz. The earthy, herbal hops are quite restrained, but can be detected on the backend. Quite crisp. There are some fruity/citric notes in there as well, but very restrained.

M- Light to medium bodied. Fairly carbonated. Dries a bit on the back end.

O- Being that most of the cream ales I've had have been trash, this one is pretty good, but still nothing to write home about. Certainly better than your average macro.

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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Ale! It is very refreshing as the bottle says! It has smell of grain and hops something not really used to smelling with a normal Ale of its style if you know what I mean. Anyway it has an excellent taste beautiful balance of malts and hops making the mouthfeel smooth and creamy with a grand finish!

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Photo of JohnBeerRun
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on a beach trip to panama city. Being from georgia I had to try it. The look of this bite was interesting so I gave it a shot. Just like the name the color was golden with good head. The taste was good and rich and the feel was thick like a beer should be.

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Photo of Jayli
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a two finger of bone white sudsy head. Head recedes rapidly leaving spider webbed lacing.

S: Nose is grain, corn, and a light fruitines.

T: Taste starts with a slightly fruity grain, pale malts, corn, and a good deal of breadiness. Some apple notes, and light orange, perhaps more of a manderin flavoring are present throughout.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, with a touch of a slick finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. On my most recent trip to GA, this became my go to after work beer as I was prepping for the next day. Easy drinking and this would definitely go in to my "go to, poundable" beer categories.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. Single finger frothy head on a clear and Golden body. Wheat and bread aroma mostly. High carbonation and medium body, refreshing. Touch of noble like hops greater than expected for a cream ale. Very drinkable but more on the pilsner side than cream ale side which is fine with me as cream ales are not my favorite genre.

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Photo of iadler
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks jsanford for this!

A- Straw colored with a one finger head that dissipates fair quickly. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Sweet malt, some grains, and lemon. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma.

T- Sweet malt, grain, mandarine and lemon notes and a bit of green apple.

M- Light to medium body and carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. A very drinkable session beer.

O- A nice beer to have on a hot summer day while grilling, but nothing really stands out with this beer. An average brew.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A clear blonde body with some "floaties". Head is white, dense, and light wall of lacing.

S: A clean and crisp aroma of pilsner malts, lemon, grains, and grassy hops. Simple and straight forward, but kind of reminds me of BMCs.

T: Upfront flavor is some lemon notes and grains, followed by sweet pale malts. Definitely picking up on some honey sweetness as well.

M: Crisp and refreshing; light body; lively carbonation.

O: This one is a step up from BMCs, but barely in my opinion. It would be easy to put a 6 pack down rather quickly, but it's overall flavor and characteristics are easy to forget. I probably would get again for tail gating or bbq on a hot summer day, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of brentblackwell
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very golden (hence the name), noticeable carbonation, not much head. Clear. Looks light.

Smell - Not a very strong aroma. Slightly fruity, I think, but very slight.

Taste - The flavors aren't very strong. Hops and malts are present, but neither stand out. The hops are more noticeable, but just slightly so. As a session beer, it's clearly not a strong-tasting beer. But, as far as these types of beer go, it's better tasting than others.

Mouthfeel - Thin & smooth. It's crisp, thanks to the carbonation. It clearly strives for refreshment, and it achieves it.

Overall - It's the kind of beer you take outside with you on a hot day. It's very refreshing and when serving that purpose, it's quite good. As a session beer, Golden Ale is quite nice, but it's not something I'll reach for when I'm wanting to truly taste beer. There are just not enough flavors present. But I'd toss a 6 pack into a bucket of ice and take to the lake without thinking twice.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright and clear golden color. A tiny bit of head retention and lace. It looks like a standard pilsner.

S - A very mild hop aroma. Some floral and citric notes and light malt aromas as well. Not a strong smelling beer. Light like its appearance.

T - A mild, smooth beer, like you would expect. Nothing overwhelms here. A little hops here, malts there. A classic ale.

M - A nice crisp beer, with a good carbonation. Hits the palate nicely.

D - A decent beer for a hot summer day. Not what I prefer, but when you have to have a brew that the masses will enjoy, this is your beer.

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Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.