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Terrapin Golden Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

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329 Ratings

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Terrapin Cream Ale.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 05-10-2003)
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Photo of JayEvans813


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:21:25 | More by JayEvans813
Photo of Jadjunk


3.64/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:10:54 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of Mojo


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:37:33 | More by Mojo
Photo of Tone


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:29:06 | More by Tone
Photo of rangerred


3.35/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:49:05 | More by rangerred
Photo of outdoor7or24


3.18/5  rDev -7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:42:30 | More by outdoor7or24
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 20:02:40 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:49:46 | More by metter98
Photo of justincolts


3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 02:17:17 | More by justincolts
Photo of JWU


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 18:44:13 | More by JWU
Photo of kdawg105


5/5  rDev +46.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:23:25 | More by kdawg105
Photo of JohnBeerRun


3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 15:05:28 | More by JohnBeerRun
Photo of Jayli


4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/27
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:30:27 | More by Jayli
Photo of kylehay2004


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 22:51:57 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of iadler


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:43:01 | More by iadler
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 03:04:25 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of brentblackwell


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 05:58:30 | More by brentblackwell
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:35:28 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of plfahey


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Yellow gold with brilliant clarity and a moderately large white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet Pils malt, light grassy hops, and a very faint fruit aroma of apples and pears.

Flavor-Flavor follows the aroma-light pils malt up front with slight orchard fruit esters. Well attenuated-dry in the finish, with low hop bitterness but a rising hay/grass hop flavor. It’s growing on me as I drink it.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation, and exceptionally smooth.

Though this isn’t my favorite style, it’s a good example. It is incredibly easy drinking, and I liked it more the more I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:07:12 | More by plfahey
Photo of Knapp85


1.65/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this with two friends and we all agreed that this beer was a little odd. It was the first beer i ever had from Terrapin and I was nervous to try more for fear that it may end up being like this for all their beers. The label said Golden Ale so I was expecting something like a Belgian style and when I found out this was a Cream Ale it was clear as to why it was different than I expected. Even after knowing what it was supposed to be I wasn't overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:46:43 | More by Knapp85
Photo of PEIhop


3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - A clear, filtered, beautiful golden-straw color with a small carbonated head.

S - Very Citrusy

T - "Lemony" dominates with a small hop presence

M - Very light and refreshing with well-balanced carbonation

D - A nice session beer, but just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:47:24 | More by PEIhop
Photo of JayS2629


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light, clear golden color with a nice thick head that quickly fades, but has a descent retention and nice sea foam lace.

S- Citrus, hops, lemon, and some sweet floral hints, Nice honey undertonse.

T- Sweet malt, followed by citrus notes of lemon and orange zest

M- Light, crisp, refreshing

D- Very easy to drink. Nicely balanced. Good summertime beer. Light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:02:24 | More by JayS2629
Photo of TheBigE5


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has a brilliant golden color with a little haze to it. The head is pretty abundant for a bottled beer and has a clean white color. The smell is quite hoppy and refreshing. The taste is also extremely clean and refreshing with a subtle hoppy finish. Notes of fruit appear on every level of smell, taste and finish. Drinkability is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:15:45 | More by TheBigE5
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, straw colored yellow. Probably half a fingers width of thin white head that eventually reduced to a ring after a few minutes. Semi-clear in appearance.

S- Slight scent of malts with a mild sweentess. Not much going on here. Was hard to detect the various aromas as they were so muted.

T- The little additions saved this one from being on par with macro adjunct lagers. Low malt profile with a little bit of hops bitterness. There was also a slight sweetness in the finish. All of these flavors were just enough to override the corn water presence most akin to all macros.

M- Thin feel with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- As far as drinkability goes, I could easily drink a whole 6'er in a sitting. It is pretty sessionable. Do I enjoy the flavors, not so much, but it is an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:35:48 | More by harpus
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/26/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a golden color (as advertised) with a half-finger of creamy, eggshell-white head.

S: The aroma features lemon, honey, banana, and a bit of breadiness.

T: We have more lemon and honey, with apple, biscuit, and grass.

M: It is crisp, light, a little bubbly, and a little creamy.

D: This is a great session brew; tasty, unoffensive, and light on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:16:56 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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