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Terrapin Golden Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

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378 Ratings

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 19
Gots: 27 | 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:
Formerly Terrapin Cream Ale.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 05-10-2003)
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

pthansford, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +45.3%
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!

kdawg105, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

hardigree2831, Feb 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

ckr1451, Aug 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

robertaddis, Apr 04, 2012
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4.52/5  rDev +31.4%

Jbee, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

EdelweissDad, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

cbiskit, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

beedster14, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

opwog, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Smooth taste, only sold in GA

JamesBondGA, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

MPJones, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-golden color with a two finger head that recedes, leaving a bit of lacing. Seems a bit grainy.

Aroma is light with the aroma of bread and a mild hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is smooth with baked bread and hop bitterness showing through upfront. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel has a lingering amount of hop bitterness and baked bread at the back of the throat.

Hmm, it's never easy to review certain beers. I feel that this is more of a golden ale than a cream ale. Nevertheless, it's light, easy to drink and straightforward. That alone is good enough to earn it respect in my book. I can always use a beer like this and for that, I'm going to give it the due it deserves.

Brad007, Dec 29, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

syndelee, Jul 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

BelgiumsFinest, Apr 10, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 2/21/2010 and puored from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is a very light coppery/straw yellow golden color and starts with a solid one finger white head that has great retention and slowly fades to a full skim; body is pretty clear and shows tons of carbonation bubbling throughout; a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Pretty solid an straightforward - light citric hops that are of orange and lemon peel scents; a lightly dry and toasty graininess -- just smells "crisp."

Taste: Much like the smell, it just tastes crisp, clean and refreshing; lightly balanced between the citrusy hops (but not bitter at all though); the lightly toasted and dried graininess and a nice sweet maltiness in the back -- flavors aren't especially robust but they are very true to the cream ale style.

Mouthfeel: For as solid as the carbonation is, the body is actually pretty smooth and creamy; light and crisp and finishes very clean leaving nothing behind.

Drinkability: Really no reason to not drink this all day - would be a great beer for the summer if you're working outside or at a BBQ and will be outside all day. ABV is very manageable and this would be a great session beer.

bamadog, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of NClifestyle
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the greatest beer in the world, but in comparison to the rather bland category of cream ales, this one was pretty damn good.

Pours up one shade toward amber past gold. A huge white, creamy head of foam appears, and sticks around, nice white lace.
Smell is average, mostly malt and grain.
I didn't expect much from the taste, but there was a nice, english malt presence in there. Very little hop, just some bittering effect in the back.
Mouthfeel was medium to thin, but carbonated well. Drinkability is huge, if the weather is hot. I would seek this out again, if looking for a cream ale, of if heading to the beach. This is a perfect beer to give to bmc drinkers to start them on their way to better beer.

Remember, I'm not comparing this beer to anything other than cream ales!


NClifestyle, Mar 07, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced, smooth drinking beer that is well suited to this time of year. A malty but very balanced taste just the right amount of hops to give the palate equilibrium. The finish is amazingly clean as the aftertaste just disappears. This was the first Terrapin product I've tried, but it certainly won't be the last. It was extremely enjoyable and I recommend it.

veech, Aug 23, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rolling through the terrapin variety...

Pours from the bottle a hazy translucent golden straw with creamy light head, less then 1/2 inch thick but nice lacing.

Smell is biscuity malt with a hint of spice and citrusy hops, good.

Taste is a quick hit of a biscuity flavor followed quickly by the tartness of the graininess and citrusy hint of hops. very interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, with flavors hiting the front tongue and side cheeks, and nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable, could have a few of these on a long hot summer day, just like today.

mvanaskie13, Jun 21, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a nice solid dark straw color with a half finger of white head over top. A healthy cascade of bubbles is boiling up through the moslty clear liquid. Pretty well what I was expecting on all fronts. Aroma is dominated by corn character with a very mild and light grainyness. It's very clean, with just a kiss of herbal hop burried deep in there. Its pretty one dimensional, but as far as I understand, this style is not very aggressive. Flavor is right there with the aroma. Lots of corn flavor, with a small grainy note and a light but noticable herbal hop that really adds a nice dimension to this brew. A very mild and clean bitterness clings to the finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side of moderate with a solid moderate carbonation. It is very unobtrusive and without anything to keep me from finishing this bottle. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. I think the hopping is really done well on the brew. Less would keep it from being an impact on the flavor and more would definately be too strong. I think this one is a winner.

kmpitz2, May 10, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Looks pretty cool in a pint glass actually. Completely clear around the edges with no color at all when held up to the light. A very small head comes out of it and quickly falls to nothing with no lacing. Color is actually a somewhat hazy yellowish brown.
S= hmmmm. Interesting. Not the best odor from it. Smells like old socks kinda. sweet corny kinda smell I guess
T= not bad! A little sweet with a very small hop bite. Adjunct lagery but sweeter with a little butteryness to it.
M= Smooth and crisp. Very mellow
D= Great. The smell was quite the turn off but the taste is nothing bad at all and quite smooth and relaxing actually. Great beer!

jjanega08, Apr 15, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Jayli, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a straw-blonde color with a smallish head that fades quickly with some good lacing. Smell is sweet, with apples and some grassy aromas on the nose. Taste is very good. A little bit of hop bitterness, but mostly a nice, light malt flavor with a nice apple cider-ish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, with some nice dry lingering hops. Drinkability is great and goes down very easy, you can drink a few in a sitting no problem.

This is a great, easy to drink beer. This is my new favorite summer beer. It doesn't try to cram flavor down your throat like Sunset Wheat or others like that, and even though this isn't the same style, I'd much rather have this on a hot summer day. Great brew.

theWrkncacnter, Jun 11, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mellow Mushroom has this brew on tap now. Perfect timing, as far as I'm concerned. As the weather gets hotter, very few ales go down as easy or are as refreshing as this one from Terrapin. This is not the beer for deep contemplation of complex taste nuances. This is a thirst-quencher extraordinaire.

Clear light golden pour with a nice firm white head that laces down the glass as you drink. Medium carbonation. Pleasant mild aroma. Malty and slightly sweet with no off tastes. No BIG tastes to mention period. Just easy drinkin'.

dhd1491, May 02, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I spotted this beauty for the first time today at my local package store in bottles, so I had to grab a six pack. As I poured the chilled bottle into the obligatory Pilsner glass, I observed a crystal clear, golden yellow, well carbonated beer with a smallish head. While the look was similar to many macro lagers, the smell was that of a much better crafted beer, with the sweet honey like malts touched by a hint of hops. The presence of slight cooked corn smell was the only distracting point, but based on the description on the neck label, this was likely intentional.

The taste was delicate, and far from simplistic. The sweet malts and corn juice were balanced well by the bitterness of the hops. Light and clean, without being grainy or bland, this beer will be well liked by most newcomers to the craft scene. The body was silky smooth and flawless in the mouthfeel department despite the low strength.

As the label proclaims, like sunshine in a glass. Never will I have to revert to a macro again.

rajendra82, Jun 04, 2005
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Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.