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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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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
1.65/5  rDev -52%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of JohnBender
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

JohnBender, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MrHolland10
2/5  rDev -41.9%

MrHolland10, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of allbrigs
2/5  rDev -41.9%

allbrigs, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of ncbeermonger
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a beer diner in Greensboro. The beer poured with some head, the color is golden, with light edges.
The smell is nothing to speak of, the taste also leaves much to be desired. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. This is an average or so beer is every category, I expect more out of spike and mike as I love most of their other beers.

ncbeermonger, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up while on vacation in Myrtle Beach.
Clear, uncloudy, not a whole lot of head at all. A very light, refreshing beer. Has a bit of a Grolsch-like skunkiness going on. A decent lawn-mower, poolside beer. Did the job while I was in the sun by the pool. Not a whole lot of flavor here, or much to bring you back to it. Nothing more.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

dankjohn, Sep 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

adamwn, Apr 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

EvanWilliams, Jan 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Peeves, Aug 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Mlawrence, Jun 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Lucasrj, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nice from a screw top bottle with no best by date. Half finger head is formed and leaves quickly.

Actually smells like a macro lager. Seems a bit artificial in the smell. Couldnt detect anything other than rice maybe and cheap grains.

Nice taste but would prefer almost any other beer. Clean finish with nice carbonation.

Pass on this offering. Good drinkability but wouldnt drink too many of them. Poor quality.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of timtheenchanta
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw yellow color with a thin head and little retention. There is some moderate lacing clinging to the glass.

Some mild corn aroma and sweet pale malt. No hop presence although I don't think there should be much considering the style.

Somewhat sickly sweet taste to it. There is a kiss of hops in the taste.

It's smooth and a tad creamy. Nothing thrilling. Better than anything you'll find in a gas station around here though.

timtheenchanta, May 03, 2006
Photo of avalon07
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright golden color and a thin quality to it. Not particularly thick. Not much head to speak of at all.

Had a slightly malt smell that wasn't very overpowering.

Some hops and malt were most evident in the taste. Not an especially complex or interesting taste.

A decent amount of carbonation, but far from stellar. Gives an okay mouthfeel.

Overall, not a memorable beer. It seemed somewhat average (or below average )to me. There are certainly worse beers, but there are definitely better.

avalon07, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle courtesy of emacgee
Pours golden with a bubbly carbonation stream rising up in the pilsner glass. Small white head. Doesn't look like the color in the picture shown at all... Creamy, malty nose. Taste is fairly bland but crisp malt mainly with surprisingly light carbonation and a light somewhat balancing bitterness. Decent for what it is.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
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2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a best if enjoyed before date printed on the label. Served in a mug.

Pours a pale yellow with a huge, foamy, white head. The body clarity is mildly hazy, and the carbonation is profuse. The head is fairly slow to diminish and leaves behind streaky lacing. The nose has a moderate husky grain character along with a pretty strong smell of corn. A bit of soapy yeast and faint floral hop presence as well. Much like the aroma, the taste has a straw-like grain quality with some cooked corn and a slightly sour finish. Maybe a small amount of citrus hop flavor in there as well. The carbonation is like seltzer on the tongue and kind of gets in the way of the taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat thin/watery texture and loads of fizzy carbonation.

As this is the first cream ale that I have tried, perhaps it is a style that I am simply not that fond. This beer is intended to be a light, refreshing, "warm weather" brew, so maybe I am doing it a disservice by having one in the middle of winter. All of that being said, there just seems to be something lacking in this one. The semi-sour taste is sort of off-putting and the carbonation is over the top for me. I probably would not have another.

littleshamrocks, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Pale golden in color with the slightest haze. Very thin white head that dissipates to nothing but a thin white ring very quickly.

S: Bread, like, pumpernickel with some sort of pale malts. Some sort of stale fruit smells, perhaps pears. The aromas are not all that impressive.

T: Malty, slightly sweet, with a grainy flavor and a sort of herbal, grassiness. There are hops in play here supplying some bitterness but not enough to offset the sweetness in the malt. Finish is malty at first, with a bitter finish - not exactly flavorful hops, just bitter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is light to moderate, with a bit of a watery finish. Carbonation is relatively light. The combination is just, well, not exciting to me.

SIRIUS2, Apr 16, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle dated best-before March 2007

Poured crystal yellow, almost no carbonation, zero head or lace. Sweet corn malt nose, with dominant grassy and grapefruit hop notes. Rounded corn malts in the mouth, a touch of lingering grass, hard water, and hop bitterness in the finish. Almost no flavor in this beer apart from adjunct sweetness and the finish. Medium oily body with prickly slow carbonation. Eh. Why would I want to drink more of this?

dgallina, Sep 03, 2006
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2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light straw colored yellow with a razor thin head that quickly diminished into a ring. The aroma is dominated by pale malts, some fresh fruits come through, but not much. The beer tastes of nothing more than pale malts, just very bland. The beer was very light on the palate, but as far as mouthfeel and drinkability, both are ruined by the bland taste.

atsprings, Apr 02, 2007
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2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden to golden straw with a white head which fell like a rock to the edges of the surface and barely lapped at the sides of the glass.

The aroma was slightly oxidized with cardboard and some low caramel aromas. Also present was a tannin aroma of tea and slight DMS which increased as the beer warmed.

The flavor was filled with DMS, presumably from corn which was fine for the style but over the top. The bittering was odd and seemed off, as if some overly high AA% hop was used for bittering that had a high cohumolone and made the beer brash and obtrusive. The flavor was also vegetal.

The finish was dry with a lasting corny DMS flavor and a harsh bittering component long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and fine for the style. The beer just doesn't work. The bittering was harsh and overdone and the DMS was too high in the flavor. Not one I can suggest be tried.

12 ounce bottle. Label says brewed by Frederick Brewing Co in MD. No freshness dating.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 21, 2005
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2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head that leaves a little film and a little lace. The beer smells like a macro with less rice and corn and more barley. The beer tastes mostly malty, kind of similar to an all malt lager but less smooth. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but a little more watery than is to be desired. Overall, its a good crossover beer but not one that I would pick up again.

MSchae1017, Mar 20, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

sendbeer, Dec 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Nov 27, 2013
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Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.