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Terrapin Golden Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

353 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | 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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich golden amber with sunshine yellow borders. The lemon-tinted ivory head is three fingers to start and has barely budged in the several minutes since the pour. It's a good color match for the beer beneath (I always talk about that as if it's controllable by the brewer) and looks pretty good as it deflates. Because of the assumed hop deficiency, not much lace sticks. Scattered watery shreds is about it.

The nose fails to impress. Cream ales are at something of a disadvantage when it comes to focus and Terrapin Cream is no exception. They aren't especially malty or hoppy or spicy or anything else that might provide an olfactory or a flavor hook. My favorite version of the style (Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice) was spicy if I remember correctly. This one smells... uh... blonde malty.

The flavor profile is as expected. Actually, as cream ales go, it's pretty tasty. Five different malts are in use, with untoasted pale barley and corn (flaked maize) clearing running the show. The thing that puts it ahead of the pack for me is that it's sweet enough without being cloyinging so. I always want a little vanilla flavor in my cream ales and very rarely get it. No vanilla here.

The hop bill is a good one (Cascade, Mt. Hood, Santiam), or would be if I could appreciate it. I might be able to pick up a hint of citrus way down deep if I concentrate, but this clearly isn't a hop-centric beer. The finish is notable in that a fair amount of bitterness creeps in to compete with the sweetness. This is a relatively complex version of a relatively simple style, which is the main reason why I've given it the taste score that I have.

Not much to report on the body/mouthfeel front. Cream ales should be at least medium of body in my mind and this one just barely reaches that goal. I'm glad that it isn't overly bubblicious and can imagine that it would make a fine session beer if one has a decent tolerance for sweetness. One bottle isn't too much, but several might be pushing it once all that sugar begins to add up.

I knew that this beer wouldn't come close to ascending the heights that my previous Terrapin Beer Company beers have achieved (TBC's hop fetish dovetails perfectly with my own). It only makes sense that a brewery would need to include a more approachable beer in their lineup in order to appeal to all comers. I'd like Terrapin Cream Ale to come out of its shell a little more, but given the style, it's a pretty good effort. Thanks to timtheenchanta for the toss-in.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 14:00:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a reasonable head that shows good retention and some lacing

Smell: Vegetal corn aroma dominates and not in a good way

Taste: Starts out with a rather neutral, bready flavor; after the swallow, a harshness kicks in that doesn't blend very well; in addition, the corn character starts to appear

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I guess this is designed to be a crossover beer; I'm not a big fan of the style and there is nothing in this brew that I find compelling

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 00:00:24 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

A cream ale?!?!? Well as the name implies this was an excellent golden ale. Poured a clear golden pale yellow without a head or significant lacing. There was some very nice visible carbonation though. Smell was light, crisp and clean. Graing and bread like with a small floral aroma mixed in, but very strong. The flavors was fantastic for outdoors on a hot day. Light, crisp, and refreshing. This one will really cool you off. Extremly drinkable, could put these down all night. Overall very nice light, summer brew, that I could enjoy anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 23:22:54 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and medium lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominant and somewhat enjoyable. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some grassy notes. Overall, I thought this was well done but not very complex – a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 16:40:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying on tap, the brew was quite lackluster. From the bottle, it seems that many of the delicate flavors and aroma come through better, not having to compete with the tap carbonation. The bottle shows more fruity, estery, and apple flavors without comming across grainy or too watery. The beer does remain light and refreshing with a mild hop balance (English) and a little tart. Still lacking the smoothness and medium texture of a Cream Ale.

Thanks Ding.
August 12, 2009: Thanks jyounger30!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:33:24 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.3%

02-05-2014 17:05:07 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. single for $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a straw-colored, yellow body with half an inch of fizzy, white head on top.

Smell: A subdued aroma of lemon and spice set against equally mild maltiness with a small note of wheat crackers.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with tiny touches of toast and tangy wheat. Slight sweetness. A bit of creamed corn. Spicy hops, with a very slight lemongrass character, and a restrained overall bitterness. Finishes quite crisp with that faint toasty and wheat tastes lingering on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, easily drinkable beer if ultimately unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:59:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kylehay2004

Florida

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -5%

01-28-2014 17:33:47 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin golden ale pours a straw-gold body with yellow highlights beneath a short head of bright white that fades fairly shortly but leaves behind some thick spots and streaks of lace.

The aroma is malty with a very subtle sweetness and a hints of grain, as well as the occasional waft of juicy-apple-like fruitiness.

The flavor is fuller, although it follows along the same line. It's mostly focused on the straightforward, gently sweetish grain aspect, and then livened by the yeasty fruitiness and some background spicy and floral hops. A moderate bitterness is present, and it's balanced, but the focus is that sweet dollop of malt up-front.

Overall it's a pretty damned drinkable beer. I've had beers like this before, and after one or two they start to become a little stickier in the mouth than I like, but I think there may be just enough balance here to keep it going. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 21:40:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper color, excellent clarity and a very small, frothy white head.

S - Grainy, a bit sweet, and maby some apple.

T - Grainy/ malty, with a fair amount of grassy/ earthy hops. Very dry, light finish.

M - Light body and high carbonation. A bit of hop astringency.

D - Overall a pretty drinkable session beer. More or less right on for a cream ale (although I am not sure if that is a compliment). Terrapin can, and usually does, do better.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 23:02:30 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but bready with mild flavors of caramel, spice and grain. There's a decent hops presence that provides a little balance. The malt character is thin but on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, it's light which makes it a beer that you could pound down several of, but overall I found it to just an ordinary beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 23:21:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy yellow gold. Nice creme head. This beer seems a bit sweet to me. Not sweet like a fruit beer, but sweet and grainy slightly. Quite malty. Caramel tones are there too. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid. Might be a bit too sweet for some, but it is good enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 17:18:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddly, I don't see the word "Extreme" anywhere on this bottle or it's label, but, on the other hand, I do enjoy the image of the rafting turtle, so we'll call it even.

Clear, bright yellow hue, nicely fluffy, ample head...lookin' good...

Aroma: largely empty, but innocuous, creamy to nullsville...

Taste: light, bright, sunny, easily quaffable...tiny tones of citrus fruit, and miniscule drizzles of honey...likeable, but not lovable, drinkable, but not thinkable...

Acually, this is an incredibly well-brewed crossover/commercial brew, if the folks of Georgia could eschew the macros in favor of this.

A very good cream ale, does what it ought to and does it well.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 10:22:57 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 3/23/08, Cheers to Ding for this one!

Pours an effervescent straw/golden with 3 fingers of eggshell white head. There's a slight sheen or haze to this, almost viscous. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemony notes, plus some bready notes. A bit of honey once warm

T: Grassy & grainy notes up front, plus some lemony hops. Bready & grainy flavors as this warms. Finishes a little dry, somewhat grainy, with floral hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation. Balances pretty well, nice hop presence

Drinks very easy, not the best cream ale, but I could see sucking a few down on a steamy summer evening in the South

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:48:39 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a pale straw golden clear offering with a bright white head forming above the body, lacing is scarce and uneven as it dwindles. Aromatics tart creamed corned accent with a touch of green apple and sturdy malt bill flowing wth finesse. Flavor has a cereal mix of creamy corn and sweet two row pale malts, a barely noticeable herbal hop mix equates to a mediocre form of the brew known as Terrapin. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied where as the rest of their brews are rather heavy hitters, I'd much rather have this than a BMC brew but that doesn't say much, nice opening brew. Drinkability is nice a refreshing mix of malts hops and adjuncts as a cream ale this brew serves it's purpose, with some hop burps between sips.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 16:43:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp pale and Vienna malt scent. It's a bit sweet with a light hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth mildly bitter taste that boasts of pale malts mostly. It goes down easy and finishes crisp and clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. I liked this beer despite other not so good reviews. It's balanced and flavorful; an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 00:53:34 | More by WesWes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold color. It is topped by a quickly disappearing pale white head. The aroma has notes of sweet corn, a subtle herbal hop profile, and perhaps a touch of toasty malt in the finish. The taste has a definite sweet corn note to it as well. The beer is quite light on the palate and the finish has a nice level of astringent bitterness to it that serves as an offset to the sweet corn note. There is actually a fair amount of bitterness to this beer, and it really does help to keep the sweet grain character in check. This is a nice example of the style, and I could see myself drinking a couple of these on a hot, sweaty Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 20:42:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a tiny head. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly cracked grain, wet hay, citrusy lemon, and maize.
Taste is of the aromas with more of an earthy, citrus flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart, with zippy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:06:06 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Golden straw colored liquid with some greenish tinges against light. Relatively clear, but slightly cloudy with a little active carbonation. Thin white head with light retention and some streaky lacing.
S: Meh, graininess is the dominant smell here. Hiding in back is a sleight honey like sweetness and some earthy grassy tones but not much in way of malt or hops.
T: Surprisingly thick and creamy, almost too much so. Like the aroma, this is has a very strong grain taste. Slightly sour and fruity. This isn't bad, just not very interesting. The mouthfeel is too heavy in the end for this beer. Overall drinkability isn't bad, but I wouldn't seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 04:32:49 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bright gold color with a pale white head. Nose has notes of sweet corn, a subtle herbal hop profile and malts. Taste has a definite sweetness to it. It has a crispness, hoppiness to it. Unlike a cream ale if you can actually call it that. Very drinkable but for the style its a bomb but for a great tasting brew its a good one.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 13:33:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Keith for sharing. I often say beers have bready flavor, but this tasted like straight-up fresh sourdough and white bread. It drank smooth with just a light malt tang. Some golden beers are blandly drinkable, but this beer provides both lighty toasted malt flavors in addition to being highly sessionable. Worth a try in you like golden ales and cream ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 22:32:47 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-15-2013 03:16:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.