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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.

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JayS2629

Alabama

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
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TheBigE5

Georgia

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
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harpus

Alabama

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
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

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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ajmoody76

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this up while on vacation in atlanta, ga. 12 ounce bottle pours golden color. clear. thin white head. looks good.

malty, bready nose. some floral notes in there. no off odors.

sweet. crisp. pretty clean. not much aftertaste. thats not bad though.

light to mid body beer. good carbonation. refreshing beer. glad i picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 19:55:26 | More by ajmoody76
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

While Terrapin Beer Co. gets a good amount of exposure from their extreme beers they do have your middle-of-the-road 5.0% ABV American Pale Ale in their lineup. No beer should go unnoticed.

Clear and bright golden-yellow color, we are happy enough with the head and retention since some lace did stay on the glass. Mild citric, soft herbal and a little floral in the aroma from the hops, light biscuit and cracker malt in the nose, too. Solid crispness with sufficient smoothness to get by for this moderately bodied brew. Hop bitterness is present but never reaches the point of being sharp, the flavor drops a thin blanket of herbal flavor middle to end. Grainy with dried grass and feed grain flavors from the malt. Finishes towards dry with a nearly clean after taste.

Very drinkable with a very approachable character, carbonation is perfect which leaves a very refreshing crispness behind. The beer geeks will certainly say that it is middle of the road or pedestrian, sure, but we need beers like this out there because not everyone is going to want to drink a beer with 120 IBUs, 13% ABV and aged in an oak barrel for six months. Odd, we know, but true.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:16:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Dec 2007.

Small white head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy 14 karat gold color. Aroma is light, salty, metallic, a bit like blood (the ferric part, according to A). Starts mildly sweet and fizzy. Touch of citrus. Becomes a bit sweeter and slightly bready in the middle and finish but just enough bitterness to balance it. Medium to light body.

Light all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:58:28 | More by htomsirveaux
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armock

New York

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that fades quickly leaving some lacing behind

S - Is of biscuit malt with a touch of lemon to it

T - The malt tastes a little sweeter than it smells with a touch of lemon flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good refreshing beer thats helping beat this Georgia summer heat right now worth picking up to try

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 20:52:29 | More by armock
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:12:05 | More by mvanaskie13
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden yellow color with a white head. A sweet malt and hints of fruit in the aroma. A sweet to clean maltiness, with a hint of fruit in the taste. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice ale with small hints of fruit, quite clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 14:12:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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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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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bullywee, who originally sent me a 12 oz bottle in a BIF. Now I'm deep in the heart of Terrapinland and can get their offerings on a regular basis. This bottle is poured into a Duvel tulip.

Slightly hazy dark gold body with a bright, but sparse white head that soon reduces to a skim, leaving a little drippy lacing here and there.

Nice mild aromas of light grains and fresh hay. There's a bit of a creamed corn element I don't love, but pleasant enoughoverall. The flavors start out matching up with the nose, but a nice toasty element creeps in, and there's a quick nip of citrus at the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes pretty cleanly, leaving behind perhaps a tad too much sweetness for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 20:08:21 | More by PDXHops
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:45:23 | More by bamadog
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As billed, its a very pale golden body. Lively carbonation, and enough white froth on top to pass for a healthier colored macro-lager.

Grainy aroma with some wet hay. Nothing "wow" but not off-putting either.

Sweet grains on the tongue, with just enough hops to take the sweet edge off, but not enough to make their own real impression.

Light-to-light-medium mouthfeel. Could be just a tinge fuller.

Very drinkable for a macro drinker. A craft beer person probably wouldn't want more than 3 at a session.

A decent intro/cross-over beer for macro drinkers. Not enough here for a BA lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 00:05:21 | More by RonfromJersey
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by: 1st week of July

G - Foster’s pint

A – Fair golden hue with a bit of haziness, stratospheric head with ridiculous lacing that leaves the glass looking like baby Swiss.

S – Buttery, bready, and biscuity with vague butterscotch-caramel notes.

T – Very strong taste of honey, both initially and on the finish, otherwise quite similar to Brit pub ales like Boddington’s and Tetley’s. This is a tasty beer but it is a bit too sweet. No bitter element whatsoever, excepting for a tinge of clover-honey-wildflower bitterness that still invokes the sweet sensation by association.

M – Due to the buttery sweetness, the creamy mouthfeel adds to a cloying sensation. But as a feel independent of the taste, I think it's great.

D – Too sweet for me, though it probably pairs well.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:16:40 | More by ktrillionaire
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a....what the hell? The mug is without a doubt less than 12 oz. I'm willing to bet it was only a 10 oz mug because I had around 2 oz in the bottle that I couldn't fit into the mug. Head did not play a role in that dilemma. Moving on:

Golden look. Extremely malty smell and taste. Plenty of toasted malts. The qualities of the smell and taste are very contrasting in the face of the golden look of the brew.

It tastes like it smells, and smells like a beer kit with additional hops. The hops offer a dryness to the heavily malted taste. Maybe some chocolate raisin in the malted taste.

Not a lot of head, not a lot of lacing. A very pleasant feel to the beer. The alcohol doesn't get angry if lounging in your mouth for a few seconds.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 15:33:26 | More by DerekP
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a golden straw color, with a slight amber tint. A slightly off white thin head, that leaves little to no lacing.

Malty aroma, with a hint of fruitiness. Maybe a bit of orange peel. Not alot to the smell, very subtle.

Very easy to drink, bits of spicyness, citrus fruit, honey sweetness, pale malts, and just the smallest hint of hops.

Fairly easy to drink, not exactly the best example of the style, but not unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:27:22 | More by CBlack85
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A decently carbonated, bright, golden-yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head...there was some retention and lacing

S - Almost pilsner-esque...bready, slightly malty, and a slight hop presence

T - Once again, almost pilsner-esque...the taste starts off with a bready, yeasty, and sweet malt flavor to it...the sweet malts take over in the middle...slightly caramel in flavor...the hops poke their head at the end and are pretty earthy...these flavors showed but didn't become complex

M - Light bodied...nice carbonation...smooth and refreshing

D - The bottle hit the nail on the head about being a drinkable beer for when you are active...this is a very easy to drink beer especially if it would be warm outside...the flavors struck me of a pilsner and never became overly complex

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 22:09:22 | More by thain709
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is just a good, simple, uncomplicated brew.

Pours a somewhat dark, vivid yellow with a bit of orange tint. The head was bright white and about 1-2 fingers thick, but faded very quickly leaving minimal lacing and only a very thin ring around the glass.

The nose smelled mostly of grains to me - maybe a bit of bread or corn as well. The taste was the same. All in all, a pretty smooth, unoffensive beer. Mouthfeel was medium, with maybe a slight hint of wateriness as it warms. Carbonation wasn't significant.

All in all, quite drinkable. It won't knock your socks off, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:29:28 | More by Mavajo
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thesyko56

Georgia

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

A: Light golden color

S: Very floral and fruity

T: Malty with hints of bread. Still it has a nice bitter balance.

M: Moderate mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable session beer.

Though not my favorite offering by Terrapin this is definitely a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:03:08 | More by thesyko56
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this one is golden orange, which is one of my favorite colors in a beer. Thin white head produced and it actually has decent retention, as well as some spotty lacing.

The nose isn't very impressive, light malts and a very light hop presence, as well as some adjuncts, probably corn or something of the like. I get a light toasted character, not sure if that is supposed to be in there or not...

Taste is kind of bready, with a light bitterness and light malt character. I still get a light toasted character, and now I'm beginning to think it was intended to be there.

The mouthfeel is light, and slightly over carbonated. As the carbonation settles, I can see this is a smooth beer and very easy drinking.

Overall, a solid beer, but nothing spectacular. I doubt I would buy this one if it was available to me, as I enjoyed Terrapin's other offerings much more. Thanks for the chance to try this one, Ben!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:09:46 | More by Mistofminn
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kevinjosephlee

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Yellow-gold with some haziness, with a low whitish head will little retention and no lacing

S: Malty aroma with corn notes. Perhaps some sulfur. Alcohol detectable.

T: Bready and malty sweetness. Alcohol detectable here too. Low to low-medium bitterness.

M: Light to light-medium body. Light and crisp. Moderate to high carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

D: Very drinkable, in the sense that I could pour about 8 of them down the hatch without too much effort. Not to much complexity here, but that wasn't the brewer's goal.

Overall: Honestly, this is my least favorite offering from the Terrapin brewer. It is their stock lawnmower beer, a beer that American's could like. But they hit the nail on the head when it comes to the chosen style, and the quality of ingredients is obvious.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 22:32:50 | More by kevinjosephlee
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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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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ya gotta throw a lighter session beer out there if your arsenal includes the big hoppy monster, rye squared and imperial stout. This beer tastes good for what it's intended for; a nice light refreshing beer which a nice balanced taste. This is the kind of beer you can give a friend or family member who isn't quite as adventurous a beer drinker. The beer pours golden in color with an average head and aroma since it's not hopped to the tits. The mouthfeel is where it should be for a golden ale; effervescent but not too bubbly - on the lighter side of medium bodied. A nice well balanced golden ale which can be used as a first start for a night of sampling other Terrapin beers. Think of it as a Bobby Weir opener (Stranger possibly?) in the first set, just priming the pumps for a killer show. You'll know after 2 or 3 of these you'll be in for a long long crazy crazy night after you step it up to the hoppy monster, stout or rye squared. Good stuff from Terrapin - the Golden ale comes across as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 14:31:17 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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whiplash3825

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a 2-finger head that quickly collapses to a light cap... no lacing.

Sweet grainy scent... very mind smells.

Pretty mild taste also, sweet malt and grainy corn up front with just a touch of hops at the end. Pretty boring, but also nothing offensive.

Nice mouthfeel... thicker than you'd think.

Very sessionable and easy drinking I'd say. Doubt I'll go out of my way to have another, but I'd take it over a macro brew anytime. Knowing the quality of most of Terrapin's other offerings (and the comments on the bottle lol), I imagine this is exactly what they were shooting for when they created it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 16:28:48 | More by whiplash3825
Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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