1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Terrapin Golden Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

366 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 366
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Terrapin Golden Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 201 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of everetends


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle obtained from the Winn Dixie here in J'ville. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: A light golden pour. With a vigourous pour you will rile up some head but it doesn't last long nor does it produce lacing. Kinda bummed me out.

S: Smell is pretty good. Biscuity malt, earthy hops, sweet citrus. Very nice.

T: Taste is about the same. Nice creamy, bready malt with a balance of earthy hops. A sweetness is present but not overwhelming.

M: This is actually more creamy than I thought. Wasn't expecting a good coating of the mouth and lingering flavors. Has decent carbonation that kind of confuses this beer in a good way.

D: A shock to see it is a cream ale but it is not bad. Like this beer quite a bit, good session brew.

06-12-2008 00:43:31 | More by everetends
Photo of Tbn2

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from bottle into pint glass and ate a spicy shrimp wrap.

A-Clear golden in color. Almost too clear, looks a little thin. White head comes up but settles quickly to a ring around the outside and leaves very spotty lacing.

S-Mostly malt and some citrus fruity smell as well. Nothing really exciting, but nothing terrible either.

T/M-Just about the same as the taste. Good malty taste that is balanced really well with the citrus hop aftertaste. The carbonation is really right and and the body of the beer is a nice, palatable creaminess. As the beer warmed, it continued to get better. The citrus of the hops became more previlant and added great flavor and feel.

Overall, this beer is excellent on a warm summer day. It went really well with the spiciness of the shrimp wrap I was eating. I would recommend this to everyone. You won't be disappointed.


06-09-2008 22:23:42 | More by Tbn2
Photo of wagenvolks


2.83/5  rDev -17.7%

12 oz. bottle into a Lowenbrau mug.

Nothing like a golden ale on a warm summer day (currently 99 F in Raleigh w/ heat index at 108). Terrapin's Golden Ale pours a (surprise!) light golden hue that clears to a straw color in the light. The foam looked as if it wanted to dissipate quickly, but torrents of carbonation rising from below kept the white head at a decent half finger's width. The aroma could use some tweaking...typical lager-esque grasses and floral notes, plus an added funk that feels out of place. A bit of citric rind and pale, crystal malts round out the base of the aroma.

Not a whole lot to the flavor: some light grassy hops and pale malts with a twang of yeast and medicinal powder. Mouthfeel delivers a crisp and clean body, but surprisingly this beer doesn't live up to its refreshing promise. Golden Ale finishes semi-dry, bubbly, and thin. All in all, this is clearly the most unimpressive brew of Terrapin's otherwise stellar line-up.

06-07-2008 21:11:11 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.2/5  rDev -7%

First off I have got to say that after my first two experiences with Terrapin with the Rye Pale Ale and the Rye Squared, I was very disappointed with this effort. I really expected more.

The beer had a nice straw yellow slightly cloudy appearance to it. It had a white light head to it that dissipated at the right pace. The aroma of the beer was light malt with some citrus. The taste was lacking for me. I got the malt with some hints of citrus that provided some sweetness, but it really lacked a lot of flavor. It had some light noticeable carbonation. Overall, the beer was smooth and creamy and very easy to drink with a slight bitter finish at the end. I could probably drink a worse on a hot summer day, so I might reach for this one again, mainly to make sure that the first tasting was not just way off.

05-29-2008 12:48:30 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

A: A hazy straw yellow with some orange tints--no doubt from the generous hopping. The large, frothy white head recedes rather quickly to a thin film over the beer, but it still manages to leave a few spots of lace on the glass

S: Weak pale malts and graininess with a slight hint of citrusy, earthy hops (Cascades were used in this one). Really weak aroma (perhaps a hallmark of the style), but the hops provide a most pleasant surprise.

T&M: Grainy pale malts with some hints of corn and an ever so slight hint of citric hops towards the back end. The finish is lightly drying, yet still somewhat sweet--very pleasant. Body is on the medium side of light with a generous amount of carbonation. It isn't quite as crisp as I would expect it to be, given the label's description of this as a session beer.

D: Drinkability is good--it's got a decent taste and lighter body that lends itself to some easy quaffing. More flavor is needed for the drinkability score to increase, but this is still a solid beer. Definitely a solid local/regional beer that could be used as a gentle transition into craft beer for a macro-drinker.

05-23-2008 05:17:30 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Absumaster


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

A yellow, golden beer with a almost non-existant head.

Smell is light malty with some sulfur and kusky notes. Not the most inviting smell, maybe a bit of cooked vegetables too.

Taste is light malty with pilsner malt notes, light and grainy with some straw-like notes. A light bitterness and a light and balanced hop taste, subtle and harmonious. The yeast appears to be a bit Belgian, with spicy notes and with a hint of solvent.

05-07-2008 17:36:12 | More by Absumaster
Photo of dhd1491


4.05/5  rDev +17.7%

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'.

05-02-2008 20:12:56 | More by dhd1491
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7%

Pours a pure golden color with a big fluffy white head. Not much retention as the head quichly shrinks to a thin sheet and leaves little lace.

Light malty aroma - some sweetness, bready and biscuity malts, and a touch of citrus. A little fruit rounds things out.

Malty character upfront, a little bready with some biscuit & grain. Hops come in to add citrus and herbal notes, balance, and a refreshing crispness. Honey and grass come in before a crisp finish..

Medium in body, sogt, smooth, and creamy. A little more heft in the body than expected. Goes down easy, and I could easly have a couple more.

Almost a nice session beer, but a little too heavy. More spring than summer, but a solid brew. More crispness and refreshment would come from a lighter mouthfeel. One of the better Cream Ales out there.

04-20-2008 21:26:55 | More by Lupe
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -23%

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.

04-16-2008 01:58:11 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Golden with a small head. Pretty carbonated

S: Hoppy with a slight malty undertone. Not much nose on this one.

T: There isn't really a flavour in this at all. There is a slight hop taste and a slight malt taste, but I can barely taste anything. I guess it works for what it's going for.

M: Creamy and nice

D: Yes because there isn't any flavour

04-11-2008 23:54:12 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of argock


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date present.

A: Pure golden hue with plenty of rising bubbles through the clarity. Average head and lacing.

S: Light but malty with pale and a touch of sweet malts crossed with some citrus.

T: Sweetly malty in character generally with a light citrus and minimal hops or other fruity flavors.

M: Smooth creaminess with some body not overdone on the heft. Carbonation is light and helps the feel.

D: This beer is smooth and easy to drink, but is pretty soft overall.

04-09-2008 04:34:36 | More by argock
Photo of JDV


2.58/5  rDev -25%

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.

04-06-2008 18:33:35 | More by JDV
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

03-09-2008 04:32:49 | More by yourefragile
Photo of russpowell


3.75/5  rDev +9%

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

02-22-2008 03:48:39 | More by russpowell
Photo of usmittymc


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (best by 4/29/08) into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Very slight haze to this golden colored brew. Only a one-finger foamy white head results from a reasonably hard pour (considering the shape of the glass, that is unusual)

S: Grainy. That's really about all I can say. It reminds me of an Abita Golden (even though Abita is a lager- the taste is similar to me).

T: Pleasant and subtle sweet/sour fruitiness. I taste a faint peach and apple note. The slight sourness lingers.

M: Crisp, tingly on the front and a smooth, lingering finish. Stays on the palate for a minute or so.

D: Not a bad brew by any means. Also not one that I would actively seek out. As my first cream ale sampling, I am not entirely impressed with the style. Drinkable, yes, but not something that I want to try again.

02-22-2008 03:38:00 | More by usmittymc
Photo of PhxHorn


4/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a golden yellow, with a decent white head. Not a whole lot of aroma, but what there was smelled pleasantly of malt. Taste was very solid, malt, nuts, a bit of spice, all very mild flavors but nicely balanced. Plenty of carbonation. Intriguing. Made me want to take another sip, and before I knew it the glass was gone.

02-12-2008 06:30:31 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of littleshamrocks


2.63/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

02-12-2008 01:08:30 | More by littleshamrocks
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

02-09-2008 22:28:01 | More by avalon07
Photo of Wasatch


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Best By: 09/12/07

Pours a clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some spices, and slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, good balance of malts/hops, spicy, and some caramel. The finish is slightly bitter. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a brew.

02-03-2008 01:48:56 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

The first thing that came to my mind was that this was a tastier version of Molson golden, but with more refined ale characteristics. A pleasant nuttyness lives in the flavor profile with a hint of hops to act as a drying agent making this beer one that is quite easy to drink. There's also a tasty buttery set of flavor notes that add some more depth.
Anyone that likes Rolling Rock should try this; I would like to think they'd never turn back.

01-28-2008 04:02:19 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of tmitch75


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours hazy golden color with one finger of white head that drops to a thin layer.

Light, sweet malt aroma - not much to it at all.

Taste is the same with a hint of hops at the finish.

Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Very creamy texture.

A very drinkable beer and a pretty good representation of a style which I definitely appreciate.

01-16-2008 04:44:34 | More by tmitch75
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

01-04-2008 16:40:58 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Bitterbill


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

I got this bottle in a trade with leftmindedrighty, Thanks Aaron!

This beer pours from 12oz bottle a slightly hazy light gold with a small, quickly receding head of foam.

The smell is very light..hard to detect anything. Maybe a bit of hops? I keep on sniffing but not much is registering.

The taste is another matter. First thing I notice is a real grainy and bready flavour followed some citrus and a slightly sweet malt flavour. Pretty tasty in my book. It has a light mouthfeel, the carbonation is high, and it finishes with a grassy hop kick that lingers on for some time after the swallow. A pretty nice Golden..err...Cream Ale and one that I could easily kick back a few of.

Thanks again, Aaron!

12-22-2007 16:41:57 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of joekfsu


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

12 oz bottle. Pours a pale gold with a very thin layer of white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet with a hint of floral tones. Initial flavor is sweet with a little fruit flavor. Sour aftertaste with little hop character. Light to medium body feel. Drinkable... but why?

12-01-2007 05:03:53 | More by joekfsu
Photo of praufs01


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

Appearance – Hazy yellow with a frothy head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma – Hints of vanilla with an almost cake like smell.

Palate – Moderate carbonation.

Flavor – Smooth toasty malts lead to a dry finish.

Final thoughts – Very refreshing brew. I could drink a lot of these.

11-10-2007 12:30:35 | More by praufs01
Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.