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Terrapin Golden Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

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329 Ratings

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%

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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Photo of goblue3509


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

Is a straw hazy yellow color. The smell is of grains and barely with a little sweetness at the back. The taste is sweet grains with a little malt. There is also a some citrus hop flavor at the end to make it slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The drinkability is good, you could drink a good amount and drink it over and over.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 23:40:10 | More by goblue3509
Photo of sarahspat


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy straw color; effervescent. Very small, weak-looking head reduces to a small ring's worth of retention. No lacing.

Smells malty and sweet. Bread, grass, lemon, banana are all in there somewhere.

Tastes sweet as well. Apricot, bread, pear, banana.

The body is light with carbonation that tickles the mouth.

Overall, not bad... and quite drinkable. However, it's not particularly memorable. Probably my least favorite beer of Terrapin's otherwise spectacular line-up.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 15:03:24 | More by sarahspat
Photo of DavoleBomb


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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Semi-hazy golden yellow color. White head starts out frothy but becomes a ring of lace very quickly.

3.5 S: Grainy and corn.

3.5 T: Sweet graininess upfront. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Also a touch of hop flavor.

3.5 M: Light body. Good carbonation. Surprisingly creamy.

3.5 D: Somewhat boring, but goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:14:54 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of donmonkey1


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

Appearance: Golden with a white head. The carbonation is incredible and really inviting. Good lacing.

Smell: Very sweet malt with honey.

Taste: I can't really taste any hops. It's sweet. It tastes like a great, cheap beer. It's a little off without really being offensive.

It's not a particularly good beer but it's not really offensive so it would be easy to throw back several. It has something like a corn syrup taste that bothers me.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 04:30:35 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of barleywinefiend


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
Photo of DrinkinBoy


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Golden Ale pours a light straw color, pretty light but still more color than most macro lagers. White foamy had has decent retention.

Its smell is light, but has a bit of hops with some citrus notes and hop bitternesss.

The taste is very light and refreshing, but still has enough complexities that would be expected from a good craft brew. There is a nice malty sweetness at the front with a good hoppy mid palate, it finishes crips and clean

Its mouthfeel was more full than a macro lager, but again this is an improvement.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer for a craft brewery to put out. It could function both as "training wheel" beer for people just getting into beter beer, or a sessional beer for someone who enjoys well made beer. Overall its worth a try or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:29:13 | More by DrinkinBoy
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different BA's - in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!
and as part of alleykatking's 'Local Stuff BIF' from jyounger30, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden color with a fluffy white head that hung around for a while and left trails of lacing.
The aroma is grainy malts and a hint of hops.
Grainy sweetness most of the ride with a low end dose of bitterness on the finish.
Crisp, light and refreshing.
It's easy to put a few of these away.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:28:58 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of rhinos00


3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this an extra from kkipple. Thanks Dan! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

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.

Overall, probably would not bother with this one again. If it came down to a BMC product or this, obviously this would be my choice. There is just enough in this beer to put it a step above.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 20:40:29 | More by rhinos00
Photo of Anthony1


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

A- A nice golden color. Nice head with ok lacing.

S- a mild aroma of wheat, hops, malt, and (i think sweet corn?)

T/M- a nice bit of maltiness with a taste of wheat. There is a taste of corn, spice, and lemon. It's a medium body with
a medium, but prickly level of carbonation.

D- Enjoyable to drink, would buy more. I love terrapin and enjoy visiting their brewery

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 14:56:57 | More by Anthony1
Photo of donkeyrunner


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

I love Terrapin bottle art. Claims to be the "perfect session beer." Straw colored with a white fizzing head. Weak retention an no lace. Freshness dating!

Smells like honey grain with some vanilla and lemon.

Mild peppery light grainy citrus. Light and refreshing Golden Ale is perfectly carbonated. Far from the perfect session beer but pleasant drinking nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 18:55:18 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have studiously avoided this beer for years after a terrible draft experience, but given that Terrapin has been impressing me lately, I decided to dig back into it 3 years later. And... it's not bad.

There still ain't a lot here, true, but the ultra-corny flavor is much diminished, and it seems (judging from my past review) a vastly improved product. Deeper color and better head retention via this bottle, this is a basic brew with a small malt profile that is actually rather refreshing, as advertised.

Basic light malt profile, some sweetness tempered with just a touch of hop bitters, still some unwelcome DMS (corn) flavor, but it's not a corny puddle like I had previously. I can live with it. Wouldn't buy it, but I can live with it.

So, bottom line, this really ain't as bad as all that.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 19:57:11 | More by kkipple
Photo of NeroFiddled


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
Photo of jjanega08


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:28:52 | More by jjanega08
Photo of carp420


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

filled a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle

golden ale with some slight carbonation small bubbly head that doesn't last,very little lacing.

smells yeasty, almost pilsnerish, some floral notes but not impressive

taste like a thick ale, creamy, yeast and hints of the floral notes that you can smell, but rather bland tasting, better than a macro but generic for a great craft brew

mouthfeel is not impressive, rather thin but leaves you wanting more, i could see me putting some of these down by the pool.

i was hoping more out of this terrapin brew, i've had it a ton of these over the years as terrapin is one of the few constant craft brews always available here in georgia but this is probably my least favorite of their beers, but when it's 95 degrees outside this beer is a thirst quencher for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 22:21:34 | More by carp420
Photo of Strix


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

Pours a clear golden, some head.

Vague citrus, pilsnery hops, and a general beery smell.

Taste wanders into pilsner/macroland. I didn't really pick up any of the floral elements I like in a cream ale. Just a cerealy beery taste.

Mouthfeel generic.

Unremarkable. Terrapin makes some excellent beers, but this one didn't excite me.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 04:45:39 | More by Strix
Photo of indiapaleale


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

One of a number of extras from Kiefdog, thanks man!

Pours a very pale, very straw/hay color that is a bit hazy. There is a nice fluffy head on this one with some decent lacing.

Smell is pretty grassy, a bit of sour malt and lemon/citrus. Its a sort of odd smell, kind of sweet and sour sauce-y.

Taste is a bit spicy, lemonade-y, sour/sweet and juicy. Its actually quite refreshing and a beer that I'd grab on a hot day out on the deck (if I had a deck of course).

Decent beer, nothing too amazing but its a very drinkable beer and that is probably what Terrapin was going for...

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:24:43 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of CrellMoset


3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Tried this one before many a time (being from GA and all), but it's good to finally sit down and review it. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nearly completely transparent golden body - apropos of the name - capped by one-finger of foamy, bubbly, pure white head with average retention that ultimately fades to a pretty thick sea foam-esque sheen. Well-dispersed bubbles of medium size and medium speed stroll lackadaisically upwards towards the dusting. Leaves a few patches and streaks of solid lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not much goin' on here. Pretty faint and far away, with a few dashes of leafy, hay-like hops, slightly spicy but mostly vegetal, as well as a few sweet, candied lemon/orange zest notes. Way too faint, though.

Taste: Pretty simplistic. A few tart and slightly grassy hop notes more than hold their own against a sweet and slightly spicy malt foundation, pale and rudimentary. The grassyness is slightly vegetal in places, too. It's actually not too sweet, which is nice, given the body.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated, thin, and light. Not too many complaints about the mouth - it's appropriate for the style, and works decently well the flavors.

Drinkability: Probably Terrain's worst beer, though at 5.0% and given its price and availability at many bars in Atlanta/Athens, I can't knock the drinkability too much. It's light, inoffensive, relatively easygoing, and actually sort of flavorful - though the flavors really aren't my cup of tea (beer). Worth trying, and better than many alternatives at many shitty dives in Georgia, so keep an eye out for it if you're ever in those situations.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 22:40:06 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: There's an irony in that I found a "Blonde Bock" to be far more golden that blonde just earlier tonight and this I find to be far more of a blonde colour than golden. Go figure. Head is quite short and also short-lived. There are little miniature lace patches left behind

S + T: Some lighter, toasted malts and a bit of a honey-like quality on both the nose and palate. In fact, smell and taste are quite synonymous on this brew.

M + D: Medium carbonation, but about right for the overall feel. A little prickly, but not too much of a sting. A light, residual feeling leaves a note of flavour behind. I find myself leaning towards Terrapin's more 'extreme' or experimental stuff, but this is fairly solid and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:19:52 | More by Proteus93
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:11:40 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of goatgoat


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

Pours a clear light lemony yellow. A thick frothy white head falls quickly to a thin cap. Apparent carbonation lends to a fizzy yellow beer appearance. A light ring of lace at the start.
Aroma is light honey, sweet malt. A bit of hop bite, a little citrus. Reminiscent of lemon meringue.
Taste is light, with very apparent corn. Very light malt and a good balancing bitterness. Light citric bitterness in the finish. Very clean overall.
Mouth is light is lots of carbonation.

Not at all big or bold, it's not meant to be. Easy drinking with clear cross-over to the mainstream appeal. Though I'm not a huge fan of the style, it's good at what it does. I could go through a lot of these at once, though I probably wouldn't.

Thanks to UGADawgGug for the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 18:03:57 | More by goatgoat
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin- Golden Ale

A- Bright clear golden orange with a thick lacing head.
S- Light toasted grains with a touch of lemon and grass.
T- Sweet lemon and fresh grass hops. Toasted grain/ bread crust.
M- Malty and sweet. Smooth and creamy throughout.

Overall- Very good, sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 23:17:43 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of gford217


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a small white head that recedes to a ring and a small swirl of bubbles on top with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is very mild and dominated by light toasted bready malts with hints of other light grains and maybe some hops.

The taste is slightly better with toasted malts and a light fruitiness that was not evident in the aroma. The finish is slightly dry.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with lots of carbonation.

This is a good cream ale and the most approachable beer that Terrapin makes for non-craft beer folks. Still, it's my least favorite of their year-rounds.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 21:44:22 | More by gford217
Photo of abents


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

Thanks to Sebastien for the bottle, in my attempt to try all the terrapin I can.

Pours out a pale yellow color with light orange tint to it, egg shell white head with good lacing. Smells slightly hoppy, cascade, with tinge of citrus. Mediocre nose not much going on. Taste is on the lighter side, slight hoppy bittnerness maybe citrus not much going on. Cream ales are not really my favorite style that's for sure, but this is a pretty decent attempt at one, slightly hop-centric cream ale, with an odd bitterness that combats the German malt finish. Maybe a little too carbonate to be super drinkable, but a good brew that for the style isn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:02:55 | More by abents
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/29/2009 (bottle BB Month 10 Week 4):

Pours a very clear golden colored body with a small creamy white head. Very dusty pilsner malty aroma. Nuttiness too. Grainy wheaty taste. Musty dustiness. Some nuttiness. Okay, refreshing. Not my style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:25:51 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of markwise


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold color with a big bone white head. Smells of malt, banana, light fruit, some yeast, and some bread. Flavor is similar to the aroma with noticeable hops and yeast. Not bad, similar to a tripel in some aspects. Very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 13:37:34 | More by markwise
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