Golden Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

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Cream Ale
Ranked #263
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3.47 | pDev: 13.26%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Golden AleGolden Ale
Notes: Formerly Terrapin Cream Ale.

Available in Georgia only!

Terrapin Beer Company was started by two guys who love big, bold beers. We are known for using a ton of flavorful ingredients and for pushing the envelope with the brews we create.

We have also been known to take pleasure in hiking, biking, kayaking, and just plain having fun in the great outdoors. When we get hot and sweaty even hopheads like us want nothing more than to enjoy a beer that is crisp and refreshing.

Which is why we created the perfect session beer-the Terrapin Golden Ale.
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold appearance with a small white head and scant lacing. Grassy, slightly vegetal aroma. Grainy, corny, moderately sweet malt taste. Subtle floral hop presence with a touch of spice in the aftertaste. Smooth, light bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is short lived.

Feb 14, 2021
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This solid little ale pours a nice clear
golden color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick
ring, thin wafting film, and shows subtle lacing. Nose of grain and
grassy herbal hops with a touch of breaded malts. Flavors follow the
nose with a smooth breaded malt given a subtle citrus zest of lemon and
grassy herbal hops with light honey malt touches. Decent mouth feel;
medium light body, medium light carbonation is lively and effervescent,
and a crisp lightly dry finish.

Overall a solid little brew for mowing the lawn.


Sep 11, 2019
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours up to an above average head for the style thst laces well and hangs on at a steady one centimeter. Brilliant gold. Aroma is clean, biscuity and grassy. Flavor is an all malt lager or blonde ale: crisp, slightly sweet pale malts delicately balanced with soft, noble hops. Mouthfeel is nominal. A good blonde ale so slick and clean they could call it a lager.

Aug 31, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Pours a crystal clear and bright light gold with an all white head that recedes quickly, leaving some decent side glass lace.
AROMA: I get some apricot fruit, a little grassy hops with a bread, cracker backbone.
TASTE: Mild grassy grain cracker malts and a little apricot or mandarin orange.
Clean, crisp and drying finish.

Feb 19, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear pale gold producing 3 fingers of white, soapy, somewhat lasting head that diminishes to a thin surface cap and collar leaving a coat of splotchy, webby lace. Aroma is delicate: pale malt, biscuit dough, fruity, lemon and grassy. Taste is: sweet, biscuit, vegetal, lemon, grass and mineral. Faint hops, little bitterness. Short-lived afrertaste is lightly adjunct, vegetal and faintly fruity Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean.

Jan 14, 2018
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confer from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As soon as I poured this beer I was impressed. Bright yellow with a small white head. The taste was biscuity and refreshing. This would be a fantastic summer beer. Too bad it's a Georgia only beer.

Feb 17, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a lovely golden amber with a moderately sized tan head. Scent as one would expect, taste as well. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Nov 29, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Corn and grains, pretty bland
Appearance- A golden yellow with slight murkiness. Has a small white head.
Taste- Malt and corn, not much for me.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A fairly average beer, I expect more from Terrapin.

Jun 21, 2015
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BWED from Colorado

2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into tumbler

A- Pale golden yellow. White head dies quickly and leaves no lacing, let alone any sign of the head's existence.

S- Mild toasty biscuit background, and a fruity hop character. Mild cobbler-like aroma. Lots of esters.

T- More toast and grain, with a very subtle sweetness.

M- Wet, light and clean. Just faint bittering hop, in an attempt to balance things.

O- Mediocre. Esters come out too much, and jut a bland flavor.

May 31, 2015
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-3.0: Pours out a typical, lagery, light golden yellow. Weak head. Lacing is just OK.

Smell 3.0: Lots of lagery business swirling around here. Smells sweet with a distinct bouquet of every lager-lover's favorite: corn.

Taste-3.0: Front is sweet, with little to remark about other than that. Middle is where a sweet wave of light malt washes over the palate, along with a taste of boiled veggies and...yes...corn. Finish is smooth, sweet and pleasant. Aftertaste is all about those lager tastes like corn, bubblegum but no hops.

Mouthfeel-3.5: Smooth and pleasant in the mouth. Conditioning level is good.

Overall-3.0: Meh. I was not impressed with this beer. Why try to make a lager and call it an ale? I found this beer too sweet with not nearly enough hops. I cannot imagine sessioning this one, or how it would go with food. Definite pass for me.

Apr 12, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Goldish, orange to straw with a slight haziness with a 1inch white head, really good lacing down the glass

S: Grains, maybe some corn, little bit of hops in background

T: Grains, sweet maltiness, slight hop bitterness at the end

M: Medium to light, well carbonated

O: Great beer to transition a non craft drinker into the realm of great beer. It is all that an American lager should be but usually isn't. Great beer for what it is.

Mar 02, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Too bad it's only sold in Georgia... Smooth through and through, and it has a really nice balance of hops. I'm not the biggest hops-lover out there, so I'm definitely biased towards this creamy ale.

Dec 29, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet. Bottle says best by November 2014.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: rather sweet right up front, with a light malty character and just a hint of a corn aroma. Basically no hops are present. Decent for a cream ale, if a bit sweet.

Taste: much like the aroma at first; sweet with a hint of corniness. As the flavor rounds out, the corn gets a little more conspicuous, but a light noble hop character also appears. There's a little bit of bitterness, appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Not bad.

Overall: it's a pretty standard cream ale, if a bit sweet and a little heavy-handed on the corn flavor. Still, pretty drinkable.

Sep 14, 2014
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JLSIV from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams lager glass, served cold

Very clean and slightly hazy golden yellow with a creamy half inch head nice small bubbles, and surprisingly decent lacing on the glass. Head dissipated appropriately and the carbonation was good

Aroma mostly malt with some biscuit, very little hay or grain

Taste mostly malt with some hop at the finish, slight apricot as it warmed, a little bit of alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel was refreshing, slightly dry, with very bright carbonation, finishing dry. Reminds me of a session beer or ale, very drinkable something that would please or at least not offend non-crafters in a crowd. This is a very good bridge beer for those new to crafts.

Overall I like this type of beer, and appreciate Terrapin offering it. By including it, they show that their brewing chops are very virtuoso.


Aug 10, 2014
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JayEvans813 from Florida

3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this one up at Publix while up at school, since it's only available in GA.

Pours a clean white head and golden in color. Very crisp, tastes highly carbonated, and that's the main taste you get as it finishes. Refreshing, with a malty smell and flavor. Overall a good summer beer.

Didn't really feel like going into detail, basically covered the main points of it. Drinkable.

Aug 11, 2013
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“At Terrapin we enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and just plain having fun in the great outdoors. This is why we created the perfect session beer - the Terrapin Golden Ale.” Brewed in the style of a Golden/Cream Ale, this is one of Terrapin’s Year-Round lineup beers, and the only beer in their repertoire that is uniquely available only to Georgian consumers.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pearly white head of a medium-thick creamy consistency, a touch crisp and fluffy. Body color is a pale straw yellow, mildly hazed with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and clingy. There aren’t any big shortcomings in the presentation of this beer. 3.75

(Smell) Malt forward, this beer carries aromas of clean pale cracker and a pinch of biscuit. There is a notable presence of light fruit, apricot and peach most distinctively that add a faint complexity to the beer. A touch of grassy hop oil with a sustained bitterness permits the sweet side of this beer to permeate the aroma. The aroma has medium potency. It’s an attractive aroma, despite its lightness and limited bitterness to balance. 3.75

(Taste) Up front is pale malt, very clean with a subtle grassy hop flavor and a mild, balancing bitterness. Finishes mildly dry with a crispy pilsner cracker malt and a puff of wheat. There’s not as much yeast participation in the flavor as there was in the aroma, with a touch of acidity but not as much fruit essence. It’s a relatively simple and highly drinkable ale that focuses mostly on malt profile with hops and yeast presence taking a pass in general. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, lightly acidic cracker malt with a mild chalkiness and joined with carbonation on high, it has a moderate fizz for an accentuating crispness. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. The texture works out fine for the style, and the acidity of the yeast choice makes for a decent balance to the malt profile for a high drinkability. 3.75

(Overall) Terrapin keeps it simple and to the quaffable point with this beer, with a beer that focuses mostly on a light, sessionable malt profile, with balance coming from the yeast and a touch of light hop character. Unlike some cream ale choices, the flavors aren’t muddled and the beer drinks very clean. It may be a mundane style for most beer enthusiasts, but this is a nice choice for a sessionable, light and approachable ale when in Georgia. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company’s
Terrapin Golden Ale

Jul 23, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

This offering pours up a pale hazy gold with a one finger white head, not much retention, and not much lacing. Smell is fruity. Taste is kind of apples up front follwed by a dry, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is inoffensive but nothing special either. This would be a very easy beer for someone who is not used to craft beer. It is fairly weak with no prominent hop profile and a mild taste that neither delights not offends.

May 23, 2013
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Tone from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, hops, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of cream, and hint of pine. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of metallic, hint of hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, better aroma than body or blend.

Jan 13, 2013
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light orange with barely a quarter finger head. Just a little head retention and no lacing.

Corn is quite prominent in the aroma along with a very slight bit of DMS. Some wet grass and hay comes through.

A little apple and orange up front in the flavor followed by corn and a little bit of cooked vegetables. Mild hop bitterness with a little bit of grass. Drying mouthfeel that is very refreshing.

Overall, a pretty middle of the road beer but good for the style. One I would pick up on occasion if it were available near me.

Jan 02, 2013
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: 2 finger clean white foamy head, carbonation, light golden straw color
S: crackers, corn and grains, herbal
M: medium and creamy
T: crackers, grains, wet light hops, grass, earth tones,
O: creamy refreshing brew, light and easy drinking

Dec 24, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear straw yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of lemon/citrus along with some adjunct malts (corn and grain) and a light amount of light fruit (apple) sweetness.

T: Light flavors of cracker and adjunct malts (primarily grain) with some light amounts of sweetness. There are very light notes of lemon/citrus and green apple.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and definitely sessionable - the best aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel.

Oct 06, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Oct 06, 2012
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justincolts from Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this largely based on the sweet label, me being a Deadhead and all. I was heading back from Wanee 2012 to Indiana and we stopped in Dalton GA. I was in the festival mood so I picked up this, a Sweetwater 420, a Sweetwater Road Trip Ale, which I won't review because it was in the hotel, but it was decent.

It pours a pretty solid gold color, more golden than a typical ale,slightly above average looking. It has a thin head, which dissipates quickly. The smell was kind of weak, maybe my olfactory is off. The taste is that of a typical summer ale of decent quality, but has a kick of light citrus, creamy, highly drinkable on a summer day, or any time really. Mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of texture but if you want a refreshing beer that isn't a crappy light beer, this is a decent pick.

Apr 24, 2012
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JWU from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear bright yellow/gold. Half finger worth of head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- biscuits and crackers with some mild herbal hops and sweetness. Smells pretty nice.

T- The taste is pretty "cracker-like". Saltines, and a bit of Ritz. The earthy, herbal hops are quite restrained, but can be detected on the backend. Quite crisp. There are some fruity/citric notes in there as well, but very restrained.

M- Light to medium bodied. Fairly carbonated. Dries a bit on the back end.

O- Being that most of the cream ales I've had have been trash, this one is pretty good, but still nothing to write home about. Certainly better than your average macro.

Apr 09, 2012
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kdawg105 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Ale! It is very refreshing as the bottle says! It has smell of grain and hops something not really used to smelling with a normal Ale of its style if you know what I mean. Anyway it has an excellent taste beautiful balance of malts and hops making the mouthfeel smooth and creamy with a grand finish!

Feb 27, 2012
Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 466 ratings