Golden Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

Golden AleGolden Ale
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #246
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,948
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 13.29%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
462
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  81
SCORE
79
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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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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 462
Reviews by Brutaltruth:
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

Cheers

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More User Reviews:
Photo of drhinehart
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SBALDWIN for this one.

Pale yellow color, medium head. Head dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy. Smells of sweet malt. Not much if any hop aroma. Maybe some corn. Clean tasting, sweet. Some citrus. Very light bitterness at the end. Crisp, clean, medium body. High carbonation. Goes down easy. A very refreshing beer.

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Photo of zplug123
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A pale, straw color with an abundant head, persistent lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, malty with a hint of corn

T: Sweet maltiness right off the start with tiny hop bitterness at the end

M: Light-bodied and clean finish

D: Not remarkably tasteful, but seems like a great session beer with a good amount of malt sweetness

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Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Anthony1
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap 8/14 at Shorty's in Atlanta.

Yellow straw, with a white head. A few sniffs of this prove rather unremarkable - sweet corn and wheat aroma with some light hops also apparent. Flavor matches smell - faint orange and lemon character. Mouthfeel is pretty good - smooth, full body for a lighter beer, with ample, but not excessive carbonation. This beer is not bad, but falls into (the upper end of) that standard Golden Ale category, intended to offer a conservative, play-it-safe alternative to BMC beer.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of inspektor
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CBlack85
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of iadler
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks jsanford for this!

A- Straw colored with a one finger head that dissipates fair quickly. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Sweet malt, some grains, and lemon. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma.

T- Sweet malt, grain, mandarine and lemon notes and a bit of green apple.

M- Light to medium body and carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. A very drinkable session beer.

O- A nice beer to have on a hot summer day while grilling, but nothing really stands out with this beer. An average brew.

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Photo of elchingen
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of carrollmel7
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.91/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Drknight
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of cgarcer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DerekP
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.64/5.00

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Photo of KoalaKush
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.67/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +44.5%
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!

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Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 462 ratings