Terrapin Golden Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Terrapin Cream Ale.

Added by aracauna on 05-10-2003

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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Photo of SIRIUS2
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had a cream ale before so bear with me as I don't fully know what to expect from the style...I picked this up to try to support Terrapin as they continue to offer good beers to GA...

Poured a very clear light yellow-orange with a pillowy white head which reduced quickly to a thin layer. A good bit of carbonation bubbles rising rapidly to the top maintaining the thinnest of heads.

Aroma is mainly sweet malts with a good kick of light hops in the background. Stronger hop aroma than expected. Taste is nice and clean. Seems to have a good bit of corn but with a stronger malt backing in the finish. Hops are light. A well balanced beer make this one very drinkable. Mouthfeel is fairly full for similar beers of this style (most lagers, etc) and definately kicks the shit out of BMC's "mouthfeel".

A good intro beer for the macro drinker or a micro lover who just wants a lighter beer. The real advantage this beer has over a macro is that it has flavor w/o overdoing it with the corn or presenting any off flavors that most people nearly freeze their macros to get rid of.

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Photo of chiefbender
2.32/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After being very impressed with the Rye Pale Ale, I decided to give Terrapin's cream ale a try. Not a favorite style of mine, and this one held some interest but failed to impress.
Pours a clear golden body with active carbonation. Small white head is creamy looking, but soon fades, leaving minimal patch lace behind.
Aroma is strange, with a fresh corn juice presence atop a sweetish malt profile. Hops are obscured, but seem herbal.
Mouthfeel is light to light medium bodied with ample carbonation. Some hops tang is picked up on the tongue.
Taste is of the cream ale style, but with some assertive bitter hops. Carbonation keeps things lively, but I really don't care for the style. The flaked maize offers up a roasted corn note that subdues the other grains. Hop bitterness is adequate to balance things out.
Overall, this is an innovative approach to a cream ale. Very well constructed for the style, but if you don't like cream ales you might want to pass on this one. Somewhat refreshing as a summer ale on a hot day, but not something I would buy again. Try this brewery's Rye Pale Ale for a real treat!

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Photo of nem2006
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden. There is almost no carbonation visible, but there was a nice white head that did not last for long.

The smell is creamy, a little citrus, lemony.

This is a medium-bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel to it. The start is a little sweet and crisp, the middle is where you catch a little lemon and then a slight hoppy bitterness at the end. The bitterness lingers a little while on the tongue.

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Photo of JayEvans813
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of chossboss
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dankjohn
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of sammy44
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a tap at Hooter's in Marietta, GA.

This is the only "cream ale" I have ever tried and I was largely unimpressed. Pour a Budweiser charge $4.75 for it and you have this beer. The smell was largely of macro lager grains. The appearance was a transparent straw yellow with a one inch head. The head reduced down quickly to a film on top of the beer that laced very little. The mouthfeel was good with good carbonation and very fizzy. The taste was typical macro lager grain and adjunct. I did think that drinking three or four at a sitting would be easy enough but why would you want to?

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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 sarahspat
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a pale straw golden clear offering with a bright white head forming above the body, lacing is scarce and uneven as it dwindles. Aromatics tart creamed corned accent with a touch of green apple and sturdy malt bill flowing wth finesse. Flavor has a cereal mix of creamy corn and sweet two row pale malts, a barely noticeable herbal hop mix equates to a mediocre form of the brew known as Terrapin. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied where as the rest of their brews are rather heavy hitters, I'd much rather have this than a BMC brew but that doesn't say much, nice opening brew. Drinkability is nice a refreshing mix of malts hops and adjuncts as a cream ale this brew serves it's purpose, with some hop burps between sips.

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Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ByTor2112
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw color. Aroma was totally lager-ish. Smelled like a Dortmund. Nice head about one finger thick, then diminishes leaving a nice white film of foam. The taste was straight lager. A nice froth sweetens the brew but nothing very exciting. The bottle explains their ale/lager combo. I love that Terrapin is a successful brewery in the south and is offering up great brews. This beer is perfect to cool off after mowing but it is not that spectacular. Quaffable, but not my first choice. Cheers.

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Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Terrapin Brewery.

Pours a golden color (as the moniker would indicate) with a half-finger coarse white head that soon dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There's not much going on the lacing department.

Smells alright. There's a big grassy aroma that mingles with a mild sweet malt smell.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front followed by grassy undertones and finishing with a slight noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a little more pronounced than I would like.

Drinkability is good. Straight from the top the grassiness is a bit much, but as it warms it smooths out a bit and it goes down easily.

Overall this is probably in the bottom half of my favorite Terrapin brews, but it's still a solid offering. Worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the P's for grabbing this for when while they were on vacation in Myrtle Beach.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. Best before 9/08

A: Pours a dull yellow with perfect clarity. A 1 finger head forms a bit fluffy but dies to a fat skim within a minute or so. Some decent lacing to start.

S: Very light on the nose. A bit of milled grains and just a touch of floral, earthy hops.

T/M: Soft on the palate. Light grains, a bit husky. Earthy, mild hops. Not a ton going on. Body is light and carbonation adds a bit of smoothness.

D: Cream Ale? Idk, whatever. Not very complex but I could see this quenching my thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ltdantheman
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rye_so_serious
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zplug123
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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 WickedBeer
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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