Terrapin Golden Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Golden AleTerrapin Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Terrapin Cream Ale.

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Reviews: 208 | Ratings: 436
Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +45.8%
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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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-golden color with a two finger head that recedes, leaving a bit of lacing. Seems a bit grainy.

Aroma is light with the aroma of bread and a mild hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is smooth with baked bread and hop bitterness showing through upfront. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel has a lingering amount of hop bitterness and baked bread at the back of the throat.

Hmm, it's never easy to review certain beers. I feel that this is more of a golden ale than a cream ale. Nevertheless, it's light, easy to drink and straightforward. That alone is good enough to earn it respect in my book. I can always use a beer like this and for that, I'm going to give it the due it deserves.

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Photo of sbling1993
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 2/21/2010 and puored from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is a very light coppery/straw yellow golden color and starts with a solid one finger white head that has great retention and slowly fades to a full skim; body is pretty clear and shows tons of carbonation bubbling throughout; a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Pretty solid an straightforward - light citric hops that are of orange and lemon peel scents; a lightly dry and toasty graininess -- just smells "crisp."

Taste: Much like the smell, it just tastes crisp, clean and refreshing; lightly balanced between the citrusy hops (but not bitter at all though); the lightly toasted and dried graininess and a nice sweet maltiness in the back -- flavors aren't especially robust but they are very true to the cream ale style.

Mouthfeel: For as solid as the carbonation is, the body is actually pretty smooth and creamy; light and crisp and finishes very clean leaving nothing behind.

Drinkability: Really no reason to not drink this all day - would be a great beer for the summer if you're working outside or at a BBQ and will be outside all day. ABV is very manageable and this would be a great session beer.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the greatest beer in the world, but in comparison to the rather bland category of cream ales, this one was pretty damn good.

Pours up one shade toward amber past gold. A huge white, creamy head of foam appears, and sticks around, nice white lace.
Smell is average, mostly malt and grain.
I didn't expect much from the taste, but there was a nice, english malt presence in there. Very little hop, just some bittering effect in the back.
Mouthfeel was medium to thin, but carbonated well. Drinkability is huge, if the weather is hot. I would seek this out again, if looking for a cream ale, of if heading to the beach. This is a perfect beer to give to bmc drinkers to start them on their way to better beer.

Remember, I'm not comparing this beer to anything other than cream ales!


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Photo of veech
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced, smooth drinking beer that is well suited to this time of year. A malty but very balanced taste just the right amount of hops to give the palate equilibrium. The finish is amazingly clean as the aftertaste just disappears. This was the first Terrapin product I've tried, but it certainly won't be the last. It was extremely enjoyable and I recommend it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rolling through the terrapin variety...

Pours from the bottle a hazy translucent golden straw with creamy light head, less then 1/2 inch thick but nice lacing.

Smell is biscuity malt with a hint of spice and citrusy hops, good.

Taste is a quick hit of a biscuity flavor followed quickly by the tartness of the graininess and citrusy hint of hops. very interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, with flavors hiting the front tongue and side cheeks, and nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable, could have a few of these on a long hot summer day, just like today.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a nice solid dark straw color with a half finger of white head over top. A healthy cascade of bubbles is boiling up through the moslty clear liquid. Pretty well what I was expecting on all fronts. Aroma is dominated by corn character with a very mild and light grainyness. It's very clean, with just a kiss of herbal hop burried deep in there. Its pretty one dimensional, but as far as I understand, this style is not very aggressive. Flavor is right there with the aroma. Lots of corn flavor, with a small grainy note and a light but noticable herbal hop that really adds a nice dimension to this brew. A very mild and clean bitterness clings to the finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side of moderate with a solid moderate carbonation. It is very unobtrusive and without anything to keep me from finishing this bottle. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. I think the hopping is really done well on the brew. Less would keep it from being an impact on the flavor and more would definately be too strong. I think this one is a winner.

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Photo of Jayli
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/27
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a two finger of bone white sudsy head. Head recedes rapidly leaving spider webbed lacing.

S: Nose is grain, corn, and a light fruitines.

T: Taste starts with a slightly fruity grain, pale malts, corn, and a good deal of breadiness. Some apple notes, and light orange, perhaps more of a manderin flavoring are present throughout.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, with a touch of a slick finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. On my most recent trip to GA, this became my go to after work beer as I was prepping for the next day. Easy drinking and this would definitely go in to my "go to, poundable" beer categories.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a straw-blonde color with a smallish head that fades quickly with some good lacing. Smell is sweet, with apples and some grassy aromas on the nose. Taste is very good. A little bit of hop bitterness, but mostly a nice, light malt flavor with a nice apple cider-ish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, with some nice dry lingering hops. Drinkability is great and goes down very easy, you can drink a few in a sitting no problem.

This is a great, easy to drink beer. This is my new favorite summer beer. It doesn't try to cram flavor down your throat like Sunset Wheat or others like that, and even though this isn't the same style, I'd much rather have this on a hot summer day. Great brew.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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'.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I spotted this beauty for the first time today at my local package store in bottles, so I had to grab a six pack. As I poured the chilled bottle into the obligatory Pilsner glass, I observed a crystal clear, golden yellow, well carbonated beer with a smallish head. While the look was similar to many macro lagers, the smell was that of a much better crafted beer, with the sweet honey like malts touched by a hint of hops. The presence of slight cooked corn smell was the only distracting point, but based on the description on the neck label, this was likely intentional.

The taste was delicate, and far from simplistic. The sweet malts and corn juice were balanced well by the bitterness of the hops. Light and clean, without being grainy or bland, this beer will be well liked by most newcomers to the craft scene. The body was silky smooth and flawless in the mouthfeel department despite the low strength.

As the label proclaims, like sunshine in a glass. Never will I have to revert to a macro again.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract Brewed by Frederick Brewing Co. - Frederick, MD.

Fairly clear straw color with a nice white head and good carbonation. Decent light malt and light adjunct aroma with a touch of wheat/grain notes. Nice grainy maltiness is offset by balanced hops and some adjunct character which is appropriate for the style. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a dry grainy finish.

Nice summer quencher in GA I would bet ... true to the style.

Per bottle: "5 types of malt & generous amount of Flaked Maize" & "First Wort Hopping"

Per TBC website:
Malt: 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, Malted Wheat, Flaked Maize.
Hops: Cascade, Mt. Hood, Santium.
IBU's: 21
O.G.: 12.2

'5149' lasered on the bottom
Tasted: 12/28/05

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp pale and Vienna malt scent. It's a bit sweet with a light hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth mildly bitter taste that boasts of pale malts mostly. It goes down easy and finishes crisp and clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. I liked this beer despite other not so good reviews. It's balanced and flavorful; an easy drinker.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent honey color with about a half-finger of head that doesn't stick around very long.

S: A very musty yeast-like aroma with grassy hops, like a freshly mowed lawn, almost a hint of detergent even! This bouquet is off-the-wall, and I can't imagine what the flavor is like.

T: Malt base is grainy as all hell, asserting itself up front, which is nice. Then, it's complemented by a hop presence that is much the same... bitter but at the same time, fairly reserved. This speaks volumes for the complexity of the beer as a cream ale, and reflects well on Terrapin itself. I can see why this line has become so popular.

M: Crisp and light bodied, but with enough carbonation to give off a bubbly texture on the palate.

D: Amazingly drinkable. Yet again, this ale stands out amongst so many others. In a category that feels like well-worn territory, Terrapin shines. The complexity and balance combined make for a quality quaff. The subtleties of this beer are phenomenal, and the main reason for being rated well is the fact that it asserts itself in a rather mellow category.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Best if enjoyed before *blank*.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head holds on nicely, with plenty of slow fading lace. Aroma is pale malts, with lightly fruity hops crispness. Taste is similar, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent, as expected for the style. Another nice one from Terrapin.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked thisone up as we passed thru Atlanta.
It poured a good looking dark, rich gold. Slight haze to it, though mine was very cold. A half inch white head was soft but faded after a bit. Lace was at the beginning leaving afew top rings on the glass.

The aroma was abit grass and grain. Slight hop provided a faint floral bachdrop.

The taste starts sweet but a quick hop pinch balances everything nicely. Alittle earth, hey, flower with abit of citric hop zing.

Mouthfeel is good. The beer could be complex, but nothing overpowers making this very drinkable, crisp and refreshing.

A drinkable Golden ale was intended, and drinkable it is indeed.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up front, I love cream ales, especially when done right. And this one is done right...

Pours a rich, clear gold into my pilsener glass, with a 1/2 inch creamy ivory head. Fine spiderweb lacing. Smells of sweet malt with light bittering hops.

Tastes of sweet pale malt. Lightly fruity and grassy. Corny. Finish of bitter hops, bitter to balance the sweetness. Creamy up front with a crisp finish. Oh boy, is it drinkable. Don't listen to the naysayers, this is a great summer beer (or any season for that matter.)

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Photo of plfahey
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Yellow gold with brilliant clarity and a moderately large white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet Pils malt, light grassy hops, and a very faint fruit aroma of apples and pears.

Flavor-Flavor follows the aroma-light pils malt up front with slight orchard fruit esters. Well attenuated-dry in the finish, with low hop bitterness but a rising hay/grass hop flavor. It’s growing on me as I drink it.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation, and exceptionally smooth.

Though this isn’t my favorite style, it’s a good example. It is incredibly easy drinking, and I liked it more the more I drank it.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear straw color with a one finger paper white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Light grainy aromas with just a touch of hops in the background.

All grain in the flavor with only a little bit of bitterness from the hops. The grain lingers for a bit as a very dry biscuity flavor. Light bodied with high, somewhat fizzy, carbonation.

A good beer for those summer days. Very malty grainy beer. If you like cream ales, you will probably like this one. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cream ale?!?!? Well as the name implies this was an excellent golden ale. Poured a clear golden pale yellow without a head or significant lacing. There was some very nice visible carbonation though. Smell was light, crisp and clean. Graing and bread like with a small floral aroma mixed in, but very strong. The flavors was fantastic for outdoors on a hot day. Light, crisp, and refreshing. This one will really cool you off. Extremly drinkable, could put these down all night. Overall very nice light, summer brew, that I could enjoy anytime.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.91/5  rDev +14%
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 TheBigE5
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has a brilliant golden color with a little haze to it. The head is pretty abundant for a bottled beer and has a clean white color. The smell is quite hoppy and refreshing. The taste is also extremely clean and refreshing with a subtle hoppy finish. Notes of fruit appear on every level of smell, taste and finish. Drinkability is exceptional.

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