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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Photo of Knapp85
1.67/5  rDev -51.3%
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 ncbeermonger
2.27/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a beer diner in Greensboro. The beer poured with some head, the color is golden, with light edges.
The smell is nothing to speak of, the taste also leaves much to be desired. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. This is an average or so beer is every category, I expect more out of spike and mike as I love most of their other beers.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw yellow color with a thin head and little retention. There is some moderate lacing clinging to the glass.

Some mild corn aroma and sweet pale malt. No hop presence although I don't think there should be much considering the style.

Somewhat sickly sweet taste to it. There is a kiss of hops in the taste.

It's smooth and a tad creamy. Nothing thrilling. Better than anything you'll find in a gas station around here though.

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Photo of avalon07
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright golden color and a thin quality to it. Not particularly thick. Not much head to speak of at all.

Had a slightly malt smell that wasn't very overpowering.

Some hops and malt were most evident in the taste. Not an especially complex or interesting taste.

A decent amount of carbonation, but far from stellar. Gives an okay mouthfeel.

Overall, not a memorable beer. It seemed somewhat average (or below average )to me. There are certainly worse beers, but there are definitely better.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nice from a screw top bottle with no best by date. Half finger head is formed and leaves quickly.

Actually smells like a macro lager. Seems a bit artificial in the smell. Couldnt detect anything other than rice maybe and cheap grains.

Nice taste but would prefer almost any other beer. Clean finish with nice carbonation.

Pass on this offering. Good drinkability but wouldnt drink too many of them. Poor quality.

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Photo of JDV
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle courtesy of emacgee
Pours golden with a bubbly carbonation stream rising up in the pilsner glass. Small white head. Doesn't look like the color in the picture shown at all... Creamy, malty nose. Taste is fairly bland but crisp malt mainly with surprisingly light carbonation and a light somewhat balancing bitterness. Decent for what it is.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a best if enjoyed before date printed on the label. Served in a mug.

Pours a pale yellow with a huge, foamy, white head. The body clarity is mildly hazy, and the carbonation is profuse. The head is fairly slow to diminish and leaves behind streaky lacing. The nose has a moderate husky grain character along with a pretty strong smell of corn. A bit of soapy yeast and faint floral hop presence as well. Much like the aroma, the taste has a straw-like grain quality with some cooked corn and a slightly sour finish. Maybe a small amount of citrus hop flavor in there as well. The carbonation is like seltzer on the tongue and kind of gets in the way of the taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat thin/watery texture and loads of fizzy carbonation.

As this is the first cream ale that I have tried, perhaps it is a style that I am simply not that fond. This beer is intended to be a light, refreshing, "warm weather" brew, so maybe I am doing it a disservice by having one in the middle of winter. All of that being said, there just seems to be something lacking in this one. The semi-sour taste is sort of off-putting and the carbonation is over the top for me. I probably would not have another.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
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 dgallina
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle dated best-before March 2007

Poured crystal yellow, almost no carbonation, zero head or lace. Sweet corn malt nose, with dominant grassy and grapefruit hop notes. Rounded corn malts in the mouth, a touch of lingering grass, hard water, and hop bitterness in the finish. Almost no flavor in this beer apart from adjunct sweetness and the finish. Medium oily body with prickly slow carbonation. Eh. Why would I want to drink more of this?

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head that leaves a little film and a little lace. The beer smells like a macro with less rice and corn and more barley. The beer tastes mostly malty, kind of similar to an all malt lager but less smooth. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but a little more watery than is to be desired. Overall, its a good crossover beer but not one that I would pick up again.

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Photo of atsprings
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light straw colored yellow with a razor thin head that quickly diminished into a ring. The aroma is dominated by pale malts, some fresh fruits come through, but not much. The beer tastes of nothing more than pale malts, just very bland. The beer was very light on the palate, but as far as mouthfeel and drinkability, both are ruined by the bland taste.

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Photo of witster18
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the six I bought says golden ale...it's definately not consistant with a cream ale...fruity smell...pineapple....lemon....hue is a hazy light gold/yellow...like a cheap hefe(widmer/hummer). This is not too bad...but it's not too good either. First one goes down smooth but then the aftertaste really builds up...and its' an unpleasant sourness. The initial taste is good though...light....airy...sweet and sour with alot of lemon...very little if any detectable hops....overall this sits right where it should....between excellent craft....and cheap macro...as the price dictates....I paid 7.29 but the RHipa was better and the same price! I'm not sure if I can recommend this to true beer drinkers...I do ,however, recommend the classic city beer fest....which is more or less.... headed by this brewery in Athens.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden to golden straw with a white head which fell like a rock to the edges of the surface and barely lapped at the sides of the glass.

The aroma was slightly oxidized with cardboard and some low caramel aromas. Also present was a tannin aroma of tea and slight DMS which increased as the beer warmed.

The flavor was filled with DMS, presumably from corn which was fine for the style but over the top. The bittering was odd and seemed off, as if some overly high AA% hop was used for bittering that had a high cohumolone and made the beer brash and obtrusive. The flavor was also vegetal.

The finish was dry with a lasting corny DMS flavor and a harsh bittering component long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and fine for the style. The beer just doesn't work. The bittering was harsh and overdone and the DMS was too high in the flavor. Not one I can suggest be tried.

12 ounce bottle. Label says brewed by Frederick Brewing Co in MD. No freshness dating.

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Photo of sammy44
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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 PDXHops
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bullywee, who originally sent me a 12 oz bottle in a BIF. Now I'm deep in the heart of Terrapinland and can get their offerings on a regular basis. This bottle is poured into a Duvel tulip.

Slightly hazy dark gold body with a bright, but sparse white head that soon reduces to a skim, leaving a little drippy lacing here and there.

Nice mild aromas of light grains and fresh hay. There's a bit of a creamed corn element I don't love, but pleasant enoughoverall. The flavors start out matching up with the nose, but a nice toasty element creeps in, and there's a quick nip of citrus at the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes pretty cleanly, leaving behind perhaps a tad too much sweetness for the style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a Lowenbrau mug.

Nothing like a golden ale on a warm summer day (currently 99 F in Raleigh w/ heat index at 108). Terrapin's Golden Ale pours a (surprise!) light golden hue that clears to a straw color in the light. The foam looked as if it wanted to dissipate quickly, but torrents of carbonation rising from below kept the white head at a decent half finger's width. The aroma could use some tweaking...typical lager-esque grasses and floral notes, plus an added funk that feels out of place. A bit of citric rind and pale, crystal malts round out the base of the aroma.

Not a whole lot to the flavor: some light grassy hops and pale malts with a twang of yeast and medicinal powder. Mouthfeel delivers a crisp and clean body, but surprisingly this beer doesn't live up to its refreshing promise. Golden Ale finishes semi-dry, bubbly, and thin. All in all, this is clearly the most unimpressive brew of Terrapin's otherwise stellar line-up.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, no dating. This uses 5 types of malt, including a generous amount of flaked maize. This beer uses a “First Wort Hopping” process according to the neck ring.

Pours a crystal clear honey gold, with a single lone carbonation stream meandering to the surface. The head is bright white and crackling, consisting of loosely packed medium sized bubbles, that thins down to a dusting of fine bubbles. The smell is sweet and grainy, very clean with minimal hops. The taste is sweet and the corn is prominent, finishes with a gentle hop note, but not overly distinctive. Light body and a thin mouthfeel, not too much carbonation. Tastes a more like an American Macro lager. Perhaps if it had been a steamy hot summer day, it would have been easier to overlook the shortcomings.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light pale golden yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappears. The faint aroma produces a faint grain smell and just a hint of hops. The taste is more grainy malt with a quick faint bite from the spicy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated and fizzy. Overall, this is a rather subpar offering from a very good brewery. I expected a little more flavor in this one, even if the style is not known for being overly flavorful. Considering the high price of this brew, I would stick with the macros rather than this offering if I am in the mood for a light beer.

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Photo of brentk56
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a reasonable head that shows good retention and some lacing

Smell: Vegetal corn aroma dominates and not in a good way

Taste: Starts out with a rather neutral, bready flavor; after the swallow, a harshness kicks in that doesn't blend very well; in addition, the corn character starts to appear

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I guess this is designed to be a crossover beer; I'm not a big fan of the style and there is nothing in this brew that I find compelling

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Photo of GPHarris
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick head into a tumbler. it dissipates very quickly. it has a nice golden color and is very clear.
s - the smell isn't very distinguishable with hints of citrus. not a lot going on.
t - slightly citrus taste but a metallic taste is more evident.
m - crisp beer with no aftertaste. drinks clean.
d - it's easily drinkable, one you could have a few of on a hot southern day.

overall it is underwhelming but a decent session beer.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a pale gold with a very thin layer of white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet with a hint of floral tones. Initial flavor is sweet with a little fruit flavor. Sour aftertaste with little hop character. Light to medium body feel. Drinkable... but why?

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very light golden brown and lightly hazed. Head is not really there, much like the last Terrapin beers I had...bit off white and a very minor ring around the glass.

S: Little bit of sweet grains, day old grass and coins.

T: Light corn pop sweetness moves quickly to a straw flavor. Aftertaste is baked wheat.

M: Light-medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D: Not bad. Not a lot going on.

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Photo of KyleVick4
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with very mild hints of amber near the center. Quick head after the pour which dissipates and leave no lacing whatsoever.

S: Smells perfumy and citrusy. Not very powerful, but the smell is there, just have to try a bit

T: Smooth sweet and corn adjuncts. Aftertaste is a nice balancing of hops. Tastes like what I think an ultra ultra macrobrew would taste like.

M: Light and creamy. Feel the carbonation a little more than most beers

D: Great. I could drink this beer by itself until I couldnt stand anymore. A great session beer and if you want a microbrew to get ripped on without filling you up this is your man. Its unique corn taste is actually mildy pleasing.

Overall this is a great beer to give to a buddy who still drinks macrobrews. Its a great stepping stone to bigger and better beers.
The first sip I had of this I thought it was shit. Then I realized the potential it has, it gives me a good beer to drink after my first couple micros on friday nights. Rather than reverting to Bud Select or Coors Light and wanting to vomit afterwards.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  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.

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