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 kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have studiously avoided this beer for years after a terrible draft experience, but given that Terrapin has been impressing me lately, I decided to dig back into it 3 years later. And... it's not bad.

There still ain't a lot here, true, but the ultra-corny flavor is much diminished, and it seems (judging from my past review) a vastly improved product. Deeper color and better head retention via this bottle, this is a basic brew with a small malt profile that is actually rather refreshing, as advertised.

Basic light malt profile, some sweetness tempered with just a touch of hop bitters, still some unwelcome DMS (corn) flavor, but it's not a corny puddle like I had previously. I can live with it. Wouldn't buy it, but I can live with it.

So, bottom line, this really ain't as bad as all that.

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

Terrapin golden ale pours a straw-gold body with yellow highlights beneath a short head of bright white that fades fairly shortly but leaves behind some thick spots and streaks of lace.

The aroma is malty with a very subtle sweetness and a hints of grain, as well as the occasional waft of juicy-apple-like fruitiness.

The flavor is fuller, although it follows along the same line. It's mostly focused on the straightforward, gently sweetish grain aspect, and then livened by the yeasty fruitiness and some background spicy and floral hops. A moderate bitterness is present, and it's balanced, but the focus is that sweet dollop of malt up-front.

Overall it's a pretty damned drinkable beer. I've had beers like this before, and after one or two they start to become a little stickier in the mouth than I like, but I think there may be just enough balance here to keep it going. Nice.

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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 carp420
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

filled a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle

golden ale with some slight carbonation small bubbly head that doesn't last,very little lacing.

smells yeasty, almost pilsnerish, some floral notes but not impressive

taste like a thick ale, creamy, yeast and hints of the floral notes that you can smell, but rather bland tasting, better than a macro but generic for a great craft brew

mouthfeel is not impressive, rather thin but leaves you wanting more, i could see me putting some of these down by the pool.

i was hoping more out of this terrapin brew, i've had it a ton of these over the years as terrapin is one of the few constant craft brews always available here in georgia but this is probably my least favorite of their beers, but when it's 95 degrees outside this beer is a thirst quencher for sure.

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Photo of Strix
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden, some head.

Vague citrus, pilsnery hops, and a general beery smell.

Taste wanders into pilsner/macroland. I didn't really pick up any of the floral elements I like in a cream ale. Just a cerealy beery taste.

Mouthfeel generic.

Unremarkable. Terrapin makes some excellent beers, but this one didn't excite me.

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

One of a number of extras from Kiefdog, thanks man!

Pours a very pale, very straw/hay color that is a bit hazy. There is a nice fluffy head on this one with some decent lacing.

Smell is pretty grassy, a bit of sour malt and lemon/citrus. Its a sort of odd smell, kind of sweet and sour sauce-y.

Taste is a bit spicy, lemonade-y, sour/sweet and juicy. Its actually quite refreshing and a beer that I'd grab on a hot day out on the deck (if I had a deck of course).

Decent beer, nothing too amazing but its a very drinkable beer and that is probably what Terrapin was going for...

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Tried this one before many a time (being from GA and all), but it's good to finally sit down and review it. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nearly completely transparent golden body - apropos of the name - capped by one-finger of foamy, bubbly, pure white head with average retention that ultimately fades to a pretty thick sea foam-esque sheen. Well-dispersed bubbles of medium size and medium speed stroll lackadaisically upwards towards the dusting. Leaves a few patches and streaks of solid lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not much goin' on here. Pretty faint and far away, with a few dashes of leafy, hay-like hops, slightly spicy but mostly vegetal, as well as a few sweet, candied lemon/orange zest notes. Way too faint, though.

Taste: Pretty simplistic. A few tart and slightly grassy hop notes more than hold their own against a sweet and slightly spicy malt foundation, pale and rudimentary. The grassyness is slightly vegetal in places, too. It's actually not too sweet, which is nice, given the body.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated, thin, and light. Not too many complaints about the mouth - it's appropriate for the style, and works decently well the flavors.

Drinkability: Probably Terrain's worst beer, though at 5.0% and given its price and availability at many bars in Atlanta/Athens, I can't knock the drinkability too much. It's light, inoffensive, relatively easygoing, and actually sort of flavorful - though the flavors really aren't my cup of tea (beer). Worth trying, and better than many alternatives at many shitty dives in Georgia, so keep an eye out for it if you're ever in those situations.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There's an irony in that I found a "Blonde Bock" to be far more golden that blonde just earlier tonight and this I find to be far more of a blonde colour than golden. Go figure. Head is quite short and also short-lived. There are little miniature lace patches left behind

S + T: Some lighter, toasted malts and a bit of a honey-like quality on both the nose and palate. In fact, smell and taste are quite synonymous on this brew.

M + D: Medium carbonation, but about right for the overall feel. A little prickly, but not too much of a sting. A light, residual feeling leaves a note of flavour behind. I find myself leaning towards Terrapin's more 'extreme' or experimental stuff, but this is fairly solid and drinkable.

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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 goatgoat
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light lemony yellow. A thick frothy white head falls quickly to a thin cap. Apparent carbonation lends to a fizzy yellow beer appearance. A light ring of lace at the start.
Aroma is light honey, sweet malt. A bit of hop bite, a little citrus. Reminiscent of lemon meringue.
Taste is light, with very apparent corn. Very light malt and a good balancing bitterness. Light citric bitterness in the finish. Very clean overall.
Mouth is light is lots of carbonation.

Not at all big or bold, it's not meant to be. Easy drinking with clear cross-over to the mainstream appeal. Though I'm not a huge fan of the style, it's good at what it does. I could go through a lot of these at once, though I probably wouldn't.

Thanks to UGADawgGug for the opportunity!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin- Golden Ale

A- Bright clear golden orange with a thick lacing head.
S- Light toasted grains with a touch of lemon and grass.
T- Sweet lemon and fresh grass hops. Toasted grain/ bread crust.
M- Malty and sweet. Smooth and creamy throughout.

Overall- Very good, sessionable.

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Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a small white head that recedes to a ring and a small swirl of bubbles on top with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is very mild and dominated by light toasted bready malts with hints of other light grains and maybe some hops.

The taste is slightly better with toasted malts and a light fruitiness that was not evident in the aroma. The finish is slightly dry.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with lots of carbonation.

This is a good cream ale and the most approachable beer that Terrapin makes for non-craft beer folks. Still, it's my least favorite of their year-rounds.

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Photo of abents
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sebastien for the bottle, in my attempt to try all the terrapin I can.

Pours out a pale yellow color with light orange tint to it, egg shell white head with good lacing. Smells slightly hoppy, cascade, with tinge of citrus. Mediocre nose not much going on. Taste is on the lighter side, slight hoppy bittnerness maybe citrus not much going on. Cream ales are not really my favorite style that's for sure, but this is a pretty decent attempt at one, slightly hop-centric cream ale, with an odd bitterness that combats the German malt finish. Maybe a little too carbonate to be super drinkable, but a good brew that for the style isn't too bad.

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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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Photo of markwise
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold color with a big bone white head. Smells of malt, banana, light fruit, some yeast, and some bread. Flavor is similar to the aroma with noticeable hops and yeast. Not bad, similar to a tripel in some aspects. Very sessionable beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I first saw this beer I thought it was from Maryland. Much to my surprise it's a Georgia brew...Bottle smell is kind of skunky, pours to a bright yellow with not much head at all. Taste is steady flat bitter hops with malty sweet middle and a sugary sweet finish. A little more hoppy than a typical cream ale but that's a good thing. Mouthfeel is alright and carbonation is on the mark. I would guess this is a kind of beer that would be much better on draught. Not a bad brew but I wouldn't pay a premium for this over Genny Screamers.

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Photo of DrJay
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light gold colour with a frothy, bright white cap. Lots of lacing and fair head retention. Aromas of sweet malts, cereal grains, and a hint of fruity esters. Pretty mild though. The flavour was kind of nice, more sweet malts and mild fruitiness (just a bit of strawberry) with a mild bitterness that was present throughout. For a cream ale, it's quite nice. The body was on the light side, carbonation average. Mild dryness. No complaints here. It's a very nice looking beer that's pretty refreshing.

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

Pours a very light gold with two fingers of frothy head that turns into a crown with active carbonation.

Smells..like a macro lager. I'm not sure why I get a corn scent as this isn't an adjunct.

Doesn't taste much better, very watery with malt leading the way and a lighter hop presence.

Mouth is thin with medium carbonation.

This is easy as hell to drink but I don't really get a reason to go back to this beer, even within the terrapin lineup.

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Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slighty hazy golden color with no foam and just a few spots of bubbles on the surface

S - Light malty aroma with a bit of candy sweet to it

T - bready malts with some grassy hops and a bit of candy sweetness

M/D - medium bodied, and overall not a bad brew, but Terrapin makes such good beers, i'd be hard pressed to pick this one up when their other stuff is sitting next to it on the shelf

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Photo of babaracas
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 3rd week of Jan 09, should be ok. Pours a slightly hazy light amber with zero head retention or lacing. Not great. Smell: mildly sweet malts, vague green apple and spicy hops. Taste: apple and lemon notes, background grassy, grainy hops, a bit of metallic creamed corniness. Hmm, it's well carbonated but the feel doesn't really scream cream ale. Refreshing, but that's about it.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Perfect golden color with a slight haze. A finger and a half of head rise with decent retention. Spots of lace are left behind.

S - Light, sweet malt. Bready with an almost candy-like sweetness. A hint of the hops are coming through vaguely with a spicy/citrus quality.

T - Sweet grain is most prominent with just a touch of sourness to balance it out. Sweetness fades late palate and gives way to a slightly spicy hop flavor and some very minimal bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, perhaps a bit on the light side, with a moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D - A simple brew to be sure, but better than other cream ales I've had. I doubt I'll get this again, but for certain people this could be a great session beer and for others an almost perfect gateway beer.

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Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a light golden color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears quickly, leaving a ring of soapy lace around the edge of the glass. the beer is clear and transparent
s: bready malts accompanied with grassy hop notes
t: bready or more biscuity malts with notes of grassy hop bitterness
m: medium to light bodied beer with good active carbonation

overall this is a good beer and i enjoyed it alot

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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 tmoneyba
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World of Beer.

Poured a clear pale color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a good for style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a clean pint glass at a cold cellar temperature.

a. Clear with some very light flaky sediment. Nice soapy head that fades gradually. Lacing around the first sip only, that was most of the head.

s. Doughy yeast. Adjuncts are there for sure but not unpleasantly so. Hops are there in the aroma.

t. Sweet with some cooked corn as well. There are some light citric hops which certainly are well attenuated, no lingering bitterness.

m. Light bodied. Pretty well carbonated. Finishes dry and chalky.

D. Pretty standard fare here. A decent "light" beer in my opinion. For a cream ale, this doesn't stick apart from a Gennessee.

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Terrapin Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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